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Who out there doesn’t need a little more Saturn in their life? I can deliver.
This was a cool one to record. Even though we’d done 17 episodes before, I like to play with the format a little bit. I was a little more relaxed when we shot this, leaning back in the chair more and just having more fun with it. I hope that shows.
I know I’ll get asked about this, so to head the question off: Yes, Saturn’s rings really are thinner to scale than paper, by a lot. I’ve done the math.
For clarity, I’ll note that there are places where Saturn’s rings are thicker than 10 meters; they range up to a kilometer thick in some regions. But bear in mind that’s still compared to their 300,000 km diameter! That’s a heckuva ratio.
And why not: Here’s an article I wrote about what would happen if Saturn made a close approach to Earth, inspired by a very cool video showing what it would look like. You’ll like it.
As for Saturn itself, now is a great time to go out and see it. By a funny coincidence, Saturn is at opposition tonight: That means it’s opposite the Sun in the sky, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. It’s up all night, and that also means it’s as close to Earth as it will get for the year (about 1.34 billion km). If you want to see the planet for yourself — and oh my, yes you do — the next few weeks are the best time to do it.
Nothing has changed on my last two sagas (no info on examiner's state of health*, maybe today something will be done to my bathroom...?), and technically I've been working four jobs, if you count being - on paper - a full-time student as a full-time job**.
*We're assuming he's still alive because we haven't heard anything different! *lolsob*
**student, multiple roles at the theatre (counting each separately, idk, it's like eight jobs), research assistant, STILL TEACHING BECAUSE HELLO EXAMS TO MARK...
I saw Mad Max: Fury Road and liked it. I'd like to see it again, because I know my response was a bit lukewarm (because of exhaustion).
VidUKon is next month and some of the vidshows made me squeak with anticipation.
I need to book a bunch of flights and do a stack of life admin stuff this weekend, but tomorrow I'm away all day at a conference. My to-do list is extensive, and I've got a spinning-wheels sensation this month, like I'm really really busy but not getting anywhere.
Later this afternoon I'm practising a conference paper I'll be giving next Wednesday, which means I need to use the afternoon to write the presentation. I know the material really well, but I need to focus long enough to organise my thoughts.
It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.
N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.
To enhance this week's glee: Hansjörg Auer new route-ing on the Kristallwand.
"Andy Lanning and I are no longer working together, and indeed haven’t worked together since early last year except to finish commitments. The very long-standing relationship was no longer working, and the split was for the best. I am very much happier now working solo." - Dan Abnett
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It would have been difficult to gracefully get out of the Saturday thing if my only excuse is "I've hit my introvert social maximum for the week" -- it's a going-away party for a friend. However, she changed it last-minute from something I actually wanted to do (dinner at a nice Greek restaurant in town, followed by a bar crawl, which I was already planning to quietly beg off from), to something I really don't want to do AND have a decent excuse for not doing (a concert with a band I don't care about, that has $40 tickets). She doesn't mind me not coming and we made plans to have lunch next week instead.
Collapsing at home it is, then!
Also, once I get the garden in, my (once) frightfully intimidating May to-do list will be nearly 100% done. For the rest of the month, the only thing I really HAVE to do is to get my Kismet page buffer finished through early August (since I will be either traveling or too busy to work on it for most of June and July). And yeah, that's gonna be quite a bit of work, but it's fun work, and otherwise I can play a bit, and do art, and maybe write some fic. And figure out what my next big fiction project is going to be.
Go Play a Video Game, by autoeuphoric, Kenma/Kuroo, 1350 words, porn. Because there had to be a fic in the world of Kuroo sexing up Kenma while Kenma just continues playing a video game the entire time.
And then two by the same author:
levels of investment, by skittidyne, gen with some Tsukishima/Yamaguchi, 9133 words. a team practice match. SO GOOD! OH MAN! the ONLY time I have seen anyone write volleyball action really well in a haikyuu fic. and all of the characters are so good. it's truly an ensemble piece, and mostly gen, with a little shippy stuff at the end, basically.
you can only take what you can carry, by skittidyne, gen with some Sawamura/Sugawara, 4274 words. basically the same kind of "gen with a bit of shipping at the end" formula as the other fic, though this one doesn't feature actual volleyball action, but does have training camp shenanigans.
and an AMV:
Heavy, 3:07, gen/ensemble/recruiter-vid-type-thing. THE EDITING IN THIS IS SO GOOD. I especially love how the vidder utilizes internal motion such as zooms and pans within clips when doing transitions from one clip to the next. Like, a clip where it's zooming out goes to another clip where it's zooming out goes to another one and it gives this really excellent sense of motion and continuity between them. some of the other transitions are just really well edited and seamless too, like there's at least a few where it seems like it just seamlessly pans over to another part of the clip but it's a ttly diff clip. anyway makes me want to slow it down and look at it frame-by-frame to inspect their editing haha. which maybe i'll do at some point. XD anyway, if you like either haikyuu or vidding, i think u would enjoy this.
A Little Off the Top, by introsquirrel, which is actually two fics but they're both part of this series. though I can't tell if they're really supposed to be in the exact same continuity, but it doesn't really matter either way. both are good! one is 7381 words and one is 20713 words. both main pairing DaveKat, some supporting pairings that were canon on the pre-Vriska-retcon meteor. basically the recent upd8s left me really wanting good DaveKat fic set in the new continuity, but I CAN'T FIND ANY THAT SATISFACTORILY SCRATCH MY ITCH GDI but I did find this older one I hadn't read be4 so yay for that.
2. Kitty doesn't seem interested in much wet food at all, but she is eating a lot (for relative values of "a lot") of treats and drinking a lot of water, so at least she's got something going in her tummy.
3. The strawberry swiss rolls I love are on sale this week at work.
4. We took a nice walk this evening.
Emily Cahn, "Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst", Roll Call 5/20/2015 — Linda Seebach writes "I lived in LA for a couple of years, and can readily believe that SoCal angst is unusually prompt to appear."
But it's harder to believe that "stumbles" is a transitive verb, though I guess there might be a causative equivalent of the intransitive form, as with break or boil.
On the other hand, it's easy enough to find headlines where a plural noun (fights, fears, plans, etc.) can easily be interpreted as a transitive verb, allowing prompt to take its place as an adjective:
And even cases that go the other way: