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  • Felicity

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    Geek princess, speculative fiction writer, dinosaur enthusiast, cat-friend.

    Also I make pie for @yaypie.

    http://felicityshoulders.com

    • Felicity
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I mostly work from home, writing, so I don't know that I can excuse my mouth by citing a tense work environment. I sometimes moonlight as a high school substitute, and there I have found myself saying incredibly dorky things to avoid swearing, so I …
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    • Felicity
      Felicity
      Felicity
      Interesting! I just finished listening to Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson's verse novel about her childhood, and there's a poem about how her mother wouldn't allow them to listen to any music with the word 'funk' in it, which for a few …
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    • Felicity
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I've always been pretty fond of vehement expressions. Maybe it's because I grew up with a dad who said things like 'GOD OH FISH-HOOKS' when he dropped something on his foot: the sort of thing that would have been considered swearing in the 19th …
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    • Felicity
      Felicity
      I admit I've dialed my reply habits to observations about conversation-starters: so if anyone but you, Chris, had started that hedgehog thread, I wouldn't have gone merrily down a huge tangent about saber-toothed cats...but I was pretty darn sure …
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    • Chris
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I assumed not since stripes are unusual and tigers live in forests, which I don't believe Smilodon did, and this thoughtful little article seems to bear me out! We shouldn't despair of finding out for sure, of course: we've gotten pigment data for …
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    • Chris
      Felicity
      Felicity
      Man, I have to watch that! I think people are particularly obsessed with keeping tigers. I went to a big cat rescue in Florida once, which mostly had animals seized from bad private keepers like this. For fun I kept a tally all day of the species …
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    • Chris
      Felicity
      Felicity
      Just today I learned that some Victorian English households kept hedgehogs in the kitchen to eat cockroaches! I looked it up to make sure it wasn't a just-so story, and apparently it's true. Some Victorian housekeeping manuals suggested it, while …
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    • saeedjabbar
      Felicity
      Felicity
      Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, read by Lindsay Duncan -- I just finished my approximately annual listen of this audiobook. Austen is difficult to get just right aloud: you have to have a feel for her dry humor, and be able to be true to the …
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    • Victoria
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I just finished reading Revenant Gun by Yoon-Ha Lee: it's the end of the Machineries of Empire trilogy. It's a dark, complex space opera setting -- the basic premise is that the physics and technological possibilities of this universe are …
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    • saeedjabbar
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I have had a daily practice at some times of my life but not recently. I haven't usually had an easy time with mental meditation techniques -- not that it has to be easy! -- but physical techniques, from yoga to some sorts of dancing, seem to work …
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    • Victoria
      Felicity
      Felicity
      This topic always feels like a pop quiz to me: I don't naturally read brand new books, but I've been trying to break with my own reading habits and read that way specifically in science fiction and fantasy so I can be abreast of my own field :) …
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    • Chris
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I have no way of capturing a hummingbird but my eye, but we get quite a few here: they love a few of our plants, including the butterfly bush. It's not native in Oregon, and some consider it invasive, but I haven't been able to bring myself to root …
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    • dkeller
      Felicity
      Felicity
      Here is a thread from a British Financial Times columnist living in Paris, which gives some context I found useful. His point about spending power in the rest of France is interesting, and makes sense of some dynamics I've sensed speaking with …
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    • dkeller
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I read some analysis arguing Russia is actively encouraging the Gilets Jaunes movement, but I'm having a hard time putting my hands on it again. I should bookmark everything interesting!
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    • grumpywitch
      Felicity
      Felicity
      I've met quite a few polyamorous people too, mostly through the kind of geek I am: they seem to be more common in sci-fi/fantasy and tabletop roleplaying game circles than elsewhere. It would probably be funniest to blame this on Heinlein, but I'm …
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    • rtwPaul
      Felicity
      Felicity
      The Great War is sort of like a horror movie, in that if you're watching it from outside, you are constantly screaming for everyone not to make each godawfully foolish choice they make, starting from the one that gets them into this mess at …
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    • JazliAziz
      Felicity
      Felicity
      There are some countries with large non-citizen populations and very different systems in place for citizens. The UAE comes to mind, where Emirati citizens have education, a safety net, and I believe guaranteed employment, and a culture somewhat …
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