Reading Wednesday 24/05

May. 24th, 2017 12:37 pm
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Recently read: The hundred trillion stories in your head, a bio of Ramón y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich. (Contains some detail of Ramón y Cajal's rather grim childhood.)

Currently reading: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. Partly because it's Hugo nominated, and partly because [personal profile] jack was excited to talk about it so I've borrowed his copy. I'm halfway through and enjoying it a lot; it's a bit like a somewhat grimmer version of Leckie's Ancillary books. It has too much gory detail of war and torture for my preferences but it's also a really engaging story.

Up next: Quite possibly Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, since I'd like to read at least the Hugo novels in time for Worldcon.

Fire at Redbones

May. 24th, 2017 07:03 am
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 I originally saw this on their facebook page yesterday. 

The Globe article is linked here, but is not particularly explanatory so if you don't subscribe, don't bother. 

Specifically, they hope to re-open Friday and are rescheduling the Pig Roast and Cider Tasting that was scheduled for this week. 

Interesting Links for 24-05-2017

May. 24th, 2017 12:00 pm

The Blood is the Life for 24-05-2017

May. 24th, 2017 11:00 am
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Box 99. Paper, paper-making, and ''found object'' crafts. The art and craft of papier mâché Summer wildcrafts; The complete book of Papercrafts; Natural impressions; Papercraft of the World; Papercrafts and Origami; Making & Decorating Your Own Paper; Greeting Cards from A to Z; Nature crafts with a Microwave; Natural crafts from America's backyards; Paper crafts; Step-by-step printmaking; The weekend crafter series: Gourd crafts; Papier mâché; It's a Snap!; Folk Art Gifts; The Scrap Craft project book; Patchwork Puzzle Balls; Retro Revamp; Napkin decoupage: simple, clever, effective; More crafts for fun; The button make; Collage and Assemblage; Art from found materials; Pack 'n' go puzzles in plastic canvas; Sock bunnies; Darling dowel dolls; Year round welcome in plastic canvas; Quick & Easy Scrap Projects; More about Decoupage; Masterpices in paper; Travel Totes & Bags; Clotilde's Sewing; Paercraft; Herb & Spice Decorations (two copies); Puppet Pals. The art and craft of papier mâché
Summer wildcrafts;
The complete book of Papercrafts;
Natural impressions;
Papercraft of the World;
Papercrafts and Origami;
Making & Decorating Your Own Paper;
Greeting Cards from A to Z;
Nature crafts with a Microwave;
Natural crafts from America's backyards;
Paper crafts;
Step-by-step printmaking;
The weekend crafter series: Gourd crafts;
Papier mâché;
It's a Snap!;
Folk Art Gifts;
The Scrap Craft project book;
Patchwork Puzzle Balls;
Retro Revamp;
Napkin decoupage: simple, clever, effective;
More crafts for fun;
The button make;
Collage and Assemblage;
Art from found materials;
Pack 'n' go puzzles in plastic canvas;
Sock bunnies;
Darling dowel dolls;
Year round welcome in plastic canvas;
Quick & Easy Scrap Projects;
More about Decoupage;
Masterpices in paper;
Travel Totes & Bags;
Clotilde's Sewing;
Paercraft;
Herb & Spice Decorations (two copies);
Puppet Pals.

Synecdoche vs Metonymy

May. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
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In a manful effort to remember which is which, I looked these words up *again*.

It looks like, "synecdoche" means using a part to represent the whole, eg. "how many heads" in a herd of cattle, or "how many bums" in a theatre, or "nice wheels" referring to a whole car. But is also used for the reverse, using a whole to represent a part, eg. "what does Brussels think" referring to the European parliament.

I couldn't tell why the second meaning was included, but secondarily, if the first meaning came first, and then people started using it both ways round, or something else. Nor if only the first meaning is "correct" and the second is a mistake, or if both are equally accepted.

Apparently "metonymy" means "using a closely related concept to represent a thing". Eg. using "suits" for "lawyers" or "businesspeople", or "the pen is mightier than the sword" to mean "the written word is mightier than force of arms".

So the real difference between "synecdoche" and "metonymy" is different history and connotations, which I don't really understand. But in terms of literal meaning, the only difference is "using a part to represent the whole" vs "using one concept to represent another".

But, obviously, human pattern matching means if you mostly use synecdoche in the "part for a whole" sense, then the most common use of metonymy is "whole for a part", even if it could be used for other things.

Can anyone fill in the gaps here?

Daily Happiness

May. 24th, 2017 02:09 am
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1. We had strawberries with whipped cream after dinner tonight and they were so good! The first really tasty berries of the season, I think.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished up tonight. I have several chapters out for typesetting, so hopefully one of those will be ready to post soon.

3. Last night and tonight I got in a lot of cuddling with Molly. She often comes up on my desk for pettings, but sometimes finds it hard to calm down and just get petted, but both nights she lay down on my desk and I was able to cuddle her as I petted and gave her lots of tummy scritchings too.

A scarf and some socks

May. 24th, 2017 09:53 am
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Hello! Some finished objects to share, a scarf and some socks, both in springtime green colours

pretties behind the cut )

Impressive Speech

May. 24th, 2017 01:46 am
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Even more than Shrub, 45 sounds like a blithering idiot when he speaks, so it's definitely enjoyable to listen to a well done, inspirational, and genuinely good speech, all of which accurately describes the speech New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu's gave for the long-overdue removal of that city's monuments to the Slaver's Rebellion
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By Carl Slaughter: Humor author Jody Nye has way too much fun. So do the authors she hangs out with. CARL SLAUGHTER: Why do you write primarily humor? JODY LYNN NYE: I enjoy it. I love a book that makes … Continue reading

So iZombie this week introduced me to

May. 24th, 2017 03:39 am
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Finnegan's Wake (the song, that is.)

They certainly get to brawling fast, don't they? I get that the row and the ruckus has to start somehow, and that they're all a little into their cups by now, and Biddy sure is a buzzkill... but even so. I wonder if we're missing some important backstory here.

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Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

Why the Venus de Milo Has Extra-Long Second Toes

Capybara Loves All The Animals On Her Farm

Study shows snakes, thought to be solitary eaters, coordinate hunts

Gorgeous Artwork Shows Kids With Their Superhero Shadows and Will Warm Your Frozen Heart

Welsh Farmer Accidentally Creates World's Hottest Chili

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering (Relevant link to LJ)

How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirit

Migrants sweep their way to integration in rubbish-strewn Rome

Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

Grasshopper Glacier

Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance

Why we have more and more days without frost

Animals still in cages a year after Buenos Aires zoo closure

In the aftermath of disaster, Haitians ask what makes a city.

Why A Surgeon Taught A Non-Doctor To Do Brain Surgery

Without ID, Homeless Trapped in Vicious Cycle

Covering Standing Rock

The 'Muslim World' Does Not Exist

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central America

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely 'not if but when': U.S. general

The Deportation Fears of Immigrants With Disabled Children

Federal Agents Are Now Using ‘Stingrays’ to Track and Capture Undocumented Immigrants

The Disappearing Data Project

Dubious arrests, damaged lives: How shelters criminalize hundreds of children

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

They Outnumber Refugees But Don't Often Make Headlines

The Scramble for Post-ISIS Syria Has Officially Begun

20 million people are starving and the media only cares about Trump, says UN

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.

Quick life updates

May. 24th, 2017 02:13 am
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Now that I'm back on lamotrigine as a mood stabilizer I am much more present in the world, and able to think and write and read and interact with people way more than I have been for the last several years. This makes me very happy. And other people are noticing too. The psych and my shrink, both of whom first met me while I was on the olanzapine have commented that I seem like a completely different person from the one they first met.

I went to see my psych last week for a followup on the new/old meds and said, "I feel like I have my brain back, but I don't much like the brain I got back." In particular I'm having trouble with executive dysfunction and a lot of hyperfocusing.

I told the psych this and she looked at me, fidgeting in her office chair, and said, "have you ever considered that you might have ADHD?"

As it happens I have been pondering that very thing of late. But it's notable that I am 37 years old and she is the FIRST medical professional ever to suggest this diagnosis to me. See also: ADHD presenting very differently in women than in men.

Since I'm still having trouble sleeping without taking low-dose seroquel, we're going to focus on trying to sort that out first, but when I see her again in August we're going to discuss the possibility of going on something for ADHD.

This, by the way, would make all three of us upstairs both bipolar and ADHD. We're all medicated for at least one of those diagnosis but still, there's a reason our household is sometimes, um, volatile. Add in our various physical ailments and Rayne's PTSD and it's a wonder we're functioning at all.

To a certain extent this is part of why I'm poly. I need to have and be part of a support structure not just an individual partner. I think in pairs none of our relationships would be workable, but together we balance each other out quite nicely.

The really awful thing I can't talk about is possibly less awful than it was when I made my last post. Still awful, but no longer horrifyingly impressively awful. This has taken a lot of weight off our household.

I had a shrink appointment today and she said, "have you ever considered grad school?" The answer to which is a somewhat complicated yes. When I was in undergrad I always assumed I would go on to get my masters, probably in Intercultural Communications, but then I fucked up my last semester of university and that kind of crashed and burned. Currently, we're not in a financial/family place where me going to grad school would make sense, but yes, the possibility has entered my mind again.

We leave for Wiscon in the morning, and I am not actually packed, because reasons, so I should probably stop talking about stuff and sort through my clothes and figure out what I'm taking.

Dream theater, Manchester edition

May. 24th, 2017 12:50 am
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The last dream before I woke up yesterday morning.

My family (completely fictitious, not my actual family) was vacationing with another family (equally fictitious; I've never seen any of these people) in a vacation cottage in the mountains. The stay was uneventful, peaceful and quiet. One of the young male cousins in the other family had brought his girlfriend, Ariana Grande. She was polite and charming and gracious and funny. And happy.

In my dream yesterday morning, she got to be happy.

Sewing Woes

May. 23rd, 2017 11:14 pm
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When my grandma died, she had a huge fabric stash.  Lots of it was either awful, scraps, or half-finished projects from thirty years ago, but there were some nice fabrics in large enough pieces to make stuff out of.  There were also some interesting vintage patterns.  I took the interesting/nice stuff.

Over the weekend, I pulled it out and decided to make some of it into a sundress.  Problem: I needed about 1/8 yard of interfacing, which I do not have.  I live an hour away from the nearest city with a fabric store, and was not about to drive two hours round trip for 1/8 yard.  So I ordered some from fabric.com.  It will get here in 4-7 days.  But it's all cut out and I've done all the steps I can do without interfacing, AND IT'S SITTING THERE STARING AT ME.  The executive dysfunction of autism means that I have two modes: hyperfocused on something, and unable to focus on it without outside pressure.  So not only do I feel really bad about the fact that I can't sew it right now, but there's a decent chance that by the time the interfacing gets here, the focus will be gone and the sundress will sit in a pile on the table for months and possibly never get completed ever.

Also!  This is a light, delicate fabric that ravels if I look at it, and I do not have a serger.  I did the seams of the skirt as French seams (where the raw edges are encased in a sewn channel so they can't ravel), but I don't know what to do about like armhole seams where you can't do that (and in fact need to clip the seam allowance so that there's less bulk and it curves better).  The only time I've done significant work with fabrics that ravel like this was in the costume shop of the theater/dance department in college, where it didn't matter if it ravelled apart quickly, because it was only for stage use.

Googling has not been helpful.  I have seen a lot of seam finishes (some of which are new to me), but none that look like they'd be good for armholes and other curved seams.  Anybody got any advice?

May 23--A goat named Hortense

May. 23rd, 2017 09:08 pm
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I woke up early at 6 am, and tried to wake Malida who said, "15 minutes", and then it was 8:30. We decided it was too late to go back into Yosemite. You have to get there early to avoid the crowds, and we were too late for that. So we had coffee and decided on plan "b" which was to drive down to Jamestown and see the railroad museum, and stay in the town of Murphys. We chose Murphys because it was a town we had never visited.

It was hot by the time we got on the road--88 degrees, portending an even hotter day. It was ok, because we knew there was a pool waiting for us in Murphys. We got to the rail museum just in time to participate in the roundhouse tour that was starting at 11:30.

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The roundhouse was awesome. Not just the engines, but all the tools and pieces of iron lying around. I will post more of it later. Interestingly, I took more pictures in the roundhouse than I did in Yosemite.

knobs

This stuff fascinates me to no end. The roundhouse has a blacksmith shop with all sorts of hand-forged tools they have used on the trains, and still do. I am sure at least two of you share this fascination. More pictures in the coming days.

laura

Laura, the docent who guided us on the tour through the roundhouse. I have gotten out of the habit of photographing random people, but the light was so good here I couldn't resist. I will see if I can send this to her.

poppies and rust

Poppies and rust.

After the museum we headed to Murphys and checked into the hotel. We had a nice nap and got up to take a swim in the pool. After that we waked into the town and were completely charmed by it. There are a lot of wineries around here, and a lot of them have tasting rooms in town. They were all closed, but we made plans for another day. We had a lovely dinner at an open-air restaurant, and met a guy who drills wells. When he was a boy, he had a goat named Hortense, who won a ribbon at the county fair. There is a whole other story about this guy.

toilet heaven

Toilet heaven, Murphys, Ca.

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