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I love the ship designs in "Bodacious Space Pirates." The anime itself is like a roomful of #scifi geeks were dared to write a girls' adventure show. (Never mind the name.)
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Yeah, I read a review by +Erica Friedman  that convinced me to give it a shot! I do think the title is a hindrance to the series. :/
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I was just looking up PLOS ONE for my co-worker, and saw this. A good fit for somebody. Many more jobs here: http://www.plos.org/about/jobs/
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Recommendations for an inexpensive, beginner-welcoming, out-of-shape-person-friendly physical activity that happens 1-2 times a week? (That was vague on purpose. :)) Yoga classes, low intensity hiking meetups, taiko groups...?
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+John O'Halloran :D What day(s) of the week are beginners' classes? I wasn't quite able to parse the website schedule. Fridays?
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This happens to me, and I'm not even a professional. (It's one aspect of my professional life. It's not something I was specifically trained to do, nor is it the primary aspect.) Recently, I saw in passing some term from another language meaning "leaving things unread," with the implication that you don't want to spoil something. I do that; I think out of a fear that it won't be as good as I'd hoped. I had a couple of serious letdowns last year and the year before! But the copy-editing infestation in my brain, along with the tendency to analyze things from a sociological point of view, is also an issue. That's definitely part of why I put off reading a couple of friends' works way, way too long in the past few months. (At least now that I'm older, I know one doesn't HAVE TO mention errors that slipped through, unless an upcoming reprint is announced or feedback is solicited! It's good to grow...)

Anyway, it's a good piece. Hat-tip to languagehat, oddly enough.

"There is a danger to copy-editing. You start to read in a different way. You start to see the sentence as machinery. You focus on the gears and levers that connect words to one another; you hunt for the wayward semicolon, the unintentionally ambiguous phrase, the clunky repeated word. You even hope they appear, so you can kill them. You see them when they’re not even there, because you relish slashing your pen across the paper. It gets a little twisted.

As with any kind of technical knowledge or specialization, it is possible to take copy-editing too far, to be ruled by it, to not quite be able to shut it off when it ought to be shut off."
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I've worked hard to stop doing that--to try to be sympathetic to the authors and editors, knowing that mistakes can always slip through--instead of feeling superior because I caught the mistake. I think that finding an error in a resume I'd sent out, despite having proofread it at least a dozen times, helped cure me of the "gotcha" mentality. Not to mention, of course, all that I've learned about language and language errors and "errors".

Sadly, like most people who've struggled to reform themselves, it's easy to transfer my wrath to the people who still play "gotcha" with errors in print. I have to remind myself that they haven't studied what I studied, and I should have as much patience with them as with those who make mistakes in print.
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So, in an effort to capture ideas and write when my laptop isn't usable (e.g. when we're watching slow-moving First Doctor episodes on the laptop, or in the bath, or on BART, or whatever), I've made the unusually-smart-for-me move of getting this blank book. It's proved really useful already, because I always get ideas when it's really inconvenient. Despite thinking I'll remember them the next day, I usually don't if I don't write them down. As a bonus, it's beautiful--the blue parts are iridescent--and a pleasure to write in. Now I need some decent pens. My hands and wrists already hate me because of excessive  typing and driving, so I need something with a nice fat barrel and not too short overall. I can't spend a fortune and I might lose them anyway, so nothing too precious, but I'd love to hear about your favorite writing pens. (Bonus points if they're good for doodling--I like to sketch characters and places.)

The only stores near me for pen-purchasing are Office Max, Staples, Kinokuniya, Maido, and Paper Source. (There's no Paperchase here, but Paper Source is essentially a knockoff of it.)

Thank you!
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To be honest I don't use them. I do use mechanical pencils a lot. Your right they don't last here. Hey lets get off this, what ever it is and I will put you in one of my circles. That way we can talk pens or whatever and i don't have to remember to get here. Too much Twitter, Facebook and Google. I am going to try it.
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I ran across a piece of sf art that I liked and followed it to this artist's account:
http://tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.com/gallery/

His favorites by other DA artists look good, though I haven't had time to go past the first page yet:
http://tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.com/favourites/ (It's DA, so don't be shocked if there's an R or X-rated favorite somewhere in there.)

Don't know if you can see large-size images without an account, but I hope so. :)
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I'm really pleased! SJC is the the best-kept secret in the Bay Area. Though the airport's amenities have been slow to modernize (the food is slowly improving), the important thing is that it has the LEAST delays of any bay area airport. (SFO has the most.) It's great that it's the closest to us. I like Virgin America a  lot, so I'm pleased that they're going to offer some service from SJC.

Now if only there were some decent public transportation to SJC from here. That's the other thing it's lacking.
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+John O'Halloran Better than nothing for sure, but a bit of a pain with luggage! Good to kow though.
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Any suggestions on how to do a more thorough, realistic cost of living comparison than the generic one that most sites give you?

For example, most have a standard number for groceries that isn't accurate at ALL for me. They always claim groceries cost more in the SF Bay Area than where I used to live, but it's not true for the way I shop. (Produce at the farmer's market, cereal at Trader Joe's, etc.: a lot of the staples I buy are cheaper in California, where they're produced, than in the South, and a lot of the organic/Asian/etc. items I buy are cheaper in California, where they're standard/there's competition/etc., than in the South, where they may be specialty/luxury/local monopoly items.)
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Here's a great art tumblr (sometimes NSFW):
http://fantasyofcolor.tumblr.com/
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Very nice stuff.
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Hello! I've been writing off and on since I was a kid, but the fiction part's been mostly off since I hit college and grad school and had to write so much nonfiction all the time. I'm getting serious about it again, but I'm in the beginning stages. I'm working on things that I'm not quite sure how to describe yet...sort of crossgenre. We'll see when they've shaped up more! My favorite writers include Charlie Stross, Kij Johnson, Christopher Fowler, and Scott Lynch. I'm going to jump right in with a question over at Advice+Resources.
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Hi Clarissa!  Scott Lynch ftw!
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Currently, I teach ESL at an intensive English program.  I have a master's degree in English with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) option, and I speak some Japanese and a little Mandarin Chinese. I'm a pretty well-rounded geek, thoroughly eclectic, and seriously interested in almost everything. 

After some time away from fiction writing, I'm returning to it and getting serious about it. I'm also working on academic and non-academic nonfiction writing.

Some of my favorite things include walking at Coyote Hills Regional Park, a good pencil sketch coming together, finding great new restaurants, Doctor Who (unashamedly), Studio Ghibli films, NorCal car trips, and when the stars align so that an actual science fiction movie is released.
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The individual people are nice, but something is terribly wrong here. Every time I place an order, this is what happens: 1) I call in and request the same supplies I need every time. 2) Nothing happens. 3) I call in and they say they don't have any such order. 4) I request the supplies again. 5) Sometimes, repeat 2-4. Sometimes, it arrives (see next step!). Sometimes, the wrong equipment arrives and we have to start over. (Once it took me 6 months to get a simple refill order.) 6) Their courier service throws the box (of, you know, medical equipment) onto my porch from the sidewalk. What's going on here? I don't know, but it stinks. If you have any options, go elsewhere.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Yuki is one of only a couple of authentic, Japanese-Japanese restaurants in Fremont. It often gets low marks on certain review sites because people go in expecting Crazy Super Gonzo Rolls and they throw a fit when they don't get them. Well, too bad. It's not that kind of place. Here you will find Japanese home-cooking-style dishes (nabe, croquettes, etc.), basic but good sushi (nigiri and maki), basic but good sashimi, a very short selection of California-style sushi rolls, and a handful of unfussy fusion items because, as the Japanese friend who introduced it to us said, "the chef likes to experiment." Their Cali-style items are actually pretty good; they smoke their own salmon, as I recall, so the smoked salmon and cream cheese roll is unreasonably delicious. Their mackerel is excellent and it's the first place I ever really liked it. Ramen is not a specialty, though; I would get that somewhere else. Service can be slow. Prices are fair; combination meals are pretty large. Adjust your expectations and you will have the best Japanese eating experience in Fremont. If all you want is multi-colored rolls with lots of sauces, though--and I admit those can be tasty--please go somewhere else.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
fabulous real sichuan food, very spicy and full of chili oil. the pickled greens with pork and the cumin lamb are great. they also do spicy hot pot. if you're going to order egg rolls and sweet & sour pork, this restaurant is not for you.
Decor: Very goodFood: ExcellentService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
a decent choice on the way to or from the airport, especially if you might not be eating for another 8 hours.
Decor: GoodFood: GoodService: Very good
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mostly hype. the lobster rolls are expensive and, of course, you then have to eat your chowder and rolls in your car or outside. the verdict on the lobster rolls was "meh" and on the chowder "fine, i guess." not worth the lines, cost, or awkward dining experience.
Decor: Poor to fairFood: GoodService: Very good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
A decent choice on the way to or from the airport, especially if you might not be eating for another 8 hours.
Food: GoodService: Very goodDecor: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
An okay choice.
Food: GoodService: Very goodDecor: Good
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