September 25th, 2014

Exercise - MLP - Large


I finally went rollerblading again yesterday afternoon, for the first time in over a year!

I obviously couldn't rollerblade right after breaking my wrist (*cough* except for the one or two times at Wumpskate just before they closed) and by the time my wrist was officially healed it was getting a little late in the year and things were getting cooler. And then by the time spring rolled around again i was living in LA and didn't have easy beach access.

But after the heat wave last week i really really really wanted to go rollerblading again, and decided that i ought to do so on wednesday before trivia (and then not get too close to anyone during trivia =)

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So according to CardioTrainer the stats were: Time - 1:15:20, 8.33 miles, 738 calories burned, 6.6 mph average with a peak 12 mph (presumably during one of the downhill bits =) and a total climb of 98 yards.

And then i went to trivia and ate too much food, thus probably negating any benefit from the rollerblading =P But at least we managed to eke out 1st place by a margin of 1 point, after a _horrible_ 8th round :)

Ancillary Justice and Gender

I just finished "reading" Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and one of the most prominent things about the book is its treatment of gender.

We are told right at the start that Breq/Esk is from a society that does not specify gender, that by default she uses "she" to refer to everyone, that she is currently in a society that does consider gender to be important and has trouble figuring out which pronoun to use when speaking their language, and as a result of that society it is made clear almost immediately that she is actually female.

So we know the gender of the main character, and at one point we learn the gender of the secondary character (she uses the wrong pronoun in that other language and is corrected on it) but once the story leaves that first planet you have to guess for everyone else.

This isn't the first book i've read that's been indeterminate about genders, but this is the first one i can recall that has defaulted to "she" for the pronoun. I suspected that would end up bothering a number of people, and a quick check online after finishing the book seems to indicate that's correct.

So i don't know what the author originally intended, but here's what i guess:

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