May. 23rd, 2017 05:42 pm
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  1. Hello there! I'm making dinner and having a slow day so I finally have time to make a post. 
  2. I got two As and a B for the last semester, which was a miracle cause one class was HARD!
  3. This summer I'm taking a math class and HOLY MOLY has it been a long time since I've look at that kind of stuff...like 20 years.
  4. I think my daughter (who is 9) is going towards pre-teen moods. She has been moodier and crying a bit more. God help me!
  5. My landlady is kind of nuts. She threatened to evict me over the lawn because it's not up to her standard. She needs a life.
  6. How are all of you? If you want to get to know me better feel free to ask me anything. How are all of you?

portion it out

May. 24th, 2017 07:03 am
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and ev

The Last Line Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
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Duolingo finally released a Japanese course, currently only available for iOS. I've been curious what they'd do for that for ages, so I immediately took their placement test to start the course. Background, so you know where I'm coming from: I've been studying Japanese for a hell of a long time, and I'm ... middling at it, been stuck in the intermediate plateau for years because I haven't been able to devote much time to study. Kinda hovering around N3 level, though I have yet to actually pass the N3. But I can get around and have some conversations depending on the topic and read things depending on the vocab. And I've tried a lot of different tools and courses between my formal education at university and my self study.

Also, after I was placed, I found the things I missed were either me making a stupid mistake I did know but failed to input correctly, or me incorrectly guessing what English sentence structure they were intending me to respond with. So instead of going through the rest of the course normally, I tested out of each topic individually, which took me between 1 and 3 tries for each topic. Again depending largely on my luck in guessing what English sentence structure they were looking for. Except for the Olympics topic, which I knew I didn't know much terminology on, so I completed that one normally. It took me around 3 hours to complete everything.

The tl;dr version is that it seems like a decent introduction to Japanese, but the amount of material it covers is approximately the amount we covered in my first month or two of material in the beginning class at college with focus on somewhat different topics. My guess is, based on my experience with the Russian course, that you'll still want to study hiragana and katakana on your own outside of it, but it does provide a relatively gentle introduction to the characters and the entire course is using them, so you'll get practice in reading. If you're looking for just an intro or practice reviewing basics, this would be fine. But don't expect to come out of this course with anything more than basic/travel Japanese. You will sound oddly formal, but understandable, and be able to read... nothing, really, with the amount of kanji and grammar they teach.

some detail )

It's a little difficult for me to compare to their other courses since I haven't completed any others, but also just this course seems sparse on content. As a general Duolingo critique, I'd love to see some of the features that are available in languages like Spanish (or possibly only Spanish?) in other courses, really. Such as the interactive chat bots and speech detection. The speech detection is somewhat spotty in my experience-- I've said things in English to the iOS version that it counted as correct Spanish, but the Android version seemed better at detecting me saying the actual words-- but if they could improve it that would be also nice to have elsewhere. (Russian, please!) Also, give us something else to do with lingots.

Green River, Running Red, by Ann Rule

May. 23rd, 2017 10:14 am
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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer—America's Deadliest Serial Murderer, Ann Rule: When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Green River Killer. No details, just the name, but it was spooky enough that it stuck with me. And since my library doesn't have The Stranger Beside Me in ebook—I won't read it in paperback because I worked in a library; I know what those ratty true crime paperbacks look like and I'm not touching them—I chose this book as part of my exploration of the question: Do I really enjoy true crime or do I just love Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark's My Favorite Murder?

All I know for sure is that I love Karen and Georgia, and this book is long-winded, poorly organized, and filled with mind-numbing data. It'd be nerve wracking to read if you knew there was going to be a quiz later. Rule gives you dates, directions with cross streets, the full names of everyone you encounter, as well as their height, weight, age, occupation, birthday, and the names of their parents, siblings, and children. Surprisingly, none of that makes any of these people memorable. But without the threat of a test hanging over me, this was easy to read since I knew I would never need to remember a word of it, and I didn't, not even while I was reading.

The most satisfying part was when she mentioned an unrelated murder that happened near me when I was ten, and now I have context for a vague memory of a murder in a Denny's parking lot. Yes, you even get unrelated murders in this! Because the Pacific Northwest was fucking crawling with serial killers in the seventies and eighties, and Gary Ridgway was running around loose for twenty years while the cops searched for the Green River Killer. Every time someone was murdered, you had to wonder if it was him. They finally arrested him in 2001. I mean jesus. His first victims were found in 1982.

Anyway, this book isn't very good. It has chapters from Ridgway's perspective that are super gross and sourced from where, exactly, Ann? Also it has absolutely no bibliography. Just about three pages of people who assisted Rule in writing the book.

And it needs all the trigger warnings. Literally all of them.

*rubs hands* Onward to romance!

May. 23rd, 2017 04:38 pm
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Okay, now we’re cooking with slash! I mean, not that we weren’t already, because all you have to do is put Jingyan and Lin Shu in vague proximity and the air pretty much fills with hearts and flowers. But I’ve finally gotten to the point where /someone/ actually notices how bad they’ve got it for each other.

The someone is, of course, Nihuang. Because Jingyan is too self-sacrificing for his own damn good and Lin Shu may not have quite /processed/ all the back-to-life implications. If Nihuang were from the US south, she’d be saying things like “god love ‘em” and possibly even blessing their hearts. As it is, she’s smiling the “I know something you don’t know” smile and looking forward to maybe making Jingyan snarf his tea by mentioning her knowledge at a tactically decisive moment. Just possibly in terms of expanding Lin Shu’s harem, if the opportunity presents, because a fine tradition of teasing Jingyan within an inch of his life should not be let to die.

Have I mentioned that I like Nihuang quite a lot?

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/2rdHZo5

one foot in front of the other

May. 23rd, 2017 10:34 am
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I am very much worried about Nero. Right now he's at Dr Ebers' and there's probably going to be bloodwork and x-rays and I am worried about the big lug. I love that cat. He has come so far in such a short time from the cat he had been. He loves having his ears scratched and his head kissed and sleeping between me and his human. (I'm his human's human. That's about how he puts up with me.)

I want him to be okay.

I am currently avoiding all the panic that is percolating in my brain by watching Survival Lilly on YouTube in Austria build herself outdoor shelters. It helps. (She also has an adorable dog that loves to wallow in dirt and leaves.) It's very interesting to see how people in Europe build outdoor shelters versus what you would down here in South Mississippi. There you can use conifer branches and whatnot, but here it's more pine brances and they don't work well or cedar and that's sometimes hard to find where you can reach it.

We had water in the house again since it rained a lot.

Crown List was last weekend. It was held at the State Park near Shreveport - we have James and Joan as Prince and Princess again. I need to go do some research for their names because they don't have registered names or devices. I put up my canopy for the first time and I need to seal the seams on it. Wow do I. I also made a Lemon Bliss Cake and it was fine. Gaius made a deep-fried turkey for his Crown List people and shared with us other Heralds and that and my cake were divine. My Heraldic Boss (Brendan) fell in love with my large thick felt hat. If you wear glasses, a thick felt hat is wonderful because it keeps your glasses from getting spotty in the rain. Brent bought it several years ago at Acadiana or Scharborough Fair.

I should never get a top bunk again. It gets very difficult to get up and down from there.

I got a mole removed yesterday. Dr Rose is pretty sure there isn't anything wrong with it; it was one of those moles that's right at the waistband of your underwear or trousers or skirts and always gets rubbed on so it itches or gets rubbed raw occasionally. (I hate those moles.) So she took it right off then and there. I like lidocaine - yes, it stings at first, but then the lidocaine makes the sting of the lidocaine go away. Win win!

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This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.

Random things I have to do

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May. 23rd, 2017 11:38 pm
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Classes done for semester.

Assignments all in.

Exams start in a week and a half.

I sleep now. So much sleep.


May. 23rd, 2017 01:45 pm
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This weekend I went to another Jewish-Muslim interfaith event. I was not exactly the main target audience, which was mainly people whose actual job is religious education. I did get to meet some Somali Bravanese Muslims, an ethnic minority from Somalia via Kenya whom I hadn't encountered before.

Anyway we had some very interesting discussions, including around the use of language. Some of the Muslim participants said they didn't like what I had thought of as an otherwise neutral older spelling, Moslem. They said they associate that spelling and pronunciation with people like Donald Trump, and I can see that people who haven't bothered to update their language might well be assumed to be hostile. I don't particularly need to change my own language choices since I have been using the modern spelling anyway, but it's useful to note.

Then of course the conversation turned to the Jewish side, and the somewhat fraught issue of what we should be called. is 'Jew' a slur? )

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May. 23rd, 2017 02:51 pm
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Хотел я мечт наладить сбыт,
Но конкурентом был избит


May. 23rd, 2017 01:15 am
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Either that, or it had a friend. When I finally started getting ready for bed, at 4 in the morning (...kid had insomnia and is extrovert so stress = need a person), I took off my shirt and THERE WAS A TICK WITH ITS HEAD IN MY ARM. *SCREAM SCREAM SCREAM*

Except not screaming because not waking up kid.

So I went and whined "wake up wake up wake up" to my spouse, while holding a paper towel over the TICK THAT WAS SUCKING MY BLOOD ON MY ARM, and told him what the problem was and that I needed it gone and I couldn't make it gone help help help. So he got the tick-removal scoop that we had downstairs (I did not know where it was, for one), and got the thing off and we put it in an empty pill bottle that I had and there was rubbing alcohol on it and peroxide for my arm and I finished having screamings and now there is so much screaming still in my head and I itch all over now because psychosomatic.

Oh, and waiting to see if it turns into a rash. It was probably a large common brown dog tick, and not likely to carry Lyme and it's the wrong area for Rocky Mountain Fever, and it was only on for a few hours, BUT STILL.


In other news: kid still sick, but getting better. We went to the library today for a wee bit, and kid got started on the Open Ended Question of Doom (compare and contrast characters X and Y from book Z; identities changed to prevent people from making cogent suggestions the kid might read), and then we came back home and did Long Drive.

I got some editing done, but I swear, I get halfway into things and then people come disrupt my train of thought and try to make me deal with things and I have to snarl at the other adult in the room. I AM ACTUALLY TRYING TO DO A THING DAMMIT.

Havva Quote
I've been reading up on the local soil and poring over historical maps. This sort of thing is weirdly fun for me, but it's a bit late to switch careers to agronomy and also my agent would nail my head to her wall as a warning to other authors.
-- http://tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1487134.html

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

The True Nature Appears

May. 22nd, 2017 06:34 pm
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Well, it took about 3 hours and me going cross-eyed to get the Golden Swan pre-print inked, but it is done. I set it aside and will take a look at it tomorrow to make sure I caught everything. I think it looked better in pencils, but part of that was due to shading, which I can only do limited amounts on for the line-drawing that pre-prints require.

Everyone is posting things about Horse and Falcon (big event this weekend) and Lilies War (Calontir's week-long camping event). I feel so left out. I know I'm being sensible, recognizing my current physical and financial limitations, AND I'm spending the time (especially during Lilies) working on SCA things, so I'm still participating, but that doesn't help me feel included in the fun.

I have a private joke with myself now that my true persona must be that of a ninja. Between all the moving around I've done, changing persona, wearing different garb from various countries and eras, and people almost never recognizing me or remembering that we've met--well, there's only one explanation! I must be a shinobi, and a superb one at that!

So beware! Ki no Kotori, Calontir Kunoichi! ;-D

House Special Lo Mein #diningalone

May. 22nd, 2017 10:57 pm
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May 22, 2017 at 06:56PM from Instagram

Wonton soup #diningalone

May. 22nd, 2017 10:47 pm
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May 22, 2017 at 06:47PM from Instagram
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"Wentz came for him early." Frank's grin is a little malicious. "He's taking him to a water park all day."

Gerard thinks about Mikey under the sun all day. "Was he happy with that?"

He should have been up, should have been there to chase Wentz away if Mikey was being pushed into it.

Frank laughs. "Relax, he was fine with it."

Gerard makes a skeptical noise around the cigarette smoke he's just inhaled, and passes his pack to Frank without being asked.

"Mikey isn't going to do anything he doesn't want to," Frank says as he lights up and Gerard tries not to think about how he makes it look effortless and beautiful.

"I guess."

- [archiveofourown.org profile] Delphinapterus' The Grey Havens are Calling Us (The stitches and talkers remix)

Viv is awesome

May. 22nd, 2017 04:20 pm
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Viv and Oscar have been out playing at a neighbour's place today, leaving us to be ruled by delightful Ada. But I wanted to record a couple of fun Viv moments.

First, when discussing bugs in the kitchen, she wanted to know if ants have necks. Siri had trouble parsing the question, but a little searching got a yes answer — and those necks are apparently very strong.

Second, she wanted to play Set this morning… and she pretty much figured it out (on the solid-only deck) and was able to pick out sets and explain why (or work out what was wrong with them when she made a mistake).

Smart and delightful kid.


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