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Mar. 30th, 2017 02:17 am
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Here is a link to a page with a video on it: Turning over a sheep that has fallen on its back.

A couple of weeks ago a man on the internet went all 'real names, that's what would make social media a better place!' I considered arguing with him, and saw that a)people already were, and 2) he was not taking it in. But one of the people arguing gave a link to information I had not been aware of before: https://blog.coralproject.net/the-real-name-fallacy/
Why the thought was that anonymity was the problem.
(Anonymity isn't the problem, and I, and probably you, have seen enough pictures from facebook of people not being their best selves under their own name, where their friends and relations can see them)

drive by rec: age of youth

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I am currently watching Age of Youth (Hello My Twenties! on Netflix), a slice of life kdrama about five college-age girls that live together in a shared house. It is absolutely stunning. I am on episode four, and I cannot remember the last time I loved a show this much. Perhaps Nirvana in Fire? This is the opposite genre, but both of them are brilliantly shot, utterly compelling in their characterizations, consistently amusing, while at the same time breaking my heart a bit.

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Mar. 29th, 2017 05:07 pm
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I meant to mention Queen of Babble in my last post. I didn't like it at all. :( Are Meg Cabot's other adult books so ... teenagery?

When I took the last couple of books back to the library I picked up Gilded Cage by Vic James - an alternate modern UK where there are lots of aristocrats with magic (Equals) and everybody else has none (Skilless), and at the end of the Civil War they all signed a treaty saying that every member of the Skilless, forever after, would become slaves for ten years of their lives, some working as house servants and most in brutal factories, all considered property. It's a decent premise, but I have kind of a hard time buying it - harder than buying the Games in THG - because it seems like it would fall apart in a generation or so. Loads of people would defer as long as possible and then commit suicide, or whole families would die together to prevent their children from becoming property, and I can't see how the Skilless could win (or draw in) a war against the Equals but not rebel successfully later, or at least successfully enough to make the whole thing not worthwhile. Even if it did work, there would be no middle class at all (which is what the main characters are), because everyone Skilless would be screwed, career-wise, by having to lose ten years somewhere in it. THAT SAID, I'm enjoying it when I don't think about all that, and I'm only a couple chapters in so maybe it'll be addressed.

I should be cutting out a dress (I washed and iron 15yds of cotton on Monday, burned my pinkie on the iron) but am I ever sleepy this evening. I did get to bed a bit late last night but it seems excessive.

I want to write a review of Heart of Haute for my blog, but am stymied by the need for good photos of myself in my two dresses. :/ I do have a tripod now, at least, but there's nowhere in my apartment to take pictures and I'm not posing for myself outside.
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So would you call this Ghost in the Shell whitewashing bullshit Dolezal, or reverse-Dolezal?? Inquiring minds would like to know.

(Sidenote: I can't believe Dolezal is what passes for plot twist these days. Thanks, Hollywood.)
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Those of you who love Open Source Bridge: it's going to be June 20-23, in Portland, Oregon. The call for session proposals closes in a few days, on 31 March. Last month Denise mentioned she hasn't yet decided whether to treat OSB 2017 as a "take Dreamwidth people to this conference" conference. But regardless, figured you might want to know.

Changes this year: a Community Organizer track during the Friday unconference, more extracurricular activities, and "a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect."

Presentations, panels, sets of lightning talks, workshops, or other session types are welcome.

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation.

[Call for proposals]

Wednesday Reading Meme

Mar. 29th, 2017 05:48 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing! Maybe if I finish this RBB chapter before Friday, I can read something. (At least this is the longest chapter. Probably.)

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #5.1, Infamous Iron Man #6, Mighty Captain Marvel #3, Spider-Woman #17, Thunderbolts #11 )

What I'm Reading Next

Don't know. There are so many books I want to read but I am not reading them.

Wednesday Yardening

Mar. 29th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Today I fed the birds.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.  I saw a brown thrasher in the fly-through feeder.

I trimmed some brush around the purple-and-white garden.  

The pear tree is blooming.  Both goji berry bushes survived the freeze earlier and are putting out leaves.  Pink buds are appearing on the redbud trees.

Weather today is chilly and wet, intermittently drizzling. 

Reading Wednesday

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:46 pm
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What I've read: poetry
The Question Ever by Wendy Videlock (though I feel the urge to note that 'glove' and 'of' do not rhyme in my accent)
Diss by Makaila Dean
Upon Receiving My Inheritance
by William Fargason

What I've read: short fiction
Nevertheless, She Persisted - a collection of 11 flash fiction pieces for International Women's Day
For me, the standouts were:
Heart Stitch by Jose Pablo Iriarte
The Redshirt's Daughter by Evan Dicken
Attending Your Own Funeral: An Etiquette Guide by Erica L. Satifka

Bride by Mistake
by Nicole Helm (novella-length romance)

Mira's Last Dance
by Lois McMaster Bujold (Penric & Desdemona 4).  This just happened to show up when I was checking Hugo-eligibility of the previous two Penric & Desdemona novellas.  While the first three had quite long gaps of time between them, this one follows almost straight on from the previous, and leaves more than one plot thread unresolved by the end.

What I've read: long fiction
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (reread)
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (reread)
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
I had a couple of days where I really was too ill to do anything but doze or read, and inhaled these latest three.  The endings all struck me as particularly abrupt on this read through, the general destruction-level is getting ridiculous even with authorial lampshading, and there are really a lot of loose threads in play now.  (But I still enjoyed them all very much.)

Currently reading:

The Long List Anthology Volume 2 edited by David Steffen - I was surprised just how many of the short stories collected within I'd read - and surprised by a couple I'd not read but really should have.  Anyway, the quality level so far is excellent.

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly.  I am ... not enjoying this as much as I expected.  It is feeding my thirst for more information about Dorothy Vaughan (in particular) and the other women from the film and NACA/NASA more generally, but its style is both a bit too chatty and a bit too florid for my liking.  Or possibly having two bad colds in three weeks is making me bad-tempered and uncharitable.  Listening to the audiobook version doesn't seem to wind me up the same way, so I'm going to try listening the rest of the way through.

Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm
Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Tony bought Digital Divide by K.B. Spangler, which has been on my radar for a while, so I may sneak a read of it.  (And/or go back to working through A Girl and Her Fed by same.)

I preordered Provenance by Ann Leckie (out in October) and The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch (out in September).

Blue sky

Mar. 29th, 2017 10:09 pm
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About ten years ago, [livejournal.com profile] compilerbitch posted a photo she had taken of [livejournal.com profile] doseybat leaning on a balcony and looking out over... a seascape, I think. It was black-and-white and had a grim look to it. Then I happened to see the colour original, and was astonished at the psychological effect the blue sky in it had on the feeling of the photo.

That gave rise to an Idea (which, like all of my best ideas, sat around in the back of my mind for years before becoming reality), of making a similar photo, in which like clouds drifting past, patches would drift across the photo, only these would be patches of full colour on a greyscale background; and then eventually one would come that was large enough to encapsulate most of the photo and bring life to it before departing again.

Doing this idea proper justice, i.e. at a high enough frame rate to look smooth, would involve convolution matrices and be at the limit of my technical ability. It would also involve more time than I am going to have this side of my wedding; so here, to give you a taster for what it would be (and probably scratch my itch enough that the full thing never happens now) is the work of most of an evening instead:

See piccy )

Just One Thing! (29 March 2017)

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:01 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

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Posted by John Scalzi

Not a lot of parking lot here. Hey, it’s downtown Chicago, you’re gonna get tall buildings. My event tonight: Volumes Bookcafe, at 7pm. It’s sold out! Thank you! But if you skipped getting tickets, uh, sorry. Next time for sure.

This is also the last View From a Hotel Window for about a week, because tomorrow I go home for a four-day break, in which I get to see my family, pets, bed and washing machine, and the next event is Monday, April 3, in Dayton, at Books & Co. No hotel then, I’m just driving in from home. I may write a couple of actual posts instead! Maybe! Or at least post a cat picture or two. We’ll see!

That was quick!

Mar. 29th, 2017 06:56 pm
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Quicker than expected, in fact: the new floor's all done, when we were expecting it to take until tomorrow. Unfortunately, we'd ordered things like new shelves, rugs and little felt pads to go under the furniture to stop it from making scratches for delivery tomorrow to tie in with it, so we're still a little short of furniture in here. Hopefully, we'll be all sorted by tomorrow evening. Hopefully.

Jo is pleased that she has her sofa back. The sofa bed was just not a suitable substitute, her legs were always hanging off the edges.

Both the anemones and the horses have been making the most of the sunny weather we've been having recently:

reading wednesday

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:08 pm
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The last days of magic / Mark Tompkins. Blechhhh, she explained. I suppose this could be worse but blechhhhh, I only made it like twenty pages in before I couldn't take it anymore, this is way overambitious and leaden and I duwanna. It reminds me of Grossman's The Magicians and Magician King, both of which I hated, so if you liked those, this may work for you?

The convenient marriage / Georgette Heyer. I'm very disappointed that the secretary didn't marry the remaining Winwood sister, and I wanted a lot more of the hero's sister and frankly a lot less of the heroine's brother. It's a nice change for a Heyer to be set so early -- I'm not sure of the exact date, but it's 1750's, i.e. George II, at the latest, I think.

Life after life / Kate Atkinson. A literary version of Jo Walton's Among Others, which I found much more interesting.

Textu / Fady Joudah. Had trouble connecting to this, and I'm not wholly sure I know what Joudah is trying to do.

Stoppard's theatre : finding order amid chaos / John Fleming. Although I adore Stoppard's work, I haven't read much of the academic criticism, and I'm literally aghast that this book quotes Stoppard extensively and apparently no one reads Arcadia's Gus as on the autism spectrum? Like, it didn't even come up? I'm so confused. Am I the only person who reads him like that?

The tombs of Atuan / Ursula K. Le Guin. This is pretty unrelentingly grim, and while LeGuin is always worth reading, I'm not planning on coming back to this one.


Mar. 29th, 2017 05:53 pm
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Saturday: organ recital at lunchtime, chat with Ali Willis in the afternoon. It was work, honest! Do not be deceived by the fact that we had icecreams and were sitting on the beach!

Sunday: Church in the morning (Mothering Sunday, often a difficult one for me and this year no exception), then sang in Lenten reflective concert sort of thing in the afternoon, including the Magnificat from Paul Mealor's Selwyn Service -- under-rehearsed. Most of the music quite beautiful though. In the evening, a wind band/concert band concert at the Beach Ballroom, which seems like quite a good venue for such things.

Monday: sort-of a day off but there was Composers' Forum in the late afternoon/early evening, which was interesting. I don't often get to go. This was four of the Carlaw/Ogston Prize winners presenting about their pieces. Walked back with AW afterward and we had another chat over dinner, which I found very helpful and clarifying; more on that in another post.

Tuesday: not an amazingly productive day. Too much feeling overwhelmed by deadlines, not enough actually doing anything about them. Realised I can't use West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages until I have permission to use the text (I have implicit permission but need explicit). Thought about using 'Fall, Leaves, Fall' since I even have a demo recording of that one but I really want to leave it until I've found a choir to premiere it; must poke Dissenters Choir about it. They schedule things really far in advance so that would be maybe 2018. Wondering if I can find anyone to do it sooner than that, and write something else for Dissenters Choir. Set up Hootsuite to do some auto-promotion. Replied to e-mail about forthcoming Kickstarter project, due to launch Real Soon Now. Transcribed West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages, but part of the reason I was sitting on it is that my setting of the third verse is weak and needs to be scrapped and re-written. Panicked about deadlines some more. (OK, tha'ts more productive than it felt.)

Today: Some more futzing about with deadlines. Realised I could submit "O sweet and blessed country" for ORTUS and *also* use it for my Patreon piece this month; I mean, it would be better to get a choir to premiere it first, but given that I'm not writing especially fast and I need to get something up by Friday... yeah. I could use 'O Nata Lux' but I made some changes after Friday's workshop and I want time to let them settle, also there's a choir in Ireland interested in performing them and I'd like to give them a premiere. And there's 'Round Me Falls The Night' but that's still away at a competition which I haven't heard back from (and won't until 1st June), which means I can't put it online yet. And 'Winter Stars' is also in a competition and the winners won't be announced until "mid-June, with an official announcement by the end of that month." So, that's a thing. Did an initial draft of an SATB setting of Plowman's Song by Raymond Knister, a Canadian poet. I have in mind to do a setting of The Quiet Snow too. Maybe with another couple of short seasonal poems they could make a set?

Anyway, that's all fine, but I still want to write something for MASNOU and it needs to be at least three minutes long and I ned to finish it by Friday.


I think what's happening, here, is that I'm getting my work performed more, or at least exploring avenues for performance more, and I'm entering more competitions... and between that and sortof preferring (at least for the SATB stuff) to get at least a demo recording before putting new things online, actually releasing music is happening much later now, rather than just when I write stuff. I'm sitting on at least three pieces, four really if I wanted to get 'O Nata Lux' out quickly. Which is fine, but I want to get paid every month. Hmm. The answer, as always, is "write more music".

I'm still enamoured of the idea of finishing one composition or arrangement every week, but I have not really started arranging, and I think it's fair to say that I can't compose one item a week unless a lot of them are hymn tunes.

I also, at some stage, need to look at the next lot of competition deadlines, and make some decisions about which ones to enter; I've seen some interesting ones going past so need to check the usual places. Maybe I'll do that this evening; I want to try for a draft of the MASNOU piece first though, and to do that, I have to settle on a text.

EDIT: I also really need to get a first draft of the Cathedral commission done! arghhhhh etc.


Mar. 29th, 2017 05:17 pm
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* Eastercon schedule
* emailed E re meeting up

* ordered coloured envelopes for awards ceremony coordination
* emailed potential 4th presenter and MC
* compiled list of stuff left to do and sent to D

* Eastercon table signup
* arm-twisted P :-)
* emailed 5 volunteers
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In which we travel from the South lIsland to the North Island and visit the capital.

And some movie magic )

Long way to go

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:09 pm
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Here are two periodical reminders that equality is a long way off:


An article which details the differences between 'boys' and 'girls' clothes. Spoiler: clothing for girls is less functional and less sturdy. It's also more likely to make the wearers uncomfortable.

The other day I was watching a primary school class run around the local park. In school uniform. Many girls wore shoes that did not seem to be made for running. Also, all of the girls but only some of the boys were running in their blazers.

The result was that girls in blazers and uncomfortable shoes were competing with boys in shirts and comfortable shoes. Guess who runs faster? Guess who takes home the message that they're good at sports? Guess who will find sports uncomfortable?

A female cook and a male cook work on a project together. It's way, way cool. A 'media/news company' ("Insider") makes a short, viral film about the genius guy and briefly mentions his female partner.


This is how women get erased. In this case, very deliberately.

Those chocolate geode eggs are way, way, WAY cool.

Fic mountain nominations

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:28 am
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Just a followup, Fic Mountain-wise. I ended up nominating:

* Almost Human, John/Dorian

* Rejseholdet, Fischer/La Cour

* The Sting, Henry/Johnny (and also Kid Twist in the character set)

And I added Nero Wolfe to the Nero Wolfe character set.

I feel so lucky re: Almost Human! The rule is that in order to qualify, a fandom has to have fewer than 500 stories (complete, in English, 1000 words or over). And when I ran a filter on Almost Human, its total came to 497. Yikes! That was a close one.

So I nominated it immediately. Once approved it gets to stay in, even if 4 more stories roll in in the meantime, and it has been approved. Whew! \o/

Macrocycles For the Making

Mar. 29th, 2017 12:50 pm
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Posted by Derek Lowe

I meant to write about this paper at the time, but there’s no harm in highlighting it now. A group at the University of Toronto reports a neat way to make some unusual macrocycles, by closing down an amine and a carboxylic acid into an oxadiazole with the known isonitrile phosphorane reagent shown. You bring in one more carbon from an added aldehyde (propionaldehyde in most of their examples, so you turn an X-atom-long chain into an X+2-sized macrocycle.

The paper has a whole list of example where oligopeptides are closed to peptidic oxadizole macrocycles, giving 15- to 24-membered rings. Yields are often down in the 30s and 40s, sometimes below, but sometimes up into the 60% range as well. You may well be wondering why that works even to that extent, since closing macrocycles is often a capricious process. The phosphorane reagent, though, takes the mechanism through a stage where one end of the chain has a positive charge and the other end is a negatively charged carboxylate, so you have electrostatics bringing things together.

The resulting macrocycles seem to partake of some of the interesting features of their type, specifically enhanced cell permeability. (Here’s a fairly recent book on the topic). The authors took a list of their macrocycles through a PAMPA assay (which for those who haven’t run into it is an in vitro test with an artificial membrane), and found that in every case the macrocycles were significantly more permeable than the open-chain precursors. We certainly don’t understand what’s going on with such compounds, once you get past some bulk physical properties, but they do have a lot of potentially useful features.

My first thought when I saw this paper was “Hey, I’ll bet that works on things that aren’t peptides”, and I’m sure that it does. There are surely a huge number of interesting structures that you can put together relatively quickly that have an open primary or secondary amine on one end and a carboxylic acid on the other, and which could be zipped up into a library of most unusual macrocycles. I note that the folks behind this are the founders of Encycle Therapeutics, so similar thoughts have no doubt occurred to them as well!

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