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One of the great disappointments in my life is that [personal profile] uilos Does Not Eat Eggs.

I am a big fan of Breakfast Any Time, and over the last holy cow ten years I've more or less perfected my pancake recipe. (Although these days instead of "1 cup flour" it's "5 oz flour," because flour should be measured by weight not volume.) I make pretty good crepes, too, and my waffles are only okay but I blame that on having a not so good waffle iron. Real Breakfast is a thing that happens, at least one day a weekend.

I don't get to make eggs for two, though. Which is a shame, because I like eggs, and there's an awful lot of things you can do with them. So I only get eggs when I'm willing to cook for just me, and also to do the dishes from actually cooking something.

Scrambled eggs are easy: skillet on low-medium heat, a little butter in the skillet, beat the eggs but not too much and mix in some milk and chili powder, and go. (I am not a believer in "cheesy scrambled eggs," mostly on the grounds that it's a pain in the neck to clean up melted cheese and egg.) Omelettes are harder, but the failure mode of "omelette" is scrambled eggs with stuff, so that's alright.

I've tried poaching eggs, and I mostly end up with a mess. A few years ago I got a couple of silicone "poach pods," which hold the egg and float in a covered pot of boiling water. This makes something close enough to poached eggs for my taste. I can never get the yolks right, though. Either they're too runny, or they're solid and I might as well have hard-boiled them. What I'm looking for is something Lewis Grizzard described as "over medium": "The yolk shouldn't run out when you cut it. It should ooze."

A couple of weeks ago Shauna ([ profile] idoru, not that she posts anymore) put up a link on Facebook to the basted egg. That's "basted," not "blasted" or "bastard," though I suppose [personal profile] uilos would disagree. It's sort of halfway between frying and poaching. I've tried it a couple of times, and their description of what happens to the yolk isn't really accurate. It doesn't so much "change colour" as it develops a sort of translucent skin of cooked egg-white over it. When the skin covers the whole thing, it's nearly overdone and you should have served it up about ten seconds ago. It's tasty, though. Served over toast the yolk sort of seeps in, and the whites aren't as crispy-crunchy as I get with fried eggs. It has replaced "scrambled" as my go-to egg.

I haven't tried the egg-over-tortilla-basted-with-salsa that the article describes. Maybe next week for lunch.

(happy birthday, sor!)

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Aug. 28th, 2015 05:45 pm
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I spent the better part of today's evening preparing and testing .ebuild files (available in my GitLab repository) for the so-called ‘free branch’ versions of targetcli, rtslib, and configshell called targetcli-fb, rtslib-fb, and configshell-fb. The ‘free branch’ versions are the recommended way of setting up a iSCSI target on Linux, according to the Arch Linux wiki.

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Working definitions of forgiveness

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:53 pm
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What I'm feeling towards here, I think, is something along the lines of willingness to assume good faith, and trust in minimally adequate competence.

To some extent that's a bare minimum for reconciliation, but I think that while it's necessary for said it's not sufficient; for reconciliation I'd need a more active than passive motivation, which is not the case for this definition I'm proposing. It's a slightly more formalised version of "you won't hurt me again" (as equal parts prediction and instruction; the saying makes it so), I think, in a way that lets me sit with and accept past hurt without requiring me to cross-reference all current patterns against it in a hypervigilant attempt to avert (perceived) disaster.

Oh joyous day

Aug. 28th, 2015 04:37 pm
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So today was a very good day for two reasons. One, I met with a potential new therapist whom I really like that works with many trans and genderqueer folks. Said therapist is also well versed in dealing with childhood trauma and abuse. Normally she likes to do three visits for both patient and therapist to be sure that it is a good fit. I see her again on Tuesday. So that is of the good.

Two is that I met with a trans/genderqueer gynecologist today. I'm going to put the rest of this under a cut for those who are triggered by discussions of reproductive organs and issues )

So that was my busy but very happy making day. I'm going to chill for the rest of the day, and if I have the energy tomorrow I might do a bit of thrift store shopping. See if I can find some more masculine clothes to add to my wardrobe to see how it feels to let my more masculine side out to play.

That moment right there

Aug. 28th, 2015 08:24 pm
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Posted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

There are a lot of things about knitting that I like. I like that I’m making something, I like that those things are (mostly) beautiful.  I like that it’s good for my brain, I like that it’s good for my sanity (mostly) and I like that my ability to make clothes gives my fellow humans a fairly decent reason to help me stay alive after the zombie apocalypse. Those are the big things I like.  This morning, drinking coffee and planning my day, I was knitting on the cowl and I looked over at the ball of yarn, and my heart leapt a little for just a moment, and I thought of a small thing about knitting that I like.

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It’s that moment that comes after you’ve ripped back a bunch of knitting, and you’ve wound the yarn that you pulled from your work back around the outside of the ball.  You start knitting again, and you’re using the yarn you used before. Pulling it from around the ball, gaining back the ground you lost. You keep knitting, and knitting, but none of it really counts, and then you happen to glance at the ball, and see that there’s only a little bit wound around the outside anymore. Another few rounds, another few wraps disappear, and then it is that moment. It is that great moment when you’ve knit up all the yarn you knit before, and suddenly you’re knitting fresh yarn, yarn that’s never been knit before, and the whole world opens up again.

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No matter what came before, everything from that moment forward, is progress. I love that moment.

Since I’m making progress on all manner of things today, not just the cowl (by the way, I’ve updated my gig page again. Check in if you’re near Boston, Calgary, Lethbridge, Vancouver, St Andrews By-the-Sea, or The Dalles. A bunch of you have asked about Rhinebeck, and yes, I’ll be there, but just as a knitter. I’ll be around, but have no events scheduled. Cuts into the wool time.)  I thought I’d tackle the Karmic Balancing gifts again. I know, I’m horribly behind to have that still going on, but it’s amazingly time consuming – and I keep needing many hours free to catch up. Today I have two hours to throw at it, so let’s see how many I can get through! (I’ll keep going as I have time. I promise. If you’ve sent me an email with a gift, you’ll hear from me when its your turn.)

First, some gorgeous patterns from Susanne Visch. (You know, one of the best parts of this is getting to see patterns I hadn’t noticed.  I love these.) Susanne has very generously donated at ton of them! She will be sending her Gladiool hat and cowl set to Beth J.

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The Ijskristal hat and cowl set pattern goes to Susan.

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Zoel hat and scarf pattern to Rosane M.

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The very beautiful Schelp Shawl will be going to Kathleen P, Karen W and Colynn H.

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Moerbei is for Hannah S, Crystal R and Helen O.

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Bloemen in het gras (I don’t speak Dutch, but I bet that means “blooming in the grass) shawl is for Mary M, Amy F and Stephania F.

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Her charming Zeeglas Cowl goes to Susan H, Rose M and Ashley F.

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The Flits! Cowl is off to Monique G, Sally O and Miriam E.

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and last, but certainly not least, Kay B, Victoria L, and Elizabeth A will be enjoying a copy of the Ayamaru Cowl.

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Carolina has two generous gifts, a stocking kit with all the fixings for Jennifer D.

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and 14 skeins of beautiful Alpakas yarn for Jesse K. (14 is a lot. I wonder what Jesse will make?)

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From Shannon (delightful person in real life, and friend of the show) her fantastic bundle of knitting apps.   Knittrick and Knitamus for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. (I actually use these, and love them) for Arlin C, Elizabeth C, and Maro B. (All their emails were sent from Apple devices, so I know they can use them!)

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If that wasn’t enough, Six skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico, Cinnabar colorway.  50% baby alpaca, 50% raw silk. Delicious stuff, and it’s enough for Katy A to make the Etched Rio Wrap (which is what Shannon planned it for, but it would be awesome for anything.)
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Whew! I know that doesn’t look like much, but that’s 27 gifts! More tomorrow, I promise.  Joe’s out of town, and when he’s not around, my whole world opens up. For now, I’m off to the sailboat. Midge beckons, and there won’t be many more days like this.


Book Reviews

Aug. 28th, 2015 12:00 am
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This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about how parents can help their kids succeed, a young girl who seemed to have it all but committed suicide, video game players trying to save our planet from alien attackers, a lawyer who helps the Republican procure arms during the Spanish Civil War, a class of losers and rejects who have to kill their teacher to save the world, Chester Grenwood (the "inventor" of earmuffs), stories of notorious thieves, and one boy's family tree.

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This week's book recommendations from the creators of Unshelved and their friends.Learn who we are, how we pick books, and other books we've featured.

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How to Draw drawing and sketching objects and environments from your imagination by Scott Robertson, Thomas Bertling

Design Studio Press, 2013. 9781933492735.

Link to this review in the form of a comic strip by billba tagged art

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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

Harper, 2015. 9780062299239.

Link to this review by emilyreads tagged coming of agenonfiction

Teacher Jessica Lahey offers advice, research, and cautionary tales in this helpful guide to raising kids with emotional resilience, steady confidence, and basic life skills. Frustrated by her tendency to overparent her own kids instead of letting them screw up and figure things out themselves, Lahey recalibrated both her parenting and teaching styles. No more racing to bring forgotten assignments to school: her kids had to remember on their own or face the consequences. No more losing patience at students who continually screwed up the basics: now she acknowledged their efforts to improve and celebrated when they finally succeeded. It’s a parenting manual and a breath of fresh air in a conversational, practical package.

Why I picked it up: Though I pride myself on being a slacker mom, I know I’m vulnerable to the competitive parenting that seems to run rampant in affluent suburbs like mine. I wanted ammunition to help me fight back against the pressure.

Why I finished it: As the parent of a sixth grader, I found the section on middle school useful and reassuring. No, your child will not fail at life if it takes her a semester to figure out she needs to bring her science book to math because she won’t have time to stop at her locker between classes. And yes, it will take her at least that whole semester to figure it out, even if you and her teachers remind her every day. IT’S NORMAL.

It's perfect for: My friend Jen, a dynamo dance instructor who works with tween girls and has a ton of influence among parents in our community. Oh, the counter-revolution she could start!

Elephant Man by Mariangela Di Fiore, translated by Rosie Hedger, illustrated by Hilde Hodnefjeld

Annick Press, 2015. 9781554517787.

“Gather round—prepare to be amazed! A sight so very gruesome that you simply won’t believe it. Ladies and gentlemen … the Elephant Man!”

Every night people swarm to a theater in London to see the Elephant Man, whose real name is Joseph Merrick. They scream in terror at the sight of him. But beneath Joseph’s shocking exterior, he longs for affection and understanding.

Disfigured in childhood by a rare disease, Joseph is rejected by his family, bullied in the streets, and ridiculed at his job. While touring Europe with a freak show, he's robbed and abandoned. Joseph seems to encounter misfortune at every turn, but eventually finds friendship with a kind doctor. Though he died young, Joseph became world famous and inspired many with his gentleness and dignity.

Masterful illustrations and archival photographs are joined with simple but moving language, bringing the celebrated true story of the Elephant Man to life for young readers. This is a tremendously affecting book about being different, refusing to be a victim, and finding happiness in even the most challenging of circumstances.

“… compassionate …” —Kirkus Reviews, 06/06/15

“A solid addition to biography collections.” —School Library Journal, 07/15

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Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown, 2013. 9780316099943.

Link to this review by diane tagged literary

To the locals on the idyllic Nantucket Island, Penny Alistair seemed to have it all -- a lovely singing voice, a handsome boyfriend, a superstar athlete brother, a loving mother, and loads of friends. Then she died after a party: the Jeep she was driving went off a cliff, killing Penny and injuring her brother badly enough to end his athletic career. The signs all indicate it was no accident and that Penny committed suicide. The repercussions are felt all over the island, revealing family secrets and changing the lives of dozens.

Why I picked it up: The cover and title hinted this might be a light and fluffy beach read. Since it was on a remainder shelf at a bargain price, I couldn’t resist.

Why I finished it: Obviously it turned out to be a more serious topic than I first expected, but I was completely captivated. The narrator is an unidentified local insider who reveals the thoughts and secrets of the island residents. Their stories flow back and forth in time and from character to character, almost like a conversation with an old friend. Every chapter brought something new and surprising, and it turned out to be delightfully distracting after all.  

It's perfect for: My mother-in-law, Sue. She loves family stories filled with drama. It’s also a plus that the author tells the story with very little profanity or graphic sex, which means I can recommend it to her without embarrassment.

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Armada: A Novel by Ernest Cline

Crown, 2015. 9780804137256.

Link to this review by flemtastic tagged coming of agescience fiction

Zack Lightman is a video-game nerd. He spends a lot of time playing Armada with his friends -- it’s a space-based fighting game about an overwhelming alien threat -- and he is one of the top-ranked players in the world.

Outside a school window at school he sees a UFO that looks just like an enemy ship in the game. At first he thinks he’s hallucinating, but he’s wrong. He is soon picked up, taken to a secret military base, and sworn into service to pilot the futuristic fighters that the earth has been quietly creating for decades, ever since we pissed off the first alien species we met.

Billions of alien ships are just hours away from Earth. Zach and gamers everywhere are our only hope.

Why I picked it up: Cline's Ready Player One is my favorite book of the last five years (I’ve read over 1,500 books in that time).

Why I finished it: Because I could not stop! I am actually mad at myself for blowing through it as fast as I did. I should have allowed myself only ten pages a day just to extend the fun of reading the book. Creative, clever, chock full of funny moments and references to pop culture, games, and movies. I loved the idea of the people of the world using everything from video game systems to smartphones to fight off aliens. The picture he paints of a networked world rising up to fight aliens is patriotic, cool as hell, and a smashing read.

It's perfect for: My childhood friend Mark. He’s not only a video game fan, but also someone who could identify with one of the main themes of the book, how Zack missed his dead father and found comfort in video games and a father figure, his boss at the local game store. Mark's father was away for long stretches while working in a foreign country, and Mark stayed with my family for months at a time.  He would get Zack’s longing to have his father know and be proud of him.

Urban Tribes Native Americans in the City by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Annick Press, 2015. 9781554517503.

Much of the popular discourse on Native Americans and Aboriginals focuses on reservation life. But the majority of Natives in North America live off the rez. How do they stay rooted to their culture? How do they connect with their community?

Urban Tribes offers unique insight into this growing and often misperceived group. Emotionally potent and visually arresting, the anthology profiles young urban Natives from across North America, exploring how they connect with Native culture and values in their contemporary lives. Their stories are as diverse as they are. From a young Dene woman pursuing a MBA at Stanford to a Pima photographer in Phoenix to a Mohawk actress in New York, these urban Natives share their unique perspectives to bridge the divide between their past and their future, their cultural home, and their adopted cities.

Unflinchingly honest and deeply moving, contributors explore a wide-range of topics. From the trials and tribulations of dating in the city to the alienating experience of leaving a remote reserve to attend high school in the city, from the mainstream success of Electric Pow wow music to the humiliation of dealing with racist school mascots, personal perspectives illuminate larger political issues. An innovative and highly visual design offers a dynamic, reading experience.

“… stereotype-dispelling … ”—Kirkus Reviews, 08/26/15

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Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst

Random House, 2014. 9781400069491.

Link to this review by robert tagged historical fictionthriller

Christian Ferrar, a childhood émigré from Spain to France, is a lawyer for the Paris branch of a liberal New York law firm in 1938. He's asked by a contact in the Spanish embassy to help broker arms purchases for the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War. It's not really part of his job, but the New York bosses agree to let him do it. For his first caper he frees a fellow trader from the clutches of a blackmailing blackguard, pays off an arms manufacturer, and hijacks a diverted trainload of anti-tank guns. In his next, a criminal gang in Odessa is hired to steal anti-aircraft shells from a Soviet naval arsenal. Ferrar travels with the munitions on a Mexican freighter that is unequipped to fight off an impending interdiction by the Italian Navy.

Why I picked it up: I like espionage fiction, especially that set in the first half of the 20th century. Furst's work came highly recommended by a trusted friend.

Why I finished it: Furst explores much more than Ferrar’s life of international intrigue. His family is almost completely unworldly, and Christian is the sole breadwinner. His sharp, elderly grandmother is the only other person who takes notice of world events such as the rise of fascism. Ferrar’s love affair with a New York City librarian is satisfying, though neither want a commitment. And his day job as a corporate lawyer includes unsuccessfully mediating the ownership struggles within a bank managed by a dysfunctional family.

Readalikes: Sorry Alan Furst, but nobody has written better Odessa gangster stories than Isaac Babel, and there's plenty of them in The Complete Works of Isaac Babel. Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler, first published in 1938, also takes place amid the political tensions of Europe before WWII, although protagonist Josef Vadassy, a language teacher whose hobby is photography, is far less equipped to deal in a world of intrigue and lies than suave Christian Ferrar.

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Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui, Tetsuichiro Miyaki

Viz / Shonen Jump Advanced, 2014. 9781421576077.Assassination Classroom Volume 2 by Yusei Matsui, Tetsuichiro Miyaki

Viz / Shonen Jump Advanced, 2015. 9781421576084.

Link to this review by geneambaum tagged coming of agegraphic novelscience fiction

An alien destroyed seventy percent of the moon. Next year he’s going to do the same thing to the Earth. In the meantime he wants to teach class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High, which is full of the school’s losers and rejects. Armies have failed to kill him, so our planet’s only hope is that the students can assassinate him and save the planet. (The alien doesn’t mind, as long as the attempts don’t interfere with studying.)

Publisher’s Rating: T+ For Older Teens.

Why I picked it up: It really stood out from other manga on the library shelves because of the big smiley faces on each cover.

Why I finished it: The madness starts early. In the opening scene, the students all pull out guns and try to kill their homeroom teacher (an academic robe-wearing, many tentacled, sphere-headed alien with a smily face). He’s so fast he keeps taking attendance as he dodges bullets. He tells the students they’re going to have to be more original if they want to kill him, and then proves that the special bullets they’re using can harm him. Then he makes them clean up so that class can start, and teaches high school like he’s really enjoying it and determined to be a great teacher.

It's perfect for: I meet a lot of librarians who still find manga (and anime) visually confusing. They don’t get the significance of popping veins on a character’s forehead, nose bleeds, cat fangs, and characters who suddenly look chibi. This is easy to follow, story-wise, and it has a compellingly weird hook. And they'd identify with the students in the book, who are trying to figure out the significance of their teacher’s facial expressions. These are changes in color or geometric patterns of color that appear on his face at different times, and they hope that understanding them will help them figure out when he’s vulnerable.

Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World by Kathy Lowinger

Annick Press, 2015. 9781554517473.

The 1800s were a dangerous time to be a black girl in the United States, especially if you were born a slave. Ella Sheppard was such a girl, but her family bought their freedom and moved to Ohio where slavery was illegal; they even scraped enough money together to send Ella to school and buy her a piano. In 1871, when her school ran out of money and was on the brink of closure, Ella became a founding member of a traveling choir, the Jubilee Singers, to help raise funds for the Fisk Free Colored School, later known as Fisk University.

The Jubilee Singers traveled from Cincinnati to New York, following the Underground Railroad. With every performance they endangered their lives and those of the people helping them, but they also broke down barriers between blacks and whites, lifted spirits, and even helped influence modern American music: the Jubilees were the first to introduce spirituals outside their black communities, thrilling white audiences who were used to more sedate European songs.

Framed within Ella’s inspiring story, Give Me Wings! is narrative nonfiction at its finest, taking readers through one of history’s most tumultuous and dramatic times, touching on the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction Era.

“Recommended for all libraries, this excellent title will be especially useful in collaboration with school curricula.”—School Library Journal, *starred review, 08/15

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Earmuffs for Everyone! How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. 9781481406376.

Link to this review by sarahhunt tagged historypicture book

Chester Greenwood didn't invent earmuffs, but a whole lot of people think he did, including those who have an earmuff parade in his honor in his hometown. Why?

Why I picked it up: I love inventor stories, and the bug-eyed cartoony characters made me smile.

Why I finished it: The book shows how patents work, how people improve on existing inventions, and how Greenwood’s life and legacy was exaggerated by people who wanted to celebrate the state of Maine. It contains a lot of cool and complex ideas for a picture book.

It's perfect for: Heather, who does primary historical research as a hobby. The author's notes on how what she thought would be a simple story turned into serious detective work will inspire her.

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Robbers! True Stories of the World's Most Notorious Thieves (It Actually Happened) by Andreas Schroeder, Rémy Simard

Annick Press, 2012. 9781554514410.

Link to this review by sarahhunt tagged chapter bookhistorynonfiction

A daring bank vault heist, a cat burglar who would only steal jewels from people on the social register, the possible real identity and fate of hijacker D.B. Cooper, the obsessive love that led to the downfall of the real Napoleon of Crime (the basis of Arthur Conan Doyle's Moriarty), and more hair-raising true crime stories.

Why I picked it up: I really liked the bizarre, true stories in Schroeder's previous book, Scams! because its story of WWII counterfeiters made for a great booktalk.

Why I finished it: The details of the crimes were like the best heist movies, with hundreds of well-planned details coming together. But the criminals are more complicated than movie heroes: they often stole things that were hard to sell, or were driven by obsession to steal over and over again. Their crimes were not just motivated by the hope to get rich quick, but sometimes by national pride, family loyalty, or wanting to prove how clever or brave they were.

It's perfect for: Fans of stupid criminal stories. The best in the book is the Larder Lake Bank Robbery, which hit a snag at every step. During a failed escape attempt by float plane, the robbers dropped all the money over the lake.

The Night Children by Sarah Tsiang, illustrated by Delphine Bodet

Annick Press, 2015. 9781554517237.

What happens when the sun goes down at the end of the day?

When the streets are empty and kids are called home for dinner and put to bed, the world becomes a magical place. It’s only then that the night children emerge from the shadows, ready to play. In this evocative and lyrical picture book, it is the night children who rule, taking over the world that the day children have left behind.

The mischievous night children frolic in the twilight, rummaging for treasures and scattering surprises, stealing slices of the moon and dancing on rooftops. Only when dawn breaks do they tuck themselves away. But if you look very closely, you might just catch a glimpse of them disappearing as you wake up. Were the night children ever really there, or did you dream them?

Complemented by beautiful, glowing artwork, this poetic story about the allure of a world unknown and the parallels between imagination and reality will ignite the creative souls of children everywhere.

“A poetic and lovely book, this is a luminous bedtime story.”—Walking Brain Cells, 07/30/15

“… will hit just the right tone for more sophisticated picture-book connoisseurs.”—Quill & Quire, 09/15

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My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić

Kids Can Press, 2015. 9781771380492.

Link to this review by geneambaum tagged picture book

Open from the left side and read through a boy’s family tree from his father’s European ancestry, starting with his great-great-grandfather and his great-great-grandmother. Open from the “back” of the book (like you’re reading manga), and step through his mother’s Asian family tree. Each turn of the page brings you to another generation.

Why I picked it up: The oddly shaped people on the cover are drawn in a style that reminded me of Bill Plympton’s.

Why I finished it: It’s incredibly short, for one. For another, in most of the drawings there’s a reference to the previous generation in the form of a photo on the wall (or on a computer). It all leads up to an amazingly diverse family portrait in the center of the book.

It's perfect for: My cousin, Linda. She’s an obsessed genealogist, and has told me more about my father’s side of the family than I ever knew, including that I’m not the only member who went to college and likes to read.

That Squeaky Clean, Harmonic Feeling

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:58 pm
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...after I spend a couple days reorganizing all the music files on my Mac.

iDAMN iHATE iTunes

(I'd somehow created dup music folders. Good thing I only have ~2000 songs or my poor drive would have keeled. If you use a Mac and ever have to delete more than 50 iTunes duplicates, do yourself a favor and spend $8 for Dupin Lite 2 from this Apple store link.)

It's like Apple's software division has no overall UX chief. Almost every bit of software is uniquely annoying. If you use an Apple device, what's the software you hate most right now?

(Can I have Eudora back?) Speaking of which, recognize my icon?

Vintage, Sophia Blackwell

Aug. 28th, 2015 07:53 pm
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Saturday's dress was someone else's, boned
so that it might have stood up on its own.
I wished I could have known its previous owner;
not just a London wife who had outgrown
the kind of life that needs a scarlet dress,
but a starlet, rubbing ice cubes on her breasts
to keep them pert. She'd sleep cocooned in corsets,
she'd be the broad who walked into the office
that drink-fogged Monday, something on her mind,
fur-lapped, with trembling lips, or a barefoot bride
skipping town, thumbing trucks down on neon strips.

Praying, I tugged the zip and slipped inside
another woman's skin, as if her sweat
had stiffened the seams like a salt-rimmed glass.
Oh, I was tits and hourglass hips and ass,
a viciously nipped waist, its hold as delicious
as a lover's embrace.

Of course, it kept its shape
later, when I stepped out of it. The rude
shock of nipples and dark cloud of hair
(no underwear) - I walked, like treading water
warily to bed, my skins pale lustre
somehow more flawed, nude as a shucked oyster.

Need help tracking down a bug

Aug. 28th, 2015 12:49 pm
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I have a bug! I can't replicate it! I need help in tracking it down!

Can those of you with Windows and IE...Read more... )

Well, THAT'S annoying

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:50 pm
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Poor [ profile] scruloose took the day off work and made the trip out to the tattoo studio he's using TL;DR: he DIDN'T get his tattoo finished and has to go back repeatedly, instead of getting all the remaining work done in one go today )

Anyway. :/

In better news, last night after I mentioned that my stylist is opening her own (shared) salon space, I got the official email notifying me about it. ^_^ Soon I can book an appointment!

And since I actually managed a bit of wordcount over the past week and am trying to get back in the habit of actually contributing at [ profile] ushobwri, I guess I should see about posting a snippet for workshop day.

Happy weekend, all!

Live #3

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:59 am
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Yesterday was a C-. I can do better. Same agenda for today.

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Aug. 28th, 2015 11:48 am
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Welp. I woke up half an hour before my alarm, which is already set at the maximum safe distance from normal person waking up so that I get the minimal sleep time to be functional. So I am missing thirty minutes of sleep because my allergies kicked into overdrive, and between those two things I am going to be a fucking zombie all day. Not looking forward to this.

... and I just realized that half to there quarters of the shit I have to do on this rotating to-do list is shit I can't do at work. Poop. I mean, okay, the bulk of it is long fiddly things I can do at work when I'm lacking most of my other crap, but still that's sort of frustrating. Oh well. The big things I should do. Like fix my web page. And finish up at least those two supplemental documents. And work on writing anything ever. Murderboarding has taken over my brain. Lack of sleep helped kill it off this morning, I am running on momentum, instinct, and sugar cookies.

(Okay, not sugar cookies, I haven't had one in about four hours, but the boy brought some home and I may have had them for breakfast dessert which is now totally a thing.)

Self, you know how to do this. You've done more on less sleep before, the only difference is that now instead of weasels you have wolves because you've dropped down to roughly middle of the fucking night levels of tired. Fuck the wolves. Or, you know, don't, but that's what the subroutines are for. Shut the wolves out, leave them at the gate, eyes on your own paper, do your fucking work. You damn well have enough of it.

Rotating To-Do List )

The Flash:

[Perfume] Fendi, Fendi, Fendi.

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:03 am
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I really should have remembered I had a delicious beer last night before applying you, because now I have to waste you on a scrubbing, but yes, you are delightful.

You're just 1980s delightful, which means not when there are already the edges of a headache.

Sigh. [personal profile] thatyourefuse, have you tried this one yet?
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The House of Commons Procedure and Practice Ed 2 defines the official opposition (also know as Her Majesty's Opposition) as "...the opposition party with the largest number of seats" in the House of Commons. The leader of this party is also conventionally styled the Leader of the Official Opposition (LOO). Every parliament since confederation has had an official opposition despite the fact that the institution itself is never once mentioned in any constitutional document. The existence of the official opposition is drawn from the preamble of the Constitution Act, 1867 which calls for a parliament "similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom." And while there is no mention of the official opposition in any constitutional document, special rights and privileges are granted to the institution through the Standing Orders of the House of Commons. These special rights and privileges include the right for the leader (or another member of the official opposition) to have unlimited time during debate to respond to the prime minister and the privilege to ask the first question during Oral Questions.

Three Contributing Factors

Interestingly, while we have had an official opposition in Canada for as long as we have had a House of Commons and parliament, very little has been written or explored specifically about the institution and its role in parliament. David E. Smith in his seminal work on the opposition in Canada titled Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics scratches the surface of the role and function of the opposition, including opposition members of third and fourth parties in the House of Commons and concludes that the institution itself is unique from parliament to parliament and its role is largely driven (1) by the current composition of the House of Commons (majority or minority government, for example), (2) the issue at hand and (3) the personalities of the leaders within the House and government.

The Role of the Official Opposition in Canada

The first and obvious role of the official opposition in the House of Commons is to hold the government to account on all measures presented within the House and advanced by the government. It does not follow however that the opposition is forced to oppose all measures of the government despite the fact that such a situation would appear to undermine an institution charged with opposition. An example of such a situation would be a minority government being sustained with the support of a third party or, in the extreme, members from the official opposition. In order to maintain a degree of value of opposition in such an instance, official opposition leaders have advocated a vote abstaining from supporting or rejecting the government (and thus continuing confidence within the House). This is exactly what happened in 2005 when Stephen Harper (at the time the LOO) changed his stance on the budget presented by the governing Liberal Party and along with the NDP and Bloc abstained his caucus from voting, effectively allowing the government to advance in confidence of the House of Commons (notably, this was the largest abstention on any piece of legislation in Canadian history). However, for the most part, these moments are few and far between and more often than not the official opposition will oppose government legislation and initiatives. The mechanism by which the official opposition can constructively oppose the government is through amendments to legislation which are often tabled shortly after the prime minister or a minister presents a new piece of legislation. Another mechanism is through the presentation of minority reports from committees which are presented by the leader or a member of the official opposition immediately after the tabling of a report from a parliamentary committee. These minority reports often capture issues which the opposition drew from the investigation surrounding a piece of government legislation or initiative and may or may not propose an alternative course of action. And of course, the most direct means of opposition toward the government at the official opposition's disposal is voting against government motions and legislation when divisions are called.

David E. Smith asserts in Across the Aisle that the "practice of opposition in the Canadian Parliament has never conformed to the theory of opposition found in political science textbooks" (p. 101). And this statement is strikingly accurate. As mentioned earlier, what drives the role and effectiveness of an official opposition are not the laws and conventions which enable it, but the composition of the House which contains it, the issues which drive it and the personalities who lead it. The official opposition has been as colourful, if not more so, than that of the government-of-the-day since confederation.

Case Studies: Medicare and the Afghanistan Engagement

A contemporary example of the changing role of opposition in Canada can be derived in the passing of a national health insurance program in Canada, known as Medicare. In was under a minority government parliament that medicare was passed with the support of the governing Liberals under Lester B. Pearson, the official opposition under the leadership of Progressive Conservative John Diefenbaker and the third party NDP under the leadership of T.C. Douglas. It was through previous legislation introduced by Diefenbaker for a national hospital insurance programme that modelled the provincial medical insurance programme introduced in Saskatchewan while Douglas was the CCF premier that was instrumental in providing the framework for a more robust federal programme. Also, the opposition found support among key government ministers, especially Paul Martin Sr. who was a long-time supporter of a national healthcare plan for Canadians. In this instance, the government was able to secure support from opposition parties in a minority government parliament and medicare was introduced. We see how the composition of the House of Commons (a minority government requiring the support of opposition parties in order to advance legislation), the issue of the day (an almost universally supported concept of a federal medical insurance programme) and the personalities (support from key government ministers) articulated the role of the opposition and enabled the creation of one of the most popular government programmes in Canadian history.

The detailed article on the official opposition in the Compendium of Procedure explains that "by law, [the leader of the official opposition] must be consulted before certain important decisions are taken by the Government" and this was made evident in the lead-up to sending Canadian soldiers to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Prime Minister Paul Martin Jr. (as he then was) sought support from the Leader of the Official Opposition Stephen Harper (as he then was) prior to sending troops into combat. The logic in gaining such support was driven by the importance of the issue at hand. The belief was that since sending Canadians into combat had been such a contentious issue in the past especially in the passage of conscription legislation during World Wars One and Two, it was important for the government to seek support from all parties in the House of Commons. Such an initiative on the face seems to go against of the role of the opposition to oppose the government, but realistically it provides the opposition parties a chance to influence federal policy. However, the question of when and how such action by the government is deemed so important as to warrant support or consolation from the opposition benches is left to the government itself and is a cause of disagreement among parties in the House of Commons themselves. This was evident in 2014 when Stephen Harper did not seek unanimous parliamentary support to authorize the use of CF-18s for airstrikes against Libya. The justification from the government was that the mission did not constitute a direct "boots-on-the-ground" campaign and thus was not important or grand enough to require all-party support. In this case study we again see how the role and effectiveness of the opposition is driven by the composition of parliament, the nature of the issue at hand and the personalities of the leaders within the House of Commons.


Smith is absolutely correct when he concludes that three main factors contribute to a changing role for the opposition in Canada. He is even more correct when he points out that no political science textbook can capture this changing role. However, despite this, there is no question that the role of the opposition is key to the democratic function of parliament. Or, as Sir Wilfred Laurier succinctly explained,

… it is indeed essential for the country that the shades of opinion which are represented on both sides of this House should be placed as far as possible on a footing of equality and that we should have a strong opposition to voice the views of those who do not think with the majority.

Is New Orleans undergoing a revival?

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:00 pm
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Generally, residents of New Orleans are “remarkably optimistic” about its recovery and future. Partly because the city had just begun to recover from Hurricane Katrina when the Great Recession began, it suffered less job loss relative to its pre-recession state and GDP actually grew 3.9% between 2008 and 2011. No other southern metropolitan area cracked 2% in the same period.

Richard Webster, writing for, offers the following evidence of New Orleans’ resilience in the face of the Great Recession. Chart 1 shows that it lost a smaller percentage of its jobs than the U.S. as a whole.



This is even more significant as it looks, as New Orleans had been in economic decline for decades before Katrina. At EconSouth, Charles Davidson reports that “the economy in New Orleans has reversed decades of decline and outperformed the nation and other southern metropolitan areas. Consider: the job growth in New Orleans shown in Chart 2 may not look impressive, but compare it to the declines of its neighbors (blue is before Katrina, green is after).


Residents seem to feel that the city is doing well, with the stark exception of fear of crime. But white residents are much happier with the state of the city than the 60% of residents who identifies as African American (image via NPR). This likely reflects the widening wealth gap in the city post-Katrina.


New Orleans continues to face serious problems, including low wages, a widening wealth gap, an evisceration of the public schooling system, underfunded higher ed, high crime, negative effects of gentrification, and the looming threat of another storm. Still, thanks to greater diversification of its economy, entrepreneurship, record tourism, and rising investment money, many are arguing that the city is in the midst of a revival.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. She writes about New Orleans here. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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I ended my last Publishing Journey post about going on submission to publishers on an annoying cliffhanger, in part because the post was getting a bit long, but also because I wanted this post, about selling the book, to be the last one before the book comes out in the US. Never let it be said that I have not been straight-up with you!

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, at the end of the six-week period my agent had set, I got an email from her mentioning almost quite casually that an editor had confirmed that they were going to offer for the book. Whatever happened, the book was going to have a home. That was when I knew it was going to be published after all and I had not lived and fought in vain.

It felt weird, to be honest. I suffer from “feelings never match up to occasion”itis (there must be some clever German word for this), which means that I’m perpetually bored, distracted or hungry at significant emotional moments. I always admire people who cry at weddings: so clever of them to know to have the right feelings at the right time. One of the reasons I like books so much is that they tell you what feelings to have when. Also if you don’t cry at a sad or touching scene, it’s the author’s fault, not yours!

So I read the email a few times, felt a bit worried for no real reason, and went on with my day.

A few days later Caitlin emailed again to say that she had set an auction date and would I like to have a call, because surely I must have questions by then.

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Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Cool Stuff Friday

Aug. 28th, 2015 10:57 am
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Friday is looking forward to sleeping in on Monday.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I typed this up for L., who is hanging out with her post-hip-surgery parent and looking for entertainment, so I figured I'd post here so I can always find it if necessary.

How to play May I* (the H. family rules**):

The hands:

1. 2 sets
2. 1 set, 1 sequence
3. 2 sequences
4. 3 sets
5. 2 sets, 1 sequence (12 cards)
6. 1 set, 2 sequences (12 cards)
7. 3 sequences, no discard (i.e., all the cards in your hand must fit into a sequence somewhere, you cannot throw anything on the discard pile; when someone does this, it ends the game) (12 cards)

A set is three (or more) of a kind; a sequence is a straight flush in poker terms - at least four cards in numerical order of the same suit. You cannot save two sequences of the same suit in the same hand. You cannot turn the corner (i.e., queen, king, ace, deuce) but you can use the ace as a high card (jack, queen, king, ace) or a low card (ace, two, three, four). You can also have more than four cards in a sequence, but you need at least four, and they always need to be in order and of the same suit.

You deal 10 cards for the first 4 hands, then 12 cards for the last three. A player can say May I for the newest card on the discard pile; if someone ahead of them wants the card, that person can say no, but if they do, they must take it themselves, plus the penalty card if it's not their turn. Otherwise, they have to let the person who asked take it (plus a penalty card). (You don't have to take a penalty card to pick the top card from the discard pile if it's your turn - that's just your regular pick-up. Also, if a card has been May-I'd, the card beneath it on the discard pile is not active - no one can May I for what was beneath it.)

Once you've laid your sets/sequences on the table, you can't May I anymore, and unless it's your turn, you can't stop someone else (e.g., if someone threw out something you could pick up and put on one of your sequences or sets, you can do that, but if the card is just random, you shouldn't say no). Once you've laid your cards down, you can add appropriate cards from your hand to other people's sets/sequences, or your own, during your turn. This is the way you get rid of extra cards in your hand.

The goal in each hand is to get rid of your cards as quickly as possible after you've laid down your sets/sequences, or to be caught with the fewest amount of points possible when someone else goes out. Number cards are all worth 5 points except for the 10. Tens and face cards are worth ten points. Aces are worth 15 points, and jokers are worth 25 points.

We always played with at least two decks, and left all jokers in, as they make the game more exciting. Jokers in straights can be replaced by the correct card, with the joker then being used elsewhere by the person who played the correct card, but that can only happen once you've put your cards down, and also they have to be played on that turn - you can't keep it in your hand for later (I can't imagine why you'd want to - that's 25 points!) You can add a third deck in the later hands if necessary.

You count up the cards in everybody's hands at the end of each hand and add them up to keep score. The one with the lowest score at the end wins.

You can also play this with two people, but the May I aspect is absent except for the first turn of every hand. Hours of fun for the whole family.

*It's a variation on some version of rummy, the formal name of which google tells me is contract rummy.

**My father's family also played a version but it was more restrictive and also included betting [which I never understood], but I never played that way - that was strictly for their monthly poker nights.


WeSeWriMo Week 4 progress

Aug. 28th, 2015 10:25 am
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I got caught up!

First line of Wednesday:
Enrie looked at her notes. She'd written it down...

Last line of today:
"I like the world you live in. Can I join you there sometime?"

2443 words and 5 chapterlets/interludes, bringing the total to 8328 words & 16 chapterlets!

My WeSeWriMo 2015 Progress So Far in Chapters:
16 / 18 completed!
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Posted by Mark Liberman

A few days ago, I reprinted Richard Steele's "The Humble Petition of WHO and WHICH", where he voices their complaint that "We are descended of ancient families, and kept up our dignity and honour many years, till the jack-sprat THAT supplanted us". This item appeared in The Spectator for May 30, 1711, and Joan Maling emailed me to ask what we know about the relative frequency of various relative pronouns across time.

A brief inquiry turned up Ariel Dirtani, "Historical Developments in the Marking of English Relative Clauses", Penn Linguistics Colloquium 2008, where I found this interesting graph:


The time periods on the horizontal axis are:

Period 1: 1150-1175
Period 2: 1176-1200; no data
Period 3: 1201-1225
Period 4: 1226-1250
Period 5: 1251-1275; no data
Period 6: 1276-1300
Period 7: 1301-1325; no data
Period 8: 1326-1350; all data from the Ayenbite, a translation from French with some aberrancies
Period 9: 1351-1375
Period 10: 1376-1400
Period 11: 1401-1425
Period 12: 1426-1450
Period 13: 1451-1475
Period 14: 1476-1500
Period 15: 1501-1525
Period 16: 1526-1550
Period 17: 1551-1575
Period 18: 1576-1600
Period 19: 1601-1625
Period 20: 1626-1650
Period 21: 1651-1675
Period 22: 1676-1700
Period 23: 1701-1710

Note that the green curve (proportion of 0-c, i.e. "that") falls from nearly 100% in 1300 to a bit more than 20% in 1600, while the blue curve (proportion of wh-0, i.e. "who", "which", etc.) rises during the same period from almost nothing to more than 70%.

Then things stay about the same until period 23, 1701-1710, during which "that" rises abruptly to 50% and the wh-words fall to around 25%. And this is the decade just before Addison's Complaint!

It would be good to look at a larger sample, to compare across registers and regions, and to follow the pattern through to the present. And to relate it all to the modern sport of which-hunting, we should break things down by the type of relative clause involved.


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Last night, I signed a contract authorizing the reprint of one of my stories.  I signed it, went, “That’s nice,” and went back to writing my novel.

About half an hour later, I realized that the magazine I had signed the reprint contract for was one of my goals when I graduated Clarion in 2008.  I burned to be in that magazine.  And I wrote story after story, each time convinced this would be the one that got through, and piled up at least twenty rejections.

I remember staring at the page, thinking You’ll never make it.  You’ll never have a professional sale.  And if you do, you won’t have it there.

A novel seemed unattainable. Getting 3,500 words of mine into a magazine?  Seemed like the biggest challenge in the world.

And it was for me, back then.  I had to write for another four years, smashing my heart into the keyboard night after night, asking people to rip my stories to shreds so I could ruthlessly excise any part that did not function, before I eventually sold a story to them.  I worked so hard to get there.

That first professional story sale? I took the night off from writing. I poured myself a celebratory drink. I took Gini out to a dinner, I texted all my friends, I did a big post with photos showing my triumph.

Now?  Years later, I have my first novel out – and it’s done well, not breaking any sales records or anything, but it’s got some nice reviews and some people really excited about the sequel dropping in October.  And when I got an editor asking, “We were thinking we wanted a story from you, do you have anything we could reprint?” it was nice – very nice – but it was “Wow, that makes my evening,” not the sort of thing where I stop everything and tell Gini “We’re going out to dinner and getting a bottle of champagne, this deserves A Moment.”

That’s how publishing works. Sell a story? You haven’t gotten nominated for an award. Got nominated for an award?  You haven’t sold a novel. Sold a novel?  The reviews weren’t good.  You got good reviews? Well, it wasn’t a bestseller.  A bestseller? Well, it wasn’t a real bestseller, there’s no movie option….

You wonder why authors are so fucking neurotic.  It’s because the moment they climb the ladder, the rung beneath them ceases to exist.  There’s only the rungs above them, and they’re ridiculously high, and you may never get there.

This is always true of every rung.  Publishing’s a lot of skill and a lot of luck, but you can only control the one.  So you max out on skill and hope the dice roll your way.  Hell, I could submit a story to them now and still get it rejected for various reasons – maybe I wasn’t “on” that day when I wrote that story, maybe they just bought a similar one, maybe the tale doesn’t fit the image they’re trying to sell.  It’s still a struggle for me to sell a story.

But it is no longer an unattainable thing. It’s merely something that’s difficult.

And because of that, I am going to pause for a moment now and ponder this sale.  I’m going to consider the fact that, at least to some subset of professionals, “A Ferrett Steinmetz story” is a desirable genre.  That they’d sought me out to ask for this.  That this awesome magazine, which I’ll announce in time, will be reprinting a tale of mine – and it’s one of my favorites.

Ferrett of 2008 would never have imagined this happening.

Ferrett of 2015 is going to take a moment to be Ferrett of 2008, and break open a little bottle of champagne.

Or at least a root beer.  But this celebratory root beer will be savored.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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“Something interesting?” Tairiekie doodled a diagram in the margins of her notes. From the looks of things, it was something involving humanic aether and the balance of the Three. Enrie decided it was best to ignore that.

Enrie nodded. “In the Estya House lounge. A couple students were talking...

Is this the whole story?

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:26 pm
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Spotted yesterday, on FB or Twitter, and didn't save the link - but doing a quick google for what it might have been turns up a number of stories, none of them precisely up to the minute - Students demand law profs. eliminate traumatic, 'triggering' rape law lessons (all the top hits are from around Dec last year, not sure why it was showing up now, ? linked story)

This appears to be part of the 'present generation are fragile flowers' narrative, but I am wondering how, historically, and indeed even at the present day, the law on sexual violence has been/is dealt with in classroom situations.

Because I can quite imagine to myself the way in which Dead White Male Professors might teach the subject, i.e., at best with a somewhat blokey take on it (this just somehow reminds me of the passage in Richard Gordon's Doctor in the House in which the only lecture in the medical jurisprudence course that packs the theatre to the doors is the one on rape) and at worst... well.

Also, having seen this week a classic example of story-distortion in which Jeremy Corbyn's remarks about engaging with the problem of sexual harassment on public transport, and discussing the proposals for doing something about, which had included the suggestion of bringing back the ladies' only carriage, became that Jezza himself wanted to bring in purdah, pretty much, wonder how much these reports were slanted. (Also, on this particular issue, I did note that some of the most vociferous voices attacking The Very Idea came from persons whom I presume to be fellas and with whom I would not necessarily want to share a railway carriage...)

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So as usual, Ashley my mad manicurist worked her magic the other night.  I told her, “Do X-Men nails,” but the designs for X-Men nails we skimmed through were kiiiinda boring.

But Avengers nails?  Much more impressive.


The little chibi Iron Man is, I find, particularly adorable.

I also forgot to mention the last set of nails I got, which were my “Music Mama” nails:


These nails I liked, but in retrospect her choice of light blue for the music notes on the staves muddied the composition. People knew my nails were pretty, but the piano thumbnails were the only clue this was music until they looked closely.  (And that’s a G-cleft heart in red on the highlight nails.)

Still, with my fabulous glittery Broadway nails, these were the gayest nails I ever had. I felt fabulous.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

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- Random Hereford Cathedral stonemasonry. The guardian lion is from the font in the nave and the other pieces are piled in the cloisters. The light in the cloisters is coloured by the windows. I didn't add a filter.

Lion font guardian, Hereford Cathedral, 09-14

- Meme: three of your favourite songs at present. I have lots of long term favourite songs and can never cut it down to a short list, so have three new(ish)-to-me songs I've enjoyed in the last few days and can rec for one reason or another:
Stand By Me, by Golden Earring (glam rock courtesy of this post from my lj flist by [personal profile] electricwitch)
Hold On, by Wilson Phillips (pop, mainstream girl group including short hair and fatness, yay!)
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, by Charlie Monroe and His Boys (bluegrass... and His Boys)

Decorative stonemasonry, cloisters, Hereford Cathedral 09-14

More BS from George F. Will

Aug. 28th, 2015 12:36 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

George F. Will, "The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party", Washington Post 8/26/2015:

Trump, who uses the first-person singular pronoun even more than the previous world-record holder (Obama), promises that constitutional arrangements need be no impediment to the leader’s savvy, “management” brilliance and iron will.

As documented ad nauseam in earlier posts, Obama's rate of first-person singular usage is low relative to other recent presidents (see "Buzzfeed linguistics, presidential pronouns, and narcissism revisited", 10/21/2014). George F. Will has a long history of false statements and insinuations on this point ("Fact-checking George F. Will", 6/7/2009; "Fact-checking George F Will, one more time", 10/6/2009; "Another lie from George F. Will", 5/7/2012).

[And anyhow, according to a recent large study by Angela Cary et al.,"Narcissism and the Use of Personal Pronouns Revisited" (2014), "Overall (r = .02, 95% CI [-.02, .04]) and within the sampled contexts, narcissism was unrelated to use of first-person singular pronouns". But never mind that…]

As I observed a few weeks ago, there are settings in which Donald Trump actually does use first-person-singular pronouns more frequently than his rivals ("Did a blind squirrel happen to find a nut?", 8/8/2015). So does this mean that George F. Will has reformed, and started to care about the empirical accuracy of his assertions and insinuations?

I don't think so. Fred Vultee spends a few minutes counting, and concludes that in his presidential announcement,

Trump comes in around 4.4%, which — going by the MSNBC chart reproduced at Language Log* — puts him about even with Ike and Bush Sr. but behind the notoriously uppity taciturn Harry Truman.

I have a feeling that my counts from the presidential debate are more characteristic of Mr. Trump's idiom than Fred's count from the announcement of his candidacy. But the facts, which matter to Fred and to me, don't seem to matter to George Will. Let me repeat what I wrote back in 2009,

Now, maybe there's some selection of Obama's interactions where his use of the first person singular pronoun is higher than expected for someone in his circumstances. Alternatively, maybe George F. Will is a bullshitter, who doesn't bother even to ask one of his interns to check whether the  alleged "facts" in his columns are true or false. We report, you decide.

In calling him a bullshitter, I'm not just flinging an off-color insult, as much as Mr. Will might deserve such treatment. Rather, I'm using a technical term, as defined by the philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt in his monograph On Bullshit, Princeton University Press 2005. It's worth quoting a few paragraphs from that work:

[T]he essence of bullshit is not that it is false but that it is phony. […]

What bullshit essentially misrepresents is neither the state of affairs to which it refers nor the beliefs of the speaker concerning that state of affairs. Those are what lies misrepresent, by virtue of being false. Since bullshit need not be false, it differs from lies in its misrepresentational intent. The bullshitter may not deceive us, or even intend to do so, either about the facts or about what he takes the facts to be. What he does necessarily attempt to deceive us about is his enterprise. His only indispensably distinctive characteristic is that in a certain way he misrepresents what he is up to.

This is the crux of the distinction between him and the liar. Both he and the liar represent themselves falsely as endeavoring to communicate the truth. The success of each depends upon deceiving us about that. But the fact about himself that the liar hides is that he is attempting to lead us away from a correct apprehension of reality; we are not to know that he wants us to believe something he supposes to be false. The fact about himself that the bullshitter hides, on the other hand, is that the truth-values of his statements are of no central interest to him; what we are not to understand is that his intention is neither to report the truth nor to conceal it. This does not mean that his speech is anarchically impulsive, but that the motive guiding and controlling it is unconcerned with how the things about which he speaks truly are.

It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing  bullshit requires no such conviction. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it. When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality  correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.

As the old joke has it, if you look up bullshit in a dictionary of philosophy, you'll find (or should find) a picture of George F. Will.

So it's appropriate to repeat something else that I wrote in one of those earlier posts:

There are two interesting questions here, it seems to me. The first one is why George F. Will is so struck by rates of first-person usage, on the part of Barack and Michelle Obama, that are significantly lower than has been typical of recent presidents and first ladies on similar occasions. The second question is how many pundits and talking heads will follow his brainless lead this time around. […]

Now that I think of it, there's another significant question here as well. How in the world did our culture  award major-pundit status to someone whose writings are as empirically and spiritually empty as those of George F. Will?



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Aug. 28th, 2015 07:36 am
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I’m working on cancelling a newspaper subscription at work (we no longer read that particular paper) and I have what is really obviously a robot on the other end of the please-cancel-my-subscription customer service chat. I’m kind of okay with talking to a robot, though I do wish they wouldn’t pretend it’s a person and have it tell me its name and stuff. Like, I’d RATHER deal with a robot than a person, just let it be a robot.

But now the robot’s trying to talk me out of cancelling the subscription and if there is one thing I will not tolerate it’s being haggled with by a robot.

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Writing note of the day: If I have to type "All units banner the Deuce of Gears" one more time, I shall scream. Why are my macros not working???

- recent reading
Tanya Huff. Fifth Quarter. This is #2 in some series whose first volume is Sing the Four Quarters and whose third volume is No Quarter; I don't think I've read #1 and I definitely haven't read #3, although I want to. (I've been informed that #1 is skippable.)

Fifth Quarter takes place in a well-worked out fantasy setting where Bards can sing "quarters" (the kigh, or spirits, of the four elements respond to each corresponding quarter)--in particular, in an empire with a well-organized (and well-researched) army.

Vree and Bannon are sister and brother military assassins, trained, unusually, to work together; most assassins work alone. The two are very deadly, have a rather codependent relationship, and to top things off, Vree (the protagonist) is battling attraction to her brother. (This is not even subtext. It's very clearly text.)

Things take a turn for the worse/hilarious when they go to assassinate an aged governor--who turns out to be a body-hopper, Gyhard, and who takes over Bannon's body to survive. Bannon manages to hop into Vree's body as a last resort. Gyhard and Vree-Bannon end up traveling together, the latter hoping for a chance to shove Gyhard out and restore Bannon's body to him, the former hoping to upgrade to an even better body--that of a prince whom Vree and Bannon, as army assassins, are sworn to protect. The question of who will prevail first becomes even more complicated when it turns out that Gyhard has information on another threat to the empire, a rogue bard who's going around raising the dead.

This is a fun romp that's both hilarious and melodramatic by turns, with some serious thematic material on the importance of different kinds of family and togetherness. The worldbuilding is very solid, with great details, and beyond that, it's a fast, entertaining read. Recommended.

- recent art
Thanks to [personal profile] telophase's pointer I signed up for Schoolism's online video art lectures; they also have some (rapidly-filled) slots for individual instruction with feedback videos but I can't afford those. :p With the $144/year plan, you can sign up for one course and go through it at your own pace, then spend $1 at any time to switch to another course. I'm currently going through a five-lesson course, Drawing Fundamentals with Thomas Fluharty, because I am pretty much self-taught and I figured I ought to start with the basics. I'm hoping to get to Gesture Drawing or Fundamentals of Character Design next, if I make it that far.

Lesson 1 of Drawing Fundamentals is about learning to see and breaking down what you want into basic shapes, something that I somehow managed not to grasp despite reading a zillion how-to art books for beginners talking about this. It really is easier with a video talking me through. :p Fluharty goes through an example with a dog, then has you accompany him with a frog, and then assigns you a giraffe, which is pure evil because my God all those spots. exercises )
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This Canadian Life #238: Hard Core Logo, Twenty Years On (Hard Core Logo (1996))
written by [ profile] bestliars, performed by [ profile] bessyboo
Summary: Today on This Canadian Life, a reflection on the legacy of Hard Core Logo twenty years after Joe Dick's death.

Lost History: Captain America Edition (Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies))
by [ profile] Firefox, [ profile] klb, [ profile] pryxis, [ profile] reena_jenkins
Summary: Check

this one goes out to (Les Misérables - All Media Types)
written by [ profile] novembersmith, performed by [ profile] knight_tracer
Summary: Renegade Radio Puts Our World in Danger: How Dare This Group Of Terrorists Risk Unwilling Wizards to Exposure?'
AKA, a fic in which the Amis take on the Statute of Secrecy, and Enjolras finally learns how to listen.

Wish You Were Here (Bandom, My Chemical Romance, frnkiero andthe cellabration, Gerard Way and the Hormones)
written by [ profile] RubyTuesday5681, performed by [ profile] jenepod
Summary: Most of the time when Frank calls, he’s happy. Lately, a lot of the calls have been to tell Gerard about something Frank saw that reminded him of some shared experience of theirs from the past. Gerard both loves and hates these phone calls in equal measure.

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Aug. 28th, 2015 11:00 am
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Died on this day in 1705 aged 81 George Welf , Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Sophia who married George I. George contrived to actually marry (morganetically, meaning their children would not inherit) his mistress, which presumably is a happier state of affairs than having to marry someone you have never met.

Born on this day in 1837 to Alexander Wurttemberg , Duke of Wurttenburg and Claudine ? , Countess von Kis-Rhede, Francis Wurttemberg , Duke of Teck (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Mary who married George V. Francis's parents were married morganetically, so he was not a great catch; he eventually married his third cousin once removed who was in her thirties at the time and thus "getting on a bit" (oy!) and less of a catch. They lived in England on her civil-list (which probably wasn't called that at the time) income, but overspent rather and fled to the continent and the charity of other relatives (eventually they moved back)

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Aug. 28th, 2015 03:45 am
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The amyrillis have been good around town this year. As usual, mine are shooting up and flowering late, but a pink one and a white one are currently putting on a good show. I cleared away some of the Jupiter's whatsits to give encouragement to two others that are starting to go for it (and also to get them off the sidewalk yet again), and hacked away at the ginormous privet tree to try to get the one that's wound up under it to also produce a flower.

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