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Mar. 25th, 2017 08:20 am
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Managed to get up on time today. So that's a good start I guess.

Speaking of Brexit...

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:57 am
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Campaign for Europe on the 25th

Link goes to facebook, this is the main message:

If you're unable to attend [the March today in London] but wish your voice heard contact May today in other ways. Just a sentence or two (i.e. a placard's worth of text) will be enough to ensure your voice is represented. Encourage friends and family to send en masse. She doesn't speak for 65 million. The majority do not want any kind of Brexit at all. Tell her so today: text (you can text to landlines). By email. Online via her contact form. And phone message. Twitter @theresa_may http://www.tmay.co.uk/contact

Then Lose The Jacket.

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:45 am
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I watched some more Elementary a couple of weeks ago, and the end of 'You Do It to Yourself', with Sherlock and Joan waiting quietly together in the clinic, catapulted me straight into 'shipping them. Oh, dear. I think I'm doomed to 'ship Holmes and Watson in every incarnation. The opening of the following episode, with extremely sleep-deprived Sherlock getting into Joan's face and rambling feverishly about the bank's security system, only made things worse.

During 'M':

Sherlock: I have every intention of torturing and murdering him.
Riona: Oh, wow, he just became so much more interesting to me. I mean, not that he bored me before. But now he's much more interesting.

After 'M':

Riona: I thought Watson might be too well-adjusted to let her relationship with Sherlock ruin her life. I'm so glad I was wrong.
Friend: I'm really worried about you, Riona.

Sherlock was punched repeatedly in the gut in the wonderfully titled 'A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs', and it was great. And then he angrily pinned down another guy, and that was also great! This show is appealing to all of my most unsettling tastes.


I got the platinum trophy in Final Fantasy XV! I've never platinumed a game before. And then I just, er. Kept playing. I can't stop. I'm at over a hundred hours on the gameplay clock. My entire party is level 99. Yes, I've done practically everything, but there's still wildlife to menace!

I defeated a horde of Magitek soldiers. 'Glad that's over with,' said Prompto, exhausted, as an airship above us discharged another twelve.

I'm still constantly discovering new small details in this game. I was sparring with my teammates, and when they knocked me into the 'danger' state Ignis instantly stopped attacking me and moved to shield me instead.

I like Ignis so much more than I thought I would when I started playing this game. Like Élise in Assassin's Creed: Unity, I think I took a while to warm to him because his accent sounded like a parody of mine. If I can't believe in a character's voice, I'll have trouble believing in that character. I also took a while to get to grips with his motivations, I think; I couldn't decide until the game's second half whether he was acting out of duty or out of love.

I love his terrible, terrible puns. (They all make terrible puns, but I feel Ignis takes a particular pleasure in them.) And his habit of occasionally muttering dark things, and how much he enjoys cooking. Prompto is still my favourite (by a long way, if I'm honest), but Ignis is pretty great.

I like everyone, really! Although Gladio is the bro I'm least attached to, which surprises me a little, because I was expecting him to be my favourite. He suffers from the omission, in the full game, of CLEARLY THE BEST PIECE OF DIALOGUE in the Episode Duscae demo:

Prompto: If you could be reborn as anything, what would you wanna be?
Gladio: Easy. I'd wanna be me.
Prompto: Wow, what a greeeeat answer.
Gladio: I know.

At the Game Developers Conference this year, Square presented some charts showing how the Final Fantasy XV characters interact with and perceive each other (there are more legible versions if you scroll down). There are some interesting details in there; for example, Noctis thinks of Ignis as the friend who understands him and Prompto as the friend who accepts him. Prompto thinks of Noct as 'buddy from school who I'd do anything for' (awwwww). But I think my favourite is Ignis's perception of Prompto: 'Expendable comic relief whose company I secretly enjoy.'

Something about Final Fantasy XV that's been playing on my mind: the hotel rooms have two double beds. Always two double beds. Maybe they book two rooms, I thought at first, but Ignis occasionally says that 'the tent lets you stretch out a bit more' when you camp. How is it possible that sleeping in a tent with three other people is less cramped than sleeping in a lovely roomy double bed? Answer: you have to share that bed. Canon.

One of the hotel receptionists says, 'The finest room in the house is available for your... immediate comfort,' and I'm convinced he thinks all four of them are banging. I'm not entirely sure he's wrong.

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Mar. 25th, 2017 11:19 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] staranise!

It is a great and terrible world

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:54 am
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I keep feeling like I should write something... more.

But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...

And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.



(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)

Request-a-poem & blood oranges

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:32 pm
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Blood oranges are delightful. They've got the citrusy tang of regular oranges, but are juicier and have a more multi-note flavor profile. They're also currently in season and cheapish. (If given the chance, I eat like 2/3 kg per day, lol. At least I'm getting enough vitamin C?)

I'm also on a poetry kick currently. Here's one I wrote some time ago. So, any of y'all want me to write a poem? I can do freeform, sestinas, and villanelles and mayybe a sonnet, and promise to try anything more exotic you want to throw at me. Fandom topic poems are hard, but something about stuff like "rain" or "your opinion on global warming" or w/e should work!

You are no summer’s days.

You, you erupt onto my tongue with sweet bitterness
Come apart in my fingers
Taste of ecstasy

And you, you envelope me into your intoxicating embrace
Give me sweet comfort
It is dawn when you are done.

What need have I for anything more?
I have a blood orange and darkness.

good morning, it's 25 march 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 01:39 am
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I thought it would be a good day to checkout the channers. 4pol is full of interracial porn and it's driving the nazis crazy and they want to know where the hell the mods are. It's hilarious. Also, (probably) fake Christians are mocking the fascist atheists particularly hard. There are also a couple of old-fashioned women-hate posts, and they still very much believe in the child-molestation-ring-run-out-of-a-pizza-restaurant conspiracy theory. Insofar as they have a discussion on the ACA, it's that TRUMP IS STILL A GENIUS and this is genius at work. There's some dissent on that, but it appears to be the majority.

A set of them are scared about ISPs selling browser histories. Specifically about being outed as white supremacists and neofascists.

8pol is more organised and coherent. They hated the GOP bill, and like 4pol, they're in camp GOD EMPEROR TRUMP IS A GENIUS and it's part of a plan to force out Ryan. Though there is _some_ whistling past the graveyard in it. There is also some out-and-out pushback ("Muh 4D trans-dimensional chess!"), but not a lot.

Now, to the non-obvious news. (If you missed it: the GOP/Trumpcare bill was withdrawn when it was clear it would not pass. I'm skipping that; we all know.)

Let's start with Russia: "The plot to sell America's foreign policy for foreign oil _and_ steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel." This is _incredibly_ explosive. But it's also a bunch of connected dots. Worth looking at, but be careful. "Nunes gives away the game: The GOP will never exercise real oversight on Trump" is an opinion piece, but probably a good one. "Trump’s Terrifying Comey Tweet" is a little clickbaity but the article's okay.

"Partisan split at House intel committee over canceled open hearing" is a bigger deal. Why is this meeting suddenly closed-door? See previously: Nunes. And, off to the side, we have "Paul Manafort’s Business Partner Left Pro-Trump Group Because of Russia Ties, Sources Say" and "Marine Le Pen of France Meets With Vladimir Putin in Moscow."

"Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S." should cause the government to fall. In a normal circumstance - if the contents are confirmed, anyway. But that was also true of a torture programme, and that didn't happen. Regardless, it's bad. And we have "Bannon Tells Trump: ‘Keep a Shit List’ of Republicans Who Opposed You."

I'm not going to completely ignore heathcare: "‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump called my cellphone to say that the health-care bill was dead" is something I watched unfold live on twitter; it was pretty bizarre. "How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse?" asks the BBC - very.

In neofascists, we have the world's tiniest violin: "Neo-Nazi fears stabbing of black man may lead to ‘unfair’ discrimination against white supremacists." Nice and appropriate use of quotes there. "Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups" - no kidding. Also, YouTube is in trouble due to ad placement beside all this fascist content on their service, with "More brands, Starbucks included, pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott."

Civil rights my shiny metal ass: "Trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil rights for trans people." Yeah. And locally, "Aerospace firm Electroimpact agrees to pay $485K after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination against Muslims."

Also locally, "Was KOMO just bullied into airing right-wing rhetoric?" Looks like it. Sinclair is terrible and leans on local stations for things like this a lot.

"Lamar Smith, unbound, lays out political strategy at climate doubters’ conference" talks about how they intend to discredit climate change research.

Our last two are tales of two billionaires: "The Billionaire on a Mission to Save the Planet From Trump" and "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency." Because yeah, that's how it works, whether you like it or not.

Good luck out there.

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Books Post – Norse Mythology

Mar. 24th, 2017 09:38 pm
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I seem to have endured a flurry of dopamine-click-led not-entirely-well-advised online book ordering. Things keep arriving, often things that are not quite what I imagined they'd be when I ordered them, if I remember ordering them at all.

An elderly yet still robust copy of Brigid Brophy's The Snow Ball arrived today (discussed brilliantly on Backlisted here). That can only be a good thing.

And this week I sat right down in the middle of the Salinas Valley (page 353) to read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology.

I hadn't read any Gaiman in a good while. I thought it would be happy to check back in with him, and with the Norse myth-world of my childhood.

Norse Mythology's dust jacket is beautiful: a soft matte black infinity dusted with stars, with a lustrous Mjolnir in the centre.

Some of my favorite stories from the mythos are in Gaiman's book (the forging of Mjolnir, the birth of Sleipnir), and some I didn't know as well (the mead of poetry). Some of the gods I feel most affinity for are less prominent (Baldur, Bragi).

Gaiman and I are both totally hot for Loki, so that works out, because Loki kind of is the protagonist both of this retelling and, arguably, the mythos itself. I'm not a traditional storyteller or an anthropologist, but it seems to me that Gaiman picks up on the culture-hero role of tricksters like Loki as creators and bad/fortunate role models.

I’ve loved Gaiman's use of this mythos in other works: Sandman especially, and American Gods. Norse Mythology itself isn't a wholly successful adaptation for me.

Why? )

Ultimately, reading Norse Mythology made me want to re-read the book of Norse myths I had (or at least read) as a child. I did a search; the book must almost certainly be the d’Aulaires’, probably in the 1967 version.

I found it in a Popular Online Bookstore, and then, on even sexier second thought, at the local library.

Now I will say positive things about a book, to prove I can.

Just when East of Eden was fading me out, Steinbeck dropped deeper into the workings of Cal's character, and my faith flared up again. Steinbeck is very good at imagining the inner lives of people without ordinary empathy. I find it exhausting to be in those minds for such long stretches, but this is not the same as the work not being well done. The work is done very well.

{rf}

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Mar. 25th, 2017 05:46 am
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I am also not helpful because I can't figure out tumblr well enough to communicate on there.
I thought I said a thing but it is now not there.
So I'm basically just thinking helpful thoughts at the ether.
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I would like to be helpful

but I do not know how

and especially do not know what to say.

I mean things that have helped me include meditate, but there are many times when it is annoying to ask if someone likes to meditate. Like, it does not magic away all problems. Or many problems, really.

But it’s supposed to be a set of techniques for seeing what is going on with you. Like Resource Monitor but for the inside of your head? And if you get the hang of one of the pretty bits then you can make a nicer place in your head to hang out in.

So like guided visualisation isn’t going to fix actual housing problems, but it can make the inside of your head better decorated, maybe.

Read more... )

But then I don’t want to suggest it to other people because clearly it’s like a little paintbrush like for portraits, when you’re trying to get all the leaves from autumn tidied away sometimes. It’s not an everything sort of tool.

But it’s a nice place in your head when it works.

GO GO POWER RANGERS

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:26 am
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I... will probably post more thoughts when we are not sitting in a Burger King parking lot, but--look, as an adaptation of the original series I give it an F minus but as a movie in its own right it has a significantly higher amount of coherency than I was expecting (which is not a TON, because Power Rangers, but). I think they would've been better off just changing the names. I also felt like large portions could have been more fun than it was but Billy was having the time if his life and that made up for a lot. Overall I enjoyed it and will probably see it again.

I. LIVE. AGAIN.

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:09 pm
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I am in PDX! I survived finals, I survived my presentation, and I survived the drive up. I gave a friend a ride to the Portland airport, and that was pleasant, and then I spent the afternoon on a friend's couch watching MST3k and Other Space, and now I am on another friend's couch with wine and cheese watching musicals, and I am GOOD.

I am planning on spending a good long while sleeping this break.

But! This week I made a thing, and I got data on it! Data which shows it didn't really work, but data!

Maybe I'll even get a little writing done this week! Wouldn't that be exciting?

six months in the garden

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:43 pm
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September 2016:
Garden, spring 2016


March 2017:
Garden March 2017


Okay, so granted quite a lot of that is summer growth and the verdancy granted by three weeks of near-constant rain in 25-35 degree temps, (also, a new phone) but still!

I guess the big question will be what it looks like in September 2017... Hopefully it's looking even more crazily growth-fuelled...

What I’m Reading

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:32 am
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End of March, 2017 edition.

Whoa, this post has proper capitalization! Wonders are not ceasing!

Anyway, it’s Friday, so I’m going to talk about books I’m reading/have read/plan to read. Actually it being Friday has nothing to do with; I just wanted to post this and today seemed good. If I post this sort of thing again it’s doubtful it will fall on a schedule. Still putting it in the Friday Reads category though!

Note: I’m linking to the Amazon pages for these books and using my affiliate link. If you buy via one of these links, I make a little money, and you don’t get charged extra. So I really appreciate it if you choose to do that. <3

What I just finished

Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff. I read this at the suggestion of my husband and I finished in 2 days, which is the fastest I’ve finished a book in a long, long time.

It’s military sci-fi, it’s hilarious (I was constantly laughing and reading out little bits to my husband), it’s heart-wrenching, and it’s just darn good. I’m probably late to the game on it seeing as it’s been out for 17 years but hey, better late than never. If you enjoy military sci-fi I highly recommend this book.

I was actually going to read the rest of the series that we have right away after, buuuut I had to actually get work done and couldn’t spend the next week reading non-stop. Soon I’ll be able to take a reading vacation (hopefully) and when I do I am devouring the next few books.

What I’m currently reading

The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols by Genevieve von Petzinger. SO GOOD.

This is non-fiction; it’s about a series of symbols found in cave art in many different places and times. It’s fascinating; I’m only a little bit into the book, but I was lucky enough to see von Petzinger speak in October at the Writers’ Fest. It was then that I was like OK I NEED THIS BOOK, so I managed to convince my mom to pick it up for me.

One of the really cool points von Petzinger makes in the book is that throughout human history, we’re always building on what our ancestors did, standing on the shoulders of giants — but these people that she talks about, these early humans, they were “the original giants.” They’re the basis for all we have now. All the art and meaning and culture they had, that was the beginning. And by learning about it, we can better know ourselves.

Also, the thing that made me fall in love with von Petzinger a little bit when I heard her speak was her talking about making all her research, when she’s done with it, open-source — so that anyone wanting to continue it, build on it, do their own thing inspired by her work, doesn’t have to re-trace all her steps. All her work will be open to scientific community. Which is a great and necessary attitude to take, in my view.

Seriously, highly recommended book, especially if you find anthropology and archaeology as fascinating as I do.

What I plan to read next

Showdown by Diane Morrison.

Diane Morrison is an indie author friend of mine, and she hosted the Pagan Fiction Authors Takeover event I did a couple of weeks ago. I ended up winning a copy of her new book, Showdown, in a giveaway she hosted recently, so it’s next on my list of books to read.

I’m pretty excited to dive into it because it’s pagan fiction and a western and I find that blend pretty intriguing.

Ok, that’s it for this edition of Friday Reads. It will be a while before I do another one because I am a very slow reader. Also no idea if it will even be on a Friday.

Loonily yours,
~Katje

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Long day

Mar. 24th, 2017 11:30 pm
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[personal profile] katsuko and I pretty much walked in the house ten minutes ago. She took fourth cut at work, hoping to make a little bit more money, but not so much. I mean, I think she made a bit after 8:30, but not as much as she had been hoping for. If that makes sense. I don't know if it does or doesn't, because I'm very freaking tired. I've slept about two hours over the past two days, thanks to a throbbing tooth keeping me awake.

I keep posting stories to AO3, even though I'm feeling more and more unloved by the day. The ones that are getting comments are not the ones I'm working... or if I've worked on bits of them, it's everything else getting the love. It's very discouraging.

But maybe with some sleep I'll be feeling more pleased with it. I don't know.

I heard back from GSU regarding the Testing Center Admin Coordinator. I'm currently a finalist for it, pending HR, credit checks, and background checks. So... maybe?

Tomorrow is the big catering order: nearly $3000 worth of food to be delivered. I'll get a 20% commission off of it in a few weeks, but supposedly, I should also be getting tipped off of it. I should additionally be getting tipped for the delivery I have to make on Sunday too, in addition to the commission. We'll see. If I do get tipped, it would be a huge step towards getting our rent paid on time with a minimum of overdrafting [personal profile] katsuko's account.

And that's all I've got for today. Later.

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