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But, in lighter news, I have been spammed by another dodgy journal, which seems to think I am a woman physician and wants me to be on its editorial board. I do wonder what kind of a journal it is when it wants not only a CV but a photo from applicants...:

[L]ooking for prominent physicians in the field of Women's Health, to be a part of the editorial board to convey finest clinical resource and increase scope for best clinical understanding.

The journal is looking forward to peers with top academic aptitude whose judgment is highly regarded within the journals main discipline.

I think judgement will be highly regarded in ignoring such solicitations.

Ironing: done.

Online check-in: done (also I managed to improve my seat somewhat without actually paying and arm and a leg for the upgrade).

So, anyway, general status: wibbling.

American Gods 1.04.

May. 22nd, 2017 02:29 pm
selenak: (Illyria by Kathyh)
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In which it becomes apparant why Bryan Fuller delayed a certain reveal as much as he did.

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May. 21st, 2017 08:19 pm
oursin: Frontispiece from C17th household manual (Accomplisht Lady)
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Bread made during the week: a brown wheatgerm loaf that seems somehow a bit bland.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 50/50 strong white/white spelt flour.

Today's lunch: sea bass fillets marinated in whisky + avocado oil + tayberry vinegar + salt & pepper, and smoked over hickory chips; served with garlic roasted purple sprouting and tenderstem broccoli, oven fried sweet potato chips, seasoned with garam masala, and fine asparagus healthy-grilled in pumpkin seed oil and sprinkled with elderflower vinegar.

Doctor Who 10.06

May. 21st, 2017 04:14 pm
selenak: (Bill Potts by Ella_Rose88)
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I've found a Bill icon!

Spoilers get existential )

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May. 21st, 2017 10:38 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lotesse and [personal profile] nilchance!

Black Sails recs

May. 20th, 2017 08:13 pm
selenak: (Max by Misbegotten)
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Both have spoilers for all four seasons.

A place of our own: Anne heals and adjusts to the new world, post show. Great Anne Bonny exploration, and her relationships with both Max and Jack are well presented.

Letters of Marque: brief messages written between Thomas, Miranda and James at different points of their lives. Short and heartbreaking.

Not feeling the Gracie Fields here

May. 20th, 2017 03:45 pm
oursin: Painting by Carrington of performing seals in a circus balancing coloured balls (Performing seals)
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Sometimes there are projects and commitments that occupy a significant part in one's life, but when they are over, one heaves a sigh of relief and goes off humming 'My chains fell off' to oneself.

In other cases, one thinks, what? what am I going to do now? even if, for the duration, one has been entirely aware of other things nibbling at the edge of one's consciousness that need doing.

Even if it's not entirely over.

(In fact, after I completed the first draft of The Biography, there were rounds of editing it down, followed by all the fun stuff of publication such as copy-edits, proofs, the marketing questionnaire, etc: but still, it was a significant moment.)

One wonders if Arnold Bennett ever had this feeling, or whether he just went banging on to the next thing, whether it was another novel, short stories, journalism, non-fiction, or his diaries.

(I remember seeing an adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns at the Vic c. 1970...)


And, I think, completely unrelated, Rome has a problem with wild boar; wolves mingle with surburban Germans; mountain lions frequent LA. All around the world, city life seems increasingly conducive to wildlife. (I was, wot no lionesses whelping in the Roman streets?)

Fallen into the hands of pirates?

May. 19th, 2017 07:32 pm
oursin: Cartoon hedgehog going aaargh (Hedgehog goes aaargh)
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Lately, noodling around the interwebs, I came across these and a couple of similar links:

[PDF]The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 3 - DottorInk www.dottorink.it/.../ZG90dG9yaW5rSVJBWVlFVVctdGhlLWNvbWZvcnRhYmxlL... The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 3 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 315 pages - ebook. A memoir by Madame C C that has been a Lady of the Demi Monde these ...

[PDF}The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 1 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 220 ... www.cfjc-investments.com/.../Y2ZqYy1pbnZlc3RtZW50c0lXQUlXQVlJLXRoZS1jb... The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 1 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 220 pages - ebook. A Memoir by Madame C C that has been a Lady of the Demi Monde these ...

which lead to the following URLs: http://3b0ks.com/books/VWJZa3NJUkFZWUVVVy10aGUtY29tZm9ydGFibGUtY291cnRlc2FuLXZvbHVtZS1V.books http://3b0ks.com/books/VWJZa3NJV0FJV0FZSS10aGUtY29tZm9ydGFibGUtY291cnRlc2FuLXZvbHVtZS1B.books

which have actually changed from when I first clicked through a day or two ago and said WTF.

The site claims 'It should be noted that http://www.goodzbooks.com is a simple search engine of software/apps available at a wide variety of third party websites'.

And if you click on the links, you get a popup saying you must be registered, and if you click on that link, it goes here. That says it's free, but the actual home page seems to indicate that it's a subscription service.

Okay, inasmuch as I make these available for free, as the unedited, unpolished collation of the freely available original posts, I'm not sure I'd object if someone was making them available similarly gratis, but I'm not entirely persuaded that this is what is happening, or, indeed, what is actually happening here and what the game is.

There seems to be some tie-up (ripoff?) with Goodreads as GR reviews are cited.

Does anyone have better knowledge of what's going on here? And whether there is anything one could/should do?

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

The Americans 5.11.

May. 19th, 2017 01:31 pm
selenak: (The Americans by Tinny)
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Watching a show about Russian spies set in the 80s is increasingly weird when contrasted with the current day reality. If only the KGB had known back then how incredibly easy it is to get the entire Republican party to do their bidding…

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May. 19th, 2017 09:20 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] clanwilliam!


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