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I decided a bit last minute to join the coming week's Booktubeathon. I'm aiming to read 7 books in 7 days. Which is why I picked very short books. *winks*

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I'm back from my holiday, and in fact back to work this morning *moans*.

Continuum 13 was a great convention. All the panels were fascinating and the audience only irritated me in a couple of them. And every single one I went to had no more than one token man. I've heard there were some that had more, but not many. Funnily enough, the discussions were still intelligent, insightful and entertaining. I was vastly amused and suspect a certain programmer did it on purpose. *winks*

I steampunked up on the Sunday as the Ditmar Awards were that evening and survived the whole day in a corset without getting sore until late evening. Hurrah! I was also incredibly restrained book wise.

May Wrap Up

Jun. 5th, 2017 08:08 am
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I had a really good reading month, even if the video is a bit later than I wanted.

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This particular readathon did not quite go as I hoped.

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This is the first video I've filmed using my new lighting attachment for my phone. Hmmm...


May. 1st, 2017 10:54 am
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So I participated in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon again this past weekend and had a great time. I read about 1,272 pages overall. I also filmed a vlog throughout the 24 hours.

I hoping I might finish The Left Hand of Darkness today at least. I don't have far to go and I have the day off work as a recovery (and also laundry) day.
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I'm doing my third Dewey's 24 Hour Readthon this weekend. It starts for me at 10 pm on Saturday, so I intend to read for a couple of hours, sleep, then watch Doctor Who as soon as it is available on iView in the morning so Twitter doesn't spoil me. Then my entire Sunday until 10 pm will be spent reading. I do need to try and run if the weather allows it, but that is what audio books are for. ;)

The lead up tomorrow will hopefully be spent studying, tidying up enough that I can safely vlog in all my usual reading spots and making sure I have everything I need, appropriate snacks and drinks included. I have Monday off work because I'll need to recover, do any chores that were ignored and probably work on my essay (due Sunday week).

I have filmed my TBR. I won't read everything, but I find that a readathon requires options and different formats so that my concentration doesn't start to fail.

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So I've been experimenting with filming on my iPad using the youtube app this weekend. Booktube is inspiring, though frankly, it probably won't last with me. I'll get distracted. But, I've just posted my to read pile for the Dewey 24 hOur Read-a-thon, which starts in just under 5 hours. SO I thought I would post it here too.

The Books

Binti - Nnedi Okoarafor
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal
Four Doctors - Paul Cornell
Asterix - Goscinny & Uderzo
Trickster's Choice - Tamora Pierce
The Red Queen - Isobelle Carmody
Gemma Alone - Noel Streatfeild
The Green Mill Murder - Kerry Greenwood
And Furthermore - Judi Dench
One Small Step - ed. Tehani Wessely

I won't get them all read, obviously, but I wanted options to switch between if I got stuck. And frankly, should the mood take me, I'll grab anything off the shelf.


Jun. 30th, 2013 08:05 pm
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I think I'm much calmer regarding much of last weeks kerfuffling now, though whether I can articulate my thoughts is a completely different question.

Let's start with Australian politics, shall we? Oh hell...

Roughly 3 years ago, Julia Gillard deposed the sitting Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, as leader of the Labor Party before his first term as PM was up. She the proceeded to call an election, which ended up with her being able to form a minority government. Not the most elegant way to rise to be the first female Prime Minister of Australia, but she did it, and on the back of a highly competent stint as deputy and Minister for Education and Workplace Relations.

While I have not always agreed with her policies (her stance on gay marriage is bizarre considering that she is not at all religious), I have respected her as an intelligent, highly competent woman. Her question time speech regarding the misogyny of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was a truly awesome moment in Australian politics. So awesome I'm going to repost it.

Seriously awesome.

What is in no way awesome is the treatment that she has had to put up with over her 3 years as leader of this country. Would a male PM be told he wasn't qualified because he chose to not have children? No. Would a male PM be judged on what he wore? No. Would a male politician have his girlfriend asked on public radio if she were gay? No. This treatment has been constant and appalling.

On top of this, the media and memebers of her own party have been constantly fanning talk of leadership challenges. FOR THREE YEARS. Kevin Rudd did not quietly fade into the background.

All of this led to what happened on Wednesday. A petition for a challenge was circulated. Julia Gillard decided enough was enough and called a spill. The vote occurred and once more Kevin Rudd is the Australian Prime Minister.

I said it on facebook at the time. I have never had particular problems with either Rudd of Gillard, beyond not always agreeing on politics. What appalls me is the sexist filth that has been flung at her over three years. I'm appalled at the blatant disloyalty she's had to face as the most powerful woman in Australia.

Most of all, I am appalled that we are in a situation where Tony Abbott is most likely to win the election this year. Yes, Kevin Rudd is the prefered PM according the polls, although the liberals are ahead on two party preferred. Quite frankly, the idea of Tony Abbott as PM frightens me. He has no visible policies and no matter what he says to the contrary, he has a 15 year record of mysongynistic statements. And I won't even start on his plans for the public service which are impractical and would make me fear for my job.

So I will be voting for Kevin Rudd. He may have behaved appallingly, but I am not willing to risk a Tony Abbott government.

Huh. I don't think I have the energy to discuss Wendy Davis and the DOMA decision after that. Yay to both, though.


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