Final tally was two skipped, one I kind of wish I skipped, and the last story, Tau Zero, I don't know what it was doing but it didn't do it successfully from where I'm sitting.
It left me grumpy and thinking I didn't get much out of the magazine.
But, I liked Number Thirty-Nine Skink
The Ones Who Know Where They Are Going was strong idea stuff
A Singular Event In The Fourth Dimension had a nice robot child
After The Atrocity did interesting stuff about self and how choice and experience shapes us, quite compactly.
So that's some story.
Just in a sea of stuff I either actively disliked or it didn't do much for me.
Being left grumpy is annoying. But you never know what next issue looks like.
2. Next Tuesday I have another concert to go to but also the big giant yearly evaluation meeting where all the store managers have to give their pitches to the president for people's raises was moved to that day, so I was worried I might not get out in time, but today there was an email that made it sound like we could go home after our store was done, so I double checked and they confirmed it, and my store is one of the first ones in the morning, so not only will I have plenty of time for the concert, but I can do the ordering and stuff I usually do Wednesday, and then not have to go in on Thursday (which I thought I might have to do because I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday in Irvine and it's also Carla's birthday so I was planning on taking the day off so we could go to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants that's down by the doctor's office). So I'm pretty happy about all that. (And just in general happy about not having to sit through a day-long meeting.)
3. I played some more Zelda tonight. I keep meaning to play at least a little every day, but somehow there never seems to be time. I need to work on just playing a little bit at a time, but I always feel like if I'm going to play, I want to play a lot, and then end up not doing it at all. But tonight I went up the cliffs outside of Zora's domain to get the shock arrows and a photo of the Lynel (and maybe try and fight him, but he blasted me while I was taking a photo so I just ran, lol). And then I ended up going to a nearby shrine instead and then from there to a great fairy fountain, so I got my clothes upgraded a bit (though I'm missing some ingredients). Then I went down south and opened up the Lake Tower (I plan on catching some fish in Hyrule Lake while I'm there, since that's what I need to upgrade my Zora gear). Tomorrow I probably will attempt the first divine beast, though.
4. Today is Chloe and Molly's birthday and they're a big grown up two years old! (And Jasper is five months! When did these kitties get so big!?)
I've been giving some thought to titles for the different volumes, and what motifs might be suitable for a cover design along with a fan. Here are some preliminary suggestions:
Volume 1: The Comfortable Courtesan. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that has been a Lady of the Demi-Monde these several years)
Cover: fan + wombatt
Volume 2: The Comfortable Courtesan: Exile from Town. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that has been a Lady of the Demi-Monde these several years)
Cover: fan + quill in inkpot
Volume 3: The Comfortable Courtesan : A Change of Station. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + coronet
Volume 4: The Comfortable Courtesan: Storming Society. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + domino mask
Volume 5: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Drama of Rival Mistresses. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + cello
Volume 6: The Comfortable Courtesan: Domestic Disruptions. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + horse*
Volume 7: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Favourite in Society. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + swan
Volume 8: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Death at a House Party. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + hatpin
Volume 9: The Comfortable Courtesan: Romantic Stratagems. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + lace and bobbins
Volume 10: The Comfortable Courtesan: An Honourable Estate. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + mongoose
Volume 11: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Deal of Visits. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + pistol
Your opinions are solicited.
*I did think maybe just a riding crop, but that might imply a misleading message…
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which is a weirdly repetitive time sink that can take as much of your life as you give it.
I mean I like having a fandom and associated discussion again
but I'm not so keen on waiting on slow computer to reload yet another screen of reblogs that don't add anything
some of them of random shit from last year or more.
Tumblr is a terrible platform for most things, is what I'm saying.
Is there a fandom newsletter culture I just failed to find?
somewhere that aggregates the interesting comments so you don't have to follow all dozen people in your corner and hope?
following tags sure doesn't work well enough for that.
I'm going to have to unfollow a bunch of stuff just to reclaim some of my day.
the vlogs full of pretty pictures will be a good start, but pretty pictures are all tumblr as a technology is really actually good at.
and yet, dreamwidth, difficult to find new content. people quiet. lots of going away. don't know if newer fandoms are here at all.
don't know why that happened.
must find places to look.
current balance not very good.
In Russia issue news, we have a few stories. "First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself" - we'll be lucky to get more than two or three, but one is better than none. In "I'm Not Crying You're Crying" news, "Trump wants a Russia investigation … directed at Clinton." No, really. But the real hope today is that the Senate might do something, in "Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Vow Thorough Russian Investigation."
Also, reportedly, "FBI Director James Comey Tried To Reveal Russian Tampering Months Before Election." Erf.
Science, and How the Republicans Hate It: first, there was an action item earlier, but it didn't help; "House votes to restrict EPA’s use of science." This is a restriction so onerous and comprehensive that if taken at black text, the EPA won't ever be able to do much of anything new again. I consider that intentional, particularly given that Lamar Smith called the journal Science - you know, one of the most important and respected journals on the planet - basically fake news, during this hearing: "Climate Scientist Fires Back at House Science Committee During Hearing." And, of course, you can't have a good purge without language controls, so "Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’." That's fun! And finally, "E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide."
Oh, did I mention that "Trump Proposes Slashing Medical Research This Year, Too"? Well, now I have.
"Seattle will sue Trump over sanctuary city threats." Good! We're doing pretty well so far, what with repeated victories in court against the Muslim travel bans. Another one came down yesterday, late, in fact - this time, Hawai'i gets the win. "We have just won in #HawaiivsTrump. Trump Admin lost everything it sought." They're describing it as a real smackdown of a decision, too. Relatedly, "Rep Gutierrez Tells CNN Sanctuary Cities Are Actually ‘Fourth Amendment Cities,’" which is good language from a rhetoric standpoint.
Still, "UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it." See above about the 1,000-ish Russian hackers setting up rightist fake news sites through the election. Maybe this should've been with the above.
Corruption update: "Ivanka Trump will have an official White House position." Are all the kids on the payroll now? Is this everybody?
"Puget Sound transit projects would lose big under Trump budget." This is older, but I don't think I posted it before.
And finally, WashingtonWontDiscriminate.org is reporting that the fundraising rate with the fundamentalist "bathroom bill" initiative is "neck-and-neck," and that's really bad - I-1552 is getting infusions of cash from somewhere (I don't know where offhand but I can make a fleet of guesses) and they're asking for more donations. I know it's easy to get caught up in the Federal issues, but as I've said many times: we have to keep the bulwark here. Now is a good time to donate.
( It's March 30, 2017; this is the news )
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Because Mason still needs to be kept close and not be allowed to wander too much, I am reinstating the rule that the cats are inside with closed doors at night. Which is a good rule. This means I am bribing them with tuna most nights to get them to come inside, but they both seem to think it's a fair trade. Mason gets locked in when I'm at work, but George gets to stay on whichever side of the door she is on (with food in a bowl outside) because unlike Mason her timidity means she is less likely to get into dangerous situations.
Work: Mostly good. I gave a presentation on Fair Trade and ethical fashion at a Catholic high school on Thursday. It was fun to do and I would happily do it at other schools.
We had stocktake on Monday which meant I ended up working a 12 hour day. It all went pretty smoothly and we ran re-counts on Tuesday and there weren't many errors. I'm glad it happened towards the end of my work week, and not at the beginning.
Speaking of which, my roster will be changing after Easter for reasons I can't discuss publicly just yet. But my new roster will be pretty good, and still 4 days a week and 5 days in November and December, so that's something.
TV I started watching Gotham whcih is all sabotabby and the_axel's fault. They promised me crack but I got invested in the well being of characters like Baby Cat Woman, Fish Mooney, and Butch Gilzean. I even like Baby Bruce Wayne and Alfred. The character I care least about is Jim Gordon, and I'm pretty sure the actor is the bastard love child of Russell Crowe and Ben Mendelsohn.
After finishing two seasons in 3 weeks (look, I was home with a sick cat for two of those weeks), I decided to wait for season three to finish airing so I could binge that, too. And started looking for something that actually was the entertaining yet low stakes show I was looking for in the first place and Brooklyn Nine Nine is currently filling that role.
The only shows I'm watching weekly which are currently airing are pretty much only The Magicians, which finally had a good episode after lots of rage inducing stupid plots, and Elementary, which I'm not enjoying as much as in previous years.
I started watching Atlanta on SBS on Demand, but it autoplayed the episodes in the wrong order so I rage quit.
Books: I know I read some...
Last night I finished re-reading Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, which I hadn't read in 5-10 years. It turns out most of the stuff I remember was from the last third of the book, and there was lots more stuff about childhood and family history that I'd forgotten.
Before that I read The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, which was a great continuation of The Fisth Season. I liked the introduction of another point of view.
And before that I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things, an urban fantasy-ish novel about vampire drug gangs in Mexico. This was really great, and actually made vampires interesting again. I loved the idea that there were actually different species of vampire, each local to one part of the world, which explains the different mythologies.
Me: Generally okay, but slept weirdly the last couple of days while trying to make up for the couple of days before that.
I got stung by a bee on Sunday, but thanks to quick action on my part followed by asking beekeepers for advice on facebook, it hasn't swollen up and the itching has pretty much stopped.
I usually make some sarcastic comment about giving up something for Lent. This year I decided to do a secular version of Lent which I have dubbed "Meat Free March" (with fish allowed on Fridays). It's been pretty good and I have remembered some of my favourite vegetarian dishes. But now the end is approaching and I am really looking forward to Saturday. I'm basically a non-religious person who likes to celebrate all the events on various calendars which revolve around food, so I figured it was time to try some of the fasting events as well as the eating events.
Winter is coming, and we had a weirdly wet and cold summer, so I'm a bit apprehensive. But also planning a Hogswatch/Solstice party for my birthday. This will be decidedly non-vegetarian as the whole point is an excuse to bake a ham. But there will be veg*n options. Plus asking everyone to bring a dish, and possibly a chair.
So far I'm five episodes into Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto and finding it amusing. So, Sakamoto-kun: eldritch horror?
Jim is Welsh and nice and confusing everyone.
A Pearl has appeared, its from a little later but I know how much this canon is loved.
Hal's himself once more.
I also want to say how much I'm loving this thread with Chirrut and Baze is making me so happy.
Now what's been making you smile on these rainy days of Spring.
so today I taped a few sheets to the bookcase I'm planning to get rid of and tried doing a few exercises.
Like, not ow, but, huh, that's work I do not usually do.
I like the pillow exercises because instead of big weights you're swinging a pillow around
I tried them without even the pillow
and it says to do multiple sets
and I am currently disinclined to do multiple sets.
Possibly I really need to do some exercises.
Also I tried like two from the abs sheet and now my abs feel unusual.
Also also I need to look up like moving images with instructions, because it's not always obvious how you're meant to look like the little drawings man.
So. Now I have a project. Involving actual movement. Ever. At all.
Dancing is good movements but I only do one hour of that a week so I could add more moving on different days.
... I mean, I probably won't, but I could...