Doing duolingo when I'm tired

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:10 pm
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...can be kind of entertaining.

I mean, it takes me six tries to get through a lessony thing (more because typos than anything else), but then I get things like where, on a dictate-audio item, a) I hear "Mi padre es España" (my father is Spain) and b) very nearly submit it because it isn't any wackier than "Yo soy un oso" (I am a bear), which is a legit duolingo sentence.

Luckily I decided to re-listen on turtle mode, wherein I discovered it was actually "Mi patria es españa" (my homeland is Spain), which actually makes more sense. So I didn't get docked on that one.

But then I typoed "gente" as "fwbte" and lost my last heart.

(In my defense, I'm doing it on the iPad, which a) doesn't autocorrect Spanish because it is in English mode, and b) the only way I can use the keyboard is in split mode (which FYI you can get by putting two fingers on the keyboard and sliding apart horizontally and it is very useful for typing by thumb) which overlaps some of the Duo entry items without bumping up the screen display, so I can't easily see what I type without jiggering the keyboard around, which usually ends up needing me to then re-split it, which is a pita, so I just submit as is and then sigh.)

Reading Wednesday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:53 pm
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Things I have recently returned to the library and can remember: Du Maurier's VANISHING CORNWALL, which has some lovely photographs and is a charming if sentimental book; Nesbit's BOOK OF DRAGONS, which is delightful and much smarter than it seems; Block's THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT, which may or may not be a reorganized/re-edited version of his TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT, itself a compilation of his columns for Writer's Digest, which I loved as a kid and am vastly amused to see how it's influenced me over the years (Block was the first person to tell me it was okay to write genre fiction and that if I loved reading a particular kind of story, it was probably a good idea to try writing something like it); Beckham's THAT EXTRA HALF AN INCH, which is honestly pretty delightful, her ghostwriter did a damn good job, and while it 100% buys the gender binary it's a lot less shamey than I was expecting.

Currently: Cohen's BOOK OF MERCY, which isn't quite what I was expecting but is interesting anyway; Runyon's GUYS AND DOLLS, which is fascinating in terms of structure and narrative voice; Collingwood's TECHNIQUES OF TABLET WEAVING, which is incomprehensible; Merkel's ODYSSEUS AND PENELOPE: AN ORDINARY MARRIAGE, which I'm not loving even if it is technically innovative; Bear and Monette's COMPANION TO WOLVES, which I only got so I could have more context for [personal profile] dira's extraordinary Generation Kill series, Every Marine a Wolfbrother, which honestly I like a lot more, so I'm not sure I'll push on to book 2 of the canonical series (is book 2 worth it? I know some of y'all love the Iskryne books).

Next: David recommended Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, so I'll give it a fair shot; Kizer's death last week prompted me to get her COOL, CALM & COLLECTED out of the library; Finney's THREE BY FINNEY, which I am excited about, I loved his work as a kid and I'm hoping the Suck Fairy hasn't visited; Lynn's DRAGON'S TREASURE, because dragons; and I seriously don't know what the hell prompted me to put SWORN ALLIES on hold, so it will be interesting to see wtf it is.

....I swear I do things other than read.

Updates on previous post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
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[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):

IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)

Misposted from Monday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:21 pm
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Today's assignment is to run 2.5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes x 5 repeats It went pretty well, and I ran after dinner. I'm hoping that I ran early enough that it won't impact my sleeping *crosses fingers*. It was really enjoyable, and I feel good that I was able to make it through all of the intervals without stopping early!
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I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.


Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.


Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?


The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )


[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.

Another seven photos. )

And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:

Novelty / routine

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:38 pm
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So, Monday I followed [personal profile] moreteadk's example and tried a new route. A colleague (who is a serious runner who regularly runs marathons) said that he often goes for training runs down a certain minor road, 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back. I hadn't registered the road as an option because from the end it just looks like a residential cul-de-sac, I didn't realize it went on for miles. It's about a mile of almost exactly perfect running road, tarmac'ed actual road but with almost no traffic once you get past the first handful of houses, since it just goes to a farmhouse. And it's along the brow of the hill so although not perfectly flat, it's not nearly as much downhill (forcing me to run uphill on the return leg) as my usual route. However, after a mile it turns into this kind of farm track thing, which is a public footpath (yay), but is muddy and uneven and uphill (boo). I'm guessing my amateur runner pal must do a fairly big cross-country section to take it to 20 minutes.

I think the best plan is going to be to run to the end of the road part and back, and finish the last mile or so by running along the first, relatively flat, section of my previous route (which starts from only 100 metres up the road from the end of this new road). This does mean a slightly awkward stretch running through a the busy village centre and across a multi-road junction, but that section is short, and the combined route would also allow me a full 5K without having to run along the side of a busy road or more than a few metres uphill.

I basically wasn't running at all in the middle section along the farm track, just kind of scrambling through the mud. It wasn't impassable, just you have to figure out where you can safely put your feet, which is obviously really slow. And even the nice flat bit along the ridge I didn't take very fast, partly because it's a new route, and partly because it was on the edge of too cold for my lungs and I wasn't doing brilliantly with breathing. So I only made 3.3 km overall in half an hour, but at least I've discovered a new and possibly better route for future runs.

Whereas today it was definitely too cold and I didn't get away from work before it was starting to get dark, so I dragged myself to the gym and put in 5K at 7.2 kph on the treadmill. Fairly easy, again the main impediment was boredom, in spite of the Zombies, Run! podcast. This time the background music in the gym was less loud, which did help, but I think also my real problem is not so much that I can't hear the dialogue as that I can't hear the specific voice actor who plays Archie, and she was a central character in the previous episode. I couldn't hear her in this episode either but I could hear everybody else, so was much better able to follow the plot.

That gave me a time of 41'46'', and reasonable confidence that I'll be able to manage 7.5 kph on the treadmill soon, even if it takes me a few tries.

Interview with Naomi Ko

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:50 pm
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Dear White People is out, and I really want to talk about with people, and it's really good, so Americans, go see it (nationwide on October 24, major urban areas for now). Nothing in the trailers or in the title will set you up for the story it is, which follows four characters closely, so everyone else -- of any race -- plays a narrative role without rich development. It's an artistic style that works well for this framework and lets the film explore a lot of different ideas about blackness -- and though it's called Dear White People, it's more inward facing than that. The four main characters (black students at an elite, mostly white university) may be neogitating a white-run world but, as should happen in a story about young adults, the culmination of the story has them learning about themselves.

Anyway I bring this up because Colorlines ([syndicated profile] racewire_feed, great source, I recommended trying it out) linked to this interview with Naomi Ko, who has one of the roles I loved an wished had been more developed. (Mostly she's there to deliver one liners or horrified facial expressions.)

Ko is quick to point out that the same millennial qualities that make the generation so creative bleed over into a new type of racism, a subtler, less conscious kind. And no, don’t call it a “microaggression”—she hates that term because it downplays the fact that the acts are still aggressive and racist, regardless of whether the individual performing the act is aware of that fact or not

S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W by VrisKCa244 (SFW)

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:03 pm
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Party Poison aka Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] vriskca244

Why this piece is awesome: I love the immediate feeling of this work. The swift, sketchy lines and the way they capture Party Poison in a rare moment of relaxation.

Link: S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:53 am
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I am talking with our Ruby Herald to perhaps become her deputy. That's our Heraldic Submissions Herald. She asked if I would like to be her deputy and I thought about it very hard and I think I'm going to do it. I've been wanting to do a Kingdom Heraldic Office for a while and I figured this is probably the best way to do it! I thought about Obsidian, the Order of Precedence Herald, but that might be a big bite to take at first. My secret ambition is to be one of EACH Gemstone Herald.

Well, it's not such a secret now, but still. It's a dear ambition. And I think I can do it, if I can just get a toe hold. And this might be it.


Engage smug-mode. Smug-mode engaged.

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:51 pm
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I did it. Today I ran for 30 minutes non-stop. Never EVER in my entire life have I been able to do that before. Now I just need to do that two more times and I have officially completed the program. Husband says I'm now entitled to purchase my kitchen machine. In reality, though, I'll wait a few months and see if I can get one marked down a little in the January sales. I mean, there's no reason to actually waste money if I don't have to.

So 30 minutes. That was tough, but I didn't feel like collapsing and dying in a ditch somewhere afterwards.

I don't really have anything else to say about it, really... I ran. It was running. Some of it was relatively fast for me and a lot of it was quite slow. I think what I'm going to try to do is to try today's strategy again. A bit faster for the first bit, slow in the middle and then faster again for the last bit. It'll be a bit like the running/walking bits, I think, and I can gradually make the slower bit shorter. I think that'll probably happen automatically, really.

I tried to keep an eye on landmarks today, so that I can listen to whatever I like without needing something to time me. The run started and stopped at easily recognisable places, so for the next few times I'll have to pay attention to whether I'll stop at approximately the same spot each time. Otherwise, I'll have to pick a spot to stop and start walking. Not a big deal at all.

I've measure today's approximate running distance and it was only actually 4K, but I think it's time now to start working a little more with distance rather than time, so I'm okay with that. I can adjust further to make it longer as/if I get quicker.

Free Speech

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:17 am
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OTW fundraising drive

Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:06 pm
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Seriously, I like AO3 fine but can anyone explain exactly what the money from the Organization for Transformative Works (fanfiction non-profit) fundraising drive is actually going to be used for? What projects will be funded? What concrete goals does the organisation have? What isn't being funded that needs to be?

The 2013 statement cites US$250k in assets, $110k in net income and $55k in expenses. I may be misreading it, and the answer to this may be somewhere I can't easily find it, but what specifically are they fundraising for right now?

All I can see in the drive publicity is 'we're nice, give us money', and again I think it's an organisation filling a good role, but I need a little more to go on before I pull out the internet chequebook.
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... to be titled "This didn't annoy me.", with possible subcategories of "this book only annoyed me a bit" and "this annoyed the shit out of me but to my bafflement I still appear to extremely impatient for the sequel to come out".

Brought to you by once again finding myself describing Max Gladstone as "not annoying", when it might be more informative to say "he's writing about trans stuff and recovery from serious injury stuff and he just keeps getting it right to the extent that I had to reread to be sure I'd correctly understood the entire lack of awful, and then I burst into tears on the celeriac".


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