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veryhungrycaterpillarOh. We churning them out now. We’ve got a rhythm. We’ve got a beat. And now we’re going to start rip-roaring through our books.  This week’s podcast episode (found here or on iTunes under “Kate n’ Fuse 8″) was a good one too. I decided to finally crack one of the Top Ten books that showed up in my Top 100 Picture Books Poll in the hopes of luring Kate into a conflict. I think The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a perfect 10 of a picture book. Does she agree?  All that I can say for certain is that she definitely tries to poison me. If you’ve ever seen what Gerald the Elephant did when he had to try slop in I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems, you’ll know what to expect from this episode.

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Please substitute “slop” for “Malort”

 

 

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Owing to illness-brainfog, I forgot to update the announcement in the July issue for Monstrous Productions' upcoming production of Guards! Guards! Oops! Here are the new details...

“We have been bringing the Discworld to life on stage for 5 years now and this is our second play to feature the popular Sam Vimes. After reaching our target of £20,000 raised for ARUK the proceeds from this production will be donated to Ty Hapus, a respite project for people with Alzheimer’s in South Wales.”

When: 16th–19th August 2017
Venue: The Gate Arts Theatre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; 2.30pm matinee on the 19th
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available online at http://monstrousproductions.fikket.com/ or via email from http://monstrousptc.com/contact-us/ (EFT or bank cheques)

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23 Jul 2017 09:11 pm
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I can see by your coat, my friend
You're from the other side
There's just one thing I got to know
Can you tell me please, who won?
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On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas.

Traveling on foot and by mule, Bingham and his team made their way from Cuzco into the Urubamba Valley, where a local farmer told them of some ruins located at the top of a nearby mountain. The farmer called the mountain Machu Picchu, which meant “Old Peak” in the native Quechua language. The next day–July 24–after a tough climb to the mountain’s ridge in cold and drizzly weather, Bingham met a small group of peasants who showed him the rest of the way. Led by an 11-year-old boy, Bingham got his first glimpse of the intricate network of stone terraces marking the entrance to Machu Picchu.

The excited Bingham spread the word about his discovery in a best-selling book, sending hordes of eager tourists flocking to Peru to follow in his footsteps up the Inca trail. The site itself stretches an impressive five miles, with over 3,000 stone steps linking its many different levels. Today, more than 300,000 people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over the towering stone monuments of the “Sacred City” and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders.

It is that time of year...

23 Jul 2017 08:47 pm
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Yes, writing challenge time. I am working on a story. I have started it and made some decent progress. I even have a solid idea and know where it is going. It is going to be tragic and angsty. Oh joy. :P

I am going away this week so I want to get a good start on the story so I can get it done on time. So putting a little bit of pressure on myself.

Here is the word meter.



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Baby Driver

23 Jul 2017 09:20 pm
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Jerry and I saw Baby Driver this afternoon. It's good! And definitely one to see in the theater; not only are the visuals scoped for a big screen, the soundtrack matters a lot, so you want to see it in a venue with a good sound system.

Spoilers behind the cut )

Monday's comic!

24 Jul 2017 01:41 pm
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England is so going to be turned in a pile of wet tea leaves.

A weekend in the 'Dacks

23 Jul 2017 11:35 pm
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I headed down to the ACC Montreal section's hut near Keene, NY for a long weekend of climbing on Thursday evening with Jenna (my climbing partner), Felix, and Ellie. My primary goal was to do two ascents (by different routes) of Chapel Pond slab as practice Jenna and I to get more experience together on multi-pitch climbing before our attempt on The Chief in Squamish in about a month. We did succeed with this on Friday, though it was a warm day. Saturday we had an excellent day of cragging at the Beer Walls, where I red-pointed several routes including the brilliant Sword, which was most everybody's favourite pitch of the trip. I also managed to find a couple of quite nice cams that someone had left behind in the rock. Sunday we woke up to rain, so had a mellow day, with a bit of shopping in Keene, where I ended up buying a few more climbing guidebooks. The drive home went smoothly, and was quite relaxed as we ended up home around 4:30pm.

All in all, it was a good weekend.

That went well

23 Jul 2017 08:25 pm
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The hubby is still very sick so I had tons of time to write today. I got 3900 words written and Jaden has only just discovered that Ravinder has decided that they're engaged. Despite her punching him, walking out on him, tasing him later and getting him arrested. She's about to go nuclear on his ass. Possibly with her boss's assistance. Certainly with Padma's help.

I didn't come anywhere near my step goal but that was because of all the writing and staying home. Not a big deal. I'll live.

Also didn't make chocolate cake because the hubby's throat was so sore that he could barely manage to swallow canned soup. Cake was a non-starter. I'm hoping he feels better tomorrow so we can do his delayed birthday dinner on Tuesday, complete with cake presumably cooked tomorrow night after work.

Sort of a boring day, really, so there's not much to say.

Goals for tomorrow include getting my exercises, writing, taking care of the hubby, starting this week's novella for publishing, and that's about it.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Beaverton Night Market

23 Jul 2017 08:25 pm
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Beaverton Night Market
The Round • Beaverton, Oregon
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last night (Saturday) was the first of two Beaverton Night Markets for this summer. I’ve been planning to attend only one, and the second one is on the same day as the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. So… the first one or nothing. I went.

I did review my Blog Post from Last Year and my Photos from last Year to figure out a strategy. Again, I didn’t want to make a big thing out of this. The Night Market is fun, but it’s not one of my major photo events of the year.

I used the GoldenHour.one app on my iPhone to calculate the difference in golden hours between this year (July 22) and last year (August 13). And I wanted to spend more time in the dark. I figured arriving about 30 minutes later than last year would be fine. I used the PDX Bus app to check realtime arrivals/departures at Millican Way MAX station, and timed my departure from home about 15 minutes ahead of the next train. On arrival I had about 4 minutes to spare, so my wait was short. The train arrived at 8:15 pm. Beaverton Central is only one stop away, so I was there by 8:18.

The market was really, really crowded. I thought it was bad last year, but it was even worse this year, even though more physical space had been allocated. (I think there were more booths, also.) The crowds were all along the booths, and there were also long lines for many of the food booths. There were fewer people in the chalk area for kids, so that’s where I started out.




I did try to visit booths and take pictures, but it was tough with so many people. I simply did the best I could, reminding myself that this was just a minor photo op, and I didn’t have to be super photographer.

As the dusk settled in, I started playing follow the light – and that’s pretty much what I did for the rest of the evening. As the sun went down, the air started to cool a little (it had been a 90°F day) – but more importantly a refreshing breeze started to ripple through the market. That was really nice – especially after 9:00 pm when the crowd started to thin a little. The market remained very busy, but movement was easier, and there were some small open spaces around some of the booths.




When the night started to take over, and the number of people continued to fall, the market felt closer to what a natsu matsuri should be like. I really enjoyed the end time of the market. Walking was comfortable, and I followed the light to various booths, where the activities were illuminated by random, artificial lamps.




I stayed until 9:50 pm, and the market was scheduled to end at 10:00 pm. There were still a lot of people at the stage performance, and I wanted to catch a MAX train before the masses clogged up the station. From the time I caught MAX at 9:50 pm to the time I got home was only 10 minutes! Home-to-home total elapsed time was two hours.

The photos have been posted to the Beaverton Night Market 2017 Photo Gallery

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23 Jul 2017 10:45 pm
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Counting as yet unrevealed fics, I now have a bit more than 660k words of fic on AO3. I boggle at the number. How on Earth is that possible?

I haven't heard from either of the people I'm working with for Pod Together. I'd mainly like to know if what I wrote works for them and if there are things I could do to make it work better.

I really ought to be asleep, but I can't seem to relax. The fact that Scott has to stay up to try to shift his sleep schedule isn't helping.

Best Novels 2016

23 Jul 2017 04:05 pm
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Here are my thoughts on the Hugo ballot for Best Novel, 2016:

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)

I love this book. It is not long, but there so much in it. It is a modern fable, pulling in tropes from all kinds of pop culture: fairy tales, comic books, movies and cartoons. At the same time it is seriously realistic. The world is going to hell in exactly the same ways that ours is, just a little bit faster. People are (mostly) sympathetic and mean well but they are imperfect and success is often beyond them, especially as the world's problems become even more daunting. The tone is wry but not cynical. Things seem to be heading towards a conflict between magic and super-science, but the different schools of magic don't see things the same way, and the different groups of scientists and technologists are often competing instead of cooperating. But it's still worth trying. And it's worth trusting other people even when there is no way you can imagine how or why you can.

A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)

I found out that it is a sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet so I read both. The worldbuilding is good, especially the aliens are truly diverse. It presents a vision of the future that is mostly positive. It reminds me of James White's classic SF. But the characters are just kind of what they are, and there are some structural issues. It's uneven. A Closed and Common Orbit is better written, and it has two really great characters with compelling stories. Along the way it raises some very interesting and subtle questions about morality (vs. legality), friendship, and personhood. In other words, don't underestimate this book, just because it's a fun read and it's nice.

Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)

I really liked The Three Body Problem. I started reading The Dark Forest and bounced off the prose in the first chapter. It was so clunky. I picked it up again recently and was able to make headway. I plan to finish the trilogy presently. I didn't feel any urgency to finish it before voting because the first book in the trilogy already won (deservedly), and the third book would have to be amazingly good in order to justify awarding two Hugos to what is really a single work in three volumes.

Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)

The common question about this book is if it is really science fiction or merely fantasy. I am squarely in the it's science fiction camp. Space opera as a genre requires faster than light travel in order to maintain its traditional plot pacing (which happens to be exactly the same as 19th century steamship stories, go figure). Faster than light travel is bogus science. So are force fields, blasters, phasers, anti-gravity, teleportation, and so on. Yoon Ha Lee invented a fresh and new form of bogus science to power his space opera. He gets to do that. Go him. I think it's a lot of fun. The space opera is set in a grim dystopian interstellar empire. Not fun. I've read some other reviews where readers were bummed out because it was so grim and the characters were so constrained by the system. I didn't read it that way. The system has a lot of cracks in it, including a really huge one that maybe we'll learn more about in the third book. Many of the main characters are wild cards. Unexpected things happen. Overall, I think it's one of the most innovative and interesting space operas in recent years.

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

I think the The Obelisk Gate is good, but not at the same level as The Fifth Season. It reveals some things about the Earth that are very big, but we have to wait for the third book to see anything climactic (as opposed to climatic). The middle book is more about developing characters and moving the plot along. Unfortunately, the key character developments are sad, or creepy and unpleasant. At least the sad developments are very weird and leave at least a smidgen of hope. I am waiting for the third book and we'll see what happens.

Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Too Like the Lightning is a dazzling and enthralling debut novel that is also unreliable and contrarian, sometimes even infuriating. Or maybe it is just Mycroft Canner, most reliable of servants and most unreliable of narrators. On the plus side, it's a science fiction novel set on a near future Earth where nobody is hungry, there are no wars, and politics are based on the fundamental principles of the Enlightenment: rationality, order, justice, humanism, enterprise, and compassion. On the minus side, decisions seem to be made by a very small number of elite leaders who are very much in bed with each other (except the utopians are snubbed for some reason), and it seems about to fall apart. What seems like an ultimate love letter to the Enlightenment could turn out to also be a devastating critique of it. Enough has been revealed in the first book to make it clear that it does not stand alone.

Novels I nominated:

Everfair, by Nisi Shawl (Tor Books)

This is a book that needed to be written and I am glad that Nisi wrote it the way she did. The steampunk movement imagines an alternate past where the second industrial revolution was accelerated to extraordinary heights and at the same time somehow was shared in an egalitarian way without colonialism, racism or sexism. Which of the two imaginations is more unrealistic is hard to say. Nisi tackles both head-on by establishing a 19th century high-technology utopian settlement in the Belgian Congo. It works because the settlers are not just technically skilled, but also radical socialists, the kind of people who would really try to create a steampunk utopia, and to fight King Leopold II. (It helps on the super-technology side that the Congo has major sources of uranium.) What I really liked about this novel was how the native African characters were just as empowered and important as the settlers. Also, as one would hope with radicals, just about every possible unconventional relationship that could occur does, and the love and care in these relationships is a great strength.

Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine (Tor Books)

A delightful, strongly feminist, alternate-cosmology planetary romance that riffs on Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Featuring a plucky heroine, a dashing captain and his brilliant mechanical sidekick, and a motley crew of tuckerized SF writers and fans. What more could you ever ask for? Okay, maybe it starts a bit slow. But it really gets moving soon enough, and the ending is fantastic. Now that it's won the Andre Norton Award, it is officially certified as suitable for corrupting the minds of our youth. But there's no reason not to corrupt your own mind too, it's good for all ages.

weekend uncluttering

24 Jul 2017 10:27 am
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How did everyone's weekend uncluttering go? I know I'm writing this a bit late (for me), but it is still Sunday for some of you, so I'm hoping that counts...

Saturday for me was a bit of a write off, with the first ballet class (for me) of term, and then going to an exhibition ice-hockey match in the evening, but I started a project that I'm hoping will lead to uncluttering the yarn stash -- I'm making multi coloured knit strips (30 stitches wide, 85cm long) which will be sewn together to make blankets to be donated to a local cat shelter. I'm very deliberately not thinking about colour order, or much in the way of yarn weight (I'm pretty sure most of it is 8ply, but at least one of them would have been 12 ply), and just grabbing everything out of the Basket Where Left Over Yarn Goes to Rot* that is a tiny ball of 'urgh, whatever will I do with that'. I've gone for the strips idea because the materials and tools for one strip will fit in a tiny carry bag (which I made from fabric I've been hoarding for years because I knew it was useful, but didn't have a specific task -- like soft tulle). Strip one is about 50cm, so I'm pretty happy with that!

And then I spent Sunday working on finishing existing craft projects, so that at least I can get those out of the work space, and know what is 'left overs'.

(Today, I'm going to take the big box of random Stuff from the front hall, and drop it in at an op-shop, on the way to do the school pickup. Not quite in the right direction, which is why I've managed to put so much Stuff in it).



* Sadly, not quite hyperbole -- one ball had weaknesses where it split about every 30cm, so in the end it was just pulled to pieces and shoved in the 'stuffing' jar.

So, Dunkirk

23 Jul 2017 10:14 pm
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I made a point of going to see Dunkirk at the sooper dooper IMAX laser theater. The picture was very cool, but the sound was overwhelming. Find a big screen, but maybe not the biggest baddest one around. The movie was incredibly intense, even without the extra large picture and sound.

Harry Styles was pretty impressive in a smallish role. I'd like to see more of what he can do acting-wise. But the cast was uniformly terrific. And in case anyone was wondering, THard can still act his ass off behind a mask. But we all knew that, really.

For the Library

23 Jul 2017 07:18 pm
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Monogatari Series Heroine Books
Monogatari Series Heroine Books

This weekend Kinokuniya had another 20% off everything sale for members, and I couldn’t resist stopping by on Saturday. I was surprised to find some of the Monogatari Series Heroine Books in stock. The store even had some wrapped so that the contents were viewable – a big improvement over the fully shrink-wrapped packaging used normally.

I bought a Hitagi, Tsubasa, and the Fire Sisters – but passed on the Yotsugi. The Hitagi one starts off in a fun way – the cover has Hitagi with her usual serious look, but the first page inside the cover has the same view – but with her smiling. I love it! The Fire Sisters book has two “sides.” The first side – the front of the book – features Karen. The second side starts from the back of the book, where the pages are inverted. I wonder why Tsukihi’s side doesn’t have an inverted cover illustration on the back of the book.

Each ¥900 book was marked up to $13.99, but the discount brought each one down to $11.19. I also had to renew my annual membership ($25).

Today (Sunday) I drove into Portland for a couple of missions. The second mission was a stop at Powell’s to buy the newly released Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8. I was terribly disappointed when I saw in the manga section all the manga in the series from volume 1 through volume 7 – but no volume 8. Shoot. I assumed they sold the two copies since my check the day before. I wondered why they didn’t stock more.

I looked around for a couple of other titles but found nothing to my liking. Before I left, I had a thought… what if they (again) mis-shelved the new volumes? Volumes 1-7 were shelved in the “M”s. I checked the “N”s – for Nozaki-kun. And there were the two volumes. I took one for myself and reshelved the remaining copy with all the other volumes. Yay!

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 8

New bookshelf!

23 Jul 2017 10:11 pm
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Guess who salvaged a raw wood bookshelf off the side of the road today?  Really nice one too!  It just needed a quick wash, barely any dust or cobwebs on it at all.  Solid wood, no back, but well-built and surprisingly light!  Maybe one of the neighbor people made it, and decided they didn't want it anymore?

Anyway, I've given it to Sneak.  I'll get zer a new thing of gel medium or ModPodge  or something, and ze plans to decorate it like ze did the last one.  Ze's pretty psyched!

I feel like a successful big brother today.  Also a successful cheapskate.

--Rogan

Private blisses

23 Jul 2017 08:42 pm
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The night ends in a private bliss. A hot bath, meds to let the hot water sink into every pore, and music as haunting and beautiful as what shivers down the darkest hallways of my soul.

It's exhilarating, cathartic - to have it just be you, the water rising, and alone as this apartment gets. (One closing door in the entire place - and that place is the bathroom.)

Jesse gets worried. He'll check on me, I assume to make sure I'm not painting the walls red with my blood or else have fallen asleep in the tub. (Though I do love to lay in the tub once the water has been drained, cooling off on the still warm but not concrete cold porcelain.)

Sometimes that's all I need to chase the demons away. Be alone, be in hot water that soothes like softly felt fire, and to hear what speaks to the sorrow.

I can sleep with some sort of peace now. And at the end of the day, that's truly all I want.

July seeps away

23 Jul 2017 09:52 pm
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Layabout weekend. Succeeded only in changing the shower curtain liner and vacuuming the downstairs, but that will do for a start.

I love avocadoes so am eternally grateful to whoever told me the apple trick. Take quantum sufficit of rock hard avocadoes. Put them in a paper bag with an apple- variety unimportant, I am given to understand, but I feel red is better than green. They will not be soft the next day, as I was promised, but they'll be perfect the day after, and then you can put them in the fridge to prevent rotten ripeness.

it's an alga and two fun guy

23 Jul 2017 09:37 pm
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How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology - he discovered that a large group of lichens are a symbiosis between an alga and not 1, but 2 different types of fungus. I learned that the singular of "algae" is "alga".

Jon Batiste Reinterprets 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' for The Atlantic - I really don't care much for the original song and I quite dislike the lyrics, because of its religious and warlike nature. Yet Batiste's version gives me goosebumps and is worth listening to at least once, I can say that much. From what I understand, he produced all the many different instrument sounds in the song using only a piano. The video at the above link describes how he did it, but doesn't include the whole song. If you only want to listen to the song, it's at the end of the 1st podcast on the Radio Atlantic page - starting at 1:03:00.
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(1) TALKIN’ ABOUT MY REGENERATION. The Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 trailer is online. (2) A PREVIOUS GENERATION. Meanwhile, at Comic-Con, Harrison Ford still doesn’t know whether he was a replicant: “Blade Runner 2049: Harrison Ford responds to Deckard replicant … Continue reading

Time With Friends

23 Jul 2017 06:24 pm
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I’m taking a moment to count my blessings… among which are a number of friends – who I don’t see often enough. I did OK in the last week and a half, though.

*****

Friday a week ago I drove to east Vancouver to meet Mike for dinner. I should know better than to check Google Maps, because the time estimate is always short for traversing Portland. Google Maps said 1:10. I planned 1:20. It took 1:35. And this was leaving Beaverton a little after 2 pm. I need to allow at least 90 minutes next year. I shudder at the thought that had I not changed jobs 3 1/2 years ago, this drive across the breadth of the metro area would be my daily commute.

Mike and I had an overdue catchup dinner at Five Guys; I hadn’t been before and wanted to give it a try. The burgers and fries matched what I’d been told – average burger and weak fries. I doubt I’ll ever go back. The important thing was catching up on news. Although we keep in touch by phone, dinner is important face-to-face time. Our fun dinner chat went from 4 pm to 7 pm. The good thing was that after rush hour, the drive east to west was only 45 minutes to my house. Huge difference.

*****

Friday two days ago I had lunch with an ex-co-worker who recently left Mike’s current (my former) company and started work at my current company. Small world. (Actually, there are quite a few people from my former company who moved within the last four years to my current company. Not surprisingly, it’s never – well, one exception – the other way around.) I haven’t seen Angie since 2014, and we had a lot to catch up on, although we had a scant hour to exchange news. I enjoy talking with Angie; she’s smart and filled with positive energy. We’ll definitely have lunch again in the near future.

*****

Saturday I made an impulsive decision to have lunch at Reedville Cafe… and I gave Debbie a scant 1-hour heads up, inviting her if she was available. She was. We met at 11:30 am and had a lively chat until 1 pm. She had a stack of things to do (including stops at the Portland Saturday Market and the Canterbury Renaissance Fair) prior to her departure on another adventure next week. So we kept a time cap on lunch. In some respects I was surprised at how much we had to talk about considering we spent two whole days together earlier this month.
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The next three episodes are a minor arc: the first two end mid-conversation. This is the arc that got me obsessed with the show—not only was the emotional dimension compelling, but I was catching Mei Changsu in the act of greatness, showing us how he does it. And the conversations about the past, about political expediency and loyalty and so forth resonated to the backs of my eyeballs, all the more considering the daily news here, focused on politicians from whom absolutely nothing can be believed or trusted, whatsoever. Nothing. It’s such a horrible, helpless feeling as we watch the limits of democracy tested, that watching a show in which people with good intentions slowly gain agency to the benefit of the innocent pretty much took over my life for the duration.

And it helps that the actors are all so gorgeous, the clothes jaw-droppingly beautiful, the sets all places I would dearly love to live in myself.

Anyway, Marquis Xie is shaping up for a major power play, thinking that he is maneuvering behind the scenes while his targets fumble in the light of day. But as yet he doesn’t know that he is quietly being outpaced, step by step . . .
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In spite of all their bureaucratic overhead and so forth:

They aren't there just for the big-ticket, wide-screen, 24/7-news-coverage kind of disasters, the ones that wake people up and make them open their pocketbooks. When somebody's house burns down to the ground in a tiny rural town, it's the local Red Cross who get called on for the pillows and blankets to get them through the night, and the spare clothes to get them through the next few days. And those pillows and blankets and spare clothes don't collect and store and distribute themselves.

(This post brought to you by the structure fire today over in Dummer -- Dummer being a small town near Milan, which is a small town near Berlin, NH. And by "small" I mean tiny: population 304 as of the last census. Not exactly the sort of place that makes the national news, or particularly wants to.)

Scots Threip.

24 Jul 2017 12:09 am
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In investigating various matters connected with this post, I ran into John M. Tait’s site Scots Threip:

Scots Threip consists of writings of my own on the Scots Language. It started as a place to put them so that I could refer to them in forum discussions. Many of the articles are in Scots as they were written either for Scots forums or Lallans magazine.

The Site Guide is on the left margin; it’s quite a rabbit hole. I particularly recommend Wanchancies if you want a glimpse into the arguments surrounding the proper rendition of “Scots as a functioning language with its own characteristics”; as an outsider, I wouldn’t dream of taking a position myself.

And for lagniappe, here’s the first couple of stanzas of Sydney Goodsir Smith’s “Epistle to John Guthrie”:

We’ve come intil a gey queer time
Whan scrievin Scots is near a crime,
“There’s no one speaks like that”, they fleer,
–But wha the deil spoke like King Lear?

And onyways doon Canongate
I’ll tak ye slorpin pints till late,
Ye’ll hear Scots there as raff an slee–
Its no the point, sae that’ll dae.

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One: Why do forms meant to be filled out by hand always have spaces far smaller than the length of the information to be entered in them?

And two: Why does my handwriting -- which was perfectly dreadful even back in the days when I was using it regularly for something besides signing my name to checks and official documents -- inevitably deteriorate, when tasked with filling out a form in a legible manner, into something which makes chicken scratches look good, and which furthermore suggests that the writer is more than a little deranged?

(I know, I know. Self-consciousness strikes again. But it is annoying.)

And three: Why has Plushy Grey Basement Cat taken to walking heavily across my keyboard and causing my screen to fill up with typos and weird commands, when she has never exhibited this behavior before in gtykl?:†all the time she's been living with us?
Like that.
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♫....nothing survives, but the way we live our lives.♫

I reference these lyrics with some hesitation and modification: the former, because the song is called Daddy's Tune while I'm using it in a sisterly context; the latter, because I'm replacing Jackson Browne's 45's with my own age of 57 in comparison to what would have been our sister Sandy's 78th birthday today.

Sandy did make it to her 45th, but never to her 50th; by the fall of her 50th year in 1988, the demons had won and the sister, the daughter, the mother we knew was no longer with us. Except she was, and is: every day her daughters and grandchildren awake and face their days. Every day her remaining sister and I remember her words, her musical memories, her unique ways of looking at the world. Every moment we tolerate a spoiled pet because we have inherited the honor of receiving those special souls who get to be reincarnated as Sandy's cat.

I am not much for family chats on the phone, on holidays or otherwise, but today, with the luxury of her 78th birthday falling on a weekend, I called both of my nieces to check in and remind them that they, and their kids, were in our thoughts and prayers and that their mom would be- is- so immensely proud of the strong, independent women they've become.

Her last birthday was her 49th.  I've now passed that on my own calendar nine times and am heading for a tenth in November.  Two weekends from now, I will spend time with people I knew from 40 years ago; few of them ever met Sandy (being 21 years apart in age and school will do that), but all I speak to will know the importance of her to me, my family, and the person I've become.

Eleanor and I began the day taking Ebony to the dog park. We gardened, we watched BBC programmes, we had a Sunday dinner befitting so many Sunday afternoons I remember sharing with her.  And we celebrated a life that will always be celebrated in this world as long as her memories and DNA and the words from us continue.

And when the morning light comes streaming in,
I'll get up and do it again, Amen.
Say it again, Amen.

Goose

24 Jul 2017 12:23 am
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Geese_7


The left wing isn’t unified, rife with contrasting opinions and textured nuance covering the entire span from the center to the far fringes. Yes, there is some darkness, but if you look, you can find some light.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• 23 Things you didn't know about J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe. (The Independent)

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Happy Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!
• James & Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch), Mark Williams (Mr Weasley), David Bradley (Argus Filch), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) and Danielle Tabor (Angelina Johnson) will be at the London Film & Comic Con on July 28 to 30.
• Frank Dillon (young Tom Riddle), Jason Issacs (Lucius Malfoy), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) in San Diego Comic Con trailers and posters.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Sneak Preview at definite edition of 'Cursed Child' script.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 202 (due on or before July 29): “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” ― Anthony Burgess, Questions and West Tower.
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 posted the Week 2 Results and the Week 3 Prompt of the on-going H/D LDWS Challenge.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts is looking for 4 More Gifts for people's Wishlists.
[livejournal.com profile] dogdaysofsummer announced the Dog Days of Summer, the Wolfstar summer fest that will be running all August.
[livejournal.com profile] dramione_remix made a Mod Post about posting to AO3 for Round 8.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Prompt #201 Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic at the [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Pansy Parkinson/Ron Weasley fic at the [profile] crack_broom (R).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced young Severus Snape art (G).
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Merope Gaunt/Harry Potter and Tom Riddle fic at the [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom (PG-13).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced young Lucius Malfoy art (PG).
[livejournal.com profile] gracerene made a huge post with all her Harry Potter cross-gen recs (more than 80 recs, various pairings and ratings).

Resources:
Schedule of Upcoming Events from 23 to 29 July at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from July 15 through 22.

Archive News:
• OTW Guest Post: UsedKarma about starting the Darcyland fan network for Darcy Lewis (MCU, Thor) fandom.

Essay/Meta:
• Jasmine from MuggleNet wrote In an Attempt to Emulate the Trio, I Forage My Sparse Pantry for a Week.
• 19 tumblr posts you won't understand if you haven't read the 'Harry Potter' books.

General Fandom News:
• Deathly Hallows: 10 Years Later.
• Updates from San Diego Comic-Con.
Sign-ups are open at [community profile] crossovering, the multi-fandom cross-over challenge.

Nifty:
• The Riddikulusly Hard Harry Potter Quiz. (Editor got an Acceptable! ;))

Searches:
[livejournal.com profile] accio_hd_fics posted a search for dark!Harry fics. (Drarry only)
[livejournal.com profile] bluefatso posted a search for Draco/Harry Mafia AUs. (Drarry only)
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.


Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

New Mods and 2017 Schedule

23 Jul 2017 06:50 pm
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Hello, everyone! [personal profile] shopfront and I are joining [personal profile] samuraiteras co-mods for [community profile] femslashex, and we’re both very excited for this year’s round. The rules and schedule will be going up shortly, but here’s a shortlist of changes from previous rounds:

  • Schedule: The exchange will be running a few weeks earlier this year, with nominations starting July 26

  • Visible Requests: Requests will be visible during sign-ups. This will allow participants to check they are matchable if they want to request and offer only smaller fandoms, and also allow treaters to start writing sooner.

  • Default Penalty: There is a partial new mod amnesty for defaulters. Participants who defaulted after the deadline, defaulted after an extension, or submitted a placeholder in 2016 will continue to have to sit out this round before signing up again. Participants who have defaulted multiple years in a row will have to complete a treat from a previous year’s requests before signing up for this year’s round, or sit out a round, counting from 2016 onwards. That means that if you defaulted last year and it was a second default for you you can still participate this year. Anyone who defaulted last year and also defaults this year will need to complete a treat or sit out a year.

  • Exchange 101 and Tumblr: In last year’s wrap-up post, several people requested an “Exchange 101” post for people new to AO3 exchanges; that will be up within the week. More of a Tumblr presence was also suggested, and we’ll be more active on Tumblr this round. If you have any suggestions for tags to post to or communities to signal-boost Tumblr announcements, please let us know!


  • There was also some interest in adding vids as a medium this round, but as neither I nor [personal profile] shopfront have any vid exchange experience we are currently focusing on getting up to speed with how things currently run. . We’re both very excited to expand the mediums allowed in the exchange and hope to include vids from next year.

    An updated rules post will be up soon. That post will have the schedule as well, but here is the 2017 schedule:
    26 July-10 August: Nomination Period
    13-23 August:: Signups open
    26 August: Assignments will be sent out by this date
    7 October: Fanworks due
    13 October: Archive goes live (or as soon as everyone has a gift)
    21 October: Creators revealed

Winding Up

23 Jul 2017 07:51 pm
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Somehow my six-and-a-half hour drive stretched to eight-and-a-half (I only stopped at Dunkin Donuts once, I swear!) but in the end I did make it to DC! Where Caitlin and I promptly made beer bread and ate it piping hot with brie (the only way to eat beer bread), and now we are going to watch The Great British Bake-Off. (The universe has been conspiring to get me to watch The Great British Bake-Off.)

But before this, I spent a wonderful few days with [personal profile] asakiyume! We baked scones with fresh-picked currants and slathered them with blood-orange marmalade, at which we looked askance at first - it is very brown-looking - but it is delicious, A++ highly recommended.

We also had much ice cream and - and! - visited Emily Dickinson's house, which is delightful and I highly recommend that too. They have Emily's writing desk, which is much smaller than I expected - really only the size of a bedside table - but it sits right by the window, overlooking the garden, in a room all done up with rose-covered wallpaper, and just seems really like the perfect place for Emily Dickinson to reside.

We went over to the graveyard, too - did you know that they carried Emily's coffin over the fields when she died, so that even her corpse could avoid the public gaze that she shunned in life? I thought that extremely thoughtful of the pallbearers. In any case, the grave is now the center of much public attention, and the top is covered in pencils and seashells - and the shells spill over onto Emily's sister Lavinia's grave, too. I'm not sure why (are sea shells particularly associated with either of them?), but it's nice that Lavinia is not neglected.

And we went to the reservoir and took a VERY LONG walk and had a picnic, and read aloud a chapter of The Railway Children (the most sexist chapter, sadly, which is too bad, because most of it is full of refreshingly equal-opportunity adventures) - the modern world could do with more reading aloud in it. I shall have to try to talk my roommate into it when I return.

Which will be on Tuesday! The trip is almost over! Tomorrow is the last hurrah - I'm going to the National Gallery (I always go to the National Gallery when I'm in DC) and perhaps one of the other Smithsonian Museums, although I'm not sure which one. I did Air & Space last time, which was delightful, but I think I ought to branch out.

Girl Asleep (2015)

23 Jul 2017 07:32 pm
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Girl Asleep is a delightful recent entry in the sub genre “girl on the cusp of womanhood who is confused by her changing life (and body) and learns to deal with it via a fantasy universe”, like Labyrinth and Mirror Mask. (I’m sure there must be more examples, but I’m having difficulty recalling them. Anyone want to add to the list?)

This particular girl, Greta, is growing up in Australia in the late 1970s. This is, in itself, more than a little fantastical, and the boundaries between the real and the visionary remain porous throughout the film. (I particularly liked the “integrated captions” for the scene changes, such as focusing on a bucket of fried chicken with a logo on the side reading “later that day”.) Her mother means well, but doesn’t understand her introvert daughter. Her father is little better, and over indulges in dad jokes (and an impressively 70s ‘stache). Her older sister is clearly thinking about moving out and has a dangerously sexy boyfriend. The family has moved to a new town, so Greta has to deal with the new school and all that entails. The only kid at school who seems to want to be friends with her is incredibly dorky (and adorbs). But a gang of archetypical “mean girls” also offers her membership – with unclear but intimidating strings attached. And then mom takes it into her head to invite all her little classmates to Greta’s 15th birthday party. The horror, the horror!

The party starts out okay, but piles stress upon stress until either reality or sanity fractures (there’s enough ambiguity that you may have your pick). Greta becomes lost in the woods, which are inhabited by wonders, but also by Big Bad Wolves. (And a friendly huldra. Don’t see too many of them around…) It all comes to a head in a climactic battle that I was quite charmed by, alternating seamlessly between hair pulling and pillow fights on the one hand, and advanced martial arts movie moves on the other.

The story had its genesis as a stage play, but the film fully embraces the possibilities of its new medium. While the film doesn’t seem to have a huge budget, it used that budget to excellent effect, creating many beautiful and memorable images. What I think it brings most from the stage is a “theatrical” sensibility, where the creative staff are willing to trust the audience’s suspension of disbelief, presenting images that work on multiple levels simultaneously, and respecting the audience’s ability to interpret. Both Kestrell and I were reminded of the excellent work of Lifeline Theater in Chicago.

It’s available on DVD and on Amazon video. Highly recommended.

sad news

23 Jul 2017 04:13 pm
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Just found out about this, via my DW reading page: Jordin Kare passed away on Thursday, July 19; he was 60 years old. Brilliant astrophysicist, talented musician whose songs Fire in the Sky (serious) and Psi Naught (a lighthearted treatment of advanced physics, using the tune and structure of "Rattlin' Bog") are ones that I frequently hear covered in filk circles. His song about the Count St. Germain from the Chelsea Quinn Yarbro books - I don't remember the song's title, alas! - is one that I rarely hear covered, I think in part because his performance of it epitomizes epitomized the first-person intensity of the protagonist in ways that others never matched.

Six of his songs were nominated for Pegasus Awards. Of those, only one of his songs (a parody) won, but it's one that most computer users can relate to: Heart of the Apple Lisa (yes, to the tune of Fred Small's "Heart of the Appaloosa", itself a wonderful song).

Though it wasn't my first inkling of his death, the Wikipedia article about him provides a good primer:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordin_Kare . As I searched - in vain - for more of his lyrics online, I was impressed to note that the first few pages of links from the search engine (I use DuckDuckGo) contained almost as many science/patent related ones, as musical ones. Searching for specific song titles led to the discovery of YouTube videos for Fire in the Sky, covered by S.J. Tucker (with ASL interpretation by [personal profile] judifilksign, and Psi Naught.

ETA: HA! I have found lyrics online for several of Jordin's songs via a site I'd not heard of before, songlyrics dot com. The dozen or so songs of his which they have can be drilled down to from the "jordin-kare-lyrics" link on their site.

Farewell, fine friend. May we meet again someday, among the stars.

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