Culture Consumed Thursday

Jun. 30th, 2016 09:38 pm
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Books

Read Jake D. Sauls' Those Witches' Winds, a chapbook of flash fiction on transness and parenthood and loss. I particularly liked '(Only A Vessel'. The image "who looked at me and saw the old clay pot she'd made in grade school, a picture book with crayon-ruined pages" stayed with me.

Read Tansy Rayner Roberts' Kid Dark Against The Machine, a short story in the same universe as the first story in Kaleidoscope. This one's about what happens when you're chosen to be a superhero while you're still a kid, and you're still a teenager when you get kicked back out into the real world. Thoroughly recommended, especially for Robin fans and people who like Australian SF. I didn't know how much I needed a Batman analogue with a distinctly Australian voice before I met the Dark.

Reading Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit, and loving it. It's more science fantasy than I'd been expecting, but that's a pleasant surprise, and the society-building is such a delight. I love all the characters I've met so far, even the utterly amoral ones. The author mentioned in this post (and somewhere else too -- I forget where) that a lot of his research for the space battle dynamics took the form of reading about computer game design and playing computer games. This really works for me -- the technology augments and the way combat works kept making me think "oh, they're in the Matrix!" and I like the way the rules of how things work seem logical and compelling and fun, while very artificial/technological/virtual? at the same time. Artifical but not shallow, if that makes sense. Constructed.

Visual Arts

Tried to make it to Footscray Community Arts Centre's Heartlands: Stories From Refugee Youth exhibition before it finished today, but I timed it really badly, underestimated traffic, and only got there about 10 minutes before closing. Since it's a video presentation... well, I got time to watch a couple of their stories, and read the signs. I found out about Star Boy, who's a Karen refugee and YouTube performer, so at least I got to check out his channel later.

Music

Listened to Doomtree's No Kings and Dessa's A Badly Broken Code for the first time. Yeah, latest, I know. I'm going to have to give No Kings a few more listens to figure out if I like it or not. It's worth it -- All Hands took me a while to get into, and I love it now. A Badly Broken Code gripped me even harder and faster than Parts of Speech. That's going into regular rotation in my shuffle play, for sure.

Heard a folk singer play oldies at the CERES market cafe on Wednesday. I disagree with his interpretation of I Walk The Line, specifically the tempo.

Listened to a few songs by Star Boy on YouTube. He has a pretty voice and does slow, croony pop ballads.

Garden

Broccoli has yellow leaves. I consulted the internet, and learned this probably means nitrogen deficiency, and it's hungry for bonemeal. I will procure it some.

Food

Have been making fried rice nearly every day, since I belatedly learned to do it acceptably well (for my standards, which in this respect are pretty low -- it just has to be not terrible and not have much of the ingredients I don't like.) This is AMAZING, and has stopped me spending ~$9 at my nearest Chinese cafe for their fried rice, which is far better than mine and reasonably priced, but I should not be getting takeaway more than once or twice a week, and it's very good to be able to make a food I crave well enough to satisfy the craving, and even better when that food is quick and easy to make (if you have the ingredients on hand.)

The 'secrets' (which everyone else already knew) turned out to be that yes, day-old cooked rice really is better for this, and yes, DO add the soy sauce while you're cooking, not after, and YES YOU DO NEED TO USE EGG, but it won't result in gross bits of omelet if you add the egg then add the rice immediately after and stir it through the egg while that's cooking so the rice is all imperceptibly coated in egg.

Improvised potato-tomato soup tonight, by cooking mashed potatoes and then thinking, when the potatoes were boiled but not yet mashed, "you know what this could be? soup!" and then taking the steps to make it so. Delicious, and just what I needed.

Drabble: Magic Number

Jun. 30th, 2016 06:37 am
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Title: Magic Number
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy.
Word Count: 100
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Written for [insanejournal.com profile] neville100's prompt #333: Three is a magic number.
Warning(s)/Genre: Erotica.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Magic Number )

Had a colonoscopy yesterday!

Jun. 30th, 2016 07:03 pm
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Never sure how much detail to go into about such an inherently gross thing outside my medical filter but wanted to mention it and am too lazy to make two posts.

So! I had a colonoscopy yesterday and it went fine. Am still waiting on the results of biopsies but they didn't seem concerned.
more, possibly somewhat gross/needle related details )

Have been enjoying ALL THE FOOD today, mmmm. I feel a bit physically weak but otherwise pretty good! And if you follow me on multiple social media: yes, I did have a bunch of posts I wanted to make but was waiting until after the colonoscopy was over to do :)
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I know this has been adressed many times by a lot of people, but I was pondering this question from someone who is hurt by some of the problematicness themselves, and the usual response didn't quite cover it.

My opinion in short:

There's lots of ways to "support" a work: watching/reading it, paying for it, promoting it, etc. Each should be considered separately.

And there are two questions when it comes to whether you or not you should "support" a work, for whatever definition of "support" is relevant:
1) What effect does it have on you?
2) What effect does it have on other people?

How you weigh the two answers is a matter of personal ethics, but they should both have weight. And it's very important not to weight what affects you more than what affects other people in anything claiming to be an objective analysis of the ethics of a situation.

Unfortunately people tend to conflate all the different forms of support, which I think is unhelpful.
My opinion in looooooong )

"Among the New Words"

Jun. 30th, 2016 09:50 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Ben Zimmer, Jane Solomon, and Charles Carson, "Among The New Words", American Speech May 2016:

In this installment we continue our consideration of items nominated at the American Dialect Society’s 2015 Word of the Year proceedings […]

The overall winner is considered here: they used as a singular third-person pronoun, a gender-neutral (or “epicene”) alternative to the binary of he and she. One might object that there is nothing particularly new about singular they, as the Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.) includes examples
back to the fourteenth century […]

What is genuinely new, however, is the use of they to refer to a known person in order to transcend the binary of he and she in the construction of a “non-binary” gender identity, such as transgender, gender-fluid, genderqueer, or agender.

"Among The New Words", which has become primarily a discussion of the ADS's Word Of The Year awards, has a history going back at least to Dwight Bolinger's contribution of the same name in April of 1941. Bolinger discussed the spread of the combining forms -worthy (reporting as new newsworthy, credit worthy etc.) and -er (reporting new forms such as first termer and Dust-bowler), before listing then-new coinages (?) such as appeasement and appeaser, blacktop, and burp.

I inserted the question mark because appeasement and appeaser have been in the OED since 1885, with citations back to the 15th and 16th centuries respectively; the OED's current entry for blacktop has citations from 1917; and burp was cited in J. Louis Kuethe, "Johns Hopkins Jargon", American Speech 1932. Which goes to show that the internet makes word-sleuthing a whole lot easier than it was in 1941.

The words in Kuethe's 1932 article are mostly familiar ones (e.g. Bronx cheer, dogs (= "feet"), fluke, half-assed, scram), but there are some that I wouldn't have recognized, such as

caflugalty—difficulty.
gazabo—a fellow.
hell-a-mile—use varies. Yes; no; indeed; what!; etc.
joed—tired; exhausted
scrag—a professor.
scrowsy—no good; mean; contemptible.
Uncle Dudley—used to designate the person speaking.

The Blood is the Life for 30-06-2016

Jun. 30th, 2016 11:00 am
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The Engineer Dress
I got this dress as a reward for backing the Kickstarter campaign Svaha STEAM Angels: Smart Dresses for Smart Women. It's terribly comfortable, and it has pocketses!

I was very pleased that it arrived in time to come with me on my trip to the Netherlands on Tuesday, and make its debut appearance at a European Space Agency meeting.

Words of Power

Jun. 30th, 2016 09:33 am
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I've followed and occasionally posted to Jem Bloomfield's blog, Quite Irregular over the last couple of years. It represents, for me, the blogosphere at its best; he wanders across fields such as Christianity, Golden Age detective fiction, feminism and literature with a gentle, questioning erudition which has the same flavour as Rowan Williams reading 'The Lost Elephants of Denbigh'.

I was particularly intrigued to learn from the blog that he was working on a book about how we approach those two key texts, the one with which every desert island always comes pre-equipped, namely the Bible and Shakespeare.

As a result, when offered a chance at a review copy of Bloomfield's Words of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible, I jumped at it. And then time passed and I half forgot about it, but in due course a package with a Cambridge return address found its way to my postbox (Bloomfield is published by the Lutterworth Press) and something that definitely qualified as a "slim volume" tumbled out.

Long, rambling review behind the cut, in particular on looking at the work through a fandom lens.

Read more... )

Bloomfield's strength is his ability to touch upon highly complex topics and make them accessible while still acknowledging their complexity. I very much hope that there's room for an expanded edition or follow-up work, taking the questions he raises forward.




*Which, by the way, I thought worked a lot better than many things in that production; I've long been troubled by the fact that the basic premise of "to be or not to be" makes no sense once Hamlet has met the Ghost; that is, the Ghost may actually be the Ghost of his father or may be a demon sent to tempt him to commit regicide, but either way it answers the question of "in that sleep of death what dreams may come?" to say nothing of adding a rather ironic counterpoint to the line "from whose bourne no traveller returns". Unless, of course, Hamlet at that point is doubting his own sanity, thinks the ghost is a figment of his imagination (and that the rest of the court including the other people who claim to have seen it are going along with him to humour him, a hypothesis he decides to test experimentally.) But either way, where you put the soliloquy does make a real difference in what kind of Hamlet you think this is (and moving it around during the run because the Daily Mail pitches a fit about your first idea means the answer is likely to end up "a bit of a dog's breakfast" whatever your intentions.)

Daily Happiness

Jun. 30th, 2016 12:33 am
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1. Carla grilled tonight and we had delicious meats, and then strawberries for dessert.

2. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning, which I'm not thrilled about since it means I can't really sleep in, but at least that means it will be over with early and I'll have the rest of the day to relax. (I have to go in to work for a few hours in the evening, but not until eight, so that still gives me plenty of time to relax!)

3. The kitties are getting used to having the front windows open now and they're really enjoying it. I need to get some pictures of them! Instead have an unrelated pic of Molly in their favorite chair.

My husband is an angel...

Jun. 30th, 2016 07:20 am
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Y'know you picked the right one when you've been married nearly 20 years (next Feb) and he still does things like come home after working really late in the office in London, on nearly the last train, because he knows you haven't been sleeping well. Even though he had the option to stay up there and it would have been much easier for him.

He's such a sweetie. He knows I rarely get any sleep when he's not there, so he came all the way back. And it worked, I did get some sleep last night. Took me a while to fall asleep, but once I did I slept right through - a nigh on miracle at the moment.

The heat and me are not friends. And sometimes my brain decides to join in just for fun and keep throwing things at me - not even bad things, just stuff.

I watched A Nun's Story last night while waiting for Rob to come home. It always makes me cry in places and it was just the gentle story telling that I needed to help turn my brain off before bed. Audrey Hepburn really was a remarkable actress.
A Nun's Story

Writing

Finished a whole new chapter of my alpha draft of my novel yesterday. It was needed to plug 2 "but why..?" moments that Rob picked up for me when he read it through. So now version 2 has gone out to my alpha readers.

Didn't think it was going to need a whole chapter when I started writing, but it seems the holes were bigger than I thought ;) Rob's a great alpha reader because he doesn't think remotely in the same way I do, so missing bits are glaringly obvious to him. He's also good at spotting the odd typo.

NEW SPACETRAWLER!

Jun. 29th, 2016 11:23 pm
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... Er, hey, how's it going?

So it seems like this is the news (scroll down below the comic) that makes me post something. New Spacetrawler comics! I love Spacetrawler SO MUCH. It's a fantastic story and a great universe. I am really looking forward to more!

Webcomics, I love them.

I'm just pushing through the last few days before heading up to Lair. My left hand is hurting and it feels/sounds like it might be tendinitis. My coworker gave me a stretch for that particular problem (she's had it before) and it helped, so that's probably it. It's making typing a little difficult which sucks.

In the meantime, reading comics, reading more Nero Wolfe mysteries, playing Flight Rising. It's all okay.

The Pink Tax Poll

Jun. 30th, 2016 12:53 am
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This is an anonymous poll; no one's name or identity will be known to me. Anon commenting is also available if you wish to expand upon your answers.

If you're not familiar with the topic this poll explores, it's the pink tax. Poll creator identifies as a tomboyish-feeling but feminine-presenting cis female (nope, I'm not mixed up or anything, not at all) and welcomes answers from people of all gender identities.

Poll #17546 Using Men's vs. Women's Styling Products
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

Do you use the opposite gender's styling products?

View Answers

Yes, all the time
2 (66.7%)

Nope, never
0 (0.0%)

Yes, but only sometimes
0 (0.0%)

Hmmmm...I've considered it, but not yet
0 (0.0%)

What is a styling product (*ticking this will count as a No)
1 (33.3%)

If "Yes, all the time" to Question #1, which opposite gender styling products do you use?

View Answers

Shave cream (any kind)
0 (0.0%)

Soap
0 (0.0%)

Shampoo/conditioner
1 (50.0%)

Razors/razor blades/razor refills
2 (100.0%)

Deodorant/antiperspirant
1 (50.0%)

Perfume/cologne/body spray
2 (100.0%)

Body lotion/hand lotion (moisturizers)
0 (0.0%)

Facial care (astringents, face wash, toners, acne pads, etc.)
0 (0.0%)

Hair care (dyes, hair spray, mousse, waxes, pomades, gels, etc.)
0 (0.0%)

If "Yes, but only sometimes" to Question #1, why haven't you used the opposite gender's styling products more often?

View Answers

Tried, didn't like the formulation/effect/outcome/smell
0 (0.0%)

Didn't work as well as my gender identity's formulation
0 (0.0%)

Cost too much as compared to my gender identity's products
0 (0.0%)

I feel funny or don't want to be seen using stuff marketed to the opposite gender
0 (0.0%)

I haven't thought about it too much
0 (0.0%)

How do you feel about women's styling products costing more than men's?

View Answers

I think it's bs (I identify as a woman)
2 (66.7%)

I think it's bs (I identify as a man)
0 (0.0%)

I think it's bs (I identify as another or no gender)
1 (33.3%)

I think it's justfiied - women's products are formulated differently/use more expensive ingredients/make me feel more pampered (you may clarify in comments below)
0 (0.0%)

I haven't noticed a price difference
0 (0.0%)

I don't care about the price difference
0 (0.0%)

If you identify as a woman, does the fact that men's styling products cost less convince you to begin buying them?

View Answers

I'm aware of the price difference but don't plan on trying men's products to save money.
0 (0.0%)

I'm aware of the price difference, I just feel unsure about switching to using items made for men.
0 (0.0%)

I have already switched to using at least some men's products to save money (comment!).
2 (100.0%)

I am not other gender's products curious.
0 (0.0%)

Why do you think women's styling products cost more than men's? Is this fair? Why or why not?

linkspam enjoys working from home

Jun. 29th, 2016 09:05 pm
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I love this story: a woman just won one of the most badass endurance races around.

The Atlantic has been doing some great work on reproductive justice recently. Here is a thread of women telling their stories about abortions and miscarriages. The takeaway: people are different, their circumstances are different, and women should be able to make these decisions for themselves.

*

We should not listen to people who promise to make Mars safe for human habitation, until we have seen them make Oakland safe for human habitation. We should be skeptical of promises to revolutionize transportation from people who can't fix BART, or have never taken BART. And if Google offers to make us immortal, we should check first to make sure we'll have someplace to live. Maciej Ceglowski, aka that guy who founded Pinboard, at the Society for the Advancement of SocioEconomics annual meeting.

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The NYT asked Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie to write a story for the election. Oh, so she did. Wow.

So how many nicknames do we have for The Donald? He, Trump (Charlie Pierce); The Vulgar Talking Yam (also Charlie Pierce, I think?); the Tangerine Demagogue; Cheeto Jesus; Orange Julius Caesar… what else?

OK, this is beyond belief. Seriously?

If you want to keep your eye on the endgame, the 538 forecast tool is up.

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Somewhere in the Scullyfic archives is my epic rant about the movie Cliffhanger (ptuie!). This article here tells the true story behind that movie. Oh, so 1970s.

Just because Free State of Jones is based on a true story doesn't mean it's not another White Savior Narrative.

Speaking of movies, remember the way Steve Rogers first met Sam Wilson? Yeah, it makes no sense at all. Heh.

JKR's identified the location of Ilvermorny School -- "high" atop Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. Which is amusing, because Mt Greylock just ain't that tall. But it is in a lovely part of the state. I am prepared to be entertained by how it will be portrayed in the new movie. (Or, frankly, in the new story: there are no "surrounding mountains" near Plymouth, Massachusetts! Sigh.)

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You've probably already seen this, but Carvell Wallace's essay about the Green Book over on the Toast is also about history and family and home and gentrification and the loss of the past. (And also about how awesome local historians are.)

I'm really sad about the departure of The Toast, even though I only ever commented a few times. I hope the Toasties find each other in other, safe, communities. I will certainly miss Two Monks and Women in Art History!
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...get email from them because apparently their account got hacked by some asshole in China (or hacked by an asshole using some website in China to redirect their email) after you haven't heard from that person in years. I could almost feel, like, stalked, I guess, or be stupid enough to hit "reply" because I have simply *never* learned how to view source in emails...and yes, if I am being stalked, then this very post is confirmation, is it not, that that was who I was writing about, right? No. It's confirmation that I don't like assholes. That's what it confirms.

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"What is reactive programming? Let me make a short disclaimer first, this is not yet-another-FRP framework relying on event streams. The reactive model we use is known as object-oriented reactive programming (using a 'push' model), which is both simple to understand and close to spreadsheet's model (i.e. Excel formulas). That model has often been praised for its simplicity and efficiency. You can now use it directly in Red."

Taken from here: http://www.red-lang.org/2016/06/061-reactive-programming.html

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