Hugo Help Please

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:05 am
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Which twelve of my reviews in 2018 were the best?

Fandom: Queer Books

Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:02 am
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So in an effort to reinvent goodreads/booklikes tagging since I'm off goodreads and keep forgetting booklikes exists, I made a tag for books with what I consider to be significant queer content (This is a somewhat wobbly definition, more wobbly still because I'm back tagging based on memory). Which is this: fandom: queer books.

I've gone back to about 2014 and may tag the rest at some point. My book review format wasn't as... organised back then, and got less so as I go back. (I've also blanket-flocked my DW on posts older than 2016, which I might selectively deal with at some point. I have to and manually strip out too-specific location data on a lot of it. Argh, past self! Why?)

I know everyone keeps telling me I should post reviews individually, but I don't. I like Reading Wednesday. So if there's more than one book review in a post with that tag, I put in a little rainbow heart sticker on the one that's indicated (Rainbow heart sticker) which will hopefully make finding things easier, visually anyway. For screen readers, at least it'll say "rainbow heart sticker"? I've only done this about two years back. It's a work in progress.

Anyway, thoughts? Helpful? Twee? Something more useful I could do?

Canada: Anniversary of the Charter, One Day Late

Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:44 am
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After checking Historica Canada, it turns out that yesterday marked an anniversary: the day that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect in Canada in 1982.

Long live the Charter.
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Donations to rebuild Notre Dame highlight the gulf separating the super-rich from everyone else.

As novelist and philosopher Ollivier Pourriol put it:  "Victor Hugo thanks all the generous donors ready to save Notre Dame and proposes that they do the same thing with Les Misérables."
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This was a fun one to try to try to find on Youtube this morning.  And by "fun" I mean "frustrating."  All I had to go on was a notation on the list at Kpopmap that Stephanie (no last name given, no other information given) had a comeback today (no song title given).  So I started searching and finally found it - and it was well worth the search.

But who is Stephanie?  It turns out Stephanie is Stephanie Kim, former member of the group The Grace, a group from SM Entertainment that has never officially disbanded even though they haven't released anything in years.  She's Korean-American, originally from San Diego.  She was (is?) a member of the Los Angeles Ballet.  She's a DJ, a musical theatre actress, and a frequent guest on Korean variety shows.  She also, according to the credits at the end of this video, wrote the words and music to this song.  Quite talented, apparently.  

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:46 pm
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I didn't do much yesterday except dishes and getting the trash out. The second chore, I only half finished because there was a car parked where the second bin needed to go. Scott ended up taking that one out to the curb later.

I've got five audiobooks out via Overdrive. They all have long waitlists, so I won't get another chance at them for months. I'm trying to prioritize them. I have one library DVD that can't be renewed, but I'm at least 80% sure, without having played any of it, that it's terrible (Kim Possible live action). It might make decent background noise for writing, though.

All three of us are having seasonal allergy issues. We're in that bit of spring when it's too warm for the heat but not yet hot enough for the AC. My current plan is to turn on the furnace fan and see if running the air through that filters anything out. Those filters are a big reason we actually use the AC.

At this point, I'm thinking that daily propranolol is over-all helpful. I just can't figure out a way around the problem of sudden spikes of crushing depression and/or panic whenever life throws something unexpected at me. The 'unexpected' part means no warning, and it's a thing that could happen any time. I could forget my glasses at a restaurant. Cordelia could dislocate her knee again. Scott could get six calls from third shift while we're trying to sleep.

It's a hard call because the difference in pain levels isn't vast. It's not a suddenly all better. It's-- at most-- maybe a point on the pain scale, and it doesn't help with the functional pain issues with my hands and neck. Is the difference between a 7 and a 6.5 or a 6.5 and a 6 worth an occasional few hours of mental non-functioning?

I do know that I'll need to not take it Sunday this week because of Easter related family gathering stress. Curling up in a corner and crying during dinner at my SIL's would be awkward. Why is embodiment so difficult?

Reading Wednesday

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:04 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer
So this is about moss. "What were you expecting?" a reader of this review might ask. Well, I didn't realise this was Kimmerer's first book, written a full ten years before Braiding Sweetgrass and only republished after that was a hit, so I was expecting it to be more like her second book. (Which deftly interweaves the author's personal life, history, her traditional knowledge as a Potawatomi woman, her scientific training as a botanist, and the life of plants. It was fascinating, inspiring, angry, and incredibly well written. If you are at all interested in natural history, do yourself a favour and get a copy of Braiding Sweetgrass.)

Gathering Moss is the book she wrote before that, and it's about moss. To be fair, only the first two thirds of it are about all the different ways moss grows and reproduces, how to study how moss grows and reproduces, things that remind her of moss (literally everything), how moss is really very cool and the author would like everyone to think moss is as cool as she does, and by the way, she spent her entire doctorate waist deep in freezing river water just to look at moss and thinks that was totally worth it. If you ever wanted to know rather a lot about this very specific topic, I would point you to this book.

The last third or so is about different cultural interactions with moss. There was a single chapter dedicated solely to traditional knowledge, and several that touched on both it and settler culture's interaction with it. (Apparently Oregon Moss products aren't sustainably harvested, and you shouldn't buy them.) I probably enjoyed this more, but mostly I was impressed by how much more engaging her second book was than this one. Unless you're really very interested in moss.

The author narrates the audiobook, and unfortunately has the kind of gentle, calming voice that used to put me straight into a deep sleep in ANTH 204.

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson
Seems to be a week for single topic natural history books. Anyway, I found this one a bit more engaging probably because I'm more interested in whales than I am in moss. Pyenson has worked in this area, and I'm somewhat familiar with his background, and with the history of whale evolution, but still learned a lot.

The first third of the book largely covers topics of whale evolution, along with stories about digs and fossils, the middle third covers, more or less, living whales, and the final third covers what might happen to whales in a changing climate. Though Pyenson is a palaeontologist by training, and much of the book is about the fossil record (and how awesome the collection at the Smithsonian is) there are some pretty graphic details of the up to your elbows in whale guts. Pyenson and his colleagues join Icelandic whaling expeditions in order to work on fresh carcasses (a concept he has ethical qualms about, but feels is worth it on the whole, as the whales are toast anyway), so if on-page whale death is going to make or break, give this one a skip. He also talks about mass stranding in the fossil record, whale fall, modern behaviour, why whales are big, why whales aren't bigger, and all kinds of cool things.

Overall, I'd rec it if you think whales are cool, and don't mind some blood and guts along the way. Pyenson also narrates the book, which is really seeming like a trend these days.

What I'm Reading Now

Audio: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder By David J. Morris, narrated by Mike Chamberlain. Very interesting overview, as of about 3/4 in.

Library: Still My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman, translated by Henning Koch. Progress continues.

What I'm Reading Next

Audio: Not sure, going to be travelling, so maybe just podcasts. Library: The Raven Tower if I have time.

Got My New Bingo Card!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 06:49 pm
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Yep, having finally finished round 15 of [community profile] genprompt_bingo, I got my new bingo card for round 16. And once again, I am staring at it and thinking, "What on Earth do I do with that?"

card behind cut )

Astronomy: The Struve Catalogue(s)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:16 pm
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Looking at this entry on Wikipedia at the moment:

That's the profile they currently have on the guy whose binary-star catalogue listings got prefixed as "Σ" when cited in articles in Astronomy, Sky and Telescope and Deep Sky Quarterly going back to my teenage years. I don't pretend to know all the star catalogues that have ever been published, and I doubt that I ever will. Even in this age of Wikipedia and SIMBAD.

But, while re-reading My Enemy, My Ally once more, I note that one of the "landmarks" of the story is a system catalogued as "Σ 285 Trianguli". And I find that SIMBAD doesn't really keep track of which stars were known by Struve catalogue numbers these days for whatever reason(s), but if there's a way to nail down which catalogues' listings the star is known by these days...?

Oh. If you're interested, here's the catalogue prefixes that Wikipedia currently knows to keep track of:

Guardian re-watch (ep. 32 & 33)

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:13 pm
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I was not looking forward to these two episodes again solely because they make my head hurt with the what is a dream/what isn't shenanigans.

At the same time, I do love all the stuff with GCC sticking to big brother Chu as instructed by ZYL, he has come a long way since the first couple of episodes.

Speaking of ZYL, there is a whole heap of stuff to love in these episodes from standing tall and proud and basically telling the Minister to get stuffed and stay away from his people & right through to his rescue of GCC & SW.

I am partial to his relief at knowing he can finally act when he gets his note from SW and, as per a good proportion of the fandom, inordinately fond of ZYL escorting SW & the bench conversation.

Ana, delightful child, gave me a cold

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 04:28 pm
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I wanted earlier to say that this cold is wiping me out, and I also wanted to say that it's kicking my butt, two phrases which are semantically similar. What came out is "This cold is wiping my butt", which isn't. ("This cold is kicking me out" would have been equally puzzling, but less funny.)


Read more... )

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:39 pm
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I found my lost glasses. At the bottom of the dirty clothes basket. Yeah.

And, Amorite or Eremite, or General Averagee

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 04:05 pm
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Yesterday while out with my camera, I took a picture of the chief rubble heap remaining of the Reid & Murdock Warehouse not just because it was post-industrially striking, but because right smack front and center was a fractured street number on a piece of pale stone and I couldn't have dressed the set more poignantly if I'd had a budget.

Today while on my way to catch a bus from Highland because I had no chance of making my doctor's appointment if I waited for one of the buses that ostensibly run past my actual street, I saw there were three backhoes on site busily clearing away the last of the rubble, the heap I had photographed yesterday among them. A man in a safety vest and hard hat was standing on the far side of the chain-link watching them, I figured the foreman. So I crossed the street and asked if I could ask him something about the demolition and he said yes and I told him I'd been hoping to get a brick from the site because I was fond of the building and he made one of those hold-on-a-minute gestures and walked over to one of the smaller piles of dirt and wreckage where they'd been pulling up the foundations and felt around in it for a brick and brushed the worst of the dirt off and handed it across the chain-link to me. "It was pretty old, huh?" he said sympathetically. "Built in 1929," I said. He had sunglasses and a mustache and between that and the hard hat I am not sure I'd recognize him if we met in street clothes—dark, stocky, maybe ten years older than me—but I might know him if I saw him again at the site. I thanked him seriously. He said the Knights of Malta Hall would be fine. A car honked at me for technically standing in the street and I walked away up School Street carrying a ninety-year-old brick and singing about half of Kipling's "A Pilgrim's Way," which was suddenly and I don't care if over-aptly in my head. I wrapped the brick in Kleenex while waiting for the bus and eventually got a small brown paper bag from a 7-Eleven to slide it into for safekeeping. It's old red brick, partly powdered and crusted with mortar and concrete dust and I guess the archaeological term is crud? The backhoes were stationary by the time I returned from the doctor's, the foreman nowhere to be seen, although some official-looking people in windbreakers and shirtsleeves were conversing by the tracks. I regretted not having a camera because of the afternoon shadows the fire escape of the Litchfield Block was casting on its own warm rose-brown old brick. I got home and put my brick in its bag on the dining room table.

The people, Lord, Thy people, are good enough for me!

Cruzin’ for a Bruisin’

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:05 pm
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Ted Cruz says something really stupid about Notre Dame and Disney [Raw Story]

Lamy Safari, Pokemon edition

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:39 am
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Over at dapprman they've done an unboxing of the limited edition Pokemon Lamy Safari.  Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my wallet) it was[*] only available in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

[*]  It's a limited edition that came out at the end of 2018, and the blog refers to it in the past tense, so I'm assuming it's sold out now.  :-\

Security alert

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:20 am
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I just got a phone call and a text[*] from my university's security service.  They've received a bomb threat at one of the buildings on campus, and are in the process of evacuating that building and all surrounding buildings.  I'm hoping it's nothing, but you never know.  I'm glad I'm not on campus at the moment, and at the same time I'm angry that someone would do something like this.

[*]  I'm sure when I next check my email I'll have gotten an email too - I signed up for every means of notification available.

ETA:  Update, T+25 minutes:  "{City} bomb squad en route.  FBI consulting.  Stay clear from {Building} and surrounding buildings until further notice."

ETA:  Update, T+40 minutes:  "Seach of {Building} in progress.  Stay clear.  Classes in {Building} have been cancelled until 1PM"

ETA:  Update, T+45 minutes:  "The threat period has expired.  We are still searching {Building}.  Stay clear until further notice."

ETA:  Update, T+1:25:  "The {City} campus is closed for business and all classes cancelled for the day.  Essential employees remain on campus.  All other employees can leave campus."

ETA:  Update, T+2:40:  "{Unliversity} continues to evaluate the situation on the {City} campus.  No suspicious objects have been discovered at this time."  Unfortunately, this means the career panel and the debate that I was supposed to go to this evening are still cancelled.

ETA:  Update, end of business day:  No suspicious object was found.  Classes to resume as usual tomorrow.

Use and misuse of art #eyeroll

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:41 am
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 Trump's PAC is selling a shirt satirizing Obama's official portrait to raise money.  (Link goes to the Hyperallergic article about the shirt, not the PAC store.)  I think the fact that he's running against Obama says so, so much about Trump and his base - Obama is one of the people you can guarantee will not be running against Trump in 2020, but by running against the "scary black man" he's able to gin up all kinds of support from his base.  *eyeroll*  Some people get the government they deserve.  Unfortunately, at the moment the rest of us are stuck with it as well.

Two Interesting Reviews with a Common Thread

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:21 am
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What Tolkien Knew About Love
Like Henry Darger, he created an epic fantasy. Why is Tolkien remembered, and Darger nearly forgotten?

“Bilbo Comes to the Huts of the Raft-Elves,” an illustration for “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, July 1937. Credit Bodleian Libraries, MS/The Tolkien Estate Limited 1937, via The Morgan Library & Museum.

“They Escape Again by Overpowering Guards" and "Are Seized by Pursuing Glandelinians,” by Henry Darger. Credit The Estate of Henry Darger/Art Resource, NY

By Jennifer Finney Boylan
Contributing Opinion Writer

Why I Take All My First Dates to Olive Garden
It starts with free wine samples, endless breadsticks, and keeping my expectations low.



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