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Ok, friends, I am putting my faith in you. I am trying to remember the author (and titles) of a series of short stories that were published in Analog in roughly the 1998-2001ish time frame. I think I read three or four of them, published at the rate of approximately one story a year.

Plot: scientist invents cat that never ages beyond being a kitten. Never-ending kitten-itude leads to constant learning at a high rate leads to hyperintelligent kittens leads to MURDER.

Any pointers?

ETA: Digging through the link [personal profile] prismakaos provided jogged my memory about the titles enough that I was able to find it! Jeffrey D. Kooistra's Kittens series includes "Puff" [Analog, December 1993], "Fluffy" [Analog, June 1996], and "Snowball" [Analog, July 1996].


Sunday, 30 August 2009 18:55
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Before I jump into my next round of friends, I'd like to mention that I'm diluting my internet presence even more with lemele.net a knitting and other crafts blog. [livejournal.com profile] weetziefae and I have pledged to post on our craft blogs once a week (and to harass each other if we don't!) so you might actually see some content there on a regular basis. For now, at least...

I'm starting off with a post about making a plastic yarn shopping bag (inspired by [livejournal.com profile] digitalemur something like 8 months ago) and am generally excited. Yay!

[livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang is one of many people I'm glad to have met through [personal profile] oliviacirce. Her fiction is always thought provoking, even if I don't know the fandom it's in.
[livejournal.com profile] glasere_rev is one of the people who became family at MHC. She's not online much these days, but I still love her and hope she's reading this, even if she isn't updating her own journal.
[livejournal.com profile] goodbush always posts interesting links about paganism.
I met [livejournal.com profile] gwinna_flyaway my first year at MHC, and then again my sophomore year, and then finally became friends with her senior year. I'm so glad we became friends, and I wish it had happened sooner.
[livejournal.com profile] haelix turned 30 on Friday! He is a good argument for copying people's emails off of mailing lists at concerts and then stalking them down and forcing them to be your friend. Not that I endorse that sort of behavior. I'm just saying it works, is all. (It was a Jonathan Coulton concert. And the Paul and Storm mailing list.)
[livejournal.com profile] inkydragon has an incredibly fascinating career and blog.
[livejournal.com profile] ithiliendweller and I used to rule the world of final exams at MHC with iron fists. She would be able to turn that into a really clever Lord of the Rings metaphor, complete with accurate Tolkien quotation. ::Evil laugh::
I have bisexual tendencies for [livejournal.com profile] jemmiefer. But then, everyone does. You know how it is.
[livejournal.com profile] juliarchy has a keen sense of design, and had, I think, the classiest wedding I've ever seen (at least, according to the photos I saw.) Clearly, she's come a long way from those middle school nutcracker costumes.
[personal profile] karlht is yet another argument for arbitrarily turning strangers into friends at public events (in this case, a Neil Gaiman reading). He makes me smile.
[livejournal.com profile] katieftw has recently started blogging again, and I'm so glad. She's one of very few people from high school I'm in touch with, and she had fallen out of that category until recently.
[livejournal.com profile] killerbeautiful and I are so much more in touch since the invention of Twitter. Weird how that works sometimes.
[livejournal.com profile] kittydoll82 has awesome monster feet slippers. I miss hiding in Rooke Theatre and watching her work her lighting magic.
I first introduced [livejournal.com profile] klburche to my parents by saying "This is Kat! She's my boss!" She was upset because I didn't say she was my friend. But I thought that went without saying, because she was obviously awesome, and I'd never had a boss before. She's the most active feminist I know of my generation, which is also awesome.

Seriously, if you based your expectations of my relative shyness on this entry, you would think I just ran around forcing strangers to be my friends all the time. In fact, I am really quite shy. But also in fact, I had a long conversation with a stranger about Unitarianism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today, so WHO KNOWS?


Saturday, 22 August 2009 13:06
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Continuing the "talk about your flist" meme. Hopefully I'll do this more than every other week in the future, eh?

[livejournal.com profile] demonstrable once took apart a Mac SE for me so I could see the signatures of the engineering team on the inside of the case. It was fracking awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] diadem_chi is in the process of moving up to Seattle and thus converting into one of my friends who used to live in the Bay Area. This makes me pretty sad (I would rather that she keep being a friend who lives in the Bay Area) but I'm excited that she has found such a cool house. Incidentally, if she could explain to me why her husband's IM status message has been "I want my house back" for the last month, I'd be grateful.

I befriended [livejournal.com profile] digitalemur when I used to lurk in her office all the time. Ironically, via the power of the internet, I've gotten to know her a lot better since I left college and we became internet friends. I love her witty and interesting posts and links. And having obscure facebook conversations about Torchwood.

I haven't seen or been in touch with [livejournal.com profile] discolympics since we graduated, which is ironic because now I know rather a lot of people who went to high school with her. ::Evil laugh.::

[personal profile] dmp was my favorite Harry Potter fanfiction author when I was in high school, which made me excessively shy about meeting her in person when we wound up going to college together. I wish I hadn't been. Most recently she's been writing fascinating essays about race and steampunk.

Ironically, I don't think [livejournal.com profile] douxquemiel have ever had a fannish conversation in person, since our RL friendship was mediated almost entirely by Eliot House and the MHC religion department.

I really miss [livejournal.com profile] e_4. I get wildly excited any time ze or [livejournal.com profile] glasser_rev venture onto the internet, and I wish them both the best.

These days I mostly follow [livejournal.com profile] e_clare via Twitter. People have voted, and the following is certifiably true: she has New York City's most comfortable couch for a visitor to sleep on.

Every time I have a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] eccentric_hat, I feel so lucky that someone as smart as she is is my friend. Recently she has taught me rather a lot about wolves, and she can always be counted on for a fun Teddy Roosevelt fact. Also, I shamelessly stole her interior decoration via crayon art scheme.

[livejournal.com profile] ellen_franklin is another family member I acquired through [personal profile] oliviacirce. She's had a huge impact on not just me, but my immediate family as well--my mother is currently working on her dissertation under Ellen.

[livejournal.com profile] emmihead first introduced me to Dinosaur Comics, and for that I sing her praises to the high heavens.

Mostly I know what happens in [livejournal.com profile] emmyskier's life via a gossip chain that involves both of our mothers as intermediaries, a very sorry state of affairs for two people who live in adjoining counties. For those who want to point fingers, she is entirely to blame for my love of the grotesque.

[livejournal.com profile] empress_elle is very far away, geographically speaking, and very close, emotionally speaking. I think we're going through a lot of the same emotional experience as we think about running away from the big corporations where we work to become the sort of lawyers who do good in the world. Man I miss her.

Just thinking about [livejournal.com profile] eslafunnynunny makes me smile and want to hold a spontaneous one-song dance party in a dorm room.

I don't know quite what to say about [livejournal.com profile] falxumbra, but it involves bluegrass covers of pop songs, incredible artistic talent, and my introduction to D&D.

[livejournal.com profile] februaryfour is one year and one day older than me, and is wicked smart.

Has [livejournal.com profile] fitzee become the next Tina Fae yet? Because maybe when she does I'll start watching network tv again.

[livejournal.com profile] flame_of_kali was, once upon a time, my fencing buddy. I miss those times.

Easy as A, B, C

Thursday, 6 August 2009 17:11
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[personal profile] wild_irises has been doing a delightful meme where she works her way through her flist and says something brief about each person. I've been enjoying it so much I thought I'd do the same. I'm working through in alphabetical order, favoring Dreamwidth username for those who have migrated over this way, and LJ username for those who are still primarily in LJ land (even if they have DW accounts). I'm condensing those with multiple journals into their primary journal, but if I skip you, let me know!

And if you've moved to Dreamwidth and see that I'm still following you on LJ, let me know about that too--I haven't been very good at keeping up with who's migrated.

[livejournal.com profile] alc517 is a person who I didn't get to know as well as I could have at MHC. Her blog and tweets are always highly entertaining, and I enjoy hearing about her glamorous journalistic life.

[livejournal.com profile] amicitia6 impresses me with her dedication to the aphasia center where she works. When I was back at MHC during her graduation, I ran into her family without her, and still recognized them instantly because of the family resemblance.

[livejournal.com profile] anarqkiki is still "one of my sophomores" in my head, and I'm pretty sure I'm still one of her firsties in hers. She was a long-term holdout on telnet, and I am in awe of her bravery as one bad thing after another happens to those she loves. Also, philosophy majors FTW!

I met [personal profile] aria though [personal profile] oliviacirce, and I'm incredibly glad I did. I love her fannish enthusiasms, her fic, and the fact that I get to watch her women's college experience vicariously, because I miss mine so much.

[livejournal.com profile] arniandblag are two people who I miss a whole lot, and who I wish I was still in touch with. arni was my roommate, and I love following the fiction she blogs. I used to have an excuse to see blag every time I visited [livejournal.com profile] eccentric_hat, and now I don't any more, which makes me sad. I guess this means I need to start reaching out to both of them myself instead of talking to them through other people.

[livejournal.com profile] ayanamiblue doubly made it onto my radar her first year at MHC as a cool Latin person and as a cool SGA person. She was my last source for current SGA gossip, and I wish her all the best now that's she's graduated.

[livejournal.com profile] bedbug_sintheta left LJ a long time ago, and I don't actually know what's going on in her life these days. Based on my knowledge of her, though, whatever it is... it's incredibly interesting.

[livejournal.com profile] bigwillinhell was my fellow high school CS prankster and the first person I ever dated, even if it wasn't very successful. I'm so glad that he and Hannah found each other.

I always find [livejournal.com profile] blackdrago's speculation on religion fascinating. I've had a ton of great conversations with her, and wish I knew more people as thoughtful and expressive as she is on the topic of faith.

[livejournal.com profile] camelpack is one of the few people I know of my generation who is genuinely putting herself at risk every day by being out. She lives her life with grace and dignity, and I have a huge amount of respect for her ability to cope, let alone shine.

[livejournal.com profile] coolsashy is one of my favorite people, the perfect match for [livejournal.com profile] emmyskier that I didn't know existed until I met him. It's a very good feeling indeed when your best friends fall in love with someone as awesometastic as [livejournal.com profile] coolsashy.


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