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a dog running towards the camera - cover to a stroy about a weiner dog who was paralyzed but ended up being able to walk

For the past 22 years, the Los Angeles Race Course in Southern California has been the site of the annual Wiener National Races. It is a place where talented dachshunds sprint to the finish line. The annual event draws in just over 90 competing canines from around the area and has over 10,000 fans!

But this year, is truly inspirational. One very special contestant named Lady Bug...aka "The Bug" not only had tails wagging and dogs barking... but the crowd cheering! Many underestimated the small pup, but forgot about her drive!

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

In April, the Shadow Brokers -- presumably Russia -- released a batch of Windows exploits from what is presumably the NSA. Included in that release were eight different Windows vulnerabilities. Given a presumed theft date of the data as sometime between 2012 and 2013 -- based on timestamps of the documents and the limited Windows 8 support of the tools:

  • Three were already patched by Microsoft. That is, they were not zero days, and could only be used against unpatched targets. They are EMERALDTHREAD, EDUCATEDSCHOLAR, and ECLIPSEDWING.

  • One was discovered to have been used in the wild and patched in 2014: ESKIMOROLL.
  • Four were only patched when the NSA informed Microsoft about them in early 2017: ETERNALBLUE, ETERNALSYNERGY, ETERNALROMANCE, and ETERNALCHAMPION.

So of the five serious zero-day vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA's pocket, four were never independently discovered. This isn't new news, but I haven't seen this summary before.

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Jul. 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Books read July 20, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Jul. 28th, 2017 03:34 am
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Posting another book post, because I'm about to leave for a week of camping at a pagan festival. Since I'm not actually pagan, just pagan-adjacent, and so have no interest in most of the panels and rituals, I mostly end up relaxing and reading a lot. It should be lovely.

The last week has been a mix of queer romances and SF/F short stories.

Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A gorgeous contemporary fairytale about women saving each other. read more )

Things With Beards - Sam J. Miller - ★ ★ ★ ★

An intriguing and unsettling sequel to the movie The Thing, this is ultimately a story about identity, what we hide of ourselves, what we reveal, and what that choice costs us. read more )

The Orangery - Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam - ★ ★ ★ ★

A striking story about predatory men and the choices women make to escape them, told through the framework of Greek myth.

A Fist of Permutations in Lighting and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong - ★ ★ ★ ★

Gorgeous, beautifully written story about sisterhood and loss and individual choice, told through a metaphor of superpowers. read more )

Touring With the Alien - Carolyn Ives Gilman - ★ ★

I wanted to like this story -- it's certainly well-written -- but found myself fundamentally disagreeing with it instead. read more )

Spice and Smoke (Bollywood Confidential #1) - Suleikha Snyder - ★

Wow did I hate this book. Enough that I rage-quit it about 2/3 of the way through.

From the summary I went into this book expecting poly relationship negotiations and a generally happy poly ending for everyone.

What I got was jealousy, bitterness and dishonesty, with a side of "you're only sleeping around because you're unhappy," and "when you're really in love with someone you'll want to be monogamous." read more )

Madeleine - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A gorgeous story about mourning and loss and memory and coming out of the dark.

Madeleine's slow, unexpected journey back from grief is just perfect.

Waiting For The Flood - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A lovely story about mourning for what might have been and finding the courage to once again dream of the future. read more )

And Their Lips Rang With The Sun - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★

A beautiful, unusual folk tale.

El-Mohtar creates a vivid mythology, filled with striking visual imagery.

The Art of Space Travel - Nina Allan - ★ ★ ★

A quiet story about memory and history and legacy set against an SF-nal background.

I liked the narrator and the stream of consciousness style, but it ultimately felt kind of unresolved.

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies - Brooke Bolander - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Short, intense, and unapologetically angry. read more )

Catalysts: The Scientific Method (Scientific Methods Universe #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fuck. This is so fucking hot. And kinky. But also intense and emotionally revelatory and unconventionally romantic and one of the most honest depictions of poly I've ever read. read more )

Unexpected Gifts (Scientific Method Universe #2) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★

This series continues to be SO good. read more )

Take Three Breaths (Scientific Method Universe #3) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This one's a rough read, but entirely worth it. read more )
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This month you get a double-length playlist, because there were just too many tracks to choose from.

I might have a lot of feelings about the patriarchy and the ways I'd like to fuck it up. One or two at least.

Making it double length also meant I could justify having more than one track by a couple artist.

I've put content warnings on some of these songs. Unsurprisingly, considering the subject matter, there's some discussion of rape and some use of homophobic and misogynistic slurs.

40 songs. 2 hours, 23 minutes of music

fuck the patriarchy (I will not be afraid of women)
Zip file on dropbox (211MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

As Cool As I Am - Dar Williams
Every Mother's Son - The Pretenders
Quiet - MILCK
Who's That Girl - Robyn
Pretty Hurts - Beyonce
Me And A Gun - Tori Amos (cw: rape)
The Oxford Girl - Oysterband (cw: implied violence against women)
Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) - The Raveonettes (cw: rape)
A Girl Needs A Knife - Flash Girls
The Maid On The Shore - Stan Rogers
Real Men - Joe Jackson (cw: homophobic language)
Lucystoners - Amy Ray (cw: homophobic language)
Big Boy On A Saturday Night - Kirsty Maccoll
Daddy Lessons - Beyonce & The Dixie Chicks
Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Black Water - Alina Simone
The Old Maid In The Garrett - Steeleye Span
Chill Factor - The Pretenders
Burn - Phillipa Soo
Dixon's Girl - Dessa
Getting Ready To Get Down - Josh Ritter
Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper
Revolver - The Donnas
Break The Sky - The Hush Sound
Cry Like A Man - Christy Moore
When I Was A Boy - Dar Williams
No Mermaid - Sinead Lohan
Drinking With The Jocks - Against Me! (cw: homophobic and misogynistic language)
Androgynous - Joan Jett
Patriarch On A Vespa - Metric
The Ballad of Mary Magdalene - Richard Shindell
Sex Is Not The Enemy - Garbage
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Milford Haven - Oysterband
Seneca Falls - The Distillers
I'm In The Band - Bratmobile
Bros - Wolf Alice
Feminism Is For Everybody (With A Beating Heart And A Functioning Brain) - Anti-Flag

As usual, I'd love a comment if you download.

Also, if you like anything I post I encourage you to buy more from the artists.
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2017/61: Single and Single -- John Le Carré
'...what the hell happened next?’ He was so warm! He could feel it! It was here in the room. It was across the packing case from him. It was inside Massingham’s skull and begging to come out – till at the very last second it turned and scurried back to safety. [p. 282]

maybe slightly spoilery )

Meetings

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:06 pm
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I am trying valiantly to reduce the stack of bugs that I have at work. This is being complicated by the fact that we are in between version control systems, so I can't actually check in any fixes.

And then there are the meetings, which seem to take up ever increasing amounts of time. I pointed this out today to my boss.

"I suppose there are a great many meetings," he replied. "We should have fewer meetings."

"We could have a meeting to discuss how to do that," I answered.

Happily, he let me live. The fact that he was on the other end of a phone line probably helped. :)
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cheer me up?

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:40 pm
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I had the predictable depressive crash after disrupted sleep (Joe had to go out to work last night from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.--I fell asleep before he got home, but only managed to go to bed around 2 a.m., which is not optimal either).

Send cute kitten pics/silly gamer stories?

Alternately, leave me a silliness prompt and I might write you a tiny!silly!crackficlet?

In which a writing book gives me pause.

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:29 pm
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I was getting frustrated with my draft, so I impulsively grabbed Shawn Coyne's The Story Grid off the shelf (it was among the books that lived in All The Boxes--I don't remember buying it so it must've been a while back). And I can already hear the groan (a lot of people really hate this thing), but hey, it's working for me right now.

I decided to use it like a workbook and treat it somewhat like the WorldbuildingJune thing. I got through 36 chapters in two days (this is not as crazy as it sounds, it's got 69 chapters, they're not all demanding that you do a thing, and some bits are nicely bite-sized). Then I abandoned it for a few days because the 'unreasonably exhausted' status intensified to 'completely fuckin' miserable' and hasn't budged (no, not due to the writing stuff). I have tried to distract myself a bit; after I did my revamping and resending out of resumes, I painted some trim in the bathroom that needed a second coat. Then I figured I'd try to poke at this again and I'm still okay with my progress thus far.

some stuff abut the story grid. )

The current thing that has got me hung up a bit is lurking at the beginning of this chapter (entitled 'Math,' so it will be fun). It is only two short lines:

...before we dive into it, remember that you are not the problem. The problem is the problem.


I don't have a problem dealing with that when it comes to the story. But all I can think right now is that I wish I could get that thinking to consistently apply to the rest of my life. It might really help.

*especially since I yoinked my prospective story-beats list off of a comment in Quora. It was a movie-based list, which meant it has exactly the elements I wanted. But I'm thinking it could be applied to only one of the two major POV/plotlines, as one can easily be nudged into one subgenre and one could actually be a different but complementary/overlapping subgenre--and THAT is exactly the kind of thing that working through this book sparked for me. I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. But I do like to make things interesting. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but I think it's worth trying and the results could be neat.
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But the updates are all done now so here I am.

The big news, such as it is, is that I made the appointment with the guy we want to fix the cottage. On August 14th, at around 4. So that's taken care of.

And the other big news is that I got Black Mold in the mail today, the next ben Aaronovitch graphic novel. I started reading it before I called Oldest Brother. So far, so good.

Aside from that, yesterday I went out for Carvel with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. No dinner afterwards though.

Today I made the appointment with the contractor, as I said. Talked to the FWiB both nights, and all is well. I texted to The Kid both days too, to let her know what was up.

The light in the turtle tank is out again. I swear those bulbs burn out faster than... I don't know what. Very annoying, and expensive.

Tomorrow I'm free and have therapy in the morning. I'll talk to her about my anxiety over the cottage.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. The Kid.

3. Friends.

4. Carvel.

5. Good books.

6. Made the appointment.

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