Recorder

Apr. 24th, 2017 01:20 pm
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
[personal profile] liv
So the wonderful amazing [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait gave me a proper alto recorder as an afikoman present. I am slightly awkward about it because an actual musical instrument is a bit bigger than the sorts of things my family generally expect as Passover presents – it's a gift-giving occasion, yes, but it's not anything like on the scale of Christmas. But I am also really really happy, it's the most absolutely perfect present.

babbling about me and music )

And I'm allowed to play the recorder. Just like I learned with piano all those years ago, I don't have to be a brilliant performing soloist, I can just play because I want to. And with work, with amazingly satisfying work, better than any video game, I can get to the point where my playing sounds at least pleasant. But I do in fact want to focus on more social sorts of playing, not learning a bunch of sonatas to a mediocre standard.

So does anyone have any recs of social sorts of music? Melodies of songs, perhaps, or even something aimed directly for people who want to play recorder to accompany singers? The readthrough people have a songbook, right, with dots in? Would it be possible to obtain a copy? I'm happy to pay for music but I'm spoilt for choice so I need some ideas first. And I am somewhat interested in online tutorials though I think I can mostly learn fine just by practising pieces, cos it turns out I know how do that. I like baroque music a lot, and there happens to be quite a lot available for recorder, but I am not wedded to only playing baroque, any style is fine, and I'm quite positively interested in recorder versions of pop music, if that exists. (And if it's set for descant, well, all that rusty music theory means that I do in fact know how to transpose.)

Daily Happiness

Apr. 24th, 2017 01:21 am
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.

2. It's been getting pretty warm during the day the last few days (especially yesterday) but thankfully it's cooling down a lot at night. I don't mind a few warm days, but I really don't want full-on summer weather just yet!

3. I had to go drive all over the place this morning to pick up a special order and deliver it to the customer (we don't usually do delivery but this customer is an exception) which was a pain, but I got reimbursed for my mileage so now I have some cash.

4. I played Zelda tonight and beat Windblight Ganon! That was the easiest of the three I've fought so far.

5. Jasper just can't resist wriggling around and doing silly poses in his sleep.

Yessssss

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:31 am
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Last Friday, Hope Not Hate filed their libel claim against Nigel Farage.

If you have any spare money you can afford to donate, you can help:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/nigel-farage-legal

Honestly, I can't imagine anything nicer than watching Farage suffer in court and thinking "yes, I helped make that happen."

Equinox vids!

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:58 pm
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
[personal profile] starlady
The vids are live in the first [community profile] equinox_exchange; you can view the entire collection of 54 new vids on the Archive.

I made one vid. I think it is very obvious, but I have never yet been successfully guessed on the Festivids guessing posts. Maybe you can break the streak via the Equinox guessing post.

I have not had much time to browse the collection because I was marching for science yesterday. It was a nice day in San Francisco, not too sunny but not too cold. As well as knowing again that we weren't alone, it was nice to know that for a few hours we were exactly where we should be. Also, we ate delicious tacos at the Ferry Building.

I received two vids, both for Deep Space Nine:

I Lived (4 words) by Anonymous
Summary: Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay.

and

Pundits and Poets (3 words) by Anonymous
Summary: xoxoxoxo

They are both extremely heart-warming. ♥

Culinary

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:20 pm
oursin: Frontispiece from C17th household manual (Accomplisht Lady)
[personal profile] oursin

During the week, a loaf of Khorasan (kamut) flour.

Got in too late on Friday evening to make rolls for Saturday breakfast, so we had toast instead.

Today's lunch: fillets of lemon sole clear-simmered and served with a dipping sauce of soy sauce and ginger paste (these were a little bland and mushy. which may be because previously frozen, rather than fresh?); served with sticky rice with lime leaves, samphire steamed and tossed in butter, sugar snap peas roasted in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with bramble vinegar, and padron peppers (which Waitrose now stock, apparently).

Probably bread-baking during the week.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:25 pm
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!

Cinemagoing

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:14 am
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[personal profile] queen_ypolita
I went to see A Quiet Passion yesterday, the film about Emily Dickinson with Cynthia Nixon as Emily, and to my delight, Jennifer Ehle as her sister, Jodhi May as her sister-in-law and Annette Badland as Aunt Elizabeth. I don't know that much about her life in any great detail: what the film depicted seemed familiar enough, and it didn't feel like they were trying to paint a pretty picture of her life: some of it was quite hard to watch. Some of the use of her poetry in the film felt a bit strained—what struck me was a realisation that I didn't really want to see a film about her life, but a film about her poetry. I'm not sure what form that could take, but for me, the results here seem more interesting than the process that led to them.

After barely seeing any films last year, or even being aware of any films that I'd like to see, at the moment the list of films I want to see keeps increasing at a faster rate that I'm able to go to cinema, especially as some are not the kind of films that will turn up at the local two-screen cinema or the nearest Cineworld. Yesterday meant a day trip to Chichester, but at least that's an easy journey on a Saturday, and I got some other things done that I wanted to do.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:20 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I made gyoza and edamame for dinner. So delicious!

2. I posted manga! And also did a little translating, so hopefully that will lead to more manga being posted within the next few days.

3. The kitties are all having a lot of fun exploring the computer room bookshelf, since all the knick knacks have been taken off and some books rearranged. Once we actually get it arranged the way we want it, there won't be much space for them to play on it at all, so it's nice to seem them enjoying it so much in this in-between stage.

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 56

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:46 pm
torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)
[personal profile] torachan


Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: With the threat to his uncle hanging over his head, Sei is forced to help the Amamiyas in their search for Dr. Smith's diary. But then Toichi comes up with an idea to let him know his uncle is safe.



Chapter 56
oursin: The stylised map of the London Underground, overwritten with Tired of London? Tired of Life! (Tired of London? Tired of Life!)
[personal profile] oursin

And I was already out of charity with charity shops after the preceding one I'd been in had completely run out of change and kept me hanging around while, I suspect, they nipped next door to see if anyone could change a tenner.

And then I went into another one and found two books I was prepared to take a punt on at that sort of price, and moseyed up to the cashdesk with the exact money in hand, and found myself stuck behind that situation which is someone who is apparently in the process of paying for something - i.e. there is a something on the counter and the volunteer behind it is looking noticeably patient, while the person whom we presume to be making the purchase is making a great production of finding their purse.

And when this is finally brought to light, they spot something else on a counter display that they think they might like -

And really, I would have fumed a whole lot more, had it not been that this extended delay in making my own purchase gave me ample opportunity to admire the elaborate and beautiful henna patterns on the volunteer's hands and forearms - quite spectacular.

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:37 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] mme_hardy and [personal profile] polyamorous!

Hit the ground running

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:32 am
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.

Google Docs: How To Vote To Stop The Tories (see the FAQ for notes explaining how and why particular choices were made)

Note: Wikipedia gives details of past election results in your constituency, so you can verify and also look at exact details.

Local elections are on May 4, and are important in themselves as well as an indicator of which ways the political winds are blowing. And fewer people vote in them.

Hope Not Hate have a fresh new website and an election fund to fight far-right candidates in any constituency they might have a chance of winning. They are really good at this and have pissed off UKIP no end.

Vote. Make your friends vote. Make everyone you know vote. If nothing else, it's good practice. One day it may matter.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:26 am
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I have to go in to work early on Sunday, so I don't get both my weekend sleep-in days, but I can at least sleep in tomorrow as usual.

2. Although I finally got everyone else's finalised paperwork back from HR to give them their evaluations and tell them about their raises, I still haven't found out mine, as they are making store managers have an interview with the company president and mine isn't until next Tuesday. But! I realised that everyone else's is already reflected in Kronos, the timeclock management software, so I decided to sneak and see if mine was in there, too, and I'm getting a $2 raise, yay! :) It will be reflected on the current pay period which ends tomorrow and is paid next Friday.

3. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get the next divine beast opened up and am ready to tackle that tomorrow.

4. Kitties!

oursin: Picture of Fotherington-Tomas skipping, with words subversive male added (Subversive male)
[personal profile] oursin

To George Henry Lewes, born 18 April 1817.

Best known, I guess, for being a rare male instance of supportive helpmeet to a woman (to Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot).

Even to the extent that it's possible that his own achievements get overlooked because of the shadow he was in. We also note that he pursued what has sometimes been a more feminine trajectory of doing a Lot of Different Things, from experiments in relationships to dramatic criticism to philosophy to biography to physiology, rather than pursuing a single course.

Cassini’s last Titan flyby

Apr. 21st, 2017 12:08 pm
nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
[personal profile] nanila
As many of you know, I work on the Cassini mission as an operations engineer and have done for over a decade.

Tomorrow is the spacecraft’s final close flyby (T126) of Saturn’s moon Titan.

Just to put this into perspective for you, this may be the last time in decades that we get anywhere near Titan. There are no missions to Saturn or its most interesting* moons, Titan and Enceladus, currently funded or being built. That means there’s a minimum of ten years before a new mission could be launched. Given that the transit time to Saturn is, at a minimum, seven years and on average more like ten, that’s two decades until we can repeat Cassini’s observations.

Cassini’s impending demise makes me sad, of course, but what bothers me even more is the lack of continuity in our exploration of our solar system.

You can read the details of tomorrow’s Cassini’s observations on the NASA-JPL press release here. It includes an animation of the flyby over the surface, from the perspective of the spacecraft.

* “most interesting” being ever so slightly subjective, of course

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