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What is there to say?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2011 by Cara Marie

As a Wellingtonian, I have lived my whole life in expectation of ‘the big one’. And one of the things you grow up knowing is that the middle of the day is the worst time for an earthquake.

And now the big one has happened in Christchurch. In the middle of the day. As if last September wasn’t hard enough. The worst has happened, and the devastation is overwhelming. Thankfully, all my whanau are safe; not everyone has been so lucky. Everything seems so frivolous in comparison.

The people of Christchurch are in my heart; kia kaha, everybody.

no job for me

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 17, 2010 by Cara Marie

So, I didn’t get the full-time job at the place I was contracting at earlier in the year. Which, okay, was not that exciting but it’s not as if there are heaps of opportunities at the moment, and I would really like to be able to move out of home at some point in the not-to-distant future.

And okay, they did mess me around for three months on the application, but: not drowning in job opportunities here!

On the other hand, if I am mostly-unemployed in January, I will have the time to go to the beach on holiday. Which does sound rather nice, if I’m able to co-ordinate it. I’ll just think about that.

bye bye studenting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 13, 2010 by Cara Marie

So, today I went to my first ever book launch where I was actually involved in the book’s creation! Pretty exciting ([profile] labellementuese, guess which one of my authors made the biggest effort to talk to me and is a total sweetie?) And last night was our graduation party, so I must totally be a grown up now. It feels good.

I am looking forward to having some time off. Being a slacker for a bit (a few days). Where slacking includes making progress on my festivids assignment, doing some intensive typing up, marathoning 24 and hopefully watching a lot of bad movies. Maybe some good ones even. Of course, it is getting on summer, so really I should be hanging out in the sun having picnics. Fabulous ♥

You can take the girl out the geology department …

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 22, 2010 by Cara Marie

Because I’ve decided to follow along with [ profile] build_a_world, last night I busied myself drawing a rough map of one of my worlds. This quickly gets complicated, because I decide, right, this area of the world is quite volcanic, so there’s going to be a subduction zone right along here … and I know I want a massive mountain range here, so let’s make it a continental collision zone …

So my map is not just a map of the continents, but a map of the continental plates, complete with little arrows to show their direction of movement. If I decide to worry about the rest of the planet, I’m going to need to make a globe.

excited cara is excited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 22, 2010 by Cara Marie

I just printed off 27 pages of program descriptions for WorldCon. I am so overwhelmed. (I cannot be overwhelmed now. How preemptive would that be?)

That is all. I am off to find my highlighter.

Why I am not hanging out with ‘organised fandom’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 13, 2010 by Cara Marie

This comment on Cheryl Morgan’s blog, by Lynelle Howell, got me thinking.

Perhaps it’s just me, but I see organised fandom as ageing quite significantly, and we’re not replacing them with the age bracket above. Certainly that’s the case here in NZ – I am the youngest member of our SF club and I’m 36!

I guess that’s due to the fact that the younger generation can get their fix online, can download shows, can chat with others online without leaving their couches etc. But I worry about fandom long-term if that’s the case.

I feel like it must be referring directly to me, being a New Zealander in her early twenties who does not participate in ‘organised fandom’ and who has never particularly felt the need to. And who is kind of confused as to why younger people’s fannishness occuring online would be a worry.

I kind of resent the implication that I don’t have real life friends with whom I can talk geekery. Why do I have to join a club to find like-minded souls? I suppose I was lucky with the friends I made at high school, in that we genuinely share a lot of interests. So, let’s see, last week I had some friends come over (so they had to leave the couch, even if I didn’t) for our ‘feminist debate’. We ended up discussing Firefly (which I believe we all own on DVD), and figured out that Simon is actually a girl. That’s fandom.

So I have friends I discuss things with. I have family I discuss things with. I don’t sit at my computer watching downloaded TV shows on my own (how many New Zealanders can afford the bandwidth to regularly download TV shows anyway?) I watch them with my family, so even if we’ve missed an episode and had to download it, we hook the computer up to the TV and watch it together. We read each other’s books, and then we lend them to friends. I have an offline community, so I’ve never felt the need to seek out another.

Also I’m an introvert who’s bad at making conversation even on the internet. So why am I going to go out and join a club – where everyone’s going to be older than me – when I’m already having my fannish needs met, and there’s also no guarantee that these people are going to have anything in common with me. We could have completely different taste in books – Saskia and I at work both read fantasy, but we read completely different kinds of fantasy. My friends and I regularly slip in and out of feminist critique when we discuss things – how do I know a group of strangers are going to be comfortable with that, and am I going to be comfortable doing so?

I can even discuss some things with my friends who wouldn’t consider themselves SF fans – they still watch Doctor Who, maybe, or Battlestar Galactica. Because SF isn’t an exclusive club! We can be casual about it!

A significant portion of my fannishness is facilitated by the internet, yes – that’s how I buy my books, that’s how I find out about them, that’s where I go for my meta on whatever TV episode I’ve just watched. The fandom that isn’t ‘organised fandom’. It doesn’t cut out the people I interact with in real life (and it doesn’t preclude making real connections with people you meet over the internet).

On the other hand, I will be attending a convention for the first time this year, and I’m definitely excited about it. And scared at the same time because I don’t know anyone, and I’ve never travelled on my own before – funnily enough, none of my friends were up for spending $1000 dollars on getting overseas for a convention. Maybe they don’t spend as much time reading panel reports on the internet and feeling jealous. Also, I’m the one that wants to work in the industry, so it’s not just about being a fan even.

TL;DR: My fandom might not be your fandom, but that’s okay! It’s still fandom.

Reading for 2010

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 1, 2010 by Cara Marie

The booklist

Tell me something new, please

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 12, 2009 by Cara Marie

Catching up on Shakesville, there’s a post up on climate change, and how the last time greenhouse gases were as high as they are today, there were no ice sheets. I read this and go, uh, duh? This is news? I mean, sure, people are always doing new research showing this sort of thing, but I’ve been looking at those curves my whole degree (only four years, but it feels like forever!). My 100 level Antarctica paper did a lab on it just the other week, so it’s even fresh in my mind.

Also made the mistake of reading a comment by a climate change skeptic, which of course rarks me up. Hello, the scientists actually studying climate change don’t know about sunspots and natural climate cycles? For god’s sake. And saying a 200-1000 year error in a core date is a big deal? We’re talking at least hundreds of thousands of years, people. And it’s generally harder to get an accurate date, than, say, a temperature estimate.

Here is something future climate change models don’t take into account, and it’s not any of those things people like to mention. It’s hurricanes. And yet, models for the huge warming event back in the Eocene don’t get up to the temperatures recorded then unless you model for hurricanes. Which doesn’t really suggest good things for us.

I should really just stay away from climate change discussions. There will always be someone there to piss me off.

At uni

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 11, 2009 by Cara Marie

OK, I have really got into this essay on Bauman’s work. Even if it is a higgledy-piggledy mess at the moment, it’s such juicy stuff, I am actually getting quite worked up. Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t procrastinate on it, but I know what I’m arguing now.

It is nice at the moment because even though it is only August, spring has sprung and we are having gorgeous sunny days, complete with epicly strong winds. The pink magnolias are out, but the white ones that are my favourites are still to come, and the daphne is all out and smelling gorgeous. I have adapted my usual walk up through the Gardens so that I can walk by as much of it as possible.

Flowers = more awesome than sitting inside working on an essay.

where I whine about rocks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 27, 2009 by Cara Marie

I’m working on a report for my volcanology class, at the moment. I flaked on starting the writing any earlier than a week before it was due. Which probably wasn’t smart for a 7,500 word report. I feel myself flashing back to the years I did NaNoWriMo: come on, another 100 words, 100 words isn’t that long, is it? And then another 100. If I do 1250 a night, I’ll be okay.

I am well put off science at this point. I can’t wait till I am back just doing plain old undergrad courses. All I want to do at the moment is read smutty Star Trek fic, dammit!

Actually, Hekla is a pretty interesting volcano. Also I love reading all the Icelandic names (maybe not the part where I have to keep going into ‘special characters’ to write them). I should just be grateful I got my last seminar over and done with and it’s only writing I have to do now.

Right, off to do another 100 words…