I’m getting tired of answering questions at Yedda or Yahoo!Answers, then seeing my answers scraped and used as content on other people’s blogs. I’m probably going to keep answering the questions, but just answering with a pointer to a post here or at one of my other sites. Ordinarily, I’d put this particular answer over at another site, but I’m rebuilding it right now.
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And now I have it, too. Damn it. I had tried to get back to blogging daily, but good intentions just didn’t hold a candle against the entire household coming down with the flu.
For some reason I thought Tamiflu was a one or two-pill affair, but I suppose I had it confused with one of the other antivirals. I have to take this for ten days! And apparently it gives quite a few people stomach flu symptoms on top of the misery they’re already in or trying to avoid. Happily, that isn’t happening to me so far.
I’m not feeling very chatty, though. So I think I’m going to curl up with the new delivery of mailbox books from the library and apply myself to some brainless reading. Anything that requires brain will have to be sent back and requested again some other time, because I won’t be able to appreciate it. (I admitted that I was sick when I kept re-reading the same few pages of Halting State with absolutely no trace of comprehension.) Now I wish I’d made different selections!
I’ve tried all the different plugins that claim to work with WordPress for cross-posting to LiveJournal, but recently I’ve gotten errors from everything. I’ve asked for help from the authors in their forums and nothing seemed to be happening. And then I saw this: Banned Because of Live+Press’ Bad Behavior. That’s from the current maintainer of Live+Press, the plugin I’ve had the best luck with overall. Continue reading “Oh. That Would Do It! (That Problem With Posting to LJ)”
The following was posted to a mailing list I’m on. Of course, it was surrounded with the usual “send it to everybody you know!” admonitions. I don’t do that, and I usually delete anything so marked. But I did find the information useful, so (after editing a bit, I admit), I am reposting it. I made no material changes, and take no credit for the information therein. I’d be happy to give credit to the original author if I can find any creditable attribution.
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Walking Dead by C.E. Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve enjoyed the other Walker Papers novels, but Walking Dead definitely showed more depth and maturity than the earlier volumes. Both the author and her lead character have grown very nicely. Joanne is far from perfect, but she doesn’t make the same mistakes over and over again, which is a pet peeve of mine and occurs all too often in some other authors works. (There’s consistency, and then there’s refusing to learn from mistakes to the extent that I have to believe that a character is too stupid to live.) As for the author, it’s incredibly refreshing to read a series that does not fall into the all-too-familiar paranormal romance formula!
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I updated the Warning: Fat Lady Ahead page (finally!) today. The resources page had to be split into a separate page.
Katie seems to be feeling a bit better. She slept through most of the day, and just got up a few minutes ago (right at the end of my and Sam’s date) feeling like she could eat something. Solid food, even! That’s progress. Since she didn’t have any antivirals, I don’t think this was really the flu. She should still be much sicker if it was. I’m not at all unhappy about that. Continue reading “Maybe It Isn’t the Flu”
My girl has the flu! And she had not one, but two flu shots this year! She caught it from her sweetie down at Georgia Tech, and if there’s a place in Georgia that’s more international than the airport, that’s it. So I suppose it’s one of those strains that she wasn’t vaccinated against. But still!
The young infection vector was given a prescription for Tamiflu, but I haven’t heard much more about his condition since the visit to the student clinic. She’s barely able to stay upright, but wanted to go down to stay with him (his mother apparently having offered her a ride during one of her trips to deliver a care package). He kindly offered to take care of her so as to avoid infecting the bear and I. As sweet as that is, I don’t really think it wise to have the two sick kids dependent on each other, no matter how good their intentions may be.
Yes, I am a Mean, Mean Mommy, but she’s sleeping too much to really protest. There’s also the fact that she can’t stand to speak much due to the sore throat. Of course, she’s curled up in our bed, which is the preferred refuge for sick children, even when they’re All Grown Up at 19. Kyoshi is keeping a close eye on her, with breaks to check on the angle of sunlight in the kitchen and living room.
That shouldn’t be worth posting about, but it took more work than it should have. Summary: I probably should have stuck with Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combinations, because I didn’t have a problem with the previous set I had and never had occasion to call their technical support. But since I bought a Microsoft product, it was worthwhile to hound them until they came through on their warranty, despite the fact that the experience was somewhat painful.
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By Blood We Live by John Joseph Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This thing is an enormous tome! I don’t know if it has been released in hardback or not, but if it has, that version has to be anchor-worthy. I requested it from the library because Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette had stories in it, and I’ll read pretty much anything either of those worthies publish. I didn’t expect to care for most of the rest, and didn’t plan to do much more than flip through them.
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