The Americans 3.10

Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:42 am
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I'm having a very exhausting Easter week and am behind on some tv shows, but this one I managed to catch (thank you, Itunes) and must review right away!

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Thursday 02/04/2015

Apr. 2nd, 2015 08:49 am
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1) Boyfriend's birthday! (He was happy with his present ^^) And I got my day planned nicely. An hour later to work - having breakfast together with boyfriend and leaving home together, he for school, me for work - and then when he's finished with school and he's taking the train home, he'll let me know and pick me up from work and I take some hours off this afternoon. ^^

2) Dinner at boyfriend's mother's place. Hmm, veggie lasagna. XD

3) Ju-jitsu training this evening and boyfriend staying over afterwards. :-) For I have the day off tomorrow. :D

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Apr. 1st, 2015 11:57 pm
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You know, there is no age at which I would not have been pleased to be told, "When you're older, your 28-year-old self will live near Whyte Ave with a cat. She will be the kind of person to go to the library and utter a small pleased sound to find the book 'Recovering from Genocidal Trauma' on the shelves, then go to Block 1912 to eat mousse and read it and a book on gardening."

ETA continuing on the theme--

About your 28-year-old self: She's trained in her field and almost done her degree, but still struggling with procrastination, disorganization, and anxiety. This makes her forget how good she is. She still writes: journals, notes, and e-mails right now, because she's having a bad time of it, and essays, stories, and novels when she's better. She's kept up that trait of waiting and watching and pausing and thinking very hard before she acts, and is on the whole a thoughtful and well-spoken person, even funny. While not outgoing or vivacious, she cultivates warmth, enthusiasm, and authenticity.

She still struggles to make and be friends, although she has many excellent friendships; so while her friends from around the world check in on her through the internet, and she keeps in contact with friends locally, she doesn't go out as much as she would like, has trouble returning phone calls and emails, and finds socializing a bit intimidating. She doesn't really date, mostly because she doesn't put out the effort to be sociable. But people love her, and she loves them, and it's satisfying and redeeming and scary. The surest ground for her to stand on is when she's doing something on behalf of other people or acting for a group; over the years they has slowly melted into we and she's learned the art of being in a community.

By 28 she has not accumulated the things you want her to yet--not sold a novel or bought a farm or established a clinic, does not have a horse or spouse or children, nor even yet reliable income or very nice clothes--but she does the important things.

April Fools

Apr. 2nd, 2015 06:54 am
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Well done to [ profile] ewx, who it seems was the only one to realise in my last posting that the seasonal relevance wasn't to Pesach but to the fact it was April Fool's Day.

There is no tractate Listim of the Babylonian Talmud; listim means "bandits", and my excerpt—the quotation from Ezekiel (the first two verses of which aren't actually in the book*) and commentary both—was a transcript, with the language changed slightly to make it non-obvious, from the film Pulp Fiction.

* And indeed involved non-Biblical language: there doesn't appear to be a Biblical Hebrew word for "selfish".

In the film, R. Yulai Jules refers to the would-be café robber he's addressing as "Ringo". I took this as a reference to the nineteenth-century gunslinger Johnny Ringo (not to be confused with SF author John Ringo), and substituted "Shimon". Who better for R. Yulai to refer to in this context than R. Shimon ben Lakish, the notorious bandit turned Talmudic rabbi?

Now, is anyone kicking themselves for not spotting the quotation?

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On this day in 2005, John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican. Six days later, two million people packed Vatican City for his funeral, said to be the biggest funeral in history.

John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, 35 miles southwest of Krakow, in 1920. After high school, the future pope enrolled at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, where he studied philosophy and literature and performed in a theater group. During World War II, Nazis occupied Krakow and closed the university, forcing Wojtyla to seek work in a quarry and, later, a chemical factory. By 1941, his mother, father, and only brother had all died, leaving him the sole surviving member of his family.

Although Wojtyla had been involved in the church his whole life, it was not until 1942 that he began seminary training. When the war ended, he returned to school at Jagiellonian to study theology, becoming an ordained priest in 1946. He went on to complete two doctorates and became a professor of moral theology and social ethics. On July 4, 1958, at the age of 38, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII. He later became the city s archbishop, where he spoke out for religious freedom while the church began the Second Vatican Council, which would revolutionize Catholicism. He was made a cardinal in 1967, taking on the challenges of living and working as a Catholic priest in communist Eastern Europe. Once asked if he feared retribution from communist leaders, he replied, “I m not afraid of them. They are afraid of me.”

Wojtyla was quietly and slowly building a reputation as a powerful preacher and a man of both great intellect and charisma. Still, when Pope John Paul I died in 1978 after only a 34-day reign, few suspected Wojtyla would be chosen to replace him. But, after seven rounds of balloting, the Sacred College of Cardinals chose the 58-year-old, and he became the first-ever Slavic pope and the youngest to be chosen in 132 years.

A conservative pontiff, John Paul II s papacy was marked by his firm and unwavering opposition to communism and war, as well as abortion, contraception, capital punishment, and homosexual sex. He later came out against euthanasia, human cloning, and stem cell research. He traveled widely as pope, using the eight languages he spoke (Polish, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin) and his well-known personal charm, to connect with the Catholic faithful, as well as many outside the fold.

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter s Square by a Turkish political extremist, Mehmet Ali Agca. After his release from the hospital, the pope famously visited his would-be assassin in prison, where he had begun serving a life sentence, and personally forgave him for his actions. The next year, another unsuccessful attempt was made on the pope s life, this time by a fanatical priest who opposed the reforms of Vatican II.

Although it was not confirmed by the Vatican until 2003, many believe Pope John Paul II began suffering from Parkinson s disease in the early 1990s. He began to develop slurred speech and had difficulty walking, though he continued to keep up a physically demanding travel schedule. In his final years, he was forced to delegate many of his official duties, but still found the strength to speak to the faithful from a window at the Vatican. In February 2005, the pope was hospitalized with complications from the flu. He died two months later.

Pope John Paul II is remembered for his successful efforts to end communism, as well as for building bridges with peoples of other faiths, and issuing the Catholic Church s first apology for its actions during World War II. He was succeeded by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict XVI began the process to beatify John Paul II in May 2005.

Day 1: Canada Water

Apr. 2nd, 2015 05:15 am
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Posted by Ben Aaronovitch


Canada Water Library

Uncle Owen! This droid has a bad motivator.

Amply supplied with coffee and cake I was ushered into a rather nice custom built space where I faced my 1st audience - and very friendly they were too.

It's always much easier to address an audience if they've been warmed up first and in this I was lucky because Mark Rodenhurst had kicked things off with a reading from Rivers of London accompanied by slides and live music from Luke Evans.

Then I was interviewed by Literary Development Officer (what a title) Sandra Agard before another reading, a Q&A and a signing.

So I'd like to thank Mike Hall and everyone else at Canada Water for easing me into a month of glorious exploration.

Tomorrow - Blackheath!

two of a kind family

Apr. 1st, 2015 09:39 pm
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Who was it I was talking to about the luck of having two kids of the same sex?

Because it does feel like an escape. See, if I'd had a boy and a girl, I know in my soul that I would be absolutely convinced at this point that there are real differences between boys and girls, even at the age of like a year, and that I knew because I had seen them.

If the Junebug had been a girl I would be convinced that I had hard evidence that it's true that boy babies cry more than girls. If Rocket had been a girl I would be convinced that, wow: girls really do show so much more affection and emotion than boys. Even at such a young age.

But they're both boys, so what I have hard evidence for is that n=2 doesn't mean shit. Kids vary.

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Apr. 2nd, 2015 12:24 am
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But here's some good things:

First good thing: I wrote my words every day in February. Some of them were sortof exhausted bullshit cheater days, which is what happens when I write my words intermixed with actively falling asleep, but on the whole, I am quite proud of that particular record. It's been way too long since I could say I actually made every day in a month.

(Dear 750words: Why the fuck have you gotten rid of the Eternity tab. That was useful, and important and told me how many words I had pumped into your site. Now all I know is that it's "somewhat more than a million".)

Second good thing: I went to Highland dance for the first time in approximately eight weeks. The first six of those were because _snow_. Two weeks ago, I was desperately sick and knew better than to go exhaust myself with Highland. Last week, I had an Exec meeting. I did...way better than expected, and definitely have not forgotten how to do the Fling or the Sword Dance, and that's a pretty great thing.

I am two weeks behind on learning the shuffle step, and the sequence is _kicking my ass_ (assemble, lift behind, move to front, step, close, shuffle x4). I will have to practice or whatever. But for now I rest my legs.

Third good thing: My friend Scott is more or less the greatest. He is also an expert at bicycles, and so he was willing to ride out to a strange garage in the middle of nowhere (see also: Narwhal Promenade1) and examine my bicycle and tell me how fucked I am. He is also the greatest because after I go and buy some things (on his say-so), he is going to [help me/] strip my bicycle down and replace various bits that I have no idea how to replace, like the cassette.

Fourth good thing: Coming home from bike-examinations, I took a wrong turn and found myself starting to walk through a graveyard.

Now, I spent like an hour this afternoon reading creepypasta stories, because of course I did, and so there was a very conscious decision to be made as to whether or not I would keep walking through the graveyard. Ultimately, I decided to wander the long path (I mostly knew where I needed to come out, I just didn't know if fences and graves would be in the way) alone, late at night, betwixt the graves.

After all, it's not the dead I'm scared of, it's the living. Just to be on the safe side though, I set my music to loud and my psychic residue to "wouldn't it be awesome if all you ghosts were having a mad rad dance party?"

It felt brave, and good.

Fifth good thing: mini-date with mek! Watchin' Elementary and falling asleep, because it's me. Yay!!

Sixth good thing: Not actually my good thing to share, so I won't yet, but someone I love very much called me with a really exciting and lovely piece of news, and I am proud of them.

I think that's a good place to stop for the night. I wrote most of my post about pronouns last night, I'll try posting that tomorrow if I can.

(tomorrow I do not have dancing plans, just go to work, go to the dentist, go home and lounge and maybe do some laundry or room cleaning if I'm *really* impressive. I am quite looking forward to the change of pace.)


1: The spiritual successor to Dinosaur Sashay, which was the house I lived in before I lived in Abbess Radcliffe's Sanctuary for the Encouragement of Sin.

To Do: Easter uni break edition

Apr. 2nd, 2015 02:57 pm
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* Close some freaking tabs, so deal with the stuff I deliberately left open for whatever reason. Seriously. Deal with the tabs.

* Make a blog post about the reading I've done for uni so far (aahahaha before I start my essay reading)

* Start my essay reading, plan my written pieces including the fucking essay on obesity and it's relationship to hypertensive disorders (I could have picked gestational diabetes but I think that will involve too much cranky and awfulness tbh). So to break it down: 2 essay plans and start the reading for both (need at least 10 references for each).

* Revise gently pathophysiology stuff - need to make a more specific list for this to be useful, so hey:

* Make a list of pathophysiology stuff to revise. Make it compatible for Complex P&B revision too, because that'd be smart.

* Do 3 case studies by researching them in detail for Complex, and then do at least 2 as though they were on the exam, and work out where the gaps in my knowledge are in relation to obvious things.

* Revise the RANZCOG fetal surveillance topics and maybe actually do the online course so I can have a shiny certificate.

* Write up some of the stuff I've been thinking about for posts for The Conversationalist - at least 2 posts and *whoa* there's a lot of stuff.

* Try and read 1 article on each of the major topics covered by Complex P&B where I *know* the lecture notes are inadequate, and try and read through the relevant textbook chapters for those (there's about 5 major topics, maybe a few more).

None of this is urgent, but it will be a massive gift to future me who has exams. And essays due in early May.

Another Long Drive

Apr. 1st, 2015 11:21 pm
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Ate at one of the restaurants down there which we don't usually go to (it's further past the destination, so not on the way back home), which has various vegetarian-friendly things. Expensive, though, alas. But tasty!

I need to finish futzing around with some stuff on this GURPS thing I'm noodling around on, then probably get someone to playtest it. *swats ravenpenny* YES, I AM ALREADY THINKING OF YOU; STOP WAVING YOUR HAND. I'LL TELL YOU WHEN IT'S READY.

Havva Quote
I've not the dimmest idea as to your identity, cur--! But if you make trouble in this holy realm[,] I will exponentiate to a most agonizing integer your superfluity of scars.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

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How to Be a Better Ally

Apr. 1st, 2015 08:24 pm
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When you're trying to a support a group of people that you don't directly belong to, and some organization that purports to support that group is quite unpopular with the people who actually have that trait, then it's helpful to believe them and cut your ties to that organization. If you care why the organization is aggravating the people it claims to help, by all means do some research to find out why. But trust your trait-having friends to know when someone is trying to screw them.

In this case, it's about April as Autism Awareness Month, and the organization Autism Speaks -- which despite its name is not by autistic people but by neurotypical people who work with or are related to people on the spectrum. Really not the same thing at all. Actual neurovariant people have all kinds of beef with AS and a little digging will turn up their explanations of why. Don't pester them about it, lots of them are tired of repeating that conversation.

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Today's Five Things.

Apr. 1st, 2015 08:45 pm
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I'm really having trouble getting used to the new (well, who knows how long it's been there) posting page.

  1. Theatre. Sort of. As I could not make it to England to see BC's Hamlet I was pleased when I heard that NTLive would be broadcasting it. Tickets went on sale last week sometime and I have purchased mine. I'm excited, although I suppose the experience won't be that much different from seeing NTLive's filmed versions of other plays. Still—broadcast LIVE. There's something fun in contemplating that.

  2. Books. I can't decide between Broken Harbour and The Final Silence. Stuart Neville is often brutal and bleak, but I enjoy him more consistently than Tara French. Except now [personal profile] isis has tempted me with the Benjamin January series (historical murder mystery! Set in New Orleans! Catnip! ::g::), so who knows what will be next. I've been streaking through Louise Penny's Inspector Armand Gamache series, but quality-wise it hasn't aged well, so I think the one I just finished will be the last one. It's a case of still loving the character but finding the plot less and less well written.

  3. Cat. I made the mistake of buying Joey a laser toy. Oy.

  4. Piercings. I may have to have mine removed. :( I'm having trouble with my right arm that they think might be the rotator cuff, but it's not responding to physical therapy so they want to an MRI. However, the MRI folks won't do the exam while I still have the piercings in my neck. So—we've compromised on an ultrasound, but if that doesn't "reveal all" the only recourse seems to be to have them removed. This would make sad, as the piercing are distinctive, and once removed would likely scar the skin such that putting them back in later wouldn't have the same "clean" appearance. But—can't give up use of my right arm, either. ::wry grin::

  5. Baking. I'm thinking of experimenting with making bread. Exactly how many experimental inedible bricks loaves will I have to make, do you think, before I get it right...?

Further gratitudes

Apr. 1st, 2015 08:29 pm
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1. A night without kid responsibilities!

2. Dinner with [personal profile] sanj at our local pub.

3. Buffalo wings, extra-spicy. 'Nuff said.

4. Two very fine pints of beer. (One hefeweizen, one Old Speckled Hen.)

5. And now I get to finish reading [personal profile] dira's Just Stay Alive series. w00t!

Timely! Small! Reading update

Apr. 1st, 2015 06:05 pm
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Since Last I updated I've read three books!

I'm trying to crank through them a bit faster right now because 1) I'm almost exactly on target for my reading goal instead of ten books ahead and 2) I should have all the LYRC and LTRC books read by May 6. 

Lord of the White Hell: Book One by Ginn Hale

Would YOU like to read a m/m romance set at a boarding school in a fantasy world in the throes of an industrial revolution? Yes. Yes, rather.  
Kiram is going to overcome racial prejudice and not be intimidated by his roommate, the older boy noble with a curse/semi-control of a hellportal thingie.  

Also Kiram's society is matrilineal and semi-cool with teh gay (though the dominant culture isn't) and his mom runs the most successful of candy shops.  Kiram's a kind of articifer and is creating a two stroke steam engine for a royal competition. He makes friends, is good at math, and is not-so-great at horses and swordplay. 

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I had to intra-library loan this one and before I was even done with it I put in a request for the second half. 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This was exceedingly readable even though FBI investigations using teens with a natural knack for profiling isn't really a topic that is my jam. I was kinda vexed at the twist at the end, but it didn't retroactively ruin the book for me which is quite a relief. (LOOKING AT YOU, WINGER.)

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Lair of the Bat Monster by Ursula Vernon

Adventures with Danny Dragonbreath's cousin at a research station in Mexico! There are GIANT (and we mean GIANT) BATS! It was all rather darling and nice. Love Ursula's art and how very extremely funny these children's books are. I pretty much started Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts (book 5) immediately after I put Bat Monster down.

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What I'm Reading Now:

I'm Reading Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts and avoiding listening to Steelheart by listening to back episodes of Kevin and Ursula (yes that Ursula) Eat Cheap and The Steve Dangle Podcast. 

What I'm Reading Next:

More LYRC and LTRC books. ::glumface:: But not QB1 because that was like trying to read a fucking car repair manual. 
I've got Grave Mercy checked out, so I might treat myself with a break of something I *want* to read.

The second half of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim came out last month, so I've GOT to get my hands on that.  SOOOON!

Also the second Seraphina book, Shadow Scale. That came out last month too. ::grabbyhands::


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