Adventures with eBooks and DRM 1

Alternative title: I now totally understand why people might go pirate, and it has nothing to do with wanting free shit. My husband and I bought each other Nooks last year as a combination birthday/Christmas present. I’d been really wanting an e-reader since we’ve long since run out of shelf space, and I didn’t want ...

Being last sucks, I admit it.

Today was the first group ride I’ve done in 2013, a 45 mile roundtrip to Gunbarrel that was relatively flat for Colorado. Which really means fuck you hills, I hate you so very, very much. To say I survived it is probably charitable. I learned several things from the ride today: 1) A no-drop ride ...

Little girl gets boy underwear

I found this story very cute: Why I Bought Boys’ Underwear For My Daughter. Of course, the point is kind of that once again, gendered marketing strikes. Little girls only get appropriately feminine underoo options, little boys get Star Wars and the like, and there seems a total disconnect over the fact that little girls can ...

Steampunk Nominations!

Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Awards NOMINATION Page: for fun, for steampunk. I love that there is a best goggles category. And because, selfishly, I wrote a couple of short stories in 2012. ;) The Jade Tiger INFECTION (blog published only) And was in the Steampunk edition of Penumbra with a bunch of other amazing stories!

Good Boy 1

Yesterday my mom had her second dog, Willis, put to sleep. On January 8th, she had to let the first dog, Maxine go. They were both 14 years old. Maxine and Willis were littermates. Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows how tough this is. They give us so much love and don’t really ...

Contacts!

No, not this kind: This kind: I went to the eye doctor yesterday to get my glasses prescription updated and get measured for contact lenses. I left wearing a pair of contact lenses and feeling utterly euphoric. I used to wear contacts, years ago when I still worked for AT&T – I had to stop after ...

Support the arts! Form of: a British film documentary!

It probably goes without saying, but trying to have a career in the arts sucks. That was one of the reasons that compelled me to go back to school for geology instead of journalism, because there’s always that ugly little voice in your head that keeps reminding you that there is debt, and you have ...

Blogger vs. WordPress

I’ve become increasingly frustrated with Blogger as a tool, particularly since it’s pretty crap for cross-platform posting to anything by Google+. So I’m thinking about switching over to a WordPress blog. I’ve used WordPress a couple of times for the Clarion Blog and my Clarion Write-a-thon group blog, and I found the interface a bit confusing… ...

The end of the Violence Against Women Act

Okay, so it’s been over a day and I’m still trying to think of some kind of coherent response to the House killing the Violence Against Women Act. Because all I can really manage is a keysmash of rage. I mean, the Senate, the place where good legislation goes to die, managed to get its ...

Moving Sale: Anime/Manga/Jpop Stuff

Moving has completed and it’s all gone now! Here’s a list of all my Japanese-ish stuff I’m currently getting rid of, which my friend Sin talked me in to posting. So – buy my crap! Reasonable rates! This will all go away in a couple of weeks. This is how it will work: 1) Tell ...