A Europe of the Regions?

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:55
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In addition to a whole lot of other things that one could say about this shambolic referendum, it's clear that the Leave campaign has been centred around the interests of England and Wales.

The Guardian has been examining the mess Brexit will make of the life of border communities in Northern Ireland, not to mention the peace process. Was this in any way part of the national dialogue about the referendum. Not really.

And then there's Scotland. Some Scottish Nationalists might well be happy about the vote giving them another chance at an independence referendum – not to mention legitimately angry about having to leave the EU when Scotland voted to stay – but Brexit causes some major issues with the practicality of Scottish independence. It was all very well when both countries were in the EU, but if Scotland manages to rejoin the EU, are there really going to be passports at the border? It seems to me that independence is now a harder road for Scotland, or at least a harder argument, not an easier one.

Of course this would only become an issue if Scotland were able to join the EU again, which is by no means certain (though some think Brexit might make EU membership easier for Scotland).

Having always rather liked the idea of a Europe of the Regions, I find Brexit depressing on these grounds.

(Not to mention all the others, obvs, but I feel those have been well addressed elsewhere...)

some things

Jun. 24th, 2016 21:20
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* Guess I've lost the ability to construe US television: realized that the Elementary S4 season finale was a finale two minutes after the episode had ended (not during it) and didn't see that PoI had hit its series finale till checking for the next ep. I'm okay with that.

* I haven't been able to read fiction for two or three months now. Last try was three weeks ago: +1 epub at 3%. A similar cloud seems to have shaded my tolerance for doing two things alongside evening knitting on nights when I'm not working extra, which is to say, anglophone tv requiring nothing complex of me is okay, whereas k- or j-tv needs aural as well as subtitle attention and I'd prefer above both not to undo knitting. Hey, at least I've managed to catch up on 4-5 unread weeks of syndicated feeds (blog stuff) during the last 1-2 weeks.

* It's taken a long time for a different penny to drop---Amami Yūki is a speaking pseudonym, not a random stage name. "Yūki" can be a man or a woman, and she started her career with the Takarazuka Revue. The kanji is not usual, I think: 祐希. "Amami" sounds like the archipelago's name but uses different kanji---name = 天海, islands = 奄美 (where I recognize 美 as Ch mei, K mi = pretty). Oddly, the name's glyphs befit the archipelago better than the official ones do: 天 = sky, for which "ama" is an archaic reading, and 海 = sea, with the complication that 海 may be read "ama" or "mi" or half a dozen other ways onomastically (nanori). Though Wikipedia's archipelago entry cites different kanji for references to the islands over time, none overlaps the actress's usage.

Somewhere, at least one solid explication of the pseudonym must be available in Japanese, since the actress has been active and well regarded for twenty years. I can only mess around with Wiktionary and a hanja dictionary....

* Recent political events: heart is heavy.

Zombies Run

Jun. 24th, 2016 14:22
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My current physio regime includes a certain amount of walking each day, which is slower than usual and therefore less interesting, but also hard work. So I've dug out Zombies Run again to keep me company. I'm only half-way through Season 1, but it's fun. Jack and Eugene provide occasional unintentional hilarity in radio mode, though. For example:

Shuffle: Plays Adam Lambert's Master Plan
Jack and Eugene: Talk about how they're getting misty-eyed at that last song and teared up a bit.

Jack and Eugene: This next one's a happening tune.
Shuffle: Plays S Club 7.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 07:33
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To my friends in the UK: I am so sorry.

Of interest to local folks

Jun. 23rd, 2016 14:37
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Antoine got so annoyed by how difficult it is to navigate the City of Madison's website that he created a Twitter bot that posts updates to the city's calendar of meetings. [So, basically, agendas & minutes from committee meetings that are open to the public.]

It's [twitter.com profile] madlegbot, if you are interested.


Jun. 22nd, 2016 20:38
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[oops, totally forgot for 18h to c&p]
Hyun-Key Kim Hogarth, Kut: Happiness through Reciprocity (1998): this is an ethnographic study of contemporary Korean (Seoul-regional) shamanism. Hogarth is a fence-sitter by my estimation, in that she is Korean by birth, upbringing, and linguistic facility, but not recently resident (relatively: most fieldwork took place 1992-94, after Hogarth had become resident in England) nor from a background that embraced shamanism personally. Certain doors are open, others closed, no matter which doors one may see.... Hogarth's mother is Ha(h)n Moo-sook (see also timeline), who was Catholic and wrote Encounter, most famously outside Korea; I half expected this library book to be a purchase funded by the Korea Foundation as a result. By Hogarth's account, she came to an interest in musok via its continued vitality despite the waning of shamanism in other industrializing cultures.

The rest of this post is notes made while reading, with minor expansions for clarity.

notes )

I guess it's time for me to read Kendall, too (weird for Hogarth not to acknowledge Kendall, who is her contemporary and began publishing much earlier, even if they disagree; Seoul was big but not that big, for overlapping communities). And Encounter, which I have as a $2 discard; one may read an English translation of Han's short story "Ecstasy."
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This will be live streaming till 9pm tonight, Iceland/UK time. Great 'slow TV.'


fiber tuesday

Jun. 20th, 2016 21:14
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ICYMI (there have been some not-logged-in comments lately), last week's update included an access-locked post with photos. I've added two: masterclass project's lower edge and Reason's warm "medium-child" hat, now that she's outgrown what she wore aged 2-4ish.

Status: while my mother is away/occupied, I've put Reason's sleeveless cardigan on hold in favor of the masterclass one for my mother. Thicker (worsted-weight) yarn discomfits my capricious joints, surprisingly. The first rows are repetitive, reassuringly so given my continued lack of brain.

I have been trying unsuccessfully to puzzle through something. It reduces to the notion that when style bloggers suggest that V-shaped bodies wear a top or layer with a long, narrow v-neck, they don't know what they're talking about consider how hard it may be to find, make, or indeed wear such a thing. Artistically and aesthetically, I agree about the narrow v-neck, but bodies are bodies, not flat sketches on paper or screen. (I am not quite a V, FTR, but it's closer than any of the other figures people try to impose. The only figure-type I'm definitely not is an apple.)

I mean, how is one to fit the broad shoulders that balance that narrow v-neck into the garment when one is advised also to avoid dolman sleeves and drop-shoulder garments? (I ignore that bit because dropped shoulders sometimes fit mine square on, and bony usually balances dolman well enough.) How is one to avoid exposing the bust without adding a layer, and then how is one to add a layer without either sweltering or ruining fit/drape? Most knitted v-necks are designed to accommodate a bust rounder than what a ready-to-wear purchase in that size would, so the v is wide and deep. (Not necessarily larger in circumference, but prominent.) Wide/deep with ox-shoulders and a shallow bust looks unfortunate, unless perhaps it's lacy black over a baby-doll top and one pretends to emulate 1990s goth---not my thing.

People say that it must be great to have defined shoulders upon which to hang one's clothing, but there are other things to balance. It's so much easier to pretend not to care, and always more complicated!

this week's pattern rumination )

Code push imminent!

Jun. 18th, 2016 18:51
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Reminder that I'm going to start working on tonight's code push in the next 30-45 minutes or so. I know you just CAN'T WAIT to use the larger icon filesize for your animated gif talents, so I'm going to start a bit earlier than originally planned, closer to 5:30pm PDT. I'll update this post when we're done!

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.
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New Icelandic word of the day: gluggaveður, literally 'window-weather.' The sort of weather that looks great from your window, but is best enjoyed indoors. (I suspect that the Icelanders have particular use for this word.)


For a change of scene, I'd like to write a fic where Julian ends up as a BOAC pilot after the war. No idea of a plot, mind you; it might just be an offhand line. On the face of it this seems somewhat unlikely, since the fleet was pretty tiny for decades, but it's probably about as likely as Hilary becoming a surgeon. Why not? I can see it being fulfilling for him, in a less fraught way than acting would.
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Jón Gnarr has decided not to run for President of Iceland and is going back to his first love, TV comedy. The new show, Borgarstjórinn (The Mayor) starts in the autumn. That's right, having accidentally become Mayor of Reykjavik while making his last production, he's now going back to do the fictional version. I cannot, cannot wait.

Perhaps my excitement is partly because I'm currently reading volume three of his autobiography. After being stalled for a long time I've finally got the taste and have read 150 pages since Monday. This doesn't sound like much, but it's not bad on a busy work week when the book is in Icelandic, the print is smallish, and I still find myself reading it aloud in my head as I go. Hoping to get to spend some quality time on it over the weekend.

Metafilter is having a discussion about bullying in Outlander fandom. The thread quickly degenerates into "isn't fandom awful?" but there are a few interesting contributions. (In the sense of "an angle to consider and likely disagree with violently" rather than "I definitely agree with this.") (Also, hilariously, that definition of 'middle-aged' seems to accord with Mary Renault's.)

On a related note, I hadn't realised that Claire from Outlander eventually becomes a surgeon. Do I need to read these books so that she can eventually cross paths with Hilary Mansell? Or do I really, really not?


Jun. 17th, 2016 21:50
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The other day I went to a talk at the British Interplanetary Society about Reusable Launchers. If anyone in London is interested in coming to future events, I get a free guest ticket as a member. This one was aimed at people who are keen to see how we can get stuff into Earth orbit cheaply. It started off with a reminder of why people have been dreaming about this for a long time, and some ideas from the Fifties - colonies on the Moon, travelling to Mars, mining asteroids, giant space stations, etc. But all of them depend on getting things out of Earth's gravity well, either into Earth orbit or further out.

Cool space stuff )

It was all very interesting, and added a lot of detail to stuff I was vaguely aware of but didn't really understand properly. I think Elon Musk has a better business strategy with funding the next stage from the previous stage, though - convincing any big enough lender (which basically means a government or ESA) to fund the development of Skylon is a huge challenge. I hope they do it, though, as I'm now convinced that something like Skylon has a better chance of getting us to viable off-Earth colonies than the SpaceX Falcon/Dragon designs. But I wouldn't be surprised if in a decade's time, SpaceX find the funding to do something similar if Reaction Engines haven't already got there.


Jun. 17th, 2016 19:24
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I went to the physio today. My exercises are going relatively well - I've been doing them, at least. And my symptoms have improved. So I got more exercises to do. Instead? No, as well. *sigh*

Code push tomorrow!

Jun. 17th, 2016 11:06
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We are planning to do a code push around 32[*] hours from now, at approximately 6pm Pacific time on Saturday.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • Icon size limit raised from 40kb to 60kb.

  • Fixed the "hook: enddata returned false" error when uploading multiple icons.

  • Posting DW links on Facebook will now use the "Swirly D" logo for the link image.

  • Added seven new color variants on the popular "Teeny Tinies" mood theme.

  • The user profile page now lists "Other Services" in responsive columns.

  • The user icons page no longer uses "(Default)" in the alt text for every icon.

  • Improved non-ASCII character support in plain text email notifications.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

[*] I had a computer check my math this time, because it was almost wrong again. YAY COMPUTERS.

triumph thursday

Jun. 16th, 2016 21:16
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As suggested by [livejournal.com profile] pax_athena, five random triumphs from one's life. Presumably the now-colloquial kind, not five times with a chariot up the Capitoline hill. ;) I wouldn't even know how to decolonialize the latter.

Post subject notwithstanding, I don't plan to post another set later. Though I did have what could be deemed a small triumph the other day, five in a week would be overwhelming. Also, the one of the other day doesn't belong here because it involves the press, loosely. So:

Read more... )

more essays on textiles

Jun. 15th, 2016 12:13
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Veronika Gervers, Studies in Textile History: In memory of Harold B. Burnham (1977): post is out of sequence because I nearly forgot to blog it---it's not in Goodreads. (I should add it. Done.) Anyway, it's a Festschrift with quite a lot of fascinating work represented, hardly any of which I can characterize well from my ignorance. Of most interest to me: Rita Bolland's piece on North Sulawesian pinatikan, a warp-patterned cloth categorized as kain bentenan, woven with a continuous warp to make a wide tube, and nearly gone from active practice when the essay was published; Marta Hoffmann's discussion of Sami community weaving in transition; Elsa E. Gudjónsson's "Icelandic Mediaeval Embroidery Terms and Techniques"; and John E. Vollmer's informed speculation on why the foot-braced body-tension loom has been used in the cultural/geographical areas that it has. I borrowed the book for Elisabeth Grace Crowfoot's piece about the clothing of a C14 Nubian bishop. If undertaking research in these areas, note that the book uses "Celebes" and "Lappish" for "Sulawesi" and "Sami," inter alia. The partially woven looms bearing pinatikan from ca. 1920 which Bolland has photographed, with the multiple heddles and laze rods noted, are amazing.

Hilariously, OCLC Worldcat links to the BSZ B-W record in order to display the table of contents as embedded PDF. Cheap, Worldcat. That’s the kind of thing that I get to do as an independent scholar who’d rather link than either retype or arrange to upload the two images I’ve snapped in CamScanner before returning the book to inter-library loan.

fiber tuesday

Jun. 13th, 2016 20:28
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Status: tired. Reason's Low Tide cardigan shows progress. Though many knitters complain about endless straight stitch (stocking, stockinette), my attention and ability to hold stuff together are beaten enough to be glad that Low Tide's torso section is the same two rows for ~25 cm. It's a relief not to keep a penciled tally for part of the execution. Brain very squashed by documenting key things amidst the usual stuff; OTOH, it's the last month that I muster this particular balance of multitool bits for a while.

Access-locked photo post following this one: yes.

This week's pattern rumination would be a crush if it weren't stranded (and thus double-thick) in worsted-weight yarn: Béret Généreux. Then again, the designer lives in Québec, where it becomes properly cold. Tams are pretty on other people....


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