remember me when i'm gone

Aug. 1st, 2015 06:51 pm
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It's getting on to two years since John died.

There've been some changes in my life recently that I like to think would have made him happy for me. One was the adoption of Ferdinand, my wee kitten. The other was moving to Poplarville and getting a house. (I really have to get those pictures up on this journal.)

I like to think that he'd come up and help with the cleaning and make it funny and joke a lot, cause that's how he was. He'd also know all the secrets to getting a kitten trained to not treat your fingers as toys. Then we'd go to the BBQ place here in town and gorge ourselves silly on the best BBQ in the area.

I like thinking that it would be pleasing to him that his little sister was having a good life and was happy. Even if the hall bathroom should be condemned for health violations. (He'd probably paint a biohazard sign on the door, knowing him.)

I still notice shopping buggies in random places because of him.

Pain is mostly gone. Sore, but not sharp. It will probably never go away.

This Week's Top Downloads

Aug. 1st, 2015 11:00 pm
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Posted by Andy Orin

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.


Roman letter shapes in Japanese

Aug. 1st, 2015 11:13 pm
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Posted by Victor Mair

[A guest post by Nathan Hopson]

Recently, I encountered two examples of the intriguing use of roman letters in Japanese to describe various shapes and parts of the nether regions of human anatomy.

The first was in a Japan Times article on military terminology and slang in Japanese, which was an interesting read in its own right. The passage that caught my eye, though, was at the opening (emphasis added):

One of my first encounters with Japan’s 兵語 (heigo, military terminology) came about when Kato-san, an older co-worker, jokingly made a reference to the term M検 (emu-ken, an “M inspection”), which in the old days doctors performed at military induction physicals to look for visible symptoms of sexually transmitted disease.

Ken, I supposed, was short for 検査 (kensa, test or examination). But what did the M stand for? Then Kato-san drew a letter M on a sheet of paper, and I immediately understood it to be a crude depiction of the anatomical shape of the, er, object being examined.

This is a different anatomical usage of M than the one we are subjected to in the media. The more common usage is M脚 (emu-kyaku), which describes female legs spread with raised knees.

Google Image search provides predictable results.

This got me to thinking about the other alphabetical descriptions of legs in Japanese: O脚 and X脚 (and the elusive XO脚), which again are best illustrated by, well, an illustration.

The various ~脚 usages are, unlike M検 fully integrated into the common lexicon. Their visual appeal and similarity to older Japanese phraseology probably made them all easily acceptable. For example, コの字型 (コ-shaped, ko no ji gata; one furniture and many corpus examples here) describes a rectangle open on one side, or a more rounded C-shape — though I believe this usage is obsolete. As the first corpus sample above shows, this would now generally be C字型. In fact, the use of of E字型, etc., signifies how widespread acceptance of romanized shape descriptions has become.

The other item I encountered, though, returns to the anatomical uses of romanization, and with the same combination of mild obfuscation and bold visual illustration. This visual (from this ad campaign for depilation) revealed to me the intricately romanized anatomy of waxing, from the V-line to the O-line, which is described as "Hard to do yourself" (自分ではむずかしい).

Clockwise from the top left, the waxable parts of the "delicate zone" (デリケートゾーン) are described and captioned as:

Vライン上部 (V-rain jōbu) Upper V-line: "Get a fresh, clean upper area"
VラインS・両サイド (V-rain S, ryō saido) V-line S, both sides ("S" = "side line"): "Reduce your side lines"
Oライン: "Hard to do yourself"
Iライン: "Peace of mind even with daring underwear"
Tトライアングル (T-toraianguru) T-triangle: "In your own design"

I found it fascinating that in all cases, the anatomical use of romanization was for the lower body. This is probably coincidence at some level — necks and shoulders, for example, don't lend themselves to alphabetical visualization.  While this campaign is for three depilation companies: épiler, TBC, and Men's TBC, the image above is titled:

txt-female11.png (emphasis added)

So particularly with the VOI and T, this is probably a gendered vocabulary that describes matters in in-group only (≈ women) terms that could obscure them from men.

The female body and its inner workings have often been discussed in veiled and euphemistic terminology away from the ears of men, and it's interesting that this reticence continues even in a context including bold visual representation intended for a mixed audience.

[A nod to Robert Hegwood, who shared both the military article and depilation ads on Facebook.]

Saturday date

Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:29 am
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We went to see an early showing of Hot Pursuit, which has Reese Witherspoon as the by-the-book cop escorting criminal witness Sofia Vergara to testify against a drug kingpin.  Things go wrong, and they don't get on, but have to work together to survive.

It is not a surprising film: it hits the mismatched-partnership comedy-movie beats you would expect, but it is done very well and is frequently very funny.  Although it gets a bit cringeworthy in places, it stayed on the right side of unbearable for me.   It reminded me a bit of The Heat which is also a police comedy hitting well-known beats but with women in the lead roles.

Witherspoon is awesome as Cooper, who is small and fearsome and takes everything very literally, and was apparently raised by a single-dad cop who carried her around in the back of his patrol car all day (which is in the opening few minutes of the film , and was ringing my "possible child endangerment" alarms.  Spoiler: the child is not harmed.)  What I particularly liked is the daddy issues are only briefly referenced after that - they've been established, we spend very little time dwelling on them.

I also liked how they had fun with the physical contrast between the two women, and with stereotypes and perception.  It is not a Serious or Life Changing movie, but it was a lot of fun.  (I note that Rotten Tomatoes et all seem to wildly disagree with me and hate it.  Oh well.)

We then wandered into town deciding where to eat, and I said flippantly "Isn't there some new foodie/hipster place we haven't tried yet?" and Tony laughed and then said "Yeah, actually there is!" and so we ate at Butch Annie's.  We had delicious burgers which we ate quickly - it's not really a place for lingering over the meal, but the food was very tasty indeed.  (And I checked about the tips if I pay by card, and the server gets them, once a month.)

So we then stopped into the refurbished and renamed Architect on the way home and had a pleasant hour or two alternately talking with each other or tweeting or reading, and eventually toddled home at closing time.

(where we discovered Nicholas was wide awake and ready for Toddler Midnight Party, happy joy)

Midnighter #2

Aug. 1st, 2015 04:12 pm
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"He's something unique in this world, where we want dark, brooding heroes. And certainly, those are great too. But we can have something else. We can have this character who's had these bad events happen to him that normally make a Daredevil or a Batman, but they aren't lingered on. He's moved on, and loves what he is. He's found a way to love what he is, and that phrase, that sentence is something I think we all struggle with as humans. And it's obviously something we struggle with as we go through the steps of coming out in the queer community, so that nugget is what made the character for me." -- Steve Orlando

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Aug. 1st, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1100 aged 44 King William II of England (my toy,wikipedia). William died after being shot with an arrow whilst hunting, possibly murdered to put his brother Henry on the throne (in which case it worked), possibly an accident. He kept the Scots out of England but didn't gain control of Scotland and despite invading twice didn't manage to take over Wales.

Born on this day in 1424 to King Rene I of Naples and Isabella Lorraine , Duchess of Lorraine, John Valois-Anjou II, Duke of Anjou (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Margaret who married Henry VI. John spent much of his reign attempting to get Naples back, which didn't work.
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Following from my earlier discovery that the Apache XMLRPC library isn't good enough (or supported), I tried out the Redstone one. And discovered that it allows me to set _even less_ options.

So, fuck it, I guess tomorrow I'm downloading the source to the Apache one and making it work for Google App Engine. How hard can it be?

Short hiatus

Aug. 1st, 2015 09:45 pm
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I'm leaving for The Land of No Internet for a week. Then I'll be out and about at various intervals until early September, so if I miss something, let me know.

Tbh, that works for all the time.

(And as for comments I haven't answered yet: I was a goof and it's been months and months now, so any answer I had to give would be a terrible. Sorry, everyone. I'll do my best not to let this kind of thing happen again.)

Gencon, interim report

Aug. 1st, 2015 02:12 pm
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I am at Gencon! I have needed much napping. Read more... )
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Posted by Thorin Klosowski

When it comes to mice, you have plenty of options for plastic shells. If you’re looking for something a little more stylish, Make shows you how to build a wood case.


Delia has jewelry for sale!

Aug. 1st, 2015 04:10 pm
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Some of you may know that Delia has been studying jewelry design with [ profile] elisem (fabulous teacher) for nine years now. She started out as an apprentice but now has achieved the status of journeyman.

Elise is having an online sale, and a little over a dozen of Delia's creations are included (including three wandering wire necklace crowns). Please go admire and buy! Remember that you are helping a very bright and beloved daughter with her college expenses.


(And if you like the work she's doing, please leave a comment here for Delia. Creators can always use artistic encouragement!)
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Do you know what is depressing? Putting in eight hours on your Saturday and then pulling out the to-do list you made and realizing you only did one thing on it. Not that you didn't do a lot of other things—you did plenty of other things! But the things! That you decided you were going to do today! Aren't done!

Clearly it is time for a DW post.

Vividcon continues to draw near with no major catastrophes in my life. I even, on Friday, exempted myself from the thing that everyone else was volunteering me to do because I would not have been able to finish it before I left and I refused to work while I was gone. I am excited—there are people coming that I haven't seen in so many years I can't even count them (I'm looking at you [personal profile] geekturnedvamp)! I've scheduled dinner only on Thursday night but it's starting to look like a lot of folks do that beforehand, in which case I may need to stand in the lobby looking harmless with a sign around my neck that says, "invite me"! ::g::

Speaking of dinner—I'm going to a dinner party tonight through MeetUp and I don't want to go. It's a group organized around the fact that we are all dykes who like to discuss things, except dykes aren't all the same and so—potentially two hours with five other women who have nothing in common except their dykehood, making awkward conversation. Yay?
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Title: defrost, debauch, destroy
Author: psocoptera
Reader: [personal profile] intransitive ([ profile] exmanhater)
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane
Length: 5:24
Summary: Beneath the ice, dread things lie dreaming. Or listening to One Direction, whatever.

Permanent download link: (right-click, save-as) mp3 [2.5 MB]
Temporary Mediafire download link: mp3 [2.5 MB]

Or, stream at AO3


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