More observations

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:22 am
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• There is now, finally, a YoI community on Dreamwidth, [community profile] yurionicefans.

• Pressing onwards with French learning, or at least with Lingvist, which I'm actually enjoying. Last time I tried it, I felt like I got bogged down in endless variants of "peux, tuer, veux, viens..." (or words of that shape), but I seem to have pressed on past that now. It tells me I've learned 480 words so far. Devoting 15 minutes a day, it's really easy to add another 20+ words in that time, which adds up. We'll see how it all hangs together.

• Waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of the French Presidential election. Among other things, looking for informed discussion has reminded me how American-centric Metafilter is. The US Presidential elections produced 5000+ comment threads, every few days, for months. The corresponding French thread has 33 comments. So I am watching BFM TV via Worldbox (a fantastic resource hidden within the depths of channel 834 by Virgin Media), even though I don't really understand it.

364 Multi-Fandom Icons

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:12 pm
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219 Multi-fandom Icons (includes variations)
56 Doctor Who, 14 Sapphire and Steel, 19 Humans
12 Once Upon a Time, 15 Merlin, 27 Empire, 76 Various TV

Another preview to another post behind the cut. )

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 56

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:46 pm
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Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: With the threat to his uncle hanging over his head, Sei is forced to help the Amamiyas in their search for Dr. Smith's diary. But then Toichi comes up with an idea to let him know his uncle is safe.

Chapter 56

each one of us a queen

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:14 am
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Tonight I went to see Anastasia on Broadway (it's still in previews, but opens next week). It was fantastic on several different levels, but one of the things I loved most was how great an adaptation of the movie it is—like, no spoilers, but it's really faithful to the movie while also being a really different show, and it works so well. I would also like to give a special shout-out to Dmitry's floppy hair, which was truly superb and made me a little weak in the knees.

We also went for delicious Russian food and vodka beforehand, because we were feeling thematic; so, in keeping with the theme, some Marina Tsvetaeva:

Hell, my ardent sisters, be assured )

Long kanji readings

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:43 am
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Posted by Victor Mair

SoraNews24 (4/20/17) has an article by Scott Wilson titled "W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with the longest readings【Weird Top Five】 ".  Before attempting to read and critique this article, we need to familiarize ourselves with some basic terms and concepts about the modern Japanese writing system.  It basically consists of thousands of kanji (Chinese characters) and kana (a syllabary of 48 symbols, of which there are two different types, cursive hiragana and angular katakana).  As the name "syllabary" indicates, each of the kana symbols is pronounced as a syllable, except for one, which indicates the sound "n".

The pronunciation of the kanji is much more complicated.  One kanji may have multiple readings, of which there are two main types:  on'yomi / ondoku (lit., "sound reading", i.e., Sino-Japanese reading) and kun'yomi / kundoku (lit., "instructional / exegetical reading", i.e., Japanese or native reading).  The former are one syllable in length, while the latter may have two, three, or more syllables.

In his article, Wilson makes frequent reference to the monumental Dai Kan-Wa Jiten 大漢和辞典 (The Great Chinese–Japanese Dictionary) by Tetsuji Morohashi, which students of Sinology and Japanology fondly refer to simply as "Morohashi" (e.g., "Check Morohashi" or "Morohashi will certainly have it").

Here's the nub, one that Wilson himself raises:  are some of the longer readings of certain kanji actually definitions rather than kunyomi?  Here is Wilson's position on this point:

The way that the Morohashi dictionary “confirms” a reading for a kanji is via the index volume (yes, the index is an entire volume… sometimes more, depending on the edition). If the kanji’s reading is in the “Japanese reading” index, then I say it’s fair game to label it a “reading.”

Here's what Linda Chance has to say about this matter:

I looked in my Morohashi, and indeed he calls the pages a kun index, but I don't think these are readings. When you look at the entries for the characters, they do not appear as readings. What I think he has done in the index is to give a phrase by which you might try to find a character you cannot recall, or search to see if there is a character for a particular expression.

Just now I consulted the first volume 凡例, the hanrei, which explains how to use the dictionary (and as all my students know, is the one part of any reference work you must not skip). In fact, Morohashi does not have a category of 訓読 in his instructions; 音読 is the only kind of reading you get. He calls the hiragana entries 訓議 [VHM: kungi, where -gi means "deliberation;  consultation;  debate;  consideration"]. Now very often these are the same as the kunyomi for a character, so for example the meaning of  石 appears as いし. But it also appears as なげいし [VHM:  a family name], and you would normally not read the character 石 that way without some kind of aid telling you to do so. The fact is, I suppose, that in Chinese quotations, 石 may mean なげいし. But in Japanese we would only read 投げ石 as なげいし. (And of course we would read 石 as なげいし if the writer glossed it as such.)

The writer of this entry does not understand how kanji readings work in the first place (if I may be so bold) as he or she writes that 食 is a one-syllable kanji, pronounced ta. That character cannot be read as "ta." It is read "ta+beru." As we know, the purpose of the beru ending (okurigana) in the example 食べる is to inform us of the intended inflection for the verb. Even without the okurigana, if the grammar requires the reading "taberu," the reader should supply it. So the kun reading of the character is a properly inflected form of the verb "taberu." Japanese language textbooks do not, of course, make this distinction clear.

The writer has pointed out that the examples are all extremely rare kanji, and this is the crux of the matter–I would venture that these graphs do not have kunyomi, only onyomi. In fact not a single one of these graphs appears in a desktop-size dictionary. As far as I can tell (and I have gone as far as I plan to on this subject) they were not used to write any Japanese words, for which the writer can be thankful.

Comment by an anonymous colleague:

I assume this site is related to the trend that brought us something called 'Why Japanese people?!,' which I still have never watched, but it's one of those 'what the heck is wrong with this bizarre culture' tv shows that invariably make my blood boil. because they usually don't know what they're talking about, and no Japanese will set them straight because it is nice to hear that you're special, even if he's saying 'Japanese are especially dumb.'

Given the title of the article, which we should not necessarily attribute to Wilson, the comment by the anonymous colleague may not be far from the truth.

[h.t. Ben Zimmer]

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Posted by Mark Liberman

In a comment on "Electric Sheep", Tim wrote:

Just want to share a little Google Translate poetry resulting from drumming my fingers on the keyboard while set to Thai:

There are six sparks in the sky, each with six spheres. The sphere of the sphere is the sphere of the sphere.

I want to preserve this gem for posterity (i.e. past the next GT update). So the specific keyboard banging sequence was


and here is a screenshot of the result:

Roger C. responded:

I'd have believed you if you told me this was one of those passages from the Nag Hammadi codices that are very incompetently rendered into Coptic from Greek.


It'd be safest if you ran...

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:23 pm
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After a blah week, I seem to have recovered my motivation and energy levels. Which is good because I'm feeling inspired! Why, you ask?

Because Kohske's health has recovered enough that she can resume work on Gangsta again. It resumes serialization next month! Pretty excited. The Cursed spin-off is tiding me over and it's a perfectly fine prequel, but you can tell it's not Kohske. Kohske just has this amazing ability to pack subtext and nuance in her illustrations without having to rely on text or even flashy, obvious action (which Cursed is full of). Some of her most powerful panels don't have a single word in them at all -- the scene where Nicolas listens to Alex sing by pressing his ear against the speaker...and then you later see him jumping off the roof humming to himself, the scene where Alex holds Nicolas's hands even though you can see the bruises he accidentally left behind when he grabbed her in the throes of a seizure. So I am excited even though I am terrified to see what happens next, Worick, god, what did you do.

Since the manga's hiatus is ending, I've resentfully returned to Tumblr because that's where the fandom is. I have a couple ideas for fic & if I want any audience whatsoever, I need to promote them there. In terms of platform, there is a Gangsta DW community -- [community profile] gangsta_manga -- but it's a ghost town and I'm not sure if the mod is even around anymore. Maybe I'll start posting to the community? Sharing the latest news seems to be a good way to start. It's just a little depressing to post to a community of 2 though. I reach more people posting here! Which doesn't solve the problem. Hmm.

In other, somewhat more embarrassing, news, I seem to have fallen into Overwatch fandom. I don't even play videogames, let alone this one! But so many people I know are into it, so I decided to check it out. It doesn't take a lot of time because there's not much canon lore to pick up, it turns out. The cutscenes from Devil May Cry are a billion times longer!

Anyway, a lot of these usernames I'm seeing now make sense! And in even more embarrassing news, the fanart I've been seeing of what I thought to be an AU Korra? Not Korra at all. Explains why this AU Korra was remarkably consistent among different artists! Oh God. Not one of my most stellar moments, let me tell you. My shame is your entertainment for the evening.

Baby Steps

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:20 pm
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San Francisco researches forming public bank.

(I just need the reference; otherwise, I'll forget.)

New here

Apr. 22nd, 2017 06:30 pm
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So, I just moved over here from LJ.


I usually use Dreamwidth for roleplaying purposes, but after the....shall we say....shenanigans that Livejournal has been doing as of late, I decided it was time to pack my things and move.



Please forgive me if my icon phrasing makes you upset, but I'm being as honest as I can with the keywords.



Saturday night's alright

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:28 pm
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Well, it's not Saturday night yet--thank goodness, I have a lot of grading to do--but I did finish Six of Crows and it's another CLIFFHANGER! ARGH!

I just need to stop buying books by new authors. This is getting expensive.

Also there are a bunch of preview chapters for other books in here. I'm a good chunk of the way into Shadow and Bone and still haven't hit the end of the file. Grumble mutter. I usually avoid reading preview chapters in ebooks but my kobo won't mark something read unless I skip to the end of the file and there are like two hundred pages in here.

I know, complaining about more book? Seriously? But I'd like to move my brain to something else now, please.

*adds more books to basket*

The design on the covers for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are awesome, I must say.

"I want to God bless America"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:00 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Donald Trump has developed the habit of ending his speeches with the formula "Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America". Thus from his 2/6/2017 speech at CENTCOM:

And from his 4/21/2017 Weekly Radio Address:

But at the end of an event yesterday, things got a bit tangled, perhaps because these were spontaneous remarks rather than a prepared speech — "President Trump Signs Financial Services Executive Orders", 4/21/2017:

In the case of the first element of the closing formula, "Thank you" and "I want to thank you" are effectively equivalent. But continuing with "I want to God bless you" is problematic — at the moment that phrase is not in Google's index of the internet — so it would make sense to drop "I want to" from the remaining two pieces of the formula: "I want to thank you, God bless you, and God bless America". Instead, Trump left out "God bless you", and continued with the blend "I want to God bless America".

Which is only found so far on the internets in reports of Trump's remarks, but still. Maybe to God Bless America will catch on as a sort of phrasal verb. After all, it's fifth on this list of 101 Great Cuss/Swear Word Alternatives:

  1. Shnookerdookies!
  2. Fudge nuggets!
  3. Cheese and rice!
  4. Sugar!
  5. God bless America!

I've often wondered why phrases are so rarely turned into verbs in modern English, given how easily we make phrases into prenominal modifiers. From Mark Liberman & Richard Sproat, "The Stress and Structure of Modified Noun Phrases in English", 1992:

… in some informal styles, various phrasal categories can be freely used as prenominal modifiers, with an appropriately generic meaning. Verb and adjective phrases are particularly common. This usage permits free inclusion of pronouns, articles and other things that are usually forbidden in modifiers. Many such phrases — top-of-the-line, hole-in-the-wall, turn-of-the-century — are fixed expressions, but nonce formations do occur. Examples are extremely common in certain journalistic styles, from which the following examples are all taken:

an old-style white-shoe do-it-on-the-golf-course banker, the usual wait-until-next-year attitude, a wait-until-after-the-elections scenario, a kind of get-to-know-what's-going-on meeting place, the like-it-or-lump-it theory of public art, state-of-the-union address, a 24-hour-a-day job, a 1-percent-of-GNP guideline, a run-of-the-mill meeting, a sweep-it-under-the-rug amendment, a middle-of-the-road format, the state-teacher-of-the-year title, a take-it-or-leave-it choice, the yet-to-be-written 1987 bill, a certain chip-on-the-shoulder attitude, make-it-from-scratch traditionalists, Speak-Mandarin-Not-Dialects Month, a rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul system, the nothing-left-to-chance approach, get-out-the-vote drives, the don't-trust-anybody-over-30 crowd, national clear-your-desk day

Maybe people are a little uneasy about where to attach endings. "You know you are YOLOing when …", OK, but "You know you are you-only-live-once-ing when …"?

Community Promotion

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:05 pm
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Quick and dirty for anyone looking to restart these guys. All are in various states of dying, but come in and revive them! Or take them over.

[community profile] asexual_fandom: This is a community to discuss asexuality and fandom. Does what it says on the tin.

[community profile] st_trinians: This is a general St. Trinian's community. All things St. Trinian's are welcome.

[community profile] fem_thoughts: Meta about Women and/or Femslash

[community profile] remix_tree: Remixing remixes and possibly remixing those

April Showers

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:45 pm
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      . . . . A perfect April day, seasonal in the way we used to be used to: not cold, but a light jacket is nice. Intermittent light showers fall from the thin clouds. The sun is palpable behind that almost sheer silvery canopy. 

The patchy fog has wiped out the new Towers on the 9/11 site. It feels almost 16 years ago, when things were still "normal."


Everywhere around are green and flaming red. 




The leaves are bursting. For some reason this is the weekend all the largest tulips, for some reason all red, have exploded. 


Then I run into one, two, and yet another neighborhood friend, while going about my Saturday street routine. We stop and chat cheerfully, happy for April Showers. 


This kind of light is good for photography.  But grocery shopping and carrying an umbrella are bad for photography!


More mundanely, I was awake at 6. But Himself was planning to sleep as late as he could because of tonight's concert. The music is difficult and he wants to be as well-rested as possible. I didn't even turn on my computer. I sat in the kitchen and read the Mantel novel until he really waked up, about 10:30. Then I made him a big breakfast (don't do that often). 


He'll be heading out to Brooklyn soon for the rest of the day. Won't be back til probably midnight? I'm not going because I don't love the kind of music that's being presented, and because once Himself left I will be able to get some work in on Far From Anywhere.

Took a quick look at the LJ side

Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:01 pm
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Porn spam has rocketed up to 35% of comments.
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Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum

Following Bean's guest post about being scorned by an 8-year-old child for not using singular they when it was appropriate, Language Log now presents the first evidence (to my knowledge) of a newspaper abandoning the usual use of it to refer to animals, and instead using singular they for an unknown arbitrary animal. This is from an article in the Metro (a free UK daily) on what to do if you find someone's dog close to death because it has been locked in a car on a hot day; I boldface the pronouns of interest:

Get the dog out of the car and move them to a shaded, or cooler area. Then, douse the dog with cool water and let them drink small amounts of it. Make sure the water is cool but not cold, to avoid shock.

If the dog is not displaying signs of heatstroke, let them rest while you establish how long they were in the car, and make a note of the vehicle's registration.

I take it you know how much I approve of singular they. But even I find it very strange to use it to avoid it with animals. But if (as I suspect) it is becoming de rigeur to use they for cases of reference to an arbitrary unknown entity (as in anyone who thinks they would like to or a person who has their wits about them), we should expect this sort of use to increase in frequency.

Comments have not been enabled on this post. And if you saw the 60 or more cases of uninformed peeving and troll-feeding that followed Bean's post, you'll understand why.

I have the sad

Apr. 22nd, 2017 02:23 pm
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By checking the dates of successive Strange Horizon counts, I see the trend is for the release date to be later than the one before. I was hoping for April but mid-May may be more reasonable.
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56 | the 100
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28 | victoria

( here at bungalows )

memory speaking in dactyls

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:41 pm
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I spent a lot of time thinking about this poem while we were in Greece, but I had so many poems I wanted to post while we were there that some of them had to get saved for later, and this is really more of a poem about Latin than about Greek. Luckily, I then missed a whole bunch of days, so here is an extra poem for April 15.

A Meditation on Dactylic Hexameter )

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:14 am
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to [personal profile] jonquil, wherever you are. Have a safe and happy day!

Mag7 Bingo

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:42 pm
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[community profile] mag7bingo is - unsurprisingly - a fanworks bingo community for the TV series The Magnificent Seven.
Bingo cards are 5x5 squares and prompts are either general or character specific.
It's a very low-stress community with no deadlines or word limits.

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And I was already out of charity with charity shops after the preceding one I'd been in had completely run out of change and kept me hanging around while, I suspect, they nipped next door to see if anyone could change a tenner.

And then I went into another one and found two books I was prepared to take a punt on at that sort of price, and moseyed up to the cashdesk with the exact money in hand, and found myself stuck behind that situation which is someone who is apparently in the process of paying for something - i.e. there is a something on the counter and the volunteer behind it is looking noticeably patient, while the person whom we presume to be making the purchase is making a great production of finding their purse.

And when this is finally brought to light, they spot something else on a counter display that they think they might like -

And really, I would have fumed a whole lot more, had it not been that this extended delay in making my own purchase gave me ample opportunity to admire the elaborate and beautiful henna patterns on the volunteer's hands and forearms - quite spectacular.

also, while I am signal-boosting

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:21 am
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Don't back that Kickstarter for a short film about slash fandom, because it's co-written and edited by Franzeska Dickson, who is not a person to be given a platform to talk about race in fandom.

Twitter threads: one, two, or I could just say "wrote that digustingly racist 16k meta (AO3-locked) last year", and a lot of you will know what I mean. Note that the second threads has screencap excerpts of the meta.
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I have still basically not been here, sorry, but fyi:

Con or Bust is taking auction offers through tomorrow, Sunday April 23 (end of the day Eastern time).

Bidding starts Monday April 24!

There's a bunch of cool stuff up already, a few more things going up today, and, I hope, more coming in that just haven't been submitted yet. So check it out!

Tic Tac Woe (multifandom Apocabingo)

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:53 pm
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A multifandom mini-bingo challenge (3x3 square cards) open to all fandoms and fanworks, (including original works) with a set of apocalyptic prompts to play with. More details at the comm here: [community profile] tic_tac_woe

Open now for sign-ups and posting.


Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:55 am
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[community profile] rareshipsonice is now open for nominations. I swore that I wasn't going to take part in any Yuri on Ice!!! exchanges, but the minimum for fic is only 500 words, so you know. I was deeply saddened to apparently be the first one to nominate Yakov/Lilia.

• You haven't lived until you've seen a very tall, very substantial female opera singer, still in costume at a break in rehearsal, vigorously shaking a vending machine to get it to dispense her crisps. Shades of Elsa Strauss.

• Same opera company: I love how formal (if binary-gendered) their backstage calls are. "This is a call for Act Three beginners. Mr. Robertson, Sir Mark, ladies and gentlemen of the orchestra, ladies and gentlemen of the chorus. Act Three beginners, please."

• A British man said to me recently, "you have an interesting accent, where are you from?" and then looked surprised when I said "New England." He was apparently going to guess "in the vicinity of Belfast." This is not entirely surprising, as Northern Irish accents often sound oddly American to me, but I'm flattered to be guessed to be within the compass of the British Isles at last.

• Usually I find it challenging to find jeans, or any kind of trousers, that actually fit. For some reason, at the moment, I'm on a run of good luck at Oxfam. I have too many jeans now, but I can't pass anything up if it suits me, because who knows when this profusion of choice will come again?

• Interestingly, and partly relatedly, my local Oxfam seems to have acquired the dead stock of a women's skateboarding shop from 2005... I don't even know. I now have two pairs of jeans, bought as new with tags still on them, which... I almost want to call them breeches? They're quite roomy around the hips and thighs, and cropped just below the knee, where they narrow down quite dramatically. You might say that they tread that narrow line between 'interestingly eccentric' and 'total fashion disaster,' but I quite like them. 100% cotton, too, which you can never get these days!

(no subject)

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:37 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] mme_hardy and [personal profile] polyamorous!

Hit the ground running

Apr. 22nd, 2017 11:32 am
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So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.

Google Docs: How To Vote To Stop The Tories (see the FAQ for notes explaining how and why particular choices were made)

Note: Wikipedia gives details of past election results in your constituency, so you can verify and also look at exact details.

Local elections are on May 4, and are important in themselves as well as an indicator of which ways the political winds are blowing. And fewer people vote in them.

Hope Not Hate have a fresh new website and an election fund to fight far-right candidates in any constituency they might have a chance of winning. They are really good at this and have pissed off UKIP no end.

Vote. Make your friends vote. Make everyone you know vote. If nothing else, it's good practice. One day it may matter.


Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am
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"In a perfect socialist society, only the people who really deserved it would catch tuberculosis. But alas, there is no ethical consumption under capitalism." -- Michael Yosef Miller [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

Daily Happiness

Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:26 am
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1. I have to go in to work early on Sunday, so I don't get both my weekend sleep-in days, but I can at least sleep in tomorrow as usual.

2. Although I finally got everyone else's finalised paperwork back from HR to give them their evaluations and tell them about their raises, I still haven't found out mine, as they are making store managers have an interview with the company president and mine isn't until next Tuesday. But! I realised that everyone else's is already reflected in Kronos, the timeclock management software, so I decided to sneak and see if mine was in there, too, and I'm getting a $2 raise, yay! :) It will be reflected on the current pay period which ends tomorrow and is paid next Friday.

3. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get the next divine beast opened up and am ready to tackle that tomorrow.

4. Kitties!


Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:12 am
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It Friday.

I have a bunch of grading to do this weekend. It's fine, I can manage, but it's work. Blah.

I went shoe shopping with one of my housemates today, which was a delight. I wound up buying probably more shoes than I needed, but I am hoping they will give me enough joy that it will be worth it. Especially the ones which look more professional. (They were on clearance, so I did not wind up paying that much per pair. I was looking for black zip-up booties and bought one pair of slip ons and two pairs of lace-up wingtip booties because I am weak to wingtips. I'm not very good at sticking to a plan. To be fair, the one pair of booties that matched my specifications pinched my arches and made it uncomfortable to walk.)

I started reading Leight Bardugo's Six of Crows and it's charming so far. I mean, everyone in it is a mixture of sympathetic and unsympathetic and the worldbuilding is charming, and I'm interested to see how the heist plot goes. I like heists!

It's also Friday Five, brought to you by [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. Do you like traveling or are you counting the minutes until the transporter is perfected? I enjoy driving long distances, strangely enough, and I would probably enjoy train travel, but I hate airplanes. I just wish that travel was less expensive. I really wouldn't mind the indignity, but the fact that I'm paying my eyeteeth for the indignity is awful. And paying extra eyeteeth to avoid any indignity is an outrage.

For extra hilarity, I was pricing train tickets today. Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha. In the USA, planes take a tenth of the time and cost less money than taking the train to any destination. It's ridiculous.

2. If you could visit any country in the world right now, where would you go? Eeesh, good question. I've wanted to visit Iceland for a while, but really the major drumbeat in my mind is "As far from the T-45 administration as possible." So, uh, Antarctica? That's not really a country, and it's 24 hour darkness right now, but sign me up!

3. What is your favorite form of travel? Realistically, driving. Unrealistically, I'd love to try a long train trip with a real cabin, or maybe a boat. Even more unrealistically, a tesseract.

4. What is the longest vacation/holiday that you’ve ever been on? My family took a couple weeks to visit Israel when I was still in high school, and I think that's still the winner. We also used to drive out to Arizona/New Mexico over winter breaks. Now when I have that much time off it's time for a staycation.

5. Would you travel for a living? Like, if someone paid me to keep moving? That covered my expenses? Sure, I'd love to see more places. The internet makes it much easier to keep in touch with people, tons of my friends are folks I only see online any more. And there are tons of places in the world I want to see.

Friday evening linkspam

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:26 pm
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Yum: roasted rhubarb wine compote. Time to buy some rhubarb...

This is a super creative (and surprisingly bloody) animated short.

Community planning needs more people like this, looking at diverse and under-represented communities.

A long profile on Alec Baldwin as Trump.

These posters are awesome.

Word of the day: Abydocomist -- One who brags about their lies. Other fab Old English insults can be found here.

Holy crap, this is too awesome for words: an automated conlang generator. . (I'm sure it's not up to the standards of something created by an actual linguist, but for many purposes, it would be great.)

Also holy crap awesome: Carmen Cusack doing "You'll Be Back". So great. Oh, and check it out: LMM and Raul Esparza singing Anita & Maria in West Side Story. . That's really lovely, actually.


I have the feeling we're at Peak Television. And that soon there will be a bubble. Which is my justification for not really watching much tv right now: I figure there will be enough for years to come.

Tonight I'm catching up on Homefires, which is a drama set in an English village at the beginning of WWII. It's not really surprising or creative, but there's some great cast members and heart-warming bits. Also, for Code Name Verity fans, it looks like the one lesbian character might decide to go for pilot's training...

I need to get back to The 100 and Underground. One of these days...

Let's Put On A Play About Ourselves!

Apr. 21st, 2017 09:39 pm
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If This Is Wrong: A Film About Fandom from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.

It's a film about queer slash fangirls.  It is part of Franzeska's film school thesis. Part of the program is learning how to take a film from conception to the end - including learning how to fundraise to cover costs.

They're running their kickstarter right now! Lots of rewards, including a DVD of the movie and a paper zine.

Or, if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so through Franzeska's film school. There are instructions on their website.


Surprising no one

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:25 am
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I am sick to fucking death of the fandom police on Tumblr trying to dictate how I use other fucking sites.
jadelennox: Blank Verse Blog Week (pic of Tennyson) (bvbw)
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To count poetic feet requires but
A little time. Not much; and yet within
The mire of... despair sounds foetid, and
depression's worse. Let's say the mire of
the forty-fifth. (It's not his fault I'm stuck,
Not acting, but, if honest with myself,
I'm glad to blame him for all sins. Sore throat?
Tortilla burnt? My wrist is sore? It's Trump's
America. Perforce, my staring, blank,
At laptop screens is D.T.'s fault, as well.)

Relief is mine that [personal profile] petra's taken up
The pen -- the keyboard? were it me I'd say
The microphone! -- to celebrate the week
Of blank verse blogs
. She's posted thrice, huzzah!
While I have scarcely managed once. Yay, P!

Chinese restaurant shorthand, part 4

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:23 am
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Posted by Victor Mair

Spotted by Greg Ralph in a London restaurant:

I will give each item on the receipt in both simplified and traditional characters, followed by explanatory notes:

liángbàn hǎizhē 凉伴海蜇 / 伴海蜇

Note:  bàn 伴 ("partner; companion; accompany") has been substituted for bàn 拌 ("mix [in]; blend")

Běijīng tiánjiǎ 北京填甲 / 北京填甲

Note:  the only native speakers of Sinitic languages to which I showed this who could understand why it means "Peking duck" were Cantonese speakers, but not even all the Cantonese speakers who saw this could understand it.

tián / tin4 填 ("stuff; fill")

Cant. gaap3 甲 ("armor") is shorthand for
aap3 鴨 ("duck" — same final and tone)

Several of my respondents mentioned that they had received a "tiányā shì jiàoyù / tin4aap3 sik1 gaau3juk6  填鴨式教育" ("stuffed duck style education"), which they said is Chinese style education where things are just crammed down students' throats.

The standard way to say the name of this dish in Mandarin is Běijīng kǎoyā 北京烤鸭 ("Peking roast duck").

For additional notes on why Peking duck is referred to in Cantonese as "stuffed / filled / force-fed", see the appendix at the bottom of this post.

lóngxiā 龙虾 / 龍蝦

Note:  It's ironic that they didn't use shorthand versions for these complicated characters, especially the first.

miàn 面 /

Note:  The full disyllabic form of this word in is miàntiáo / min6tiu4*2 面条 / 麵條.

qīngchǎo dòumiáo 清炒豆苗 / 清炒豆苗

Note: This is stir-fried / sautéed pea sprouts / shoots.

báifǎn 白反 / 白反 (lit., "white reverse")

Note:  This stands for báifàn 白饭 / 白飯 ("white rice").

Earlier posts on this subject:

It's intriguing to note that these shorthand versions persist even in the days of tablet or iPhone ordering, when it would presumably be no harder to select the "right" character than the "wrong" one from a preset menu of options. It seems that Cantonese waiter shorthand has made the jump from handwriting to the digital realm.



Note on the force-feeding of ducks and geese from Wikipedia:

Foie gras (/ˌfwɑːˈɡrɑː/, French for "fat liver") is a luxury food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened. By French law, foie gras is defined as the liver of a duck or goose fattened by force-feeding corn with a feeding tube, a process also known as gavage. In Spain and other countries outside France it is occasionally produced using natural feeding. Ducks are force-fed twice a day for 12.5 days and geese three times a day for around 17 days.

Foie gras is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose liver. Foie gras is sold whole, or is prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté, and may also be served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as steak. French law states that "Foie gras belongs to the protected cultural and gastronomical heritage of France."

The technique of gavage dates as far back as 2500 BC, when the ancient Egyptians began keeping birds for food and deliberately fattened the birds through force-feeding. Today, France is by far the largest producer and consumer of foie gras, though it is produced and consumed worldwide, particularly in other European nations, the United States, and China.

Gavage-based foie gras production is controversial, due mainly to the animal welfare concerns about force-feeding, intensive housing and husbandry, and enlarging the liver to 10 times its usual volume. A number of countries and jurisdictions have laws against force-feeding, and the production, import or sale of foie gras; even where it is legal, a number of retailers decline to stock it.


[Thanks to Abraham Chan; Tang Pui Ling, Yixue Yang, Jinyi Cai, Mandy Chan, Judy Weng, Carmen Lee, Alan Chin, Norman Leung, and Bob from Detroit]

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Posted by John Scalzi

Look, it’s LA, being LA. 

I’m here for a few days! I get to catch up on my sleep! Wheee!

No event today, but tomorrow I am signing books at the Mysterious Galaxy booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (3pm-4pm booth 368), and then on Sunday at 1:30, Cory Doctorow and I talk about life, the universe and everything, also at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Come to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! And see me! And also, you know. Other authors too, I guess.


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