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Apr. 20th, 2019 03:50 pm
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The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781429946407

This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*

Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.

*heads off to share the love*

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


Miscellaneous

"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*


--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.


--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/


--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.


--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.


--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 09:14 pm
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I was stuck in a car for six hours today, since I'm joining Pat on his monthly trip to see his kids. I spent most of that time writing up a post on history and culture explaining why white people smile awkwardly and say nothing when someone commits a social faux pas. I've gotten some pushback on how I'm only describing the behaviour of a small subset of all white people, whose experiences get generalized to everyone in the same ethnic group, but that's... kind of a feature, IMO, not a bug. The sooner we can demonstrate that racial constructs are artificial bullshit, the better.

I feel so tired though. I worked the two days before this, and did other important stuff like decluttering my stuff in preparation for packing and applying to a job I really want.

The newspaper headlines in southern Alberta are all jubilant. The UCP won the election and the Flames are in playoffs; what more felicity could be demanded from the world, this early in the year?

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Apr. 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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Writing is still going very slowly. I'm still having days when I write nothing at all. Given two assignments with due dates looming, it's a little worrying. I've passed minimum word count on one of those two, at least, but it still doesn't fulfill the conditions of the exchange. The other story has been sitting, untouched, for a while because it's not ready for writing yet. The due dates are a day apart, so I figure I'm good as long as I'm making progress on one or the other.

Cordelia didn't have school today because of Good Friday. She's very confused about that but happy to have a day off. The local schools do spring break in March without connecting it to Easter. I'm pretty sure that, when I was a kid, it usually floated to follow Easter.

I got a load of laundry done today and cooked some fish. I also put together my pillboxes for the next week. I have seven that are meant to be a week of storage and use one for each day so that I can open the bottles once a week instead of every day. I'd have liked to do dishes, but I couldn't manage that on top of the rest. The pills were hardest. Those run into both the osteoarthritis and the tremor, so I keep missing the compartments. I try to do the boxes when Scott and Cordelia aren't watching. I'm not sure why given that they know I have those issues.

The pillboxes are very helpful, though, because I can look at them and know whether or not I've taken today's dose of whatever goes in that compartment. There are things I really don't want to miss taking or double up on. Now I just need a way to track the take as needed stuff.

things and stuff

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:09 pm
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Things I have done so far today:

1. Taken far too many people on apartment showings. (Due to a handful of early move-outs, we now have four sample apartments we can show people with no prior notice. In theory this is a good thing. In practice, it means I have been doing significantly more walking-and-talking than I consider ideal. *wry*)

2. Addressed, wrote, and mailed a batch of thank-you notes for my church stewardship committee.

3. Rented two parking spaces.

4. Stayed on top of office paperwork and now finally have some time to get non-paperwork tasks done, like updating apartment photos on our website and refreshing our ads on rental listing sites. \o/

So I'm going to get on that photo stuff.

*sob*

Apr. 19th, 2019 01:56 pm
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If I grade 15 essays per day between now and the final exam, I will be finished all sixty before I get sixty final exams to grade! So I mean! Right?

Writing and Knitting

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:00 pm
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I've had a hell of a time with my arms the past two weeks. Initially, I thought I had strained them during physical exercise. Then I thought maybe it was an RSI. Now I just don't know. Joint pain that comes and goes from various joints, muscle aches that comes and goes in various places, tendon pain that shows up from nowhere and disappears just as suddenly. I have no clue.

In any case: I can't knit as much as I usually do. I've removed all purling and learned to mirror knit and I've put a timer of 15 minutes that I'm allowed to knit before I take at least 15 minutes break. I hope it will help.

Turns out that coming up with things to do during those breaks is rather annoying though. So far I've picked up origami and making knitting markers. Today, I started writing a story in the Narnia Charn universe - Susan's story in fact, since I've had it sitting in the back of my head for ages. It's interesting to see how the story develops as I write - I never plan but let the story grow inside of my head.

I sorta hope it will become something I can post - the Charn universe has a lot of stories that I could probably write.

And oh, how they danced

Apr. 18th, 2019 09:52 pm
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As [personal profile] bibliofile promised, the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performance was fantastic. Their first two pieces, in particular, were -- of all the art I have seen in recent memory -- the most exciting for me (and likewise for my viewing companion J). Both were choreographed by Crystal Pite. I am no kind of scholar of dance, but on the strength of these examples I would follow her work wherever I could find it.

(Hey! She's Canadian!)

The first work was "A Picture of You Falling." It began with a voice that would iterate and elaborate phrases throughout the work, reminding me a little of Laurie Anderson circa the 1980s, though less preoccupied with cliche.

"This is your voice," a female-coded voice, British. "This is a picture of you." Enter a man in a suit, an almost disappointing sign for "the generic" -- then his path is crossed by a woman in a similar suit -- again, that sense of almost-disappointment -- oh, will she only enter the centre of the narrative through his signification? Will he still define the terms of this dance? -- but then the coat comes off and she begins an exploration of movement, extension -- "This is a picture of you leaning back" -- it becomes her dance -- and she gives a solo performance of such strength.

Another dancer. "This is a picture of you, falling. Knees, hip, hands, elbows, head. This is how you collapse. This is the sound of your heart hitting the floor." A kinetic, impossibly flexible performer abstracts and -- yes, again -- elaborates and iterates -- the phases of falling, through some kind of half-narrated dreamlike repetition, like trauma, relived and distorted -- the noise of traffic, metallic crunch, door slam -- I really felt, watching nothing but this solo dancer's body jolt on a bare stage, that his body might fly into pieces. It was terrifying.

Later there is a room, a relationship, a pas de deux of striking equality of power and movement, seeming (to me at least) largely cleansed of the gendered tics of dance roles -- "they danced each other," said J., and I thought that was perfect.

The second piece, "The Other You", is a mirrored work for two male dancers -- uncanny, comic, destabilizing. J. thought it was about depression and I thought it was about power.

I found a great quote on the website of Pite's troupe, Kidd Pivot: "Your actions are pivotal—each change of direction extends your perspective of the possible." Like that.

Here are some clips from a 2012 performance -- but honestly I think the one we saw was more powerful -- sharper, cleaner, stronger, more focused.

* * * * *


And! LES BALLETS TROCKADERO are coming next season! (The drag ballet troupe that Brooke Lynn Heights performed with for five years!)

Well, then

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:50 am
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Watched Aquaman last night.

That was ... certainly a movie.

Can't help but appreciate Jason Momoa, who is, what, ten or twelve feet tall? Though I desperately wanted someone to brush his hair at most points.

Was I seeing things, or was this filmed to be watched in 3D or some other dimension? Some of the camera-movement choices were Very Odd.

I don't know if it's because I've never been a DC fan other than Wonder Woman or if I have some absorbed/atmospheric/osmosis-induced dislike of Aquaman himself, but this was ... a movie. That's about all I got out of it.
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 ... but bless your hearts, I sincerely hope that none of your tottering piles of paper books come into contact with fire, water, or silverfish. And that you never have to move ten times in ten years with only two suitcases for luggage. And that you never wind up moving to a country with such a minuscule English publishing industry that the only paper editions available to you are imported ones that cost half your (generous) monthly book budget. 

(I just... y'all, I'm so fucking tired. Of the Kondo reactions, the reactions to the reactions, the paper book evangelism, the judgement re: buying from Amazon like some of us even HAVE indies nearby, or the ones that do exist actually sell the sort of books we read. You do you, and leave everyone else out of your damned nonsense.)

Salon post: April 19

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:13 am
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Welcome to this week's salon post!

Topic of the week
What's your favourite holiday? (Been thinking about this because of a thing I'll put in a comment.)

What I've been up to
A short work week, and a quiet one, and trying to line up ducks for various other projects (including a "Wow, my June is busy.")

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )

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Apr. 18th, 2019 10:34 pm
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We had a pretty good game session last night. It took us a while to figure out where we'd left off because it had been so long since we last met. Scott kicked off a major plot for us. Well, maybe 'kicked off' is the wrong phrase. He dropped different bits of it on different characters so that we had to put the pieces together.

We discussed character advancement. The other players seemed to have ideas. I just have this blobby sense that the things my character ought to be good at don't fit the available options unless I twist the names of the skills beyond recognition. Part of that is that I built her backstory to explain her being good at the sort of inference about worldbuilding/plot that I do automatically when I'm role playing or reading or what-have-you. I thought I might as well lean into it since it's not a thing I can manage not to. I can play as if my character doesn't know a plot thread is there, but it's less fun.

I think part of my problem is that, as defined by the rules, there are three skills that my character should be really good at. I want her to be good enough at them to have multiple specializations without necessarily being that good at the other specializations. Scott and I kind of work around this because he knows what I think she can do and agrees that my ideas of what she can and can't do make sense. She has a high sneak skill, but she would actually be terrible at, say, ghosting through the streets or walking silently in the woods. She's good at knowing where the holes are in surveillance systems, and she's good at acting like she belongs wherever she is.

We're still trying to get Scott's sister to tell us what she'd like us to bring to the Easter dinner. Even a general food category would be helpful. She's told us what other people are bringing but not what she'll be making.

Scott bought some new trousers online. One pair fit comfortably, but the other two are going back. I wanted to wash the keepers today, but my hands weren't up to it.

My hands gave up on working properly before Cordelia got home from school. I think a lot of that was me trying to disassemble things that needed to go into the dishwasher. The cold brew coffee making thing wouldn't come apart. I tried several times, with breaks, before just dumping it into the dishwasher still assembled. It kind of got clean, much moreso than I expected, but coffee grounds tend to get wedged in seams and corners when I wash it that way.

Following Asp, as i normally do

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:43 pm
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