[domesticity] Moving Along

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:37 am
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I finally decided what I'm doing with rugs, at least in the main room, and ordered them, and also rug pags. I'm ordering from Overstock.com, which feels like something of a gamble, but a good gamble. I'm not sure I made the right choice, but I feel good that I made a choice, and can now move onto the next things on my list.

It abruptly dawned on me in the middle of checking out – at the point where it proposed to ship the rugs to my old address, not yet knowing about my new address – that, omg, my credit card company was going to see all these largish purchases on my card being shipped to an address that, as far as they know, isn't mine.

So I called my credit card company at five to midnight to explain that I was moving and to please not screw up my rug order, and, while I have you here, here's my new mailing address.


Feb. 15th, 2019 11:15 pm
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I ended up getting almost nothing done this past week due to coming down with a severe head cold and staying in bed most of the past 4 days. I still feel stuffy but at least my brains are no longer leaking out of my nose and I can think again for more than ten minutes at a time.

Unfortunately that grayout period included Will's birthday. I gave him a small handful of presents I had bought beforehand and Robby took him out for frozen yogurt, but we didn't manage any sort of group celebration. I'm hoping I can make it up to him over the weekend.

We also skipped celebrating Valentine's Day, but we have symphony tickets for tomorrow night, which could be a date night if I can find a babysitter on short notice.

[domesticity] Got the Keys

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:55 pm
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I went by my new place today and got the keys.

I brought a roll of toilet paper, because priorities, but there was one already there.

I hung out and did more measuring. The doors have a 3/4th inch clearance so a rug should be fine. There's no jambs for the closet doors, so there's no obvious way to sneak coax in front of them.

The broken blind was replaced. The heat is still wonky; according to the thermostat it was 74degF in there, despite the thermostat being set to 65. Will nudge the super on it. This may not actually be a thermostat malfunction (though the radiator in the bathroon is Doing It's Part For Global Warming(tm)) as much as it's a function of being on about the third floor (depending on whether or not you count the basement, which is where the laundry room is) and heat rising.

I've filed my change of address with USPS.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 07:48 pm
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Tuesday [July] 6 [1847] start 8 oclock. go 18 miles. camp on the bank of a stream from the platt river where the Indians had camped. we burnt their wickeups for wood. some waided the river to get wood. brought it over on their backs. the camp did not all get up last night neither have they to night. Smoots co have not been heard from since Monday. Grants co did not get up to night.

~ "The Diary of Patty Sessions, 1847," Covered Wagon Women: Diaries & Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849, page 168. I have added punctuation, month, and year.

You guys, this is a great book, but when I got to this part I actually SAID OUT LOUD, "But that didn't belong to you!" See? They came across a Native American camp, tore the shelters apart, and burned them for fuel. Now, yes, maybe the Indians had abandoned the camp and weren't coming back, but how could these settlers have known that? Omfg. :-(

Anyway. Here is something awesome -- a first print, first edition, SIGNED COPY of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Omfg again, but in a good way. His WORKING COPY. This is like ... a holy grail. :DDD

[food] oh go on then

Feb. 16th, 2019 12:06 am
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Some of you have specifically mentioned being interested in seeing other people's responses to this week's [community profile] thefridayfive, and I'm sitting around nervously watching the mass spec run without the concentration to do anything more useful, so here you go.

Content note: this week's theme is grocery shopping and meal planning. My answers therefore involve mention of sensory issues with food, dietary restrictions, and disordered eating.

Read more... )

Of course, what these questions don't touch on is HAVE I MENTIONED I HAVE AN ALLOTMENT. :D I make choices about what to grow (and where) for convenience; for example, I don't like buying cut herbs because (i) I feel vaguely guilty and (ii) they're never the right quantities, but I do like fresh herbs, so in pots on the verandah I've got mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, chives, and bay. I'm on the verge of buying seeds for two kinds of basil; an honourable mention to the ancestral wild garlic, that springeth green. I also had tomatoes on the patio (... I still haven't decided what to call it; "decking" seems awfully USois, somehow, and isn't quite in my active vocabulary) this summer, which was convenient and enjoyable enough that I'm likely to do it again. (I might also try cucumbers on the patio, depending on how the weather goes and whether I actually buy a greenhouse.)

At the allotment I'm prioritising things it's ridiculously expensive to buy (poppy seed! caraway seed! hopefully, if I get my act together, asparagus! bay leaves! soft fruit! hopefully some saffron, thanks to [personal profile] ewt!), things that come in entirely the wrong amounts always and are awkward to store (spinach!), things I always wince over the cost of and can rarely be persuaded to indulge myself on (fennel! purple sprouting broccoli! pak choi! shallots! interesting salad leaves! hopefully passionfruit!), things that are Brightly Coloured (this season I'm going to be experimenting with Painted Mountain sweetcorn, rainbow quinoa and purple chillis, among others), things it's otherwise tricksy to find (root parsley! :D), and things that are Just Better when they're really ludicrously fresh (hiiiii peas). I'd already been trying to eat seasonally; I'm looking forward to spending more time paying attention to plants, and trying to remind myself that I'm not going to be starting everything off hideously too late even if I am only getting back from Belfast at the end of February.

This is of course my first year with the allotment so I don't... entirely have a sense of how my shopping patterns will actually be affected, but I Am Excited To Find Out: I've already been enjoying working with the rhubarb and beetroot neighbours have desperately fobbed off on me, and with the things I've managed to get going already. So, you know, if compatible with your diet, should you visit me over the summer there's a very high chance that you'll be fed Things What I Grew (That Aren't The Sourdough), and should I visit you you might get brought A Tribute...

january booklog

Feb. 15th, 2019 11:32 pm
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Possibly in reaction to last year, I am now reading very slowly! But that's OK; this is never a race, and I read some good things in January.

1. The Unadulterated Cat - Terry Pratchett and Gray Jolliffe ) Silly and charming and fun; this is no kind of great, but it's very endearing.

2. The Shape of Their Hearts - Melissa Scott ) I don't know if I'll re-read this one, but even confusing Scott is usually pretty good.

3. Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley ) There's probably only so many versions of the same story one person can tell. But I'd read at least one more.

4. Gemini Cell - Myke Cole ) I ought to have liked this, but I didn't. Annoying.

5. Rivers of London: Water Weed - Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero, and Paulina Vassileva ) It's the usual thing - even weaker bits of this series are pretty good. But it was weaker.

6. A History of Chinese Civilization - Jacques Gernet trans. JR Foster ) This is a Very Serious proper summary of the history of China, which is a big place with an immense history, so it's also epically long. But mostly quite interesting.

7. Looking for a Ship - John McPhee ) This didn't blow me away, but it did make me think about the modern merchant marine in a bunch of new ways.

8. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden ) I found this rather uncomfortable, but it's genuinely impressive - I can see why people were rating it so highly.

9. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes - Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, and Anne Stuart ) Ultimately I just really struggle with most genre romance, even when it's by people I do enjoy reading - so many of the conventions rub me up the wrong way (strong dominant dudes! pushing through your consent because they know you better than you know yourself!) that it's hard to enjoy all the satisfying falling-in-love happy-ever-after bits I do like a lot.
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Earlier this week I found out via Facebook that two friends, Michael H., and Mark R., from different social circles, had died. It struck me, in part because I had been at the conference all day, and was suddenly confronted with this news with all its immediacy. I cannot say I was particularly close to either but both were the sort of people whose company I enjoyed; great minds, big hearts, and a well-tuned sense of the absurd. What struck me was the realisation that in pre-social media times, weeks if not months or even years could have passed before I would have received this news, and how it cuts in the other direction as well. Connectivity is often stronger, more organic (to use Durkheim's classic dichotomy), and especially lasting. Once upon a time you could meet someone, form a friendship, lose contact, and in ten years even their name would be forgotten. Now we have the extension of our mind, recorded in digital, replicated on servers worldwide, "Google never forgets", and our digital footprints in the sand are not washed away, but rather become a source for recollections by ourselves and others.

Meanwhile, I am still in Wellington. Multicore World has finished, with the last day of formal proceedings followed by a round-table workshop (I stayed for half of the latter, wanting to see a bit of the city during business hours). From the last day's talks I was particularly impressed with Jeffrey Vetter from Oakridge, talking about their future supercomputers and heterogeneous memory architectures, on which he has a very good paper. With retirement impending Mark Seager of Intel gave a heartfelt presentation on being part of a 34-year journey, which he points out included witnessing a 100Bx computational performance improvement in that time.

My journeys on the half-day I had free included a visit to the NZ Labour Party to rejoin (that makes four social-democratic and democratic socialist parties I am a member of in AU, NZ, DE, and FR), followed by a trip to the Wellington City Museum, which is a truly superb little institution. My favourite of the many stories the place tells is the short documentary of the Tragedy of the Wahine, overlayed with the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Adagio in G Minor. I have said in the past that this is possibly the most powerful short documentary I have ever seen, and I still hold to that - and that was before I found out that I had been on the said boat several weeks prior to its sinking, in utero.

Technically, I am officially on holiday from now until and the coming week. I do suspect that I am going to continue at least some work as that is my nature; I have software installations to complete and impending courses to teach. Nevertheless, I also have my own studies to pay attention to. This morning I handed in a massive mid-term assignment for my MSc, and next week I'm off to Dunedin to attend the opening classes for my MHed. Which means whatever spare time does fall my way I will be making the most of.

Friday Five!

Feb. 15th, 2019 01:12 pm
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Today's set from [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
Not really. There are schedule days for specific meals - Monday pasta, Tuesday vegetarian, Thursday pizza - and those are practically set in stone, but otherwise it's a 'couple of days in advance' planning.

2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
Oh, we try. We tryyyyyyyyy. But there's always something else that gets spotted and sounds yummy.

3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
Pepsi - my dad's an addict. Cat food, both wet and dry. I say I'll feed the cats before I feed myself. At least I would understand why the food bowl was empty. Cats don't understand "I didn't get to the store today".

4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
Me personally, no, but my mother can't resist buying "little snacks" for herself, like bags of Hershey's Kisses and whatnot. And then we end up with a jar full here, a jar full there, another bag in the cabinet, etc. She buys them, but only eats like ... two a day, so they pile up.

5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
HAHAHA, no. Noooooooooo, not even an option. The closest grocery store to me, other than the ... vaguely unsettling cheap store, is a half-hour drive minimum. Delivery fees would be extortionate even if drivers were willing to come this far out.

Interesting Links for 15-02-2019

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Feb. 15th, 2019 05:24 am
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"'Our community has some of the most marginalized in our society, so doing things that could potentially harm the livelihood of sex workers doesn't really matter to folks because we are seen as disposable,' Santos muses. 'But we are actively seeing how attacks on sex workers quickly becomes an attack on all women. How are people going to be able to differentiate between a sex trafficked victim and a woman traveling alone or eating dinner alone or just having a glass of wine alone? We are just the entrance to something that can and will get bigger if we allow it.'" -- Sandra Song, "When Anti-Sex Trafficking Policies Like the Marriott's Do More Harm Than Good", 2019-01-30

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Imagine being one of the last hundred speakers of your language in all the world, and, having been asked by one of your elders to learn the songs of your people, deciding to try to save them by making an album of them so beautiful that all the world would hear it, and come to treasure them.

Via Metafilter: Jeremy Dutcher's album "Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa" [Youtube playlist]. A shockingly beautiful and heartbreakingly heroic work of cultural preservation and propagation. From Metafilter:
Jeremy Dutcher is a First Nations classically trained tenor, musician, and composer whose debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, sung entirely in the "severely endangered" language of Wolastoqey, won the 2018 Polaris Prize, which is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian music album. [...] Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation, and his album is based on traditional Wolastoqiyik songs, often sampling century-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' singing, to devastatingly beautiful effect.
Glorious, glorious. Highly recommended.
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Not specific to this episode and there's like no one else who's going to get this reference because you'd need to both be into the Magicians TV show and also into the Books of the Raksura, but [personal profile] seven and I were talking and realized the kids have a similar setup to a Raksuran court with Margo as the ruling queen, Eliot and Quentin as consorts, Alice is a... very dysfunctional sister queen, Julia's a visiting queen from another court (who challenged Marina, the former queen) with Kady as her warrior. Penny's also a warrior but I guess whose court he's in might depend on which Penny. Dean Fogg is a line grandfather. Poor Fen is the lone Arbora with all these unstable Aeriat. And Josh is really more of a groundling Margo adopted into the court.

And I just wanted to record that somewhere. If I actually wrote anything I suppose that's a good candidate for a crossover fic? But instead it's just going to stew.

Spoilers, kind of just summarizing my liveblog thoughts. )

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[personal profile] lj_writes posted: Signal Boost bookmarklet with user name tags for more sites
I made a fork/update to [personal profile] melannen's fork of [personal profile] astolat's signal boost bookmarklet, which adds user name tags for more of the sites recognized by the DW user tag. I also made small changes to the text generated by the bookmarklet.

If you already had the signalboost bookmarklet, you can right-click to edit it and change the URL value to the code in the box, fwiw.

[domesticity, music] Oh, hey!

Feb. 15th, 2019 12:53 am
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So I'm packing (and washing, but not in that order) my CDs (or rather their jewel cases) and discovered a whole little cache of CDs I had little to recollection of, which aren't ripped to my computer. And then I remembered that my laptop's CD/DVD drive was out of order for a while, and I wound up with a backlog of media that I had either purchased or been gifted that I had no way to play. By the time I got the device straightened out, I had forgotten I had them.

It's like Christmas!

I'm not ripping them all now, but maybe I can take some time on unpacking to get it done.

Tangentially related: I have been saving almost every box from every delivery for about a year, in anticipation of moving. Turns out the box that my nifty new boots were shipped in is almost exactly the size of my remaining CD collection. (Of course, now that they're all packed, I'm now going to find another little cache of CDs somewhere in my apartment. Let me enjoy my illusions for the moment.)

Rambling Updates

Feb. 15th, 2019 12:17 am
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Pokemon Go is tough during winter. I had a stretch of days while I was sick and a stretch of days where it was far too cold to be outside (I need it to be, like, at least 20°F/-7°C to go out, and instead it was -15°F/-26°C.) and several stretches of days where everything is snowy and/or icy. I could go walk around an indoor mall, but that is not nearly as enjoyable as being outdoors for me. There have been some nice days though! And I managed to get a shiny Lugia from the 7-day research box and a shiny Luvdisc from the Valentine's day event.

I've started listening to podfics and audiobooks while I drive or play Pokemon Go, which is pretty fun too. The current audiobook I'm listening to is sort of hilarious and frustrating. The hero and heroine are delightful together, but the conflict comes from the hero's secret plot for the heroine that she doesn't know about, and I just do not get why he cannot sit down with her and explain what the heck he's doing. Mind, he hasn't explained to the reader either what he's doing because halfway through this book, his plan seems to be:

Step 1: Get a wife.
Step 2: Do not fuck your wife despite the fact that you both want to do it.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: Your family is saved! From some danger you have as yet to explain!

So I guess I'll see how this all pans out eventually, but I do not have high expectations.

I've also been getting into zines lately, which is somewhat odd for me because I...don't really buy fandom-related merch? Like, I think it's neat and I like seeing it and I get why other people like, but I don't want any for myself. Except now I've bought one, pre-ordered two more, and am thinking about getting a couple others. The one I bought and received gave me a lovely moment where the art worked together, so it inspired to buy the other two to try to recapture that moment. One of the two is like two months delayed at this point though, so I suppose I'm also learning about the potential pitfalls of zines. I did think it would probably be delayed even before ordering though because the schedule had it shipping the week before Christmas, which seemed destined for delays even if zero of the people involved celebrate Christmas. The other is on schedule as far as I know, so. It is an adventure!

Another spring-like day

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:02 pm
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Seriously. It was almost 80 degrees here today (26.7 degrees Celsius). I went in the backyard and refilled all the bird feeders, including the thistle socks. I also switched out the small-seed feeder (which holds mostly millet, as opposed to sunflower seeds) from a BIG feeder to a smaller one, because really, most of the birds are way more interested in the black-oil sunflower seeds than they are in the millet. I also put out more dried corn on the cob for the squirrels. While I was doing all this, Layla helped by barking enthusiastically at a hawk circling overhead, and then at a group of four or five huge crows who flew by, cawing loudly and apparently curious to see what we were doing outside.

Finished Finn Murphy's The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, and, although I liked the beginning, I did not like the book by the end. He may have been saying the right things about race and class in America, but that didn't make him any less of a jerk in my eyes, and I simply could not believe that at least one of his road stories had really happened. After that I read Robert Olen Butler's Tabloid Dreams: Stories, which I liked A LOT. Anyway, I am currently reading Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849, edited by Kenneth L. Holmes, and omg it is FASCINATING. I mean, I worry about stuff like "Oh, should I go to the grocery store today or not," and the women writing these letters and diaries are like, "BORE MY EIGHTH CHILD BY THE RIVER AND THEN WENT BY FLATBOAT DOWN THE COLUMBIA AFTER MY HUSBAND DIED OF FEVER," and it is just holy shit these women were PILLARS OF STRENGTH. This volume is the first in a series published by the University of Nebraska, and I am looking forward to more.

Bought Bowlaway, Elizabeth McCracken's new novel, and Ben Aaronovitch's Lies Sleeping, both because I felt the need of some Retail Therapy after President Goat-boy's most recent idiotic shenanigans. National emergency my ass. What a dumpster fire. It will take generations to recover from the damage this shitbag and his enablers have done.

I don't even know sometimes, chiclets.


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