Indepedence Weekend

Jul. 4th, 2015 08:38 am
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Not much to report. College friend and her husband are visiting this weekend. Yesterday, I dressed up and we went to High Tea at The Rittenhouse Hotel. I drank a whole pot of Assam with brown sugar and milk. The scones were perfection. The tiny egg salad sandwiches melt in your mouth.

Then we took a walk along the river before bussing across town for Franklin Fountain. It had a huge line due to holiday visitors, but we got ice cream anyway. ...Yes, I had a root beer float for dinner.

This morning, a parade! I hope the rain holds off.

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Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:45 pm
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Apparently when I'm home and downstairs working, I cannot be left alone to my own devices because one parent or another is always talking to me if they happen to be home. I've been distracted by my dad so many times this morning I let loose a long, angry little "fuuuuuuccccckkkk." Which is par for the course! But Dad was all "gee... hard words." NO YA THINK?

It's especially annoying since I work best in the mornings atm, given how really hot the afternoons get and I'm just tired all the time after noon.

But I did get started on my dissertation stuff. Re-reading stuff in my proposal, and I realized there's a bunch of things I just cannot do while I'm here. So I might go back early August after all, so I can get to writing. For now, though, I'll just read all the articles I've downloaded and start synthesizing some ideas. Hopefully I'll have enough scribbles to really get started once I'm back in California, and will have exploded my proposal a bit more.

Some of the comments make me realize just how vastly far apart my writing style is from my adviser's... she's got "this is a convoluted sentence with ten ideas in it" and I go "well, yes, that's the point, because all told breaking them down is not for the proposal to do and anyway, I come from Twitterland where economy of words is important."

SIGH.

New music!

Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:54 am
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I waste spend a lot of time thinking about my music collection, as apparently I never own enough. With the advent of purchasing individual MP3s, I've gotten both worse and better. Worse because it's a lot easier to browse music online, and find more and more and more. (Bandcamp, I am looking at you! In fact, I do plan to look/listen at you during my vacation week.) Better because I don't buy as many full albums; if I only really really want two songs, then I have saved money.

Going to the gym, and having an MP3 player that I can carry anywhere, has also aimed me more towards buying a variety of individual songs as opposed to full albums, unless those full albums fit my purpose (mostly gym) throughout. I listen to songs more in the gym than anywhere else, these days. This biases me towards things that work for me when I'm working out: steady beats, heavy beats, things that are fast or have drive, variety of styles to keep me from getting bored.

Soundcloud streams "Lydia" by Highly Suspect, which is one of the songs I just bought. It's probably too slow for the elliptical, but might be good for weightlifting.

I am hoping this will keep me going on the elliptical: Plan B - Pa'l Piso ft. Yandel (on YouTube).

I also bought a bunch of Nicki Minaj and songs by The Do, Lolo, Doomtree, Courtney Barnett, Lolawolf, and Marina and the Diamonds from the new album, Froot. Yay new music!

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 1st, 2015 09:06 am
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I forgot to mention that last week I re-read Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which was a good thing, as it turns out I am moderating that Readercon discussion on the book for which I volunteered at the last minute. I am still annoyed by the ending, because the story stops right before the guys are banished and Ellador is supposed to visit the outside world. Unless, of course, Gilman meant to leave us with nothing but questions.

Spoilers ahead, if you can spoil something published in 1915.

It's pretty clear Ellador is not going to be down with the roles of women in 1915ish America - so when Ellador goes back, would Van be allowed to go with her? Would he want to, or would there now be a rift between them? Jeff doesn't leave. His wife is pregnant, and he was getting along in Herland quite well. He expresses no regrets, but would he ever want to bring his child into his own world? Terry, after his crime, would not be allowed back, and I wonder if, once back home, he would sever his friendship with Van. Or if the guys would stick together regardless. I don't like the idea of Ellador potentially dying of disease once she leaves Herland, but that is hinted at as a possibility by Van's narration. At the beginning of the novel, as an introduction, Van states he doesn't have the notes and drawings he made in Herland, and he sounds as if he is alone, though that might just be to conceal future plot elements from the reader.

Does anyone know if some modern writer ever did a follow-up novel?

This week, I bought and read Persona by Genevieve Valentine. It's not that long. Set in a future where international politics takes place (nominally) through the medium of national celebrity diplomats - Faces - and the freelance press is underground, sometimes in the guise of paparazzi (Snaps), it follows one Face (Suyana Sapaki) and one Snap (Daniel Park) through a series of dangerous events. It's essentially a thriller but with a lot of excellent characterization and worldbuilding. I would love to read a sequel to this, with more on the Snaps as well as the Faces.

Also purchased as an ebook this week: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett. This will be a re-read, for a Readercon book discussion. I thought about excavating for my print copy, but decided against it partly because that would be a pain, partly because the e-book means I can carry it easily to the con. Also, with an ebook it's really handy to be able to highlight relevant passages.

All For One by ironychan is a fanfiction novel that starts out with Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson looking for Bucky Barnes, but almost immediately veers into an adventure story involving Natasha Romanov, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, lots of clones, a talking bird, trust issues, an eventful trip to South America, and a monkey. I highly recommend this one. Also, it appears the author has another novel featuring Iron Man.

If you're in the mood for a long, indulgent angst-o-rama, and don't mind lots of Britishisms in a story about Americans, I'll Keep You Safe Here With Me by sara_holmes is long and meaty. It's Hawkeye/Winter Soldier slash, which I hadn't previously encountered, but is apparently a largish subgenre. Set post-Avengers, Hawkeye is hiding out and drinking himself to sleep every night when the Winter Soldier, who's just barely getting some memories back, kidnaps him. A massive road trip ensues, in which they help each other with their assorted issues and PTSD. I will confess the Britishisms grated on me, but I liked that both characters needed a friend, and I love road trip stories.

Finally, roboticonography wrote Frozen!Peggy in Flames We Never Lit. It is one part from being finished, but it felt reasonably finished already to me. The continuity of it bypasses Agent Carter because it was written earlier than the show, and involves some comics canon (Nick Fury has been around since the 1940s). Peggy volunteers for a cryogenics program and is not revived until 2012, when she is the only survivor. I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever seen a story in which Steve and Peggy get to have a happy relationship together in the future, which surprises me a bit. It was written before CA: Winter Soldier came out, so the eventual Bucky plotline goes in a different direction. Pepper Potts takes the place of Angie as Peggy's main female friend.

I'm still considering myself on a book-buying ban until I read more things I already have. Sort of. I want to buy a print copy of Lisa Bradley's collection at Readercon, so she can sign it for me. Also, I might allow myself one nonfiction book from Wesleyan Press if there is something I absolutely can't resist, because they give you a discount at the con.

That said, for future reference: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older is out.

Warg, things to do

Jun. 30th, 2015 08:35 am
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I have my Readercon schedule now (see yesterday's post), and as usual, I have some reading to do! This year, three of my panels are Book Club ones. Luckily, I'd already re-read Herland and clipped a bunch of quotes; yesterday at lunch, I tidied up the file to help organize my thoughts. I'm leading that one; I plan to do a little research as well, to help me come up with good questions.

Of the other two book club panels, one is a new book I'm a bit more than halfway done with; I've read the other, the Pratchett, but it's been so long, I need a re-read, so that will be next. The new one (Persona) is going very fast.

Of my two regular panels, one is a fun one that will require only a little advance prep. I'm leading the second, and it's a heavy one, so that one will get the majority of my prep time.

I also need to make a packing list and, well, start packing. I'm taking the train up, which means I need to be able to maneuver my luggage up and down a lot of stairs. Haven't decided yet whether I'm going with a knapsack, or a small wheelie. Both work pretty well on this sort of trip. I absolutely loathe packing right before I leave. I prefer to be mostly done a day or so in advance, with only the last bits for the night before.

Tomorrow is July 1. I leave the morning of July 9th for the convention. In between now and then I have dayjob every weekday except one day of jury duty, and in the evenings, my usual gym visits, two dinners with friends, a visit with out-of-town guests the Friday and Saturday of 4th of July weekend, and the intramural softball all-star game/home run derby (as a spectator). If I'm lucky, jury duty day will turn out to be a good day for Readercon prep!

[photos] War Drobe of Spair Oom.

Jun. 29th, 2015 10:19 pm
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Estimated closing has been bumped back to mid-August.

Results from Friday's adventures: We'll need to install a whole new septic system because it was tiny and messed up and trees ate it (The septic guy was cool. He had all these cameras and state of the art stuff for the inspection, but when it came to actually finding the septic tank? He pulled out his dousing rods and divined for the thing. I'm still grumpy that I missed that part).

Friday also involved The Stone Pony's outdoor stage with Mariachi el Bronx, Flogging Molly, and Gogol Bordello on it, and it was BRILLIANT, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Saturday's adventures involved the 203k value analysis. The sweep for any hidden underground oil tanks is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Asbestos test for the old tiles and plaster patches is also happening this week. Inspection period is up on Thurs, so everything's gotta be filed with the attorney before then. I have one last bit of paperwork to fill out for the mortgage folks (which is basically 'decipher and then explain any and every late payment on anything ever from back in 2010-2011' *cue brain-splode*), I need the 203k inspection results, which will inform me what we have to fix, baseline, to get FHA loan approval, and then I have to start interviewing architects and contractors to do that work plus make the place functional. Have I mentioned that I'm really glad that we're in the business we are? I'm pretty sure trying to manage a 203k renovation loan on a fixer upper would have been beyond my scope otherwise. The house fixation is slowly, painfully paying off. But I feel like if I pause to so much as breathe, the whole mad dream goes poof and slips away.

No pressure.

Anyway, I promised pictures of her as she stands, and those I have. No I did not forget the kitchen lamppost. It was almost impossible to keep the lamppost out of the kitchen pics, really. )

Readercon 2015 schedule

Jun. 29th, 2015 08:55 am
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Readercon Schedule!
Friday, July 11, 11:00 AM. G
Drift-Compatibile Fictional Characters.
Amal El-Mohtar, Victoria Janssen, Nicole Kornher-Stace (leader), A. J. Odasso, Navah Wolfe.
The film Pacific Rim created the idea of two people who are "drift-compatible," able to live inside each other's minds and memories without sustaining massive psychic damage. Let's use this as a metaphor to explore our favorite speculative fiction duos—whether they're friends, traveling companions, siblings, or spouses—and talk about what makes those deeply intimate pairings work.

Friday, July 11, 6:00 PM, F
From the French Revolution to Future History: Science Fiction and Historical Thinking.

Christopher Cevasco, Phenderson Clark, Jonathan Crowe, John Crowley, Victoria Janssen (leader).
Arts journalist Jeet Heer wrote, "It's no accident H.G. Wells wrote both [The] Time Machine and The Outline of History (one of the most popular history books ever), [and] it's no accident that science fiction writers are also often historical novelists: Kim Stanley Robinson, Nicola Griffith, etc." For Heer, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and horror can all be grouped under the meta-genre of fantastika, and all emerged from the "epistemological rupture" of the French Revolution, which "forced us to think of history in new way, with new emphasis on ruptures and uncontrollable social forces." Is Heer right to see these commonalities? Is it useful to think of historical fiction in fantastika terms? And how do speculative genres borrow from historical ones?

Friday, July 11, 7:00 PM, ENL
Recent Fiction Book Club: Persona

Victoria Janssen, Kate Nepveu (leader), Fran Wilde.
In a world where diplomacy has become celebrity, a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country in this near-future political thriller. For author Genevieve Valentine, restraint is a mode of composition, both in the beautifully understated sparsity of her prose and in her protagonists' taut, tense stillness. In Persona, where the degree to which one has or has not smiled reveals or conceals a wealth of information, restraint is crucial to a Face's survival. Persona brings up questions of identity and celebrity, managing to be a tense, carefully wrought thriller while still nodding and winking at the camera. You'll never look at a red carpet the same way again.

Saturday, July 12, 9:00AM, ENL
Classic Fiction Book Clu: Herland

Ken Houghton, Victoria Janssen (leader), Sarah Langan.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a prominent social critic and lecturer at the turn of the 20th century, is perhaps best known for her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," a chilling study of a woman's descent into insanity, and Women and Economics, a classic of feminist theory that analyzes the destructive effects of women's economic reliance on men. In Herland, a vision of a feminist utopia, Gilman employs humor to engaging effect in a story about three male explorers who stumble upon an all-female society isolated somewhere in South America. Noting the advanced state of the civilization they've encountered, the visitors set out to find some males, assuming that since the country is so civilized, "there must be men." A delightful fantasy, the story enables Gilman to articulate her then-unconventional views of male and female roles and capabilities, motherhood, individuality, privacy, the sense of community, sexuality, and many other topics.

Saturday, Jul 12, 1:00PM, ENL
In Memorium YA Book Club: Hat Full of Sky

Stacie Hanes, Victoria Janssen, Shira Lipkin, Rachel Steiger-Meister, Emily Wagner.
The second book in the Tiffany Aching series sees Pratchett's young heroine ready to begin her magical apprenticeship, which goes nothing like she expects and leads to trouble, especially with other young witches-in-training. What she doesn't know is that something insidious is coming after her, and none of the other witches can help. We wanted to do something to mark the death of genre giant Pratchett, and while any of his books would be worth talking about, the Tiffany Aching series is some of his most thoughtful work. The adventures of a young girl learning what it means to be a witch speak deeply to readers, as she demystifies some aspects of witchery and finds deeper mysteries of life and magic in others, all while learning to be clever, kind, and brave. Readers of all ages are welcome to join the conversation.

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Jun. 29th, 2015 11:11 am
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At Incheon in a lounge right now hanging out! I attempted more sleep, less movies this time, because I slept very little the night before and was in LA all day. Spent the afternoon at a friend's house in Baldwin Hills (it was a fancy house, holy crap).

I did catch two movies:
ANNIE -- OMG SO GOOD SO FUCKING GOOD. Quvenzhane was AMAZING, her character was so charming. The updating of the plot was really well done, used social media in a great car/helicopter chase scene. The presence of whiteness is SO interesting considering the racial make-up of the side characters. I've not seen many reviews commenting on Ben Stacks becoming more connected in a community way (that the movie ends with Annie cutting the ribbon on a literacy center) (Stacks' heart visibly breaking when he finds out Annie is illiterate after that AMAZING performance) (Annie covering up with performance art) (UGH ALL THE FEELS) (WHY DIDNT I SEE MORE META ON ANNIE ON TUMBLR I DONT KNOW) (ALSO, wtf that MoonQuake Lake movie scene with THE RIHANNA AND MILA KUNIS CAMEOS and everyone geeking out after?? SLAY ME HERE WHY DONT YOU) I'm going to get diabetes from this movie omfg. Definitely something to buy on DVD.

SEVENTH SON -- ..... This could have been a better movie except for the shitty world-building. Why would you construct a world where there are people hunting down witches because witches are categorically evil and most of the plot revolves around the complicated question on whether witches deserve to be left alive because they can actually do good? How do you manage to balance a cast with POC characters who are all antagonists and hella exotified? UGH. What I did appreciate was that there wasn't a lot of Male Gaze Fail (no gratuitous gore, no gratuitous sexual violence, there's a sweet fade-to-black love scene and the emphasis is clearly on the feelings the characters express for each other) and the witches were actually interesting, and the main character, who IS the Seventh Son, is also grappling with some interesting ethical issue (which fall flat because of the scripts dedication to the good/evil dichotomy and status quo rather than continuing to challenge it as he did throughout the whole film).

Dreamwidth news: 26 June 2015

Jun. 26th, 2015 05:45 pm
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from Portland, where Dreamwidth has assembled for this year's Open Source Bridge. (Which remains my favorite conference ever for how wonderfully welcoming and diverse it is.)

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ZOMG VACATION IS COMING

Jun. 26th, 2015 08:16 am
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Dayjob will continue to be insane through Monday, June 29th, at 5 pm. The crazy dials down a bit after that, at least for me, even though my boss will be gone for two weeks.

I have July 3rd off from work, for Independence Day - friends from Maryland will be in town, and we're having high tea that day at the Rittenhouse, probably with some 4th-related activities on the Saturday.

July 6th, a Monday, I have jury duty, which totally counts in my mind as vacation, since I will not be at dayjob. I work Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday, July 9th, I leave for Readercon, coming back Sunday night; I got my train tickets yesterday.

Then I have a whole week off ZOMG a whole week. I think I will mostly hang out around town drinking coffee and reading. I'd like to get rid of the clothes and books I've been culling, that are hanging around my bedroom in grocery bags, but relaxation comes first.

This weekend will also be entertaining. I'm going to see Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene at the African-American Museum, followed by dinner and a Tim Burton-themed burlesque show. The weather is supposed to be rainy all day, and I was racking my brain on what to wear, since there will be no opportunity to change in between being a tourist and going to the show. I realized this morning I should just wear black, and carry my black lipstick and some eye makeup with me, because nothing says Tim Burton like Goth, and I wouldn't look too freaky at the museum. I still need to figure what clothing exactly, but now I know what I'm going for.

Last day of the June hols.

Jun. 26th, 2015 06:08 pm
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I know, it’s too short a month.

But I did work on Ming Zhu & The Pearl that Shines, attended a panel on women in science fiction, planned work, spent time with my girls, and slept. At the same time, I am also coping in the change in dosage for my treatment and the slew of side-effects that arrived after.

Key words to self: never give up.

Code push!

Jun. 25th, 2015 09:20 pm
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We will be performing tonight's code push in a few minutes. There'll be a brief downtime, but not longer than a few minutes. (Ideally, that is.)

I'll update this entry when we're back, and people can report issues here.

EDIT: New code is live! Please report any issues here.

We're currently having an issue with the image proxy for accessing the site via HTTPS -- images are currently failing to load. We'll have that fixed as soon as we can.
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Yesterday, there was no softball game because the other team forfeited. Five of us showed up for practice, me and four men. We practiced infield grounders, me playing second after being catcher most of the season.

I played second for one season, back in middle school, and after catcher it was my favorite. I'm still not bad at fielding and knowing where to throw and all that. But I felt slow and clumsy next to my teammates, all but one of whom are younger and all who are in much better shape. I missed a couple of fast grounders that I couldn't get to soon enough - in a regular game the outfielder would have been backing me up. I also have lost some of my throwing strength. I can make it to home from second base, but it takes effort. I doubt I could do it repeatedly. I'm not sure how much of that is due to simple lack of practice, and how much due to impaired elbow mobility (the sidearm throws I used in my season at third base don't work well any more). Another physical issue, in guiding the ball, is my middle finger, which has "trigger finger" and doesn't bend well; I've mostly been compensating for that, though.

Close to the end of practice, I hurt my hand. I wasn't sure how at the time, but now I think I caught the bounce on the heel of my right hand instead of in the glove. I didn't notice anything until I stood up, ball in my glove and right hand poised to grab it. Then I froze, because owwww, soft tissue injury. The bruise came up immediately; it's still mostly in the middle of my palm, with one bit higher up, more black than blue today. I can close my hand, though.

I think my expectations of myself are higher than that of my teammates. I feel like I'm letting them down when I'm slower, or less powerful. I don't like that feeling, and I tried to think it out. Should I just accept that I will not ever be Joe DiMaggio, or hold onto hope for improvement if I practice more? Would I be satisfied with a small improvement?

I never played co-ed before; my team as a kid was all girls, and my college class was at a women's college. I didn't grow up playing baseball, which involves faster movement of the ball, with more momentum. I will not learn to be as fast, or throw as hard, as a bunch of men who are mostly in their twenties and thirties, or a highly athletic man in his forties. A couple of the female players are better than me; all are younger and in better shape. How can I keep from letting my physical abilities tinge my fun with regret?

Advice?

I'm not invested much in whether the team wins or loses. I'm invested in my own contributions, and how they make me feel.

Code push Thursday

Jun. 25th, 2015 01:48 am
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We are currently planning a code push for about 18 hours from now (the night of Thursday 25 June). We'll probably begin around 9PM Pacific time, although it might be a bit later. As always, we'll update here and our Twitter offsite status when we begin.

Wednesday Reading

Jun. 24th, 2015 08:45 am
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Spoilers! I finished Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace, which overall I liked, particularly the mixture of post-apocalyptic science fictional supersoldier program with the supernatural world of ghosts. I also liked the ending, but I wished it had been more complex. I don't think it should have been so easy for an institution that had been a major part of this town's society for so long to be discarded, even with its head removed. I'd be interested to hear what others think of this book.

My nonfiction reading this week has mostly been from issues of The Economist, to which I have a year's subscription (using airline points). I didn't realize it was a weekly magazine, though I should have. I am utterly failing to read them in order, which is kind of interesting, actually, when I read analysis of a projected event after it's already happened and compare the two. I mainly chose this magazine for its outsider perspective on the US, and the way its world coverage is biased in a different direction from American press.

I also made a little progress in A Companion to the Fairy Tale (2006) edited by Hilda Ellis Davidson and Anna Chaudhri. I seem to be in the section that's focusing on specific geographic areas.

Heart, Have No Pity on this House of Bone by Sena is, basically, Bucky In the Pacific Theater, and Also He Is Gay. It takes place before Captain America: The First Avenger, and I think the author did some research on what it was like to serve on Guadalcanal. Incidentally, this is by the same author as last week's rec.

Poor glove!

Jun. 23rd, 2015 09:02 am
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Another bit of lacing broke on my glove last night during warmup for the double-header, necessitating a rearrangement of the shoelace holding the fingers together! But I was catcher, not very strenuous in this form of softball, so it lasted okay.

We won both games, and it looks like the last one has already been forfeited since the other team has too many people heading out on vacation. I need to check how long the relacing and replacment binding will take, to see if I have time to send my glove off and get it back before the playoffs.

We went out for drinks and appetizers afterward, and I didn't get home until after 9:30. On a weeknight! Shocking!

Post-Litha/Summer Solstice!

Jun. 23rd, 2015 11:17 am
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A very belated Litha/Summer Solstice (and for Southern hemisphere folk - Yule!).

Also:

Would you like me to start a new page to discuss Dragon Sisters (my YA Qing China fantasy)? (This includes Xiao Xiao & the Dragon's Pearl as well as Ming Zhu & The Pearl that Shines?)

That means a FB page.

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Jun. 22nd, 2015 06:46 pm
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"Oh California would be so awesome," said my buddy Vinh when I was trying to decide whether or not to take the UCR offer. "All that sun!"

It's my third summer and I've spent most of it feeling like garbage thus far because it's the fucking desert and I hate the climate here.

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