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Feb. 21st, 2017 09:46 am
hunningham: Woman peering out from a book (More with Reading)
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Just looking at the blogs I follow via Dreamwidth feeds and it occurred to me that other people might be interested.

The following are all focused on books, reading and science fiction / fantasy, and honestly, I can no longer remember which I added myself and which already had a Dreamwidth subscription feed.

  • Amal El-Mohtar
    Writer, who also does science fiction & fantasy book reviews for NPR books. (I’ve just googled this and found that NPR is National Public Radio. So now I know.)
    [syndicated profile] amalelmohtar_feed
  • Ambling Along the Aqueduct
    The blog for Aqueduct Press. Book reviews, book announcements, awards, and every December they do a really great “best of the year” series where lots of interesting people write about the pleasures of reading, viewing, and listening in the year just gone.
    [syndicated profile] aqueductpress_feed
  • Charlie Stross
    Writer. The Laundry Files series is lovecraft horrors crossed with the British civil service. He blogs about the business of book publishing, politics, predictions for the future.
    [syndicated profile] charlie_stross_diary_feed
  • Couch to Moon
    Science fiction & fantasy reviews, among other things. One of the people shadowing the Clarke award.
    [syndicated profile] couchtomoon_feed
  • Eve’s Alexandria
    Not very active at the moment, but might pick up as the Clarke shadow jury gets rolling.
    [syndicated profile] eves_alexandria_feed
  • Nina Allen
    Writer and critic, she does long thoughtful book reviews. Also part of Shadow Clarke 2017 (are we sensing a certain theme here?)
    [syndicated profile] ninaaallan_feed
  • Paper Knife
    Maureen Kincaid Speller writes about reading, writing, literature and culture. And part of Shadow Clarke 2017. (You do realise that I subscribed to all these blogs BEFORE the Shadow Clarke was a thing).
    [syndicated profile] paperknife_feed
  • Book Reviews from Strange Horizons
    I love reading intelligent & thoughtful reviews; it doesn’t matter whether I’m going to read the book itself or not, I still love getting someone else’s take on it.
    [syndicated profile] strangehorizons_feed
  • Zen Cho
    Writer, UK-based. Essays, book announcements, rambling about writing.
    [syndicated profile] zencho_feed

Why walking?

Feb. 20th, 2017 08:36 pm
hunningham: Eric Ravilious, Vale of the White Horse (countryside)
[personal profile] hunningham
Okay. I like walking - both hillwalking (Scotland, Lake District, North Wales) and rambling (your general English countryside) but I'm trying to work out what I like about it, and why I go.

It's low skill.
No special skills, fitness level, equipment, training, or ability needed. You just walk. And then you do it some more. If you're not very strong, then you do a short walk and it's still good. Not many people will tell you you're doing it wrong.

I like being outside. I like the daylight.
When I was in my early twenties I worked in a basement, writing programs for a mainframe and using one of the old-style monitors, with green text on a black background. No mistakes, I loved the job and the people, but suddenly, hillwalking made sense in a way it never had before. Just being in daylight and having a far horizon to focus on was wonderful.

l'm not fussed about the weather. I like walking in the rain. I like the English climate and soft grey damp days. I was out yesterday and black tree branches against a grey sky are beautiful. Like calligraphy.

I like the focus and concentration.
If I'm walking locally, in the English countryside, I like map-reading, navigation, and the concentration required. GPS is changing the rules, but you have to pay attention, you have to look for landmarks, count field boundaries, work out which side of a hedge you should be on and stay focused. I have been as lost in Warwickshire countryside as I have anywhere in my life. Not dangerous, but aggravating and embarrassing.

Hillwalking somewhere like the Lake District also needs some map-reading savvy, but just the walking itself needs attention, especially when you're going downhill. Even if there is a path, it's over rough stony broken ground, and it's difficult. If you start to daydream or chat, you will trip and fall over. I'm bad at this, I lack the agility , I'm always slow going downhill. Up is easier, that's just heart and lungs and not stopping. But down is a completely different skill set.

I remember when I first realised that the green dotted lines on the map meant you have a right to walk; it doesn't mean that there will be any path on the ground for you to follow. Not quite road-to-damascus, but definitely one of those oooh moments. Similarly, I've followed more than one reasonable little track which led me into the middle of a scrubby field and then petered out ... because I'd been following a sheep track and when sheep reach a nice green field, that's it, they're home.

I detest long canal walks, or any long flat walk over tarmac paths (just say no to the North York Moors) and that's because there is nothing in the walking which asks for concentration. Easy footing, no need to think about navigation. If I'm leading then I have to pay attention to distance walked and bridges, but that's it. Even if the scenery is fantastic, I can spend about ten minutes looking at it, before l start to think about sore feet etc etc.

I like coming home really tired.
I like walking myself to exhaustion, so I come home and I'm relaxed and happy and l have walked myself out of any anxieties and into a good mood. I love the feeling of lassitude after a long day. It’s not a runners' high, but for me it's a very definite mood boost.''.

I also really like feeling that I am strong enough and competent enough to walk the Snowdon horseshoe, or to tramp twenty miles over very muddy countryside. It's wow.

And other people?
I like walking with other people, I like talking to them, but it's really not the be-all and end-all for me. Added extra but not a reason to get off the sofa and get out there.
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Letter 27 Nov 1911

I should like to be allowed to read Miss W.’s poems, but not if it is a condition that I am to give a verdict on them, or “judge” them. I should as soon think of asking people’s children to tea in order that I might tell the parents impartially what I think of their offspring.

I’ve met people who seem to believe that parents really do want an honest and unbiased opinion on (what’s wrong with) their children. Just saying.

And further on from the same letter:

Poets know this; when they ask for criticism, what they want is praise. Sometimes they do not find out till they have been criticised unfavourably. Then they know.

Yep. For "poets", read "people". We've all been there.

Serendipitous art

Feb. 20th, 2017 06:49 pm
oursin: Painting of Rydale by Barbara Bodichon (Bodichon)
[personal profile] oursin

At the weekend we went to the Tate Modern - where we were underwhelmed by the current Turbine Hall thing.

However - WHY was I not told? I have not seen them there before and didn't even know that they had them - there is a Louise Nevelson room.

When I first saw that there was some Nevelson material in the Materials and Objects section I thought, well, maybe some smaller piece or two or three?


Two LARGE molto-tipico Nevelsons, one in black and one in gold.

An American Tribute to the British People is an abstract gold sculpture


Black Wall 1959.

I think I may go back just to hang out in there for a bit.

(And we may note that 'one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture' was an immigrant...)

Two Sense8 and one SPN RPF podfics

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:38 am
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Several podfics that haven't been posted yet. I plan to archive these myself if/when the archive is all the way back up, so please don't worry about it, archivists!

2 Sense8 fics, Nomi/Amanita )


Rainy Days

Feb. 20th, 2017 11:25 am
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It's currently 57 degrees (13.8 celcius) outside and utterly pouring- sheets of rain coming down. There is so many things wrong with that, it's not even funny. I live in Minnesota, it's supposed to be 27/28 maybe with tons of snow. We've only shoveled three or four times all winter, and other than in shady patches and where there were huge piles, the snow is completely gone. But climate change isn't a thing. *sigh* I've been able to open the windows some so the cats are happy though, so, bright side?

Frustratingly, I haven't enjoyed the last two Lethal Weapon episodes. Two weeks ago the subplot was with the Murtaugh's teen daughtersubplot ranting ) And, meanwhile the main plot involved the shrink, Cahill, having a stalker (which wasn't a great plot to start with but then ends with Riggs saving her life and main plot ranting )

This week's was slightly better and saw the return of Hilarie Burton's DEA agent character which led to Murtaugh and Avery basically trying to shove her and Riggs together. The man is still grieving his wife, he's started baby steps to getting past the worst of it (vague attempts at sobriety) but he has a ways to go before attempting any kind of relationship... I just wish the show let him grieve and cut it with the romantic crap. Not everyone needs to be in a relationship/flirting/whatever to be happy.

Ugh ugh ugh. I was SO into this show and now.... *sighs some more*

The list of shows I've tried/given up on keeps growing (and groaning, I guess, which is what I mistakenly typed first). Powerless, This is Us, Blindspot, Blacklist, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Magicians, and others? I know I'm forgetting a ton. There's also People of Earth which I watched some of and liked it well enough, but keep forgetting it exists.

I'm liking Sleepy Hollow's new season, which is a nice surprise. Every fandom space I've found *hates* it though, mostly as blowback for Abbie's fate as opposed to anything actually airing from what I can tell. Grimm's last season is... bad. There's no other word for it. But, like I have with other shows, the end is so close I'm sticking it out. Lucifer's most recent twist was.. well, not what I hoped for, but it's currently on break so we'll see where it goes with it when it returns. DC's Legends of Tomorrow is floundering, the camp can no longer cover for the plotting and acting issues. John Barrowman is *awful* in DCTV. Sorry, John, I loved your Jack Harkness, but everything since then has been a huge disappointment and borderline terrible.

Timeless has only one more episode this season with no renewal word, here's hoping it has an acceptableish 'ending' that'll work as series or season finale.

Oh! There's been an update to that adorable story about the Muslim and Jewish families who were photographed protesting next to one another at O'Hare airport (my previous post about it). The families did get together for that dinner and apparently had a lovely time. *sniffles happily*

not black at all

Feb. 20th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Soaked urad dal is the most beautiful thing.

beautiful urad dal

When it's dried it looks black; when it's cooked it looks brown; when it's soaked I want to make it into jewellery.

I used it to make one of abrinsky's all-time favourite dishes, dal makhani, and boy have I upped my Indian food game this year. It was delicious. (Not that I wasn't good before, it's just that I've suddenly improved by an order of magnitude.)

dal makhani: mastered

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Feb. 20th, 2017 09:29 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] dsgood and [personal profile] elekdragon!

Work, work, work

Feb. 19th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Yesterday an easy 8 hour day  that had its exciting moments.  We arrived to find all the gear already in the small, recently renovated ballroom.  Setup was simple and basic.  Our biggest problem was that we needed the building engineer to connect our "tails" into the disconnect.  Tails sets of (usually) 5 wires that are bare wire on one end and have a connector on the other.  Many  stagehands, me included, are perfectly competent to "tie in" or connect these wires.  It isn't particularly hard, and it isn't dangerous if done right.  Politically though there has to be a line, and the line is bare wire.  IBEW, the commercial and household union that includes most building engineers, claims bare wire as its domain. Stagehands can do anything up to and including plugging into a lot of power as long as it has  connector on it.  So we called the engineer and he took our tails and relatively quickly we had word that our power was "hot" or turned on.  When we checked, no power.  An hour and passed, no power.  We did other tasks until I got word that the engineer(s) were back.  I went to meet them.  They informed me I had to plug my cables together.  I informed them that I had and that their service was not working.  They expressed disbelief. I insisted. They finally checked it. No power.  No marking on the new box that would tell them where to turn it on.  New box in a newly renovated space with engineers that I didn't think were quite on top of things. 

Again we received word that our power was hot. I asked to meter the power to make sure everything was correct before I plugged it in to our equipment (SOP). My boss said no, it would be fine, our distribution box had a meter.  So, much against my better judgement. I turned the power on - and our meters didn't work.  So I demanded a meter and checked the power, which was very, very wrong.  Fortunately nothing actually blew up.  I went and actually yelled at the engineers. They made a fundamental mistake and didn't bother to check their work either visually or with a meter.  It is perhaps the most spectacular mistake I have ever seen.

6 am came very early this morning, but by then I'd been at the jobsite for half an hour, my paperwork was all done and I was ready to go to work.  Now it is 11 pm and I should go to bed!

14 hours on the clock today.  Of course they kept us on the clock and fed us, so 1/2 hr meal breaks every 5 hours.  Good money!!

At some point the Steward of this large job, for a very high profile company, informed the I.T. department that they had to hire Union labor.  I'm sure they knew it, it is a "4 walls" facility (all jobs in the facility must be Union), but these guys thought they might be able to get by with not....
Anyway I got moved off the Electrics crew and given to a surly I.T. guy, who was way, way behind schedule.  Within an hour he was less surly. By the end of four hours he thanked me warmly for my work.  I was happy to do it, it wasn't hard and the cables are REALLY light!  Now and then the full Electrics crew would show up and help, mostly so we could get some bit of truss finished and into the air.  It was actually a rather fun way to spend the end of the day.  I'm pooped tho, having racked up 25,263 steps, or 11.5 miles.


three things make a post

Feb. 19th, 2017 08:25 pm
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  1. Primroses in pots are for sale at the grocery store, and skunk cabbage is up in the canyon. Daphne is on the verge of blooming.

skunk cabbage up and starting to bloom, streamside

2. I’m reading Esther Hautzig’s The Endless Steppe. I don’t think I read it as a child after all; it was one of those books that was always in the background, at the school library and classroom collections and garage sales. Strawberry Girl was another one, maybe I should try that next. Anyway, The Endless Steppe has the fascination of autobiography combined with the comfort of knowing it’s also a middle-grade book and there’s a limit to how terrible things will get in it. A limit lower than the one in Between Shades of Gray, which surprised me a couple of times with character deaths.

A browse at Wikipedia told me that Esther Hautzig’s daughter Deborah Hautzig wrote a novel I liked in junior high, Second Star to the Right— a fictionalized account of her anorexia. She’s written an afterword–1998 but new to me– that I’m going to read as soon as I post this. I do appreciate it when authors make new forewords and afterwords available online.

3. I was in a “must under no circumstances run out of tea” mood and placed an order at Stash, my hometown tea outfit. I tried Black Forest Black Tea and have come to the conclusion that cocoa shells do not provide what I consider to be a chocolatey flavor. It’s earthy and not terrible or anything, but not what I had in mind. I still have high hopes for Breakfast In Paris– black tea, lavender, bergamot, and vanilla.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!


Feb. 19th, 2017 08:05 pm
oursin: Frontispiece from C17th household manual (Accomplisht Lady)
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Bread made during the week: the basic Tassajarra yeasted loaf (with my usual adaptations as to liquid milk rather than dried, reduction in amount of sweetener + salt, etc), 50/50 approx white and wholemeal spelt flours, a little molasses. Quite nice.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 3:1 strong white flour/coarse cornmeal.

Today's lunch: halibut steaks, which I poached in water + salt, peppercorns, bay leave and a dash of sherry vinegar, with samphire sauce, and served with garlic roasted kalettes (ooowoooo-bopbop-shoowaaaah) and Ruby Gem potatoes roasted in beef dripping. Though I say it as shouldn't, this was all rather good.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 10:08 am
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I haven't had enough concentration to watch movies lately. I've seen a couple forgettable ones since November but the only one I enjoyed was a re-watch of Detective Dee :Mystery of the Phantom Flame, which I would watch again. I think it's awesome.

But I think I'm getting back in the swing of things and just watched Ocean Heaven )

I made this Black Bean Soup, though not in a slow cooker. I gave mine away because I don't eat red meat which it is good for, stews and such, and I thought chicken came out mushy and unappetizing. The soup is not an attractive color but is tasty and I used up some ingredients I had hanging around.

I read a book. The Art of Rivalry, Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art which compares and contrasts Freud/Bacon, Manet/Degas, Matisse/Picasso, Pollack/de Kooning and their influence on each other. I stopped reading every once in a while to google the paintings being talked about and I felt enlightened.
Worth reading.

cryptic message

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:07 pm
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cryptic message

Friday was Mr L's regularly scheduled day off, so he accompanied Percy and me. And again we cut through the allotments and over the style, to avoid sheepdogs. It was my last day of dog walking duty for now, but Percy seemed untroubled by this.



Feb. 19th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Another day, but the same bad timing. My anxiety about a terrifying dog fight exceeded my concerns about navigating a style/stream combo with Percy, so we cut through the allotments. The style turned out to be quite easy for a small dog to circumnavigate and he couldn't care less about walking through the bogginess on the other side. Phew.
It was so mild on Thursday that I went out in just a short-sleeved t-shirt. (With trousers and boots, obvs.)

trouble with lichen

Feb. 19th, 2017 01:53 pm
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Actually it was trouble with dogs on Wednesday. My timing was all wrong, so I was trying to walk Percy along the path between fields of sheep just when the shepherd was out with the dogs, feeding and moving the sheep. Percy is a sweetie, but he tends to go beserk around other dogs and whilst he might be all bark, I can't be sure of that and it scares me. The sheepdogs also tend to bark aggressively and I've been told only recently that one of the shepherd's dogs bit a neighbour. All in all, that was a walk of far too much anxiety.

Dresden Files: A New Covenant

Feb. 19th, 2017 07:51 am
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It was like playing chicken with intimacy, both of us pushing and pushing and waiting to see who blinked first.

(A year in the life. Sequel to The Spirit and the Letter.)

Notes and acknowledgements:
Eternal gratitude to wingedwords for the beta. They caught that I had accidentally deleted the last 15 minutes of the podfic somehow, oops! I did not manage to make some of the other timing suggestions they had made because by the time I reconstructed the entire file I was ready to throw my laptop out the window, so my apologies for not taking all of their advice.

If anything else is missing from the podfic, please let me know so I can have a quick cry and then rebuild the whole thing again. (ToT )

Thanks to Jinjurly and Paraka for the hosting!

Original Fic: http://archiveofourown.org/works/150131
Author: lightgetsin
Fandom: Dresden Files
Pairing: Harry Dresden/Johnny Marcone
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Length: 02:17:01

Paraka: MP3 (198 MB) or M4B (133 MB)
AO3: A New Covenant
Audiofic Archive: Check back later.

Make the Young Girls Cry

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:12 pm
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Title: Make the Young Girls Cry
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Thette
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: MCU
Characters: Darcy Lewis, Jane Foster, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton
Rating: T
Summary: "I officially have better taste in music than Tony fucking Stark! This so goes on my Tumblr!"

"No, it doesn't. Neither does it go on your blog, your LiveJournal, your Dreamwidth, your AO3, your OKCupid, your LinkedIn resume, your Twitter, your G+, your Diaspora or your Facebook. Although you don't seem to be on MySpace, you're not allowed to post that there either."

Length: 4:05min
Right-click; save as: MP3|| 3.83MB

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Feb. 19th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Title: Hysteria
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Resmiranda
Reader: [personal profile] kdheart
Fandom: Inuyasha
Characters: Kikyou
Rating: G
Summary: The secret source of humour is not joy, but sorrow - there is no hunour in Heaven.

Length: 5min
Right-click; save as: MP3|| 4.65 MB

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Feb. 19th, 2017 11:44 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lilliburlero

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Feb. 19th, 2017 11:31 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lilliburlero!

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