All This I Do for Glory

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Pay no attention to the fact that I haven't updated in months oh my god. Still alive, still fine, etc. But my writing energies have been going to, variously, a) writing/editing at work, [more responsibility = good? i guess? but uuughh I feel like I write a lot on a daily basis now.] b) writing assorted strident metafilter comments and c) writing fic, which I am procrastinating from doing AT THIS VERY MOMENT. I'm two scenes away from finishing it, so of course I'm going to come guilt-post here instead of just goddamn buckling down to finish it. I'll post it this weekend ;__; I'll try, at least.

I'm taking a weekend off from protesting, which I also feel a little guilty about, but I feel like I'm in downtown LA all the damn time now for one protest or another. An immigrant rights thing here, Women's Day strike there, science march, tax day march, etc. I took this weekend off in the interests of just sleeping in.

I ostensibly put some Colin Stetson on to focus on writing, but lol whoops, I'm too into the music. I really liked his new album that just came out yesterday, All This I Do for Glory, but after listening to that on a loop at work yesterday while I powered through drafting a few things, I wanted to return to one of his earlier albums that I hadn't listened through all the way more than once, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light. Good god, what a fucking experience it is to listen to one of these straight through, with the sound up loud. It's sort of like being out in a storm, being buffeted by rain and wind, and feeling equal parts thrilled and terrified.

Like, not gonna lie, this is, at best, challenging music. It's one guy howling and screaming into a bass saxophone, clomping away at the keys, while, occasionally, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon pops in to either sing beautifully or roar with astonishingly metal brutality. The answer to just what genre this music is can only be answered with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But holy shit is there something deeply satisfying in the sheer forceful physicality of it, or sometimes the meditative drone of it. One man's breath powers all of this, no loops or overdubbing, and the embodied physicality of that really comes across. Not least because you can sometimes hear him breathing. Rarely have I ever felt music in my own body the way I feel this, where the music feels like it's filling my own chest and lungs.

Also, in this our new national nightmare, I find there is something incredibly cathartic in listening to one man howling and screaming in seeming agony and rage into a fuck-off giant saxophone. Like, objectively, I am aware that Hunted is sort of...punishing, as music goes, and that probably a lot of people would react to it with "....this is music?" Meanwhile I take a happy deep breath in every time Stetson lets loose with another eldritch monster of the deep howl through that saxophone. I think I see the appeal of heavy metal now.

Workspace for Introverts

Apr. 29th, 2017 02:17 pm
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 I found this awesome page describing the needs of introverts in the office and showcasing various facilities for their use.

Saturday Yardening

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:50 pm
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Today is gray and damp, but not raining at the moment.  We took advantage of not-raining-right-now, so Doug raked the last part of the old raspberry patch and I put down grass and clover seed. 
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сегодня я узнала, что в Питере есть Турухтанные острова. По сведениям Википедии никакого отношения к турухтанам не имеющие, название происходит от искажённой формы слова «крахмал» (по схеме «крахмал» — «крухтмал» — «трухман» — «трухтан»), поблизости в 18 веке располагалась фабрика крахмала и пудры.

TIL: there is a district in Saint-Petersburg named Turukhtan Islands. What a bizarre and beautiful name! But according to Wikipedia it has nothing to do with turukhtan birds ( Ruff ), it is just hugely distorted word for "starch", there was a starch-producing factory nearby in the eighteenth century.

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These are some recipes mentioned in the Officer Pink thread of Polychrome Heroics. Many of these are Southern cooking, some are campfire cooking, a few are Chinese, and then there's a bunch of random stuff. This is typical of the food available in Bluehill, Missouri in Terramagne.

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Recipe: "Honey Cupcakes"

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:46 am
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 Not mine, but a very impressive recipe for Honey Cupcakes decorated with adorable sugar bees.
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Slightly belated, I'm doing [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw again. I'm pulling together some useful resources. This one is a party monitor kit, inspired by several of my characters in Polychrome Heroics who are or have been party monitors.

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Friday Home Repair Progress

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Today's accomplishments include:

* Picked up new printer from office store. 

* Found superbright tube lights in narrow pairs.  :D 3q3q3q !!!!  We're going to put two pair in the library, upgrading its lighting to brilliant, and one pair in the foyer, bathroom, and closet which do not require as much light.

* Bought six 12x12" mirror tiles for the bathroom.  Determined that fixing the mirror itself is feasible on this trip, but the area around it (where the cheap crappy wallpaper is coming loose) will need to wait for the next round in October.  Our handyfriend is having enough fun to have suggested a subsequent trip.  We are happy with this idea.

* Discussed the possibility of upgrading a bathroom window, currently covered with crappy plastic, to a textured glass pane instead of trying to replace the whole damn thing with glass blocks.  The feasibility of this will depend on the construction of the window, and would have to wait for later, but we were in a glass store and I saw their very pretty display of glass options so I brought it up.

* Looked at more towel bars and found that almost all of them have crappy unstable construction.  So I'm going to see if anything better is available online, and if not, we can get the boring but sturdy one we saw earlier.

Poem: "Pesach Sameach"

Apr. 28th, 2017 03:19 am
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "slavery" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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Apr. 28th, 2017 02:46 am
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 These owl paintings are awesome.  Look at how the brush strokes turn the paint into a sculpture medium to show the feather texture, especially around the faces.

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

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Loose-leaf Links #38

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:00 am
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Loose-leaf Links, Earl Grey Editing, Lapsang Souchong, T2, loose-leaf tea

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi, fantasy and romance I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is Lapsang Souchong from T2. The cooler weather always has me craving smoked teas and this is one of the more smoky varieties.

Awards News ) Community ) On Equity ) For Writers ) For Readers )

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!

Things consumed April 2017

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:46 pm
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Long list of stuff I have read and played etc!

Note that almost all the tv and movies are on Australian Netflix.
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Mush up Pirates of the Carribean with the original Guardians of the Galaxy in a blender with some cheese, and give it a flouro 80s candy coating, and you get this movie. If you can turn your brain off and enjoy the silliness and explosions it's pretty fun. Not very deep and mostly about A Man And His Father Issues but gives the female characters more to do than the last movie. The perfunctory attempts at a Peter/Gamora romance are ineffective but also pretty easy to ignore (I usually like that kind of pairing but this one doesn't work for me) and the Gamora and Nebula sister relationship gets the exploration that was missing from the original. I feel like they sanded off the unhealthiness of Peter and Yondu's relationship for convenience, but otherwise enjoyed the story, which is all about family. Mantis's character felt like a bit of an Asian stereotype but her arc was ok. None of the female characters get sexualised very much and Chris Pratt is super pretty.

Cardinal Valentines

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:25 pm
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We've been happy to see the return of cardinals to our balcony as they've been coming by several times a day to munch that yummy yummy birdseed we have out. What's particularly cute about the cardinal couple is that they feed one another seeds from time to time. We sort of caught that here: Read more... )

Coming back to cross stitching

Apr. 26th, 2017 06:48 pm
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Hi! I've recently picked up a kit that I started several years ago, and I'm determined to finish it this time. Really glad this community is here--I hope it will keep me inspired!

Wednesday Home Repair Progress

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:31 pm
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This week we're patching up things around the house with help from some friends.  (Actually, one of them is doing most of the work.)  So far today ...

* One bookshelf has had its broken shelf repaired and others upgraded to metal brackets.  Another has been declared nonrepairable.

* Two chandeliers have been fixed so all the bulbs light up.  We'll need to get new candle sleeves for a couple of the sockets though. 

* Two wooden chairs have been glued and strapped to stabilize loose parts.

* An outdoor porch light has been fixed so it lights up now.

I may have forgotten stuff too.  Yay, progress!

EDIT 4/26/17: We went out to look at fixtures.  Bought a new showerhead for the back bathroom, which is dual-function stationary ring with removable handheld head.  Discussed possibilities for lighting but haven't bought anything yet.  After seeing the available options, I successfully lobbied for upgrading rather than just repairing the old fluorescents in the new part of the house.

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 26th, 2017 04:02 pm
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Today is gray and mild with a brisk breeze.  I planted four things in the wildflower garden before it started trying to rain.  Also Doug and I moved the big fallen log from the ritual meadow to the east side of the wildflower garden.

The first of the grass seed that I sowed in the forest yard is starting to sprout.  Yay.  Yay. 


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