Temple in a storm

Jun. 26th, 2016 04:28 pm
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Posted by Dave Bonta

Up betimes, and Mr. Moore coming to see me, he and I discoursed of going to Oxford this Commencement, Mr. Nathaniel Crew being Proctor and Mr. Childe commencing Doctor of Musique this year, which I have a great mind to do, and, if I can, will order my matters so that I may do it.
By and by, he and I to the Temple, it raining hard, my cozen Roger being got out, he and I walked a good while among the Temple trees discoursing of my getting my Lord to let me have security upon his estate for 100l. per ann. for two lives, my own and my wife, for my money. But upon second thoughts Mr. Moore tells me it is very likely my Lord will think that I beg something, and may take it ill, and so we resolved not to move it there, but to look for it somewhere else.
Here it raining hard he and I walked into the King’s Bench Court, where I never was before, and there staid an hour almost, till it had done raining, which is a sad season, that it is said there hath not been one fair day these three months, and I think it is true, and then by water to Westminster, and at the Parliament House I spoke with Roger Pepys. The House is upon the King’s answer to their message about Temple, which is, that my Lord of Bristoll did tell him that Temple did say those words; so the House are resolved upon sending some of their members to him to know the truth, and to demand satisfaction if it be not true.
So by water home, and after a little while getting me ready, Sir W. Batten, Sir J. Minnes, my Lady Batten, and I by coach to Bednall Green, to Sir W. Rider’s to dinner, where a fine place, good lady mother, and their daughter, Mrs. Middleton, a fine woman. A noble dinner, and a fine merry walk with the ladies alone after dinner in the garden, which is very pleasant; the greatest quantity of strawberrys I ever saw, and good, and a collation of great mirth, Sir J. Minnes reading a book of scolding very prettily.
This very house was built by the Blind Beggar of Bednall Green, so much talked of and sang in ballads; but they say it was only some of the outhouses of it. We drank great store of wine, and a beer glass at last which made me almost sick.
At table, discoursing of thunder and lightning, they told many stories of their own knowledge at table of their masts being shivered from top to bottom, and sometimes only within and the outside whole, but among the rest Sir W. Rider did tell a story of his own knowledge, that a Genoese gaily in Leghorn Roads was struck by thunder, so as the mast was broke a-pieces, and the shackle upon one of the slaves was melted clear off of his leg without hurting his leg. Sir William went on board the vessel, and would have contributed towards the release of the slave whom Heaven had thus set free, but he could not compass it, and so he was brought to his fetters again.
In the evening home, and a little to my Tryangle, and so to bed.

rain on the temple trees
like words in the book of a blind beggar

the outhouse
which made me almost sick

shivered from top to bottom
with the outside thunder

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Friday 26 June 1663.

Belgium July 2011 7/13

Jun. 26th, 2016 06:41 pm
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Even more pics from their performance during Werchter Festival at Festival Park in Werchter, Belgium, on 1 July 2011.


This way... )

Closer to fine*

Jun. 26th, 2016 05:03 pm
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2016, you guys.

Strangely enough, now that the referendum is no longer hanging over us, I'm almost relieved - yeah, the outcome was awful, but at least we know where we stand. There's nothing panicking or obsessing over the news can do, and disengaging a bit does me well.

Tiny sidetrack ramble re: my own personal baby boomer know it all )

Meanwhile it's summer - the light, even hidden behind clouds, gives me energy. I've managed to work out my feelings about my job so that I'm able to deal with the downsides and be grateful for everything I've always liked about it. (The key is care less, which is hard work, but not impossible.) And because the future isn't going to wait around for us to get ready, I have an urge to learn and study and expand my scope of knowledge and experience.
  • I've started doing Code Academy courses to bring my website building up to 2016 standards, and I intend to brush up on PHP and MySQL next. After that - maybe try to learn a programming language? Python might be useful, but I'm at the equivalent of "series of tube" understanding of them, so more research is needed.

  • Recently got back to doing a bit of kanji study - nothing serious, but reminding myself how to write and trying to restock my vocabulary after not using Japanese for so long.

  • Speaking of languages, I bought some books in French - it's my mother tongue, and I've grown up speaking it, but I lack writing skills. If I can gain those and get my general grasp of the knowledge a bit closer to an actual second language, that might actually come in handy in future job searches.

  • We're trying to do more top-roping. I'm too worried about injuries to be able to enjoy bouldering, but climbing while in a harness is actually fun! So it's worth the time and cost to go down to London and spend hours at The Castle. (We were planning on going Friday, but neither one of us had the energy or focus.) If we manage to keep it up we'll reward ourselves with some climbing harnesses - you can rent them, but they're definitely on the uncomfortable side.

  • And activity-wise, I'm trying to... um. I've started Couch to 5k. Which I NEVER EVER thought I could do, but I just finished Week 1, and I'm feeling very cautiously optimistic about my physical ability to actually do a tiny bit of running. I should be able to at least manage Week 2 and maybe Week 3? Because man - Week 1 is literally running for one minute and then walking for one and a half, and it was hard. But I bought a sports bra (my first!) and a smartphone sports armband, and I'm determined to at least try to complete it. I'm terrified of failure, but there you go - now I've made myself accountable!

So much to do, so little time. But it's such a relief to feel inspired and motivated, after months of gray limbo.

And this weekend we've been awesome! Yesterday we bought some much-needed kitchen stuff, including a shiny chrome replacement for the grotty old water boiler we bought second-hand at a charity shop. And today we went through our main storage closet and a bunch of nooks and drawers where things mysteriously accumulate. We ended up throwing out cardboard boxes we'd been holding on to "just in case" going back over three years, and a ton of weird stuff I'd hoarded because "you never know"...

It took us a dozen trips of precariously stacked armloads to the recycling and rubbish bins out back to sort and dump it all, and now I feel amazing. The kitchen is clean, the floors have been vacuumed, and the piles of cruft around our little home have almost completely disappeared! We might not be able to do anything about the mess that is the sociopolitical state of the world, but at least we can clean our flat!

*The Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine lyrics are amazing.

i'm not here for you

Jun. 26th, 2016 12:30 pm
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I keep starting posts and deleting them on this subject, because I don't want it to be a whole big thing, but I'm so disappointed that the Mets re-signed Jose Reyes. They said all the right things - he apologized, he's getting counseling (I suppose it helps that he's got to spend some time in the minors before he makes it back to the show) - but I'm so tired of how athletes* just go on with their lives and their big money contracts despite being domestic abusers or rapists, while the women they've injured are vilified and dismissed. Like, sure, he deserves a second chance at trying to be a better person/unfuck his life, and it's up to his wife to decide if he gets to do that with her, but do we really have to also give him a six figure contract and the spotlight of the sports media? I realize it's a business, and one run by men who wouldn't make the trade-off of maybe an unsuccessful season for not making female fans uncomfortable and unhappy, but I really wish they would.

*and other famous men, and well-heeled white men who aren't famous, and I realize there's a lot of stuff about race that factors in as well that I'm not able to untangle.


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Posted by Steven Morris

Region was on course to benefit from £2.5bn of funding between 2000 and 2020 but voted 56% in favour of leaving EU

Newsagent Nick Carey is one of the 182,665 Cornish people who voted to leave the EU even though Brussels has ploughed many millions of pounds into the area where he lives and works.

His arguments are familiar ones: “I want our sovereignty back. I want control. And, yes, I’m worried about immigration. It’s fine to share what we’ve got with others, but let’s make sure we’re OK first.

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The Rev Dr Anthony Bird obituary

Jun. 26th, 2016 03:54 pm
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Posted by Christopher Nankivell

My friend and colleague, the Rev Dr Anthony Bird, who has died aged 85, was a wise, thoughtful and questioning doctor and Anglican priest.

The second of four children of Harry, a parish priest, and Noel (nee Oakley), a teacher, he was born in Wolverhampton, and brought up in his father’s vicarage on the banks of the Severn in Shrewsbury. After boarding school at St John’s, Leatherhead, in Surrey, he studied classics, philosophy and theology at St John’s College, Oxford. On leaving Cuddesdon Theological College he was appointed to a curacy at Stafford, where he and his friend Peter Wyld developed a new congregation, St Bertelin’s, in the heady days of the Parish and People movement, which increased lay participation in church life. One initiative was a congregational breakfast in church.

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Posted by Alec Luhn in Moscow

Lower house votes in favour of package of amendments that campaigners say will violate privacy and freedom

Russia’s parliament has passed harsh anti-terrorism measures that human rights campaigners including the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden say will roll back personal freedoms and privacy.

The lower house of parliament voted 325 to 1 on Friday to adopt the “Yarovaya law”, a package of amendments authored by the ruling United Russia party member Irina Yarovaya, who is known for previous legislative crackdowns on protesters and non-governmental organisations.

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It occurs to me...

Jun. 26th, 2016 04:26 pm
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... this may be my fault.*

One of the novel concepts I've been intermittently noodling about involves a UK separated from Europe and willingly dominated by an ultra-right wing, intolerant America.**

The last time this happened we got Afghanistan, and Iraq, and Syria. "The Arc of Fire, nation set against nation from the foothills of the Himalayas to the shores of the Mediterranean." Me, circa 1990.

Dear brain 1) stop it, 2) restore universe to save point 22-Jun-2016

* Solipsist much.

** Okay, Orwell got there first.

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Posted by Eric Berger

This artist’s impression shows how Mars may have looked about four billion years ago, when it would have been more conducive to life. (credit: ESO)

In the year 2016 one might be forgiven for thinking the world is going to hell. Across much of Europe and the United States a distressed and angry working class has begun wielding nationalism as a blunt weapon against the disconnected ruling class. Islamic radicals have stepped up attacks against the West as well as moderate practitioners of their own faith. Then there is humanity's untrammeled use of fossil fuels, worsening water shortages, and other environmental degradations of the planet—not to mention the proliferating threat of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Finally, we also haven't yet gotten around to tracking every asteroid that might wipe out humankind.

In short, Earth might need a backup plan.

Elon Musk certainly thinks so, having staked much of his fortune on SpaceX and its relentlessly pursued goal of colonizing Mars. But Mars is not the only place humans could go. There are other worlds in the Solar System where humans could walk without space suits, find ample energy, or even swim in subsurface oceans. None of these places are remotely as habitable as Earth, even at our planet's cold poles. But they also don't have Earth's political baggage, either. So here's our guide to the five-best options for DIY colonists:

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Jun. 26th, 2016 09:46 am
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At a con last year, [personal profile] coffeeandink handed me the Joan Aiken book she'd been reading on the way down there, remarked that it had not been her favorite Aiken, and asked if I wanted to read it on the way back anyway.

I said all right, because mediocre Aiken is still usually bound to have its redeeming qualities, and then forgot about it until just recently when I was feeling in the mood for a.) Aiken and b.) Gothics.

Morningquest is not really quite a Gothic, as it turns out, though a girl definitely does meet a house in it. I don't really know what it is. It begins when Our Heroine Pandora Crumbe is introduced by her mother -- a very quiet and self-contained person with an unhappy marriage and a quiet, narrow life -- to the wealthy, talented and eccentric Morningquest family.

On their first visit, Pandora's mother keels over of a heart attack at the dinner table!

Thus, Pandora is sort of accidentally bequeathed to the Morningquests, who include:

GIDEON MORNINGQUEST, a tremendously successful conductor with a moderately limited interest in his children
MARIANA MORNINGQUEST, a beautiful and famous soprano who has a mysterious connection to Pandora's mother (subtext: they were probably in love), with whom Pandora falls promptly also in love

and the Morningquest children

DAN, possibly a musical genius, definitely a smug asshole with no morals
BARNEY, the good-looking brilliant one, who leaves behind him a trail of abandoned girlfriends and cats (all named Mog)
TOBY, the sweet scientifically brilliant one who only really talks to his sister Selene
DOLLY, the passive-aggressive and mildly toxic one who is, alas, not really brilliant at all
SELENE, the reclusive one who only really talks to her brother Tony
ELLY AND ALLY, chaotic neutral telepathic twin geniuses

plus assorted household extras

UNCLE GRISCH, an artist, former dancer, and gay Holocaust survivor who is busy rewriting great works of English literature
TANTE LULIE, a Jewish refugee relative of Gideon's first wife, who makes all Mariana's clothes and keeps the household fiscally solvent
DAVE, a useless American that nobody likes

The rest of the book sort of weaves through Pandora's interactions with various Morningquests, her development as an artist, and her search to find out more about her mother.

Along the way, there are various plot threads that spring up involving baby theft and attempted murder and incest and the aforementioned telepathy and drug smuggling and secret underground tunnels and surprise marriages, but, like. Most of these .... don't actually turn out to be all that significant to the shape of the book? Not in a dropped plot-thread way, exactly; more in a 'life just sort of goes on' way. The woman whose baby is stolen in chapter five or so is obviously really devastated, and eventually ends up leaving town, and by the end of the book she's remarried and has another baby, and eventually towards the end of the book a working theory emerges about what the hell was going on with the baby theft, but by that point it's too late to do anything about it, so ...

What actually is significant to the shape of the books? Families, I guess, and a sense of home, definitely, and what home means for refugees, immigrants, people whose past has been lost -- Tante Lulie and Uncle Grisch are the most constant and stable presences in Pandora's life, Pandora's non-Morningquest love interest is a Czech filmmaker-in-exile, Mariana's a possibly-Jewish refugee from Europe, and eventually Pandora finds out that her mother was Jewish too. Which is a surprise to her, but it wasn't a surprise to me.

Because the thing is, the whole Bohemian intellectual cobbled-together family of refugees full of complicated backstory revelations feels -- well, kind of seventies, sure, but one hundred percent real to me. My grandmother and grandfather were both Jewish refugees -- he German, she Czech -- who met and married in the UK in the 1940s. My grandmother was one of a handful of women in her Cambridge med school graduating class. I never met her, but by all accounts she was a wildly brilliant and charismatic person whom everybody fell in love with, who had a habit of picking up lost people and installing them in her house. On my shelf, I have a photocopied book of the letters that she wrote to her long-term lover, who lived in Israel, which his wife sent to my aunts after my grandmother died. My mom and her sisters had a very Morningquest childhood. I'm still finding out things that I never knew, and so, I think, are they.

And, I mean, I NEVER expect to walk out of a Joan Aiken book going 'wow, such realism! what a true portrait!' ESPECIALLY GIVEN the telepathy and the baby theft and all the rest, but there we are.

(And maybe I would have been less punched in the chest by refugee feelings had I read this a different week than this week that we are in right now. There's that too.)
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Posted by Susan Zalkind in Boston

Auction’s proceeds and cash found in 2011 raid of gangster’s apartment will be split between the estates of murder victims and three extortion victims

It could have been the final scene of a horror flick or an episode of Hoarders.

“You can walk in Whitey’s shoes, imagine that?” the auctioneer declared, breaking his rhythmic call for a beat and a half, before diving back in, pushing up the bid for a pair of new white, size 9.5 Asics sneakers, while his assistants shrieked and yelped to mark each new offer.

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Posted by Jon Henley and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

As US’s John Kerry flies to Europe for talks, frustration mounts at Britain’s reluctance to begin exit process

Divisions are opening among Europe’s leaders over how to handle Britain’s exit from the union, as the European parliament president called on the UK to “deliver now” on its Brexit vote but a key aide to Angela Merkel insisted London should “take the time to reconsider the consequences”.

As government and EU advisers on Sunday began preparing next week’s crunch summit, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, is due to fly to Brussels and London on Monday for urgent talks. Kerry urged both Britain and the EU to “minimise disruption” by negotiating the divorce responsibly.

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Posted by Press Association

Airport fire crews sent to American Airlines plane as passengers disembark via emergency slide

Passengers have escaped from an American Airlines plane via an emergency slide at Heathrow airport following a technical issue.

Footage showed passengers, including children, disembarking via a slide towards the runway at the rear of the aircraft at Terminal 3. Airport fire crews were dispatched, but no one appeared to be injured during the alert on Sunday morning, according to an eyewitness.

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A cornucopia of MomoKai

Jun. 26th, 2016 08:04 am
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While Momo/Kaidoh is only my third favourite tenipuri pairing, after Inui/Kaidoh and Tezuka/Ryoma, they are not-so-secretly the most fun to write, even though they do not usually make my heart hurt like the other pairings do. But maybe that's because they just fit together so well there's not much need to hurt.

MomoKai SASO Prompt Fills

After I begged people to bait me with some MK prompts. :) Both on AO3, both very sappy.

Momo/Kaidoh, Prince of Tennis, 1117 words, General Audiences
After the Kantou tournament, Momo feels he's owed.

Momo/Kaidoh, Prince of Tennis, 819 words, Teen And Up Audiences
Future fic. Momo and Kaidoh go on holiday.


Been thinking of this post I made back in 2008:

I can't stop thinking about Momo and Kaidoh and their Great Riverside and Doubles bonding in the Kantou finals and how lovely and intense it all is and then how a few episodes later, Inui is playing Yanagi and Momo and Kaidoh are together in the stands watching and Momo says, "So we're totally boyfriends now, right?" and Kaidoh says, "Even though I totally plan to have a lot of dirty sex with you, only Inui-senpai will ever have my love" and then Momo cries.

My Fabulous MomoKai Art

While I was writing Things That Go Bump back in 2012, I made some stick figure drawing of some of the scenes to help me think through the story. I found them the other day so here they are. Warning: the last drawing spoils the big reveal! !My arting has improved since that MomoKai doujinshi. But not by much.)

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Posted by Martin Pengelly

Florida senator also famously tweeted he ‘said like 10,000 times’ he wouldn’t run for seat in Senate again but insists he’s not thinking about the White House

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and former Republican presidential candidate who this week changed his mind about leaving Congress, said on Sunday he “didn’t run for Senate to run for president again”.

Related: Dark days for Republicans as Never Trump faction eyes one last end-around

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Posted by Jon Henley and Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

Didier Seeuws to lead delicate post-referendum talks on nature of Britain’s future relationship with EU

Didier Seeuws, a one-time chief of staff to former European council president Herman Van Rompuy, will lead a “Brexit taskforce” of EU negotiators.

A veteran Belgian diplomat with long experience of complex EU negotiations, Seeuws, 50, is described as exceptionally hard-working and combining an impressive grasp of technical detail with considerable political savvy.

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