fiber tuesday

Sep. 27th, 2016 17:40
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* Now we have 1.5 temporarily thumbless mittens as well as .8 of the yoke (shoulder + upper sleeve) of Reason's next cardigan, which we'll call cornflower because "cornflower blue" is on the yarn label, though the yarn's hue is lighter. I've sewn her third nightgown together, too, after (re)reading some tutorials, including this chatty how-to and a businesslike one. The remnant I picked up for the nightgown's replacement bodice is a thin cotton knit and kind of needed to be used at double thickness---I cut two back pieces the same size, etc.---so I wanted all of the random tips about machine-sewing with a plain, old-fashioned zigzag stitch and standard single needle. Worth the research: the thin knit has stretched quite a bit. Thus I've attached sleeves unaided for the first time---nightgown #1 has a slight flare at the shoulder and #2 is truly sleeveless, but #3 has little cap sleeves + armscye. Sewing is a means to an end, not a hobby; it may as well be an effective means.

The update above sounds nice, but basically I made a cute most-of-a-shirt with flat-felled seams and then nearly sewed the skirt part to it backwards, and anyway, the upper remnant and skirt yardage don't match in color or manner (bodice has deliberate paint splotches, skirt is striped). Make mistakes and try stuff while Reason doesn't care much, or rather, while she wants a nightgown more than she wants the colors to match. She cares a lot about color/effect for outdoor daily wear.

* I've also mended Reason's jersey-knit trousers where she'd shredded one knee, both its and hers. Read more... )

Social Media & Me

Sep. 27th, 2016 15:32
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If you're a fan of the #bookstagram hashtag on Instagram or love the idea of an IG-like platform dedicated to books, then check out Litsy. I especially recommend it to people who are tired of Goodreads!

I'm incitata. I'd link but I don't think there's a web rendering of the app the same way there is for IG. Follow me! And share your usernames if you're a user!
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Not new, but making the rounds:

Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945)

Thought some of you ([personal profile] sovay, [personal profile] seekingferret, [profile] e_pepys...) would be very interested.

Apparently the complete edition is Hitler's Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall by Jeremy Bernstein. It is now on my Amazon wishlist.

On Faroese

Sep. 25th, 2016 08:11
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Faroese Online has finally landed! It's based on Icelandic Online, which was one of my major learning resources (though I still haven't finished it). So far it's only the "survival course," which is a bit basic for me, but probably worth doing in order to grasp the pronunciation and a few basic differences in vocabulary. I don't expect to work through it in an organised way, unless/until I decide to go back to the Faroes, in which case I'll probably do it as a bit of a crash course.

Faroese is in amazingly good health given the years of Danish rule, when Danish was the language of church, school, law, politics, literature and pretty much everything else. Faroese only returned to being a written language in the mid-nineteenth century (hence the wacky orthography): the first notable novels seem to be from the 1930s, and the Bible wasn't fully translated until 1949!

But Faroese is absolutely the language of daily life in the Faroes. Apparently 5% of people have Danish as a first language but this wasn't something that I noticed. All the signs, brochures, menus, announcements are in Faroese. Everyone started off speaking to me in Faroese (which would have been great if I had any speaking/listening skills....) It has a thriving little literary scene, and a radio station, and a TV station I guess although the broadcasting hours seem to be very restricted.

You can definitely see the difference in cultural production between the Faroese and Iceland. As an independent nation with a population of 300k rather than 50k, Iceland puts out much more material in terms of books, films, TV, newspapers. You could quite happily read Icelandic literature all year, unless you were a very voracious reader, whereas the selection in Faroese was limited and dominated by translations.

Most of the books in the bookstore were Danish. Iceland's second language is clearly English whereas in the Faroes it's clearly Danish. Most of the Faroese seem to be fluent in Danish, whereas the Icelanders are required to learn it in school but never seem to manage. I found it funny that there were no Icelandic books on sale in the Faroes: the written languages are mutually intelligible, so you would think they would take advantage of the literary output there, but no.

While in the Faroes I did buy a couple of books in Faroese, one a translation and one in the original language. I plan to try reading these without too much prior study, and we'll see what sticks. There are a few key Faroese words that I've already had to look up. For instance, "but." We shall see!

Notable Yuletide nominations

Sep. 24th, 2016 19:25
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From the newly released tagset, mostly a note to myself. I haven't gone through Movies or TV Shows in much detail.

All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
The Charioteer - Mary Renault
City & the City - China Mieville
The Cruel Sea - Nicholas Monsarrat
David Blaize - E. F. Benson
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Foreigner Series - C. J. Cherryh
Goblin Market - Christina Rossetti
Gödel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstadter
He Knew He Was Right - Anthony Trollope
Hilary Tamar Mysteries - Sarah Caudwell
The Image of a Drawn Sword - Jocelyn Brooke
À la recherche du temps perdu | Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Le città invisibili | Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
Le Petit Prince | The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
Mánasteinn: drengurinn sem var aldrei til | Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was - Sjón
The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Maurice - E. M. Forster
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
Return to Night - Mary Renault
Revelation Space Series - Alastair Reynolds
Secret History - Donna Tartt
Shadow Man - Melissa Scott
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
The Unlit Lamp - Radclyffe Hall
The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Bloomsbury Group RPF
Bright Young Things RPF
Cambridge Apostles RPF
Cycling RPF
Deadliest Catch RPF
First World War RPF
Royal Shakespeare Company RPF
Star Trek: The Next Generation RPF

Cities (Anthropomorfic)
Global Cycling Network (Youtube)

some things

Sep. 22nd, 2016 21:46
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* Confession: during each week since kindergarten started, on at least one day I wish I didn't have to prepare food for my kid's next schoolday. Making lunch when we're eating together at home is fine; figuring out what to pack for lunch plus small snack is irritating. We have the daily US$4 with which to buy cafeteria food, but she can't eat any of it (I've seen a month-sized calendar from last year). Also, kindergartners at her school have twenty minutes for lunch, which complicates the consumption of things like lentils over rice. Usually she eats some at school, then walks home with partner and eats the rest on our front step an hour later, which is cute but unsatisfying procedurally to me. Pro tip: fake kimbap/maki (rolling something and rice into a strip of dried seaweed) is faster to eat at that age than anything else I can think of that respects her food allergies (doctor-tested) and intolerances. She can't take a sandwich because it'd be with walnut butter and jam, and tree nuts and peanuts are forbidden generally due to other kids' allergies. I draw a line before plain jam sandwiches.

In another year or two, she and I will make her lunches together, but for now she needs to go to bed (around 8 p.m.) more than she needs to argue with me in the kitchen. She's still unacceptably mean sometimes while over-tired and frustrated.

* Though some people my age resist calling the current span "middle age" and want to postpone it, this year has shown me that it'd be hard to make things more middling. At the prior office I was youngest for awhile; at the current one, well, I was in high school or college when most colleagues were born. Some of my age-mates have buried their parents long since; some few have living parents as well as grandparents; some are themselves grandparents, just as I'm of an age to be the parent of two of my team's recent hires; a few of my age-mates are yet first-time parents, or will be within a few years.

* What is up with adult onesies as non-loungewear, i.e., out-of-the-house-non-sloppy wear? Sorry, I mean jumpers and jumpsuits, with or without sleeves. The privilege not to look like you're in a prison uniform? I don't even.

* Why do so many female models have broader shoulders than average? Basted tailoring for photo shoots, if it occurs, is no fair. (In US misses sizing, I am XXS through L for tops, depending on who makes/sells it and whether it has sleeves. #neverpetite)

* New job seems to have gone all right for the most part---the "intern" part is nearly over. Read more... )

* Time to finish assembling a lunch. (Though I didn't type all of the post today, that part is current.)


Sep. 20th, 2016 21:58
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Matt de la Peña, The Living (2013): it was hard not to think of Ayn Rand every time I saw the title and cover in my phone's OverDrive app, so here, I'll share. (Zamyatin is not intended as a secondary echo, I suspect.) Anyway, I picked this up from the ALA Intellectual Freedom blog because I really liked Brown and Smith's Stranger and wanted some context for contemporary, Southern California-centric, disaster/apocalypse-driven YA. In The Living, Shy works on a big cruise ship and sends money home to his widowed mother and his little nephew (via an older sister). He's from a town between San Diego and the US/Mexico border; he understands that most people have no time for people like him. One night, he offers a bottle of water (it's his job) to an older man with a combover, who tips him a Franklin before jumping overboard. Everyone wants to know: what did combover man tell Shy? Shy wants to know: will Carmen, the lovely young woman who, like Shy, is half Mexican, half white and from near SD---will Carmen stop being his friend after their sudden, drunken kiss that probably ruined everything? Carmen has a fiancé elsewhere.

Then there's an a compounding factor (this is post-apocalyptic YA, so there has to be a disaster---a double-header in this case) and gosh, somehow Shy's grandma's manner of death ties into Shy's very present events. I'm pretty sure that most alert teens would pick it up long before Shy does, which interferes with the novel's pacing, but never mind. Beyond that, I resist how the narrative puts one young woman, then another with Shy in suitably awkward ways socially---but bad social-hegemony ways. There could be a young man who struggles to survive, without young women who take turns as plot device. The Living wants to treat different kinds of community but doesn't quite get there. It seems a bit weird also that no one has trauma, not even a token nightmare.

In conclusion, I should get on with reading Brown and Smith's Hostage.

fiber tuesday

Sep. 19th, 2016 22:12
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* Cajsa cardigan has paused at the place where pockets would start because it's still a spring/summer garment. Now's a better time for winter work---so the masterclass project definitely returns to the rotation, and I have a temporarily thumbless mitten. There's also the cuff of Reason's first handwarmer of two.... Though I knitted myself a pair of mittens last year, that pair is deliberately snug; this year's pair is looser and will have room for an optional thin lining against wind (haven't committed to the idea yet). It's also for practicing 1x1 twisted rib, which the mitten does simply and the masterclass project does with intensity. If someone (not me, not yet) wanted to attempt at least journeyperson-level twisted-rib socks, they might look like this.

* Pattern meditation from when I was nearly out of my mind with pain last Thursday night: for this winter or next fall, I'd like a cardigan that is actually longish, unlike 2.Naima, which hovers mid-hip despite both the designer's and my intents. (Not enough yarn.) Despite the profusion of lovely patterns in Ravelry's database, nothing is quite right, or rather, nothing at the right yarn weight and desired length would suit my shape. Edges must meet/overlap. Making a garment from scratch is not interesting yet. *ponders*

A few of my Rav "friends" are strangers who make interesting things and/or add others' interesting things regularly to their favorites list. From trawling their faves made with sport-weight-ish yarn, I see Read more... )

Also also, part of my mind hedges against the possibility that the QA internship may end without an offer of a continuing (real) job. In that case, I'll apply for jobs mornings, fetch Reason from kindergarten, then make clothes for Reason and me during the afternoons. *dusts hands*

Still alive . . .

Sep. 20th, 2016 00:12
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If you haven't unsubscribed from my journal because of my inactivity, and you have dimly wondered from time to time what's up, let me assure you that I'm very much alive. I have a to-do item that I keep postponing, to update my Dreamwidth profile and to make a substantive post.

I've moved to a new continent and gotten married. I'm still working remotely at my job in the States, but I also just found out today that I'll have an honorary visiting title at a uni where I'm living: a nice gig with all the perquisites and none of the obligations.

Internet service at my home despite my best efforts is still pretty sad. It's going to be much better when I go on campus and use the uni network, but I probably won't be writing Dreamwidth posts on campus. Maybe I'll draft them at home and post them when I go in.

My life is full and very happy, and I'm not sure how often I'll be posting on Dreamwidth. I'm hoping to write more, and maybe I'll find that writing more will mean writing more everywhere. We'll see.

At least I hope to be able to check in on Dreamwidth from time to time to see how my friends and acquaintances are doing, and sometimes to comment on their posts.

Because of my decision at the time when I joined Dreamwidth to make my identity transparent, I probably won't be posting here about my family or about specific other people whose privacy I want to protect.

If you have questions for me, please let me know, and I'll answer what I can. I'm glad that Dreamwidth is still going strong.
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again already! yes, i picked up a pinch hit. :)

Bad Ideas in Good Company

a mix for Hot American Summer, or The Hardest Thing to Swallow, by caimani, for [community profile] bandombigbang 2016.

This was a last-minute pinch hit, so I had to read it fast. Luckily, once I started I couldn’t put it down. So much complexity in the ways that everyone interrelates, so much maneuvering in the wake of Santi and the departure of Tom Conrad, and the weirdness of starting a months-long summer tour with three other bands. And that’s all without the complications of one band that’s 4/5 werewolf, and a magnetic vampire ex-hookup who might be something more. It was incredibly fun, had so many well-drawn characters, and I’m so glad I got to mix for it!

I hope you like it as much as I did. I did my best to reflect the turbulence, distractions, and briefly-held peace of the story, and I hope I managed it. <3

01 Animal - Against Me!
02 All-Nighter - Bad Bad Hats
03 Claws Off - Margot & The Nuclear So And So's
04 Children Of the Grave - Black Sabbath
05 The American Life - Julian Cope
06 Blazin - Nicki Minaj Feat. Kanye West
07 One Hot Summer - Veda Hille
08 After Hours - We Are Scientists
09 Golden Thing - Throwing Muses
10 Bad Things - Cults
11 Ain’t Your Right - Sky Ferreira
12 If You Can't See My Mirrors - The New Pornographers
13 Big man's last trip outside - Ricky Eat Acid
14 Always Fade - Low
15 The Lonely Moon - The Original Brothers And Sisters Of Love
16 My Dog (Knows Where The Bones Are Hid) - Oysterband
17 Bolas - No Joy
18 Hit + Run - Kill Memory Crash
19 Waiting Game - Banks
20 Monster Love - Goldfrapp
21 I Wanna Destroy You - The Soft Boys
22 The Flowers Of Guatemala - R.E.M.
23 Wild Cats Of Kilkenny - The Pogues
24 Blood Brothers - Iron Maiden

Click on the cover (above) or on this text to go stream it on 8tracks, or click on this text to download a zip of all the mp3s. <3

minimally interactive fiction

Sep. 15th, 2016 19:49
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Tinker Island (Android): since it's published by Kongregate, till recently a web-based portal/publisher for a wide variety of fairly quick-to-finish games, it's also available on iOS. (How's that for logic---but wouldn't you hit both major mobile platforms at once if sidling outwards from desktop web?) Island begins with several survivors of a crash, you know, on an island. It looks at first like a basic resource-management optimization sim, but as you assign characters to build items/enhancements, generate food/wood/stone/etc., and search areas of the island, bits of story emerge. They're just enough to increase interest in the repetitive tasks and the almost arbitrary waits for each task's completion, for me. There's even one trad-IF style puzzle segment in which you search a small area for puzzle clues. I liked Tina the llama best, both for her short arc and for the possibly intertextual nod (SimCity had a recurring thing for llamas). Whoever made Island wanted a bit to reassure the player that they're in knowledgeable hands despite the casual nature of gameplay.

I appreciate the game's balance of microtransactions and gem-backed purchases. As with several other high-visibility mobile games (Pocket Trains and Zen Koi come to mind), the user may watch an advertisement lasting up to thirty seconds in order to "earn" a few gems, which may hasten production or resuscitate a fallen character. (The latter is "broken" in that watching same-length ads reduces the length of time that the character's out before auto-revival; there's no point in spending gems on it.) I spent my usual US$5 of good will, then decided that the game was well enough balanced to be worth another small in-game purchase---but no more than that.
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hey hey it's that time again!

I created a mix as a complement work again this round. It's called Stay awake long enough, and it's a mix for slashfanatic22's fic, Coffee Beans and Tea Baggers, for [community profile] bandombigbang 2016.

What a slow, sweet burn of a story. I did my best to echo that feeling when I was putting together this mix - the rush of day-to-day work in the coffee shop, interspersed with the hovering timelessness of waiting to see someone again; thinking about someone all of the time while the other people in your life spin around you in their own chaotic orbits, thinking about their own someones.

I had a lot of fun with this - I hope you like it! Click on the cover (above) or on this text to go stream it on 8tracks, or click on this text to download a zip of all the mp3s. <3

01 We Are The Sleepyheads - Belle & Sebastian
02 Swell Content - Speedy Ortiz
03 Tezcatlipoca - Roger Harvey
04 You Disappear - La Luz
05 Eraser - No Age
06 Water Water - Empress Of
07 Sugarcube - Yo La Tengo
08 Special K - Placebo
09 Smoulder - EMA
10 Waiting For Heaven - Blake Babies
11 Ash Tree Lane - MS MR
12 Fall Victim - Alkaline Trio
13 We Will Commit Wolf Murder - Of Montreal
14 Adult Diversion - Alvvays
15 Stand Too Close - Motion City Soundtrack
16 Beat Around the Bush - Nothing
17 This Way Tonight - Information Society
18 Tattooed Tears - The Front Bottoms
19 Uncomfortably Numb - Butch Walker
20 Are You Kissing Anyone - Saturday Looks Good to Me
21 The Popular Thing - Jukebox the Ghost

more trickster tales

Sep. 14th, 2016 19:12
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Ronald A. Morse, trans., Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures, comp. Yanagita Kunio and Sasaki Kizen (2015): I've inverted the usual order of responsibilities because these tales are marked by their moments and means of transmission. This volume has the 299 "supplementary" tales published originally in 1935, not the ones of 1910, which I gather that Morse has also translated. Yanagita was the Grimmlike collector; Sasaki was his local informant, with the result that Morse says flatly, "Yanagita Kunio's literary skills shaped the style and format of the 1910 edition, but it was Sasaki Kizen's talent as a storyteller that dominated the 1935 edition of tales" (p. 146). Yet Sasaki's work, which included his own tale-tellings as well as some by his neighbor, Haneishi Tanie, was edited by Yanagita as well as a younger colleague named Suzuki Tozo. (Do we learn more of Haneishi? Of course not. Haneishi was a woman, btw.)

Well, interesting experiment in European-style anthropology you had there, Yanagita-san and Sasaki-san. I'm not sure what else to say because I'm ignorant of what else could have been done---but I've read enough Germanic philologists (who were also folklorists, after all) to smell more familiarity here than I'd thought to find, and thus to feel a bit uneasy about the framing. It's not a quest for authenticity: there are many kinds of "authentic," which is to say that nothing ever is, in a sense. That said, having so much familiarity is weird against the little to none that I had in 2009 while first reading collected oral narratives from Korean traditions, despite having grown up with a few K folktales as bedtime stories (transmitted orally but backed by my mother's elementary-school-level curriculum exposure as both student and teacher). Method and mode really do influence the written-down forms of tales, legends, what have you.


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