May 22nd, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Kitties All Asleep

Spirit is in her bed, Loki on the recliner, and Junie on the crenellations. They're so cute like that.

I let myself sleep until I woke up today, which turned out to be about 4pm. I took a DVD to the post office and picked up two days of mail, which is about it for today so far.

Our governor has finally decided on his new method to give the vote back to nonviolent felons. It will be shorter than before, but they will still have to write a letter. The letter doesn't have to mention church now, just "a brief description of civic or community involvement." He will still be the one to to make the decision.

Drop-side cribs are going to be banned because too many kids have died in them. The comments think that having 48 deaths over 10 years makes this a stupid law.

26 horses have been rescued from a field where there were also goats and cattle (that went elsewhere) and are now in a rescue facility for horses. Most are almost starved and some are actually feral. The field also had skeletons and burned skeletons. The state isn't giving out the name of the owner of the animals (probably so he/she won't be stoned).
20111112, Marilee

The Mile-Long Spaceship by Kate Wilhelm

I bought this from a fan-emergency auction and it turned out to be a nice, rather old, collection. Six of the eleven had been published before; the other five were first published in this collection.

I liked all the stories, but a few were better than others:

"The Mile-Long Spaceship" where a man wakes up from a car accident and the doctor and nurse tell him he's been talking about being in space. Turns out that while he's in coma or close, he's telepathic enough to reach the giant spaceship and affect it.

"A is for Automation" has a factory that is completed run by an old-style blinking-light computer. The owner shows the feds how it works and how it will make what they want without any problems. An old man watches the screens and finds the computer, Sarah, making some changes of her own.

"Andover and the Android" are joined when the company boss thinks there's something wrong with bachelors and he finally has an android made specifically for him in secret. No problem until she starts doing things she shouldn't.

"No Light in the Window" has a couple trying out for the first spaceship from Earth. As the numbers of people get cut lower and lower, the wife is sure she won't make it and the husband is sure they both will. He's very sure of everything and she's more flexible which is why in the end, she goes and he doesn't.

This last one reminded me of something that happened when I was in high school. I'd been sent from local choir to regional with six other kids from our area and our director. After the auditions and choir singing and solos and so forth, they started reading names of who would go to state. I was sure that the other alto from my school was better than I was, so I knew if she got the last spot (of four, in random order) or not at all, I wouldn't win.

They started reading names and when they read the third name, I knew I wasn't going. Then the fourth name was read and it was mine. My friend Kenny was shaking my shoulder to get me up on the stage. When I looked back, the other alto had been telling me for a long time that she was better than I was, but I'd performed professionally when she hadn't. I'd let her push me into something that wasn't true.
20111112, Marilee

Lila Says

The packet blurb says this was controversial and it's non-rated and it's obvious why from the beginning (assuming the English subtitles were accurate for the French). The female protagonist doesn't talk about anything but sex.

This is one of those stories that has a bit of present time in the beginning, most of the story in the past, and then a bit in present time. In present time, the male protagonist is writing the story that was the real story in the past. Lila flirts with him and he's shy enough that it takes a while for any sexual activity to occur. However a rival group-leader also likes Lila and they hurt him and then gang-rape her and she goes to Poland. He turns in his story and follows.

Most of it is just her talking over and over about sex, which is kind of boring rather than controversial. The guy had one great sentence: "Shady Grove should be Satellite Grove because it's the only thing that grows here."