Jun. 20th, 2017 07:35 pm
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(1) I am a bit groggy and out of it post Minor Medical Procedure for Mystery Menstrual Symptoms; A was v good about shunting me around the hospital when I was too sore to particularly want to push myself/bringing me things/etc. Everything looked healthy; I was a Model Patient; biopsy results are unlikely to show anything concerning, so ??????????

(2) House viewing this morning was VERY CONFUSING. It has a garden! That contains a well-tended hydrangea, and rose bushes, and fruiting apple and plum and probably-cherry (there's definitely a cherry, I'm just not sure whether it's ornamental), and maybe a crabapple, and a vegetable patch, and a patio. And a nice kitchen. And the conservatory would be dining room/games room/music room and would be lovely esp. in the rain. So now I'm just trying to convince us (... myself) that we'd actually be able to fit the furniture into it, which is currently proving Difficult; I am intending to ask to have another viewing and actually take a tape measure this time. (Wider wheelchair just about fits in the front door. It's rampable. I should be able to get a powerchair in. There's an airing cupboard for letting dough rise in. Etc etc etc...)

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Jun. 19th, 2017 11:36 pm
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hello everybody I know I owe a lot of you replies various and am working on it, my life should get a little less hectic for a while as of tomorrow morning unless we do make a snap decision to move house (~250m, positive reasons) once we've viewed a thing tomorrow morning, thank you for bearing with me, love meme is still open and is still getting a trickle of comments and I am working on responding to y'all, especially the folk I want to say thank you to for making me cry in a good way <3

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Jun. 18th, 2017 02:23 am
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I am grumpily insomniac; I have given up on sleep for the time being and have curled up in a blanket with some hot chocolate and a book; and probably this would be working better if The Fifth Season (which I am belatedly reading for Hugo purposes) wasn't Wrong about both geology and horses.

Kotlin in Compositor

Jun. 17th, 2017 07:30 pm
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A big new thing is Kotlin (presumably because it's supported on Android) so I hacked up some support in Compositor. It wasn't too hard - an afternoon's work including learning a bit of Kotlin, so that was good.

Now the world's developers can rush to Compositor to make desktop apps. Ahem.
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In Sweden Father's Day is in November, but since it is Father's Day in many other countries I thought I'd post about the men in my family anyway.

First of all I'd like to mention my dad. He and I are very much alike in personality. I can almost hear his voice inside my head whenever something happens. I know what he would have said about whatever it is. I've posted about this before, but I'd still like to mention the many things my dad helped me with.

He always drove me anywhere I needed to go, all without complaining. He'd bring a book and read while he waited. They say my dad was born on a Sunday with a 'victory hood' meaning part of the umbilical sac, which apparently means luck. I'm not sure if any of this is true, since I have found plenty of circumstantial evidence that the woman I thought of as my grandmother (aka the wicked witch of the east) actually wasn't his real mother. Be that as it may, my dad was very lucky in his life. Once he was going to drive me to the railway station (I laugh about it now, since that short walk wouldn't have been any problem), but I had got ready too late and missed the train. I was still sleepy and told dad that we could just go back home and I'd go back to bed, but he wouldn't let me. He drove me to the next railway station on the line (a five minute drive). I told him it would be too late, since the trains are a lot fast than cars. We'll wait, he told me. And sure enough, a minute or so later the train did arrive and I got on it in time.

Secondly, he always helped me with my maths homework and he did it very well, even though he always said he wasn't any good as a teacher and much preferred to be a principal/head master. Others have tried and never managed it very well. It gave me a better grade than I would have if left to my own devices.

A third example is the time when I'd decided to stay at home instead of enduring a 'sports day' with my class. Since it was my form mistress/home room teacher who was responsible for that particular day, she called in the afternoon to check on why I didn't come. My dad had been at work and he'd left before I was up so he had no idea about what I'd done, but when I walked into the hallway, there he was, on the phone with my teacher telling her how sick I'd been. LOL. That's something I'll never forget.

Now I'd like to mention my (maternal) grandfather. He was a very honest and decent man. Very serious and reliable, but he also had a sense of humor and he was very good at appeasing angry family members. Maybe because he was one of the youngest in a family of seven children? He was a grocer and I know he was very respected both in his profession and in private.

That's pretty much the men in my family that I know and have met in person. Sure, there are mom's cousin's two sons, but I don't know them very well. They're nice and we have a bit in common, but I couldn't tell you very much more about them.

Despite never having met them, I'd still like to mention my mom's two grandfathers and my paternal grandfather.

I'll start with the latter. Unfortunately, I don't know very much about him, other than what my dad has told me. He was a business man and he was quite successful at that. I also believe he was honest in his business. My dad was in awe of him, but I can tell from the photos of the two of them together, that they loved each other.

My mother's maternal grandfather seems to have been a rather modern man for his time. In a different time, he might have been a vegetarian. He was kind and loving towards his children and loyal to his wife, even though I believe they weren't very well suited to each other. He was also quite handsome in some of the photos and he had a sense of humor. I've been told he joked a lot. He was a builder and there are still two very nice houses that he built, standing in his home town (in Sweden - he did try to emigrate to America, but his wife refused to go).

My mother's paternal grandfather was a grocer, just like his son. I've been told (not by my mother, who never met him, or even his youngest son, my grandfather, who was far too young when he lost his father) that he was a happy, cheerful man who loved his family and tried to enjoy life to the full. He loved to buy christmas presents for his children and would lead the 'long dance' around all the rooms in the house, on Christmas Eve.

Finally, even though he's not a man yet, I'd like to mention my son, who I think will grow up to be a very good dad. He's the only living male in our family today. He's talented and charming and the most wonderful son anyone could hope to have.

*p Well this is getting ridiculous

Jun. 14th, 2017 05:02 pm
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today I am crying over the lives of fictional characters

4/26, 5/19, 6/14, pretty sure this is period; except I'm a few days ahead of the placebo days. If I'm counting this right my body is doing something like a 25 day cycle, which is not that weird, just also not what one expects hormone pills to enforce? And also why I'm offset from the placebos.

I mean let us not forget that every kind of stress has rained down upon my head the last two months, and that will fuck with periods too, but GDI.

Eta: also I would like to note that it is a million times less stressful to be crying about fictional characters than about your cat's health or a sudden inspection for a move. Hooray for fictional characters.

Culture Consumed Wednesday

Jun. 15th, 2017 02:50 am
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Finished Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion. I liked it.

Initially I thought the ending was kind of a let-down and came out of nowhere, but then I dove into the tag on Tumblr and found a post that succeeded in convincing me I'd misunderstood that part of the plot. (Here's that post. Spoilers, of course.) Having changed my mind on that, I'm much more satisfied with the book Kameron Hurley actually wrote, but still a smidge wistful for the book I thought I was reading. Which isn't her fault, of course.

My second reservation was about how gender was handled. Which... hmm. If I don't bring up Ancillary Justice here it's going to be an elephant in the living room, isn't it? This is NOT a post about how "Leckie did it better." Leckie and Hurley are doing two different things, and (if I remember the interview I read correctly) Ancillary Justice hadn't been published yet when Hurley started planning TSAL.

Leckie wrote a trilogy about a society which doesn't divide itself along gender lines or see gender as a binary, and then translated that culture's third person singular pronoun set for humans into English as "she/her". Hurley wrote a novel about a ship whose human crew is made up only of people who menstruate and become pregnant and give birth, all of whom identify as female and use the "she" pronoun set, and who have a concept of "woman" but no concept of "man" or of any other gender other than female/woman/girl.

Those are totally different goals, and they only overlap in that they use "she/her", do not centre male-identified characters, and make misogynists angry. One of them decentres gender while calling attention to how strongly English-speaking societies mark gender; the other one centres (a very specific definition of) women.

I would recommend it if you can bear with the gender essentialism and won't be bothered by a lot of (most but not all menstruation/pregnancy/birth-related) biological squick. (Also, if pregnancy loss is a sore topic for you, you might have a bad time reading this.)

Reading Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider. I don't have anything useful to say about this book, so I'm gonna shut up and listen and type up quotations in my commonplace file.

Reading Aliette de Bodard's The House of Binding Thorns. I'm about a hundred pages in. So far so good. It's weird: in the first book I cared a lot more about Philippe than any of the others, but so far in this book I am enjoying Madeleine's parts a lot and am waiting impatiently to see Selene and Emmanuelle again, and don't care as much about Philippe.

Read Heather Rose Jones' Daughter of Mystery, an f/f Ruritanian romance about an heiress and her swordswoman bodyguard. [personal profile] brownbetty described it as "Swordspoint but with lesbians," which is fair but I like Margerit and Barbara a lot better than Alec and Richard. Interestingly, I liked them a lot more through each other's eyes than from their own POV, if that makes sense. Barbara's combination of rage and tight control was particularly appealing from Margerit's POV. I enjoyed the setting too, the miracle-based magic stuff that's faintly reminiscent of Bujold's Chalion (a lot more Catholic, though.) And the cultural/psychological worldbuilding. The characters never felt too modern, which I appreciated.

Note that that's Ruritanian romance with the emphasis on Ruritanian, i.e. not "romance" in the "romance genre" sense. Not that isn't a romance arc, just that the beats and conventions are very different, and a lot more development of the parts of the plot which are not about their relationship. Also it's extremely decorous with the sexual content -- there are "caresses" but it's never specified who's caressing what. There's a lot more explicit detail of the legal inheritance drama and the theological problem, in fact. Personally I really liked the legal and theological details. I also liked the focus toward the end on the practical details of their relationship -- there was more troubleshooting of the "how are we going to live together and not fuck this up by stepping right on each other's issues" kind after they got together than in your standard romance (adventure story or genre romance.)

Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Stratagem arrived in the mail today and I'm trying to decide if I want to reread Ninefox first or dive right in this minute.


Reread [archiveofourown.org profile] idiopathicsmile's World Ain't Ready from start to finish over the past three days. Which maybe wasn't the use of my reading time I'd planned, but I can't regret it.


Listened to the Mountain Goats' Goths, and Sifu Hotman's Embrace the Sun, both highly recommended.

Goths musically has a lot in common with Beat the Champ, lots of similar instrumental flourishes and harmonic progressions, except that Darnielle does things with his vocals he hasn't done since Life of the World to Come, up there in the higher and louder parts of his range. Lyrically, he's still walking this balance between mature reflection and wholehearted identification with the angry, traumatised kid he was, and I really love that territory. He doesn't break faith with who he used to be, even while acknowledging that he's not that person any more, and that continued connection gives him the ability to sing songs like 'The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement' with real respect, honesty, and empathy in addition to his perspective as a grown-up looking back. It's the difference between growing up and renouncing who you once were. He did the first but not the second, and I really admire that. ("That's who I was. This is who I am.")

Also, even though in my teens I was an opera/computers/SF nerd, not a goth nerd, 'We Do It Different On The West Coast' totally captured my experience of being a fan from afar because of geography and lack of opportunity, and having all these passionate opinions about things I'd never yet gotten to experience firsthand -- feeling really invested in, already a part of, these people and communities I'd never actually met face to face. Identifying as part of a "we" who "do" things I'd never done with people who'd never met me. And again: he's not making fun of that excited kid, or disputing their membership in their chosen scene. He has perspective that kid lacks, but he's empathising, not mocking. He's been there too.

I saw a song from Embrace the Sun on my Tumblr dash, 'Matches', and liked it enough that I bought the album on Bandcamp. And it was really really good, you guys. Smart and angry and hopeful. If you like Doomtree you might like this too.

Also listened to two playlists by [personal profile] fairestcat, 'I'm Gonna Spend The Next Four Years On The Barricades' and 'Capitalism Will Eat Your Children'. Both were good, but the second one was particularly good and more suited to my mood at the moment. ('Matches' from Embrace the Sun fits in very well with the mood in 'Next Four Years', Cat: "No friction, no flame / No struggle, no progress / No sweat / How many times do we have to win / 'Til you realize that we have not lost yet?")


(written a few days ago) My next attempt at kitty feeding enrichment: a large Pringles tube with a hole cut in the side, large enough for a cat's paw but not their face. So they can stick a paw in and bat the noms out, or roll the tube around the floor until the noms fall out. Neither cat is impressed with this. Dorian is willing to engage with it a little. Beatrice isn't, at all.

After I typed that, while I went back to write about the books I'm reading, she started giving it a try and has gotten the hang of it. Go Beatrice!

Now she's back to power-grooming Dorian. She does this thing where she puts her mouth over one of his eyes and sort of nibbles. He tilts his head up and sits still, but eventually gets fed up and tries to put her in a headlock.

Musgrave Collection

Jun. 12th, 2017 06:50 pm
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I read that double yellow lines were suggested by George Musgrave in a road safety competition. Googling, I found that he ran a museum, the Musgrave Collection, which looks as mad as can be, but in a good way, but that since his death it's closed and looking for a new home.

Sad really.

I had pizza for dinner

Jun. 12th, 2017 11:14 pm
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It wasn't particularly good pizza, but Beatrice is happy. There's something about a pizza box. Even if there's no pizza inside, and the box isn't warm any longer, it's still the best seat in the room. It must smell good, I suppose.

The worst thing I have ever coded

Jun. 12th, 2017 10:21 am
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I did this a while back, and never posted the code because why would you want this. Nonetheless, it still makes me smile to see it.

Yes, I left it enabled. This is how I see AO3.

Screenshot of AO3 filters, with fruit added to the ratings Screenshot of an AO3 fic, with "Explicit" replaced with "Lemon"

I replaced the AO3 content ratings with old-style citrus ratings (and relevant emoji). Note: there's no lime emoji. I used a green heart instead. Also, I'm not sure what the citrus version of "General Audiences" is. I didn't replace the names in the Filters sidebar because I didn't want to wipe out the works counts.

Cut for code )

This goes in your custom AO3 site skin, if you have one. (If you don't, you can create one.)