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At her blog. Includes link to video (actually, to the video of a whole section of the awards ceremony, but she tells you where her part starts), transcript of the speech, and a lot of additional commentary.

Acceptance Speech Online! And Other Post-Hugo Neepery

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Happy Birthday rushthatspeaks!

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keyboard test

Testing my tiny new bluetooth keyboard for my ipad mini.

It feels a little flimsy, and things are in odd places, but it beats the hell out of the soft keyboard, especially for typing a post in HTML.

I keep hitting the slash instead of the space bar, though.

The manufacturer is Anker.

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Happy Birthday Lauand!

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Hppy Birthday oyceter!

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Manga Question

Do y'all think I would like Tokyo Ghoul?

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Happy Birthday rachel-reicheru!

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Messing About with Journal Styles

So you can see (either right here, or by clicking on the DW crosspost link, depending on where you are) that I have been changing up my DW journal layout. I've been wanting to do a Saiyuki-themed layout for ages, but despite many years' experience with HTML, the layered CSS used by LJ/DW for sophisticated changes in layouts still gives me the sort of brain lock I associate with learning new mathematical concepts.

DW recently added a "Bannering" layout, so I thought I'd give it a try. After an hour or so of tinkering, I'm cross with a number of things. The main one is that the journal title uses the journal text font color. Who the hell thought that was a good idea? Of course people might want to have the title of the whole shootin' match in a different color than the body text. Also, IMHO, the title ought to be in its own container with a limited width so that it forces a longer title to wrap instead of extending across the entire banner. But this is what I get for not buckling down and figuring out how the actual code works. Oh well.

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Hugo Award Nominee

Maia Drazhar is the youngest son of the emperor of the Elflands, but his mother was a goblin princess whom his father married for diplomatic reasons. He has spent all of his eighteen years in exile, first with his mother but most recently alone except for his guardian, an embittered drunkard. But then Emperor Varenechibel IV and Maia's three older half-brothers all die in the same airship accident, and the unwanted boy wakes up to find that he has become the emperor.

The outline of the story is a classic fantasy trope, but Maia never obtains a magic sword nor leads a troop in battle. He finds the imperial palace to be every bit as lonely as the dreary manor house of his exile, at first, and his deprived upbringing has left him ill-prepared for the task of ruling a large, complex empire on the verge of an industrial revolution. And that airship accident? Wasn't an accident … .

On the basis of my own reading and the writeups I've seen from others, your enjoyment of this book will depend a lot on whether you can deal with a lot of (fairly well done) antiquated formal language in your dialogue and whether you would like something that "fulfills … wishes about nerdy, bullied people achieving great things through peaceful means" (to quote writer/editor Nick Mamatas, who did not find the book to be his sort of thing at all). I enjoyed it enough that it's already become a comfort read.

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Note: Katherine Addison is a pseudonym of Sarah Monette, a/k/a truepenny.

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