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  1. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Thanks for the information everyone! Guess I will bring nasal spray and eye drops and whatever else I might need just to be safe. @Cuellar Is your phone number the same as last year?
  2. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Does anyone have any idea what the protest is that will be going on adjacent to the convention center on Saturday? The Worldcon email didn't say what is was for, I'm just curious. Also, I'm having flashbacks to Worldcon in Spokane and the wildfire smoke that permeated the air for a good majority of the con. I've been seeing a lot about the wildfires in California this summer. I know currently they are not in the San Jose area but are to the east and north. But does anyone have any idea if there is any residual smoke or at least smoke smell traveling through the San Jose area? Or if the winds are just not blowing it that way?
  3. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Edited. (Your wife is still nameless, however!)
  4. lady narcissa

    More Things Star Wars

    So apparently Keri Russell cast in Episode IX. I remember wondering when JJ got involved with Star Wars if he was going to cast any of his former leading ladies. Looks like he is going with Felicity over Alias.
  5. lady narcissa

    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    Also the library pays for the book and tracks how many times it is lent out. This information is conveyed to the publisher who includes these numbers is their decision whether to continue with an author or series. I think I remember reading with ebooks and libraries that they are allowed only so many downloads per purchase by a publisher and once it's been borrowed that many times the library has to repurchase the ebook. I suppose that's similar in some ways to a physical library book getting too worn out and the library purchasing a fresh copy.
  6. I read the actresses tweet thread the other day on Twitter and thought it was funny and cute until she actually started posting details about them and pictures of them. Once she crossed that line and got to the point where they weren't generically anonymous people but people who could be identified it went too far. And now it sounds like the guy is enjoying his two seconds of "fame" while the woman has deleted all her social media accounts. Makes you never want to talk to anyone on a plane again. Glad Twitter wasn't around when I was in my 20s and talking to cute seat mates.
  7. lady narcissa

    Don’t pirate books, just don’t

    Meyer put the pdf of the unfinished Midnight Sun manuscript on her website for everyone to download so that wouldn't count as pirating since it was never published and the author herself has made it available for free. I admit I went to a bookstore and flipped through 50 Shades. I couldn't bring myself to buy it either but wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Later on someone offered to email me a PDF of it in its prior fanfiction form - which would have been available to the public for free prior to it being pulled offline - but I'd seen enough in its published form so didn't. I think a prior fanfiction version of a subsequently published work is about all I've ever downloaded. And I don't think that really counts. I had read Sarah Maas' Throne of Glass series and when I learned an earlier version had once existed on one of those fanfiction sites I went looking for a copy and did find a PDF online. Similarly, I did hunt down and download a copy of Cassandra Clare's Draco trilogy after she removed it from the various fanfiction sites. But yeah I would never illegally download a published book that was available for purchase. If I couldn't afford to purchase them I'd do what I did when I was younger....I'd save up my money and wait until I could afford it and then purchase it. Or take it out from the library. Or ask for it as a birthday gift. Or just wait until the price went down. Even though I could pretty much just buy any book I wanted these days I still like to get a bargain. I have a whole slew of ebooks sitting in an amazon wishlist and I check on their prices and wait until that one day when one is on offer for $1.99. I've done pretty well that way. With a few stubborn examples I've gotten most of them for that price.
  8. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Done and done!
  9. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Ah yes, please take pity on those of us not on facebook and bring that information over here!
  10. lady narcissa

    Do you like ballet?

    I am so envious you saw her dance! And Swan Lake at that! I was quite fortunate growing up in NYC to see a lot of ballet and as part of that, the great Soviet dancers at the time. My absolute favorite at the time was Natalia Makarova. Her movements when she would transform from human to swan in Swan Lake were pretty amazing. Also very fortunate to see the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov when they were in their primes. Classical ballet is probably my favorite but that has a lot to do with loving the music as much as the dance. Romeo & Juliet's music by Prokofiev is probably my favorite. But I do try to go see some more modern pieces from time to time. I don't see as much ballet these days as I did in my youth. Mostly a time issue. We do get a fair amount of dance in Chicago with local groups and tours so I do see a few performances a year. Somewhere in the back of my mind is always the dancing I saw when I was young, it just seemed the Soviet trained dancers had something I just don't see these days. There was a bit of controversy the other month with a video of Misty Copeland dancing in Swan Lake in a performance in Singapore and how she didn't dance the choreographed 32 fouette turns but did some other dance movements instead. I watched the video of her performance and it was pleasing but then I found video of Makarova dancing that same part where she did the 32 fouette turns and it was fantastic. I guess I feel the dancers I see these days are proficient but not great and I'm sort of waiting for the opportunity to see a really great dancer again.
  11. lady narcissa

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Okay I have updated the first post in this thread with attendance based on people's posts in this thread. Let me know if your status changes and I will update.
  12. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    I'm striking out with YA novels lately. I read The Hazel Wood and ultimately did not enjoy it. It was frustrating because there were so many elements that I normally would enjoy. I probably enjoyed the beginning more than anything. But then once it got going my interest decreased with each page such that I ended up skimming. About sixty percent through I skipped ahead and read the last chapter, then the one before that, and then the one before that, and then went back to sixty percent and skimmed through to the end. So there was something there that nudged at me but it was frustrating. Then I read And I Darken by Kiersten White and I was super stoked for it since like everyone I follow for YA reviews 5 stared loved this book. And I got it for $1.99 on amazon so double bonus. And I read the first few chapters and it was going nicely and I was pretty excited to at last have a book I was excited to read...and then it all went downhill from there for me. This book was not at all fantasy as every label led me to believe but historical fiction with the emphasis on FICTION. And I so hate when books take known people and change them just to change them when the actual people and the things they did are so incredibly fascinating. And this book just changed things too much for me for me to be able to even remotely enjoy it. And I have to add, I know that one of the reasons the book gets labeled "fantasy" is because its "alternate history" in that a character is changed from (real life) male to (in fiction) female. But I have a problem with that label. I'd say its an acceptable label when the book involves something like dragons or time travel. So when Connie Willis writes her time travel stories and has things change in history so it becomes alternate history, it can also be science fiction. But when Stephen King writes 11/22/63, it gets described as history or historical fiction. And C.J. Sansom's Dominion gets described as historical fiction. So I really think it gets the fantasy label because its YA and the publishers knew it would sell better as YA fantasy than YA historical fiction. And I also possibly feel it gets that label because its set in settings that most American teens know nothing about - i.e. Romania and the Ottoman Empire - and that this somehow makes it fantasy because its not real to them. And that's my biggest problem with the book. Because it is real.
  13. lady narcissa

    The Scent of a Man: A cologne thread

    My nose just gets twitchy and irritated and at the mere hint of any perfume or cologne on anyone in my vicinity. If forced to spend quality time with anyone wearing any my nose will get stuffed up as well so I can no longer smell it. So in answer to the original question...none!
  14. lady narcissa

    Cord Cutting Advice - Not the newborn type

    I don't have any personal experience with this as I live in a high rise condominium building and the whole building gets cable and the only way I could cut the cord is by unplugging my tv and not watching it. But I understand all too well the lure of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies and HGTV so I'm totally with your wife on those channels. In any case you might have come across this information about both channels, but if not: https://www.groundedreason.com/watch-hallmark-channel-without-cable/ https://www.cutcabletoday.com/watch-hgtv-online/
  15. lady narcissa

    The Americans: The Final Season (Spoilers) pt. 4

    I don't think I'd say it's been overused but it has been in other TV shows and movies and of course Friends as you mentioned. i was in high school when the album came out and it's the last record I can remember purchasing before transitioning to CDs. I'm probably going to forever associate it more with moments in my own life and high school and the 80s in general as it was such a song of the moment and everywhere then.