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6 years ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 0 replies · +3 points
I've never been one for goodbyes
So, till I meet you there, I'm singing
A traveling song to ease the ride and, so you know ,
Everywhere I roam
I'll see you on the road

(and soulmates aren't just lovers, you know)

6 years ago @ The Toast - The Final Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +2 points

Thank you, thank you, thank you

6 years ago @ The Toast - A note on The Toast · 0 replies · +32 points

I'm crying right now -- not because the toast is closing (I've already shed many tears over that, and I'll probably cry some more later), but because the prospect of having a president, a female president, who shares our silly/smart sense of humor & toastie sensibilities is too witches for words. This is our space, and maybe someday all of America can be, somehow
(If not there's always the sea)

6 years ago @ The Toast - Thank You, Toast. · 1 reply · +18 points

This was so lovely & you're so lovely (and by "this" I mean the toast, and also this essay; and by "you" I mean y'all, and also you specifically, Nikki)

6 years ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread! · 1 reply · +4 points

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is definitely my shoving-into-others'-hands book, especially when it comes to YA. It's well written, and Hartman respects her readers -- and her characters. I love love love Seraphina, who's more like me than any other protagonist I've encountered, and the supporting characters are wonderful as well. Plus -- dragons with a knack for math. Diversity wrt sexuality, gender identity, and ethnicity. Religion, philosophy, music! And again, dragons!

Other favorites:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (more dragons! more female friendship! more badass magic!)
thirding Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (historical fiction / magical realism)
On the Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (contemporary YA)
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (soft sci fi)

6 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +3 points

I love this idea!! Seconding any/all Symphony of Science songs. I started compiling a list of space songs I love -- there're a lot -- but then figured it'd be easier to just share a playlist. :) Some are more relevant than others, and the genres are all over the place. I hope it helps, though!
(and because you probably won't listen to all of this, I especially recommend Artificial Light, Silver Moon, Melancholy Astronautic Man, Synesthesia, and New Constellations (which isn't a very condensed list, oops))

6 years ago @ The Toast - Let's Talk About The B... · 0 replies · +2 points

I monitored my own reading more than my parents ever did, usually unnecessarily. After seeing a news segment on Harry Potter & the outcry within the christian community (witchcraft!! oh my!!), I put them aside for at least a year. Later, I didn't read the Percy Jackson books because I thought my parents would consider them heathen nonsense; my mom eventually bought me a copy of the first book herself.

6 years ago @ The Toast - Let's Talk About The B... · 1 reply · +5 points

I read Many Waters c. 5th grade & was so horrified by the sexy sex that I buried it at the bottom of my locker for the rest of the year. Eventually I donated it to the library; I was afraid my parents would find my copy (??) and flip to the incriminating pages (???)

6 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +6 points

"data sciencey Austenites"
Is this peak niche?
"if I loved natural language processing less, I might be able to talk about it more" -- my life, basically

6 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +3 points

My bad! Should fact-check next time.