Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Episode 6
All the work on the garage and the house has kept me from watching all the anime series that were broadcast last week. I’ve cut the list down a bit, and I’m nearly caught up. But my schedule tomorrow is iffy... so I might not post my summary until Wednesday. And even at that, the blurbs are pretty short. Well... you get what you pay for.
Katsushi was still feeling pretty terrible. The cold he caught from me wasn't getting any better, so I didn't see him Saturday (he went to the doctor instead) and on Sunday he thought it better to keep his sick self away from a four month old baby. Informed decisions, naturally, but it made the weekend feel a bit lonely for me.
I've been lost in thought about a week now. Yay? I don't really know what to say about that yet, but it has resulted in a couple nights of doing what I do in such cases: listening to music and watching a bunch of youtube videos of bands/songs that are nostalgic and/or had a big influence on my life at some point. In the dark. For hours on end. It works for me though? While I am watching and listening and feeeeeeeling, my mind is able to tackle whatever is bugging it in a mostly positive way?
( Lets talk about POLYSICS for a sec )
Anyway, this week. I'm taking on the theme of "let's take a break!" for some things. Because a break is needed. Mostly sugary things and bakery breads. And video game stuff. Maybe some hobby/fannish related haunts. Tumblr should be included in this but I dunno if I'm feeling strong enough right now.
OH HAI STRESS.
(I will say, saying, "[relative] died and I want to take over the payments on the storage unit" to the storage company's home office gets you a fair amount of information about where the unit is, and who to call about it. Probably the "I want to take over payments" part is the magic incantation.)
Wonder how many death certs I'm going to wind up needing? Only ordered 1. Maybe I should up the order tomorrow. -_-
[Again, for those who tuned in late -- please, no condolences. I was estranged from him for a number of reasons, and had long-ago mourned the loss of the Daddy I thought I had. This is just... a royal pain.]
Mental note: print out a list of all my passwords and accounts sometime, triple-seal it, and stick it in the safe deposit box along with at least a will-type object.
(No quote today. Too -_-. Quote tomorrow.)
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( Dragons under fold )
she has hispanic and more direct native american heritage both.
the hilari-awful thing being her maiden name WAS spanish but actually her father carried really only native american heritage (an awful lot of native americans who never assimilated into spanish culture still ended up with spanish surnames).
her mother was mexican (like, actually mexican). fairly light-skinned, though, with more european spanish in her phenotype.
omg, you know, I haven’t even really developed much headcanon for jinxy despite how i ADORE him and his friendship with claudia, really all i have is the episode that i desperately want where Artie is de-aged and Jinxy and Claudia bond some more over how WEIRD a young, hot Artie is and Myka and Pete are both royally confused because… Artie is Artie; so he’s younger, he’s still Artie and… kinda dweebish?
Jinxy is way more laidback about it because Artie’s never been even vaguely, he’s just like “…so this is really weird. Not, like, Warehouse-weird, I mean, yeah, Warehouse-weird, but just. I would not have called that one, Artie being really hot when he was younger.” Whereas Claudia is legitimately freaking the fuck out because WHAT THE FUCK ARTIE IS HOT BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH COGNITIVE DISSONANCE IS CRITICAL.
um. anyway. no, okay, so his truth-thing, he’s had it all his life, and it’s not actually an artifact thing, it’s just a general magic exists thing, there’s some people who have talents that manifest without getting invested into artifacts. I DO NOT CARE IF LATER CANON CONTRADICTS ME ON THIS.
The Tea Leaf Nation online magazine posted this article on May 19, 2013: "VP Biden’s Penn Commencement Speech Inspires Viral Rant by ‘Disappointed’ Chinese Student." The article, by Xiaoying Zhou, offers an excellent account of this tempest in a teapot (as it were), and the comments that follow it are also germane.
Still, a closer look at what the angry student, Zhang Tianpu, actually wrote will help us put the controversy in a clearer perspective.
Zhang's accusation against the Vice President appeared in an entry he posted on his renren.com (Facebook clone in China) account. The entry is entitled "Bàidēng Bīndà bìyèshì yǎnjiǎng bùhéshíyí de yǒuguān Zhōngguó bùfèn" 拜登宾大毕业式演讲不合时宜的有关中国部分 (Outmoded portion about China in Biden's graduation speech at Penn).
Here are the two portions of Biden's speech about China to which Zhang took exception:
I love to hear people tell me how to use the vernacular "China is going to eat our lunch."
China is a great nation, and we should hope for the continued expansion. But ladies and gentlemen, their problems are immense, and they lack much of what we have. We have the best universities in the world. We have a legal system that is open and fair. We have the most agile venture capital system in the world. We lead the world in innovation and technology, all for a simple basic reason. Steve Jobs, speaking at Stanford was asked by a young man "how can I be more like you, how I can become like you?" And Job famously answered: think different.
You CANNOT think different in a nation where you cannot breath free. You CANNOT think different in a nation where you aren't able to challenge orthodoxy, because change only comes from challenging orthodoxy.
I spent 10 days with President Xi at the request of former president Hu and President obama…I listened to his questions and the interests he had and he asked me how I felt after the 5 days in the U.S. and 5 days in China. And I said he's a strong bright man, but he has the look of a man who is about to take on a job he's not at all sure is going to end well. I mean that seriously.
These sections appear at 11:05 and 17:41 of Biden's speech as recorded on this YouTube video. Although there are a few minor errors, I won't quibble with Zhang's transcription of the VP's speech, but should point out that the very first sentence makes a lot more sense if "to use the vernacular" is set off with commas or dashes.
What is remarkable about Zhang's criticism of Biden's remarks is that he focuses so heavily on the VP's use of the word "nation" to refer to China:
Bàidēng zài “You CANNOT think different in a nation where you aren't able to challenge orthodoxy” zhè jù huà li yòng de shì nation zhège cí. Zhè yīdiǎn shì zuì ràng wǒ qìfèn de, yīnwèi Yīngyǔ zhòng nation zhǐ de “mínzú” de yìsi, hé country, state shì yǒu qūbié de. Country, state kěnéng gèng qiángdiào de shì yīgè guójiā zhěngtǐ de gàiniàn, shènzhì dài yǒu zhǐ zhèngfǔ de yìsi; huàn jù huà shuō, rúguǒ tā zhè jù huà li miàn yòng de shì country zhège cí, nàme jiù kěyǐ lǐjiě wèi kěnéng yóuyú zhǒngzhǒng wàibù yīnsù de zhìyuē, wǒmen mínzú de qiánlì méiyǒu 100% de fāhuī chūlái.
拜登在 “You CANNOT think different in a nation where you aren't able to challenge orthodoxy” 这句话里用的是nation这个词。这一点是最让我气愤的，因为英语中nation指
In this sentence, “You CANNOT think different in a nation where you aren't able to challenge orthodoxy”, he used the word "nation". This is what really infuriated me, because in English "nation" indicates "race, ethnicity", which is different from "country, state". "Country, state" perhaps places more emphasis on the notion of the entirety of the country, even to the point of referring to the idea of government. In other words, if he had used the word "country" in this sentence, then perhaps one could understand that, due to various external constraints, our people's potential has still not been brought to bear 100%.
N.B.: Underlining indicates words in Zhang's text that are originally in English.
Note that, in the last sentence quoted, Zhang uses mínzú 民族 in a positive light (I have translated it as "people" here), whereas above he uses the same expression in the probable sense of "race, ethnicity".
The weakness in Zhang's reasoning lies mainly in his confusion over the multiple meanings of the word mínzú 民族. As pointed out on Language Log just a few days ago in "Racist Park", mínzú 民族 can mean "ethnic group; race; nationality; people; nation". Coming from the English side, we must keep in mind that "nation" can be translated into Chinese as guó 国 ("country"), guójiā 国家 ("country"), guódù 国度 ("country; state"), bāng 邦 ("state"), and, yes, mínzú 民族 ("ethnic group; race; nationality; people; nation").
It is clear that, when Biden said "China is a great nation", he was respectfully referring to the country as a whole. Yet the sensitivity to questions of ethnicity in China, especially with regard to the shǎoshù mínzú 少数民族 ("ethnic / national minorities"), e.g., Uyghurs, Tibetans, and scores of others, caused Zhang to take umbrage over something that the Vice President never intended.
Finally, I should point out that mínzú 民族 is a neologism coined specifically for conveying the meaning of "nation". It is but one of a host of new terms designed to convey Western intellectual, political, and scientific concepts that entered the Chinese lexicon around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, many of them coined or calqued in Japan. Consequently, one would do well to avoid becoming overly testy and proprietary when using and defining polysemous terms such as mínzú 民族 ("ethnic group; race; nationality; people; nation"). Rather, one needs to be sensitive to their diverse meanings in various contexts and not insist upon a single interpretation for all situations.
Speaking of which, I'd be very curious to know how the folks over at Tea Leaf Nation render their name into Chinese. I'd be surprised if it were cháyè mínzú 茶叶民族.
[h/t to Neil Schmid]
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Knight of Eyes
(General Shuos Jedao from "The Battle of Candle Arc")
1. I botched the original version (watercolor pencil, I stuck it up at my dA account for the morbidly curious) so used this as a test piece for the trial of Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6. I like the app. It has a few quirks but the UI is reasonably consistent and if there's extra stuff I need done, I'll take it into GIMP.
(I did give MyPaint a swing, but could not figure out how to make it do one specific thing that I will need sometimes. For painting from scratch off a single scan, it looks like it will probably work, and hopefully this summer I will be able to put it through its paces. Eee!)
Anyway, I remain firmly convinced that watercolor pencil is a valid medium that can be made to work well. Unfortunately, in over two decades I have comprehensively failed to figure out how. I keep mine anyway because I still like them, even if I'm thoroughly bad at them.
2. I used maybe half of TylerCreatesWorlds' (dA) Nebulae Tutorial to figure out how to paint nebulae with airbrush/round soft brush/smudge. For serious, it's not that bad. If I'd realized it was more fun to do it this way, I wouldn't have spent all that time fighting GIMP's filters for that other piece.
3. Someday I should research military uniforms instead of just making stuff up because I am supremely lazy.
4. I do realize that I lack the ability to draw straight lines. :-( I keep hoping that my coordination will improve, but I...just don't know.
5. Crit welcome. I mean it; I know I have a lot to learn.
Also, daidoji_gisei, I am still working on the Marguerite piece! At this point I have to make hard decisions about just which M1911 reference I want to commit to, and then there is the important matter of her shoes. I expect I will be hitting up Zappos for virtual shoe-shopping. But I should be able to finalize the pencils tomorrow and scan, and then take it into SketchBook as well.
Here, we cover Avengers Academy #21-27 as the kids adjust to the West Coast Campus, meet some old foes, older foes and make new friends.
And I bitch at things Arena dropped the ball on, because we all know that's entertaining.
( Avengers! Runaways! Subversions! )
- It's possible that I drink too much. Witness my recent spate of DW postings. FOUR IN A MONTH IS A LOT OK.
- Parterre Box is dead to me after David et Jonathas did not win the Pubie. Or, idk, temporarily unconscious to me. Or something. Come on, guys, that production was fucking epic.
- I have decided that the Dean Winchester Disapproves of Dead Babies fic and the Numb3rs/Supernatural crossovers are all in the same universe. This gives a whole new depth to both. Or at least to me, since I'm the only one who's seen them. But I'm the only one who has to, so whatever.
- Actually I lie. There are like ten people who have read The Production and Decay of Strange Particles. I just forget because frankly it's nice to just have things for yourself. Even small things, right? Now imagine having a whole world. The wonder is that anyone ever lets anyone else in.
- However, this has produced something of a dilemma, because now I want to write on both and I can't decide which to work on.
- But now the Miraclan needs to stop texting me, because working a keyboard is difficult enough rn.
- Finally, I think I need a new mattress. I keep waking up feeling like someone has been beating me with sticks all night like a pinata. Either hags are real or I need a softer bed, or something. Faugh.
Game Changer Chicago Design Lab seems like an interesting and worthy cause to stand behind here on The Border House. This initiative, run by Patrick Jagoda (game studies teacher at University of Chicago) and University of Chicago doctor Melissa Gilliam, is a collaboration between faculty and university students at U of C and youth (mostly high school students from the south side of Chicago, a disadvantaged part of the city) to make digital stories and games about sexual and reproductive health.
Their latest game, Lucidity, has just been released and is available for play on the game’s website. Jagoda reached out to us to give us the following description of the game: “We recently released an interactive story with mini-games called Lucidity that deals with sexual violence and other issues around sexuality. The piece was co-produced with youth and moves between videos, comics, text, audio, and flash games (a room escape, a point-and-click adventure, and a 3D maze). The game also directs players to resources such as rape crisis hotlines, sexual assault information, and STI FAQs.” The organization is trying to get the game in as many 13-18 year-olds hands as possible.
The full trailer is above, and you can also visit the Lucidity site to play the game right now. Warning: the game may contain triggering language.
As of this writing, you all have 22 minutes left to mosey on over here and pick yourself up at least 3 awesome games from indie developer Double Fine. With no minimum dollar amount you can own Stacking, Psychonauts, and Costume Quest. If you beat the average (currently $8.40) you will also get a snazzy copy of Brutal Legend too. All of these games unlock on Steam (did you know we have a Steam group?) and if you’re feeling extra generous there are even more perks such as Kickstarter backer access to their upcoming adventure game Broken Age, and a t-shirt!
I’m sure most of you know about this already, but I just didn’t want anyone to miss out because they weren’t aware of the end of the bundle.
( Have some pictures of my characters (image heavy) )
There will probably be more pictures as our stories progress, because I'm quite frankly in love with all of them, but for now, this is it.