I have so many things in my head I want to write down, and I have run out of oomph. Expect emoji comments to continue for the next week.
I have so many things in my head I want to write down, and I have run out of oomph. Expect emoji comments to continue for the next week.
several of these are from before the election was called; I've just failed to blog them in a timely manner.
Coalition government shows stubborn unwillingness to fix debt -- a few weeks behind the time, but still interesting reading.
SFFANZ would like to congratulate all the finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards.
- The Finalists are for the 2018 calendar year.
- You must be a member of SFFANZ or a member of GeyserCon to vote for the Sir Julius Vogel awards.
- Ballot counting takes place at GeyserCon, so you can vote there. Alternatively, email or post your votes to SFFANZ.
- If you email or post your votes, they must reach us by 29th May, 2019. Close of voting at GeyserCon is at 12 noon, Sunday 2nd May 2019.
- The awards will be presented at GeyserCon – check the programme for the time of the award ceremony.
Still working back through a long list of links! These are somewhat arbitrarily grouped, with commentary.
Issues with the Lipstick lesbian flag. This isn't something I knew a lot about, although at some point in the past when I was ordering an assortment of pride enamelled pins, I picked one in a version of these colours. I'm not sure quite where I came across these links -- I started by reading a creators response to people who had attacked them for withdrawing a poor selling item in these colours, and the following links are the only ones I still have open.
- A Lesbian Flag for Everyone - on their response to discovering unpleasant details about the creator. There is a really pretty proposed flag presented a an alternative.
- tumblr: the search for the official lesbian flag - not a lot of post, but a range of discussion, history, suggested variations: interesting reading.
Australian Indigenous Weather knowledge on mainstream scientific sites.
- CSIRO: Indigenous seasons calendars -- currently nine calendars, most of them for northern areas of the country. Eight of these are a bit of information on the web page and then a very colourful poster of the seasons; the Ngadju one is the report to the Ngadju people about the project. This last is of more interest to me than the posters -- it talks about how the information was gathered, who was consulted, where previous written records existed.
- BoM: Indigenous Seasonal Descriptions - links to the rest of the text aren't visually obvious, but it is more than the one page! Bit disappointing that there are only three regions represented. The Nyoongar calendar listed is relevant to my local area. Watch out for frustrating language that puts Indigenous people as people of the past, not of the present. There is a brief reference to damage done by colonisation
Misc - only one thing per topic here!
- How Can We Hope to Warn Future Humans of the Poison We’ve Buried in the Ground?
- Obesity On the Rise in Animals
- Team USA and Team Canada Women's Hockey Players Keep Marrying Each Other
- Why Australia Won’t Face Up To A Problem Like Chris Lilley - Australia, still so far behind where it could be. That said, this is a fascinating read about the historical roots of what Lilley is doing with his horrendously racist^ comedy. The link through to [US hip-hop industry reacts to Angry Boys] (https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/
tv-and-radio/us-hiphop-industry-reacts- to-angry-boys-20110706-1h1k3.html) is also worth a look -- some really considered responses to something that really didn't deserve that much (and one respondent basically said that it wasn't worth the time).
And something more cheerful to end with: Generation Xers Have The Most Gen X Response To Being Left Off The List. Two interesting follow ups by one of the original people whose tweet features: GenX, That Damned Newsweek Editorial, George Michael, and the Twitter Hellscape (I don't agree with some of what he says, but well, that would be the GenX way); GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off
^I've not seen any. The first advert for his stuff I saw so horrified me that I've never gone near any of it. Because if the ad is that racist, sexist and argh, the show is going to be worse, right?
I only realised when I read a post of Ariaflame's that WABA [boardgaming club] had been this weekend; Saturday was actually fairly busy as I did not get going early. Perhaps some gaming will be possible on Sunday at Swancon.
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I will be visiting Swancon on the Sunday, arriving around an hour and a half after whenever I wake up, I guess. Probably midmorning. Plans are tentatively to meet Fred Mouse and Ariaflame (?) for lunch; heading off to the Freo Markets. If I'm going to go all that way, it'd be a waste not to sample the eateries of Fremantle, which are generally diverse and superior! Since I've got a room for the Sunday night at The Esplanade, I'll also be hoping to meet folk for dinner Somewhere as well. I'm going to stock the rats up with supplies Sunday morning and face the general rodent disapproval when I get home on Monday.
* The icon for this post is the flag of Finland; a country that is no stranger to water falling from its sky, except when it's snow and/or ice.
I think i'm making progress on the house? I moved some stuff back in to the spare room, giving myself time to process what is going in there. The large black tubs have been sorted through (and labelled) this year, so I'm just moving them (but I do have to check that one of the labels hasn't fallen off) without looking in them. I know that they are full of craft materials and UFOs, I don't need to overwhelm myself with the list of things I don't have the energy to work on. Swapping the cupboards means that the main scrap fabric box is now in easy reach, and lo, I am putting random scraps in it when I find them, rather than stockpiling and forgetting. Yay for the do it now approach!
I've also found two lego projects that are in different levels of assembly ('probably complete' and 'where on earth is the rest of this' with a side order of 'what do those bits go with'). I'm trying to work out whether to disassemble or display them. Even if not 'complete' I'm trying not to care. I'm unlikely to try and sell them as 'complete sets' ever (although maybe the bagusaii will in the far future) and I don't care that much about variation from the packet, but I do a little.
Have lapsed on a whole heap of tasks that I'd like to be spending time on, including slow incrementing ones like playing music and language learning. Going to be on the computer most of today, might at least try and do some of the latter! Am trying not to let this bother me, but it does a bit.
A final reminder that voting is still open for the 2019 GUFF race to send an Australian or New Zealand fan to Worldcon in Dublin. This year the race is between three candidates – two of them Kiwis. The candidates are:
Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
Simon Litten (New Zealand)
Nicole Murphy (Australia).
A few points
- No Kiwi has ever been a GUFF delegate. The feeling is that with CoNZealand next year, that this may be the time to change that.
- The administrators obviously cannot tell us who has voted so far, but they can tell us which countries have supplied the votes and New Zealand is lagging way behind. Even allowing for the different fandom sizes, we are not voting. So please vote.
- Anybody in SF fandom can vote, That means YOU CAN VOTE- just subscribing to this news feed should pretty much make you an eligible fan.
- The vote uses the Aussie preferential system. This means that with three candidates the preferences will probably come in to play. Keep this in mind when voting.
The link to the voting page is http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=127
Voting closes on 22nd April, 2019. The form contains a short info statement from each candidate. For more information about the candidates, check out this set of interviews by the current GUFF European administrator.
I want to cut about three seconds out of a livestream. That livestream is currently happening, but will presumably be done by the time I get back to it. What kind of tools would I need for that? I'm on a Mac, if that makes a difference. And, once I have it, how do I turn it into a .gif?
So I have a chance of finding the link again:
but there is also a youtube channel
Editing to add details:
FREE SKATING - 2/5; 2019 - ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
(not currently up at youtube; check playlist at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=
33:31 is the point to start capturing (well before the first fall) [different view at 37:07 in replay]
first fall - at the right of the circle (33:40) after jump. [replay ~ 37:10 - just keep going from the first one!]
second fall at 33:44 - looks like first person pushes second person.
third fall at 33:49
(off the ice at 36:39)
coach reaction in replay immediately after second fall [get from 37:15 to be sure to get the cut to the coach]
without commentary, because it is in that liminal time between 'desirable bedtime' and 'that time I think of as bedtime', and I just want to get some tabs closed! I think most/all of these were previously linked by someone on DW, but I've lost track of which and who.
When I like a story I read on the AO3 enough to bookmark it, for whatever reason, I add it to a list of fic to blog. I've been doing this for a long time, and far too rarely posting them, because I'm lazy. Markdown is making posting a little easier, but urgh, so many. So, I'm randomly picking from the list of links, and then adding them here. I'm going to say nothing about them other than length, fandom, and rating. And I'm going to hit post when I have to leave the house in 15 minutes.
- Time Out of Mind (Old and Young Together Remix) - Paul A (pedanther) - Star Wars, 1 863 words
- On the Wings of Imagination and With Healing in His Wings - Xparrot - Stargate Atlantis/Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey, 6 928 words
- Yesterday's Fabric - the_rck - Labyrinth, 287 words
- The Samwell Job - HugeAlienPie - Leverage/Check Please! (Webcomic), 12 189 words
- Together - james - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, 615 words
- A Chip off the Old Block - sqbr - Dragon Age/Dragon Age: Origins, 1 715 words
Teen and Up
- Paradise Naan - AJHall - Torchwood/Discworld - Terry Pratchett, 3 945 words
- Hermione Granger's Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run - waspabi - Harry Potter, 93 391 words
- Left Foot Forward - shatteredhourglass - MCU/Marvel comics, 22 307 words
- (Restricted) Team USA - (redacted) - Check Please! (Webcomic), 6086 words
But now I am an adult, and all I can think about this character is that he suffered a tragedy in his childhood then chose to spend the rest of his life brooding in a cave about how he'd been wronged, armed himself with a fetishist's array of weapons, and then went out looking for people he can decide are bad, and 'deserve' to be beaten up. For all the supervillains like the Joker and the Penguin, it's a core part of the Batman narrative that he goes out at night and whales on petty criminals as a hobby - no probable cause, no trials, no evidence, no oversight, just raw angry vengeance on anyone who looks the part.
And also, I had another uncomfortable talk last week, which is based on how to talk about the Easter story when I don't actually believe in the God bit, and the relatives in the case range from a staunch atheist through to very performative Catholics. And I had a realisation that I don't actually need to believe in the God bit. Because I am culturally Christian, I have a two thousand year inheritance that makes a virtue of the qualities of humility, love, and forgiveness. I'm willing to bet that the religions I know less about have their own weight of ethics that people can draw on around the things people need to do in order to live with each other. As much as individuals can fail, and communities fail and nations fail to live up to these virtues - Western civilisation has put a name on what is golden and tells and retells stories about how they are good things and how we should keep on aspiring to them because they aren't easy, they are hard.
Anger is easy, and revenge is easy, and Batman is a fucking copout.
smurched from umadoshi; leftovers from February!
How Could I Forget the Liberating Weirdness of Madeleine L’Engle? (Leah Schnelbach) - This is a beautifully nuanced love lette to L'Engle's oevre.
I’m A Teenager And I Don’t Like Young Adult Novels. Here’s Why.( Vivian Parkin DeRosa)- I agree with a lot that is written here. Youngest and I find the obsession with romance as a necessary subplot to be frustrating. It isn't really their thing, and it wasn't mine as a teen either.
Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome (Paul Ingraham & Tim Taylor) - I'm still going down the rabbit hole from that article on stretching. I'm hoping that this one is going to have some useful self-treatment ideas, but I'm not being particularly optimistic. [note that this is the 'free sample' section, so an overview not anything specifically useful]
A Novel Anxiety and Affective Spectrum Disorder of Mind and Body—The ALPIM (Anxiety-Laxity-Pain-Immune-Mood) Syndrome: A Preliminary Report – I've probably blogged this one before, but it came up in conversation again, so I'm including it again
Daytripper by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá,
The many lives of Bras de Oliva Domingos, obituary writer, who writes in the shadow of his novelist father. Whose mother seems to feature only to talk about his birth, to feed people, and to be the muse for his father.
Overall, meh. I think I've missed the point of this. The chapters with the repeating theme were okay, although some of them were a bit dark, but the final couple of chapters, supposedly putting a different spin on the whole thing? That was the point at which I shrugged, and went 'I don't get this'. I'm not sure which bits are supposed to be dreams, which reality. Whether I'm supposed to take most of it as unreal -- seriously unreliable narrator. (3/5)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This is an odd little book. The story is told through the eyes of an adult, but is the story of a seven year old. Because of this, there isn't the true innocence that one might expect from such a protagonist, but instead many references to quite adult content (see content notes below).
It is however a fascinating bit of mythos. There are many beats that made me think strongly of either Madeleine L'Engle's 'Wrinkle in Time', or the works of Diana Wynne Jones. That slightly screwy but completely logical world outside your knowledge. The way that the adult world doesn't make a lot of sense to kids, so the interpretations are just a bit surreal.
Basically, adults, eldritch beings, and unpleasant classmates make the life of the protagonist (if he was ever given a name, it didn't stick with me) a rather unpleasant experience. But the odd family who live at the end of the lane help, some. (4/5)
I'm still getting the organised housewife declutter challenge emails, but after ignoring the one that suggested I should go through all my books in an afternoon, I lost motivation. Here, I'm going to list them (with numbers), and make commentary. Maybe I've done something, maybe I'm going to try to do something later (when I have enough oomph to get out of bed -- body is having a snit, which might be due to two cups of coffee after an early morning and leaving the house on a Sunday, might be because lack of hip pain meant I overdid things at ballet yesterday because I didn't know where the limits were, might be the bee sting, might be a combination, might be purely coincidence). (tasks are in semi-random order, as I find the open tabs).
- Task 13 - inside your handbag -- nope, not doing this one. Technically, I don't have a handbag, but I have a work bag, a ballet bag, and a travelling basket. All of these get emptied (partially or totally) on a regular basis, and I have no desire to remove anything more out of them. The spot where I dump things that aren't going back in there, maybe.
- Task 6 - The Drop Zone -- I'm going to label this 'the front hall, floor and bench'. This is a constant fight with myself, but other than the pile of things that should leave the house, I'm not thinking about dealing with this. Technically, this one was before the books one, but I must have missed it at the time.
- Task 12 - Makeup and skincare -- Yeah, this one is on my list. I don't use a lot of makeup, and most of the stuff we have has been bought for dance concerts, but even still, some of has to be out of date. Have to investigate where to dispose of it at some point.
- Task 11 - Utensils -- Another one that maybe I 'should'. But we have gone through these in the last year or two, and I've been reasonably good about not buying more. Maybe some of the sharp knives though.
- Task 14 - 'Calming our Minds' -- my first reaction to this topic was 'how is that a declutter challenge? And then I read the task, which is to add all the upcoming whatevers to the calendar, and I'm all WTF? Everything like that goes on the e-calendar as soon as I can remember to do so, or I rely on someone else reminding me about it, because otherwise I have no hope. Also, that list of tips to 'improve your memory' made me want to wave my hands in the air and shout something like 'oy, mamma'.
- Task 10 Bed and Bath linens -- I'm ahead on this one. I've done the bath towels already, I just haven't taken the bag to the local vet/cat haven. I've one more that will go in there, as we've bought a replacement set for the pair that has a large hole in one. And bed-linen? I keep having to buy more. No idea what I'm doing with the old stuff (other than people putting their feet through well work sheets), but somehow we keep being short.
- Task 9 - Soft and plush toys -- Other than one giant bear my kids are unwilling to let me rehome, I don't think I have any left to give away. I have half a dozen scattered around the bedroom, all of which have significant history and aren't going anywhere. Kids might have some, but I'm not going there. And as for 'decluttering your kids toys'? Don't do it. Don't pressure kids to get rid of things. Don't 'vanish' things. Don't. That way lies adult hoarders^.
- Task 8 - CDs & DVDs -- argh. and I thought the soft toys was hitting a hot button. This one is very much a Shaaaaaan't. Nope. Not thinking about it. Nope. That is not a 'now' question, that is an 'after my children all leave home' question. Yes, occasionally I go through the DVDs, and I managed to rid of some earlier in the year. But I don't get/make the time to watch much of the collection, and there are so many things I want to watch. Nope. Nuh-uh. (also, 'large collection' doesn't go with the tiddly storage solutions pictured. Even my middle sized collection doesn't go nearly that).
In conclusion -- this is turning out to be less useful than I had hoped. So many of the topics I'm completely unwilling to engage with, and the ones that are in theory useful are ones I'm already doing in some systematic manner. I'm still getting the emails though, because I want the full set for later.
^ yes, this is hyperbole. Kinda. I have had too many conversations with people who had pressure to get rid of things as kids who now have too much stuff. I'm a case in point. I was allowed to keep some stuff, but I feel that there was too much pressure, and I'm really really resistant to people getting on my back about my Stuff.
And while I did that, I not only ironed all the clean hankies I was aware needed ironing, but three of my dresses, one of youngest's, and a shirt as well. I was going to do a pair of work trousers, but got interrupted by someone coming home.