Work/media-consumption..."balance"?

Sep. 29th, 2016 12:52 am
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There's nothing like working on two full volumes of Maid-sama! back-to-back to make me appreciate the massively lower wordcount of every other series I currently adapt. I'm determined to get through as much of it as I possibly can (while staying on top of my other deadlines) before Casual Job starts back up in a couple of weeks.

"As much as possible" has to account for a lot of media consumption over the next few days, though:

a) Luke Cage drops on Friday. I won't see it as quickly as some people will (I plan to sleep, for one thing), but I want to put the whole show in my eyeballs ASAP.

b) My copy of Crooked Kingdom (the sequel to Six of Crows) is in the mail with a Friday ETA (naturally), and I likewise want to read that ASAP. Whee! Everyone I know who's read it already seems to be pretty damn happy with it. (I originally bought Six of Crows in ebook, but when I saw how lovely the physical book is, I caved and re-bought it in that format. So I obviously want the equally-lovely Crooked Kingdom in hard copy too, but if I'd stuck to ebooks, I would've read it by now. [Life, so hard, etc.])

c) I need to at least skim my ARC of Feedback, since it's coming up on two months since I read it, and write a review, preferably before the book's release date this coming Tuesday.

Seanan mentioned on Tumblr that she's not currently contracted to write anything else Newsflesh-related, and whether Orbit asks her to do more novellas or something presumably depends a lot on how Feedback and Rise do; I have to figure they're the real test of how the "the trilogy went over really well, so let's see if other books in the same world do too!" theory. So I'm planning to write a proper review, and one of my book-blogger friends is willing to let me guest post it there, so that I can link it as widely as I want without linking straight back here. (It's very easy to link my DW/LJ to the rest of my online presence if anyone looks, but that doesn't mean I want to explicitly hand the link to, say, Facebook.)

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Sep. 28th, 2016 11:08 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Hayley Atwell Has a Message for Marvel Studios about Agent Carter: “Give Me a Movie!”". [The Mary Sue]

"Mike Colter, Luke Cage, and the 'Wu-Tang-ification' of the Marvel Universe".

"Food & Horror – The Art of Cooking: Haute Cuisine and Hannibal Lecter". [Octavia Cade at The Booksmugglers]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, Subterranean Press is doing a limited-edition release of Kushiel's Dart that looks lovely.

"The neglected history of videogames for the blind". [Note: written by an acquaintance.]

Foz Meadows recently posted "How To Suppress Female Characters".


Miscellaneous

"The Companions of My Heart: On making friends on the internet", AKA "The creation of the Toast and the power of internet friendship". [Mallory Ortberg at Slate]

"From Etch A Sketch to Oculus Rift: the evolution of play – in pictures". [The Guardian]

"The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments". (I haven't actually listened to the audio yet.)

"10 things you need to know about vaginas: From the science of the orgasm to cannabis tampons, there’s a lot to learn. Warning: explicit content". [The Guardian]

"THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID: The Motto(s)". [Anne T. Donahue] {Hashtag #LifeAdvice}

"15 Tattoos That Transformed Breast Cancer Scars Into Artwork".

"Artist Takes Tourists for a Ride with the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial".

"When I Took My Daughter With Sensory Processing Disorder to the Blue Man Group". [The Mighty]

"The Exit Interview: I Spent 12 Years in the Blue Man Group". [Atlas Obscura]

"My Son, the Prince of Fashion: I took my son to Paris Fashion Week, and all I got was a profound understanding of who he is, what he wants to do with his life, and how it feels to watch a grown man stride down a runway wearing shaggy yellow Muppet pants". "When he started kindergarten, however, he found that the wearing of costumes to school was not merely discouraged, or permitted only on special days, as in preschool: It was forbidden. It would also, undoubtedly, have incurred an intolerable amount of mockery. Abe's response was to devise, instinctively and privately, what amounted to a kind of secret costume that would fall just within the bounds of “ordinary attire” and school policy. Over the next few years, with increasing frequency, he went to school dressed up as a man—a stylish man."
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I wasn’t feeling the origami this morning, so I thought I’d do a little Halloween kirigami instead.

This is my shield when I join combat in the skeleton war.

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Mid Week Anti Procrastination

Sep. 27th, 2016 09:06 pm
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So it's getting kind of late in the day here to start stopping your procrastination for the week, but if you're in a place where it's too late for today, this can act as a prompt so you have time to think and plan for tomorrow.

Here's hoping everyone is doing well, it's been great to see a few posts from people about their own progress - Well done (and my apologies for not staying on top of checking my pages and having time to comment individually and on time!)

So does anyone need a prompt for the day? Hmmmmm, now let me think .... How about checking out your purse/wallet/bag and removing out of date receipts, notes etc and re-organising it to make you life easier.
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This is one of those diagrams that’s just…not very good.

The figure itself is pretty clumsy, but it really needed more space to diagram it as well. There’s three steps per step, which is at least one too many, especially since we’re going to be looking to, say, step seven to see what we should have done in step six, but step seven is COVERED IN LINES.

Also I am dying laughing at “sink chest” in step nine. There have been zero sink folds in this entire calendar, and all of a sudden J Cole’s just like “Oh yeah bro sink the chest, it’s super easy, you only need to UNFOLD THE ENTIRE FIGURE to sink it. No problemo.”

I decided it’s not a buck (especially since the antlers are literally just a narrow piece of paper folded and stuck in the head). It’s a Saluki dog.

(DW/LJ users, if you want to see the actual diagram, follow the link at the end of the post to the Tumblr, where I always post the diagrams.)

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In case anyone needs a ton of links to distract them from the debate, here, let me clear about my "miscellaneous" file for you. It's all going under a cut, and I'm afraid it's not really sorted at all. If you dive in, may you find entertaining and/or distracting things.

35 links under the cut )

Hipsters ruin nostalgia, film at 11

Sep. 26th, 2016 10:42 pm
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I went up to R’s place for probably the last time today- he’s selling it to afford the move to California. I moved out of his place in 2009 and out of the neighborhood in 2014, but I still miss it. And I was full of nostalgia and sadness about how if I do leave Chicago I may not be back to Wigleyville for years if ever, and how even as hard as it was sometimes I still miss my old apartment.

And then I went to the burger place where R and I used to get dinner and because of all the fucking hipsters moving in, I paid EIGHTEEN DOLLARS for a meal that used to cost ten two years ago.

What I’m saying is if you are ever sad about something, paying an 80% markup for something sure helps cure it.

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Sep. 26th, 2016 08:05 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

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My mum has said many times that she’s sad my gran never lived to see me move to Chicago; Gran would have visited every chance she could, since she loved the city. This morning, waiting for the bus in the south loop, I thought, Gran, I could really use an omen of some kind about this job.

I got off the bus in Hyde Park and found $20 lying in the crosswalk, with not a soul in sight.

Me: *narrows eyes* cryptic, Gran. I’ll take it, but it’s cryptic.

I figure she thinks I need to make up my own mind, and she just wants to make sure I have a hot meal.

The dollar elephant is one of my favorite folds, but there aren’t really any good diagrams out there, so I folded it mostly from memory.

Me and my $20 elephant will go out some night this week for hamburgers.

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New job, new wardrobe

Sep. 25th, 2016 06:51 pm
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I went for an interview on Friday and am now the happy owner of a brand new job (once I've resigned and worked my notice at the current one - which could be anything up to 2 months).

My current job is working in a college with young people and I mostly wear shirts, trousers and sweaters.  I don't like to be too formal, as it tends to freak out the kids and I visit some fairly rough and ready places.  On Wednesday I was trekking across a farm yard.

My new job is at the local council and although I don't think most of the staff dress particularly formally, I thought that it would be nice to get some slightly more "grown up" work clothes.  I had a new navy suit in the summer and I have a grey one that I've only worn for a handful of occasions in the last couple of years.  So yesterday I bought some more trousers to go with the latest suit and ordered new jacket and trousers in black.

Today I have been organising the clothes in my wardrobes to make them all more accessible.  I've been doing bouts of 20 minutes or so of organising plus processing laundry in between episodes of Agents of SHIELD.  I've now got all my new work clothes in one place and shifted a couple of sweater hangers into the other wardrobe.  This frees up the shoe rack, so I've put all my shoes away.  I've hung up all the shirts that normally hang off the back of the doors. 

Still to do - fold All the t-shirts, sort out the heap of sweaters, cook dinner.

Bring on Agent Coulson!

A thank you and a market haul

Sep. 24th, 2016 10:50 pm
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Thank you to everyone who commented on my hair pic! Enough of you did that I'm finding going through and replying individually a bit overwhelming, given that all replies would be "Thank you! I'm delighted with it!" So: thank you!

Kas sent me a bunch of the photos he took yesterday (I haven't uploaded any yet), so now I need to choose which one(s) will work best as a userpic (elsewhere).

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought home a lovely haul from the market today! Two pints of raspberries (really good, but we should eat as many as possible tonight, because those are not gonna last); a pint each of blueberries and peaches (fingers crossed for the peaches; no need to worry about Nova Scotia blueberries!); blueberry tarts and a peaches & cream tart; Chinese noodles for lunch; a Greek thing he didn't remember the name of, but which involves phyllo pastry, a LOT OF CHEESE, and we think bechamel (he only brought one piece home since we hadn't had it before, but more will be called for, and we'll have to learn its name); plus a bunch of our more usual provisions.

Syllabus and stats

Sep. 24th, 2016 09:49 pm
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I've updated the online reading list for my Fantasy and Science Fiction class at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College.

Some random statistics might be interesting. I kept track of them for my own purposes, and then I had too much fun with pivot tables, so I'm sharing some of my results. Keep in mind these are often guesses on my part, because I only needed rough numbers, and I could be wrong.Many stats! )
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(I'm clearly getting to the point where I'm gonna have to do another ALL THE MISCELLANEOUS STUFF linkdump under a cut. It's gotten ridiculous.)

Fannish/Geeky Things

Sarah Kurchak wrote "How ‘Ghostbusters’ Holtzmann has become a queer, autistic hero".

Book blogger Shaina Reads posted briefly about Litsy, which is now out of beta for Android and available in the Play Store.

"Labors of Love: A Review of Manga in America". [Women Write About Comics]

"Joss Whedon Has Launched A Campaign To Get You To Vote — And Not For Trump". [Buzzfeed]


Social Justice

"On white feelings, jokes, and when white people just don’t get it (which is too often)".

"It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives".


Miscellaneous: Tori Amos edition

Next month a two-CD set of Tori Amos' Boys For Pele is being released for the album's 20th (!!!) anniversary. There've been similar releases for Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, and I've yet to pick either of those up because neither of the second discs had songs I hadn't heard...but Pele's does, according to the breakdown on the Amazon.com listing. It looks like the first disc is the original album order (if I'm remembering correctly that a later release...let me see...I think traded the original "Talula" for the Tornado Mix and swapped out "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" for one of the ten bazillion "Professional Widow" remixes. [There are so many "Widow" remixes. I believe there's a CD that's almost, if not entirely, full of them. And "Widow" is probably my single least-favorite of Tori's songs up until about 2000.]). And on the second disc, I'm about 99% sure I've never heard "To The Fair Motormaids Of Japan", and I definitely haven't heard "Sucker". Everything else, other than mixes, is familiar. But I'll be pouncing on it.

(Amazingly, between the two discs there are a mere three versions of "Professional Widow", and one of them is the "Merry Widow" version, which I do kinda like.)

This link popped up in my YouTube sidebar when I was listening to YANTA a while back: "The Vocal Range Of Tori Amos". [YouTube, ~15 minutes] This uses vocal clips from all over her catalogue and range. "Tori's voice is distinctly cooing and warm, going effortlessly up to the mid and upper fifth octave as well as down to surprisingly very chesty and resonant singing in the lower third and even second octaves. Tori has shown a preference for using her head register for most of her singing, with more 'belted' notes become less frequent over the years, although she occasionally does so in live settings. Surprisingly, Tori's vocal range doesn't seem to have diminished in the slightest over the years, even if upper fifth octave notes aren't as frequent in the past decade. This seems to be a decision to preserve her voice for live performances."

(There's a second installment here, too.)

Also, I may have linked this before, but it's one of my favorite Tori-related videos ever: "Tori Amos Piano Shopping 1992". [~22 minutes] (1992, when Little Earthquakes came out. She was so young, and so thoroughly in her "ethereal, quirky girl" phase, but her answers to the interview questions are still thoughtful as well as fun. Also, she just sort of noodles around on the pianos the whole time, which I love.)

This is an older article (2007), but I found it really interesting: "Tori Amos: Inside Her Martian Engineering Studio" discusses Tori's studio (obviously), recording equipment, remastering, and assembling her The Piano collection.


Miscellaneous

"From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides". [Washington Post]

"Broadway Musical ‘Allegiance’ Starring George Takei to Screen in Cinemas".

"Horses can communicate with us - scientists". [BBC]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kass, "Parenting by the Books: ‘On The Banks of Plum Creek’".

Sleepy Saturday

Sep. 24th, 2016 09:02 pm
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I got home from the 5K this morning, had a little breakfast, and then fell asleep on the couch listening to podcasts. Which was hilarious because when I woke up I was SURE that I had just taken the morning off and HAD TO GET TO WORK, oh my god, it’s 1:20 in the afternoon, I’m so late – 

I was literally in the bedroom trying to pick out work clothes before I realized it was Saturday. WELL DONE ME.

Since recovering from that episode of self-induced panic, I’ve been basically doing not-much, though I’ve been reading a bit in Decisive, by Chip and Dan Heath, which is helping me get a handle on the Back East question. 

Part of the issue is that Mum really loves Chicago and doesn’t especially want me to leave, which I get. I like Chicago and I don’t especially want to leave either. But Back East is New England which means I’d be moving to Boston, and I love Boston, and I think I finally figured out how to get her on side: 

“Well, you know, Mum,” I said to her, “Boston…it’s a lot safer than Chicago.”

Which both is and is not true. Chicago’s frankly epic gun violence is restricted to very specific geographic areas that I really don’t get into much, and it mainly happens at times when I’m at home asleep. I’m also a white dude and thus not worried about running at four in the morning lest the cops decide summary execution is the best way of dealing with me. But Boston has a lower overall crime rate particularly in the Wow That’s So Much Murder department, and thus seems safer to my mother, who has started getting a little anxious about Holy Mother Of God All The Shooting.

In her last email to me she said, “I think you should definitely give Boston a chance.” So, we’ll see. 

A friend of mine from work just finished moving and I offered to buy her boxes from her, so tomorrow I’m going over to pick them up and bring them home. I’m going to be moving soon-ish regardless of whether it’s Chicago or Boston I end up in, so I might as well start packing up the non-vital kitchen stuff, the extra linens, and the delicate Home Decor Which Proves I Don’t Have Cats. 

I love packing. I’m kind of weirdly excited about getting started. 

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Skyline, during a walk break. Final time 35:50, not too bad. #crosspost (at Soldier Field Stadium - Chicago)

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It’s the perfect day to hate running. (at The Field Museum)

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Link to a hair pic!

Sep. 23rd, 2016 10:34 pm
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To summarize what I said on Twitter while posting the pic there, Kas came over after work and took a bunch of pics of me (I'm hoping to use one as an actual up-to-date profile pic in places like Twitter and Facebook, where my profile pics are at least seven years old), but I don't have them yet, so I caved and took a selfie.

Voila!

(I'm kind of amazed that shot came out as well as it did--I think I've only ever taken about five selfies total, and the others were all pretty terrible.)

It doesn't at all show what my current haircut looks like, because [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought up a high-powered light and I was sort of fanning my hair out to show the colors off. ^_^ Left to its own devices, from the front it largely looks darker somehow (odd, since there's still a lot of my natural color) and shows some of the turquoise/bluer color; my stylist didn't go super-heavy on the purple(s) because once my hair's closer to bob-length she's planning to put in a purple base color with the other colors streaked around it.

But this is the interim plan, and I'm very happy with it.

ETA: You can't really see my natural color very well in that lighting, but as I was just saying elsewhere, it's a medium brown and getting the oil slick color didn't require any bleaching or anything. It'll be a while before I know just how well it holds up long-term, but my stylist says that the dye she used usually holds up fairly well (and of course recommended washing my hair as infrequently as possible, and the cooler the water, the better), and that after we've done it a few times the color should last even longer between touch-ups.

(She also suggested washing my hair in the sink instead of the shower, so I can get away with cooler water than I'd be up for if it were all over me. I may give it a try.)

I scheduled my next appointment for early November, so we'll see how it looks then!
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