A snippet from last night

Jul. 24th, 2014 12:11 am
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[I am telling my housemate about the meeting with my supervisor, which included supervisor asking me how I'd put together the plot in the mantle sulphides doc. "Erm," I said, "matplotlib? I wrote a Python script?"]

"... and then she gave me a look. It was kind of the look of why the fuck do you think this is easier than just using a pre-built package with a GUI-- oh, never mind, it's clearly working, whatever makes you happy."

"... fucking programmers," said my housemate.

"Only as a hobby," I sleepily replied.

And paused.

"... I think that contained more double entendres than I intended," I said.

"... you're going to have to explain to me," said my housemate. "I am also asleep."


Dear Dreamwidth: I thought you might enjoy laughing at me.

[perfume] BPAL: Hal

Jul. 23rd, 2014 06:38 pm
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So I've not been so desperately into BPAL since I acquired an interest in trad niche perfumery, but despite having not actually seen the film and having no intention to a decant circle for Only Lovers Left Alive caught my attention -- specifically, Hal, which is described as
saffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute
. Caveat: I used a jasmine-scented shower gel recently, so I'm likely to amp that note at the moment, but I'd quite like to get a sense of what this is like. So!

Before it starts interacting with my skin, this does actually smell like a warm barn with honeyed vanilla over the top. No, really, like a barn with hay stacked up to the roof because the summer mowing's just been baled up and stored but we haven't yet got anywhere near autumn. Straight on, it's saffron & jasmine, sweeted by honey & vanilla around the edges but nonetheless trying to do the cat-pee thing. And - oh damn - once again the BPAL jasmine is making my lungs unhappy. I was sort of hoping that wouldn't apply to this note every time they used it (it's not a problem with every jasmine scent ever - see above re shower gel, but also re some of my niche perfumes - the jasmine in ELdO's Fils de Dieu and Tauer's Lonestar Memories are both fine! - though I suppose in the case of the latter it might be because the thing just goes straight to WD40 on me).

First dry, it's almost cloyingly floral - you know the way novels sometimes go on about clouds of night-blooming jasmine hanging heavy in the humid air? That. Also some of it is trying to bubble-bath on me (again, this is something that BPAL perfumes unfortunately seem prone to do on me), but the cat piss is gone. There is still an edge - I think it's the saffron - but I'm not really getting the hay any more, nor anything convincing of the woods. There's something a bit green and composty?

IN WHICH I SULK ABOUT ALLERGIES. >:[

Trouble w/ Entries

Jul. 23rd, 2014 06:36 pm
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There are two requests related to entries not being posted out of order:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=29183
http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=29129 (this one is a week old)

How to solve this?

Also http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/see_request?id=29134, which might be related as well.

(Note: edited bc of new info)

On living my truth.

Jul. 23rd, 2014 11:20 am
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A friend recently asked me if, being vegan, it was hard to know/like people who believe in eating meat and dairy. My first response was "oh, I can definitely like those people, I happen to *love* certain people who do so". But then I also wrote a TLDR response in which I was honest with zir about how it feels, and I thought I'd put it here (with a few clarifications in []), because I think it expresses my thoughts/truth fairly well. (And since one person asked the question, I thought others might have the same question.)
Read more... )

Gaza.

Jul. 23rd, 2014 05:35 pm
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(Diese Meinung ist stellenweise vereinfacht.)


Meine palästinensischen Freunde und ein guter Teil meiner Kollegen aus Jordanien posten nonstop über Gaza. Werfen den westlichen Medien Gehirnwäsche vor. Vergleichen die Angriffe auf Gaza mit dem Holocaust. Zerreissen alles, was sich negativ über Hamas äußert, in der Luft. Schreiben, wie toll sie es finden, dass in der Türkei die israelische Botschaft brennt und die palästinensische Fahne darüber weht und gratulieren dem "mutigen Volk".
Es wird geleugnet, dass ein beträchtlicher Teil der Demonstrationen in Deutschland und Europa von Nazis und Artverwandten gestützt wird. Es seien höchstens am Rande ein paar Gestalten.
Die meisten Palästinenser in Jordanien wären nicht anti-jüdisch, nur anti-zionistisch.

Das ist nicht wahr.

Juden in Europa haben mittlerweile Angst. Sie werden angegriffen, nicht weil sie sich israelfreundlich äußern (tun sie mitunter nicht mal), sondern - weil sie Juden sind. Ihre Geschäfte werden in Brand gesetzt.
Die Palästinenser in Jordanien - ich habe keine Statistik, aber in keinem Land habe ich so viele Hitlerfans getroffen wie hier. Die Leute feiern mich und meine Herkunft und sie sind völlig geschockt, wenn ich negativ reagiere. Dass sagt, wie ich finde, einiges über die allgemeine Haltung.
Auch die besser gebildeten sprechen davon, dass ihr Palästina eines Tages wieder ganz ihnen gehören würde.
Mir wird vorgeworfen, mich wegen einigen Randalierern auf die Seite der Täter zu stellen.

Ich stelle mich auf keine Seite. Aber ich, als Deutscher, als Mensch, würde mich schämen, mich neben Nazis zu stellen, die "Jude, Jude, feiges Schwein" brüllen. (Für die, die es nicht wissen: 88 steht für "Heil Hitler", H als achter Buchstabe des Alphabets. Das "Ehre" in Fraktur und der Adler sind auch nicht die unbelastetesten Tattoos, die man haben kann.)

Hier ist meine Seite, vereinfacht:
Die Lage ist nicht schwarz und weiß.
Die Angriffe Israelis auf Gaza sind unmenschlich und die Machtverhältnisse asymmetrisch.
Der Siedlungsbau muss aufhören.
Die widerlichen menschenfeindlichen Äußerungen (Politikerin möchte, dass palästinensische Mütter sterben, Frau hat Orgasmen wenn palästinensische Kinder sterben, etc.) müssen aufhören.
Die Hamas ist nicht pro Palästina. Hamas gefährdet Menschen.
Der israelische Staat hat ein Existenzrecht. Er ist jetzt nun einmal da und die Leute leben da. Dass sie in Europa nicht willkommen sind, zeigen wir ja jetzt gerade wieder.

Ich finde die israelische Politik schrecklich und sie muss sich ändern. Aber ich habe auch Zweifel, dass die Nachbarn und Palästinensern einfach glücklich Frieden schließen würden. Könnten wirklich alle damit leben, das Israel nun einmal da ist? Kann wirklich keiner verstehen, dass Menschen, die mehrfach vertrieben und ermordet wurden, seit zweitausend Jahren immer wieder unterdrückt wurden, sich bis an die Zähne bewaffnen und völlig ohne Gnade und Menschenachtung drauflos ballern (und damit sage ich ausdrücklich nicht, dass das in Ordnung sei)? Kann man wirklich nicht verstehen, dass Israel noch immer jede Kritik als antisemitisch abweist, nach dem, was die Juden durchmachen mussten (und auch hier sage ich nicht, dass man das Abblocken akzeptieren muss)?

Hier ist nicht eine Seite aufgefordert, etwas zu ändern, sondern beide.
Und jeder, der sich auf eine Seite des Konflikts stellt, trägt in meinen Augen dazu bei, dass er weiterläuft.

Ich wünsche mir, dass die Angriffe auf Gaza bald ein Ende haben, dass keine Zivilisten mehr sterben. Ich werde mich nicht neben Nazis stellen, um das zu fordern.



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Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:40 pm
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Some of my friends have been talking about how our 14-year-old selves would think about 2014, and that's interesting enough I thought I'd put it in its own post rather than in the comments on a locked journal article.

hello, 20-years-ago Liv )

So, what do you think, what would your 14-year-old self have made of 2014?

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Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:13 pm
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What Are You Reading (Actually On A!) Wednesday:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

War and Peace, Tolstoy. Look, it's going to be there for a while.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont. Jason Prosper is on his way to Bellingham Academy, a school noted for giving second chances to privileged brats. Which, on the surface at least, Jason is. Or at least he's privileged. A couple of dreadful things have happened to him, so I'm giving him leeway on the brattishness.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Life of an Unknown Man, by Andreï Makine. This was a very calm, thoughtful, and considered book until the last fifteen pages or so in which a lot happened, very quickly, and I started to wonder if Makine had just run out of time and thrown the plot into a blender so as to not have to whisk the lumps out. It didn't ruin the novel for me - it's a very good book - but it was jarring.

Waiting for Sunrise, by William Boyd. This is partly about the development of psychology after Freud, and partly about acting, and partly about World War One. Bits of it are a spy thriller, and bits are about English society pre- and during WW1. It was enjoyable, but made no lasting impact on my memory.

The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1), by K.J. Charles. [personal profile] yantantether recommended this ages ago, and I bought it ages ago, and then never got round to reading it. Which is a shame, because this is a gloriously fun read! It's a Victorian magic-mystery essentially and Lucien is written in the grand tradition of Lymond - he's very good looking and articulate and has unexpected skills, all of which is tempered by a massive flair for the overdramatic - and Stephen is chippy and refuses to be overawed by Lucien (who is the Lord Crane) and very justifiably angry about Lucien's utterly horrible family. There's a lot of very funny banter, and flirting, and some very hot sex scenes, and then there's quite a bit of gore, and then we're back to flirting! and danger! and sexual tension you could cut with a knife.

A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2), K.J. Charles. The first book was set in the country, and this is set in the town. There's a new danger to be fought! And some more flirting to do! And a lot of feelings are had, mostly whilst fighting things. Lucien's sort-of-servant, Merrick, really comes into his own in this one, and I want to read a spin-off about Esther Gold and her husband.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I got Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Beautiful as Yesterday by Fan Wu from the library yesterday, and I just put Simon Schama's Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution on my ereader.
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[The 2014 Alpbach Space Summer School participants. Photo not mine - pinched from Paxi the ESA mascot's home page. I made this picture a bit bigger than I normally do for posted photos. Can you see me?]

I missed a day of posting. This was a tactical mistake, as a day in Alpbach time is more like a week in terms of eventfulness. I'm up super-early on Wednesday morning in order to catch up, as today will be more of the same. The four student teams have until midnight tonight to hand in their final reports and presentations, after which neither can be altered. They go before the jury tomorrow and the winners are announced at Thursday's dinner.

Fished from what now feels like the dark recesses of distant memory, Day 7.

Monday began with the last set of lectures. These were rather thinly attended compared to the previous week, as around half of each team decided to skip them in favour of preparing for the preliminary design review. I found this a bit sad as the lectures were quite good. The first lecture was given by a very prominent French scientist, who, despite his habit of muttering through his beard, gave a rather beautifully structured overview of the last fifty-odd years of space exploration of the terrestrial planets (including the Moon). The slides were so good I've pinched them and asked permission to use some of them for future outreach talks. The penultimate and final lectures were given by a nearly as prominent but very shy German scientist, who talked about the outer planet's moons and the study of exoplanets. I was pleasantly surprised later to learn that the students found these inspiring, since neither of them were helpful in an immediate sense for their mission design for this school.

During the coffee break, our school's photographer took the group photo above, which (I believe) has been sent to the ISS. Alexander Gerst, the German astronaut currently aboard the space station, is an alumnus of the Summer School and headed a team while he was here.

When the last lecture finished, the students dispersed to wolf down their lunches and continue preparing for their Preliminary Design Reviews*, which took place at 1630. I was on a review panel with a fellow roving tutor and the French lecturer from the morning. During the review, the lecturer got out his laptop and started typing. Even I found this slightly unnerving, and I wasn't the presenter. What the students would've found even more unnerving is that he wasn't answering e-mail or even updating his Facebook status. Oh no. He was correcting their orbit calculations. With hindsight, we probably did the review in reverse order. We (said lecturer and I) began by giving them a lot of critical feedback, which was positively phrased, but also probably didn't help their nervousness. This is a fault of mine. I tend to jump straight into problem-solving. The third juror, a quiet and lovely man, didn't speak until we were nearly finished. He praised them both for the strength and originality of their scientific idea and for the quality of their presentation. This was good because it bolstered their confidence, on top of making them realise how much work they still had to do.

We dashed back to the hotel after the review for our tutor meeting at 18:00. The feedback was largely positive apart from one team. Flushed with the success of their requirements review (the one that I had attended on Day 4), they presented only two slides much too quickly and therefore missed a step in preparing for the final presentation, which lasts an hour. All of the team tutors are invested in their teams' success, but the two tutors for this team are so much so that they're practically part of the team and they looked gutted. (If you're finding yourself distressed on their behalf, don't worry; the team and their tutors have since recovered!)

We went to dinner to find a significant proportion of the students missing (mostly from that team), since they'd decided to stay in the Schoolhouse and prepare for their delta review. It transpired that it was the birthday of one of the team tutors. Every night one representative from each team has to stand up and describe briefly the team's progress. The teams are called in random order. His team (the one that featured strongly in my early posts and has gone from having the worst to probably the best team dynamics in five days) decided to break the rules by requesting to go last, and by all standing up together and rapping a poem they'd written in his honour. It was adorable.

We returned to the Schoolhouse after dinner. The tutors finally exited after midnight. Sadly, since it was Monday we couldn't find anywhere to have a beer in honour of the birthday boy. But I wouldn't say he came off too badly, given that he now has his very own song, immortalised forever on the Summer School's Facebook page.

Extracted from the fog of my underslept brain, Day 8.

Although the church bells woke me at 7 AM, I needed to get some work done so I didn't head to the Schoolhouse until nearly 10 AM. I visited each team in turn, but they were all so intent upon their individual tasks that I just sat quietly in the rooms working unless asked a question. Having been chastised by a member of one team who thought I hadn't spent enough time with them (true, but this is because every time I went in and offered to help, no one took me up on it!), I sat in their room with parts of their engineering group for a while in the afternoon prior to the Final Design Review.

I left shortly before the review, as I was part of their review panel, along with the head of the Summer School, who is also the head of the Austrian Space Agency. (I bet that wasn't intimidating for them at all, oh no.) They did pretty well, although for some mysterious reason they still had an abundance of speakers when it's plain that they only need one - the chap whom they appointed their spokesperson on the very first day. He has all the qualities and the complete vision of the mission that a leader needs, and I think their failure to recognise it stems from the relative youth of this team. We gave them plenty of feedback on their presentation. I stressed to them that if they performed a duty cycle calculation a lot of the problems with incorrect budgets and assumptions in their presentation would magically disappear. I also (after some discussion with the team tutors, who were wary of appearing biased), returned later in the evening to suggest to them that they appoint a single spokesperson for their final presentation and hinted strongly at the identity of the person they should consider appointing. They seemed to take it well, but who knows what they will decide in the end - one of the fun things about this process is the unpredictability of the students!

* Just to give you some perspective on how accelerated this timetable is, the JUICE mission was selected in 2012. We had our first requirements review last year. We have two more reviews before PDR, which is still over a year away.

Short Run

Jul. 22nd, 2014 11:01 pm
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I ran 1.5 miles tonight, starting with 1.25 miles in 11'41", walking for 11 minutes, and then finishing up the last quarter mile with an easy run. I wanted to run continuously, but knee pain after my last run has me feeling more conscious of the mileage. If I run with my knee brace on very firm/tight, I have the right "grip" but then I find I've a stiffness to the knee; wondering if a new brace that slides on or buckles/tightens in a different way might be helpful. Also wondering if I'm keeping my knees stiff because of fear of injury. Trying to find the right gait also feels more difficult than it used to be. I have to keep reminding myself to position my feet to land below my body, to strike on the mid-foot, to not turn my leg in or out - it almost seems harder than when I first began running. In good news I didn't feel too winded and I didn't tired out, although it was like swimming through a warm porridge, thanks to the humidity.

Even so, it's the farthest distance I've run since early June. Iced immediately afterwards, and was able to go without ibuprofen tonight. If my knee feels good tomorrow I'll repeat the distance Thursday.

Hi

Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:18 pm
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The weather is now hot and miserable.

Dad has been released with a stint, a scrip for blood thinners, and lifestyle changes prescribed. He's back on the boat, and remains as ever the luckiest sonofabitch I know.

I made Budget Bytes Southwest Chicken Skillet for dinner, and it took 5 minutes active time + 40 minuites waiting ... basically the ideal hot day post-work meal. I used Mi Costenita menudo seasoning because that was the mixed chili style packet of seasoning my grocery store had for cheap - $1.19 for an ounce. (also apparently they are a small Chicago-local business.)

The skillet is VERY tasty overall - highly recommend. I'll be freezing 2-3 servings for lunches later, and fridging a serving or two to eat soon.

Make it vegetarian by swapping the chicken for another can of beans (pinto to kidney) or with cubed baked tofu, tempeh, or seitan.

(The best part of making shredded chicken by poaching chicken is that I get broth as a byproduct).

I want it to be the weekend so I can take a nap. As is, it'll be dishes, a murder show, and sleep for me.
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I have about 50 glass demijohns available, most are we think gallon size but a couple are smaller. They have been in a friend's cellar for over a decade, full of unidentified homebrew from the previous owners of the house. They're now empty but will need a good clean inside and out. (I also have some bungs but not enough for one per demijohn.)

Available to anyone who can conveniently come and collect them from me, just let me know how many you'd like.

Hugos: novellas

Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:36 pm
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I think maybe starting from the shortest categories and working upwards was a mistake, but anyway. Thoughts:

brief reviews and voting intentions )

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Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:35 pm
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There is no real weather in which I enjoy delivering Glossy Magazines For The Aspirational Middle Classes because I dislike the entire process of delivering Glossy Magazines For The Aspirational Middle Classes, but this weather may be my least favourite. Especially because we have a week to get them delivered, because everyone has managed to book themselves up with various things the week after. My shoulder is very very cranky, and I am very very cranky because the combination of my shoulder, my lingering headcold, and the heat making it difficult to sleep means I am very very short on sleep and therefore very very irritable.

ANYWAY

I have conflicting feelings about the Commonwealth Games but television last night introduced me to two of my new favourite things.

1. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - http://www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk/

I mean, I'm not saying I want to listen to a whole album all in one go, because that's a lot of fucking bagpiping. But I have to say that I am here with bells on for the occasional listen to a pop/rock/whatever song covered by bagpipers. Such as, for example, Don't Stop Believing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvzPoA-Vq0

2. The Barbados rugby sevens team. They aren't quite in Cool Runnings territory, if only because rugby is in fact played in Barbados, but they're not far off. These guys barely train together. There's 27 of them, and 10 live in Barbados and the other 17 live in the UK. One of them was interviewed last night and he said that they considered themselves "the under-underdogs". Guess who they're going up against first? The New Zealand All Blacks and Scotland. (And Canada, but I don't know anything about Canadian rugby.) THE ALL BLACKS, YOU GUYS. And Scotland ... who, well, if their rugby sevens approach is anything like their Six Nations approach, they're a team that theoretically you should be scared of because all of the players play great club rugby. And then you're not scared of them because they fall apart in internationals. They just stand there, looking at each other, all "so, what is this game? what do we do? is there a scoring system? OH GOD, SOMEONE IS RUNNING AT ME, WHAT DO I DOOOOOOO? AND WHY AM I HOLDING AN EGG?"

:-)

Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:53 pm
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That mantle sulphides doc I wrote up based on having gone "no, you know what, this stuff is important and we should think about it"? My supervisor agrees to the extent that she's intending to use it as the basis for a grant application and setting up some more potentially exciting collaborations for me. And while the writing deffo stands to be improved, I actually got "good" scrawled on the thing at a couple of points.

This really massively feels like a major milestone in terms of The Self As Researcher: it is the first time in my PhD that I have properly gone "nobody has done this before and I think we need to look at it", and -- I was right. I was right and I'm taking ownership of my project and setting direction. I was right and my supervisor is going to write a grant proposal based on my document, and let me see how the thing is done.

I can Englisch!

Jul. 22nd, 2014 09:53 am
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After checking ets.org about twice a day for a week (even though I knew I'd get notified), I finally got my TOEFL scores this morning.

118/120 :DDD
 


Career stuff

Jul. 21st, 2014 11:02 pm
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So I'm attending a careers course at the moment. it's prompted thinky thoughts )

So, people, what shall I do with my liiiiiife? Should I try to continue in academia even though it's not looking like I'm going to get very far? Should I do something academic related but with more focus on teaching and / or management? Should I consider a totally new career, and if so what?

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