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My dad's in the image because I refused to have my ugly mug stuck on Facebook. I paid for the car myself, but dragged the parents along as negotiator and moral support (dad and mom respectively). The blue car in the background is my old Mustang (1998 and on its last legs.)

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As always with any recommendations, YMMV, but I found all of these had strong writing and engaging characters. Not bothering with links because I know you people have Google.

Eileen Wilks, Lupi series - Heavy on the magically binding instant romance, but fun nonetheless. Lots of werewolf clan politics. There's also some fun moments of family politics with the main character's Chinese family.
Non-human peoples: Werewolf, were-other, dragon, demon, gnome, etc etc.

Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series - Post-magical apocalypse Atlanta. Main character kicks ass. Love interest is a little too much of an arrogant ass for my taste, but urban fantasy writers love taking the the "werepeople have pack structure" thing and making their male lead "alpha." Kate doesn't put up with too much of his shit. Lots of mythology from varied sources. Does something with vampires I had not seen before and like very much.
Non-human peoples: were-everything, vampire, gods, various and sundry from every possible myth

Patricia Briggs, the Mercy Thompson series - One of my favorite series. Mercy is a half-Crow shapeshifter who grew up in a werewolf pack. She's smart and mischievous. The first couple of books make it look like she's going to acquire a harem, but fortunately the author rethinks. There's some missteps in the books, but by and large the author successfully creates some fascinating nonhuman cultures. Her Faerie folk, in particular, seem to be pulled from every European myth and fairy tale ever. There are no Tolkien elves.
Non-human peoples: werewolf, werecoyote, vampire, all possible iterations of Fae

Michelle Sagara, Chronicles of Elantra series - This is the only one of these that does not take place on modern-day Earth. It's set on an alternate world that is roughly medieval/Renaissance, but in a large city populated by six different races. The high elf analogues act (refreshingly) like arrogant assholes. The main character is essentially a beat cop who moonlights as a midwife; she's very vividly and roundly written.
Non-human peoples: bipedal lions, winged people, psychic people, dragons, high elf analogues

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July 17th:
Beyonce's "Single Ladies" wants a man to take her "to infinity and beyond" - she wants to marry Buzz Lightyear?

File under "never listen to pop lyrics."

July 19th:
It's like they've met me. http://fakescience.tumblr.com/post/5642389508/stages-of-sleep

July 20th:
This is the most incoherent book review I have ever seen, even on Amazon. http://goo.gl/hbgxx

July 21st:
When I said I wanted to be cremated, I meant AFTER I was dead.

July 24th:
Xenogears LP thread has voted to name Chu-Chu "Chuthulhu." I am amused.

July 26th:
I can think of several people who need this for Xmas: http://tinyurl.com/3meyto8

Someone drawing all the FF5 jobs: http://obstinatemelon.deviantart.com/gallery/30444396 (Galuf = consistently awesome.)

July 27th:
Things that are cool: http://botjira.deviantart.com/gallery/

Fascinating. Tell your friends! http://www.testyourvocab.com/

July 29th:
That's it, I'm moving to a colder climate. Like, say, VENUS.

July 30th:
I own two actual glasses. One of them is being used to hold origami cranes. This probably says something.

July 31st:
Whoa. http://www.thetokyoconnection.com/store/anime-figures/blaster-transforming-usb-hub/

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June 24th
YAAAAAY: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-collins/albany-shocks-world-by-br_b_884440.html

June 25th
Every time I play FF9, I confirm my opinion that Quina is one of the best video game characters ever.

June 26th
The Godzilla cake is my new favorite thing: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunday-sweets-geek-wedding-cakes.html

June 28th
Every time I think I've seen it all. RT: @johnmoe: YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS. http://t.co/h9sZlhA #wits

June 29th
RT: @bstiteler: Proposal for #SDCC: a panel where illustrators try to pose in the same way they've drawn their female characters.

There is a lot of tastelessness in the world. And then there is this bullshit: http://gofugyourself.com/fug-the-cover-newsweek-06-2011

July 1st
This is amazing. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ItsAllTreasure?section_id=7551621

July 4th
“Look... I know my JRPGs and I know my Space. If YHWH shows up in either, it’s time to get the hell out of town...”

July 5th
This is a lot of fun. RT: @tmbg: TMBG & Onion's AV Club staff sing out on an unlikely cover of Tubthumping The video: http://t.co/wp9mFZ0

July 6th
Some of these are truly amazing: http://www.somethingawful.com/d/comedy-goldmine/fantasy-book-covers.php

July 8th
What is the world coming to? http://www.wral.com/news/strange/story/9835103/

July 10th
RT: @ladysisyphus: GUYS GUYS @RELBELLE JUST SHOWED ME THE BEST VIDEO EVER GUYS: Swedish House Mafia - Save The World, http://t.co/wE9lgvo

Wow. http://www.etsy.com/listing/77469168/okami-amaterasu-shinto-goddess-ooak

July 11th
I am cracking up at "tatterpunk." (aka "rags") RT: @Regretsy: Tower of Power http://www.regretsy.com/2011/07/11/tower-of-power/

July 12th
More bad book cover art! Kittens! Babies! The... Fireclown? http://www.somethingawful.com/d/comedy-goldmine/fantasy-book-covers2.php

This entire thread is inexplicably, weirdly, hilariously fucked up: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3422844

July 14th
Ooooooh. RT: @mrsclare: Fantastic Flying books of Morris Lessmore. Holy crap! http://t.co/gW2j5QP

Folks in the Xenogears thread are arguing over the best Gundam series. I'm tempted to just link them all to Gold Lightan.

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June 16th

I did not know most of these: http://www.cracked.com/article_19239_8-actors-you-wont-believe-voiced-famous-cartoon-characters.html

I'm so tired of having to tell the same damn people the same damn things I've already told them a hundred damn times.

June 17th

Okay, I hate high heels, but for some reason I love these. http://www.etsy.com/listing/55657230/limited-edition-killer-koi-heels

Also awesome: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72467081/hand-painted-shoes-orange-koi-made-to

June 20th

Had a dream where Lucas redid Empire Strikes Back. There's a scene where Leia finds Han's porn mag. Which he'd borrowed from Boba Fett.

Boba Fett looks like the Predator. Also Luke got brainwashed by the Emperor and the Federation (led by Picard) is helping the Rebellion.

Ebert sums up objectivism: "I'm on board; pull up the lifeline." (Atlas Shrugged review)

June 21st

Welp: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bank-58397-richard-hailed.html

June 22nd

I am completely loving this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/starless - lookit all the fishies!

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So twittinesis is down and loudtwitter won't work with secure twitter feeds. I'm posting old tweets for my own benefit.

19 May:
WTFWTFWTF RT: @Regretsy: http://www.regretsy.com/2011/05/19/despite-everything-i-believe-that-people-are-really-stupid/

26 May:
This sums up pretty much every group project I ever had to do: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2011-05-26/

I'm fond of A Swiftly Tilting Plane myself: http://beeblebabe.livejournal.com/602653.html

Cackling hysterically: http://ladysisyphus.livejournal.com/757393.html

27 May:
I hate when Franklin Street is underwater. Wait, what? http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/story/9653716/

30 May:
*snerk* http://www.etsy.com/listing/75056845/the-regretsy-conspiracy-embroidery

2 Jun:
FREAKING OUT NOW. RT: @mrsclare: “@laughingsquid: Star Wars Muppet Action Figures http://t.co/Qlfp4al” waaaannnnttt!

via PJ's FB: first image of Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel brandishing an array of fearsome Elvish weapons - http://i.imgur.com/b9mTu.jpg

3 Jun:
This guy Let's Playing FF7 is drawing very interesting parallels between Midgar and his home in Rio. They'd probably apply to any metro.

First time in years someone's said anything about FF7 that actually interests me. A lot of stuff is more powerful for city dwellers.

8 Jun:
The internet will never run out of stuff that boggles my mind. http://baddudes.bandcamp.com/track/dethfrog

10 Jun:
People are arguing vehemently about BCE/CE vs BC/AD in a Chrono Trigger thread. These people should be shot.

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  • 00:07:17: Dear game developers: randomized chests suck. Especially when they're the only way to get quest items.

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A belated happy birthday to you, warpig1979! I share with you the song my mother sang to me when I was a child.

This probably explains something.

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  • 09:34:22: RT: @thatjohn: What's your Nigerian Royal Wedding Name? To make it: your credit card number + full legal name + current address.
  • 19:58:38: Oh God, the voice acting... I can't stop laughing. http://youtu.be/bangt7d9vGA

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  • 13:01:37: There is a tiny lizard scurrying around on my balcony. Hee.

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  • 16:35:00: I am very, very bad at Order of Ecclesia. I have never died this much in a Castlevania before.

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  • 09:59:46: Sporcle is down. What am I supposed to do all day, work?

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  • 11:25:21: "I could figure this out for myself, but it's easier to just ask you." *headdesk*
  • 16:50:30: "We'll do anything to get this poster printed. That's right, ladies." - Darlin', you ain't that hot.

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  • 17:00:02: YOU CANNOT JUST "TRADE IN" UNIVERSITY PROPERTY WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE YOU INUTTERABLE ASSHOLES.
  • 17:00:25: ESPECIALLY CAPITAL ASSETS! JESUS H CHRIST ON A POGO STICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 11:44:01: Things I have learned from blitzball: half of Spira has its ass hanging out. Seriously, would it kill these people to wear full pants?
  • 16:15:11: Mom just called to tell me that my high school boyfriend died last week. I don't know how to feel about this.

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  • 10:00:13: What is the /point/ of DDoS attacks on LJ? "Ooh, I can prevent people from whining about their lives! Or posting fanfiction!"

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  • 10:37:18: Between everyone's allergies and just general Mondayness, it's like a zombie movie up in here, only the zombies want Claritin, not brains.

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  • 09:01:56: http://mynameisalldaymonday.blogspot.com/ - Google transcription apparently has some issues.
  • 11:48:19: Every little normal noise is getting on my nerves today. I feel like I'm going to stab the next person who talks.
  • 14:53:50: Please, please, please shut up.
  • 22:08:23: Have now seen the only bit of Top Chef I will probably ever see. Cookie Monster was awesome, naturally. :D

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The Map That Changed the World

I've read several books by Simon Winchester - Krakatoa, A Crack in the Edge of the World, The Professor and the Madman - so when I picked up The Map That Changed the World I expected to enjoy it as much as I had those.

Not so much. In fact, not so much to the point that I couldn't finish it. I honestly couldn't tell you what was different about this particular book, other than the author's tendency to go on and on (and on) about how unjustly his hero had been treated, but I just can't recommend this one to anyone.

Atlantic

On the other hand, this one was pretty cool. It's pretty deeply Eurocentric, and I'm not sure he realizes quite how much, but given that he's talking about the Atlantic ocean it's not that troubling. There's a lot of cool stories and strange tidbits and general randomness, and I had a fun time reading it.

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  • 15:16:14: RT @Bryan_Cash: Bioware's response to one person claiming that Bioware no longer caters to the straight male gamer - http://bit.ly/fU7qvt

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  • 10:31:32: I just realized that the giant rat of Sumatra is clearly an ROUS. Odds of anyone getting both those references... 50/50.
  • 16:15:23: (This form objected to both special characters and too many characters with "x field must have more than 3 characters." NOT HELPFUL.)
  • 16:36:56: “If you had genitals, I would so chop them off right now.” #nier

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  • 13:05:19: My body hates me and everything that I stand for. *thud*

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