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Some days, I hate having experience

One of the things I find disconcerting about parenting is my inability to enjoy shows I adored as a teenager.

Men in Black? Too violent. The Mummy? Too ghastly. Even Indiana Jones has an awful lot of realistic gunfire. It doesn't matter whether or not the children are in the room. The act of empathizing with little innocent beings every day seems to have overwritten the neural pathways that once relished a good action/adventure.

I can't figure out whether this is a good or a bad thing. I know for certain that I feel cheated. I can't watch a gunfight without wincing at the injuries being inflicted offscreen. I can't share the adrenaline as the hero jumps from car to car on the freeway because I'm too busy thinking about all those poor drivers who'll be taking their cars in for body work the next morning.

If this is what it means to get older, I can do without, thanks.

Amazon vs Macmillan

My six-year-old wandered in this morning and looked over my shoulder while I browsed Livejournal. He was hoping I'd have time to play with him, but I told him I needed to work.

Alex: Reading stuff isn't work!

Me: Yes it is. I'm staying informed on what's happening. For example, this weekend there was a big fight between a publisher and an online retailer, and it's good for me to know about that.

Alex: So you can stop the fight?

Me: Well... this fight is between such big corporations that I don't think I could stop it. They wouldn't listen to anything I have to say.

Alex: But you could try. If you don't try, you'll never know.

Me: Um... they're really big corporations...

Alex: If you don't try, you'll never know.

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What's a woman to do?

World, this is my best effort as a loving mother. Can't we all just stop fighting and get along?

Where to find free kids' games online

I've spent the last few weeks scrounging around the internet appeasing my pixel-hungry children. Figured some other folks out there might appreciate the list. -- A nice suite of classic games, plus some innovative new ones.

Tux Paint -- Open Source graphics program for children. Includes a rubber stamp tool that lets them populate their picture with ducks, astronauts, and so forth. -- The games are dorky and poorly implemented, but they're PINK! With princesses! And sparkly tiaras! (My four-year-old spends a lot of time here.) -- Various instantiations of tetris. -- Um. This one shows up in German on my computer. I presume that it's just picking up on my regional and language options, though.

Lemmings -- The original Lemmings remade as a browser game. Lags a bit, but plenty of fun.

World of Goo Demo -- Watch out. The demo is so fun you might find yourself paying money for the full game. -- I hate the way the video on the front page starts playing without you doing anything, but the game itself is quite good. It's a virtual amusement park with snowmen, scuba diving, an adventurer training camp, and various other things that kids find cool.




Nancy Fulda -- Hugo and Nebula Nominee

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That Undiscovered Country
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The Breath of Heaven
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In the Halls of the Sky-Palace
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The Man Who
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Dead Men Don't Cry:
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Nancy Fulda is a 2012 Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is the first (and so far only) female recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Her fiction has appeared in a number of professional venues.

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