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Surprising absolutely nobody, I have spent nearly all of the past several days preparing for my impending economics exams and, as is my want, have created an rather impressive set of study notes which, if I worked on them could be a textbook in their own. To be honest, I am still uncertain of taking the exams this year given that I started a few (up to five, depending on how you count it) months behind, and whilst I have learned a great deal in the subject it is not something that I had undertaken for almost 30 years. Despite this my biggest weakness here is not conceptual but rather mathematical - I simply don't have the experience or practise.

Despite having my nose almost entirely buried in books, (which is not an unusual state for me, it's just a question of depth), I have continued with my almost-daily 'blog of the Australian Federal Election. Major events of the campaign include a "Watergate" scandal of epic proportions, of which the former Deputy Prime Minister sounds like he had "a few drinks" prior to a Radio National interview on the matter, the multi-millionaire mining magnate preferencing the government, and the Labor opposition providing pathways from casual to full-time work.

It hasn't entirely been "all work and no play" however. Last Sunday played a session of RuneQuest Questworld, where our GM has placed us in the old "Griffin Island" region, and we successfully defended a town against some rather overwhelming odds. Last night played DungeonQuest for the first time (and somehow I survived in this rather deadly game), along with a session of Munchkin Cthulhu. In a further attempt not to go stir crazy visited the doctor a couple of days ago due to a stubborn skin infection in my lower leg (probably a minor case of cellulitis). The doctor's first reaction was "Oh no, this could be diabetes!". I felt like responding, "Nah, I'm just old and overweight", which of course is true, and my blood-sugar levels were quite normal. Almost forgot! Earlier this week received a "Ruby Feather" in Duolingo, with 7050 points for the week, which was #1 for the Asia-Pacific-European region, and maybe even the world? I don't need to do that again
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Last dark (probably around 3-4am), I had my second-ever migraine aura (no pain, just aura). First I was losing part of my visual field, which was being a little concerning, but it wasn't in the fovea, quite, so I thought it was just my eyes being tired and not focusing right, or maybe a weird floater. Then I was getting a kind of interruption of stuff, but since I was reading Twitter with night-view on (white text, black background), I thought I'd just had temporary "burn in" on my retina. And then I saw the jaggy ultra-black and glaring white forming itself into a sort of shallow "bridge" arc, mostly horizontal, in the upper left of my field of view. And went AH-HA!

I also carefully wiggled both sides of my face, and hands, to make sure that I was not -- as one person had been concerned the first time this happened -- "livetweeting a stroke." Nah, it's fine.

The closest images on the web to my aura-jaggies:

Only the darks are SO dark, even in a dark room, and the bright white outlines of the shapes are glowing, vivid, like a self-lit CGI stripe in a MMO. And there's a little flicker or pulse to them, kind of, and since they're not in my fovea, I can't really get a look at them.

No pain, though. Except if I don't get some tea in a bit, I'm gonna get a caffeine-withdrawal issue.

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language language practice practice

Apr. 25th, 2019 08:02 pm
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(Still sick. Can handle small quantities of solid food now, yay progress?)

Cymraeg, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:

Jedao: Noswaith dda, Cheris!
Cheris: Noswaith dda! Dych chi'n wedi mynd i'r gwaith?
Jedao: Ydw. Dw i'n mwynhau gweithio ynghanol y gofod. A chi?
Cheris: Dych chi'n dod o Efrog Newydd?
Jedao: Nac ydw, dw i'n dod o Eshpatan. Dw i'n mynd i prynu menig da iawn heno.
Cheris: Dych chi'n gwisgo menig eisoes!
Jedao: Ond dw i eisiau menig heb fys!

[I'm really covering for the fact that I have not figured out how the !@#$!@#$ third-person conjugation works in Welsh at all, since it just came up in Duolingo like a week ago. I can make I-statements and formal you-statements right now. Everything else is a Mystery.]

Français, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:

Jedao: Bonsoir, mon amie!
Cheris: Pardonnez-moi, je ne suis pas votre amie, monsieur. Je suis seulement une Kel.
Jedao: Mais j'aime beaucoup les oiseaux.
Cheris: Hélàs, je n'aime pas les goupils qui parlent avec les mots faciles.
Jedao: Est-ce que tu as vu les gants sans doigts noires? J'ai perdu les miennes.
Cheris: Où pouvons-nous chercher les bonnes gants?
Jedao: À Paris, bien sûr! Toutes les vêtements excellents sont en Paris.

Deutsch, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:

Jedao: Guten Abend, Cheris! Was suchst du nun?
Cheris: Ich brauche ein Raumschiff.
Jedao: Na klar, ich auch! Vielleicht können wir zusammen gehen, wenn wir ein Raumschiff finden.
Cheris: Nein, danke. Ich will allein gehen.
Jedao: Aber wir sind Freunde!
Cheris: Sie sind meinen Kommandant! Es ist unmöglich, dass wir Freunde sein können.
Jedao: Ich habe eine Idee. Ich werde die Armee aufhören!
Cheris: Ich denke, dass Sie können das nicht tun...

[Help, what is syntax even...]

한글, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:

재다오: 안녕, 채리스야! 오늘 무순책 읽어?
채리스: 안녕하세요, 재다오대군! 저는 책많이 안읽는데 텔레비전에서 만화를 뵙니다.
재다오: 어떤만화?
채리스: 노래와춤추는만화입니다.
재다오: 나 노래불를까?
채리스: 제발 하지마시오. 곡을 부를 수는 없습니다.

[I had to Google Translate "you sing out of tune."]

日本語、a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:


[Oof, I am done languaging for tonight, especially since I keep suspecting that Google Translate is giving me really informal translations when I try to look things up for help.]

language practice returns

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:59 pm
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Mainly because I have been sick since this morning. I hope tomorrow I will be able to handle solid food; I have been on liquids.

Joe and I have this concept of "lowest energy state." It's the thing that you can do mindlessly to soothe yourself when you're too tired/sick/whatever to do anything else. For Joe, it's either watching anime or playing computer games. For me, right now, it's doing basic origami or language practice. I did a lot of Duolingo Welsh/French/German/Korean today...

Corrections/comments welcome, as always. Cockamamie "translations" of what I was trying to say available on request.

Cymraeg, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Sut mae, Cheris! Dych chi'n prynu gŵydd? Dw i'n caru'r gŵydd.
- Cheris: Sut mae, Jedao! Sut dych chi?
- Jedao: Dw i wedi blino ar hyn o bryd. A chi?
- Cheris: Dw i wedi blino hefyd, i fod yn onest. Dw i ddim yn eisiau prynu gŵydd. Dw i eisiau prynu llwynog.
- Jedao: Llwynog dw i! Pryd dych chi'n eisiau fwyta yn y swyddfa? Dych chi eisiau cawl heddiw?
- Cheris: Nac ydw. Dw i eisiau bwyta siocled neu tangerine.
- Jedao: Dw i'n mynd i yfed cwrw neu wisgi. Dych chi'n mynd i'r gwaith?
- Cheris: Ydw. Athro dych chi?
- Jedao: Ydw. Athrawes dych chi?
- Cheris: Ydw. Amser i fynd. Neis i weld chi. Hwyl!
- Jedao: Hwyl! Gwela i chi fory.

Français, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Bonjour, Cheris! Comment ça va?
- Cheris: Je vais bien. Et vous?
- Jedao: Comme ci, comme ça. Que fais-tu maintenant? Est-ce tu t'amuses?
- Cheris: Peut-être. Je dois conquérir l'univers.
- Jedao: Hein! Moi aussi. Peut-être nous pouvons travailler ensemble?
- Cheris: Mais je ne vous fais pas confiance. Vous êtes un goupil!
- Jedao: Les goupils sont complètement digne de confiance!
- Cheris: ...
- Jedao: Hélàs, maintenant je dois faire les vacances avec mon ami Kujen.
- Cheris: Est-il vraiment ton ami? Avec les amis comme lui, vous n'avez pas besoin des ennemis.

Deutsch, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Guten Tag, Cheris! Wie geht's?
- Cheris: Es geht mir gut! Was essen wir heute?
- Jedao: Keine Ahnung. Ich esse nicht, weil ich tot bin. Erinnerst du dich nicht?
- Cheris: Ja, ich erinnere mich nun. Ich hoffe, dass wir Schokolade essen können.
- Jedao: Ich mag Schokolade nicht.
- Cheris: Können die Geister essen?
- Jedao: ...Nein. Aber wir können denken, dass Schokolade ist schlecht.

한글, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- 재다오: 안녕, 채리스! 어떠니?
- 채리스: 안녕하세요, 재다오대군! 오늘 바둑노리 하십니까?
- 재다오: 고양이 사고시퍼.
- 채리스: 무순고양이 원합니까?
- 재다오: 귀여운 고롱고롱하는고양이.
- 채리스: 재가 고양이를 어들껍니다.

(Wow, Jedao is way easier to write in Korean because formal verb endings, what do?)

日本語, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- ジェダオ: ようこそ、チェリス!私の家へ?
- チェリス:あなたの家はどこにありますか?
- ジェダオ:星にあります。あなたの友達と会いますか?
- チェリス:私は友達がありません。
- ジェダオ:私たちは友達です!
- チェリス:...
- ジェダオ:レストランで寿司を食べますか?
- チェリス:はい。

(Sorry, I ran out of steam because my vocabulary is terribad.)

...Wow, it's so weird how the formality levels play out in some of these languages. (I didn't attempt to do it in Welsh because I frankly don't know enough of the conjugations yet. I just got introduced to "Sut wyt ti?" as the informal version of "Sut dych chi?/Sut dach chi?")

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Apr. 24th, 2019 10:26 pm
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I need SLEEP.

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Also not productive

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:58 pm
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Offspring has been needing attention.

...I need another extension cord.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:43 pm
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Does anyone want to suggest me music suitable for listening to while coding a Twine game about Cheris and Kel Academy?

IMPORTANT NOTE: I don't hear lyrics; I respond to the mood of the music. I'm thinking something cinematic. I also prefer music not to be glitchy/noisy/shouty/screamy--there's nothing wrong with genres like punk/metal/etc., but they're not for me.

Right now, as a stopgap, I'm listening to Clamavi De Profundis (hat-tip to [personal profile] telophase).

playtest call for Heretical Geese

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:18 pm
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Hello! [personal profile] ursula and I are entering a cowritten tabletop RPG game jam that is GOOSE-themed (the honking bird kind, not goosing people). We would like to round up a playtest group for either this Saturday or the weekend of May 18 (or both?).

The game is more or less hexarchate- and ethics-themed (specifically Shuos). The rules are two pages long. Play would run either on Discord or Google Hangouts, whatever is agreeable to the group.

Please PM me or email me (requiescat at gmail dot com) if you're interested in volunteering and I'll give you more info.

HONK! :3

to serve man

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:01 pm
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I have no idea how good the Duolingo Welsh course is other than I'm enjoying it, since I have no prior knowledge of the language other than "Nos da" and "cariad." (This is due to some YA sf book involving...a lunar colony maybe? And a girl and a boy? Moon-something? I can't remember; I read it in middle school.)

However, the Korean course has...issues. For one, early on it's weirdly emphatic about denoting plurals. There is a way to pluralize nouns in Korean, but it's completely optional and it frankly sounds kind of weird if you're going to use plurals the way you would in English.

But the hilarious part is that whoever linked up the audio with the text...made an error.

The practice sentence 남자가 멋있습니다 (namja-ga meos-isseumnida), or "The man is cool"

is pronounced

남자가 맛있습니다 (namja-ga masisseumnida), or "Man is delicious." (Korean has no articles, and does not generally mark for number.)

It's not even ambiguous--the pronunciation is completely wrong...
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Continuing to read my way down the Met's East Asian art history essays:

- In Pursuit of White: Porcelain in the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
- Indian Textiles: Trade and Production [Interesting stuff on dyes and mordants here.]
- Interiors Imagined: Folding Screens, Garments, and Clothing Stands [Japanese screens. Note to self, the Portal talks about Korean folding screens and their conventions/social significance.]
- Internationalism in the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907) [Ha, they mention tributes of Korean hawks, which the Portal mentioned too from the other end.]
- Introduction to Prehistoric Art, 20,000 to 8000 B.C. [Very brief overview, given the scope of the topic!]
- The Japanese Blade: Technology and Manufacture [Could have sworn I had a book that touched on this in more depth, unless the flood took it.]
- Japanese Illustrated Handscrolls [cf. Korean handscrolls discussed in Portal]
- Japanese Incense
- The Japanese Tea Ceremony [Although once again I have a quasi-Asian character who is meh about tea because I'm so sick of the Asians = tea stereotype. BTW, did you know that my mom, in Korea, sends me Lipton tea?]
- Japanese Weddings in the Edo Period (1615-1868)
- Japanese Writing Boxes [Useful information on inksticks and inkstones.]
- Japonisme

recently read
- Jane Portal. Korea: Art and Archaeology, report here.

currently reading
- Michael D. Shin, ed. Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century.

- Jae-sik Suh. Korean Patterns.
I am getting so homesick looking at the food/노리개 (norigae)/etc. photos. The food photos are sumptuous.

Not productive day

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:45 am
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And it's nearly 2 in the morning. *sigh*

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Well, first she got a droid, and then a wig...
--The Inquisitor beginning to tell a story that has no truth to it, in SWTOR

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baby steps in gardening

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:08 am
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Before I do anything to the garden (thank you for the suggestions, [personal profile] batwrangler!), I'm going to see if I can keep a moss terrarium alive:


The paper tag stuff is the care instructions, which I'm leaving in place as a good-luck keep-it-alive talisman??

I apologize for the hideous tablecloth. We got it as an emergency tablecloth when we were in temporary housing after the flood, and a tablecloth that isn't hideous. I have petitioned for a non-hideous tablecloth.

The origami crane art coaster is from a set that was a housewarming gift from my sister. :D

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:03 pm
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Poll #21866 How to handle a Korean color term
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 53

How should I handle a Korean color term in a fantasy setting?

View Answers

use the Korean term paran and explain a couple times that it's blue and/or green
41 (77.4%)

use blue-green in the text and explain what it means the first time
11 (20.8%)

just say "blue"; only Korean readers will know what you mean, or care
1 (1.9%)

something else I will explain in comments
3 (5.7%)

talky the tacky ticky!
10 (18.9%)

This is coming up because there are East Asian influences in Phoenix Extravagant and I'm wondering how to render 파란색 (paransaek), which can be translated variously as "blue" or "green" (more usually "blue") but can include some shades of green if my mother is to be believed. (There is are separate words for "green," 녹색 (noksaek) and 초록색 (choroksaek), but the former is "green" and the latter is more "grass green." To hear my mother tell it (since she's, uh, my source on this stuff), they're not really all synonyms.

Normally I would just approximate and move on, but because my protagonist is a painter and paint pigments are part of the magic system...anyway, opinions appreciated.

I have also desperately emailed my mother asking what she can find out about traditional Korean paint pigments because the more I can find out the better.

recent reading
- Yoko Kawaguchi. Authentic Japanese Gardens.
I really have no way of verifying anything in here, but the lush, gorgeous, full-color photographs throughout of Japanese gardens either in Japan or Japanese-influenced/inspired gardens elsewhere were worth the price of admission (list price $19.99). This is mainly aimed toward people who want to understand the aesthetic before implementing it in their own landscaping/gardens.


Ch. 1: Traditional Japanese Gardens
Historical context, design, choice of plants.
- The hill-and-pond garden
- The dry-landscape garden
- The tea garden
- The courtyard garden

Ch. 2: The Elements of a Japanese Garden
How to choose, lay out and care for the components of a Japanese garden.
- Plants
- Rocks
- Water
- Sand
- Paths and stepping-stones
- Bridges
- Stone lanterns
- Pergolas
- Fences
- Borrowed vistas

Ch. 3: Plant Directory
- Trees
- Shrubs
- Berries
- Ground-cover
- Grasses and bamboos
- Mosses
- Ferns
- Tropical specimen plants
- Foliage and flowers
- Aquatic plants
- Non-traditional alternatives

Resources (hardiness zones, gardens to visit, etc.)

I don't want to go full-out Japanese in my side garden nook with some of the really specifically Japanese elements because my ancestors would roll over in their graves, but I like the aesthetic. BTW, if you're wondering how Korean landscapes/gardens differ, this article discusses the basics, and I've ordered a book on Korean gardens that should arrive sometime this week and that I hope to read for more inspiration. I'm hoping it, too, will have homesickness-inspiring glorious full-color photographs. :3 I hope it will discuss 덕수궁 (Deoksugung, or Deoksu Palace), for instance; my mother used to take me and my sister there regularly to feed the pigeons and admire the gardens.

- Jane Portal. Korea: Art and Archaeology.
Research reading for Phoenix Extravagant. I read this not to memorize everything in it (impossible) but to get an overview of Korean art history, although since I acquired the book over a decade ago and it's ©2000, I expect it's dated. It also has some minor infuriating errors on related topics (I was complaining about the outdated assessment of Korea's naval victories in the Imjin War, and Portal states that the Korean alphabet is a syllabary, which, no). Anyway, I was so aggravated that I started leaving annoyed handwritten comments in the (thankfully wide) margins), like this one:

Can we kill the idea with fire that artists don't count as Real Artists (TM) unless they die of starvation and that artists who like money aren't Real Artists (TM)?! I mean, I'm not going to claim I'm a Real Artist, but I don't think liking money is germane to the question.

Besides my quibbles, though, this is an area of art history for which there are just not a lot of English-language resources, and since I am not fluent enough to read adult books in Korean, them's the breaks. I did appreciate the wide-ranging overview, which went more or less in chronological order and discussed formal as well as folk arts, and was thankfully frank about the difficulties of provenance between Korean/Chinese/Japanese artifacts, the vexed history of Japanese invasion and colonialism (a lot of Korean potters were simply kidnapped wholesale during the Imjin War), etc.

Anyway, I was driven to step it up in rereading this because my copy of Korean History in Maps, ed. Michael D. Shin, arrived today and I am eager to start reading this next. (I am in research-reading mode, can you tell? This means I am reading a lot of nonfiction, and fiction reading is basically stalled, because I am also a slow reader.) Even more pleasingly, the book is under 200 pages long so I might finish it in a reasonable amount of time. [1] :D And hey, it has a blurb from Bruce Cumings!

[1] A side-consequence of my being a slow reader is that the longer a book is, the less likely I am to bother reading it, especially if it's fiction. I almost never read things much over 400 pages. I am delighted when they're under 300. The result trend toward novellas-as-books makes me ambivalently happy.

I ended up getting a 2018 iPad Pro 11" with Pencil 2 and I love it to pieces. It is my shiny toy new best friend. Right now I'm doing value exercises in Procreate daily (Ara, staring in horror: "Why???" I have promised her that next I will draw 100 hands, and then create a Hand Monster), and slowly working on a digital piece, although I need to grab reference for the face, curse my luck. XD Ara is great for art feedback and tips! We actually exchange art feedback in this household, LOL, since we have both learned that Joe is useless for art critique.

I also bought Notability, because when my RSI was acting up I could handwrite notes into the iPad and it was fabulous. Also I may have drawn a goose.

And I'm addicted to I Love Hue, which Ara independently discovered and has been tearing through it on her phone (well, when she's allowed to have it, which is a separate issue). It is actually rather morale-boosting to play I Love Hue because I thought I would suck at it and actually I usually do around 1/2 the average # of moves to solve a given puzzle so I do not suck at it after all! And it's soothing and just so satisfying. This is my platonic ideal of a relaxation game so, uh, if iOS folks have any recs for other games (preferably buy-it-all-at-once) in this vein, I am all ears!

Some stuff...

Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:10 am
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More editing, but not enough to finish the chunk. Much of the early portion of the day was spent feeling so ungodly sleepy...

Then the computer was whining that it was out of memory, and I had to go and carefully compress some files, one at a time, to try to free up space -- and then it cried that it was out of memory again, and I turned on Activity Monitor, and suddenly, POOF! Memory appeared. >_>

Spouse says it was probably coincidence.

Have moved the speaker out to the car, but not plugged it in or anything. Still, it will hopefully be nice to have something that will be willing to hook up to Bluetooth so I can play stuff from my phone when A: the radio is boring, and B: kid is not playing stuff on their headphones.

Need to edit TWO things, I think. Eeeeg.

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(It's true; one of the other PCs cast Hold Person on her, and not for that great a reason.)

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Drive-by post of two Major Arcana-only fanart Tarot "decks" by The Mutinous Mermaid (Etsy):

Since each card is almost twice the size of my hand, these are not really practical decks so much as collections of mini-prints. They arrive with certificates of authenticity, which is...cute? but doesn't interest me much. I was disappointed that they were shrink-wrapped and did not come with any kind of box to store them in. There are no booklets; I've watched most of the Ghibli movies, but have not watched a single Sailor Moon anything episode, so I won't attempt to interpret the images. I just picked out my favorites to share, as I do enjoy the art style and I'm glad I added these to my collection on that basis.

Not a productive day

Apr. 21st, 2019 01:43 am
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Need to do editing. Need a brain. Need to not get to bed past 6 in the morning.

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* I ran a FOURTH spellcheck.
--Ravenpenny, because I have been editing.

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Read more... ) are there going to be more Short Treks? Or does anyone have fic recs? I'd happily read gen about Tilly or Reno or the minor bridge crew characters, Sarek-Amanda-Spock-Michael family feels, dirtybadwrong Mirror!Georgiou/Michael, anything happy about Captain Pike or Cornwell...or ANYTHING cracky like coffee shop AU or whatever. XD Actually, I'm probably most likely to read coffee shop or mundane AU because that's where my brain is right now, LOL.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 02:59 pm
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reading for Phoenix Extravagant

from The Met's essays on East Asian art (hat-tip to [personal profile] mecurtin

(yes i am literally reading my way through relevant-to-this-novel things in alphabetical order)

- Art of the Edo Period
- Art of the Korean Renaissance
- Art of the Pleasure Quarters and Ukiyo-e Style
- Asuka and Nara Periods (538-794)
- Buddhism and Buddhist Art
- Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
- Chinese Calligraphy
- Chinese Cloisonné
- Chinese Gardens and Collectors' Rocks
- Chinese Handscrolls
- Chinese Hardstone Carvings
- Chinese Painting
- Daoism and Daoist Art
- The Decoration of Arms and Armor [All my arms & armor books, including the ones that talked about decorative techniques, perished in the flood, FML.]
- East and West: Chinese Export Porcelain
- East Asian Cultural Exchange in Tiger and Dragon Paintings [Haha, I think of ones you can find in the tourist markets in Seoul going for a song. Elsewhere too, I'm sure.]
- Edo-Period Japanese Porcelain
- Folios from the Jami' al-tavarikh (Compendium of Chronicles)
- Golden Treasures: The Royal Tombs of Silla
- Goryeo Celadon
- Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.)
Heian Period (794-1185)

for future reference:
- Chinese pigment [Wikipedia]

recently read, other
- Alison Green. Ask a Manager.
Picked this up on sale as an ebook a little bit back. I could have wished for less scattershot organization within chapters, although the chapters themselves were organized by topic (e.g. talks with coworkers, talks with your boss, etc.). Cannot comment on the efficacy of the advice since my job (writing sf/f freelance) is...idiosyncratic. My favorite parts were the far-out-there excerpted letters/answers (like the one about the woman who had a worker who was hexing coworkers she didn't like!!!); less practical to be sure, but I would have found an entire book of the wildest stories more entertaining for anecdote-gathering purposes.

currently reading
- Jason Shepherd. Learn Welsh Now.
A beginning Welsh ebook with linked audio files for pronunciation, which are still up and very handy. Chapters are short, with vocabulary lists, rough pronunciation guides, grammar tips, and quizzes. I'm slowly working through this as a supplement to Duolingo Welsh.
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With the Australian Federal Election called some ten days ago I've been putting together a couple of paragraphs per day on the most news-worthy items. The governing LNP has had a very rocky start with various signs of political nepotism, corruption, and dumping four candidates; it's somewhat amazing that they can still scrape together c47.5%TPP under the circumstances. Meanwhile, drawing heavily upon my studies in public economics, I've published a piece on the Isocracy Network on The Idea Size of Governments, which will be followed up with a piece of voting methods and social choice theory (a recent discussion with the Proportional Representation Society suggests that they are currently insufficiently bold to get out of their demographic decline).

Livejournal has turned twenty! I first started making use of it a few years later, in 2003, as a means to stay in touch with people whilst I was in Timor-Leste. Apparently, I've made over a thousand posts in that time. Of course, like many people, various reasons (e.g., changes in policy) these days I typically cross-post to Livejournal via Dreamwidth. It's pretty much the same technology but I do wonder whether the forking will lead to the technological decline of the former over the latter (consider what has happened to OpenOffice vs LibreOffice, or even older, Mambo vs Joomla). Still, whatever the fate of LJ there can be no doubt of its extremely important role in social media technology, many features are still not replicated by Facebook, for example. Also, on-point, LJ continues to survive whilst others like Google Plus did not.

Apart from this, I've had my nose heavily in the books (virtual and literal) as I revise for my economics exams. Not just economics of course; some higher education study and my test to be a Software Carpentry instructor was held this week as well (I passed, natch). I've had a couple of social events, including a Megatraveller game on Thursday night, and Brendan E. and Dan T., visiting today (we were also supposed to have Asher Wolf as well - next time!). Work and social events mixed well this week with Dan and I having both breakfast and lunch on Lygon St with Ann B from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, discussing the possibility of an HPC Educator's conference. Breakfast was French, lunch was Italian, and it does remind me of a gorgonzola-stuffed mushroom dish I made earlier this week; it called for breadcrumbs in the stuffing and it just so happened that a couple of days prior I had made a bread loaf with tomato and basil; You know what that would be like two days later as the flavours seep through. One day I'll do my "pauvre mais élégant" cookbook.

Did not do the early morning thing

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:06 pm
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When it's 4 in the morning... And the thing is at 8 in the morning (well, would have to get up by then)... No.

Must do more editing. Need to buy another book to squint at.

Need new glasses; should try the ones in the car?

Did you know that if you walk around enough, when you stop, things are no longer able to hold still? Like, I was looking at the front step and it was receding away from me except of course it wasn't, but I had to wait for it to stabilize in spacetime before I wanted to sit on it.

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GM (who cannot find a reference to a magic item): There is an orange furry creature who cast Remove Bookmark, and probably cast Devour Bookmark.
--the Twitch Livefeed of Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets (dunno if it'll make it into the recording).

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