Daily Happiness

Oct. 21st, 2016 01:31 am
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1. Oh man, I saw the video for the new Nintendo Switch and it looks so awesome! I think it's being released in March, which I'm sure will be here before we know it, but sounds so far away now!

2. I ended up having to go in to work today for a few hours, which was no fun, but I did manage to keep it fairly short and it ended up making less of an impact on my day than I'd feared. (Also it was mid-afternoon, so didn't impact my ability to sleep in!)

3. I have been wanting to get my hair cut for a while but just not getting around to it. Like, I don't want to go on a work day, but on my day off even if I plan to do it, I'll end up deciding I don't want to go out or whatever, and today was another one of those days, but then I already had to go out for work, so I decided I was just going to swing by on the way home and get it done and I'm sooooo happy I did. I feel so much better now.

4. I actually ended up getting quite a bit translated today and finished up two chapters.

5. Just ridiculously cute kitties today.

Weekly Reading

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:22 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Currently reading The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC (Eben Weiss), which Carla picked up at Book Off. I wasn't sure what to think of it by the title, but it's definitely tongue in cheek, and I'm enjoying it so far.

Mangawise, I'm reading vol. 16 of Kurage Hime, which wraps up the Singapore arc. Apparently it's no longer being published on a regular schedule, so who knows when vol. 17 will be out (there was a year+ gap between 15 and 16).

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished All I Asking for Is My Body. It was pretty good, but I never really got that into it.

I also finished Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi vol. 8, which I did enjoy a lot.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, Raising Steam is still next up on my phone, but I haven't actually started reading it yet. ^_^;;

Ran and found out

Oct. 20th, 2016 08:36 pm
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Sort of.

Went to the British Library the other day to do some research for this biographical article I am supposed to be writing.

I had preordered some things that were on 48 hour access, all of which turned up.

I also, while I was there, ordered some things that were on 70 minute access (this was an entirely remarkable prospect to someone who remembers the old Bloomsbury days), and got those.

One was actually Not What I Ordered, but it turned out that the reference had been misread, and they managed to get me the right item most expeditiously.

I had had some concern that I might not readily find a seat, but the reading room at least was a lot less chokka than I'd anticipated, though outside there were vast swathes of people looking at laptops (on-site only digital resources, or just social media?).

I didn't find out very much - or rather, the evidence was negative - but I did come across one thing, a descriptive phrase, which in the light of other info on my subjects was very suggestive.

I still have to go back - one thing I thought I could order on the day turned out to be 48 hour access, and there is a microfilmed (AAAAAAAARRRRGGGHHH) periodical I need to consult.

And I found myself really knackered after a day there, perhaps because I am somewhat out of training?

Pokémon Go: Week 13 + Abyssrium

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:43 pm
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  • My three 10 km eggs hatched into: a relatively low CP Jynx (grumble), a high CP Pinsir (sigh) aaaaaand….A SCYTHER. The last was new to me and also very powerful. So I’m happy. I’m saving the fourth 10 km egg for when I level up.
  • Nearly finished with Level 24. So...close...want....Lucky...Egg...argh.
  • I cracked and did some boring Pidgey evolutions because I was so tired of hauling around loads of them.
  • My Pokédex claims I have attempted and failed to catch a Nidoqueen and an Exeggcutor. I find this irritating because I cannot recall seeing either.
  • I walked my Jigglypuff for sufficient candies so that they’re ready to evolve along with the Omanyte and the Seel. Now walking my Clefairy because even though I’ve only caught a few, it’s only 1 km per candy.
  • I reached Silver level on the Breeder medal for hatching 100+ eggs, and Silver on the Fisherman medal for catching 50 big Magikarp. I also have sufficient candies to evolve a third Gyarados. Typically I earn enough candies to be able to fully power up my highest CP Magikarp before I do the evolution as well. It’s a bit ridiculous.
  • I think I’m seeing a greater variety of Pokémon spawns near my house. Don’t get me wrong, the majority are still comprised of Magikarp, Goldeen, Poliwag, Psyduck, Slowpoke and Staryu and occasionally the evolved forms of these (apart from Gyarados - I’ve never seen a wild Gyarados). But I see Eevee, Oddish, Zubat and even Drowsee now, where I would only have ever seen Pidgey and Rattata previously. The change seems to have happened around the time the nests were rearranged. Has anyone else observed this?

Abyssrium, which I’d almost stopped playing entirely, has a Halloween event going on. Sir Tap Tap’s guide has been updated so that you can optimise your candy usage to collect all the ghost and bone fish. I’m enjoying the theme, as you can see from my reef below, with its pumpkins, candles, tombstones, ghost fish and bone turtle.

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OKAY, THAT'S THE LAST OF IT. Guys, guys, we survived all of the BL manga!\o/ Good job, us! And I have finally escaped the post that
would not die, goodness me!

Reminder, things on the list with an asterisk next to it contain rape, dubious consent, and/or sexual assault.

Books, Graphic Novels and Manga Read:
  1. Gerard & Jacques Volume One by Fumi Yoshinaga * [Jump]

  2. Gerard & Jacques Volume Two by Fumi Yoshinaga * [Jump]

  3. Vinland Saga Volume Two by Makoto Yukimura * [Jump]

  4. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton [Jump]

  5. Shut In, Shut Out by Lianne Sentar and dee Juusan [Jump]

  6. Hawkeye Volume One by Matt Faction and David Aja [Jump]

  7. The Rings of Saturn by Kaiju [Jump]

  8. Mahou Josei Chimaka by Kaiju [Jump]

  9. Windrose Volume One by Studio Kosen [Jump]

  10. Orange Junk Volume One by Heldrad [Jump]

  11. Starve Volume One by Brian Wood [Jump]

  12. The Assignment by Evangeline Anderson [Jump]

Read more... )

Reading Challenges

Books read so far: 98/150 (12 new this post)
New-to-me female creators: 44/100 (4 new this post.)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 5 (Gerard & Jacques Volumes 1 and 2, Mahou Josei Chimaka, Starve, The Assignment)

Daily Happiness

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:20 am
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1. Super hectic, long day at work, but it's over and I have tomorrow off!

2. It did end up being quite hot today, but it cooled down quickly at night and the humidity was really low, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. It's supposed to be a bit hotter tomorrow, and as I'll be home and not at work where it's air conditioned, I'm really hoping for the low humidity again!

3. Man, Paper Mario Color Splash is so good!

4. We watched the Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine tonight and it was great! Actually this whole season so far has been pretty great, but then that is not at all surprising as this show is generally awesome.

5. Carla left a paper bag on the floor yesterday and Chloe has been TOO CUTE with it. Just unbearably cute. Really illegal levels of cuteness.

Sidetracks - October 20, 2016

Oct. 20th, 2016 12:10 am
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.

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This recommendation post is brought to you by our Patreon supporters! They voted on topics and selected "Childhood favorites that weren't visited by the Suck Fairy (they're still good!)." Thanks very much to them for participating. :)
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Best of Hillary Clinton on SNL

Oct. 19th, 2016 08:42 pm
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Some of the things I watched while waiting for tonight's real-life final debate.

A Hillary Christmas: 2015!Hillary (Kate McKinnon) gets a time-and-space-crossing visit, as Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reprise their roles as 2008!Hillary and Sarah Palin.

Hillary Campaign Ad - HRC starts adapting Bernie's policies...also his mannerisms, outfits, and hairstyle.

Hillary & Bernie Cold Open - towards the end of the primary contest, the candidates get drunk in a bar together, schmooze a bunch, and end up dancing.

Hillary Clinton Bar Talk - McKinnon!Hillary pours out her woes to a bartender...played by the actual HRC, who takes some ribbing with grace.

The Evolution of Hillary Clinton - NBC presents a montage of SNL's portrayals of Clinton over the years.

Presidential Debate #1 - "He's spent his life cheating middle-class laborers. Laborers like my own human father, who made, ah, I guess drapes, or printed drapes, or sold drapes, some'pm with drapes, and he was relatable, and I am, also, relatable!"

Presidential Debate #2 - "Get real. I'm made of steel; this is nothing. Hi, girls."

I've watched that last one three times now. Already looking forward to how they're going to salve the wounds this weekend.
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We're super happy to welcome regular Lady Business contributor Jenny back to discuss some awesome nonfiction recommendations. \o/

My middle sister, one of the most voracious readers I’ve ever met, told me recently that she’s completely stopped reading fiction. "I just don’t enjoy it anymore," she said to me super-casually even though this is, like, my nightmare. I read more nonfiction than I used to, and I’m worried that I’ll wake up one morning and find that I, like my cleverest sister, have just stopped enjoying fiction.

But that’s…not likely, right? And also kind of a dark, Christoper-Nolan-y way to open a nonfiction rec list. Let me put it to you this way: I only entertain the possibility of this fiction-free future because I am aware of how phenomenally great nonfiction can be. As we head into fall and embrace that back-to-school vibe, here’s a list of some excellent nonfiction to entertain, educate, and astound you. Read more... )

Phew. That was a lot of nonfiction. I believe I’ll go read a book about aliens having space adventures now, as a palate-cleanser.
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What I read

Shock horror: I don't seem to have finished anything in the past week, unless you count samples of ebooks. A little idle rereading.

On the go

Still on the go are Queer Domesticities (v.g. - from late Victorian aesthetes to the Brixton squatters and beyond), and Words Are My Matter, also v.g.

Though perhaps both are a little on - no, I don't think I'd describe them as heavy exactly - the thought-provoking thinky side, and perhaps I should have interspersed them with something a bit fluffy?

Up next

? Something fluffy? Have lately downloaded two novellas in Diane Duane's 'Young Wizards' universe.


Oct. 19th, 2016 01:30 pm
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So the Captain Awkward community like to make up terms for stuff, which serves multiple purposes, one of which is of course helping the in-group to bond. Anyway, recently I came across a term that might fill a lexical gap in my life: The Awe Ritual says:
The Cap is my “mermaid.” On a face level, we’re ferociously compatible and mates for life and frequently go off to make brainbabies, but below the waist, we’re just different species and not equipped to handle each others’ affections
I think I need a term like that; I'm more inclined to make it gender neutral by saying merfriend, but yes, there are people that I not only love very much, but am committed to and prioritize in way people expect for partners while we are not even slightly romantically involved.

thoughts about relationships )

Daily Happiness

Oct. 19th, 2016 01:32 am
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1. Very busy day at work today, but I managed to get everything I needed to get done.

2. Played some more Mario tonight and beat the second boss.

3. The weather has been so nice lately. It even rained a little bit the other day. We're supposed to have a small heat spell over the next couple days, but it's not even supposed to get that hot and only lasting for one day, so if it sticks close to the prediction that won't be bad at all.

4. Look at this cutie Molly!

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What's a Word Worth is a new column by [personal profile] justira about the mechanics of writing. In this column, I examine the actual writing of every single book I read, focusing on how it conveys meaning and whether the writing works for me as an editor, reader, and fellow writer. My analysis will be based on the Peircian semiotic framework, explained in the first few posts of the column.

We're here! I'm finally going to talk about how metaphors work! Let's do this!

Welcome to the fourth post in my introductory series for this column. The first four posts will introduce readers to Peircian semiotics, which is the framework I use to analyze writing. If you're new to this column, please check the first, second, and third posts in this series. If you're following along live and are returning after a week away, you might benefit from taking a look at the review section of the previous post.

One More Trichotomy: Hypoicons(1)

This is the last trichotomy, I promise! It's also the one with all the good stuff in it.


There are actually three types of icons. Read more... )
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Merrily We Go To Hell, directed by Dorothy Arzner

I may at some point have considered thoughts on this, but in the meantime I thought it might be amusing to post an attempt at a transcript of my reactions in the moment.

There are sort of spoilers in this, but you probably won’t be able to make them out past the incoherent screaming.

at circa 15 mins in: OH NO HONEY DON’T DO IT. SWEETIE, NO. He is sweet and adorable* and really, really obviously an alcoholic, and also he is going to keep on letting you down in just the way he’s already started doing.

circa 30 mins — I guess this is the era when people didn’t really have a vocabulary about alcoholism or toxic relationships, because nowadays in five minutes someone would be having That Conversation with her. There are about twenty Captain Awkward columns in this film.

39 mins — Oh shit no, they’re having that conversation, in that hideously awkward way where you don’t want to hurt someone, but you have to warn them, but you can see they’re still madly in love and you still want to hope that it might somehow work out and it’s not going to be the train wreck you can see coming. “Or if it does — take my advice and get out in time.”

45 mins — okay, this is being done really well.


57 — HOLY FUCKING SHIT. She opens the door. “I’m no jailer.” YES THANK YOU DON’T LET HIM PUT IT ON YOU.

1:02 ... is that Cary Grant?**

1:06 “Vi? Do you remember once telling me to get out in time? That you can become cheaper through loving someone, and, through -- through hating someone? Well I didn’t get out in time.”

1:10 — how did fucking Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? timeslip back to 1932? This kind of shit didn’t get written until the 60s at least, did it? She even has a quasi-kaftan.

1:12 — oh, fuck you and your corny epiphany, Jerry. Claire isn’t impressed either. Observe how very few fucks she gives. “You really should save those speeches for your plays.”

1:15 — It’s called stalking, Jerry. Ha ha suck it. It’s too late.

1:18 — It’s really too late.

1:22 — I don’t think this is a happy ending and I don’t think Arzner thinks it’s a happy ending, I love Mick LaSalle but he is wrong, this is not redemptive, I don’t think Jerry has changed in any fundamental way just because he’s (currently) sober, it's too late for this to be saved by the right magic words. “My baby, my baby.” Yes a mother-son dynamic is totally right to evoke in this context and not horrific in any way. OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS IS TERRIFYING. *screaming*

... I think this is possibly a horror film about how heterosexuality and alcohol will destroy you.

Content notes (covering as much as my shell-shocked brain can come up with, no guarantees of completeness — sorry, that should be a standing disclaimer):

ALCOHOLISM. Handled with sufficient emotional realness that I think this could be excruciating for anyone who’s got/had substance abuse issues or loved someone who has; look after yourselves, okay? Child death (offscreen). Co-dependency. Weird “Uncle Tom” joke. Darth Vader boyfriend/husband. Woman destroys herself slowly over useless man. “Open” relationships of the “I can’t stop you cheating so I’ll pretend to be cool with it and not care because we’re so modern and sophisticated” kind. Heartbreakingly awful relationship dynamics. The horror of watching people you care about enmeshed in heartbreakingly awful relationship dynamics. The slow, grinding remorseless disintegration of souls (I swear the actors age visibly before your eyes, in a way that has nothing to do with make-up), garnished with charm and snappy lines.

{*Maybe don't watch this right now if you have just watched Design For Living and are still thinking happy thoughts about Fredric March's charm and adorableness? He is equally charming and adorable here, and it's a brilliant, utterly un-self-sparing performance which will thoroughly poison your feelings about said charm and adorableness. Enjoy the happy for a while longer.}

{**It is Cary Grant, pre-famous, in a tiny bit part.}


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