February 17th, 2019
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (books)
Tonight a book on my shelf caught my eye, so I read it.

The book was Double Trouble by Carol Morse, a 1964 teen comedy that I inherited from my mother—though she was in her 20s when it came out, so I'm not sure how she ended up owning it or passing it along to me. At some point I misplaced her copy or gave it away, thinking I wouldn't miss it, and then I missed it; after years of searching—do you know how many books are called Double Trouble?—I finally found it on AbeBooks a couple of months ago and gladly snatched it up. It's about boy-crazy twin girls learning how to be their own people and have their own feelings and interests instead of doing everything together. They live in a generic small American town that out-Pleasantvilles Pleasantville, and their lives are wholly unlike anything I have ever known. I first read it with absolute fascination in the 1980s, feeling as though I were doing research on a foreign country. It seems even more alien now. (Though this time around I spotted the lesbian, English teacher Miss Winifred Lawrence, who never felt like herself until she went to an all-girls school where people started calling her Larry. She's also tough as a teacher but nice once you get to know her, and the narrative goes out of its way to establish her as an outdoorsy, sturdy world traveler. Mm-hmm. She felt familiar, an un-strange person in their strange self-contained land.)

There was no purpose to me reading it, except that I was glad to own it again and wanted to see whether it still gave me that feeling of fascinated curiosity, which it does.

I hadn't realized how much the notion of a to-read pile/shelf/list was pinning me down. I feel free.
Mood:: happy
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posted by [personal profile] cofax7 at 10:28pm on 16/02/2019 under
So, that was a thing, yeah?

Read more... )

Also, 9 episodes is not enough. ::pouts::

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Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in an assault on him by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.
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I'm writing "Stormy Weather 2" out of the Miraculous Ladybug canon.

Also I'm going to make "Stormy Weather 2 What Stormy Weather 2" an AO3 tag. It is going on all my future ML fics that do not explicitly deal with this episode.
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posted by [personal profile] lydy at 10:56pm on 16/02/2019
I forgot that today is the Mnstf Pool Party.  It is one of the two (three, if you count Minicon) Big Deal parties of the year.  I have been having unusually bad brain weather, and so keeping track of things like, Today Is a Day I Go to Work has been difficult.  I didn't wake up until 9:30 p.m., and had to shower and red up the media room because Eric and Pamela are sleeping here to night, so I wasn't really ready to put on clothes and leave the house until 10:30 p.m.  By the time I got to the hotel, it would be 11:00 p.m., minimum, and many of my friends will have already left.  So, I've decided to stay at home and drink beer and eat nachos.

I'm really angry about this, but there's no one to be angry _at_.  It was no one's job to remind me, and no one's job to make me make plans, and I forgot, and I didn't make plans, and I haven't seen my Mnstf friends in forever, and I'm just really sad and pissed.

Possibly it will be more than one beer. 

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Chicago police say “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the “Empire” actor.
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posted by [personal profile] calimac at 07:55pm on 16/02/2019
This is the other review I wrote last weekend, and as with the other I'm satisfied that I got down in writing what I wanted to say.

That what Max Richter was doing with Vivaldi was conceptually identical to what Luciano Berio used to do with Schubert, Monteverdi, et al, despite the very different compositional styles, is something that occurred to me while listening to it. The next thought, of course, was that I like Richter's way of doing it much better. The line about Berio just getting grubby fingerprints all over his betters' music comes from a comment I once made to a post on Berio by the late Alan Rich. He replied that he admired the quality of Berio's mind. I don't; but I do admire the quality of Richter's.
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posted by [personal profile] sixbeforelunch at 10:27pm on 16/02/2019 under ,
Ask me up to three questions.

1. What made you start writing fanfic?
2. Which of your own fanfics have you reread the most?
3. Describe the differences between your first fanfic and your most recent fanfic.
4. Do you think your style has changed over time? How so?
5. You've posted a fic anonymously. How would someone be able to guess that you'd written it?
6. Name three stories you found easy to write.
7. Name three stories you found difficult to write.
8. What's your ratio of hits to kudos?
9. What do your fic bookmarks say about you?
10. What's a theme that keeps coming up in your writing?
11. What kind of relationships are you most interested in writing?
12. For E-rated fic, what are some things your characters keep doing? I don't write E-rated fic.
13. Name three favorite characters to write.
14. You're applying for the fanfic writer of the year award. What five fanfics do you put in your portfolio?
15. Question of your choice!

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posted by [personal profile] the_rck at 10:31pm on 16/02/2019 under , ,
Scott and I went back to the glasses place to double check that my progressives are actually the right prescription. Two different people double checked the glasses against the copy of the prescription. The glasses they made match the prescription I had, so I'm going to have to talk to the ophthalmologist.

I'm pretty sure that wearing an eye patch and changing it back and forth frequently would make the glasses useful, but that seems like it wouldn't be a good longterm course.

Scott and I did the grocery shopping after the glasses store. I wore the progressives there and managed to get by, but they're really most workable at a distance. I got to the point of being able to walk without feeling dizzy, but I still couldn't read the list with both eyes open and the glasses on.

I'm hating my bras right now. I can't tell if it's them getting old or me being more sensitive the last few weeks. Possibly it's both? The problem is largely in the band and is 95% underneath the breast that had the lumpectomy which is suspicious. I don't want to buy more bras right now. Maybe I can start doing without a bra for more of the day. I'd like to. I spent nearly thirty years not wearing the damned things and only started after the lumpectomy.
posted by [syndicated profile] languagelog_feed at 03:04am on 17/02/2019

Posted by Victor Mair

First, as a slightly belated Valentine's present, onomatopoetic / mimetic chocolates:

"Chocolates That Represent Japanese Onomatopoeic Words To Describe Texture", by Johnny, Spoon & Tamago (1/16/15)

Here are the names of eight of the nine chocolates designed by Oki Sato of the Tokyo and Milan-based design studio Nendo:

ツブツブ (tsubu tsubu): a word for small bits or drops
スベスベ (sube sube): smooth edges and corners
トゲトゲ (toge toge): sharp pointed tips
ザラザラ (zara zara): granular like a file
ゴロゴロ (goro goro): cubic, with many edges
フワフワ (fuwa fuwa): soft and airy with many tiny holes
ポキポキ (poki poki): a delicate frame or structure
ザクザク (zaku zaku): makes a crunching sounds, like when you step on ice

You can see exceptionally clear photographs of the ingeniously designed 26x26x26mm chocolates in the article linked above.

[h.t. Becki Kanou]

From Nathan Hopson:

Second, funerary capitalism meets tongue-in-cheek wordplay with my new favorite Japanese word/service: スマ墓 ("smart grave"). Read sumabo, this new-ish service uses what appears to be roughly the same augmented reality technologies as, say, Pokémon Go so that your phone will show prerecorded images and video of deceased loved ones when the application is activated at the correct GPS coordinates. For just ¥500/month, the service provider not only creates and maintains this virtual ("smart") grave, but will also keep for a period of 15 years the cremated ashes that would have gone into a real grave.

What got me about this is not just that it's a clever entry into the ever-expanding perimortuary business here in Japan, the most aged country in world history, but that the service is almost perfectly homophonous with the Japanese contraction of "smart phone." Japanese mobiles are still called by that name as well (携帯電話 keitai denwa), but with the market turnover from the old flip phones — cleverly, if self-deprecatingly, referred to as ガラパゴス系・ガラパゴス携 or ガラ系・ガラ携・ガラケー (Garapagosu-kei / Gara-kei) for short because they have followed a unique evolutionary process on "remote" islands… — almost complete in the past several years, these days one hears sumaho more often. Who knows how often we will hear sumabo in the future?

Articles with good pictures here and here (Japanese only).

Japanese, like Korean, is exceptionally rich in and fond of onomatopoeia.


"Korean refrigerator onomatopoeia" (11/10/18)

"Japanese (and Chinese) Onomatopoeia" (7/21/08)

"Duang" (3/1/15)

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Thank you mods for the amnesty! 

The Narnia Fic Exchange always has outstanding fem-centric Narnia fic, and frequently features Lucy, Susan, and others. For the 2018 Exchange there was a lot of lovely f/f content. Here are some of my favorites.

this is a story about wolves (10891 words) by underscored
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Golden Age (Narnia), Intrigue
Summary:But what they didn’t know then (and how could they?) was that war left scars, and Aslan hadn’t just made them Kings and Queens, he’d left them a land broken by two wars and a hundred years of occupation in between. To some, they were saviors, Aslan’s chosen.

To others, they were just tyrants waiting to happen.  All stories are about wolves. This is one of them.

Also, check out this author’s previous outstanding Susan story written for the 2016 NFE
revisionist history

in light inaccessible (1888 words) by Lizzen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Zardeenah (Narnia), Edmund Pevensie
Additional Tags: Dark, Golden Age (Narnia), Protective Siblings

Susan will do much to save her subjects.
Susan will do anything to save her brother.

Distractions & Determinations (1001 words) by snitchnipped
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Fluff

“Sweet mother, I cannot weave – slender Aphrodite has overcome me with longing for a girl.” — Sappho. The determined (and distracted) mind of Lucy Pevensie on a Saturday afternoon in the library. Written for the 2018 Narnia Fic Exchange.

a steady presence (4016 words) by PencilDragon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Romance, Slow Burn, lesbian susan queen of our hearts

Over the early years of her reign, Queen Susan of Narnia slowly falls in love with a Naiad.

they will rush together (6110 words) by Starbrow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucy Pevensie/Sea Girl
Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Sea Girl (Narnia)
Summary:  Lucy becomes a Land Girl and finds a Sea Girl.

This one was especially delightful as Lucy/Sea Girl is a very popular but very rare pair. 

The Court of Conscience (1782 words) by Elizabeth Culmer
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Character Study, Justice, Ethics, Ethical Dilemmas, Capital Punishment, Golden Age (Narnia)
Summary:  With Peter and Edmund away at the wars, Susan is left to preside over Narnian justice. It's a responsibility she takes very seriously, and would give anything not to have on her shoulders.

Bravura (4465 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Spare Oom, Golden Age (Narnia), Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies
Summary:Perhaps things never happen the same way twice, but some stories echo through the ages.

Darling, It's Better (3568 words) by Airawyn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie

Susan forms a connection with one of the Mer People.

And if you made it this far, my own Polly Plummer-centric story.
Rat Catchers (7178 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Polly Plummer, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Magic, World War II, Spare Oom, 1940s
Summary:  During the Battle of Britain and on the eve of what is believed to be the Nazi invasion of England, Polly goes hunting for vermin.

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Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug.

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Like in many of the country's mass shootings, the Aurora attack was carried out by a man with a violent criminal history who was armed with a gun he wasn't supposed to have.
February 16th, 2019
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posted by [personal profile] owlmoose at 05:42pm on 16/02/2019 under ,
So, that was pretty good, and mostly satisfying. I am only a little bit confused. I think.

It was much shorter than I expected, based on previous games. Less than 40 hours! Partially that's because we didn't really do any sidequests, but I think it also has to do with how the game was structured. Thoughts about that and other things, under the cut. )
Mood:: 'okay' okay
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posted by [personal profile] ursula at 08:25pm on 16/02/2019 under ,
[personal profile] glasseye and I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts today. Some photos are here.

Some highlights... )
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posted by [personal profile] alexseanchai at 04:52pm on 16/02/2019
Hey, do I know anyone affiliated with a Girl Scout doing online cookie sales (with, one hopes, ship-directly-to-buyer as a delivery option) in the Little Brownie Bakers region? I wanna buy a bunch of Thin Mints.

ETA: sorted!
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posted by [personal profile] mtbc at 11:25pm on 16/02/2019 under ,
Separately from my FBAR, in a review of forms to prepare for filing my US taxes I now have together:

  • Form 1040, the overall return.

  • Form 1040 schedule B, on which I report my savings interest and my 1099-DIV and 1099-INT.

  • Form 1040 schedule D, on which I report my Form 8949 short-term capital gain on a real estate sale.

  • Form 2555-EZ × 2 to exclude my regular salary and [personal profile] mst3kmoxie's consulting income from Federal taxes.

  • Form 8965 to explain why we didn't have health insurance.

Fortunately, beyond what the UK already takes through Pay As You Earn, even despite the large cut in the dividend allowance for 2018/2019 our other taxable income falls within the free allowances over here so we shan't have to file with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs also.


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