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- Thatcher Rock looking appropriately evil.

Thatcher Rock looking appropriately evil, Torbay 05-17

- Reading, books 2017: 74

Both of these novels were read as part of my chicklit summer challenge in which I promised my friends I'd try reading "proper" chicklit. They claim Jenny Colgan doesn't count because I read her science fiction first and that I should read a Jill Mansell for calibration, and a Sophie Kinsella for lolz, and I was supposed to read a Milly Johnson too but goodreads informs me she's an online wanker so I'm excused. Both these novels are also "beach reads" literally set at beaches because.

63. The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, by Jill Mansell, 2014, novel. I changed my mind about this book half way through. My initial reaction was that this is "for Femail readers although there's internal evidence it would like to believe it's aimed higher at Torygraphers. Unpleasant characters in a fictional world that runs according to unpleasant people's social expectations. The prose and construction are shoddy too, as if it's written by an experienced author who doesn't believe her paying readers deserve anything better." However, by the end I was enjoying all the secondary and tertiary characters and plots, but still couldn't stand the romantic leads. She's self-absorbed and he's creepy. I note that this isn't merely my immunity to romance, because I enjoyed reading about the secondary and tertiary couples. (2/5)

Two unpleasant characters. )

65. Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella, 2013, novel. I didn't actually laugh at Wedding Night until a quarter of the way through but then I loled several times in quick succession and kept laughing until the end. However, reading this novel mostly reminded me that while I'm happy reading middlebrow women's fiction the lowbrow stuff does tend to make my eyes roll back in my head from tedium even when it's as comparatively well done as this is. I was truly sitting there laughing and simultaneously thinking that I'd be getting more out of reading highbrow poetry, lol. I DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS THOUGH, OBV. (Q1) Why didn't the woman with the mild peanut allergy, who realised her beach massage had contained peanut oil, immediately stop trying to have painful sex and dip herself in the sea? (Q2) If your 7 year old son had gathered up all the room key cards people had left foolishly laying around in the bar of a four star hotel where you were staying for one night only, would you rly scatter 20 key cards randomly around the room instead of merely handing them to the bar staff? Because I'd be more embarrassed to do the former than the latter! (3.5/5 farce, which probably suited me because I wasn't required to identify with any of the characters)

[Art] Three parrots. :D

Jul. 29th, 2017 06:48 pm
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Sometimes I feel like drawing a bunch of animals in a cluster.
A whole lot of foxes.
Or in this case.
Bunches of parrots.

They all feel quite different, despite being family.

For the first time in a while, I've started including keyword meanings again.

Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem // (Neophema chrysogaster) // Critically Endangered
Original available at Etsy.

‘Don’t expect to see me in the wild. You’re probably going to miss me for two reasons – I’m exceedingly rare, and I love to look like my environment. There’s wisdom in not always standing out, isn’t there? Except that I’m such a rare gem, some people go to great lengths to see me and meet me. What I teach over time has shifted, and now I invite you to seek what is rare and hidden in yourself, and decide if it’s something you want to gift to others, or keep as a private gift for yourself. I also share the wisdom of moving regularly from place to place to find nourishment. You’ll always have a firm sense of where your home is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t roam, does it? I can share with you the wisdom of the coast and grasses – like me, they may seem easy to overlook – but a lifetime’s worth of esoteria hides in the places you least expect.’


Blending into the background. Coastal wisdom and magic. Connecting with grass and grass-seed energy. Camouflage. Migration. A life less ordinary. Sound the alarm. Requiring concessions. Connection to flame and burned places. Offerings of fire. Calling the sacred flame. Sensitivity to climate change. Being choosy over partners. The wisdom of Air and Fire while staying strongly connected to the Earth. Balance. Connection to the sacral chakra. Everyday beauty.

Photos under the cut. )

Pale Headed Rosella as Totem // (Platycercus adscitus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘What a bold friend I can be, if you wish to get to know me. You may not always like my abrupt or aggressive way of handling situations, but I know how to share my wisdom and I’ll know how to share it with you. I teach the nourishment found in eucalyptus energy, and what it is to find wisdom and growth in the dark. I enjoy a balance between the light and the dark and I eschew a black and white way of looking at the world. I hope you’re ready to have your opinions challenged! I’m not as friendly as other parrots, and I won’t pretend to be your best friend as a teacher, but I’ll certainly love you fiercely, and you’ll never forget your time with me.’


Working with aggression. What lurks in the trees. Tree magic and wisdom. Unusual displays of affection. Connection to Air and Fire, balanced well by Water. Colour therapy. Reaching goals with ease. Flying over obstacles. Connection to the throat chakra. Eucalyptus magic and wisdom. Challenging dichotomies. Choosing to rest and find healing in the dark. Woodland magic. Everyday beauty.

Photos under the cut. )

Pesquet's Parrot as Totem // (Psittrichas fulgidus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘People look at me and usually see two things – first, they see my glorious red plumage and I suppose this is why some people only wish to hunt me. Second, they see my bald head and hooked beak and wonder if I am a fierce hunter. In fact, I carry the secret of fruit in my blood and bones, I eat almost only figs, and I know what it is to live off what the trees provide! I am so much more than first impressions, and so are you, I suspect. Learn why people misunderstand you, or why you misunderstand yourself! I can show you the joy of being with many of your own kin, or being with only one or two loved ones. Let me teach you about the nourishment to be found in the bountiful rainforests, without and within. Come let life be about joy and brightness!’


Fig wisdom and symbolism. Misunderstandings. Brightness. To find joy with many and a few. Ambivert. First impressions are sometimes wrong. Beauty. Colour. The wisdom of Air and Fire. Connection to the root chakra. Following sources of nourishment and nutrition. Moving to where the action is. Everyday beauty. Friendship. Rainforest wisdom. Mountain wisdom.

Photos under the cut. )

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Jul. 29th, 2017 05:45 am
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Jul. 28th, 2017 11:52 pm
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So, pretty productive day! I went to Starbucks around 9.30am, and hung out there until 12.30pm. I think it really helped to be outside the house in a public space surrounded by people. I got a lot of writing done, and the chapter end is in sight. Was hoping to be done with it by tonight, but my afternoon nap stretched longer than expected.

I went for my evening walk at 7pm instead of the usual 9pm. By the time I got to the top of Blaine St., it was still light enough that I could walk all the way to Box Springs Mountain Reserve, which I usually don't get to, because it's not very well-lit at night so it looks vaguely scary. (I get a lot of flak for walking in the evenings after sunset because girl and all that but I still do have SOME sense of self-preservation.) The mountain was really nicely lit up by the sunset, too, which I rarely look at. I really ought to look into running up there, though, because hour-and-a-half walks are just... too long.

On the way home, I ran into Jose from Hispanic Studies, and we chatted a bit while I petted his dog. It surprises people, turns out, that I have diabetes, because to most people I seem to live a really active and healthy life. Which, I guess, yeah, compared to most grad students I know, I kinda do. But I'm not really THAT outgoing.

Anyway, maybe sugar is NOT the problem, because at Starbucks I treated myself to a whoopie pie with no ill effects. Then what was my problem at Coco's? The french fries? IDK.

Mad world! Mad kings!

Jul. 28th, 2017 09:59 pm
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So I watched the Stratford Festival's recent King John yesterday. King John is on my list of favorite Shakespeare plays that almost nobody performs, so it was really awesome to have another production of it. The only previous version I'd seen was the Complete BBC Shakespeare, which is in many ways terrific but invites comparison.

This one was good! They chose to do Elizabethan costumes, which makes sense, since the play is chock-full of anachronisms. (For one thing, everyone's running around firing cannons at each other, which didn't happen for another hundred years or so in English/French warfare.) Their John was terrific. He was full of energy and self-importance, and seemed to be genuinely having fun being king. (Until the last act when everything went wrong, of course, but the first part of the play was a lot of him trooping around grinning at people.) Their Arthur was just fine, and nowhere nearly as awful as a lot of child actors--there's a lot of emotion to land on a kid in this play, especially the scene where he's threatened with eye-gouging, and there's a really hard balance to strike where you want the lines to come off as terrified but also kind of naively trusting in the Powers That Be to get him out of there. It's half-mystical and half-grasping and it's a lot for any young actor to handle stuff like:

No, in good sooth: the fire is dead with grief,
Being create for comfort, to be used
In undeserved extremes: see else yourself;
There is no malice in this burning coal;
The breath of heaven has blown his spirit out
And strew'd repentent ashes on his head.

WOW. So yeah, the kid was good! Not brilliant, but good.

Their Constance was lovely, angry and elegiac. Lady Blanche was also terrific, she had some great side-eye and nailed her "What the heck do I do NOW" speech. (She also came off as just the right level of flirtatious with the Bastard Faulconbridge to keep my ship alive.) Eleanor was also pretty great, but that part doesn't really have any stunning Moments that I come back to. She was elegant and fierce and that's what we want from an Eleanor of Acquitaine.

I didn't quite like their Bastard as well as George Costigan in the BBC Complete Shakespeare, but he was still pretty fantastic. (In the BBC version I think he got to play it a little smaller and more directly to the camera, which helps with some of his longer and more winding monologues.) I especially liked his little happydance when his mother confirmed his parentage.

As I was watching the play it occurred to me that this is a play about failed communication, broken promises, and people going "WTF just happened here." In many ways it's a play for our times.

Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (part 1)

Jul. 29th, 2017 02:07 pm
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At long last, the new LoK graphic novel that picks up directly where the animated series left off.

This was meant to arrive at my local comic shop on Wednesday, and I had basically blocked off a whole evening to have FEELINGS ... only the shipment was delayed, so I wound up staying longer than planned at a work function, accordingly drank more wine than intended, and ended up listening to Hamilton and texting my mother about the American Revolution.

Then the book arrived yesterday Thursday, and I'm not saying I was so excited I had a blood sugar crash as soon as I had finished it, but I did have to make an emergency stop at my local for a burrito and a pint of cider, and spent much of that meal frantically texting my friends.

'He'll wallop spoilers with a knockout blow!' )

NIF: eps 20-1 Worst. Birthday. EVER.

Jul. 28th, 2017 07:06 pm
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Chinese dramas, as far as I can tell, do not conform to the Aristotelian three-act structure. So the intensity of the climax here, which a Westerner might expect as the end of act one, followed by quiet, shocks one when followed by scenes even more intense in the next pair.

But right now we have what seems to be a quiet birthday party that builds to a crescendo of riveting action, emotional explosion, and revelation, as we watch the Worst Birthday Ever.

Read more... )
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I'm having no luck with Google searches on this (my Google technique is usual pretty good), and though I have found some decent diagrams of traditional Chinese homes, they don't go into this level of detail.

When a visitor arrived at a non-lordly Chinese home (say, a lesser merchant's home) in the "classic" Imperial period that is popular for costume dramas, how would he announce his presence? Would he ring a bell, knock on the door, or what?

I'm guessing that a well-off home would have a doorman of some sort, who would announce a guest, but what about a house that had no servants, or only a scullery maid or something?

Thanks in advance for any input you might have.

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Jul. 29th, 2017 09:15 am
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if you'd like a specific set prioritized, let me know on this post.

My name is apparently not no one

Jul. 28th, 2017 08:42 pm
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So, if you will recall, I am still learning Attic Greek.

All the chapters have stories, and the chapter I have just gotten to has the story of Odysseus and the cyclops. And I was excited because, hey, I know where this is going, right? Wily Odysseus is going to tell the cyclops that his name is no one, so that when he stabs him, and the other cyclopses (this just in: I don't know how to pluralize this word) ask him who did it, he says no one did it? Right? Right? It's the sort of story that leaves an impression on you when you are a small child learning about the classical world and you are also a giant language nerd and therefore it sticks with you that he says his name is no one ahahaha so great. Right?

The book had previously taught me possessives. It had previously taught me the word for "name" (onoma). And THIS VERY CHAPTER it taught me how to say "no one." (Apparently not the right word for "no one," Lysimache is telling me, but I didn't know that at the time.)

So I was excited. I thought I knew what was coming. It had given me ALL THE WORDS. I was READY for MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS STORY.

And then it... didn't happen.

The cyclops (and for some reason there is only one cyclops) asks Odysseus who he is and where he's from. He says they're Achaeans sailing home from Troy. He... doesn't give him any kind of name. When he stabs the cyclops, there is no clever dialogue. It's just a fight! The book thought it was important to tell me the gruesome way the cyclops murders some of Odysseus' companions by bashing their heads in, but not this.

(Seriously, I can now say "and the brain flows out and wets the ground" -- ho de engkephalos ekrei kai deuei tên gên -- because apparently that's important (and also ewwww), but not THE ONE LINE ANYONE REMEMBERS FROM THIS MOMENT, the line that THEY HAD ALREADY GIVEN ME THE WORDS FOR.)


(He does still sneak out with the flock; I guess that's something notable.)

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Jul. 28th, 2017 04:53 pm
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Today's gratitudes:

Friends. I'm terrified to admit it, but I have an online community I turn to for support, a family that appreciates me, local folks to hang out with - yay! - which is really strange, interests that help me to interact socially, a fair grasp of what I want and need relationshipwise and a good chunk of it already happening, some peers I like at my job, and a chance at not completely sucking at all of that.

Liminal spaces. I walked across a bridge that is currently closed and a construction site because they are rebuilding it. I stood in the exact middle of the closed highway at the high point of the bridge, in the sun and wind and strangeness of it all, and took pictures of the river and the distant Mt. Hood. I saw exposed metal grids and bizarre pipes and joins being installed and slabs of wood and rusty bolts apparently uninstalled. I collected scraps of metal. I mean to send them, at least some, to [personal profile] kyleri to make shiny things out of them! (If you haven't yet, and you like hand crafted jewelry and/or crap free body products, check out [personal profile] kyleri's website, http://thevagabondtabby.com/ and if you want a picture description for anything I will provide...) I went up and down two sidewalk Bridges to Nowhere littered with sad and awful trash to get between diverging lanes as what seemed like the far side of the bridge, but wasn't, as the wide roadway heaved itself up and over the railroad tracks and fell down into the withering industrial southeast riverside under the hot sun.

Swearing, brainweasel bait: Read more... )

The opportunities I've had of late to geek out, particularly including talking writing with [personal profile] alexseanchai, theology with offline friend ALB, and Magic: the Gathering with my partner S.

Wifi in coffee shops. And iced minty green tea.

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Jul. 28th, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm new to Dreamwidth, but I'm eagerly searching for people to write and write long term ships with. I'm looking for a Clark, Selina, Diana, and Tommy in particular to ship with. I'm also extremely eager to write with any member of DC canon, whether they're heroes, villains, or anything in between. Though I love DCEU, I'm very well versed in the comics, both pre and new 52. I'm not much a fan of Rebirth. I'm basically searching for long-term ship partners in any capacity! My favorite genres include crime, smut, romance, suspense, angst. Practically anything as long as it serves a general plot, and I tend to be quite wordy. I also love making friends out of character, always makes plotting easier!

Marvel and MCU muses welcome as well! Writing/shipping with a Madame Hydra, Black Widow, or Tony Stark would be awesome. I'm also very familiar with the Hannibal fandom. I'm open to working out AU's and such to fit our characters. If you think you can interact with me, please hit me with a message.
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Originally published at Noel Lynne Figart. You can comment here or there.

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Support and Defend

The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

The Constitution establishes a single Supreme court, and then allows Congress to establish other inferior courts. Judges hold office as long as they behave themselves. This is not defined in the Constitution itself, but over the years has been interpreted to mean that they get to hold the office as long as they want to unless they are impeached for a crime.

The idea here is that the other branches of government cannot remove a Federal judge because they don’t like the rulings. They can only be removed for criminal activity. (Ya know… like a bribe???)

The Silent March

Jul. 28th, 2017 10:39 am
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Google Doodle: 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade

100 years ago today, nearly 10,000 African Americans walked in complete silence down New York City's Fifth Avenue. The protest, depicted in today's Google Doodle on the search engine's homepage, was organized by the NAACP in an effort to speak out against lynching and racial violence in the years after slavery was abolished. It was also a call to action aimed at President Woodrow Wilson to take legislative action to protect African Americans from anti-black violence.

Known as the Silent Parade of 1917, the march began at 59th Street and ended at 23rd Street — with children at the front, women wearing white in the middle, and men in the back.

According to the National Humanities Center, a flyer that was handed out before the march cited lynchings in Memphis and Waco, Texas, as well as the East St. Louis race riot of 1917. Banners in the Silent Parade had powerful words of protest, such as, "We helped to plant the flag in every American dominion," "We are maligned as lazy, and murdered when we work," and "Thou shalt not kill."

In a flyer distributed by the NCAAP ahead of the Silent Parade, Reverend Chas. D. Martin detailed the need for action:

"We march because we want our children to live in a better land and enjoy fairer conditions than have fallen to our lot. We march in memory of our butchered dead, the massacre of the honest toilers who were removing the reproach of laziness and thriftlessness hurled at the entire race. They died to prove our worthiness to live. We live in spite of death shadowing sand ours. We prosper in the face of the most unwarranted and illegal oppression."

The Silent Parade initiated what has been almost a century of civil rights movements: 46 years later, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; and 96 years after the protest, the Black Lives Matter movement was formed.

To learn more about the Parade and the events that led up to it, check out Google's interactive collaboration with the Equal Justice initiative.


Nuggets of slightly odd (to me) news

Jul. 28th, 2017 09:35 pm
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. SNSD, the Korean girlband, is going to perform in Indonesia for Independence Day celebrations. This was announced by the head of the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency. More government-sponsored Kpop performances in the future, then? Plus maybe some people grousing that nationalism is dead.

. Today I went to cafe A hoping for a change of atmosphere, but because it's Friday they open at 3 pm. So I went to the more familiar cafe B, only to sit there for about 30 minutes because it's Friday and the staff (presumably all male and Muslim) were going to the Friday prayers. The more you know about cafes on Fridays.

. Furuya Tooru, the seiyuu, is coming to Jakarta in August. Of all the characters he's played, which one has the most number of fans here? I'm guessing it's the Meitantei Conan one.


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