Owww.

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:20 am
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No gym last night, no softball tonight - my thigh hurts, even at rest, which generally indicates a muscle strain. It hurt enough to wake me this morning. But how did I do it? How? Unless I strained something while walking funny due to the lower back/glute strain? (which is better, BTW) I took another dose of naproxen and wrapped it in my brace, which helped last time I had a thigh issue, which incidentally lasted quite a while and annoyed me very much.

*throws up hands*

I started reading The Hanging Tree yesterday and I'm more than half done already, so that's something. It feels great to be reading a book I can't wait to return to.

reading wednesday

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:55 am
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• What are you reading?

The Heiress Effect, by Courtney Milan.
The conceit of this book is brilliant. She has to stay single, for complicated family reasons, but her plan will stop working if she turns down any reasonable offer, so she has to make her person repellent enough to counterbalance the attraction of her considerable fortune -- without letting anyone see that she's doing it on purpose. I love it when the obstacles in a romance are not stupid! I love comedy of manners, when it puts extra constraints on the protagonist's solution space! Especially when the protagonist using a formidable intelligence and an immense amount of work to seem foolish and ineffectual!
I was disappointed that this book ignores the constraints that don't assist the story it wants to tell. (For example, these unmarried gentlewomen would not go to a dinner-party in a house without a hostess. One of them is accompanied by a chaperone, another is with her sister, and that is adequate for excursions in public places in daylight, but after dark, in a house full of young men -- no. It would not do.) These elements might not move the story forward directly, but they would do a lot to make the societal forces our heroes are working against seem powerful and real.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer. DNF. It isn't a bad book, but I found myself resenting the idea that it would be one of the approximately 3000 new books I have time left to read. Its greatest appeal for me is how thoroughly Schumer fights against shame. Read for Tawanda book group.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I put a Climbing Mount TBR challenge on my Habitica To-Do list, but I'm not sure how to tackle it. Two of my book groups are on summer hiatus, so I have room to move. I like [personal profile] melannen's FMK polls, and I keep thinking I could do that too, but when I look at my shelves and ask, "Which of these are you going to read, really?" and "Which of these do you need to keep, really?" my answer is always, "All of them. All. Yes, even that one."

[personal profile] sabotabby is focused

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:01 am
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Possums and communism are basically my whole life.


Context is locked; QWP.

Ceci N'est Pas Un Eclipse

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:16 pm
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SumSunCeleb2017

It's the summer solstice 'round here and that means pony cake and swag! I gave the rice paper another go, this time using food dye dissolved in water to colour in the edible-ink marker line-art. That worked! Next, I'll have to find a way to make the rice paper taste good. It's really chewy and tasteless.

My camera is in a death spiral. Every few pictures it gives me a "lens control error" and stops functioning. Almost all the pictures I took of the cake were blurry on the right half of the image. Fortunately, I take a lot of pictures.

The cake was too sweet. I bought it because it cost less than the strawberry shortcake, it was chocolate and it had a lot of whitespace on which I could drop my drawing. People ate it anyway. My coworkers seemed impressed with the artwork, but no one seemed to realize that it was humorous. I had thirteen items to give away plus several blind bags. Twenty-seven people had their names in the draw for those 13 items which included two "Fan Series" Guardians of Harmony figures and nine plush ponies.

The next cake is for Rarity's Element of Harmony day. What to draw?

reading wednesday

Jun. 21st, 2017 07:37 am
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I have read, a bit: Lee's Ninefox Gambit (edged past midpoint), the very opening of Cleeves's White Nights, most of a cookbook. There is one book post, but it ought to wait till after the post for Gambit, which was begun first. Less fog than two weeks ago.

Current reading: two of those aren't finished, and I'd like to clear enough fog to finish them. I do not like this thing whereby my mind slides off reading with each retry.

Wednesday Reading

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:30 am
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This week's reading was mostly a book for anonymous review. I also caught up on Time.

The real question is, what do I read next? From the TBR, I have the following candidates that I am most interested in right now. Thoughts on what I should choose?

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch.

The House of Shattered Wings (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel) by Aliette de Bodard.

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.
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I created [community profile] 10variations for Dreamwidth because it was an old concept from Livejournal that I used to love and many people felt inspired by, and I thought it would be nice to recreate it for a better, safer and cleaner platform like Dreamwidth :3

It's a community where you post a batch of 10 icons each time, made out of the same image but all different (according to a set of themes). It's best if you look at the profile to understand the concept! I hope you will like it and participate, I will participate also :3

And the final volume

Jun. 20th, 2017 06:54 pm
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The collated version of Volume the Twelfth is now available to those who care to download it, thanks as ever to the good offices of [personal profile] clanwilliam.

Any expression of appreciation may be made here: PayPal, tho' 'tis ever possible that you may wish to save your pennies against the appearance of the edited and revised version.

Owwwwwwwww

Jun. 20th, 2017 09:20 am
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Somehow I strained something in my lower back or upper glute over the weekend, and I'm not sure how, unless it was carrying wet laundry up stairs, but I don't recall any pain at the time. Regardless, it hurts now, and yesterday's workout, despite being all upper body plus some lower back stretching, did not help (I hoped it would). I starting taking naproxen last night and am using my microwave-heated buckwheat thingie while I'm at work today.

Uh! Noy! Ing!

If I knew what I'd done to cause this soreness, I'd be less annoyed about it.

Outsourcing

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:24 am
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Returning to the business of self-publishing these memoirs both in pretty bound volumes and as ebooks -

- yr amanuensis was looking over the Smashwords and Lulu sites yestere'en.

And thinking that there would be a fair amount of faff involved, and then noticing that Lulu (I may not have got that far with Smashwords) offers a package deal for doing the formatting &C, and that I am coming into a little legacy shortly -

But then thought, surely there are talented and competent people among my readers or their associates who would be prepared to undertake this for a fair price?

(It is the business of the wealthy man/To give employment to the artisan.)

I still have some final editorial touches to make to the Word documents, but if anyone is interested in this, or can recommend someone, please speak comment or DM me now.

I also revisit the matter of covers and whether there are any among the readership of artistick ability, or knows of any such, who would be interested in undertaking cover design for appropriate remuneration?

My latest thoughts on titles and covers )

Parkour!

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Sadly, I didn't have a phone on hand to try to get a photo.

But I just found out that a startled fox on a London balcony will, if feeling cornered, drop two storeys onto the top of a garden wall, bounce off that onto the ground, land with somewhat less dignity than it had intended but apparently without injury, and trot off hurriedly.

In my defense, I really didn't mean to make the fox feel cornered; it's just that my immediate, automatic response to "unexpected furry cat-sized creature" is "stay still, make crooning noises at it, try to edge a bit closer." Had I fled, it would have been able to go round to the other side of the balcony, where you only have to drop down half a storey to an adjacent roof.

ETA: I can't help noticing that there is a very well-chewed yellow foam ball on my balcony, which I did not put there.

Also, by way of apology, I have left a dish of water out on the balcony, because it is a heatwave.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Jun. 19th, 2017 10:32 am
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to [personal profile] waywardcats ! Hope the heat isn't cramping your (or the cats') style too much!  Stay hydrated!

Positives

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:53 am
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1. Saw friends and small monkeys this weekend.

2. Laundry is done, including the comforter! Winter coat is next. Even more amazing, I have put most of it away already.

3. I want to attend concerts on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Neither is hugely expensive.

4. I made good progress on reading my review book. It was only getting started that was difficult.

5. We're getting thunderstorms today, so the humidity might clear out a bit.

Ducklings

Jun. 19th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Ducklings!
[Two ducklings, one facing the camera and one showing us its fluffy backside.]

Someone left the top gate on our canal lock open today and these two plus their four siblings got stuck at the far end of the lock next to the closed gate. They couldn't scramble out to meet their momma standing on the lock edge. I went out to chivvy her back toward the open gate, and luckily the ducklings trapped in the lock followed her all the way out the gate, which I shut behind them. All seem to be okay if a little peeved with me, and I can take it!

fiber monday

Jun. 18th, 2017 11:20 pm
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* Either Mayapple or Rendezvous will be the fancy shawl for my thirty-year high-school reunion a few years hence, not because I care about reunions per se but because . . . planning ahead is how I tend to live, I just don't knit that many fancy shawls, I need a project on wooden needles for travel next month, and I'm likely to be able to fit into the same black-with-machine-embroidery sheath dress I wore to the ten- and twenty-year reunions; thus I know which colors would coordinate. Heh. (The ghost shawl's colors wouldn't suit the sheath, for example, because it's partly brown.) I expect to knit both and use them for casual-office wear as well. Mayapple: dark blue-green in linen; Rendezvous: dark olive in wool/silk. The dress's machine embroidery is mostly bronze-toned, but it's hard to match warm yellowish tones in yarn. For the twentieth reunion I made a laceweight wool/silk shawl in a ruddy color that's hard to photograph. This image by someone else looks about right---a light reddish-purple that isn't pink at all and shows browner than it ought---but with the facial rash that never fades, I don't want it. So, that's that sorted. Or Uncia would work, since I've begun it in a lavenderish purple-grey. *shrugs*

I refuse on principle to work on clothing for me while at the office. People ought not to imagine what I may look like in something, nor invite themselves to comment. Ick. Shawls are easy, however.

* Reason's misconduct has extended the orange cardigan's pause to eight weeks from six, hence this rethinking of production sequence.

* ___Sand has reached the lower "hem," which is actually a 6+" = 16+ cm slip-stitch extravaganza that keeps reinjuring one finger. After that come pockets, the front non-button band, and icord bind-off, so there's plenty left to do. Most of me thinks a cotton-blend cardigan is worthwhile; that one finger hates everything.

* People have been musing upon #summerofbasics this month, things to make that could be worn frequently in multiple permutations. Perhaps I'll find some thoughts for next week.

* The current issue of knit/crochet mag Amirisu, whose articles are translated jp --> en by an anglophone Japanese person, includes this: "we imagined BUAISOU to be a group of snobs and hip creators, but in fact, they are down-to-earth, indigo otaku" (p. 16). I had not expected "otaku" as the end of the sentence (though the contrast is clear) given the hard-working nature of any indigo dyer and, especially, given how "otaku" has shifted in anglophone fandoms, notably video-game contexts. Right. From later in the same article, same page: "it took them six months to dye the first batch of yarn." It's not because they're lazy shut-ins, eh?

Black_Butler

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:32 pm
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[community profile] black_butler  is a discussion community for fans of the manga and anime series Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler. We welcome fans of all (or no) pairings. Join us this week as we begin our season one rewatch. 

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jun. 18th, 2017 02:36 pm
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Sir Paul McCartney hits the big seven-five today. Heh.

Requiescat in Pace

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:52 pm
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http://nolose.org/news/tjwg-call-for-participants/
The Nolose board is looking for expert advice in making a plan for our organization to work more effectively for trans justice and address transmisogyny and cissexism in Nolose. The board is looking for a group of thick and fat trans folks, especially trans women and transfeminine people, especially people of color, especially folks with some experience either with Nolose specifically or with transmisogyny in queer fat community/movement spaces, to meet via conference call and/or group chat to generate formal recommendations for the Nolose board to address transmisogyny and cissexism, and work for trans justice, as an organization.
...
Nolose has budgeted for stipends of up to $250.
Application details at link.

[personal profile] bunsen_h on Doctor Who

Jun. 17th, 2017 12:52 pm
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Someday in the Whoniverse, an evil alien invading force will threaten to disable humanity's defensive capabilities by making humans remember all of the invasions that they've bizarrely forgotten about. When people are forced to notice things like the gaping hole in Big Ben, the weird monuments, the work camps, the missing family members, the damage to personal property, etc., humanity will be reduced to quivering catatonia.

Context has identified a minor plot hole.
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Hi everyone!

I'm a sysadmin from Perth (Western Australia), and keen photographer. I rarely manage to get out of the metropolitan area, but we have a wonderful variety of wildlife right on our doorsteps.

For example...
Hirundo neoxena, or Welcome Swallow, shot at a jetty on the Swan River, just a couple of minutes' walk from my office, and taken during my lunch break.
Cut for size )

You can also find me on G+ - where I have a collection dedicated to nature - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IauoY - including many of my better shots.

Timeless!

Jun. 16th, 2017 12:36 pm
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Are you a fan of NBC's Timeless?

Are you looking for a place to post your Timeless fanworks: your incredible icons, your fantastic fanart, your fanvids formidable, your fic, your podfic and meta?

Are you already thinking and/or obsessing about the next season even though it's over a year away? Are you longing for a place to discuss the past season's episodes, analyze the characters, and theorize about time travel?


[community profile] timeless_lifeboat
A new Timeless community at Dreamwidth


We're just getting started. We hope you'll join us.

Softball is back.

Jun. 16th, 2017 11:20 am
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I had a few painful catches during last year's intramural softball season, mostly due to tendonitis, I think. The new season started last night, and I managed to badly bruise the outside of my right thumb. Currently, there is a dark purple blotch and if I touch it, I get tender, hot, shooting pain. I also have a fainter bruise on the heel of my left hand, which I think I incurred during warm up tosses.

I am slow and stiff and a terrible hitter under the fast-moving "you get two pitches only, good or bad" rules, but I do love playing catch, and playing catcher.

We'll see how well and how fast this bruise heals. It's quite annoying. I am not sure I should play again, but I want to play.

I need to think on it more.

Dear Zindagi

Jun. 16th, 2017 01:37 am
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I just watched Dear Zindagi and I loved it. I had to stop for a while in the middle because I thought for sure it was going to do something terrible ), but it didn't! Also it showed work, friendship (especially friendship with other women), and family as being foundational to happiness, with romantic love as a joyful addition when you're ready.

Also I found the constant language-switching delightful.

Is there a lot of Bollywood like this? Can you recommend any?

Wonder Woman

Jun. 15th, 2017 03:24 pm
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Not a review, just a couple of reactions and a list of subverted tropes.

I liked it quite a bit.
Spoilers ho )

no kitchen is new kitchen

Jun. 15th, 2017 03:09 pm
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"But Tucker, if it's not a forever place, why are you spending high-four-figures redoing the kitchen?"

Three reasons:

1) The stupid cabinets that are too small for the plates to fit in are seriously annoying. It is worth spending money to rectify this, even on a short timescale.

2) It will Increase Resale Value, at least nominally. I'm skeptical as to how much effect home renovations actually have on resale value, but hey, maybe I'm wrong. It will certainly look much nicer, which may have an intangible effect on saleability.

3) It's not that big a kitchen. Any actual homeowners reading this are scratching their heads trying to figure out how we're renovating an entire kitchen for under ten grand. The answer is that this is a tiny 80s condo kitchen, where you can't open the dishwasher and the fridge at the same time, and where two people can technically do separate food-related tasks but they'd better be VERY comfortable in each others' personal space.

And, related to that last one, if I'm gonna be A Homeowner who's not interested in DIYing the heck out of everything, I'd like to have a sense of what goes into a reno project like this. Redoing the tiny kitchen seems like a safeish way to get my feet wet.

Emily stayed home yesterday while the new cabinets got delivered and the old ones got torn out. I stayed home today while the new cabinets got installed. Based on what I've seen so far, IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT TO PAY A PROFESSIONAL TO INSTALL THE DAMN CABINETS. Nobody's kitchen is "cabinet-sized" and things will have to be tweaked to fit, plus there may be, um, "interesting choices" made by previous owners. Like the way there are two different kinds of ceiling drywall in the kitchen over the cabinets, and making them line up is a pain in the neck. I have SO MUCH respect for the guys putting the cabinets in, and occasionally hauling things out to the porch to trim them and hauling them back in.

The wiring in here is substandard enough that the electrician couldn't finish up yesterday, so he'll be back at some point. And Emily's convinced that she can re-hook-up the sink and the dishwasher, at least good enough for a couple of weeks, so the plumber won't be back today either.

So, soon we'll have cabinets, and a temporary sink and counter. Next week the counter-measurer comes to measure exactly how much counter we need, and that ought to arrive in a couple of weeks.

So far, relatively painless. We'll see how it goes once everything is in place and hooked up, and then we'll also need to put in some kind of backsplash. (We had them tear out the HIDEOUS PAINTED-OVER TILE but haven't come up with anything to replace it yet.)

I need all the cheering up I can get.

Jun. 15th, 2017 01:27 pm
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I landed a Wartoad in Flight Rising!!! Go me!!!

small personal note

Jun. 14th, 2017 11:11 am
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WHERE THE FUCK IS MY BLACK PANTHER MOVIE I FEEL I HAVE BEEN WAITING

F O R E V E R

MORAY BEACH

Jun. 14th, 2017 11:21 am
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OPENING JUNE 15
Welcome to Moray Beach
Maybe you were having an ordinary day, doing ordinary things.
Or, maybe, your day was in fact extraordinary, and you're kind of busy and, really, don't have time for any nonsense.
Unfortunately, all of that is gone.
Welcome to Moray Beach. Welcome to your fresh start.
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Moray Beach is a game set on a tropical island paradise populated entirely by displaced characters. Through some glitch of time and space, they have ended up here, and here they will stay for as long as the island wills it.

A game for mature and seasoned players, it follows basic tenants of fun, respect, and honesty. Player anonymity is protected without question, and abusive and dramatic behaviour will not be tolerated. The goal is low moderation, high activity, and a place for all of us to just, well, play.

Whether you're looking for serious plot, horror or thriller storylines, or even just slice-of-life hijinks, Moray Beach will accommodate you.

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Wednesday Reading

Jun. 14th, 2017 08:32 am
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This week I read Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 3, and I just can't fully express how good this series has been. I mean, I know Ta-Nehisi Coates has other things to write than comics, but I wish he could do maybe just five more graphic novels. This whole Black Panther series has been a festival of nuance and moral complexity, and I just want to hug it, when it's not making me cry for its contrast to our current American political climate. Also, Shuri Shuri Shuri.

I also read To the Sticking Place by blueink3, a Sherlock AU in which Holmes and Watson are actors in a "Macbeth" revival on Broadway. The romance was schmoopy at times, but I loved all the theatre neep. One thing that made me laugh is normally I wouldn't be interested in an all-male cast for that particular play (not done for historicity), but I can see why a slash story would want it to work that way.

Letter to a sister

Jun. 14th, 2017 08:50 am
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Dearest Matty

Your excellent letter has finally caught up with us: we are now at Maraston Towers at His Grace of Humpleforth’s house-party. I am ever more persuaded that 'twas entire prudence to bring little Rollo with me, for gives me quite the finest excuse to leave the drawing-room or avoid some unwanted excursion, even tho’ there are some ladies in the company I daresay consider me most eccentrique, and even, perchance, a disciple of Rousseau. However, I am persuaded that Maurice’s fine gowns are by no means in that severity of style that the author of Emile would have approved. I wish I might have brought Cathy as well, but an infant still at breast is an easier matter to take about on visits than a bouncing girl of her years that will go explore her surroundings and get into places where she should not.

We were previously at Lord Pockinford‘s, where Biffle and I were obliged to hear a deal more about cows and dairying than we should entirely have desired, as he wished us to communicate his thoughts in the matter to Lady Jane - have you heard yet whether she and little Horatio are safe arrived in matrimonial harbour? If she has writ us, 'tis another letter that pursues us about the country.

However, 'twas not all bovine business - dear Agnes Lucas and her husband were in the company. 'Twas an entire delight to see her, so increased in confidence, both of them so well – and she whispered to me that she is in hopes of increase, and hopes to do somewhat towards filling up a rectory that positively demands a numerous brood. You will be most amuzed to learn that she and I propose a venture in authorship. Dearest Clorinda, that I hear came visit you in Hampshire beforehand, happened to mention to Agnes my essays in translating Turkish poetry, that I am no hand at all at turning into English poetry, and she was most interested in the matter, and has a very nice feeling for words, and betwixt the two of us we think we might make a nice little volume of it, though we do not intend to entitle it Songs from the Seraglio! – for Biffle, overhearing us, made the suggestion, saying 'twould be quite a sensation did we so. I said ‘twould be more like the Vice Society would bring a prosecution and we should find it burnt by the common hangman.

And on the matter of authorship, Matty dear, I wish you would think about publishing some of your charming accounts of your chickens, perchance illustrated with your delightful sketches. I read out some parts of your letter upon the topic, to a select group of friends, and this was quite the general cry.

On delightful sketches, I long to see the painting you say Raoul de Clérault has made of Deborah feeding the chickens. It cannot help but make a considerable effect. And I am glad to hear that he and his wife and child are again guests of yours. I daresay Phoebe de Clérault would not brag to you on the matter, but Papa has quite the highest esteem for her and will declare that it was a good day when he was persuaded to go into business with her over her polishes &C. She has lately shown him a powder against insects, very useful when storing items away for a prolonged period: he was most prepossessed.

Here at Maraston Towers one constantly observes that His Grace entirely doats upon dear Julia – has had one of the hot-houses turned into a little corner of Bombay with plants from those parts, and even some birds, and Julia quite delights to sit there with her mongeese - for I fear the poor creature misses the warmth of her native shore. And aside from any matter of climate, the Duke’s children behave with the chilliest civility towards her, for he never displayed the like attentiveness to their late mother: 'twas a very prudential match made up 'twixt the families in question. (This I learn from Clorinda, that has had it from Mrs Nixon, that entire compendium of scandals antient and modern.)

Another most amuzing thing. I am not sure you have ever been in company with His Grace of Humpleforth, that has many sound reforming ideas and is a great figure in anti-slavery, but has the most tiresome habits around young women of touching - tho’ not in any way that would transgress the bounds of good ton or violate modesty, so that they are oblig’d to smile and make civil does he pat them upon the arm, or put an arm about their waist, or stroke their hair &C – and paying embarrassing compliments. But I noticed that he has now almost ceased to do the like except to Julia.

I mentioned this to Clorinda, who smiled and laughed a little and said, o, I advised Her Grace to a little contrivance, with the collaboration of Lady Emily while she was visiting at Maraston Towers (there is a general supposition that there are hopes of making up a match 'twixt her and Lord South Worpley, tho’ I think they are misplaced). I told her, he will show his usual amiable fondling to her, and is she in the plot, will act as if 'tis most entirely agreeable and be most flirtatious, in some spot where you may observe them. Then, says I, later, when you are closeted with the Duke your husband, you must go show an affecting tearfulness and accuse yourself of being a wicked jealous wife, for when you saw him so cozy with Lady Emily, you were in great temptation to go slap the hussy’s face -

And now, Clorinda went on, he behaves himself a deal less annoying, even does he puff himself up about having a wife that so doats upon him as to be unreasonable jealous.

Ha, says I, I daresay we shall see some similar contrivance upon the stage quite shortly, at which she smacked me lightly with her fan and told me I was a great teaze.

I am still a little astonished that Julia seems so well pleased with this match: but after a private convocation we had I realize how very different her expectations were: no other wives, she remarked, with their jealous intrigues, scheming and spying, and no likelihood of being poisoned. And indeed one must consider that she will not in due course be required to cast herself upon her husband’s pyre, but merely to move into the very charming dower house. The lack of cordiality of the Duke’s children must seem a mere bagatelle - and indeed, they always manifest proper ton towards her. I also apprehend that the Duke does not require of her those positions that I observed in a little Hindoo book in Clorinda’s library, that she had from General Yeomans – with his years and stoutness I very much doubt he could contrive them. (Did she ever show it to you, my dear? 'Tis quite the revelation.)

Now Em is about in Society again after the period of mourning, and will no longer be obliged to keep house for her brothers now that Lord Nuttenford has married dear Rebecca, once they are returned from their wedding tour, mayhap she will finally favour one or other of her suitors, if not the Duke’s heir? The companionship of that excellent creature her cousin Miss Fenster seems to have calmed her wild ways considerable.

But I rattle on in gossip, when I should be about preparing myself to go take part in conversation among the company – after I have kissed little Rollo.

Your letters are ever exceeding welcome, even do they take so long in finding me.

My greatest regards to Jacob, and kiss Deborah and Jonathan for me.

Your affect: sister

Viola Mulcaster Little V

I like anticlimaxes.

Jun. 13th, 2017 09:19 am
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My dermatologist visit was a bit of an anticlimax, in a really good way. I did not have to have the red mark frozen off, though they told me I could have it done if it bothered me cosmetically. I declined for now. I am supposed to go back if I see anything else weird, and I'm going in for a full baseline exam in December because of my excessive whiteitude.

Whew.

Two co-pays down the drain, but at least I had the option of seeing doctors at all, so I am grateful.

Well

Jun. 12th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Golden State Warriors on their respective championship seasons!

I don't know when Pittsburgh is having their parade, but Oakland's parade is Thursday.

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Jun. 12th, 2017 09:27 pm
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There was supposed to be a haiku today, but I couldn't get the sense-memory to hold still long enough to apply verbals. (I hate when that happens.)

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Jun. 12th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Feeling distant from everything. This is a known side effect of trying to get in touch with new people, especially in this city. It's still kind of alienating. And it comes on top of some other stuff that's sloshing around in my head.

Y'all still like me, right?

trying to get more comms on DW going

Jun. 12th, 2017 02:35 pm
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My first post to [community profile] beautifulmechanical!

Not what I posted there, but they do a beautiful live cover of "Winterlong":

It's Dermatologist Day!

Jun. 12th, 2017 09:37 am
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I shall report back on the Freezing of the Atypical Nevus, which is supposed to happen this afternoon.

I am hoping the dermatologist (or whatever resident or whatever actually sees me) gives me a general look over and perhaps prescribes retinol if that is something that is good for very, very pale people. I am prepared to tell them that though I use sunscreen every single morning, I usually do not reapply at all, or only do so once, unless I am really really in the sun. And I neglect my feet and ears. That is just how it is.

I decided to skip the gym today. Partly it's because new-to-me medical stuff always freaks me out and afterwards I want to hide. Partly it's because I stayed up way too late with [personal profile] drinkingcocoa watching the Tonys so will be too tired for a good workout; my own fault, and I'm not sorry.

Speaking of the Tonys, I really liked the musical performances for "Come From Away" and "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812." "The Great Comet" appears to be quite the spectacle! I also really liked the song from "Dear Evan Hansen" despite being prejudiced against songs that are very narratively talky-style. Except the singer, Ben Platt, really sold it to me; he has a really good voice, light and flexible with amazing control, and he didn't oversell at any point.

Also, I got bonus Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Rockettes, so yay!

fiber monday

Jun. 11th, 2017 09:31 pm
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Ghost shawl has reached a temporary "Why even bother" halt---perhaps so-called mosaic knitting, new to me, bores me---but instead of ___Sand, Reason's second orange cardigan has come out again. Now the sleeve caps and torso have been split, and there's part of a body and a sleeve. They're enough to prove that this size will do, provided that I finish the cardigan for fall 2017 and don't dawdle further. I'd totally have undone the upper third in favor of the next size up if needed: we want a functional orange cardigan, not a symbol.

(The first orange cardigan was lost soon after I'd lengthened its body, a bit more than a year ago. Since then, and after a great deal of verbal reinforcement and encouragement, Reason has lost only a sunhat, as clothing and accessories go. Not too bad. I have tended not to lose things, even while in Reason's age-range, from a variety of habits/tricks and from being able to visualize where something was last. The tricks I can teach, at least.)

And then the orange cardi has been put away for six weeks due to ...gross misconduct, two days running. (Don't hit, kick, or bite me.) Ghost shawl will be pretty and not warm---the merino yarn has been processed too much---but I ought to finish it before tackling a more useful one, right? I've learned something about rates of increase from it, at least.

It turns out that I have another infant hat to crochet after all, for the expected child of one of partner's longest-term friends. The only yarn I had left in the right weight class is a dull brown, but this hat ought to look suitable for a kid whose parents produce/direct videos and whose second cousin is a runway model. :P Now I have a skein of on-trend speckled mess in superwash wool. Excellent. (This kind, except I bought it elsewhere and my skein has more blue/green.) Looks acceptable when crocheted; would look better when knitted, and Reason already has Plans (for me to execute) for the remainder ... 6+ weeks hence. I'll suggest a chunky version of this or this.

further thoughts on WW

Jun. 10th, 2017 06:04 pm
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That whole entire movie can be summed up as

AMAZONS, SOLDIERS, GENERALS, DIPLOMATS, VILLAINS, HEROES, THE NOT-HOWLING-COMMANDOS AND STEVE TREVOR: DIANA NO
DIANA: DIANA YES

- She always did what she wanted to, even when she was a wee tiny twig. I don't know if I've ever seen another movie where the heroine is so determined to do what she wants and just goes ahead and does it. And where it doesn't bite her in the ass. The whole film was all about her choices and her journey.

- Steve Trevor was totally the love interest and it was great. Chris Pine also did an amazing job -- and he's always struck me as a horrible smarmy caricature in everything else. Spoiler )

- All the slo-mo in the fight scenes didn't bug me (T said he actually liked it). Modern action movie fight scenes always go by way too fucking fast for me to figure anything out and the slo-mo was basically all "Look at how awesome Diana is," so that was fine by me.

- That Spoiler ) scene was FUCKING EPIC. Holy wow. That was amazingly powerful. I will be surprised if this film doesn't get nominated for awards in f/x and editing. The whole film was also really beautiful to see in the theatre, and I really liked the storybook sequence near the opening.

- ROBIN WRIGHT AND CONNIE NIELSON, OH MY GOD

- The film was never male-gazey and there were actual characters who were not white men! the Not-Howlies were diverse! The Amazons were diverse! That is what happens with a female director. Also, not one fat joke about Etta Candy.

- Spoilery spoiler )

- A.O. Scott said* it reminded him of the Superman movies and I thought for once he had a good point, although WW was a lot darker than those ever got, what with the very first battle scenes, then the Front, the poison gas, the refugees, and the speeches about human nature and war.

- A SUPERHERO MOVIE WITH NO DADDY ISSUES AND NO DEAD MOMS, HALLE-FUCKEN-LUJA


-- Oh yeah we also got a trailer for Justice League. HA HA HA HA NO. Altho shirtless Jason Momoa....hmmmm.


*Diana is erudite but unworldly, witty but never ironic, supremely self-confident and utterly mystified by the modern world. Its capacity for cruelty is a perpetual shock to her, even though she herself is a prodigy of violence. Her sacred duty is to bring peace to the world. Accomplishing it requires a lot of killing, but that’s always the superhero paradox.

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