Reigning Tory Party Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a Special Election to Parliament early this summer. Given the disarray of the Labour Party, rydra_wong says,
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).She's got some UK Special Election hands-on information and advice.
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.
Independent candidate and new political wunderkind Emmanuel Macron has secured most votes (24%) in the 2017 French Election, which means he'll enter the second round with runner-up "Marine" Le Pen, far-right Front National's leader, after she won 22% of the votes. Needless to say having a white supremacist gain that many votes is not exactly furthering a good night's sleep, but I place some trust in the French here. ( Mostly comparative musings; please follow the link below for actual facts and figures )
Read more about this run-off French Election 2017 on its own Guardian page.
Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through.
(You may not be someone for whom 'soul' resonates, but I think there are a lot of other words that can apply - inner self, private self, etc.)
It's such a gentle essay, and it prompted me to think about how many times I am quick to advise. I have a lot to learn about listening and being present; but what a sweet little note on which my weekend can end.
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don't alters their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit the views."
Utterly terrifying how appropriate it is.
EXCEPT that Firefox kept freezing and crashing. All other programs were perfectly fine, it was just firefox. I did some troubleshooting, refreshed firefox, deleted and reinstalled, all that jazz. Nothing worked. So, today I backed up my firefox profile using MozBackup (which has always worked perfectly for me before). Then I uninstalled firefox and deleted the profile and then deleted the firefox folder in my program files folder. Like, EVERYTHING COMPLETELY GONE. NO EXCEPTIONS. So that whatever the problem is, it couldn't possibly come over, right?
Then I reinstalled Firefox, completely clean new installation. Then I tried to use MozBackup.
It didn't work. The backup I made today was "not a valid backup file."
Fortunately, the backup I made two weeks ago DID work, so while I've lost some tabs that were open and a few passwords to websites that I just started using, most of my stuff should be there.
If this didn't work--if I did all this and firefox STILL FREEZES PERIODICALLY, I will be so pissed.
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 3
Here are the shows from this season that I watched this week…
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 3
Glenn showed his stuff, and the episode was lit up with action. The series is so much better now than when it started. I’m on board.
Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 2
Good episode. I liked how Willem won over the young ones. I also liked the conversation between Willem and Chtholly. We’re only beginning to see the layers of the complex character Willem is hiding. My curiosity is aroused.
Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine (The Royal Tutor): Episode 3
Well… OK. Haine won over one more prince. I can contain my excitement. I’m not sure that Haine-sensei being droll is going to carry the series. This remains a borderline show.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 3
Yay! A slice of time with one of my favorite couples in Konoha – Shikamaru and Temari! Also some Hinata & Himawari time, too! But the best part was how Shikadai, Inojin, and Boruto teamed up to defeat the possessed Metal Lee. Pretty good teamwork for kids.
Sakura Quest: Episode 3
The story started out rather slow and ordinary… and never really got a lot of traction… but the very last part was sweet – Yoshino’s speech… and the formation of her court. Still, this series remains borderline for me. There’s not much competition on Wednesdays, so the show will probably remain in the watchlist.
Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 2
Fairly hokey setup for the entire show… and a big unanswered question is how did Hikaru Onigashima get the fighting reputation that he did? Well… I’ll ignore the dumb backstory for now.
Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 3
I’m mentally screaming at Kotarou…Don’t blow it, man! Say something! And then… and then… the barest whisper of words… then… cliffhanger! But before that, this was another superb episode… gently paced… filled with subtle glances and movements… and the music was wonderful all the way through. So far I love this show!
Clockwork Planet: Episode 3
Fun episode! The action scenes were tidy, and banter is starting to show nicely. RyuZU rocks, of course – and Halter isn’t far behind. Thursdays are by far the best anime night of the week!
Hinako Note: Episode 3
I wish Hinako wasn’t such a wimp. This is getting tiring, and I hope we soon get away from Hinako’s over-the-top shyness. It’s not funny. Everyone else is just fine. Thankfully the new character, Yua, softened at the end of the episode. It’s now a 5-girl series – just like Sakura Quest this season and BanG Dream last season. Let’s hope something interesting happens.
Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 3
Well… beware of gods bearing gifts, I suppose. This SF story is moving sluggishly… and it looks like politics will be ramping up shortly. I can’t say that I’m very excited about this show. The gasping reactions by the onlookers are cliché and uncalled for. It’s hard to see how this story can go for 12 episodes. Maybe there will be a twist next week.
Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 17
Just the act of forming teams was pretty amazing, and I’m surprised and pleased with Izuku’s team. The battle itself was smart also. This episode was tons of fun, and next week’s conclusion should be just as good.
GRANBLUE FANTASY: The Animation: Episode 4
Rackam’s the man – his actions were laudable. On the other hand, General Furias was a cardboard villain – pretty annoying. Finally the Grandcypher got launched, and there should be some good action next week.
Eromanga Sensei: Episode 3
I’ll confess that I didn’t expect Elf Yamada to start showing some attributes that make her less annoying and more likeable. Her exchanges with Masamune were pretty good this episode. I don’t care much for the fan service and the rather arbitrary conflicts between Sagiri and Masamune. Get used to it, I guess. Overall, the show continues to have strong production values and pretty good writing.
Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 3
Man, does Benten know how to make an entrance! Twice! It’s nice having her back in the (increasingly complicated) picture. Also, Tousen got screen time! This episode had me so captivated that I about fell out of my chair when it ended abruptly. With superb voice acting, masterful direction, and plenty of P.A.Works scenery porn, this episode was top notch.
Alice to Zoroku: Episode 4
Elders rock! (I say this as an elder myself.) Both Zoroku and Sanae voiced some important things this week, and both characters became even more likeable. Sana was humble, and Minnie C continued to be a selfish jerk. At the end, I was glad Ichijo Shizuku is on our side!
Sukasuka, Episode 2
I started collecting anime long before I started collecting manga. In comparison to my anime collection, my manga collection is small and young. Relatively speaking, the number of complete series is low. However, once I start collecting a series, I either drop it early or continue to the very end. Skip Beat! has me held hostage – volume 38 has been released, and there’s no signs that we’re heading towards a conclusion. I don’t really mind in this case. Skip Beat! has been a solid series, and I fully expect it will have a happy ending. That’s not always the case with manga. There’s the infamous ending for Usagi Drop (which I haven’t read). And I have some in my own collection.
That said, I’d like to rank my complete manga series (that is, manga series for which I have all of the volumes to the conclusion of the series) in order of preference, favorites first…
1. Claymore (27 volumes)
As much as I love my shoujo romances, violent action series Claymore is probably the manga I’d reread the most. I love the conclusion – and bought extra copies so that I could keep re-reading those volumes. Note: I also have volume 27 (the final volume) in Japanese. My commentary on the ending of the manga is Here and Here.
2. Marmalade Boy (8 volumes)
Ah. There’s my shoujo romance! An old classic, at that! Multiple likable couples. Happy ending. Smiles all around. Note: I also have volumes 1 & 2 in Japanese.
3. Koko wa Greenwood (9 volumes)
Mainly a comedy – but also a romance (Hasukawa x Igarashi). Another old (but largely unknown) classic – this manga makes me smile a lot. Note: I also have all 9 volumes in Japanese.
4. Azumanga Daioh (4 volumes)
Yonkoma comedies hardly count as a series – but I love them. In this category are Lucky Star, Hidamari Sketch and Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun – but I don’t have complete sets of those. Only Azumanga Daioh. Note: I also have all 4 volumes in Japanese.
5. Inu x Boku SS (11 volumes)
The first arc (prologue) was great. But then the world changed, and the story and characters were less compelling… and the ending, while trying to bring everything back together – fell flat for me. The couples are all fabulous, and I was rooting for them. I just wished for a stonger ending. Note: I also have volumes 0, 1, 2, 3, and 7 in Japanese. My commentary on the ending of the manga is Here.
6. Silent Möbius (12 volumes)
I enjoyed reading this series, but the art got progressively worse as the series continued. And I confess that I don’t really remember how things ended. I took a peek just now, and I think I’ll just have to read the series again, sometime. Note: I also have volumes 1–5 in Japanese
7. Sasameki Koto (Whispered Words) (9 volumes)
I liked this series – it was sweet and light. The main problem is that it hasn’t been very memorable for me. It’s been only a year since I read it, and I’ve forgotten nearly everything. My commentary on the manga is Here.
8. Girl Friends (5 volumes)
Another lightweight but sweet series. Also not memorable. Seems like most yuri titles are like this.
9. Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl (5 volumes)
Well… everything was OK up until the end. Then the series went sideways. My gripes about Kashimashi were vented Here and Here.
10. Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou (21 volumes)
Shoujo manga… but this is one with a problematic ending – on two fronts: the nearly total erasure of Yukinon as a valuable, independent person and the creepy relationship between Asaba and the oldest child of Soichiro and Yukinon. I hated the ending of this series. Could we just pretend the last volume doesn’t exist? Everything was pretty good up until then.
11. Fruits Basket (23 volumes)
I’m conflicted about Fruits Basket. I loved Tohru and her friends Arisa and Saki. But I disliked nearly all of the Sohmas. I never really got into the romance candidates – and the final pairing was more of a whatever moment for me.
Coming to the library later this year: the complete manga set of Kimagure Orange Road (18 volumes). Where will it rank, I wonder? Interestingly, I already have all 18 volumes in Japanese.
today (pics in a bit) and Lord and Lady Downey kept trading off shifts. One
would fly off for a while, then come back and call, at which time the other
one would emerge from the hole and fly off. The first one would then go
down in the hole. I couldn't quite tell if the arriving one was carrying an
insect or not.
The internet tells me fledglings leave the nest in about a month, so we're
planning on taking off some of the dead limbs that look like they might
fall in the future at that time. Leaving the one with the nest hole, of
* It's a bit wacky to find that several writers whose Ace Attorney fics I find tolerable have also written for Persona 4 and/or The World Ends with You. ( Read more... )
* Total change in topic! MRI result: ( Read more... )
* Still coughing.
Job progresses. Friday not so much: I put in some USB sticks, wanting to extract my VM image. Two of these I know worked in this laptop before. But one never became visible, the other had most of its structure missing. I tried rebooting... and the Windows laptop refused to reboot. "Required device not available". My co-workers had never seen that before, though some people on the Internet had. Unclear why it happened. My boss had been diligent in saving and labeling stuff, and was able to launch a repair process, though I had to make a trip to Braintree. (Too suburban for me.)
I can say proudly that the only thing at risk was a tool to work with; I've been good at ending the workday with no information uniquely on my laptop.
Entertainment: slowly re-reading Hodgell. Wikipedia pages on Catullus and Ovid, and linked pages on various forms of rhetoric. Watching episodes of Ghost Stories (the black comedy anime dub) with people.
It's neat to think about the possibility that my ancestors might have used this book or one like it.
Here's my favorite passage:
"If you intend to go to the interior, be not detained either in New-York or in other great cities by Germans residing there. They will tell you stories about bears and wolves, and impenetrable forests, and poisonous swamps, which they say, are in the interior; they will paint before you phantoms of terror of every kind, in order to detain you in the cities. Believe them not! Be not deceived thereby! If you have relations or acquaintances in the interior, who have written you, travel to them. If you were accustomed to a country life in Germany, and like it, a country life in America will please you, as many thousands of your countrymen are very much pleased with it, and are doing very well."
I’m mostly recovered from Minicon…which is good, because on Tuesday, I leave for the Buenos Aires Book Fair!
Wednesday will be a day of recovery and looking around. Thursday afternoon I’ll be doing some press interviews at El Ateneo, one of the most gorgeous bookstores in the world.
Assuming they can pry me out of there, I’ll be doing an interview Saturday afternoon at the Book Fair, followed by a book signing. Later that evening I’ll be participating in the Bloggers Meeting as well.
Sunday, there’s a meet and greet at the bookstore, and then it’s back to the hotel to pack and prepare for the flight home on Monday.
It should be an exciting week. I’m looking forward to meeting my Latin American publisher, and I love that my official schedule has notes like “Embassy driver will pick you up from the airport.” And of course, it will be awesome to meet readers and fans from Argentina!
Blogging and email and such will probably be pretty light, but I should have plenty of pictures to share when I get back. Don’t break the internet while I’m gone, okay?
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
After many recommendations, I finally read "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet," and then found out that there's already a sequel too, great. I enjoyed both books a lot :) They're smaller in scope than many SF/F books, especially the second one, but I didn't mind. It felt kind of comfortable, even. Both books had a very warm and positive atmosphere, which was very nice, and put a big emphasis on people making friends and growing closer, which I love.
I'd read reviews saying that The Long Way doesn't have a very strong plot, but it didn't bother me because just like shows like e.g. Leverage it's so character-focused that character development becomes all the plot I need. (Actually it kind of reminds me of fic.)
Also, I always love when I start shipping characters early and then they actually get together :) I really liked the amount of space/focus the romance(s) got, I thought it was just right.
A Closed and Common Orbit doesn't have more plot, I'd say, but a clearer direction. Tbh at first I was disappointed when I found out that the sequel didn't focus on the crew of the Wayfarer, but they were at a pretty good/narratively satisfying point at the end of book 1 (exception: ( Spoiler )) so it made sense. The new main characters' stories didn't grab me until page 160 or so (more accurately ( Spoiler )), but after that I became very invested in their stories. ( Spoilers )
I really love the worldbuilding in these books. I like the history/politics background, generally positive and optimistic with cooperation between many races, but with plenty of dark sides too, from historical events to marginalized groups etc. Most of all I loved the races: they were varied (to a degree – many share many similarities with humanoids), they were interesting, they were all unique, and I just loved all the details about their cultures. Especially the Aandrisk and Aeluons, which we learned the most about.