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Apr. 25th, 2019 03:59 pm
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Love these doors. Especially the random feathers stuck in a horseshoe, lol.
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Reading on a Thursday

Apr. 25th, 2019 10:05 am
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I've been feeling a bit unproductive and blah these last few days, but actually I have managed to get a bunch of things done. (The problem of having a super productive few days off last week, is that everything else feels super unproductive afterwards.) I've caught up on a couple of podcasts, watched a movie, written some ficlets for the first time in months - April will in fact have a wordcount! - along with a food blog post, finished some books and got round to a bunch of other tasks that I'd been meaning to do for ages. (Plus made progress on the ongoing unpacking and re-organising shenanigans.)

What I’ve Read/Listened to
So I did actually finish off reading China Dream by Mia Jian, I found some sequences more compelling than others - and it was definitely a book that I needed to be in the right mind-set to read - but overall it was quite a compelling read, I'm not sure I would call it enjoyable but I'm glad I read it so there's that.

Having finished the last of my library books at the weekend, I ended up being twarted in my attempts to return them for several days I finally managed it yesterday, so naturally instead of just returning my books, I came home with another three. (Two of which are in fact books that I've been resisting buying for a while so I guess that's better than the alternative.) I did however read one this morning. Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, is more of an illustrated poem than a book, but it is an absolutely gorgeous and deeply moving piece of art about the refugee experience.

What I’m Currently Reading/Listening to
I didn't end up making any sort of start on Film Fables after all, instead I got distracted by a longer term resident of my book shelves, Technoscience in Contemporary American Film by Aylish Wood, which I'm actually finding really interesting and I'm not sure why I've made quite so many false starts on this book over the years.

With the changing weather over the last few days, I've had a stinker of a weather headache so I've spent a fair amount of time knitting while listening to podcasts with my glasses off. I caught up with both Gastropod and Lingthusiasm which both have long and quite dense with information episodes so not only were they an enjoyable listen, but there was the added pleasure of having the brain capacity to properly enjoy them. Lingthusiasm in particular really requires me to have my wits about me and my full ability to concentrate engaged.

What I’m Reading/Listening to Next
Likely one of my other library books - The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley or Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi - as that seems to be my current pattern, interchanging fiction from the library with non-fiction with my shelf, but I can live with that. Also I needed to make an Amazon order at the weekend so I treated myself to a couple of tpbs of DeConnick's run on Captain Marvel, naturally in the way of these things one of these has turned up but it's the second one so it's just taunting me on the shelf until it's predecesor arrives.

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Apr. 25th, 2019 12:16 pm
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Jess and I have reached a new milestone in our relationship today as she is spending the day with my parents but without me. I am now belatedly a little paranoid there's a massive secret I'm keeping from them I forgot to warn Jess about but nothing specific is coming toind.

Question for the audience

Apr. 25th, 2019 01:31 am
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You know when a cat gets a burst of energy and runs from one point to another and back again at a million miles an hour - jumping on furniture, attacking walls, and leaving utter chaos in their wake?

1) All cats do this, right?

2) What do you call this? I've heard of "zoom mode,: but there's got to be a better term for it out there.

RL Update

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:38 pm
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Okay, I've at least found a stopgap measure that will help with those vet bills that I mentioned in my last post. My apartment complex just announced that they're now offering the ability to split rent into two payments, one at the beginning of the month and one in the middle of the month, which will at least help a little.

It's not quite robbing Peter to pay Paul, so that's something at least. Almost all of my bills are due at the very beginning of each month, so by only having to pay half my rent at that same time, I'll have a bit more in my checking account for emergencies. Plus I'll have more time to try and work on commissions/sell things/etc. if unexpected situations come up. There is an additional fee that I'll have to pay, but it's worth it to know that I won't have to worry about my checking account becoming overdrawn.

The joy of living paycheck to paycheck: you have to pay extra fees, spending even more money, to stay afloat. Still, I'll definitely take it over having a panic attack because I can't think of how to pay bills.

I have found a rabies clinic where I can get the cats' shots without having to pay for a full exam like their regular vet insists on doing, but it's going to involve a decent-length trip via Lyft so it's still going to be more expensive than I'd planned. Not nearly as bad as it could have been, though, so I'll take it. Although getting up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning isn't going to be all that fun.

Artifical colour

Apr. 24th, 2019 11:37 pm
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Both [personal profile] yhlee and [personal profile] lj_writes (no relation, afaik) recently posted the fact that Korean (한글) doesn't define colour the same way English does. Specifically, both pointed out the lack of a blue/green distinction.

This reminded me of a similar thing in Breton, but rather than derail either post with the following explanation of why Breton both does and does not have that distinction, I thought I'd post about that here instead.

Breton is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany, the westernmost part of France. It's closest extant relative is Welsh.

Much like Korean and Welsh, Breton uses one word for both blue and green -- glaz/glas -- except in the one very specific case of artificial green.

Turns out the blue/green distinction is a nifty thing to have, to the point that if you really need to, you can use it in Breton, by saying sea-bluegreen or grass-bluegreen. Which is kind of cumbersome, because sure glasmor/sea-bluegreen, but the sea isn't always blue?

Unlike Breton, French has a blue/green distinction. The French word for green is "vert". It is an homonym of, among other words, "verre" ("glass").

The Breton word for glass is "gwer". I'm sure you can see where this is going.

Breton just fucking wholesale grabbed an unrelated noun to become a colour adjective because it sounds the same in another language. A purely, if you will, artificial word.

A word so artificial it is only used to describe artificial colours. A green light? Gwer. Green algae? Glas.

Why? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At what point does a colour become artificial/shift from glas to gwer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why do some people use glaswer and where does it find in the glas-gwer spectrum? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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I would like your best recs for in-depth articles, studies, or books on the most cutting-edge current knowledge about nutrition, body weight, and health.

I am NOT interested in basic articles about very well-known ideas like fat will kill you, carbs will kill you, meat will kill you, anything your grandma wouldn't recognize as food such as everything but cabbage and turnips will kill you, etc.

I am also NOT interested in articles with a primarily political bent (i.e., "pushing diets on women is based on sexism/capitalism not science;") I agree with that, but I'm looking for stuff where the meat is science and the politics is the side dish rather than the reverse.

I'm looking for more in-depth, up-to-date information on topics including but not limited to...

- Do we actually know anything about nutrition, given the every-five-year swings between "eggs are cardioprotective/eggs are a heart attack on a plate," "fat is the Devil/carbs are the Devil," etc? If so, what is it and how do we know it?

- What is the actual science on grains (and no, I don't mean Wheat Belly)?

- What is the best and most cutting-edge knowledge on gaining strength?

- What is the actual science on the causes of Type 2 diabetes, why its prevalence has risen so much, and its association with obesity?

- What is the actual knowledge of the diet and health of "cavemen?"

- What is the actual science on being fat, thin, and in-between in terms of health? For instance, is it better to be fat and active than "normal weight" and sedentary? (I know the answer but I'm looking for something that goes into this in-depth.)

- What is the deal with "calorie reduction makes you healthier and live longer" vs. "dieting is bad for you?"

I'm already familiar with Michael Pollan, Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark's Daily Apple, Diet Cults, Body of Truth, and The Starvation Experiment. And lots more but those are the things I get recced a lot already.

hockey recs #26

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:44 am
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FYI I have made all my recs public on Pinboard. Those should go all the way back through most of my time in SPN fandom, although probably there's not much from my Buffy days, since I didn't have a Pinboard then.

The Good Spot by [ profile] downjune
Murray/Rust, 7k. There's no high concept here, this is kind of just a bi guy and a gay guy working through their respective issues together regarding their sexuality. Honestly this might be my favorite June fic in years, because so much about it hits so close to home. Just feels very real and human to me.

Indelible by [ profile] downjune
Murray/Rust, 18k. A soulmark AU where Matt is the only gay guy in the locker room, and the only guy who doesn't ever get soulmarks, and sometimes he's grateful for that combo and sometimes not so much. A fic about what happens when intimacy issues run into someone who just loves everyone. Tropey and sexy and full of angsty feels, the downjune recipe. :D

untitled Sid/Geno soulbond AU by [ profile] 7iris
Sid/Geno, one-shot. I would like to hear more about your feelings on Sid and Geno's soulbond and how it keeps amplifying their injuries and distance only makes it worse so they have to skip ASW. Angsty but with hope at the end. Delicious.

Okay by [ profile] getoffmyhead
Sid/Geno, 2k. Post-sweep feels and getting-together. I really like the slow reveal of the history hanging over their heads. A very satisfying read after an unsatisfying postseason.

In Waking Life by [ profile] sevenfists
Sid/Geno/Anna, 8k. DREAMSHARING. This is beautifully written. I love how walking into and out of someone's dreams is just a thing that happens, and I love how Sid and Anna's shared dreams have that perfect dream-like logic to them. This is a fic about secrets and intimacy and sharing parts of yourself with other people. Just really lovely.

only shooting stars by [ profile] ghosthunter
Sid/Mat Barzal, 3k. Sid hits on Mat at the all-star game, and Mat just about loses his mind. Love seeing Sid as the pursuer, love Mat's hero-worshipping perspective. Also: hot.

mighta took the long way by [ profile] silkstocking
Lehtonen/Niemi, 22k. In which Kari and Nemo get married way too young, fall apart, and come back together in Dallas. Lots of delicious repressed angst.

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Apr. 24th, 2019 12:42 pm
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So. The British History Podcast. I've consumed six episodes since yesterday afternoon when it hit my radar. Pretty good stuff. It's giving me some great spark points. Heck, I've even written some words about it.

Yoga has happened several times over the last two weeks. My back still seems to appreciate it. Being stuck in an office chair and a vehicle for many hours every day is not great after all.

Nephew T is turning 10 next week. I've got a few books to pick up because books are wonderful gifts for an avid reader. I'm leaning toward more fantasy and slightly away from the survivalist fiction I read at that age. (Hatchet, Julie of the Wolves, Island of the Blue Dolphins, My Side of the Mountain) This might be the year of Percy Jackson, though!


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This is pretty fucking critical for me, as there are several characters that I have emotionally imprinted on in a very big way.

First, and most important: Does Natasha die? As the only original female Avenger, and also the emotionally compromised red-ledgered former Russian spy of my heart, I'm going to have serious problems if this happens.

Second, and only slightly less important: Does Pepper make it through this film?

Third: Gamora, Carol, Wanda, Nebula? Okoye? Janet? Hope?

Basically, is there a kill count on women in this film? Are there refrigerators?

(Don't tell me how, if they do, just tell me yes or no, and if the Women in Refrigerators trope is involved.)

I can't see it until Sunday. So.

Wednesday reading April 24, 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 04:18 pm
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(Classic Japanese lit)
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
I borrowed this from a friend because, honestly, I didn't know why I hadn't already read it before now. A quiet story about lonely people, never quite reaching each other the way they intend to, and the keen embarrassments and jealousies they feel. Simply written on the surface, but reliant almost entirely on subtext, and sad in a way I find compelling. I really like this sort of thing, so I'm very glad I read this.

Artificial Unintelligence: How computers misunderstand the world by Meredith Broussard
In summary: Computers are good at mathematics not consciousness, and fantasies about AI that are like humans but better mislead people into forgetting that computers are only as good as the data that humans input into them. Also, self-driving cars absolutely kill people, so don't get into one unless you're sure that the person who programmed it has the same opinion on the trolley problem as you do.

(contemporary manga)
Princess Jellyfish, vol. 03 by Akiko Higashimura
This felt like it had less movement than the last volume, but it does have Kuranosuke 'encouraging' Tsukimi into business with him, and an off-beat play with 25 Ophelias. Inari might almost have become interesting in this volume, and I do like her party dress, but I'm not sure how I feel about that storyline yet. For some reason I was more sympathetic to Shu in previous volumes, but eh about him by this point. Still charming, but I think I'm unfairly comparing the rest of the series so far to how startling and gentle the first volume was.

DNF - The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - I bought this when it was released in 2015 and in four years I've only gotten 25% into the ebook, so I think it's time to admit that this is fine but not to my interest.

. . .

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:35 pm
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Well, fuck. Both Garrus and Percy are due to have their licenses renewed, which means I have to get their rabies shots updated. As in, it's required by law, so it has to happen. Which isn't cheap but isn't... too expensive either.

Except the vet refuses to give them the rabies shots without giving them a full check-up first, due to them both having health issues. Which is significantly more expensive than I was planning for, budget-wise.

If, uh, anyone wants to pass along the link to my GoFundMe, I would greatly appreciate it?


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