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New Interview!

20 August 2017 00:07
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Check out this amazing new interview with Sir Patrick:

Things of Joy, Post #37

19 August 2017 17:42
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This Saturday I am clinging to moments of joy:

*the CDs I liberated from my father's store, 50s cool jazz and 60s pop jazz and the odd bit of Afro-Cuban jazz awesomeness

*new makeup (eyeliner, eyebrow filler, highlighter, blush) with an option to buy new lippie later

*wearing my Ariat cowboy boots (3 years old now?) with a pencil skirt so I could run from meeting to meeting at work yesterday

*Bertie Carvel writing brilliantly for the New Statesman. (He talks about playing Simon Foster, who is loathsome, but mmmm, Bertie.)

*Britbox has "A Bit of Fry and Laurie"! And Campion!!!!!!

*homemade bread made by a colleague

*2 and a half inches of rain yesterday, and an almost cool morning today for Master Danger's and my walk

May your days ahead be full of joy.

CalExit is back!

19 August 2017 14:17
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Just got an email saying: Calexit relaunches with new leader, new ballot initiative, and a new book
The Yes California Independence Campaign has relaunched with a new president. Marcus Ruiz Evans, a co-founder of Yes California who previously served as the organization’s vice president, has taken the helm.

Among the first actions Evans took in his new role was to close the doors of the organization’s embattled representational embassy and culture center opened last year in Moscow, Russia.
Revised website | Revised propaganda book
They need to file their revised referendum by Aug 22, which is next Tuesday; they're asking for donations for the filing fee. (I am not donating. I'm pretty sure that people with a lot more money to spare than I have support this, and if that's not the case, this is going absolutely nowhere.)

I love the idea; I am entirely certain it can go nowhere. They make a nice case for "How California could work as its own nation;" the whole thing assumes that the rest of the US would let us go. Not gonna happen.

No way is the rest of the nation going to allow us to remove our resources. )
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So I keep meaning to get a rice bucket and otherwise do wrist/grip strengthening exercises but I keep running into a really oddball problem.

Which is that everyone who's interested in improving grip strength this way pretty much assumes -- not without reason, to be fair -- your wrist extensors are relatively weak compared to your flexors and focuses much more on strengthening them.

I just have literally the reverse problem. My wrist flexors are relatively weak compared to my extensors, and I'm really feeling it when I go climbing (or do aerial). (The tl;dr version of how the fuck you get to this really weird place, strength-wise, is: over ten years as a massage therapist.)

So! Does anyone have exercises for the flexors, specifically, that they're fond of? Variety especially would be good; I get bored of conditioning super quickly if I don't have different things to cycle through.

at random

19 August 2017 15:59
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Today I was at [livejournal.com profile] ordenchaz's place for a couple of hours. I brought my lunch along, and later set up my tent and vacuumed up sand and such with her Mighty Mite. Worked like a charm!

It's lovely out, the best day this past week.. and tomorrow it will rain again. Bah! Humbug.... Really I should go sit outside - maybe I will, there's a small bench in front of my apartment building. I spent 45 minutes or so at DBs reading, with my smuggled-in granola bar (they've stopped selling them again). Not many people there, the weather is too nice!

I've thought for some time about rereading Ved Mehta's autobiographical volume. He's a writer who said he has know five cultures: India, America, England, blind, and The New Yorker. :-) I have most if not all of these ("Continents of Exile"), they've been sitting in the back row of one of my bookshelves for years. I took down the first several days ago, Face to Face. It's about his childhood in India, and the first schools for the blind that he attended.

He eventually goes to one in Arkansas - it's the only American school that would admit him. (Note: he later got degrees at Pomona College, Oxford, and Harvard) He really wanted to go to Perkins, the oldest school for the blind in the US, founded by my cousin's husband!

Note for the weekend: Netflix discs: I have Houseboat (Cary Grant and Sophia Loren) and an Ernst Lubitsch movie, The Doll (1919).

Note: j-wat and doogie have a cat named Charlotte.

chazz: Is she named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz?
j-wat: No.

She was played by Helen Mirren - her first queen (I think, at least not Shakespearean).



19 August 2017 17:04
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We now have tags for genres. (Copied over from the LJ group.) I will endeavor add more categories in the next week or two. Right now I gotta run, got a lot to do today!

Please let me know if anything is missing, or if something isn't working correctly, etc.

I hope everyone's having a good weekend! :)

Blackstone proofreading

19 August 2017 16:26
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Another item on the list of things I've been reading is Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. It's far enough outside my normal interests that I'm surprised I'm reading it at all, and I'm unlikely to read it all (although it's possible), but I have been fascinated with what I've read so far. I have nothing substantial to say, but I'm going to ramble about the book itself.

When I really wanted to read it was several years ago, shortly after I finished Gibbon back in 2011, but Gutenberg only has volume 1, and there was no way in heck I was going to read this one in hard copy. So I am grateful to Waxkeep Publishing for making the entire 4-volume set available in a single Kindle volume.

However, the number of errors is atrocious. Misspellings (Roam for Rome? seriously?), missing lines, repeated lines...I find something on almost every page. I started marking these off in my Kindle, planning to submit a list of errata to the publisher, but I am unable to find any contact info for Waxkeep. Or, indeed, much evidence of their existence at all. All I can find are user complaints that they take classic books and sell them on Amazon in hopes that no one knows you can find these things for free elsewhere.

Well, as noted, Gutenberg doesn't have it, and I much prefer the Kindle 4-in-1 volume version that has Latin translations (I can usually get the sense from the Latin, but the nuances of legal terminology are beyond me), no long s's, which I can mark up and search, and which isn't a scan of a 250-year-old book, so I'll fork over the $2.99 with thanks. But I would like to submit corrections, and I'm annoyed that I can't!

Bill Thayer, author of a webpage on which he typed up the Loeb editions of Plutarch's lives (among other things), and I had a fruitful multi-year correspondence in which I would email him typographical corrections, and he would apply them. I was hoping to do the same with Blackstone, curses.

At any rate, I would eventually like to learn more about the sources that influenced the American Founding Fathers, and this is one of them, so I may have something substantial to say someday. Funnily enough, I was wondering if this was one of them (the publication date is incredibly close to 1776, enough that I though it might have been too late), and then I realized, the archive.org copy I was reading was in fact a scan of the copy owned by John Adams, who wrote his name on the first page. And I am grateful to that copy for being scanned, since it's allowing me to check for actual mistakes in the Kindle copy (which I am continuing to mark off), as opposed to archaic uses of English that I'm unfamiliar with.

It's ironic, though, that the original publication opens with a preface in which Blackstone states, "For the truth is, that the present publication is as much the effect of necessity, as it is of choice. The notes which were taken by his hearers, have by some of them (too partial in his favor) been thought worth revising and transcribing; and these transcripts have been frequently lent to others. Hence copies have been multiplied, in their nature imperfect, if not erroneous; some of which have fallen into mercenary hands, and become the object of clandestine sale. Having therefore so much reason to apprehend a surreptitious impression, he chose rather to submit his own errors to the world, than to seem answerable for those of other men." (The notes refer to the fact that this work is based on lectures he gave.) And now I'm correcting (probably fruitlessly), a Kindle copy.
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photos of Japanese grandmother and her cat

17 years ago, photographer Miyoko Ihara has started to take photographs of her grandmother, Misao. Miyoko wanted to leave a living proof of her. One day, her grandmother found an odd-eyed kitten in the shed. She named the cat "Fukumaru" in hope that "God of fuku (good fortune) comes and everything will be smoothed over like maru (circle)". Even though she is 91 years old, she still go out into the fields every day and Fukumaru always accompany her. The grandmother whose hearing become weak and Fukumaru who has hearing disabilities are always looking into each other's eyes and feeling warmth each other.
Seeing that the strong bond and love between the two shines out of every photo, Miyoko published a hard cover portrait album, called "Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat". Check out the pictures below and feel the rush of good emotions!

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Tagged: bond , photos , Japan , grandmother , Cats
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On ep 2 and the scene where DANNY CANNOT EVEN MAKE A DENT IN LUKE IS AWESOME I ALREADY REWOUND IT TWICE. (and booed when his fist got all glowy)


Further spoilers )

Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter are the total MVPs. And they have such great chemistry! Charlie Cox is all right. Finn Jones is terrible, tho.


Fandom, if I don't see a whole lot of white-hot femslash between Alexandra and Elektra, I'm going to be VERY disappointed.
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I have been watching more Legends of Tomorrow.

The entire thing depends on everyone being so emotionally wound up and at the end of their tether that they do things the least sense and most drama.

I mean it provides plenty of reasons for them to feel that way, but still.

Read more... )

I like what fandom does with these parts better than I like rewatching these parts. I mean I like seeing Mick and Len, but I've spent a year since the first season came out wanting to move their story on and make it deeper.

Rewatch first.

Over the wide seas of the night

19 August 2017 15:49
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The wind was on the withered heath,
but in the forest stirred no leaf:
there shadows lay by night and day,
and dark things silent crept beneath.

The wind came down from mountains cold,
and like a tide it roared and rolled;
the branches groaned, the forest moaned,
and leaves were laid upon the mould.

The wind went on from West to East;
all movement in the forest ceased,
but shrill and harsh across the marsh
its whistling voices were released.

The grasses hissed, their tassels bent,
the reeds were rattling— on it went
o’er shaken pool under heavens cool
where racing clouds were torn and rent.

It passed the lonely Mountain bare
and swept above the dragon’s lair:
there black and dark lay boulders stark
and flying smoke was in the air.

It left the world and took its flight
over the wide seas of the night.
The moon set sail upon the gale,
and stars were fanned to leaping light.

The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings".

This is one of my favorite poems, and has been for some twenty years. I am disappointed beyond words that the film replaced it with a chase scene. A. Chase. Scene.

At any rate, I have it memorized, and I recite it to myself from time to time.

I also have a map of Middle-earth hanging on my study wall. (My back pain prevents me from spending much time in my study, but that's another story.)

Recently, it dawned on me that the wind is coming down from the north (the Withered Heath + the Grey Mountains), then turns east, then ends up in the wide seas. Now, my map of Middle-earth is right justified, in tune with Gandalf's "To the east I go not." But given that Middle-earth = Earth, albeit with slightly different geography (I have written, although not yet published, about this at some length), my mental extension of my Middle-earth map is a heck of a lot of land. I need to find the citation, but I think Alatar and Pallando are supposed to have inspired Middle Eastern and/or Eastern religions, which also implies land.

So the sea to the east of the Lonely Mountain took me very much by surprise.

It could be argued that this wind changes directions (although the references to the moon and stars imply it's continuing east), or that there's no indication of how much time passes between verses 5 and 6. But I submit that introducing a sudden jump in space or time, when all the other geographical features mentioned are in proximity to each other (enough to be indicated on Thror's map, even if only with an arrow), would be ad hoc and just as much in need of explanation. Nor do I see the sea of Rhûn as sufficiently "wide", nor to the east of the Lonely Mountain.

This is one reason I started rereading the History of the Hobbit closely. I checked to see if Rateliff addressed this rather startling feature directly, or if his treatment of the history of this poem would be enlightening, and the answer to both is no. The earliest draft we have of this poem is almost identical to the final draft, and no one else seems to have picked up on the wide seas to the east of the Lonely Mountain.

So I'm paying close attention to geography as I read. So far, the most relevant passage I've found is from the Encyclopedia:

In the cosmogony’s earliest version, Arda is a flat-earth world “globed amid the Void” (Lost Tales I, 56). An illustrated description from the 1930s shows its constitution. The Walls of the World form its spherical surface, transparent but impassable. The sphere’s upper half consists of air, its lower half of Middle-earth, a flat surface floating on the ocean. This ocean reaches almost to the Walls of the World, except that it is bounded in the east by the Walls of the Sun and in the west by Valinor (Shaping, 238– 51).

I need to go get my copies of these books and stare at the maps to see what I can make of this.

I would like to read The History of Middle-earth, with closer attention to detail than I've given it in the past, after this. Or you know, at some indeterminate point in the future. The main problem with this plan is that only the first 2 books are on Kindle, and my back pain does not allow me to read physical books yet. I mean, I'm hoping to fix that eventually, and who knows how long it will take me to read Rateliff + the Encyclopedia + the two Books of Lost Tales, but it is a concern.

The real problem is that not all the books are on Kindle! Come on! I actually had to buy the Index to the HOME, in lieu of a decent search function. It arrived today, and Tolkien books always make me happy, but I grumble every time I have to buy a physical book. (I have reservations about the long-term viability of Amazon's business model around e-books, but they're the best I've got rn.)

Mind you, I would have killed for the index when I was writing my first Tolkien paper, on Elladan and Elrohir. It had only recently been published, and I wasn't aware of it. I checked the indices of the individual volumes, but they were missing a reference that would have cleared up something in my paper that I left an open question. Which reminds me, I should check to see if it made it into the single-volume index.

I have no idea if my observation will result in anything publishable, but at the very least it, and my Huan idea, are giving me something to focus on when reading through a bunch of Tolkien scholarship. I always have an easier time sustaining concentration when I've got something specific in mind I'm reading for.


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