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by Rosemary Benton

The complex range of anger, fear, acceptance and love that characterize the relationship humans have with robotic life is hardly new ground for science fiction. You have stories that explore societies controlled by artificial intelligence like in Jack Williamson's With Folded Hands, stories in which robotic life works in service to their human superiors in accordance with Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, and stories that span every possible combination.

The newest addition to the science fiction sub-genre dealing with the evolution of humanity and its integration with robots came out this month in the form of the movie The Creation of the Humanoids. Following its premier in Los Angeles on July 3rd, this intriguing film made its way into theaters across America, including the theater in my city. It suffers from several weaknesses, but more than makes up for them with solid dialogue, interesting characters and a plot that makes the audience think.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 12:31 pm
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Scott's response on giving away the crock pot was "Hallelujah!!" We just have to figure out an easy way to transport it. Our cleaning lady is thinking that she'll bring a sturdy bag and take one piece a week. I think the base the lid are light enough to go together, but the stoneware inserts are really, really heavy.

I ended up not writing yesterday. The afternoon and early evening got devoured by insurance related stuff. There's a receipt I can't find that I'm about 60% sure I submitted for a claim, but I can't find any indication on the Aetna statements that they ever got it. I also haven't managed to find it in any of the places I keep those receipts.

Then, while we were eating dinner, our power went out for about an hour and a half. Scott and I decided to go out in search of some sort of dessert, but the first place we tried had too long a wait for seating. The second had already closed for the evening. We went to Plum Market for the half price baked goods and then ended up at Wendy's for frosties. After we had paid, they handed them to us with straws, telling us that they were out of spoons and that, if we really wanted, they could give us forks instead of straws.

Cordelia's pediatrician told me that I will have to talk to the sports medicine people about guidelines for what she can safely do in gym class. I really hope they don't need to see her in order to do that because there's pretty much zero chance that they could see her for that before October, not the way non-emergency appointments go at the U.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 12:30 pm
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I'm looking for suggestions for story idea generators that might appeal to Cordelia. She says she wants to write but has no ideas. Anything I suggest is, naturally, too parentally tainted to be interesting, so I thought maybe some of those generators that slap ridiculous ideas together might help.

I don't play with them much, so I have no idea what's out there or how to find them.

A couple of requests?

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:22 pm
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It's Friday and Jodie Whittaker is still playing Thirteen. I TOLD YOU I WOULDN'T BE OVER THIS SOON.

Anyway, my requests are teeny tiny ones. Apparently now that I've given up on LJ entirely, I've lost the good icon sources.

Can anyone point me to some Thirteen icons? I know ya'll have them, because I've seen some, so point me that way?

And if anyone has some good Bill icon sources?

Actually, if anyone knows where the Doctor Who icon makers are posting to on DW that would help *so much*.

I have posts I need to write. Posts about England/Worldcon trip plan (less than two weeks, OMG!) and arranging meets, an AMA post, probably MORE Doctor Who thoughts. But right now it's hot and humid and my ridiculous big fluffy cat keeps sitting on me and so my brain is too fuzzed out to make them.
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The first part of our 71019 The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Collectable Minifigures review concerned the heroes but today we turn our attention to the villains as well as the citizens of NINJAGO City. These include some of the most anticipated characters along with many new parts so I hope that the range will continue to impress.

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Whoops up late again.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:21 am
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I am very tired and going to bed now. Yes.

Sorry for such a shitty entry but I know if I stop making daily entries I'll go months without updates and I'm TRYING to keep some sort of life-record so I can remember shit in the future, so yeah.

Nothing much today, domestic stuff and fic, mainly. Now is naptiem, yup.

A Father's Love - Giles & Dawn

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:14 pm
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A little vid I did 'cause I couldn't find any of Giles & Dawn.  I love their relationship 



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Jul. 21st, 2017 11:57 am
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The “Junie Joins the Girl Scouts” pair of stories, published on October 18, 20011 & 2013.
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There are words a mother never wants to hear. I’ve got a list of them; I keep it in a notebook which is otherwise filled with very boring accounting. I don’t want to give the kids ideas.
Read on!!




Our garden has been loving the sun-rain-sun-rain cycle.
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Take a Peek!




Originally posted February 13, 2012. Part of the Aunt Family setting.
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The bonfire had died down to embers by midnight. The children were asleep, the husbands and brothers drinking beer and playing poker, and the sisters-in-law settled off watching the children.
Read On!

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Jul. 21st, 2017 09:55 am
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I hate the mornings I wake up exhausted.

We did move my columnar apple trees from MiL's house and plant them in a line in the front yard last night (well 3 out of 4 anyway; we were getting peered at by lightning, so there's still one in its half barrel sitting on the protected side of the house where we abandoned it). Honestly, planting a few tiny trees is not a good reason for me to be completely wiped out after a full night's sleep.

I'm more inclined to blame 2-3 straight days of re-evaluating and re-plotting a story, and general emotional Nope. And yeah, I am actually still deeply upset by some of my long-time deeply loved artists up and ending their lives one by one. Music's important to me--their music's important to me, but y'all that already know me, know me. I know you're not surprised. I know a lot of you feel the same, too.

Doom!Twin01 is having a gaming convo with W somewhere else in the house, the dining room, probably. Just to add to the fun, the kid talked to a recruiter on the phone yesterday and now we have to take her over to Tinton Falls today to talk to the Marines.

Emailed the job I really want earlier this week, 'cause I hadn't heard anything. The nice HR guy apologized, said they hadn't made it thru all their applicants yet, and he was hoping to be able get back to everyone at the end of this week one way or another? Maybe? He hopes? So I'm antsy about that, too (They interview, hire, and train in groups, and I've been on the other side of that proceedure. If they're actually doing the 6-part interview process I experienced with everyone? Yeah, he's having some very long days right now.)

Recruiter just called to confirm. D!T01 took the oppertunity to get a hookup for her twin. So now they're both going. They're really going outta their way to try me now.

So I reached into the bedside table, and pulled a stone out of the bag. I got back DONO NTOASO - the double praise drum. I gave it a squeeze. Took a deep breath. I'm going to finish my tea and carry the fuck on, and keep trying to give a hand up (or at the very least try not to wound) anyone I meet along the way. Godsdamn I'm fuckin' tired. Could be worse, tho. I've definitely been worse.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:49 pm
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Inhumans

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:33 am
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My reaction to literally every trailer I've seen is, "Why is Medusa wearing an ugly purple dress and a bad Party City wig?"

The Randomiser: The Myth Makers

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:26 pm
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I wasn't really sure what to expect from The Myth Makers going into it. I have a fairly low tolerance threshold for so-so comedy and, while it has a good reputation, it is also Doctor Who attempting comedy in the 1960s and I had not been overly impressed by The Romans.

Actually it is surprisingly good )

I would genuinely love to see what The Myth Makers actually looked like. Doctor Who so rarely whole-heartedly tries to do comedy and this has some great dialogue and comic moments. I would have liked to see the actors faces as the lines were delivered. Watching telesnap reconstructions of old Doctor Who is definitely a fans-only past time, but if you feel up to the effort then I would say that The Myth Makers is more rewarding than many.

Newsletter, Thursday 20th July

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:13 pm
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BUFFY: I have all this power. I didn't ask for it. I don't deserve it. It's like... I wanted to be punished. I wanted to hurt like I thought I deserved. I sorta think?you know, this is, um, complicated. If you'd rather just fight...
HOLDEN: Tell me.
BUFFY: I feel like I'm worse than anyone. Honestly, I'm beneath them. My friends, my boyfriends. I feel like I'm not worthy of their love. 'Cause even though they love me, it doesn't mean anything 'cause their opinions don't matter. They don't know. They haven't been through what I've been through. They're not the slayer. I am. Sometimes I feel? this is awful?I feel like I'm better than them. Superior.
HOLDEN: Until you can't win. And I thought I was diabolical?or, at least I plan to be. You do have a superiority complex. And you've got an inferiority complex about it. (laughs) Kudos.

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Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. You're surrounded by a forest of oak trees, stony ridges, and a tranquil lake—completely isolated and alone in nature. But in 1918, visitors to the 1,146-acre park were unaware that they were in the company of a group of women hiding among the rocks, trees, and grass.

... The women disguised in special (and fairly creepy) dried grass or "rock suits" were student military camouflage artists, or camoufleurs, of the Women's Reserve Camouflage Corps, a forgotten division of the National League for Women's Service.

Rec: The Turnaround podcast

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:59 am
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 I’ve been listening to a new, limited-run podcast, The Turnaround, in which Jesse Thorn interviews well-known interviewers about interviewing. It’s not a topic I’ve given special attention to before, other than getting annoyed when I think someone is doing a bad job interviewing. But I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and NPR shows that include interviews, so I have really enjoyed this opportunity to think about how interviews contribute to news and stories and how they are produced and edited. While there are some themes that have come up in most interviews, such as the importance of listening, the guests also have some widely different approaches to other key parts of interviewing, such as how they prepare.
 
I haven’t heard all of the available programs yet, but I can recommend:
 
Audie Cornish, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, discussing interviewing in the context of daily news.  
 
Brooke Gladstone, of On The Media, (essential weekly listening, imo) on the more critical, in-depth interviewing style of this program.
 
And then, it's interesting to contrast those interviews with two people who usually do much more lengthy, free-form interviews:
 
Susan Orlean, who writes books and long-form magazine pieces, and speaks thoughtfully about how she enters different communities and approaches interviewing "regular" people.

Errol Morris, the documentary filmmaker. He described liking to get interviewees to talk for extended lengths of time, and that is also his approach to being interviewed - long-winded and rambling, but still interesting.

If it weren't for podcasts like this, I would probably do much less housework. Anyone have recommendations for good listening? 

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