Sep. 12th, 2010 05:52 pm
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No update for you!

Actually, it's more that there is little to update you on. My life is much the same; though I do now have an office again at work. This makes it easier to do therapy with people. It also means that the three years worth of collected Stuff For Work that I have, that was residing in my house, is now out of my house. YAY! The most important thing of the last three months or so is that I have finally consented to let myself use the awesome Bread and Badger octopus soap dispenser in my bathtub.

The woman behind Bread and Badger said that she was working on a steampunk design. I am all about that. As soon as that comes out, I'm getting a steampunk spice shaker and a moustached spice shaker. I will have So Much Fun pretending that scary steampunk things are coming out of the steampunk spice shaker. Like, um, victorian engine poison. I don't know, it seems cool in my head. Fortunately for my wallet, I think it'll be a while before she completes it.

Okay, Meme. Comment and I give you four fandoms. You repost and list your favorite character from each, with explanation. Just in case you are wondering whether or not you want to click, there will be no surprises here. Only not-surprises and rambling. )


Feb. 7th, 2010 08:23 pm
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I enjoyed Avatar. The world, Pandora, was beautiful, and watching it in IMAX 3D was worth the price of admission all by itself. It doesn't hurt that the religion on Pandora was the sort I love to bask in: everything living has energy and is sacred, taken seriously, and seen with wonder. (Which is to say those of you do not share those tendencies towards that kind of thinking will probably roll your eyes a lot at those aspects of the movie; but it is very very pretty to watch while they are espousing these beliefs, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.)

Wherein there are many spoilers )

I spent the entire movie waiting for the Evil Technology Money People to destroy the lives of the Noble Savage Forest People. When that conflict actually happened, instead of cringing with annoyance at the trope or with anger at the villains, I found myself thinking about my clients' often antagonistic relationships with classmates or partners. We grow up hearing, "It takes two to fight." But, you know? That's not always the case. Sometimes, if one side is sufficiently determined or powerful, the other side doesn't have a choice. They can only capitulate or fight back.
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As promised (months ago), notes from Maria Tatar's talk from Harvard Book Store.

Notes behind the cut. Be warned, I kept copious notes. )


Maria also spent time answering questions. This was my favorite:

Q: With the kind of immigration we have now, are there children's stories around migration, displacement, immigration, or refugees? [The man asking the question tells us he is an Indian (not Native American) who grew up on stories of colonialism.]
A: “Literature makes immigrants of us all. A child setting out in stories is often imperialist, master of all they survey.”
Q [greatly paraphrased]: No, really. Are there stories SPECIFICALLY for immigrants?
A [even more paraphrased]: Oh. Um. Not that I know of. But there’s always a shock effect; they can still use these stories to think about how to navigate the real world.

I can write out my notes from the rest of the question/answer session as well, if anyone is interested; but I found it less interesting than the talk, and I feel this is as much of an information dump as one LJ entry can handle.
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Anyone want Dreamwidth invite codes? Or know anyone who does? (I got an account in case LJ goes belly-up some time; cross-posting has been easy.)
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Stolen from [ profile] shprintzah. Choose your favorite author for each letter of the alphabet and a favorite accompanying book (or series).

A--Asimov, Isaac: I, Robot
B--Baldwin, James: Sonny's Blues
C--Courtenay, Bryce: The Power of One
D--D'Aulaire: D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
E--Eddison, E.R.: Worm Ouroboros
F--Fadiman, Anne: Ex Libris (Ed. note: Go read this. Now.)
G--Gaiman, Neil: Neverwhere
H--Hyde, Lewis: Trickster Made This World
I--Ibbotson, Eva: Which Witch
J--Juster, Norton: Phantom Tollbooth
K--Kushner, Ellen: Swordspoint OR Korman, Gordon: Son of Interflux
L--Le Guin, Ursula K.: Paradises Lost, or else Language of the Night
M--McKinley, Robin: Deerskin or (I know this is cheating, but [ profile] shprintzah did it) Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables OR (dude, everyone's an M) Milton, John: Paradise Lost
O--Oaklander, Violent: Windows to Our Children or Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child's Inner Self
Q--Quinn, Julia: The Duke Who Loved Me
R--Ragan, Kathleen: Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters
S--Sayers, Dorothy: Gaudy Night
T--Tarr, Judith: Alamut
V--Valente, Catherynne: Orphan's Tales
W--Woolf, Virginia: Mrs Dalloway
Y--Yolen, Jane: Sister Emily's Lightship or The Wild Hunt
Z--Zelazney, Roger: Amber series

Still thinking about N, P, U, and X.


Mar. 13th, 2009 05:47 pm
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I saw Endgame last night, with my brother. It was beautifully acted, I thought, and if only I liked Samuel Beckett's work, I would have had a great time. As it was, my favorite part was quietly beating him to the inevitable* Garfield and Friends reference upon an imprudent mention of a rat in the kitchen.

*Well, inevitable, considering we were in the audience.

It was well-acted, though. If you like Beckett, you should see it. There are performances this weekend and next weekend.

Game Help!

Feb. 15th, 2009 12:11 pm
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I need your help. I want to buy myself a game for my birthday... but, having gone to the Games Store nearby, I am having trouble figuring out what to get. I don't want a duplicate of the most common ones, ie:

Settlers of Catan (awesome as it is)
Apples to Apples

or Royalty or Mystery of the Abbey, as I already own those.

Any suggestions?
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I'm reading Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Video Games by Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, a book about the ongoing controversy over violent video games. I'm enjoying it; they're actually dealing with the issue sensibly and thoughtfully, and are taking the concerns seriously without falling prey to the sloppy thinking of most of my colleagues. (You can guess what most of my colleagues think. I admit I am, personally, a little leery of my young clients playing Grand Theft Auto, for the same reasons.)

My current favorite quote, which is discussing The Great Train Robbery, a 1903 landmark movie:

The brief plot contains multiple murders, including throwing a body off a train; shooting a fleeing passenger in the back; several robberies; an attack on a telegraph operator and the subsequent discovery of his tied and beaten body by his young daughter; the dynamiting of a safe; and a square-dancing posse that sneaks up on and kills the thieves. (The square-dancing scene, which is interrupted by the injured telegrapher who'd been untied by his daughter, is apparently the writer's way of letting us know that the vigilantes who will eventually hunt down and mercilessly shoot the killer are just ordinary folk.)

FYI, if you are interested, Current Magazine is putting out a special inauguration issue. It has the inauguration speeches of a number of important past presidents and photos of them. There are also contemporary articles about them, written around the time each president became inaugurated. It is currently 20% off, or $8. Comment if you want me to e-mail you the order form.


Jan. 27th, 2009 10:37 pm
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Can you make it stop? Please? I just want to stop shovelling out my car.
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In other news, I am completely charmed by one of the new designs for Whole Foods' reusable bags. It features a checkerboard of silhouettes of differently shaped bottles, and bears the inscription, "I USED TO BE A PLASTIC BOTTLE"

Much cuter in person than in description, but I have no digital camera.


Aug. 5th, 2008 06:38 pm
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You can blame [ profile] chanaleh for this.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

Cut for Big Read Meme and Entertainment Weekly Meme )

And thus we learn that I prefer books to movies. :) Or at least, classic books to classic movies.
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I went for a walk today, and wandered in a nearby convenience store. They have some ready to eat Indian meals from a brand I've never seen before, so I wanted to look at the ingredients, fat content, quality of box design... It was mostly unremarkable, except for the part where the food was prepared by a subsidiary of the Indian Ministry of Defense.


I think I'll stick with Trader Joe's after all.

On a related note, what sort of food do you think the Department of Homeland Security would create? Or our Department of Defense? Molotov cocktails, maybe... "Quench your thirst with a BANG!"
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On the wall of a school I visit for work:

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So I need to replace my computer. Hopefully quickly, as I currently have no access outside of the public library, despite my brother's and [ profile] chanaleh's help and suggestions in that department. I am having lots of trouble making decisions, and my usual first source for information about computers is out of the state at the moment, so I throw myself on your mercy.

The big question:
I use the computer for word processing and internet, and the occasional use of listening to music. I found it helpful to record my voice, as that has a very occasional use at work, but even that is not too important. Is there any real reason for me to spend the extra several hundred dollars on a Mac, given my salary?

And, uh, are there any extras I should consider?

All thoughts appreciated.
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So if you could have any superpower, what would it be? Right now I think I would choose to know a large (but not infinite) number of languages. I reserve the right to change my answer if one of you is more inspired.

Unrelatedly, if you felt like posting to LJ and yet had nothing to say, what would you post about?


Dec. 20th, 2007 11:05 pm
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What are the practical ramifications of this?

Unrelatedly, this was the only icon that I felt would not be unintentionally insulting in some way. Sometimes I think I think too much.


Dec. 2nd, 2007 04:52 pm
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I got my bank statement Thursday. This did not stop me from spending undisclosed amounts of money on myself today. The less expensive purchase was a CD by the Burnt Earth Ensemble, which is an instrumental, fusion-type group (Celtic, African, Middle Eastern, and jazz) that plays solely on clay instruments made by one of their members, Barry Hall. It's worth looking at the site, or the liner notes of my CD, to see the instruments. They have: globular horns, flowerpotophones, didjibodrans and -- my favorite -- conundrums. The instruments that I don't suspect were invented wholesale are also cool to see.
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Anyone know where I can get a dozen acorns by Tuesday morning?
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When I finish Anne Fadiman's At Large and At Small I will probably post quotes, but until then...

Have a meme!
Gacked from [ profile] ayelle

Post a list of seven TV shows you love (current or canceled).
Have your friends list guess your favorite character from each show.
When guessed, bold the line and write a little bit about why you like that character.

1. Red Dwarf Not that anyone is still looking, but [ profile] navelofwine has guessed, correctly, Cat. CAT IS SO COOL! Don't tell me I need to explain why he's the best?
2. Firefly I thought my favorite was someone else, but [ profile] navelofwine has reminded me, by her guess, that Saffron is super cool. I'm tired, and no one is going to look at this, so I will not elaborate further.
3. Gilmore Girls
4. Stargate Atlantis As guessed as possible by [ profile] dashieff, who said McKay. McKay is huge amounts of fun to watch, which is unexpected. I don't usually like the obnoxious characters at all, let alone this much. But he's great. Sheppard caught up with him partway through Season One, by dint of -- I don't know. Symmetrical features? Charisma? Sarcasm? Having an interesting friendship with McKay? Certainly the third. So they are jointly my favorite character.
5. Rome Marc Antony, guessed by [ profile] lynnoxford. I am predisposed to like Antony from 6th grade, when a guy I had a crush on played Antony in his class's performance of Julius Ceasar. But there's just something about Antony. I suspect this is the looks and charisma thing, actually, because now that I think about it more, I generally prefer Octavian on the actual show.
6. Homicide: Life on the Streets
7. Muppet Show [ profile] rymenhild informs me, quite correctly, that Rowlf is my favorite. I had forgotten. I thought Zoot was my favorite, for reasons I can't quite pin down (but then, Zoot is difficult to pin down in general). But, you know, Rowlf. I think it's his sense of humor.
8. Fraggle Rock. Belatedly guessed, after some prompting, by [ profile] rymenhild. Cotterpin Doozer! She's cool and rebellious and nerdy and passionate about what she decides she wants to do. And she makes up her own mind, and doesn't let silly things like convention or what other people think affect her. Mostly, anyway. I could be misremembering parts of episodes.
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Am tired (and zombielike, see?)


*waves from floor* All is well, move along, I just wanted to register exhaustion. I have library copies of Melanie Rawn's last, and both volumes of THe Sharing Knife, so I should be set for the night. (Even if my copy of Orphan's Tales Volume 2 had come, [ profile] rymenhild, I suspect I would not have the brain power for it.)

Ooh, look, chocolate!


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