Reading - assorted links

Feb. 16th, 2019 06:58 pm
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Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India

19 Lingerie Brands Women With Chronic Pain Recommend -- I've had a quick glance through, and only recognise one as available in Aust (Berlei); interested to know if anyone knows about (not online ordering) options for any of them.

Being Me and Fitting In: The Dilemma of Differentness

Quite a Stretch: Stretching science has shown that this extremely popular form of exercise has almost no measurable benefits - I have issues with the article, but no oomph to argue them. But it seems to be arguing against stretching before exercise, which I thought wasn't the accepted thing -- I thought stretching was a cool down activity. And ignores people who aren't runners.

...and there are several other pages open, but Youngest is Booooored, so we are going to play Ticket to Ride (Nordic) which is as pleasant a way to spend the evening as reading Stuff on the internet.

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Feb. 10th, 2019 03:19 pm
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There is a certain sense of WTF? when one enters four books in to Librarything, and three of them have 'no other members'. On reflection, this makes perfect sense, as they are italian translations of kids non-fiction books, and Librarything is strongly skewed towards english language texts.

week in review

Feb. 9th, 2019 04:05 pm
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It's been a bit of a week.
  • School went back for youngest
  • artisanat went to Melbourne for three days; flight home was delayed by thunderstorm, which was much better than could have happened elsewhere in country
  • dancing went back for four family members
  • both cars had mechanical faults develop
  • both cars had mechanical faults rather painlessly sorted.
  • Wednesday's 'at home' day was actually 'run all the errands' day


I shouldn't be surprised that by the time I got home from dance class today, my body had hit the 'nope, lie down or else' phase of the week.

I do want to write in more detail about the various things that have been happening that I haven't written about, but I can't actually dredge up any ideas at present.

Reading -- bookses

Feb. 8th, 2019 09:09 pm
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Two Can Keep a Secret (Karen M McManus) -- despite the thematic titles and the very similar covers, this is in fact not a sequel to the 2017 YA murder mystery One of Us is Lying. In this one, we have twins Ellery and Ezra shipped to their mother's home town while she is in rehab; their arrival coincides with the ramping up of interest in two past murders. It's creepy, it's voyeuristic, I spent the whole time waiting for someone to die. It does a good job of being a modern day YA equivalent of an Agatha Christie small town murder. Several content warnings apply; probably all spoilers? The town is deliberately very white, very blond. I did not consume it all in one sitting (unlike the previous book). I spent a lot of time reading a bit, and then running away to do something else. 4 stars.

Alex + Ada, Vol 1 (Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn) - trade collection of Alex + Ada #1-5. One human, one android. One simple, quick read, with lots of food for thought. Artwork is simple, minimalist -- brown palette and blue palette that differentiate what is happening. I adored it, and will look out for the next one. 5 stars. Content warning: slavery. Absolutely nothing subtle about the androids as slaves aspect of the story. And the wilful ignorance of most of the humans. And the kind of violence that happens when thugs don't have consequences.

reading - assorted links

Feb. 7th, 2019 05:38 pm
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from [personal profile] alexseanchai: The Trouble With Autism in Novels - essay by Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Warning - ableism.

Is there a Tasmanian way of speaking? - lightweight journalism, but interesting. I was not aware that there is a local variation on pronunciation of 'beer'.

Minimalist Travel Essentials | What Works/What Does Not -- I ignored the vlog links, just read the text. I felt it was a bit light on on the useful details ('travel capsule' is the bit I wanted more detail on - even a link to a more detailed post). And there were a lot of pictures to skip past to get the content, none of which appeared to have alt text.

Shitpost February: benign joys

Feb. 6th, 2019 08:18 pm
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1.

Thunda!
(da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na)

2.

Wet stuff! Falling from the sky! Praise Huey!

3.

Me: Weather filking!
Eldest: *Shuts the garage door on me*.

shitpost February: deadly snakes

Feb. 6th, 2019 06:40 pm
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For having spent my childhood
in a place
of many snakes

the one time I remember snakes
in the back garden,
I wasn't even there.

Neither was the snake.
It was, in fact,
two bobtails
cosplaying



disclaimer -- I don't actually remember whether the lizards were actually bobtails. I just remember being told they were. I'd have to go and check what lizard species of appropriate size are native to the area, because we just called them 'bobtails' or 'blue tongues' or something I've forgotten. And we all know how reliable common names are in identifying species.

New story post to Curious Fictions

Feb. 6th, 2019 03:38 pm
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I posted a new story to the Curious Fictions site.  Yes, I did just move house but this is a story I prepared earlier for the audience.

curiousfictions.com/authors/503

Mandy Hager wins Margaret Mahy Medal

Feb. 4th, 2019 10:16 pm
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Posted by mittsusaru

Our congratulations to Mandy Hager, just named the 2019 winner of the Storylines Childrens Literature Charitable Trust of NZ Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people!

Read more about Mandy’s richly deserved honour on the Storylines site.

quotes

Feb. 4th, 2019 09:36 pm
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cranky mouse: set the world on fire, it's the only way to be sure.

eldest: don't do that, it's where we store our stuff.

quotes

Feb. 4th, 2019 08:40 pm
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me: Imma in your salad, eating your beetroot

Youngest: that's okay, it's just a sub-standard purple carrot.

Reading - assorted links

Feb. 4th, 2019 06:23 pm
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Public backlash to closure of Fremantle rail line in 1979 still among biggest in WA history -- took out a Liberal government too. Mind you, we then got a corrupt Labor one to replace it :(

Darwin's ice hockey team beats the heat to compete on the national stage -- looks like not AIHL, but certainly heading in that direction :)

Managing Complex Change - from 2016; I liked the way it frames poor progress in terms of what is missing. I do think it simplifies things, but it certainly provides a useful starting point for dialogue

[profile] nuccamukk on DW: How to mute users in comments across the site

How-To: Fool Proof French Knot

And two on the periodic table, for the Year of the Periodic Table, probably originally from [profile] oriolegirle
How Far Does the Periodic Table Go?

The periodic table is 150 – but it could have looked very different - pretty pictures, rambling text

Bookses

Feb. 3rd, 2019 08:28 pm
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I would like to point out that I have now read 7 things that count as books, and put them in to Goodreads. This year.

Do I feel smug? Am I managing to be ahead of my 52 book goal curve? Yep.

Okay, so one was abandoned unfinished, but still.

And two of them were non-fiction, which is kind of avoiding the other reading goal of the year. but whatever.

Reading progress

Feb. 3rd, 2019 07:56 pm
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Of the four items I challenged myself to read Friday night, I've finished two over the weekend. Of the other two, I've read a chapter on one, and found the Sensible Place I'd put the fourth (with the good pair of glasses, so win!).

I've already commented on Sea Glass, so here are some basic comments on the other book I finished - The Kookaburra Creek Cafe by Sandie Docker. This starts out as a slice of life tear-jerker about women's friendships and surviving events that men manage to walk away from (although not all the men are happy). But about two-thirds of the way through it jumps the shark and becomes some kind of soap opera crossed with a wish fulfilment fantasy.

It was enjoyable reading, but it was emotionally hard work. At best, I'm rating it at 3.5 stars, and really, only 3. This is because in contrast to Sea Glass, while the writing was as good, the book as a whole didn't work for me in the same way.



As for Two Can Keep A Secret? I know this is going to get dark. By page 104, we already have murder themed vandalism, and veiled death threats about the Homecoming Queen. And now there are three nominees, one of whom is so unlikely that even the nominee themself reckons the voting has been rigged or hacked somehow. I'm not liking it as much as McManus' previous (first?) book, not least because in that one we already knew who was dead, and in this one I fear that we are going to have to live through some nasty stuff while two cold cases are slowly revealed.

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