All This I Do for Glory

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:40 pm
yasaman: a little cartoon bear wearing head phones saying music makes me invincible! (music makes me invincible!)
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Pay no attention to the fact that I haven't updated in months oh my god. Still alive, still fine, etc. But my writing energies have been going to, variously, a) writing/editing at work, [more responsibility = good? i guess? but uuughh I feel like I write a lot on a daily basis now.] b) writing assorted strident metafilter comments and c) writing fic, which I am procrastinating from doing AT THIS VERY MOMENT. I'm two scenes away from finishing it, so of course I'm going to come guilt-post here instead of just goddamn buckling down to finish it. I'll post it this weekend ;__; I'll try, at least.

I'm taking a weekend off from protesting, which I also feel a little guilty about, but I feel like I'm in downtown LA all the damn time now for one protest or another. An immigrant rights thing here, Women's Day strike there, science march, tax day march, etc. I took this weekend off in the interests of just sleeping in.

I ostensibly put some Colin Stetson on to focus on writing, but lol whoops, I'm too into the music. I really liked his new album that just came out yesterday, All This I Do for Glory, but after listening to that on a loop at work yesterday while I powered through drafting a few things, I wanted to return to one of his earlier albums that I hadn't listened through all the way more than once, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Good god, what a fucking experience it is to listen to one of these straight through, with the sound up loud. It's sort of like being out in a storm, being buffeted by rain and wind, and feeling equal parts thrilled and terrified.

Like, not gonna lie, this is, at best, challenging music. It's one guy howling and screaming into a bass saxophone, clomping away at the keys, while, occasionally, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon pops in to either sing beautifully or roar with astonishingly metal brutality. The answer to just what genre this music is can only be answered with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But holy shit is there something deeply satisfying in the sheer forceful physicality of it, or sometimes the meditative drone of it. One man's breath powers all of this, no loops or overdubbing, and the embodied physicality of that really comes across. Not least because you can sometimes hear him breathing. Rarely have I ever felt music in my own body the way I feel this, where the music feels like it's filling my own chest and lungs.

Also, in this our new national nightmare, I find there is something incredibly cathartic in listening to one man howling and screaming in seeming agony and rage into a fuck-off giant saxophone. Like, objectively, I am aware that Hunted is sort of...punishing, as music goes, and that probably a lot of people would react to it with "....this is music?" Meanwhile I take a happy deep breath in every time Stetson lets loose with another eldritch monster of the deep howl through that saxophone. I think I see the appeal of heavy metal now.
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- Brassica flowers and moths, probably Adela reaumurella the green fairy longhorn.

Moth on brassica flowers, probably Adela reaumurella the green longhorn, Worcestershire, 04-17

Brassica flowers, Worcestershire, 04-17

- I'm reading a novel about Space Hobbits, and there're repeated mentions of food, and the author is obviously quite interested in tech and worldbuilding BUT her spacefarers eat rice! Surely tubers, such as potatoes, which will grow in any medium from sand to human waste and will grow packed together in any shape of container and will presumably also grow in zero or low gravity are a more sensible food crop for carbs and starches than rice or any grains which need specific growing mediums (such as separate layers of soil, water, and air!) and room for each stalk to grow individually and presumably also some gravity for TWO differing reasons? I do understand that this is probably not what the author was intending me to think about while reading her story but I shall claim it's because I'm identifying with the Space Hobbit protag and obsessing about food. Anyway, thoughts on grain versus tubers in SPAAAAAACE?

- Reading, books 2017: 34

15. Giant Days vol.4, John Allison and Max Sarin, 2017, comic, not the bestest volume in the series so far but still on outstanding form and I'll be buying volume six. (5/5)

16. Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman, 2007, a comedic novel gently parodying gold and silver age USian superhero comics, with a pov supervillain antagonist as engaging as the pov superheroine protagonist. Includes an excellent feminist joke (populist feminism ftw, obv). The ending reverts to the predictability that inevitably wraps up any plot arc in a monthly superhero comic but I thought the preceding pages earned that side-step. (4/5 a "comic" novel in every possible sense)

• Europeans = supervillains, obv: Supervillains tend to build from scratch, since their technology is way beyond what’s commonly available. So everything’s a little off - screw sizes, voltages - like when you go to Europe.
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After three or four months of going back and worth between moderately comfortable, cold and humid, the weather seems to be shifting toward "hot as hell". I spent the entire day yesterday wondering if my mind was playing tricks on me, or if the whether was really starting to take a turn toward summertime.

I barely got any sleep as a result of the heat that barely tapered off once night fell. The problem about the particular heat as it is now, of course, is that it's not "air conditioner" conditions yet, and its too hot to open the window. So I'm sucking on ice cubes and keeping the indoor fans on high.

It's rather strange how your mindset about the heat changes. You're no less thrilled about when it gets hot, but you're too preoccupied with enjoying the things you wanna do really make note of it. Now, as a adult, the heat is much harder to ignore :(

Workspace for Introverts

Apr. 29th, 2017 02:17 pm
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 I found this awesome page describing the needs of introverts in the office and showcasing various facilities for their use.

Saturday Yardening

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:50 pm
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Today is gray and damp, but not raining at the moment.  We took advantage of not-raining-right-now, so Doug raked the last part of the old raspberry patch and I put down grass and clover seed. 

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:41 pm
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I've signed up for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon for the first time! Huzzah! I've been wanting to try this for ages. Obviously I'm not doing the full 24 hours, and I probably won't read the whole rest of the day... but I'm going to sit down and not worry about anything else for at least a few hours, just reading.

First up: continuing Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Interesting thoughts so far on how "deliberate rest" is just as important as deliberate practice for accomplishment and creativity. If I get tired of this, I'll continue working on Les Miserables, and I have plenty more books lined up if I should finish one of those!

I'll edit this post if I feel like adding any thoughts. I will definitely do some posting on Litsy (I'm Clare-Dragonfly there) and possibly on Twitter (I'm clarekrmiller). Off to read!


Hour 9: I'm going to read Les Miserables if it kills me. And Hugo's long digressions on French politics might just do that.

Belated book reports

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These are some recipes mentioned in the Officer Pink thread of Polychrome Heroics. Many of these are Southern cooking, some are campfire cooking, a few are Chinese, and then there's a bunch of random stuff. This is typical of the food available in Bluehill, Missouri in Terramagne.

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Recipe: "Honey Cupcakes"

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:46 am
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 Not mine, but a very impressive recipe for Honey Cupcakes decorated with adorable sugar bees.
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Slightly belated, I'm doing [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw again. I'm pulling together some useful resources. This one is a party monitor kit, inspired by several of my characters in Polychrome Heroics who are or have been party monitors.

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The investigation I'm engaged in may have less to do with automated theorem proving than I first thought, although that is the context in which it arose for me. The deeper questions may be what expressive power and what inferential power are added to a first-order language with equality by adding definite description terms as singular terms in the formal language.

Friday Home Repair Progress

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Today's accomplishments include:

* Picked up new printer from office store. 

* Found superbright tube lights in narrow pairs.  :D 3q3q3q !!!!  We're going to put two pair in the library, upgrading its lighting to brilliant, and one pair in the foyer, bathroom, and closet which do not require as much light.

* Bought six 12x12" mirror tiles for the bathroom.  Determined that fixing the mirror itself is feasible on this trip, but the area around it (where the cheap crappy wallpaper is coming loose) will need to wait for the next round in October.  Our handyfriend is having enough fun to have suggested a subsequent trip.  We are happy with this idea.

* Discussed the possibility of upgrading a bathroom window, currently covered with crappy plastic, to a textured glass pane instead of trying to replace the whole damn thing with glass blocks.  The feasibility of this will depend on the construction of the window, and would have to wait for later, but we were in a glass store and I saw their very pretty display of glass options so I brought it up.

* Looked at more towel bars and found that almost all of them have crappy unstable construction.  So I'm going to see if anything better is available online, and if not, we can get the boring but sturdy one we saw earlier.

WWBCD (What would Bev Crusher do?)

Apr. 29th, 2017 12:49 pm
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Answer (according to [personal profile] lilacsigil): Forgive Wesley for starting another virulent plague, then get it on with a Scottish ghost.

I'm wearing my swingy teal coat today, so I'm stealth cosplaying Doctor Crusher. Bring me my hypospray, baby needs a dose of tricordrazine.

Speaking of which, that fandom meme:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

- Classic Doctor Who
- Leverage
- Sanctuary
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- Person of Interest
- X-Men
- Star Trek: TNG
- Imperial Radch (by [personal profile] lilacsigil because that's more her wheelhouse than mine.)

Also, I must preserve the chatlog of the Person of Interest Crab AU. With images. Of crabs.

Yes, we can AU like champs. If only it was an Olympic sport )

So that happened, and now I will never forget Shaw the pistol shrimp.

Music meme:
2.A song you like with a number in the title
I really like 1,2,3,4 by Feist, but even more, I love this cover by Kiyomi Vella from The Voice Australia (S2). (Also, I am such a sucker for The Voice when the judges get really excited. Is it just me?)

1,2,3,4 by Kiyomi Vella )

Also, health FYI: flu vaccines are available in Australia (they were late coming and have been out of stock for a while.) If you're getting one this year, now is the time. If you have a chronic illness that puts you at higher risk of complications from influenza, like asthma, kidney disease, or if you're immunocompromised, you get it for free.

I had the quadrivalent and it gave me no trouble. ([personal profile] lilacsigil had it too, and her arm looked like it got punched by Shaw the pistol shrimp.)

April Patreon story: Homeland

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:17 pm
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At the beginning of the world, the Sivrit people were wanderers. We traveled on our feet, the very old and young on the backs of animals, from place to place as the circle of the year turned. It was exhausting—yes, I’m sure you can imagine! We never stayed in the same place for long.

The people complained of this, but the king of the time told them to be quiet. Traveling meant there was always food for the animals to eat, no matter what the season, and it meant that we never had to endure very bad weather for long. He thought it was the best way for our people to live.

But the king had a daughter, and she had other ideas. She saw how her old auntie walked stubbornly until she fell, because riding the animals was so uncomfortable. She saw how babies cried and were hungry, because their mothers were too tired from walking all day to give them enough milk. She knew there must be a better way.

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