Songs of the day: YoungJae and Apink

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:06 am
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Youngjae is the main vocal of the group Got7.  Here we get to see him performing by himself, and I must say, he does not disappoint.

I have fun trying to figure out where K-pop videos are being filmed based on signs in the background.  Usually I can narrow it down to a town, sometimes to a street, but this time I'm able to narrow it down to a specific block:  Thanks to the include of The Wee Chippy, I know that at least past of this video was filmed in the 1300 block of Ocean Front Walk in Venice, California.

Reading: Women and Power

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:34 am
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Mary Beard's Women and Power is a compilation of the slightly updated texts of two lectures, originally given in 2014 and 2017, tracing the classical antecedents of our current political discourse and structures of power and the exclusion of women from both, together with an afterword addressing issues which arose between the second lecture and the publication of, in my case, the paperback edition (most notably #MeToo). The first lecture, 'The Public Voice of Women', looks at the Greek tradition of public oratory and how that still colours our perception of public discourse, causing women's voices to be marginalised and ignored; the second, 'Women in Power', looks at portrayals of powerful women in ancient Greece (Clytemnestra, the Amazons, Medusa) and how these are still used to attack women who seek power.

It's a very short book - only just over 100 pages, with a lot of those given up to illustrations which were presumably included on the slides accompanying Beard's original talks - but it's well-written and doesn't pull its punches, and while I already had at least a passing familiarity with most of the classical examples Beard cites the connections to contemporary Western culture were interesting and thought-provoking.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 09:54 pm
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MAN, I forgot that making pysanky takes FOREVER. It's so time consuming! I was at it for hours this evening, and I'm still nowhere near done.

Somebody, please come help me put wax on these damn eggs. xD

Reading: Planetfall

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:47 pm
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Emma Newman's Planetfall is set in a human colony on a distant planet. Over twenty years after its founding, the colony is contented and comfortable, supported by advanced technology (including 3D printers which are capable of producing anything the colony needs), but that changes when a stranger arrives, claiming to the the only survivor of a group of colonists whose pods crashed at original planetfall.

The novel is narrated by Ren, an engineer and the person responsible for maintaining the 3D printers, with frequent flashbacks both to the events surrounding planetfall and her life before that, on a dystopian Earth controlled by corporate government and troubled by conflict over declining water resources. It's clear from the start that Ren and the colony's leader, Mack - a charismatic figure who was an advertising executive before joining the colony project - share a secret relating to the "accidental" loss of the colonists at planetfall; Newman's careful plotting allows the reader to uncover the truth gradually through the course of the novel, each revelation building on the last without ever giving away enough information to spoil the surprise of the next.

As much as the plot, though, Planetfall is an exploration of Ren's character, and this was what I really loved. I'm always happy to find SF with middle-aged women as protagonists (Ren is actually seventy, but in the context of a society where life expectancy could be double what it currently is I think that counts as middle-aged); Planetfall's protagonist is also bisexual, a woman of colour, and suffers from an anxiety disorder that is portrayed in an absolutely realistic and relatable way (I understand that Newman was drawing at least in part on personal experience). I was really happy to see mental illness portrayed so well in an SF setting; it really does make a difference to be able to see an aspect of myself that's normally absent from fiction reflected in a character.

Planetfall was the first of Newman's books I've read, but I don't think it will be the last.

Fic

Apr. 18th, 2019 03:25 pm
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Title: Tales out of School
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: CNTW
Fandom: Lanyon Archive

Summary: The Mods of the Lanyon Archive thought they had seen it all. But that was before Joe Wright replaced Guillermo Del Toro as the director of Mistress of Her Trade.

A small Easter tribute for [personal profile] lilliburlero

Tales out of School
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Donations to rebuild Notre Dame highlight the gulf separating the super-rich from everyone else.

As novelist and philosopher Ollivier Pourriol put it:  "Victor Hugo thanks all the generous donors ready to save Notre Dame and proposes that they do the same thing with Les Misérables."
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This was a fun one to try to try to find on Youtube this morning.  And by "fun" I mean "frustrating."  All I had to go on was a notation on the list at Kpopmap that Stephanie (no last name given, no other information given) had a comeback today (no song title given).  So I started searching and finally found it - and it was well worth the search.

But who is Stephanie?  It turns out Stephanie is Stephanie Kim, former member of the group The Grace, a group from SM Entertainment that has never officially disbanded even though they haven't released anything in years.  She's Korean-American, originally from San Diego.  She was (is?) a member of the Los Angeles Ballet.  She's a DJ, a musical theatre actress, and a frequent guest on Korean variety shows.  She also, according to the credits at the end of this video, wrote the words and music to this song.  Quite talented, apparently.  

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Apr. 18th, 2019 05:08 pm
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Yesterday was an exhausting one for any number of reasons. Today, I'm blaming the complete noodleness of my appendages to be related to the flu-vax I managed to get organised for yesterday.

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.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 17th, 2019 06:52 pm
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Finished reading: Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage by Ken McGoogan. I've read other books about the history of the search for the Northwest Passage before, but this one is different in a few ways. It was published recently (2017), so it's able to incorporate information from the discoveries of the wrecks of the HMS Erebus and Terror. Secondly, it discusses indigenous people to a wider extent than I usually see - it of course includes information about Inuit testimony re: the Franklin expedition, both the original tragedy and the re-discovery of it, but it also discusses various other people involved in the many other Passage searches, including overland expenditions. And it does this in a lot more detail than I typically see in these books, including names of the indigenous individuals involved, and quotes when available. He also devotes a lot of time to Jane Franklin and the role she had in creating the mythology surrounding John Franklin - I feel like, while this is usually covered to some degree, she isn't often given the amount of pagetime she deserves for her role in all this. Anyway, in all, it was very interesting, very readable. I'd also recommend this author's biography of Jane Franklin, Lady Franklin's Revenge - it's very good too.

Currently reading: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I'm about 3/4 of the way through this one. It's very... odd. It's been a while since I last read any of the later Discworld novels, but the - how can I put it - the "texture" of the writing is so different from what I'm used to, it's throwing off my groove. I don't dislike it, but I think after I'm done with this one I might want to re-read an old favourite from earlier in the series and compare.

Reading next: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I meant to read this a few weeks ago, but went on vacation before I could get to it. Let's try again. ;)

Want to Read: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain by Han Shan, translated by Red Pine. [This book.] I was reaaally tempted by this when I came across it while browsing through a bookstore in Victoria. Instead, I asked my local library to order it. ;) I'm not hugely familiar with Han Shan's poetry, but I have read and liked some of it, so I'm looking forward to reading this whenever the library gets it.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 07:47 pm
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when I wear this dress, I feel like dancing the whole night with you
a fanmix for Save The Date.

Stuck On You Meiko
Dress and Tie (feat. Darren Criss) Charlene Kaye
Fallin' For You Colbie Caillat
Favourite Colour Carly Rae Jepsen
I Do Colbie Caillat
Grow Old With You (cover) Reneé Dominique
Love Comes Tumbling Down Matt Nathanson
I Choose You Sara Bareilles

Watching: All About Eve and Wild Rose

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:58 pm
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There weren't any films last week that we were interested in and hadn't already seen, but we did go to the live broadcast of the National Theatre's production of All About Eve, with Gillian Anderson as Margo Channing and Lily James as Eve Harrington.

I think I've only seen the original film once, and that was over twenty years ago, so I can't really comment on how close the play is to the original film, or whether it really adds anything new. It was worth watching (largely for Gillian Anderson, who I would pay to watch reading the phone book), but on the whole I'm quite glad I was seeing it locally and at cinema prices, and not in London at theatre prices, even if it did suffer a bit from the problem that filming theatre acting in close-up always makes it look very stagy in contrast to more naturalistic film acting, especially with modern drama (it seems to work better for Shakespeare).

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This week we went to see Wild Rose, a British film about an ex-offender single mother from Glasgow who dreams of being a country singer. Jessie Buckley is terrific as Rose-Lynn (and has a fantastic singing voice, too), with Julie Walters as her exasperated mother and Sophie Okonedo as the well-off middle-class woman who employs Rose-Lynn as a cleaner and becomes perhaps overly invested in helping her to fulfil her dream. Very funny in places and heartbreaking in others, it's an ultimately feelgood film which tackles some serious questions about intergenerational relationships and finding a balance between accepting responsibility and following your dreams along the way, managing to avoid the obvious narrative cliches. And the music is great if you like that kind of thing (personally, I'd say I like folk and folk-rock, but the line between folk-rock and country is not a hard and fast one). Also, there's a cameo from Whispering Bob Harris.

Lamy Safari, Pokemon edition

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:39 am
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Over at dapprman they've done an unboxing of the limited edition Pokemon Lamy Safari.  Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my wallet) it was[*] only available in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

[*]  It's a limited edition that came out at the end of 2018, and the blog refers to it in the past tense, so I'm assuming it's sold out now.  :-\

Security alert

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:20 am
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I just got a phone call and a text[*] from my university's security service.  They've received a bomb threat at one of the buildings on campus, and are in the process of evacuating that building and all surrounding buildings.  I'm hoping it's nothing, but you never know.  I'm glad I'm not on campus at the moment, and at the same time I'm angry that someone would do something like this.

[*]  I'm sure when I next check my email I'll have gotten an email too - I signed up for every means of notification available.

ETA:  Update, T+25 minutes:  "{City} bomb squad en route.  FBI consulting.  Stay clear from {Building} and surrounding buildings until further notice."

ETA:  Update, T+40 minutes:  "Seach of {Building} in progress.  Stay clear.  Classes in {Building} have been cancelled until 1PM"

ETA:  Update, T+45 minutes:  "The threat period has expired.  We are still searching {Building}.  Stay clear until further notice."

ETA:  Update, T+1:25:  "The {City} campus is closed for business and all classes cancelled for the day.  Essential employees remain on campus.  All other employees can leave campus."

ETA:  Update, T+2:40:  "{Unliversity} continues to evaluate the situation on the {City} campus.  No suspicious objects have been discovered at this time."  Unfortunately, this means the career panel and the debate that I was supposed to go to this evening are still cancelled.

ETA:  Update, end of business day:  No suspicious object was found.  Classes to resume as usual tomorrow.

Use and misuse of art #eyeroll

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:41 am
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 Trump's PAC is selling a shirt satirizing Obama's official portrait to raise money.  (Link goes to the Hyperallergic article about the shirt, not the PAC store.)  I think the fact that he's running against Obama says so, so much about Trump and his base - Obama is one of the people you can guarantee will not be running against Trump in 2020, but by running against the "scary black man" he's able to gin up all kinds of support from his base.  *eyeroll*  Some people get the government they deserve.  Unfortunately, at the moment the rest of us are stuck with it as well.

AB Politics

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:42 am
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So. My province overwhelmingly voted UCP. Which means we now have a Conservative provincial government, and a racist, misogynist, homophobic waste of oxygen is now the premier of Alberta.

I am not surprised. Not in the least. But I am angry, and disappointed, and sad. And I'm probably going to be angry, disappointed, and sad for a damn good while.

I foresee myself writing a lot of letters in the future regarding UCP policies and things they want to put into place. Protests, especially those arranged by anyone even moderately left, are not a thing that happens here; elsewhere in the province, yes, but not here. My ability to take part in that kind of thing has always been limited. But letter-writing is something I can do. Someone's got to make sure that those assholes know that not everyone in Fort Mac supports them.

Also: Certainly not looking forward to people saying "Oh, if you don't like it, just move". Those people can take their "advice" and shove it up their goddamn ass.
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I don't really have much to say about this one except that Kisum is one of my favorite Korean rappers and I really like this song.  I hope you check it out.

We're home

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:14 pm
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George is home and just demolished a plate of tuna with meds mixed in, then ate a bunch of kibble before crawling under my bed. She's indignant and confused, but clearly happier at home.

Photo on Instagram (no injury visible, just her head in a cone). 

Thank you for all your kind words and support. 

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