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The Cartoon Guide to Economics, Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman (recommended by [Bad username or site: ”philmophlegm” @ ”livejournal.com”])
I really enjoyed this. At first I thought it was a bit too simplistic and that I wasn’t going to learn anything from it, but although most of the microeconomics volume was revision of stuff that I’d done before, it was good for getting back up to speed quickly, and I actually learned quite a lot of new stuff from the macroeconomics volume.

L’Etranger, Albert Camus,/b> (recommended by [Bad username or site: ”vyvyan” @ ”livejournal.com”])
I was trying to do all of my fiction reading in French for a while, so this was an obvious choice. I’d read it in translation many years ago, but could only remember the basic outline of the plot. I enjoyed the first half, but found the second half quite challenging and slow, right up until the end, when it hits really hard and everything slots into place.

Watchmen, Alan Moore
I recently treated myself to a Chromebook, mostly so I’d have something to read comics on without filling our flat with any more dead trees. This was a good way to start, but I’d like to come back to it sometime after I’ve read more actual superhero comics, so I have a better sense of what it's a critique of.

Transmetropolitan Volumes 1-3, Warren Ellis (recommended by [Bad username or unknown identity: ”hjdoom”])
Gosh, Spider Jerusalem is compelling, isn't he. My first impression of the series is horrified fascination at how prescient it seems. I'm enjoying it a great deal.

Common Sense, Thomas Payne
I read this entirely because it’s referenced in a song in Hamilton. I didn’t really feel as though I got a lot out of it, but I guess at its time the ideas were more challenging. I might try The Rights of Man at some point and see if I get more from that.

Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
This is the book that inspired the musical that I’ve been obsessing over for the last couple of months. It did the thing that good biographies often do of reading like a novel much of the time, and despite being a bit of a brick I ripped through it fairly quickly, and now feel a lot more informed about the American Revolution than I was before. I think I’d quite like to read a Jefferson biography by someone sympathetic though, as I’m not sure how skewed my perspective of him is now.

Now reading: On Liberty, John Stuart Mill; the rest of Transmet; Economics by Begg and Vernesca

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Aug. 26th, 2016 02:57 pm
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It is probably not un-connected to the interior work I've been doing the last few weeks that I am also deep into a re-engagement with Madeleine L'Engle, who was my guiding star in childhood and who i have not read for near a decade now. I'm starting with the Murry-O'Keefe stuff, which was always the most important to me, but I maybe have to reread all of it - it's been too long on the Katherine Vigneras books, for sure, and maybe this time around I might like Troubling A Star.

Hard rec on the L'Engle-narrated audiobooks, btw. She has a lovely grandmotherly voice and great readerly affect.

I thought I'd do a post on each of the books, if people want to come talk? And I'm gonna push myself through some of the small fic I've been doing, see if I can successfully put work out sometime here. I miss putting out little fic on a more regular basis, I keep hoarding it all up into these big projects that take forever instead.
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In a rare, almost scientific move, I am following up on last week's poll. Here is my new phone case, simultaneously expressing my love of Japanese woodblock printing and Pokémon Go.

Pokemon Go meets Katsushika Hokusai

The Great British Bake Off has begun again. The first episode of the new season aired on Wednesday night. I livetweeted with the other fanpersons on my list. We all fell in love with Selasi Gbormittah. So...who is/are your favourite(s)? (A reminder of the contestants, with photos: Radio Times listing)

Poll #17641 Bake Off 2016
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


My favourite(s) on Bake Off this year are:

View Answers

Andrew
3 (21.4%)

Jane
2 (14.3%)

Louise
0 (0.0%)

Selasi
14 (100.0%)

Michael
0 (0.0%)

Benjamina
10 (71.4%)

Candice
8 (57.1%)

Val
3 (21.4%)

Lee
0 (0.0%)

Kate
2 (14.3%)

Tom
0 (0.0%)

Rav
3 (21.4%)

Bruise - Charles Freyberg

Aug. 26th, 2016 12:00 am
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Young in London, 1986

You’re standing on the edge drinking lager.
He stands near the centre, swaying to music
I start to like now, seeing electric potential
in the muscles tightly flexing in his shirt.
A sinew twitches, moving up the base of his thumb
as he touches a shoulder beside him
and his teeth bare quickly in a gran.
You are not watching him. I think like me
you came to this bar alone, and like me
you don’t quite know how to be here.
So your questioning face, upraised a little
acknowledging me there delights me.
You giggle in girlish cockney.
I see you’re even younger than me.
Then - a stain of purple
fed by blood. Sarcoma
under peachy fuzz…
I can’t stop seeing…
how it seeps hurt more than any punch,
but at the same time
liking the urgency of your eyes,
and the pitch of your voice,
its warm emotion cutting through
the beat and grunts of talk behind.
Your cigarette shakes from twig like arms,
your coat hangs off you like a drunk’s blanket,
your shoulders filled it once- and I know
it’s running in you out of control, it can’t be hidden.
I bend to catch your breath,
your words now soft, questioning.
You see what’s in me,
standing out purple like your bruise,
the drive to be wanted tonight,
you feel it too - more than ever.
I whisper in your ear about the coldness
I can’t stop feeling between the imposing buildings
the teeming crowds, writing home, writing my thoughts
in a tiny room booming with traffic, then walking out…
You tell me of a man- you don’t know where he is.
You were sick, but now you’re getting better…
Then we try to keep it light, but there’s too much
behind your eyes, as we swivel and gesture and
run out of words, I turn away from you and look at him.
His eyes are steady and twinkling, reflecting all the others
who twist and stare at him, but he looks beyond.
I want to wear his thoughtless ease,
to give the thrill he does when he touches,
but he doesn’t see me, so I look back at you.
And I wish I had the spell to send
this curse too frightening even to name
away - and make you like him, but still like you.
You’d keep the flashing in your eyes,
and he’d find the dark singing in your voice.
But I only find this thought too late,
walking in the dark of a windy street,
knowing I’m part of this city’s cruelty.

From Meanjin 75.2

Film: Lilo & Stitch

Aug. 25th, 2016 02:43 pm
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Reasons for watching it: I had managed not to see this, I think because it came out when I was just at the age of feeling I needed to avoid media marketed at children, and it's somewhat of a classic and the sort of story I love.

Circumstances of watching it: We watched the DVD while we were relaxing after some intense touristing in Budapest.

Verdict: Lilo & Stitch is intensely sentimental about things I'm inclined to care about personally.

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There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching this shape emerge from the boat fold. It’s all the folding-back, I think. It’s a simple process but a really engaging one.

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I woke up earlier than usual this morning, so I went for an early and truncated run – last run I noticed my knee started acting up around the two mile mark, so I decided to shorten today’s run, and also around a mile in I ran through a puddle and wet shoes tend to make for blisters. So, short run. But my knee feels okay and I don’t think I’m blistering anywhere.  And I did hatch a Geodude this morning! I’m going to name him Tiberius.

As you can see my chart is a little different from normal; @digitaldiscipline, my Meathead Side of Tumblr advisor, was kind enough to send me his old Charge HR so I could try it out. I’m loving the heart rate monitor, and I did miss having the side-button you could use to start a workout. Plus I’ve always been fond of the slightly larger, flatter profile of the Charge model, and it seems like the Charge is more tap-sensitive than the Alta, you really have to thump the Alta sometimes to get it to bring up your data. I’m not as bothered by the buckle-clasp as I thought I would be. 

I do have some weird guilt about not wearing the Alta, despite the fact that I didn’t really pay for it (since it replaced an old Charge that had more than paid for itself) and b). I still FEEL like I did, and there’s no denying it’s newer and in better shape. We all have weird consumer guilt, you guys. 

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I had a sinus scan today. I never post pictures of myself, you guys know that, so enjoy getting three all at once! 

LOOK. THERE’S THE INSIDE OF MY SKULL.  

Actually if you look at the image in the upper right, you can see a large dark circle just below the bridge of my nose; that’s the gigantic hole in my septum that’s not really meant to be there. (It’s congenital, I’m fine, there’s “plenty of cartilage to support your nose left” as my doctor says.) 

His assistant said actually I’m quite lucky to have it, it means when I breathe I get a little more air, on average, than people who don’t have GAPING HOLES in their mucous membranes. 

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"The Solution" by Bertolt Brecht

Aug. 24th, 2016 12:20 pm
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The Solution
by Bertolt Brecht

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
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“Zátopek’s running style was distinctive and very much at odds with what was considered to be an efficient style at the time. His head would often roll, face contorted with effort, while his torso swung from side to side. He often wheezed and panted audibly while running, which earned him the nicknames of “Emil the Terrible” or the “Czech Locomotive”. When asked about his tortured facial expressions, Zátopek is said to have replied that “It isn’t gymnastics or figure skating, you know.””

- Everything about this paragraph is amazing. (x)
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