basho finale

Sep. 24th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Lunch today was a salad, so I got to the library particularly early - and even stopped at The Body Shop to buy a few things, first.

I've done French and Italian review, then watched the final three matches of the September baho on Jason's All Sumo Channel (YouTube). Of course I watched the NHk highlight show this morning - this was the final day - but I wanted to hear Jason's comments.

It ended up being an interesting tournament, despite three of our Yokozuna having to sit it out due to injury, and two of three ozeki (2nd level) pulling out during the tournament.

The remaining yokozuna (Harumafuji) won, over the remaining ozeki (Goeido). This sounds like the destined results, except it didn't happen the usual way. Harumafuji lost four matches to rank-and-file wrestlers, and at one point Goiedo had lost only one match. ETA: i.e. in a 15 day tournament he was at one point 10-1.

Harumafuji said in the post-tournament interview that he was totally thrown by the idea of being the one remaining yokozuna and having most ozeki withdraw. Well 'totally thrown' wasn't how he put it in Japanese, nor did he say he 'had a hard time getting his head around it' - but that's what, in effect, he meant!

In any event, he was able to regroup and win all his remaining matches - including the final day match with Goiedo, which led to a playoff match where he completely dominated the ozeki. Exciting!

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Remix reveals

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:59 pm
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I wrote this -

Down the Garden Path (and what Alice found there) (4517 words) by El Staplador
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Additional Tags: Dreams and Nightmares, Dreams vs. Reality, Non-Linear Narrative, Board Games, Pastiche, Poetry, journeys, Nursery Rhymes, Werewolves
Summary:

Alice throws a six, and finds herself on the square of the hypotenuse. But she's been here before, and she'll be here again, and perhaps she's already here...



- which I feel is rather obviously mine, though not in a fandom I'd previously attempted.

(Why do I not have an Alice icon?)

Reading: Autumn

Sep. 24th, 2017 06:19 pm
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I bought a copy of Ali Smith's Autumn in the Oxfam bookshop in York last week, because they were playing Leonard Cohen and I ended up browsing the contemporary fiction section much more closely than I often do because I wanted to keep listening to it. It was the day the Booker shortlist had been announced so someone had been talking about the book on the radio as I was driving up; it sounded interesting so I thought I might as well buy it when I saw a copy there.

It's a strange book. Essentially, it's the story of a friendship between an elderly man and little girl, growing and developing across the space of years, but it's also a complicated web of allusions through which Smith considers questions of time, memory, love and art; key influences are Dickens (the opening sentence is "It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times") and Ovid's Metamorphoses although there are many others. Its time-hopping, non-linear format jumps between the aftermath of the Brexit vote (the novel was published last October and it was clearly written, fast, after the referendum), the 1990s, the Profumo scandal of the 1960s and World War 2 and the years immediately preceding it. It's funny and thought-provoking, melancholy and angry and also somehow hopeful. And the prose is beautiful and poetic. It's a short book, and a quick read, but I think it will stay with me.

Reading: St Mungo's Robin

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
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I wasn't quite ready to get my head out of fifteenth-century Scotland after finishing Gemini, so I thought I'd read the fourth of Pat McIntosh's Gil Cunningham mysteries. Set in Glasgow, about ten years after the end of Gemini, these books feel a bit like a extension of the world of the Niccolò series; some of the same historical characters appear in both and I like to imagine Dunnett's characters living their lives just off-screen. (Accidentally or on purpose, there are also a couple of cases where character names and nicknames end up being minor spoilers for points in Dunnett where knowing a character's full name rather than just their nickname would have given too much away, so if you're reading your way through Dunnett and care about remaining unspoilered I'd recommend leaving McIntosh until afterwards; I also enjoy McIntosh more for having read all of the Niccolò books now and understanding the historical background.)

In this book, Gil (now officially charged with investigating murders, after his earlier successes on an amateur basis) is called to a Glasgow almshouse where the unpopular Deacon has been found stabbed with no shortage of people who might have had a motive to kill him. He's also due to be married in a week's time and his investigations are both helped and hindered by family and friends arriving in town for the wedding, while he and his fiancée, Alys, are both suffering from pre-wedding nerves.

I enjoyed this a lot - the series really seems to be hitting its stride by this stage, with the core characters established enough to feel like old friends now; Gil's investigations manage not to feel out of place in the historical setting while still allowing him to do things like estimate times of death from the condition of a corpse. I did spot a couple of clues well ahead of Gil, and had worked out the identity of the murderer by about two-thirds of the way through the book, but then it's always nice to feel cleverer than the detective!

another appointment

Sep. 23rd, 2017 10:20 am
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It's sunny, going to be hot, still humid. I thought it was going to rain this weekend? Apparently that's been pushed back to late Sunday, and on into Monday and Tuesday.

This afternoon I have to take my car to a suburban Nissan dealership, since it is subject to the recall for defective airbags. It took me awhile to respond: first a postcard, then an answering machine message, very doomish, that voice! When I made my appointment I was told the '2:00 hour' was available. Hmm. I don't think it should take long, but that will depend on earlier appointments, as in a doctor's office.

[livejournal.com profile] bluesail_toby says that suburbs and suburban roads are named after what the replaced/destroyed. In the case of this dealership, the suburb may once have been a paradisiacal grassland!

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day after BD (off)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:39 pm
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Yesterday the accountant-encounter started out confusing but ended up ok. Money is still there to be used for student travel. :-)

I took the day off today, not really because of my birthday but because a 1 p.m. financial appointment in Golden Valley was a good excuse. Since I have so many vacation days coming, I use every possible excuse to take a day off - or at least an afternoon. Car needs to be taken in? Day off! Haircut? Afternoon off!

It's very humid today, and weirdly hot for the first day of autumn in Minnesota - late 80s, even 90!

So .. not doing much today. I watched the sumo round-up in real time, right before lunch. Went to DBs to sit in air conditioning, read, and drink hot coffee :-) and I may do that again after leaving the library.

Once again I have a ridiculous TBR pile. For awhile I was down to Kindle plus one library book and one print book I own -- reading these at the same time, I mean. Now there are more library books ... it waxes and wanes, if a pile can wax and wane. Up, down. I mean, there's the Clash bio and the Chatwin letters, and each of those books is 500 pages long!

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sheesh

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:48 pm
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I got a couple of birthday cards from staff members, and when I sent an email thanks I sent it to the grad student listserv! (a number of them then emailed me to say happy birthday).

j-wat gave me a book on Minnesota caves. He was worried about whether I already had it - but I didn't. :-)

Oh damn, accountant came in and I have to think about work.

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Fifteen Characters Meme: the answers

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:41 am
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The characters:

1. River Song (Doctor Who)
2. Eugénie Danglars (The Count of Monte Cristo)
3. Victor Nikiforov (Yuri!!! on Ice)
4. John Tracy (Thunderbirds)
5. Romeo (Romeo and Juliet)
6. Liz Shaw (Doctor Who)
7. Lady Penelope (Thunderbirds)
8. Petrova Fossil (Ballet Shoes)
9. Edmond Dantes|The Count of Monte Cristo (The Count of Monte Cristo)
10. Dorothea Callum (Swallows and Amazons etc)
11. Madame C-|Lady B- (The Comfortable Courtesan)
12. Dickson McCunn (Huntingtower etc)
13. Miss Marple
14. Rudolf Rassendyll (The Prisoner of Zenda)
15. The Dowager Duchess of Denver (Lord Peter Wimsey)


The answers )

Reading: Gemini

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:18 pm
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In the final book in Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolò series, Nicholas de Fleury returns to Scotland to try to make amends for the damage caused by his earlier actions and to safeguard his family from the enemies who have tried to kill both him and them so many times. For a while, I thought that Gemini was going to be a bit of an anticlimax to the series; several plot threads were resolved at the end of Caprice and Rondo, and Gemini is almost entirely set in Scotland, lacking the exotic locations of the earlier books. Nicholas has also changed and grown, and in Gemini is tackling the task of learning to care for people, and not just for the outcomes of his schemes. However, after a slow start, the novel gathers pace and the psychological drama is more than a match for the drama of any of Dunnett's other novels; there were just as many twists and edge-of-the-seat moments, and I found it just as hard to put down. It's a fitting end to the series, and like the ending of Checkmate leaves me wanting to go back and re-read key moments from earlier in the series in the light of the final revelations.

Fittingly, having started reading The Game of Kings on my 40th-birthday trip to Scotland, because I wanted to read something set in Scotland while I was there, I read Gemini while on holiday in Scotland once again. Three and a bit years, 14 books, at least 7,000 pages and an amazing sweep of European and Middle Eastern history in the early modern and late Middle Ages later, I can safely say that it has been one of the most intense reading experiences I've ever had. I can't actually remember who it was who made Dunnett sound intriguing enough for me to give her a try (I suspect it may have been a gestalt entity of friends and acquaintances), but it's been incredible, and in many ways I'm sorry to have come to the end. (I do still have King Hereafter to read, and will probably give the Johnson Johnson novels a try at least, but neither is going to be the same.)
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I had too many things to write earlier today, I couldn't decide what to choose. Most of these were fairly happy things! Now I'm pissed again, about the Photobucket debacle. Grrr--!

Well, here's something: we had a celebration or one of the retired professors yesterday, at the Anderson Library. She retired about a year and a half ago, but had relocated (back) to NYC and her husband had health problems, so a party was postponed. This was a celebration of her many contributions to university and community archives, including one I had never heard of, the East Side Freedom Library (St. Paul).

She also gave her sons' toys and children's books to select family friends - more archiving!

It was fun to see her again. We had a rocky stretch when she was my temporary boss, as I think she thought I was not quite up to it (lazy, I suppose). She changed her view later, though, realizing how (ahem) passionate I can be about helping grad students.

She makes me think of an older version of Patti Smith on the cover of Horses. Not like Patti Smith now!

I saw la_rosamundi there, too.

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twisty

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:22 pm
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A very small problem. How do I follow up with someone (at work) who followed up with me, and in the meantime someone else helped me? I must not ignore.

On the other hand, I did respond to Ancestry queries this afternoon. LOL one of them was about a twisty, complicated situation in late 19th century Detroit. (I actually enjoyed solving it a couple of years ago!) In the Olde Colonial Line there were two John S's* in Detroit at that time. One had three wives (in succession) with children from all marriages. Now I find they were in business together. And .. they were both first cousins and brothers in law! (The sister of one married other other one, a first cousin.)

*John Sedgwick OCL and John Smith OCL

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Wolfpack

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:38 pm
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I'm in kind of an odd mood today (sad, anxious), for reasons I'll post about later probably.

On the other hand, I am still mulling over a movie I watched last night, the documentary The Wolfpack. Googling found this:

"Locked away in an apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan for fourteen years, the Angulo family's seven children—six brothers named Mukunda, twins Narayana and Govinda, Bhagavan, Krisna (Glenn), and Jagadesh (Eddie), and their sister Visnu—learned about the world through watching films."

Sounds depressing? It isn't! They do escape, and are still close, and are happy in the world and doing a variety of things (arts and non-profits). ABC did a magazine show piece on them, you can watch it online.

(By 'escape' I mean gain the freedom to come and go as they choose. They choose to mostly live together, but feel no pressure about it.)

At one point you see their mother calling and talking to her mother for the first time in twenty years or more, and how exhilarated she is about it. ABC did a follow-up where they took the children and their mother to visit their 88 year old grandmother, and aunts and cousins, in Michigan. The boys credit their mother for keeping them sane and strong. Needless to say from this, it was the father who kept them isolated, and it really took the boys going out to encourage the mother to do so also. (She was minimally allowed to go outside.. go to the store, etc.) She still is with her husband, but has taken back her maiden name.

So, anyway, I recommend the movie!

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Fifteen Characters Meme

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:14 pm
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Nicked from [personal profile] lost_spook:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
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Someone created Vastra and Jenny's wedding photo, remixing my My Beloved Snake, and Said Unto Me. It is absolutely delightful: period-typical in the best way!

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Flint-Vastra (The Carte de visite remix) (0 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jenny Flint/Madame Vastra
Characters: Jenny Flint, Madame Vastra (Doctor Who)
Additional Tags: Fanart
Summary:

The wedding photo of the widow Vastra and her young new husband.



I have been watching Kids on the Slope on [personal profile] moetushie's recommendation, and am enjoying it very much thus far. I am a sucker for seaside + nostalgia + music. I have also been watching Izetta: the Last Witch, which ought to be right up my street (Ruritania + loyalty TO THE DEATH + femslashiness) but which for some reason isn't grabbing me in quite the same way.

On the subject of anime, I went to see the Anime Architecture: backgrounds of Japan exhibition (now finished, sorry) at the House of Illustration, and was mostly impressed the sheer detail of the artwork. I hadn't realised how small the backgrounds were in real life; they really repaid standing six inches away and marvelling.

TD variations

Sep. 17th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Yesterday was Tourist Day for cz_moon and me. We went to Waconia, a small town* west of the Twin Cities. A peaceful little town, according to j-wat. Well, it was Nickel Dickel Day and the place was packed!

Streets were roped off, there was a huuuge classic car show, plenty of food stalls, a kid-sized mechanical bucking bull, and so on.

It was like tourists arriving in a town, surprised by a local festival, with a just-the-basics map!

We wandered around looking at the cars and orienting ourselves. We had an early lunch at Pangea Cafe - really tasty!, great ingredients (I had an omelette, cz_moon had Eggs Benedict).

It was cloudy all day and we did get caught in a rain shower just in time to hurry to a gazebo. Thundery clouds passed over pretty quickly and we walked back to the center of this coffee at Mocha Monkey .

All in all a lively afternoon in Waconia!

I'll post a few photos later .. at least one car. :-)

Edited to add something to match the asterisk: *as I grew up in a town of under 300 people (and in a high school class of 21) my idea of a 'small town' matches that of hardly anyone in the world, I think! My siblings....

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On this day in history

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:11 pm
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It's really good weather and a Sunday, so I'm hanging out at home, not doing much.  I did go for a walk of approx 45-50 minutes earlier to take care of the exercise thing, and in a moment I will go do some gardening.  Since it's my birthday - which I honestly try to ignore because it's a bloody depressing event - I decided to look up what events happened on this day in history.  Some fairly earthshaking stuff and some intriguing trivia, which of course I prefer.

On this day in 1683, one Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first reported the existence of bacteria.  Looked like nobody paid much attention to him for some time.

The USA got their constitution together in 1787!

And get this, since I'm still on a Finland kick, in 1809 on this day,  a "peace" was announced between Sweden and Russia in what was termed the Finnish War.  I'm not sure that's the word the Finns would have used, since to achieve said peace, the Swedes handed over the Finnish territory to Russia.

In 1972, to end on a more optimistic note, MASH premiered on TV!



Where is my mind redux

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:20 am
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 In a previous post I said that I had a lot of things I was worried about and couldn't focus on. That was 20 days ago, so how am I doing?

Thing One
I volunteered to do a really big thing at BiCon and then realised that I didn't actually want to do it

I'm well on my way to getting out of that one, having sent a couple of hard emails. I also have an idea for possibly rescuing the thing, but am going to wait and think on that before I decide...

Thing Two
The camera on my phone stopped working and refuses to focus 

I still haven't done anything about that. I need to find out how to ask Oneplus to do a repair and/or get a quote from a reguar phone repair place

Thing Three
I had a chipped tooth and was avoiding the dentist

I went to the dentist! And it was way less trouble than expected! BUT then the filling they did partially came out and it ISN'T FAIR and I have to go back. BOO!

Thing Four
I have to write a five minute speech about disabled access for Berlin. 

I did succeed on focussing on that and on my workshop session and ran them and it was fine. ALSO, I am going to use the mental health one again at Bitastic in the Highlands and I feel reasonable confident about that even though it adds some things to the to do list.

Thing Five
Knitting: drove myself to tears trying to set up the cardigan for mum's Xmas

It is set up. And I am knitting it and it will look OK. Whether it will be ready for Xmas is a whole other question as it's on 3mm needles...

Thing Six
I have to pack for Berlin. 

Well I clearly did that one OK and didn't over or underpack noticeably

Thing Seven
I had to get up at 6.30am for a flight

Which I clearly did, showing that I can do mornings, just not all the time

Thing Eight
I didn't book myself into any craft classes at all for autumn and it is too late. 

I'm still sad about that. I still haven't been back to the pottery because stuff has been crazy busy, but I can do that now most of that stuff is out of the way

Things that didn't get numbers
Finding another volunteer job - done, more or less
Being a witness - done, hurrah that's over!
Birthday and Xmas plans - have started a birthday plan but no idea about Xmas - I should get on that so it doesn't make me sad.


Reading: The Shortest Way to Hades

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:08 am
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The Shortest Way to Hades is the second of Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar novels, and is very similar to the first; Hilary, Professor of Legal History at Oxford, is called in by the junior members of the barristers' chambers at 62 New Square to investigate the death of a young woman who was recently involved in a variation of trusts case in which all of them represented various parties, and which they feel was suspicious. Like the first novel, it's entertaining and contains some lovely comic scenes; I particularly enjoyed the account of how Selena, on finding herself present at an orgy, decides that her preferred pleasure is in fact reading the copy of Pride and Prejudice she happened to have in her bag (a woman after my own heart!), and, having an Oxford background, I also very much liked Hilary's justification for not taking part in examining, which was an absolutely pitch-perfect example of the Oxford don's refusal to carry out a disagreeable task couched as a favour to absolutely everyone else. Meanwhile, the mystery was well enough plotted that I didn't come anywhere close to suspecting the real murderer until the final reveal, which is all you can really ask of a mystery, after all.

I think I enjoyed Thus Was Adonis Murdered more, but I'm not sure whether that's because the second book is so similar that I knew exactly what I was going to be getting and there wasn't the pleasure of discovering something new, or if I simply wasn't quite in the right mood for it; I certainly think it's just as good a book.

teh random

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:11 pm
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Briefly:

Road repair continues in its madness. 1) West River Road is closed south of Franklin 2) I need to jog a couple of blocks south from 35th street to avoid a bottleneck on my way home. What's next? I'll be taking Park north in the morning, for the foreseeable future, due to 35W repair.

So nice to be wearing my amber (or "amber") ring on my ring finger again! I picked it up last night. After I lost so much weight some years ago I had to wear it on my middle finger. Then the ring started to separate (solder coming apart) and the jeweler asked if I'd like to have it resized after repair. Yes!, it looks such much better on the right finger. (Having a ring on the middle finger is fine, I think, if you have some on other fingers, but I find it odd when it's the only ring.) 6.25 on the right hand ring finger btw.

I'm finally buckling down to answering Ancestry messages, some of which are four or five months old. They come in clusters, and I ... swear when I see one pop into my inbox. Not very helpful of me!

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hmm

Sep. 14th, 2017 03:09 pm
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Quite by chance I am reading about three men whose attitude to their sexuality goes this way on the spectrum

Edmund White
Bruce Chatwin
A. E. Housman

to say the least. Odd (that it was by chance).

The White is a memoir, but I see I've read at least three of his novels. OK, four: Forgetting Elena, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, A Boy's Own Story, and The Beautiful Room is Empty.

Sumo: the vcr did work, thankfully. And the basho continues to be weird. A rank and filer might end up winning!

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