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Where did lunch go? This happened at lunch on Thursday, with [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess, at the Pizza Express near King's Cross.

Perfectly acceptable food, then the time came to go; she asked one of the staff (female, early 20s) for the bill. It arrived facing me. Time came to pay, we did some of the obligatory cash-faffery, she tried to get a 20 split at the till, didn't work, eventually decided to put it on her card and take my share in cash - all perfectly normal. So [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess attracts the attention of the same staff member, asks if she should take her card over to the till; the staff member says, as you'd expect, "no, we have a machine, I'll get it". When she returns, the card is on top of the bill on its little saucer; she starts running it, I look away so as not to see any numbers - and then she tries to hand me the machine so I can type the numbers in.

I haven't seen anyone get it that aggressively wrong in ages; it's really annoying.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] owlfish, authors read from the Periodic Table of 75 Years of Fabulous Writers (PDF):

Bold the women by whom you own books (or books including works by them)
Italicize those by whom you've read something of (whether short stories, non-fiction, or fiction).
Star those of whom you've never heard.

(Procedural note: I've counted books I can immediately lay my hands on, books I know I own but not in this house, and ebooks on local storage. Have also counted an author if the only one I've read (or own) is multiple authorship. No comment is made or implied about inclusion in the list.)
the list )
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Lots of people have been posting about this recently, with good reason. However, everyone I've seen posting recommendations has been either female or transmale, so here goes.

[livejournal.com profile] cereta has been hosting a discussion about rape and men's attitudes to it. I'm not going to attempt to summarize or quote; read it.
a couple more links, and a poll )

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