Underground again

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:51 pm
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Which, given the weather - today was persistent drizzle rather than yesterday's chucking it relentlessly down - was a good idea. Salt mine, to be precise.

However, has been a long day - only just in from a Mahler concert - so any more detailed reports on touristic activities may follow at some later season.

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Back when I marathon-read Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, I saw he's also authored a lot of novels for children, and had a new one coming out this month, a standalone called Frederick the Great Detective, which, however, mysteriously seems to be available in German before it is in English. (Mysterious because Kerr's Scottish and writes in English, and the novel, which got released today, is indeed translated from the English original, I checked the imprint.) Anyway, the novel has a very similar premise to a movie I saw at last year's Munich Film Festival, Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday - the review I wrote about the film is here: boy falls in love with Emil and the Detectives, befriends its author, Erich Kästner, in the twilight of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich ensues, boy tries to maintain ideals of novel versus increasingly awful reality. Having read the novel now, I can add a further parallel: both Friedrich in Frederick the Great Detective and Hans in Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday have an older sibling who is enthusastically joining the Nazi cause. My original suspicion as to why Kerr picked a fictional main character instead of Hans, who actually existed and did befriend Erich Kästner, was because Hans' fate was sealed by history, and that Kerr wanted a better fate for his young hero. Spoilers ensue. )However, by that point, I had already guessed various other reasons why Kerr chose a fictional over a fictionalized "real" main character, and the differences to Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday are instructive here.

For starters, there's the difference in focus: Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday is, as far as Hans is concerned, a coming of age story - he goes from child to teenager and young man in the course of the story - and has Erich Kästner as the other lead, whose perspective through the movie is even the slightly favored one. Frederick the Great Detective, by contrast, has Kästner only as a supporting character, aside from a prologue and an epilogue ends in late 1933/early 1934, and is above all a homage to Kästner's novel in structure, focusing on Friedrich and his same-age friends, who play detectives until it gets lethally dangerous. (The adults, whether benevolent or malignant or in between, are seen from the outside, the point of view is Friedrich's throughout.) For, befitting the author of the Gunther mysteries, there are actually cases to solve. (Though as opposed to Bernie, young Friedrich - who wants to become a detective through much of the novel - gets the point that you can't be a detective in a system where the criminals have taken over when Kästner desperately tells him just this.)

Indeed, while reading I wondered whether the basic idea for the novel might not have been a wish to write a sequel to Emil which tackles how Emil & Co. would act when the Third Reich starts, because Friedrich's gang with its twins has some similarities. Then again, Friedrich has a distinctly different background to Emil (or Hans Löhr) - no working class single parent mother, instead, middle class parents with his father a journalist and friend of Kästner's, which is the original connection, which allows Kerr to depict the way the press lost its freedom within a year. It also allows Kerr to let Friedrich and his parents vacation on Rügen where Friedrich meets Christopher Isherwood and Isherwood's boyfriend Heinz on the beach. (Leading to a charming scene where Friedrich manages to solve his very first case by finding Isherwood's lost watch.) Kerr provides quite a lot of real life characters making cameos throughout the novel - Billy Wilder (during the premiere of the "Emil and the Detectives" movie version which he scripted), Max Liebermann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Walter Trier etc. - but the Isherwood cameo was for me the most vivid of these. (And I'm not surprised, having come across an interview where Kerr says bascially Berlin for him as a reader, before he got there, was invented by two British writers, Christopher Isherwood and John Le Carré.)

Kästner himself lis of course the real life character with the most page time, but he feels more like a generic version of Kästner's author persona than an actual attempt at depiction of the man. (As opposed to the Kästner in Erich Kästner and Little Tuesday.) Meaning: he's a benevolent adult the way, say, Justus the Teacher in "Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer" is, with no hint of any inner conflicts, and Kerr slims down the biographical and authorial data about him to "wrote Emil and the Detective, also works as a journalist"; in this book, there are no mentions of either Kästner's other books for children or his adult novel, Fabian (the one who got burned by the Nazis at the 1933 book burning), nor of his sharp political poetry (which in Germany he was and is almost as well known for as for his prose). (Hence ahistorically Emil ends up as the burned book, when in rl Emil and the Detectives was so popular that it got published, as the only one of Kästner's works, within Germany until 1936. Then it was for the axe as well.) The one biographical background fact about Kästner mentioned in conversation by Friedrich's father is in fact a wrong one, or rather, a wrong assumption, that Kästner's mother, like Emil's, raised her son alone. In rl, not only was Kästner's father around and in contact with his son, but he outlived Kästner's mother. There is, however, a reason why I didn't mind this particular wrong statement, which is: Kästner kept his father and his relationship with him very low key as long as his mother was still alive, while his relationship with his mother was intense and very public, so a colleague from work like Friedrich's father could be forgiven for assuming the guy was either dead or had left the family. ( If you've read Kästner's autobiographical writings, one of the most memorable childhood scenes which makes you cringe in sympathy is his parents' christmas competition about him, when his father, a craftsman, proudly presented presents he made with his own hand while his mother spent all her money on presents, and both parents would regard whichever present their son showed any favour to as proof whom he loved more or a rejection respectively. And thus it went on for as long as Kästner's mother lived.)

What the novel does really well, though, is presenting a group of children responding to their world changing radically, and Friedrich as a likeable child hero who ends up rejecting the demagogery, scapegoating and promise of glory that lures his older brother in because he sees how both people he knows and strangers are abused in its name. Again, in an homage to Kästner's novel which has a memorable dream sequence, Friedrich's ongoing crisis of conscience and wonder how to avoid becoming a Nazi himself climaxes in a surreal dream where the various things he has experienced come together. The lesson he draws from this is simple and profound at the same time, very Kästnerian and indeed great advice in current day circumstances as well, to the question as ow to act: Be kind. Being kind and you can't become what you fear and hate. Be kind.

Mind you, the 1945 prologue and epilogue does spoilery things ) But all in all, Frederick the Great Detective is still a very readable children's novel set in a dark time which also manages to pay homage to a classic while being its own thing.

Daily Happiness

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:48 am
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1. Had a pretty relaxing day off. I wish I'd spent less of it practically falling asleep at my desk, but oh well.

2. We had chipotle tuna sandwiches for dinner tonight. (Mine also had avocado, sprouts, and cucumber on it, for extra tastiness.)

3. It's so chilly tonight I actually have on a sweater. (Though sadly we are in for some hot weather in a few days.)

4. I've never seen all three kitties on the living room shelves together before, so I'm really glad I was able to get a pic!

goodbye homeland; hello homeland

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 10:32 am
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So, in about 20 minutes I'm going to be leaving my parents' place, so that we can all go to the airport and travel to the country where my family has lived for as many generations as we know about (at least 4) and left when I was 7.

I've never been to the capital. I don't speak the language that people mostly speak there. (Everyone else in my family does speak it, but at home we always spoke Russian, the de facto lingua franca of the USSR, and that's all I managed to pick up by 7.) Kiev is new to me, and not new because I grew up on stories about it. (My aunt grew up there.) Odessa is familiar, full of people who will be happy to see me, but foreign too, like just another random European city, with buildings and customs that don't conform to the West Asian norms I find familiar and standard.

Anyway, if I started describing my feelings in earnest we'd never be done with parentheses.

I expect this trip will be a mindfuck. I expect being stuck with my parents for two weeks straight will be... a challenge. I hope, intensely, that the next two weeks will be wonderful and healing as well, as going home usually is.

Take care, friends.
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A couple things

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:05 am
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1) Yuletiiiide. Two of my noms have been approved! I'm still waiting on (My) Immortal. The mods are doing so much work, I am trying to be patient.

2) I took Tuesday as a mental health day after getting all my grading done at the last minute nearly killed me, and then I woke up with a sore throat on Wednesday and with a nasty back spasm today. Ugh. I wound up sleeping until nearly 5pm, but I felt better after that. My shoulder/back still hurts like damn, though.

3) I've been playing through Stellaris but the patch drop screwed up my civ's economics pretty badly, so I may just start a new game. It's fun and addictive and I'm really glad I finally started playing, but man. I'm also not all that good at it yet, which is occasionally frustrating! But I like the sound of the stuff in the new update. I may purchase it for cashmoney when my paycheck comes in.

Of course, I also really want to buy Heat Signature, we'll see how that goes. I really want to dual-boot my system with a Windows disk, so we'll see if I can get that up and running, since HS doesn't have a Linux port yet.

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Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:37 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] jenett, [personal profile] matociquala and [personal profile] nanila!

But there's no glory in watching you implode

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 11:56 pm
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Even if the rest of the film were forgettable, Howard Hawks' Red River (1948) would be worth it for the climactic fight scene where Montgomery Clift and John Wayne are tragically and brutally and patriarchally beating one another's brains out and just as the audience, consisting in this case of me and [personal profile] rushthatspeaks, decides it cannot take another second of this senseless macho bullshit, Joanne Dru can't either and not only says as much, she holds both combatants at gunpoint until they cut the machismo and admit they love one another. It was a thing of beauty. ("You'd better marry that girl, Matt.") Factor in the gun-comparing scene between Clift and John Ireland and other not infrequent moments of no heterosexual explanation and the whole thing was a nice break from today's otherwise relentless grind of work, even if we weren't totally sure at the outset. It is not easy to watch a movie in the company of an active and presently tired and cranky eleven-month-old, but we managed. In other news, Fox these days is freestanding, fast-moving, can hang upside down by the knees if an adult holds them, and appears to be taking against the entire concept of pants. They like honeycake, though.

Autolycus is being heartbreakingly plaintive right now. He has a vet appointment early in the morning and it requires fasting, which is an impossible concept to explain to a cat. I let him graze all day and gave him a proper dinner at the absolute last moment, but he is attempting to convince me that, actually, in point of fact, he starved since then. We should find him some kind of special treat after the appointment, for being so brave and honest. Last night he and his sister shared in the Rosh Hashanah chicken. All cats are lunisolar.

In honor of the High Holidays, here is a post on Jewish superheroes and here is a brilliant riposte to the rather short-sighted question "How can you be Black and Jewish?"

Back to the relentless grind. At least it is almost autumn.

Black Emporium letter

Sat, Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:36 am
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Sorry for the novel length rambling, don't stress and have fun following your muse, as long as you avoid my DNWs I am sure whatever you make will fill me with happy shippy joy :)

Basics:

DNWs: Sad endings (a little bittersweetness is ok), contagious zombie-ness, parasites, sympathetic rapists, rape, incest, child harm, underage sex, gender essentialism (Men are like X/women are like Y), simplistic "the chantry is 100% right" attitudes supported by the narrative, onscreen sex without feelings.

Note: I am fine with vague references to most DNWs, especially if they happened in canon. Also, I don't disapprove of sex without feelings, and for someone like Isabela would actually prefer her to be into it than have her be slutshamed or OOC. I just have a weird squick about seeing it described in detail.

What I want: something happily romantic, and either fic that tells a story or art that implies one.

For fic I strongly prefer that story be one where the characters go through (overall positive) emotional change. This means I tend not to like established relationship fic unless it contains some personal or relationship growth. A bit of plot is good too. I like moments of change in art, too, but it's not as much of a priority.

My general preferences

In all works I like a sense of empathy for all the characters, even any villains, and subverting power relationships both big and small. And for shippy works I like a dynamic of emotionally incompetent people flailing together and somehow mostly working things out. My somewhat contradictory preference for any sexual desire is that it be treated as separate to love by the narrative, but HAPPEN to be connected to love for the characters.

Pretty much my favourite thing in ship fic is a POV character with a great deal of self doubt coming to the realisation that they really are important to the person (or people) they love, especially if it's a one two punch of "OH NO I LOVE THEM" followed by "OMG THEY LOVE ME TOO". The obvious way to do this is a getting together story, but "realising there is more to this friends with benefits relationship than just sex" moments work too and may be more in character for some of these pairings. I like relationship dynamics to be pretty balanced, and the love interest(s) should have some self doubt too. POV shifts so that everyone in the pairing gets their turn to be all OH NO/OMG is AMAZING if you feel up to it.

With art, I absolutely love "OH NO I LOVE THEM" and "WAIT WHAT THEY LOVE ME" moments if you can come up with a good scenario, but also really enjoy in character moments of connection and affection that capture what makes the couple great. With these pairings in particular pretty much any cute couple scenario will make me go aww :)

One of my favourite plots for shippy fic or art is the couple working together to achieve something, where we see how they bring out the best in each other and work well as a team. A lot of these characters have VERY strongly held beliefs and goals, and I'd love to see them respect each others beliefs and help each other achieve their goals.

Also forced intimacy is my JAM. Huddling for warmth, fake dating, all of it. So great for OH NO THEY'RE HOT :D

Note: I generally prefer non-noble female PCs but just do whatever works for the story. I'm cool with original first names. I tend to get thrown out of works that go too far from canon with the NPCs, but enjoy when OCs and PCs add some subtle background diversity eg disabled/non binary/fat etc characters. No making a big deal about it, though, please.

A post about what I generally like in fanworks if you want EVEN MORE ideas.

On smut

I tend not to enjoy sexually explicit art, though a bit of sexual charge can add spice, especially to OH NO THEY'RE HOT. The dynamic I describe in the next paragraph certainly doesn't go astray in (mildly) sexy works.

I can enjoy explicit fic, but have pretty narrow tastes: mild sexiness or fade to black is fine in a wide range of scenarios, but explicit sexual scenes only tend to work for me if the POV character (a) loves their partner (b) is feeling some negative emotions about having sex. I don't want to see these characters mistreating each other, or being sexually miserable forever, so it would have to be (a) external to the couple or internal to the POV character (b) resolved by the end.

So, for example: a fic where Fenris, Hawke and Isabela have sex which everyone tells themselves is meaningless but they're all just in denial, then it ends with the three of them happily together. Or Sigrun and Velanna have angsty "we're about to die (oh no you're dying too and I love you)" sex during the fake calling, but then everything turns out ok.

Fenris/Isabela: What I love about this pairing is that they recognise and respect each other's mutual yearning for freedom. I thus see them being VERY careful not to push or pressure for commitment or discussions of feelings. And while I do see those things happening slowly over time, I can't see them ever getting married or being an entirely conventional couple. I tend to imagine them as poly but am fine with them being monogamous.

I'm naturally inclined to stick with the canon that they started out as friends with benefits, but if you'd rather a different start that's cool. Either way, what I live for is moments of tentatively growing trust and connection.

Specific DNW: either of them being unambiguously only into the opposite sex. You don't have to make it explicit that they're bi, just don't contradict it.

Prompts:
I'd love to hear what they're up to during Inquisition, or see them working together to fight slavers or other bad guys. A quiet moment of peace and connection (maybe after some badassery!) would be lovely too.

Fenris/Isabela/f!Hawke: So what I love about this setup is that it gives all three of them such great reasons to be consumed with self doubt. I like a scenario where Act 2 progressed much like canon does if Hawke romances Isabella and then Fenris, and Act 3 starts with Fenris and Isabela both thinking "I should just accept I ruined things with Hawke and hope they find happiness with [other love interest]", while Hawke thinks "Oh no I alienated BOTH of them" and the three of them are awkward and angsty at each other until they figure everything out.

All the stuff I said about Fenris/Isabela above applies to them inside the triad. Given the dynamics in canon I tend to see them being initially more focussed on Hawke and only coming to feelings for each other more slowly, if at all. I am fine with their relationship not being explicitly romantic in the work as long as they end up with a strong close friendship, but romance would be awesome if you can get it to work.

I know how hard it is to capture all three sub-pairings in ot3 works, but if you can manage it via multiple POVs/pictures or whatever that would be spectacular.

I don't care if Hawke is a mage or red/blue etc, but would want her having her own Emotional Issues and not being too much The Well Adjusted One. Maybe similar issues to Isabela and Fenris, or maybe something contrasting like being friendly but socially awkward. Note that while I'm cool with nb!PCs, Hawke has to be a woman for this prompt or you'll break the rules of the exchange.

Prompts:
A weaving together of the Fenris and Isabela romances into a coherent whole would be great. Or maybe Hawke is in a relationship with one of them post DA2 and then they all get reunited, and it's all awkwardness and guilt, and then catharsis and smooches. (off on the wild seas with Isabela? I tend to see them as poly already but that doesn't solve everything) Or Fenris and Isabela team up to rescue Hawke from the fade! Or a picture of them collapsing together affectionately after a successful battle.

Bethany/Merril: What I love about these two is they're both easily dismissed but have hidden depths. I can see them recognising that about each other, and making each other feel understood and respected.

I like this pairing a *little* fluffier and less consumed with angsty self doubt than the others, but cutely shy self doubt is A+. My preferred scenario tends to be post DA2 with Circle Bethany, since that makes it easiest to imagine a happy ending, but there's something to be said for an emotionally fraught reunion in Act 3 with Warden Bethany (that moment would make for good art!)

Prompts:
I'd love to see them doing magic together, or helping rebuild/fix Kirkwall (SOMEONE has to do something about all that evil magic architecture). Or working together to rescue Hawke from the fade! If you can fit in Merrill getting the chance to examine and use one of the bazillion working eluvians from DAI/Trespasser all the better :D

No smut for this pairing please but fade to black is fine.

Cassandra/Leliana: Ah, so much history and such complex feelings! I love that they have years of mutual trust and respect, and in some ways are very similar people, yet they have this pain and awkwardness between them (that we can fix with our imaginations ;)).

I'd love to see them work through the pain of the events of Inquisition, and their differing views on the future of the Chantry, and find their ways to a closer and more comfortable relationship. They will never agree on everything, but can still respect and help each other.

Prompts:
I would absolutely love to see Cassandra coming to the horrified realisation that she's into Leliana AFTER Leliana becomes Divine. Leliana could either not realise what's going on and wonder why Cassandra is being so weird all of a sudden, or flirt a bit (either as a joke or sincerely), get rebuffed, and take out her frustration and hurt feelings by flirting and watching Cassandra squirm (which Cassandra would probably read as pure trolling) Since Inquisition I have been tormented by a frustratingly vague mental image of Leliana in her Divine outfit flirting with Cassandra in a somewhat personal-space invading way and Cassandra blushing like crazy as she is torn between retreat and reciprocation. Leliana is a decent person at heart and cares for Cassandra, so she wouldn't take it TOO far, and being me I want her to have some self doubt and mixed feelings too.

If sexy!pope Leliana isn't your jam I'd be happy with anything that gets them closer and happier after the events of Inquisition without glossing over their differences too much.

Velanna/Sigrun: What I love about these two is that they have both, in their way, been made bitter and resigned by pain and loss, and are willing to throw their lives away. They also have a shared love of snarkily deflating privileged humans/nobles/men :) Yet their different personalities make for a charming contrast, and could lead to mutual benefit: Sigrun helping Velanna be less serious all the time, and Velanna encouraging Sigrun to be less passive.

What I really want to see is the two of them helping each other value themselves beyond their use to others, and to find things worth living for. I am imagining a friendship with shippy overtones or a "meaningless doomed fling" where, in either case, they realise they actually want to stick around and open up to each other, and have to reassess their life and plans. I don't want them giving up on their values, just finding a way to pursue them and still be happy.

Prompts: Sigrun helps Velanna find her sister, or come to terms with not finding her. Helping each other through the fake calling, and maybe realising they don't want to die yet. Getting to know each other's cultures and experiences: visiting a Dalish clan (maybe helping them stick it to some sucky humans!), learning about the weird dwarf stuff from Descent etc. Or just art of Sigrun being flirty and Velanna going OH NO SHE'S HOT.

News

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:58 am
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Yes, I made the decision to buy the remainder of the Rider and Speaker books as they are not selling. Sales have been bad. The books have not been moving just as quickly as I'd though. Not sure whether it's due to marketing or that Singapore's indeed a small market - but I think it's time to take them off the shelves.
They have languished long enough. :/

That the remainder cost approx. 800 SGD... well, will be a strain on my pockets, but I pray the pain is worth it.

EDIT: If you can't help, just say so. Don't have to tell me "I am sorry" or "At least you have some sales, but sadly most don't have".

EDIT 2: I was receiving responses like the ones seen above.
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Weekly Reading

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 06:14 pm
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What are you currently reading?
I'm about a third of the way through on Satan: A Biography and enjoying it so far.

I've been finding it hard to make progress on Meddling Kids, though, as despite being really excited by the premise, the book itself is kind of disappointing so far. The writing itself is not great, and the story is not making up for it. I'm hoping it'll get better as it goes along, though.

I also started Beezus and Ramona and am about a third of the way through that, too. I downloaded all the Ramona ebooks a couple years ago to do a reread and then never did, but then iTunes was updated the other day to remove ebooks and apps from the interface, and when I finally figured out how to add ebooks to my phone the new way, I tested it with this book, and then since I wasn't feeling Meddling Kids, just started reading it.

What did you recently finish reading?
Volumes two through five of Giant Days, as well as a bunch of single issues after that (I still have a handful of issues to read before being completely caught up, and then I will be sad because I love this series so much).

What do you think you'll read next?
The rest of Giant Days, for sure, and also volume 10 of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead came out the other day and I'd already preordered it so it's on my ipad awaiting me.

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Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 06:09 pm
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 I watched the first season of The Good Place a few weeks back when Netflix added it and the season 2 premiere last night.  It's excellent, but it really is a show best watched knowing nothing but the general premise.  I actually did go in spoiled, due to tumblr fandom's need to gif one actor's perfect comedic timing in the season 1 finale, and it was interesting to see all the clues as I watched it, but I also wish I'd gone in unspoiled.

I'm not usually a fan of sitcoms (including this, I just barely need two hands to count the US sitcoms I've watched as an adult) and this one is rightly loved both by sitcom fans and people who don't usually watch sitcoms.  Season 1 is on Netflix and season 2 is on Hulu, and I think NBC's website has all episodes.

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 1

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm
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Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

Read more... )

MUSTREAD mrissa | Hollywood broken leg theory

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 02:12 pm
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Thanks to a [personal profile] liv-triggered happy rabbit-hole I just read Marissa Lingen's fabulous post illuminating why most people find the experience of impairment so mystifying.

AND YOU MUST READ IT TOO!

http://mrissa.dreamwidth.org/720690.html

if you need convincing: an excerpt )

Oh dearie me, this guy's got form

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 08:41 pm
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Back in 2008, Gandhian pilgrimage that ended at Calais.

And his present (surely it is the same guy) simple life agenda has crossed my horizon heretofore.

My dearios, I give you I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity.

O, lucky old you, a healthy bloke with sufficient resources to undertake this project and pontificate about it. You are not just lucky to be 'born without any serious long-term health issues' - this is due to various factors including maternal nutrition and antenatal care, vaccination against common childhood diseases (even if he didn't get these, and I bet he did, he would have benefitted from herd immunity), i.e. the benefits of modern medicine and sanitation.

Also, I have no time whatsoever for anyone who dismisses other people's experiences of pain: there is a man who, we must suppose, never sat an exam while doubled over with period pain, or suffered a migraine. Not at all rare conditions. Your body is not 'always aiming for balance and health'.

And we observe that he has had a vasectomy... because one of my questions (among the many stimulated by the thought of all the technological advances that have made women's lives so much less arduous, which I remarked on when his bogosity first impinged upon my aghast gaze), wot abaht contraception?

Perhaps we might introduce him to the notion that being regularly flogged with a large codfish is a cure for pretentious woowoo?

(And do we think that his simple austere life is 'more work for other people', like the process that gets his handwritten ms - written on tree bark in berry juice, we wonder? - from his simple cabin in the woods to the Guardian website?)

*whew*

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 08:55 am
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Hurrah for hermiting!

Things I could have done on Wednesday: lunchtime free Zumba class, free Bach Collegium concert.

Things I did do on Wednesday: went straight home, ate, showered, crawled into bed with fanfiction, went to sleep early, sleeeeeeeeeeept.

I feel much better today, in the sense that fewer things hurt physically. And I realized this morning that nothing was stopping me from taking a day off tomorrow. That would mean I can sleep in after "Elizabeth Cree" tonight, and go to bed early before my crack of dawn train to NYC on Saturday morning.

What a removal of mental weight. A day off. How glorious. It will be much easier to enjoy my day in NY with a reasonable amount of sleep beforehand.
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Using the Mic

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 02:12 am
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What you're Saying when You Say "I Don't Need the Mic"
By Erika A. Hewitt
August 31, 2017

https://www.uua.org/worship/lab/what-youre-saying-when-you-say-i-dont-need-mic

This is directed at a Unitarian Universalist audience, but can apply to any group or event.

“When a mic is being used at a meeting and someone looks at it and says, ‘Do we really need this?’ I feel outright anger. That person just asked if people like me really exist and demanded that we defend ourselves.”

mini-crisis time

Wed, Sep. 20th, 2017 11:54 pm
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So, I signed the TA contract, uploaded it, and waited for my student account balance to change... and it didn't. So it turns out, after asking around, that 6th year international students pay tuition AND non-resident tuition regardless of financial aid, and filing fee status is the only way to be exempt.

I emailed Grad Div about whether I'd have to re-petition to be on filing fee status should it come down to that, and also texted the prof about it. She called me, and we talked it over, and she seems keen to keep me as her TA. She's emailed the department chair, the dean of Grad Div, and some other admin people, and I guess going to look for a way to get my tuition waivered regardless because it's just not a well-known thing. I don't have a lot of hope for that but I'm holding out SOME optimism because I would love to TA for this class. But if it comes down to it, I can't justifying paying $10,000 to TA for a 10-week class, when I'm defending in Week 2. And that includes health insurance too, which was another solid reason to accept the TAship and get the fee waiver.

=/ Very unhappy with how this is shaking out. Fingers crossed that it works out.

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Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 08:49 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] italiceyeball!

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Wed, Sep. 20th, 2017 11:19 pm
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1. I had to go in to work earlier than I'd hoped, which meant I didn't get much sleep, but I did manage to get out of there by midafternoon, so that was good. And I have tomorrow off.

2. Carla arrived back safe and sound tonight.

3. We watched last week's Rick and Morty, which I hadn't seen yet because Carla was out of town and I was too lazy to watch it on my own. It was pretty good, but not as awesome as the week before or Pickle Rick.

4. Jasper is such a cutie.

This is the year that the monster will come

Thu, Sep. 21st, 2017 12:19 am
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Erev Rosh Hashanah: I misplace the keys to my parents' house and cannot help with the cooking as early in the afternoon as planned, but my brother and his family turn out to have been laid low by some opportunistic bug (the preschool year has started) and don't make it for dinner after all; my father drives their roast chicken and their challah and their honeycake out to them in the evening. We eat ours after I light orange taper candles that technically belong to Halloween because that's what's in the house. The chicken is brined and stuffed with lemon halves and fresh rosemary; the huge round challah with honey drizzled lightly over its egg-washed crust is from Mamaleh's; the honeycakes are homemade and the twice-baked potatoes were introduced by [personal profile] spatch and me. I know it is not precisely the customary use of the Shechecheyanu, but I find it useful to have a prayer thank you, God, that we've made it this far. The year starts anyway, ready or not. I'd rather recognize it as it goes by. L'shanah tovah, all.

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