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Hemning Sternberg
02 September 2012 @ 06:11 pm
Hello my lovely LJ peeps.

I rarely use this forum anymore, but I wanted to post this little announcement.

I could really stand to foster a cat for four to six months. Pretzel is lonely. The cat in question would need to be friendly, okay with large dogs, and getting along well with other cats.

For various reasons I'm not really feeling ready to adopt so I want to at least tell folks I know that I would love to care for your cat for a few months while you are traveling in Europe or subletting or whatever.

If you are in this situation or know someone who is, drop me a line.
Hemning Sternberg
01 April 2012 @ 07:06 pm
To tell you a long saga about my bed, which has a happy ending.

(No, not THAT kind of saga about my bed. But I'm glad that's where your mind went.)

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My past few weeks have been a little craptastic. This feels like the beginning of a whole awesome new chapter. The Ladyanemone Sleeps On Almost An Actual Bed chapter. :)
Hemning Sternberg
26 March 2012 @ 12:21 pm
Nobody ever talks about how vampires are short. In fact, they usually talk about how vampires are tall. It goes along with the dark, handsome, brooding thing. The only short vampires I can think of are the creepy child vampires that occasionally crop up (like Anne Rice's Claudia).

But these fictional vampires are supposed to have been humans in the past. And because of good nutrition and stuff, humans are way taller than they used to be. You can tell by old houses, and the Mayflower, and shit.

A six foot vampire would have REALLY stood out in the 1700s. I mean, dramatically. A tall guy for then would seem short to us. Old vampires would be short, unless you're going by the school of "vampires were never human in the first place" and even then, how would they have blended in with human society to feed? I don't know why no one else has noticed this basic fact and written vampires to match. Unless somebody has and I just don't realize it?

Yeah, that's the kind of thing I think about.
Hemning Sternberg
24 March 2012 @ 07:59 am
it's been quite a while since I used this journal regularly.

I'm going to do some judicious pruning of the F-list while I'm here (for once). If you miss me, why not send me an email? There's a link in my profile.

Be well, sweet people.

ETA: Pruning is done. My main criteria was: "Have I seen you in the past few years? And if I saw you this week, do I think we'd recognize each other and say hi?" If you were pruned, and you feel sad, please email me. We can get coffee or some such and reset the clock.
Hemning Sternberg
20 January 2012 @ 10:07 am
I have acquired, mostly by accident, an antique bed frame. (Yes, this also means I am no longer looking for a bed frame.) I did intend to acquire a bed; it's the antique part that's accidental. For this reason I need a device called a bed winch, straining wrench, Spanish windlass, or bed key. Here is a picture of one: http://countrybed.com/ancillary_pages/reference/Rope.shtml It's over to the right of the page (which, by the way, is kinda fascinating). Because I have, well, the friends that I have, I wanted to ask. Do any of my Boston peeps have one of these? If so, can I borrow it for a few days? Can still using packing help tomorrow and moving help Sunday. Email me if you're free. eta: Does anyone need a dorm fridge? I have one, and I'd be happy to pass it along, but you'd have to pick it up tomorrow (in Brookline).
Hemning Sternberg
19 January 2012 @ 07:06 am
As a reminder, I am moving Sunday from Brookline to Somerville starting at one PM. All kinds of help, including sending good energy, are appreciated. Leave a comment with your email address if you need more details.

I discovered yesterday, to my sadness, that it won't be possible to get any part of my queen size bed into my new apartment. So at this point I am going to let it go, and work on getting a full size bed at least for now. (I know, I've been through this before. Sigh. I think maybe a queen is just not practical for most Boston apartments.) If you have one you're not using, please let me know. Some money is available. Feel free to signal-boost.
Hemning Sternberg
02 January 2012 @ 01:03 pm
I'm sad to say that I didn't read so many great books this year. It was a stressful year for me, which meant a lot of trashy novels and rereading of old favorites. So, while I figure out whether it's worth trying to post a list of the few gems I did read, I am sharing with you some links to published lists that I personally like and have enjoyed selections from in previous years.

Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011#book/book-1
New York Times condensed: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/books/10-best-books-of-2011.html?_r=1&scp=1-spot&sq=best%20books%202011&st=cse
New York Times longer: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2011.html
Lambda submissions: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/current-submissions-2/ (The nominations will not come out for a few more months.)
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/best-books-2011/b?ie=UTF8&node=3321372011
NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/11/30/142942283/the-best-books-of-2011-the-complete-list

Hemning Sternberg
I pretty much never have time to be on here anymore. If you want me to know something email is a better method these days, since I can check it on my phone while in transit.

Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Strong B. It was funny without being too cute, and there were some plot twists I found very entertaining.
Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels (aka Elizabeth Peters). B-. This was a fun spooky story.
Sexual Adventures of Catherine M by Catherine Millet. C. It took me literally years to finish this book, and I think it was actually kind of bleak. She had a lot of sex but didn't seem to enjoy it very much.
Angels of Darkness by Sharon Shinn, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews, and Nalini Singh. B. I liked it a lot and it introduced me to some new authors. I am more used to seeing the big hitters of romantic fantasy being paired with writers whose work I don't like at all, like Mona Lisa and Yasmine Galenorn.
Birthright by Nora Roberts. B-. I liked the story but it was looooong.
Queen of Denial by Selina Rosen. B+, a rollicking good time and quite funny. If you liked the movie Spaceballs you should give this one a try.
Reamde by Neal Stephenson. B+ also. This one was almost as long as Birthright but the writing quality was so much higher. It was funny, and Stephenson managed to juggle many viewpoint characters convincingly and without losing his audience.
Hemning Sternberg
10 November 2011 @ 09:59 am
I am looking for a new place to live starting anytime in January. This could be a one-bedroom apartment or a room in someone else's apartment.

I am low-drama, reliable, a great communicator, and have a job. I'm poly, usually fairly quiet, and have a cat. I am drug free unless you count my reliance on herbal tea and occasional enjoyment of a glass of wine. (And no, "herbal tea" is not a code for anything.)

I am looking for a place with the following qualities:

- T-accessible. I work on the Red Line which is also where my sweeties live, so the closer to that, the better. (I am not currently considering anything that would require taking the Commuter Rail to get to Park Street. I am happy to consider areas that are near bus lines that go to the Red Line, like in Arlington and Medford.)
- Pet friendly. As mentioned I have a cat. He gets along well with other people and cats.
- Meat allowed in the kitchen. I don't mind if you are a vegetarian but I am not.
- Has a bathtub.
- Alternative-lifestyle-friendly. In particular you should be cool with my having multiple partners of several genders.

Bonus points if you read books, if you enjoy communal meals, or have some storage space. I have roommate references available.

I can pay around $600-$650 a month for a room in someone else's apartment, $700 if utilities are included. I am willing to pay more for my own place. If you have a place or know a friend with a place, or even if you just have more questions about what I'm looking for, please drop me a line.
Hemning Sternberg
04 November 2011 @ 04:51 pm
Title: How Firm a Foundation
Author: David Weber
Series: Safehold #5. And here I feel I must point out that the enemy they have to overcome - the Church - before they build up their tech base to fight the real enemy - the Gbaba - is still not vanquished. How long does Weber intend to make this series? FFS.
Genre: Science fiction.
Setting: The planet Safehold.
Reason for Reading: I don't know. I mean, they're still engaging. But I don't totally know why I keep going. They're so LONG and the plot moves at a glacial pace!
Finished In: Weeks. I had to return it to the library and get it out again because...
Pages: 608
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: Spaceship, clipper ship, guy with a sword. You know - the usual.
First line: "Nights didn't come much darker, Merlin Athrawes reflected as he stood gazing up at the cloud-choked, stormy sky."
Themes: Epic battles, inquisitions, betrayal, spies, counterspies.
Best part: Strangely I liked the stuff with the side characters the most this time. The sailors getting tortured by the inquisition, the orphaned heirs of Hektor.
Worst part: The glib banter between the principals (Charleyan and Cayleb mostly) struck me as a little artificial this time.
Grade: C
Recommended for: Those who are going to read it are already going to read it. The rest of you quite likely (and reasonably) don't care.
Related Reads: Off Armageddon Reef, the first book.