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In celebration of the publication of Mouse and Dragon, the thirteenth novel set in their Liaden Universe®, authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are holding an Expanding Universe Contest! They are giving away 36 e-book copies of The Dragon Variation, a compendium of three core titles in the Liaden Universe, at Miller & Lee's Expanding Universe Contest.

The contest is open to anyone who has NEVER read a Liaden Universe novel. I know that many of you readers have read them, but if you haven't...well, these are the books whose pages I swear are soaked in crack, because I can't stop reading them. And it's not just me: at least four people to whom I loaned them report reading until the wee hours because they can't stop. [livejournal.com profile] saraidh, the pusher, can probably confirm more.

So click over, sign up, and maybe you'll get a fantastic free book.

If you've already read them, I'd like to note that the dead-tree version of The Dragon Variation costs only $12 and has drastically better production values than the Meisha Merlin compendiums.
caoilfhionn: (Maillol)
I am damn lucky to know the people I do.

Case in point: Fresca
"Body-image advice for American women often sounds like advice to colonized people on how to assimilate better into the master culture: 
work harder to please, and you will be rewarded.



"And so we will, but it will take our valuable energy, and it will not be on our terms. That is a recipe for domestication, not liberation."


Sure, I could get thinner. I could put some thought into my wardrobe and get up an hour earlier to do hair and makeup. I could have an image. But those are hours of exercise and food obsession and wage-earning that I could use for something I feel is vitally important. Energy I could put into something that makes me feel good and productive, rather than helpless and ugly. Something that might make a difference in the long run.

* * * * *

An unrelated note via Making Light: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus, because I have the feeling it will feed my thesis somehow.
We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?" And I'm betting the answer is yes.
caoilfhionn: (Candle)
In flagrant avoidance of actual work, I just went to Reduce.org and unsubscribed myself from several junk mail sources, including credit and insurance offers and coupon circulars. Now you can too!
caoilfhionn: (motivation)
This amuses me far more than I should admit. It is going on my fridge.

O Hai Just FYI

teh cookiez
i eated them
they was there
in ur kitchin

teh onez
u mebbe wanted
fur snackz

Very srry
they was delishus
srsly sweet
and so omnomnom.

(My title is from the comments.
caoilfhionn: (Capricon)
Cat and Girl describes my love-hate relationship with The Current in nine short panels.

New things!

Shadow Unit, an online serial drama brought to you by Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette & Will Shetterly.

Skin Horse, which is, if you've somehow managed to miss it, a new daily strip by [livejournal.com profile] shaenon and [livejournal.com profile] chanlemur.

Free thing! My parents decided to give me an Irving Berlin Christmas package this year--which is great, except that we'd picked up White Christmas already. Would anyone like to trade a different DVD for an unopened copy of the current edition of the film? (Yes, it has to be a movie I actually like.)

(An editorial note: Holy crap! It's possible to buy A Snow White Christmas" on DVD. I found my old tape of this 1980 Christmas special and figured that it was the last remnant of a justly-vanished phenomenon. Wow.)

(Another editorial: Mark Edwards can kiss my hysterical girly ass.)

I was avoiding the Ugg boots craze because I think people wearing moon boots in the office are silly (oh, and because popular things make my teeth itch), but then I saw the most awesome pair of boots ever. They looked a bit like this, but the sole was less chunky and the suede was printed in a very, very subtle sage-on-sage plaid. So cute! It's good that I can't find them online, because I would be tempted to buy.

Why yes, it's morning, I'm tired, and I'm avoiding work.

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