Apr. 25th, 2019 11:59 pm
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The ferment of the heart, within these walls, was mocked by every length of sleeping shadow.


—Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

Not Prime Time sign ups are open

Apr. 25th, 2019 01:38 pm
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Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms, including any RPF fandoms with under 20,000 fics. If you usually have fandoms that are eligible for Yuletide, your fandoms may also be potentially eligible for Not Prime Time.

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I got to see the particular texts I wanted to see, and one of them was actually the originally typescript with ms corrections and emendations of the Play That Was Banned By The Censor in 1907 unless the author agreed to remove all references to something that was, in fact, fairly key a) to the overall action and b) to the symbolism.

Also the published version of the 1920s updated revised version (finally passed for production in the 1930s).

Also a critical study of the playwright in question which had a few useful things to say.

However, I also wanted to look at a couple of volumes of Time and Tide to see if it had anything to say about questions relating to the issues on which I am giving a paper of which all this is part, and I did not want to look at the microfilm, and there were two sets of the printed version which were on 48-hr+ retrieval (on reflection, this would have worked for today, but I was planning on going in yesterday) and there was what appeared to be the hard copy with a rather odd reference and produceable only in Rare Books and Manuscripts, but it was something I could order in reasonable expectation that it would be there on my arrival -

Except this was one of those maddening things when a catalogue or a cataloguer has picked up something - in this case, I am presuming a few odd issues of T&T forming part of some person's papers - and catalogued them as if they were the whole journal: the description certainly did not indicate to the contrary.

This is exactly the sort of thing that made me dubious during former job about the proposition to put everything into one huge searchable catalogue... which can work if you're really clear if something is a manuscript or a file in an archive, etc, in the description. (And even then people get confused.) (People were always getting confused and thinking one file about person or organisation in somebody's else's papers/some institution's archives was the papers/archives of person or organisation, sigh.)

Daily Happiness

Apr. 25th, 2019 01:02 am
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1. I ended up having a really long day at work today (about eleven hours plus an hour or so of doing work this morning at home before I actually went into work) but thankfully one person who's been on vacation for two weeks will be back on Monday, and one of the main reasons today was so long was that I've been having to cover for various of her duties and there's a lot to do on Wednesdays (on top of the things I actually had to do myself today).

2. There was free pizza at work today, arranged for by HR (they are trying to have more "appreciation luncheon" type affairs lately, which is pretty easy to do as before there were zero). There were some hiccups in the process (I would not recommend them using this place again, that's for sure) but it was edible if not great and was free, so nothing to complain about.

3. Sweetie cats sharing a sofa.

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The Magicians had a fourth season finale a little while ago. You can still see the fires burning over in that corner of fandom, and for good reason. I'm going to be linking to pieces written about the finale that do a far better job of summarizing what happened and what went terribly wrong with that idea. Those pieces, and my summaries and commentaries of them, have content warnings for suicidal ideation, completed suicide, and mental illness at the very least, so this may be something to avoid if you have seen enough, or you do not want to engage. The rest of this post is going under cut.

The Fourth Season Finale of The Magicians, and why we could have seen it coming, thanks to Joss Whedon. )
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What I read

Finished Amnesty, and I think that was a good ending: not descending into grimdark but not fluffy-bunnies either, in keeping with the general tenor and a small note of hope.

Also finally finished The Strange Case of Harriet Hall and really, this is yet another 'neglected Golden Age detective novelist' that one can see why, really.

Catherine Dain, Dead Man's Hand (1997), which is the one where our protag has reached a place where the reader can see that perhaps the author did not quite know where to go next, which is the problem when you have a protag who changes and grows and is affected by the things that happen... I also started Dain's Angel in the Dark (A New Age Mystery #1) (1999), which failed to grab me and went into the donation bag. (Apparently there was a #2 in this series which I shall not be seeking out.)

And then I fell down an Amanda Cross rabbit hole, no, I don't know why, it just happened, they were on the shelf and I succumbed, I'm not even reading them in any particular order: Honest Doubt (2000), The Edge of Doom (2002), An Imperfect Spy (1995), The Puzzled Heart (1998), A Trap for Fools (1989), The Players Come Again (1990). And my sense is that Cross/Carolyn Heilbrun was having fun with these and being playful and not caring if they adhered to the Detective Club rules or even had a murder in them and was using that strategy of writing in genre so that she could do the late C20th version of 'o, it is only a novel' while having plots in which noxious professors get defenestrated, women bond &/or find life after unsatisfactory marriage, etc.

On the go

Amanda Cross, Poetic Justice (1970) - this must be one, I think, I bought somewhere like Sisterwrite or Compendium Books, way back in the day.

Charlotte Lennox still on the go.

Up next

Apart from more Amanda Cross, I have, I think, somewhere, a couple of collections of Heilbrun's essays.

Star Trek: Discovery S2

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:43 am
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I managed to avoid being spoiled for the ending, which I'm glad about. 

The future is not yet written )
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This post can be excluded with a paid account. Remove the tag "political links" from what you would like to see, and it will never darken your space again. (Unless I forget to apply the tag.)

Brexit and the Muller Report, mostly )

There will be more. There will always be more.

The times roll by - March-April 02019

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:19 am
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Good morning! Let's get started with pictures of a black hole. Using a telescope array and supercomputers to piece the data together, we have a picture of the black hole and the surrounding area.

(We also have the metaphorical black hole of the concentrated harrassment campaign against one of the visible faces of the project because she's a women and a bunch of men believe that women should never be in science at all.)

Secondly, a high school in New Jersey adapted the film Alien as a stage production and created everything they needed for it out of recycled materials. The few clips linked in the Mary Sue article show excellent production values, set design, costuming (have a look at the Xenomorph they created!), and acting. That's awesome.

The AO3 Hugo, Pillowfort's Future, and a lot more! )

Last for tonight, a gentle reminder - petrol is not an effective infield-drying agent, as much as people might want it to be, and as much as it sounds like it might be some sort of effective method to spread it and light it on fire to draw the moisture out.

Championship level tag - use parkour equipment in a confined space, and see if you can last 20 seconds without being tagged. It's harder than it sounds.

Also, turning candies and peeps into sushi-like creations. Mostly by taking the heads off Peeps, but there are other things to do with the decapitated marshmallow puffs.

(Okay, one last thing, no really - A Pole Sport Organization where a Deadpool takes to the art of the pole [Video, Youtube].

quite the little lump of fun

Apr. 24th, 2019 04:22 pm
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‘Quite the little lump of fun, in fact.’

‘Precisely, sir.’


—P.G. Wodehouse, “Fixing It for Freddie” (in Carry On, Jeeves)

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!

Dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 24th, 2019 12:34 am
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1. I had super delicious chicken karaage for lunch. One nice thing about the long day of meetings is that since there's a set lunch break I'm more likely to actually eat lunch, and there are quite a few good options.

2. With all the driving I've been doing this month I'm set to get around $300 for my mileage reimbursement check.

3. Look at this Chloe tongue!

Ivory Vikings

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:28 pm
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Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown

A discussion on topics suggested by the famous Lewis chessmen: medieval chess figures carved from walrus ivory.

Read more... )
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Saturday we were really pleased with how much stuff we managed to get done:

  • unusual recycling taken to the recycling center (four kinds, although we did forget one thing at home);

  • an electronics store and a hardware store visited, where we got a hair trimmer, a big fan, a rechargable lithium battery, and four individual ceramic tiles for summertime cooling of bunnies;

  • a package picked up at the grocery store and two kinds of OTC medication bought at the pharmacy;

  • plus Wax sat down at her mom's laptop and went through the online greenhouse-buying and comparison-searching process and placed the order for her.


Lest we get too self-satisfied, though, upon getting home we learned that:

  • instead of a rechargable battery and a recharger we accidentally bought only the battery, which we therefore still can't use; and

  • we impulse-bought a new duvet at the supermarket and evidently left it at the checkout which is definitely the physically largest and the most expensive thing we've ever done anything like that with.


So we still need a new duvet - well, two of them actually, but it's not warm enough for me to use one yet - and a hundred-euro battery charger, but that's going to have to wait.
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Because usually when people are talking about the problem of BOYZ in the educational system and under-achievement, it is all about defeminising the curriculum and catering to their masculine needs and so on.

Well this guy, 'who shaves his head and has an East End accent' is, I suspect, secretly Basil Fotherington-Tomas: Boys will be boys? How schools can be guilty of gender bias. Too many teachers think boys can’t do as well as girls, says the teacher on a mission to change attitudes.

There’s a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude that plays into a narrative that says boys produce more testosterone, and that’s why they fight and punch, that’s why they don’t sit quietly in lessons, that’s why they’re harder to control, that’s why we have different expectations about what they can do.” But the hormone system is much more complex than such a binary reading reveals; and for every study that links bad behaviour and testosterone, there’s another, says Pinkett, that suggests it’s more about environment than biology. “The ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ philosophy neglects two key facts: firstly, that there are more similarities than differences between the sexes, and, secondly, that our brains are plastic and changeable, especially during the early years.” What teachers have to get past, he says, is the belief that if a boy doesn’t comply, doesn’t hand in homework or is misbehaving, that it’s because he’s male. “We need to stop ourselves: because maybe whatever is going on isn’t, after all, because he’s a boy. And it’s that realisation that can free pupils from stereotypes, and give them the chance to do what everyone wants, which is truly fulfil their potential.”
....
There’s a danger of treating boys differently and patronising them, says Roberts. “So, for example, you’ve got a boy you think doesn’t like reading, so you decide to pander to his love of football and give him a book about that to read. But in narrowing your expectations, you’re narrowing his. It’s the same with, for example, teaching boys about Shakespeare by concentrating on the sword fights or the fighting: it’s like we’re hoodwinking them into learning, and it doesn’t work. What we need is a big shift in ethos: too many teachers believe boys can do less, they don’t think boys can succeed as well as girls at school. I don’t think it’s about watering it down: it’s about having high expectations for boys as well as for girls.”

The content being taught is also relevant, and connected, of course, to everything else. “The English curriculum is unfairly and disproportionately dominated by men, and many of them are deplorable men like Macbeth and Dr Jekyll. And Dickens: a lot of his writing is unsavoury. So we need to challenge that in school, and we need to think about issues around sexist male behaviour and violence in the texts they’re reading.”



Go, guy!

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:20 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!

For people in Magicians fandom

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:08 am
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[personal profile] cleolinda has thoughts: The Magicians S4 Finale Aired Five Days Ago And I'm Still Mad As Hell

(Also everyone's read [personal profile] greywash's On Fannishness, Intersectionality, & a Whole Other Grab-bag of Entitled Millennial Bullshit, right?)

There's also discussion going on at [personal profile] sholio's On the Magicians season finale, between people who've been watching the show and those of us who haven't, about the specifics but also about storytelling and audience expectations.)

Anyway I don't even go here.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:31 am
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1. Got a day of meetings again tomorrow, but they did announce that there would be no Tuesday meeting next week, so that's good.

2. I had some nice Jasper snuggles this morning.

3. I ended up having to do a lot of work-related stuff today but still got everything else on my to-do list done and had an overall relaxing day off.

4. We got Chinese food for dinner.

5. Chloe loves to lie with her arms stretched out in front of her and I always think it looks so cute, but I never usually see Molly or Jasper doing it, so I'm glad I was able to get a shot of Jasper with his arms stretched out tonight.

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