It is spring

Apr. 21st, 2019 10:02 am
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I look out into the back garden. There is a rustling in the undergrowth and a little black one-eyed panther appears, trotting towards me. "Mrrah? Mrrahh?"


The heated towel rail in the bathroom has been turned off and therefore I'm making the switch from cotton to linen bath towels.


This being the UK, spring may be revoked at any moment without notice. Much like Brexit.

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Apr. 21st, 2019 09:47 am
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Happy birthday [personal profile] lexin and [personal profile] ankaret!

Happy Easter to all celebrating it.

Social Media Manifesto at Minicon 54

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] minnehaha K. and have been talking here at Minicon 54. The result of our conversation over the past weekend is the following:

Social Media Manifesto

Whereas: Fandom is at its best when it provides communities a place to gather;

Whereas: Fans have perfected the art of the personal essay;

Whereas: Livejournal was an exceptional gathering place for Fandom;

Whereas: Russia, a hostile foreign power, controls Livejournal;

Whereas: Hostile entities have disproportionate representation on Facebook and Twitter, with serious impacts on their pleasantness and utility; moreover, bots and trolls infest these platforms;

Whereas: The curated feed allows these companies to determine what we see and in what order;

Whereas: Dreamwidth is the logical successor to Livejournal, and uses the same code;

Whereas: Dreamwidth does not have a surveillance-based corporate profit-driven business model;

THEREFORE, we, the undersigned call upon Fandom to recreate their online community and to do it on Dreamwidth.


[personal profile] minnehaha K.
[personal profile] pegkerr
[personal profile] jbru
[personal profile] minnehaha B.
[personal profile] cakmpls
[personal profile] laurel
[personal profile] carbonel

(And I have to find the other user names: Kevin Austin, Martin Schafer, Bill Higgins).
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I eventually finished the annoyingly terribly badly-written pattern project from the 8th time I cast on (I think). There were several times when I had to unknit up to 6 rows to fix a mistake because I couldn't figure out how to do this using a crochet hook for individual columns of stitches, and I had to do that one stitch at a time with both ends of the needle rather than taking the needle out, ripping stitches, and then threading it back in, because picking the stitches back up correctly like that was too hard.

That's why I let a number of minor errors stand: img x3 )

But I love this and it seems to be an appropriate replacement for my previous large (enough to go around the head and neck three times) cowl and the merino is significantly softer, and the brioche significantly squishier, than the old one's chunky alpaca seed stitch. I did manage to wear it today, but it wasn't really necessary to have a scarf that heavy, so I probably won't get to thoroughly test it out until next fall, though. I also did get a new Ravelry usericon out of the day.

The Goblin Emperor e-book deal

Apr. 20th, 2019 10:09 am
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Tor is running a promotion where The Goblin Emperor e-book is $1.99. (Even though Macmillan's site still says $8.99, all the links have the right price.) Obviously this is a golden opportunity. :)

Fuck past me, honestly

Apr. 20th, 2019 02:02 pm
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My wife said, "You can come to ours and we can do it for you,"

and I said, "We can make food,"

but then MIL said, "I have food too...",

and on autopilot, like an idiot, I said, "Or we can eat at yours and do it on your computer," completely forgetting she lives in the boonies & wants us to take an hour long bus trip home.

Then it turns out she doesn't have food and wants to spend an hour in the supermarket first.

One of us needs to learn some assertiveness. Or I could think before I speak...
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“Cary doesn’t want a special name,” Kerry relays. “But that’s cause he’s mad we’re a system and he doesn’t want to be one because he’s being a jerk.” “Kerry,” Amy chides. “I’m proud that we’re a system just like I’m proud that we’re mutants,” Kerry continues. “There’s nothing wrong with it for the Davids so there’s nothing wrong with it for us.” She listens again. “Well other people are stupid. That’s their problem, not ours.” She turns to David again. “I was already trying to decide what our system name should be before—“ She falters, then rallies. “I think we should be the Karies. Kay ay are eye ee ess.” “Tell them I think that’s a great name,” Divad says. “And me!” Dvd insists. “Our system really likes that name,” David relays, and offers the Karies a smile.

from Tumblr:

off-label and definitely odd

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:20 am
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Anybody who noted the mildew-smelling rug issue may be amused to know that in [half] accordance with [personal profile] harpers_child's suggestion here I spritzed the rug, although after a day drying on the balcony it seemed to be mostly fine, with a fine mist of vodka...

...but as noted in the thread I only had Absolut, so. Yeah, that's the most action that bottle of Absolut has seen in years.

(Western) Easter weekend reflections

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:24 pm
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How kind of the Attorney General to time the release of the Mueller report so that we all have something to read over the long Easter weekend, during the current Brexit lull. (The end times have clearly arrived: I'm voluntarily watching CNN.)


Having been to the library this morning, my actual Easter-adjacent reading is Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe from Byzantium to Kosovo by Victoria Clark and Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt. (This might seem an odd choice but given the content of the Holy Week services, I always feel a bit of a moral obligation to give some thoughtful attention to antisemitism over Easter.)


My father gets to choose where my parents go for dinner this Sunday because it's his Easter, but he's suffering from indecision because where he really wants to go is the Puritan in Manchester, NH, that Greek community institution (my grandmother worked in their ice cream shop as a teenager). And of course their Easter specials won't be till next Sunday, which is why my parents will probably go then. He says he's spiritually Greek. What he means is that he really likes their lamb.


As for me, I think I'm going to go to Magdalen College Chapel tomorrow at noon because their Good Friday liturgy is featuring Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah.

I was in Durham earlier in the week and made it to half of Evensong on Tuesday evening by racing up the hill at high speed the minute my work appointments were done for the day. I might not have made the effort were it not for the news about Notre Dame: you might think you can always visit another time, but it isn't always true. Naturally there were prayers for Notre Dame, "our fellow World Heritage site."

At the top of the nave was a tall wooden cross hung with burgundy fabric. After the service everyone just filtered out, some people stopping to talk with the priests, but I couldn't resist the instinct to go up and kiss the cross. These Orthodox instincts, I don't know.

By Easter (but which Easter?!) I'll probably have reached my limit with church services, and stay home. We'll see.


Apr. 18th, 2019 03:25 pm
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Title: Tales out of School
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: CNTW
Fandom: Lanyon Archive

Summary: The Mods of the Lanyon Archive thought they had seen it all. But that was before Joe Wright replaced Guillermo Del Toro as the director of Mistress of Her Trade.

A small Easter tribute for [personal profile] lilliburlero

Tales out of School
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I started a really good book, David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon, which is about real historical murders.

The problem is that it's depressing to read, because it's about the murders of Osage in Oklahoma within living memory, and even if it were about like, them adopting puppies or triumphing at sporting events, there's unavoidable historical context baggage that's definitely upsetting. (Also, I don't really deal well with suspense. I had to stop reading LOTR like 3 times and go do something else the first time I read the Shelob's lair scene.)

When I started this book, I was reading a couple of other books at the same time in between chunks, but I ran out of stuff I'm into in my immediately accessible (digital) pile of stuff to read. (I'll have to go back to my list of books to read and track down how to buy more of them, and in the meantime I'm running out of fanfiction too.)

fibercraft queue, etc.

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:51 pm
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Though not a fan of goals (I've never learned to set reasonable ones, nor has anyone else on my behalf, really, unless they're tiny and knocked out quickly), I've come to understand check-ins. So.

update; strange how hard it's been to make myself something )

Poem Fragment: "Three Sister Trees"

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:55 pm
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three sister trees upon a hill
each the same in height
turn to leaf, and
leaf to red and gold
offset: three times in one
each showing different sums of
sun upon the spot the space they own
in height above the hill

they seem to hold the season
stretched between them

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