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I was almost flattened at epee, but I learned a few things, and it was fun. Also, the bruises are excitingly polychromatic.

Foil was cool -- the directing was so consistent and professional. The pool was odd -- I (D06) defeated a B 5-4 and lost to a U 5-4. My first DE was against a lefty who'd beaten me in the pool. I won 15-10-ish. Yay! My next DE was against the #4 seed, who beat me 15-1. Ahem. Well.
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I need help remembering the source of a quote. Bartlett's can't help, and neither can Google or Wikipedia. Perhaps my Google-fu is weak. Let's say you've misspelt something and must admit it. I might type: "Oh, the embarrassment. I blush so fiercely that the papers on my desk ignite and all of Tennessee burns. This blots out the sun for a decade. All die. Oh, the embarrassment." I remember reading this sort of "oh the embarrassment" tag in a science fiction novel probably 15-20 years ago, and that's the earliest source I know of. I can't recall it, though! Does anyone know where this sort of thing originated?
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(Thanks to [personal profile] thomasyan for bringing this to my attention. )
Octavia Butler, writer of dark, intricate, creative sci-fi, has died. The books of her Xenogenesis trilogy (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago) were  perfect science fiction - they explored human nature by contrasting it with an all-too-human alien species - and also harrowing-yet-charming coming-of-age tales.   I had anticipated many more enjoyable stories from Ms. Butler, who was only 58. RIP.

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I am the proud holder of a shiny new D06 rating in foil, thanks to finishing third in a 31-fencer mixed D-and-under tournament. Woohoo!  Between the adrenaline and the aspirin, none of these things bothered me at the time. There was some glare on one half of one of the strips, and a dodgy bit of floor on another. Between those two things, I ended up fencing half of my bouts very aggressively in order to spend as little time in the bad areas as possible. :-) Oh, well, it's no bad thing to have a reputation as an aggressive fencer, I suppose.  

Alas, the epee competition didn't go as well. I'm still struggling to use opposition and binds effectively in competition, and I for some reason lacked the point control to score the arm- and hand-shots that are normally my bread-and-butter in epee; at my height (lack of), those are the only safe areas to aim for.
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Andreas Katsulas, better known to me as Ambassador G'Kar of Narn, has just died.
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A colleague and I were talking about dominance fights and survival fights the other day. Politics was mentioned. (Heh) Then I saw this piece about "police" among macaque monkeys and how they actually get their position in the hierarchy by voting. Intriguing.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20060126/sc_space/theprimatepolicemonkeycopskeepgroupsinline
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk .


Leave a list of fictional characters in your journal that you would love to get a message from. It is your friend-lists' (or random LJ surfer's) mission, should they choose to accept it, to write you an in-character "letter" from a character on that list in your comments or referenced there. Then they post their own list in their journal and the process continues!



  1. Paul Atreides

  2. R. Giskard

  3. Cordelia Naismith

  4. Ethan of Athos

  5. Friday (Heinlein)

  6. Matt Dodson (Heinlein's Space Cadet)

  7. Jean Claude (Hamilton)

  8. Susan Ivanova

  9. Odysseus

  10. Reuven Malter (The Chosen)

  11. Jack Burden (All the King's Men)

  12. Hermione Granger


ETA Letters I've written:
1. For [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk from Gregor Vorbarra.
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Interested in English (and how it got that way)? Check out [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42's recent post on a new Old English holiday poem.
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Thanks to LJ-user thomasyan, who posted this link to a Firefly-Vorkosigan crossover fanfic, the second that I've encountered.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/marag/352866.html
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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Spoilers behind the cut-tag after some non-spoiler remarks.

10 PM, local indie bookstore. Cloak - check. Red hair - check.
Weasley-ish spouse - check. Prepaid book card - check. I entered the shop to find my
half-baked costume out-shone by several fully-baked ones. There were two
spot-on Trelawneys, one a child, the other a grownup. One very small
girl, no older than eight, was the incarnation of Ginny Weasley. Her older
brother, despite being blond, (spoiler for book 5)*, and smiling, was an
equally well-costumed Sirius Black. I partook of butterbeer, read
chapters of various books, and waited until midnight.

12:20 a.m.. I got home with it, called my pal three hours back in San Diego, read
her the front jacket, and then started reading. Taking breaks for sleep,
food, and messing about in the greenhouse (home.earthlink.net/~weyhey), I
finished up Saturday evening.

Rowling has recovered the art of story-telling here, I think. The fifth
book left too many vague, maddening hints, left too many actions without
consequences, and had too many characters acting inexplicably to sit
well with me. I still don't know if I liked it. This one, though, I liked.
This one resolves some old questions and introduces some rather larger and
more tantalizing ones. There is some interesting character background and 
everyone is back in character, after the bizarre aberrations of the last
book. There is some really neat and creepy (if not terribly original)
magic.























Spoiler-ific )


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Google Earth is now running on my PC. It is so much Wheee! fun and faster than just using Google Maps. I adored flying between the buildings in New York and Chicago, clicking on them, and getting phone numbers. The address-locator is isn't terribly accurate in smaller cities, tending to be off off by a couple hundred yards, but I could still see my white car sitting outside my house. Whoa. Unfortunately, coverage for Antarctica isn't up to the same level as the rest of the globe (gosh, wonder why nobody wants to fly over all that ice?), so I couldn't find McMurdo, or even Ross Island. This gizmo is such a time-suck; I love it.
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I love to fence, and one meets the neatest people...

Those of you who fence or hang around with fencers have probably already noticed the higher-than-usual proportion of romantics and eccentrics among them. This is a Very Good Thing. Here's an example:

A contest in which the winner gets an elaborate dinner )

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I was a chemist once. One spent days dessicating molecular sieves, sometimes blowing glassware, maintining strictly oxygen-free conditions, grinding ingredients in a mortar and pestle, then sat for weeks planning other reactions while the one in the furnace heated up to 900 C and cooled slowly down again.

Today I purified my first plasmid; it was through a super-spiffy kit from Eppendorf company. It worked the first try, and I've still got time to set up a restriction digest before I go home. I could, to use dialect from my youth, *totally* get used to molecular biology.
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Between the Red Cross, Oxfam, Care International, Doctors Without Borders, etc, how do you pick?

I've heard of Oxfam's work lately, mostly because they send me a newletter, so I picked them for my tsunami donation. It strikes me now that that their non-emergency work isn't necessarily a good representation of their emergency work, and that I really shouldn't have picked them solely on that basis.. I checked their website, and they are in fact making inroads on water and sanitation in Sri Lanka and Aceh. Also food and some shelter. So, it's cool that they seem to know what they're doing and I picked OK after all, but it got me wondering: what is a logical BUT QUICK way to pick a worthwhile disaster relief organization to which to donate?

Alternatively, tell me which aid organization you picked (or would pick if you had the cash) and why.
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Dumbfounded

Feb. 5th, 2004 05:59 pm
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I first read about knight2king a couple of weeks ago. It was only an interesting metaphor. Now, fleshed out with textual data, it's too compelling to ignore. I think I believe it. http://www.knight2king.net/Knight2King/Personal56.html
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JMB 9 Jan 2004
Nothing for the group.

Good grief, I wish we could use Current Contents here!

JMB 16 Jan 2004
Something for me!
Mapping A Amyloid Fibril Secondary Structure Using Scanning Proline Mutagenesis, Pages 833-842
Angela D. Williams, Erik Portelius, Indu Kheterpal, Jun-tao Guo, Kelsey D. Cook, Ying Xu and Ronald Wetzel

JMB 23 Jan 2004
Effect of Different Anti-A Antibodies on A Fibrillogenesis as Assessed by Atomic Force Microscopy, Pages 997-1006
Justin Legleiter, Dan L. Czilli, Bruce Gitter, Ronald B. DeMattos, David M. Holtzman and Tomasz Kowalewski

Two Types of Alzheimer's -Amyloid (1–40) Peptide Membrane Interactions: Aggregation Preventing Transmembrane Anchoring Versus Accelerated Surface Fibril Formation, Pages 1039-1049
Marcus Bokvist, Fredrick Lindström, Anthony Watts and Gerhard Gröbner
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This is really out-of-nowhere, I know, but:
In Neil Gaiman's _American Gods_, who is the god you can't remember when you talk to him?

JMB

Dec. 19th, 2003 05:08 pm
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Nothing for 12 Dec 03.
From the 2 Jan 04 issue:
The Mechanism of Insulin Action on Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Fiber Formation, Pages 221-231
Jennifer L. Larson and Andrew D. Miranker

And a thorough history of the elucidation B-DNA's structure via crystallograhy, then its confirmation by biochemistry:
The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix, Pages 3-26
Aaron Klug
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