January Talking Meme: Mansfield Park

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:25 pm
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(for snowdropsandtigers @ tumblr)

This is actually the only Austen novel I haven’t read! (I haven’t read her shorter stuff yet, either.) I’ve watched both the Billie Piper and Frances O’Connor movies and liked both, though, despite some issues. I liked Fanny in the movies and am sad that she’s apparently so hated. (And sideeyeing the fact that Austen’s least popular heroine is the one with the most terrible background.) Fanny’s rejection of Henry Crawford and his “why don’t you devote your life to redeeming me” filled me with delight in both versions. (Fix yourself dude!) I tried to find a youtube clip of that, but it’s all shipper vids because fandom. In general it seems to be a bit darker than most of Austen’s work, and definitely a departure for her other novels, but I can’t really make any deep analysis or comments since I haven’t read the book, or watched either movie in a few years.

some things

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:51 pm
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* I almost have my MRI referral, yay. First I must go for an X-ray, boo, because my med insurance requires one before the other. The facility has walk-in X-rays, boo, and to get in line, I'll have to rise even earlier, which usually leads to Reason's early rising, too, double boo. It's more than 5 km from the office, boo, on a bus line, yay.

I don't understand the logic that requires irradiation to rule out bone chips before imaging soft tissue, given that I have partial use of my shoulder---continually so since the fall three months ago. I am enormously glad to have partial use of my shoulder, to be clear: I can type and handwrite, get into a shirt without much trouble, open a lightweight door, even do forearm planks and ± hang the laundry. (I hang everything besides sheets because I like wearing things out, not having the dryer do it for me.) I can't hand my child a fork or spoon without pain, however, given where we sit at table: angle of extension, not how demanding the task is. After my grumpy post about near-total lack of abduction, I tried the bicycle, which overtaxed my left shoulder in compensation but led to a nap, not a fall. ...yay? (Informed risks are part and parcel of chronic pain, anyway.) While I read random web things, my left hand uses the mouse while my right arm bends and curls into my ribs unbidden, as though my body could protect it. Sorry, arm and axle; please keep waiting.

* Reason is so annoyed that Hidden Figures the book is "for grownups" and has "a ton of text." Wait two or three years, little one, and you'll probably skate through it. (She wouldn't be so irritated were she unable to conceive of herself reading it.) There's apparently a Young Readers version, but our nearest library doesn't have it.

wie lieblich sind deine wohnungen

Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:16 pm
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Mirok Li, Der Yalu fließt, trans. as The Yalu Flows by H. A. Hammelmann (1956): as a young man, Li was instructed by his mother to flee north across the nearby Amnok River (a.k.a. Yalu) and escape the Japanese police, probably circa 1920. He never returned to Korea; from China he made his way to Bavaria and worked as a doctor until his death in 1950. Besides this book, which is a remembrance of his childhood---it ends quite abruptly after his river-crossing into Manchuria---Li left scraps of a second book, which Hammelmann describes as a reflection upon juxtaposing European life with his Eastern upbringing. Think about it for a moment: born around the time when the Japanese government began occupying Korea, departed shortly after the March 1 movement---and then, somehow, sufficiently at home in a Bavarian village that people came to him for medical consultation amidst the tumult of the Third Reich.

A whole paragraph of my notes-while-reading was eaten by something, probably OneNote, so I no longer have the romanized names that caught my eye. "Mirok" is 미륵, more usually Mirŭk or Mireuk, as in the usual Korean rendering of Maitreya, the Buddha; his father's given name is rendered "Kamtsal," and due to Li's childhood training in classical Chinese, I'm not sure what to do with that Wade-Gilesish ts- as filtered through German. Chŏl, maybe? Two more bits have floated up while I type---Li's father asks him once whether he has heard of the great Korean poet "Kim-Saggaz," and Li's teaching includes the works of "Mang-dsa"---that's Menzius auf deutsch, usually Mencius or Mengzi in English.

I can see why people place this and Younghill Kang's The Grass Roof together, but Kang's text is almost painfully satirical, whereas Li's is almost painfully earnest, too earnest to be much truer than Kang's. Li's account is nonetheless nearer the technically fictional yet memoirish Richard E. Kim's Lost Names (1970), as expected.

I really wish that more writers besides these men and Park Wan-suh (her preferred romanization) had felt empowered to express themselves in semi-autobiographical writing (with a visibility level enabling translation into a language I can read). It's selfish, but seriously, they're all from yangban families---why don't we have a wider representation of voices? At this point, if we don't, we won't---they're dead---unless someone's writings are discovered late.
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Recommend me a good Kdrama for beginners. ( [personal profile] coffeeandink  )

Limiting myself to kdramas I’ve seen that are also on Hulu or Netflix (I know you have Netflix from comments made in the past at your DW, and I’m just guessing as far as Hulu goes), though both have taken down most of their kdramas (both that I’ve watched and otherwise) over the last year or so.:

On Netflix: Hello My Twenties (previously Age of Youth, don’t know why Netflix wanted a new name) which is a slice of life series about 5 female college students who are roommates, except in this case, one or more MIGHT be murderers, there’s at least 1 Secret Lifestyle and 2 Secret Pasts between them, plus one who can see a ghost that may or may not be the ghost of a murdered person. A few others that netflix has that I liked but didn’t exactly love are Descendants of the Sun (romance between a doctor and a soldier, pretty straightforward and simple but enjoyable, but sometimes prone to pro-military propaganda), Goodbye Mr. Black (modern day retelling of Count of Monte Cristo), and Be Arrogant (webdrama about 2 women who open an online shopping store after their mutual cheating boyfriend robs them and runs off.) Go Mrs. Go is a drama that I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t watched. White Nights (previously Night Light) is a recent drama that Netflix has the first half of (I think they can’t add the second half until a certain amount of time after the international broadcast finishes, or something like that). What I’ve seen is a good thriller about a businesswoman with huge schemes and plans and a parttimer who she brings into her inner circle and starts grooming as a bit of a mini-her/femme fatale. I can’t actually recommend it though because I don’t actually recommend things until I know whether or not they have good endings.

On Hulu: Most definitely Healer, a thriller/romance about a mercenary, a spunky reporter, and 80s underground radio station, political corruption, and spunky journalists. Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is a revolutionary youth sageuk about a crossdressing girl, political conspiracy, and feuding political factions at Sungkyunkwan, the school for scholars and future government officials, is a drama I loved and would normally highly recommend (despite it having a lot to do with more serious sageuks becoming less popular and fusion youth sageuks that are heavy on idols and lighter on sageuk pros and historical veritas largely taking over the genre, but that’s another matter), but shortly after I finally got around to watching it, the lead actor was involved in a rape scandal where multiple women accused him of rape over a longish period. He was found not guilty, but with Korean rape laws, it largely meant “we can’t convict him under the current laws, but he probably did it.” (That said, the rest of the cast is wonderful, and the only bad thing I’ve ever heard about any of the others was that one time he got in a fight with police when drunk-which was worse for his career than exposure as a possible serial rapist was for Park Woochun.) For “liked but didn’t love,” hulu also has another thriller, Liar Game, about a reality show where people have to con each other out of millions of dollars. T’s on the absurd side, but fun and the leads were pretty great. Oh My Venus is a romcom that I liked in spite of it being a makeover plot, but the leads more than made up for it. The Master’s Sun is a romantic dramedy about a woman who sees ghosts and a man who keeps them from bothering her because she can’t see them if she touches him. I Hear Your Voice, Empress Ki, and Tree With Deep Roots are dramas hulu has that have been highly recommended, but I haven’t seen them yet. W: Two Worlds is a metafiction fantasy drama that was really really popular last ear. I started out really liking it but lost interest about 2/3s through, but most people I know who watched it loved it till the end. Hulu used to have a huge selection of kdramas but lost most of them a year ago when DramaFever’s license expired (this might be changing, as ive noticed a couple dramas on hulu have been moved to the DramaFever channel, which had been deleted before), so I think everything else I’ve seen that they used to have was taken down.. They still have the best selection outside of Viki or DramaFever, who hold licenses for most kdramas and cdramas that have been licensed.

[personal profile] skygiants has pretty good rec posts for Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Age of Youth at their dreamwidth, along with several other kdramas, so that’s also a good place to look.

Rest In Peace, Bernie Wrightson

Mar. 20th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Bernie Wrightson has passed away at the age of 68, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. His work looked familiar to me; I eventually realized that he did the illustration/concept design for the original Ghostbusters (1984). It was featured in the book Making Ghostbusters.

And if anyone out there desires to get a look at Making Ghostbusters, and can’t locate a physical copy, (it tends to be rare, or ridiculously expensive) you can download a pdf copy over at Spook Central. It’s the third book featured on the page—right click and download the full book pdf.

After a quick perusal of his Wikipedia page, I see that I’ve also seen his work in Batman: The Cult, Batman/Aliens, and Heroes For Hope: Starring The X-Men #1 (he worked on three pages). I never knew about his comic book adaptation of Frankenstein until now.

fiber monday

Mar. 19th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Once again, an unexpected, hey-I-could-make-that gift has squeezed other items down a step in the queue. Soon I'll see a friend from grad school who had a baby a few months ago. We have the slightly awkward habit of exchanging small gifts---tl;dr not my idea, and culturally bound. It's far simpler to bring a gift for a baby than for a person who eschews thinginess. I mean, baby gift or fruit basket? Baby gift.

The last time I attempted baby gifts, I failed utterly. This time there is only one child---no extras for older sibs, etc. With one temporarily free-to-use pattern, the friend's prior (over-)generosity is balanced, I think. Plus, it uses yarn that I'd nearly given up on reassigning after it proved too soft and splitty to crochet into a small dragon. It's Dale Baby Ull (wool)---all right for knitting. (I used different yarn to crochet a kangaroo + joey for Reason instead, three years ago.)

It helps that a toddler-sized garment is small; it's a bit past the halfway mark. Cajsa cardigan's lower edge is mid-bindoff, and one pocket-bag's edges have been sewn.

Also, nnnngh, Reason's legwarmers have wanted so much k1,p1, but at last they're finished. It's nice to have a positive example for a child of something horribly boring that has a good reason for pursuit...? (We did talk about it in those terms.) Photo sometime after they're dry.

anti-bicycling update

Mar. 18th, 2017 08:52 pm
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Haven't used it since last fall because of rain and the shoulder injury. Street bumps disagree with the latter.

Now that the rains have faded and I want to bike again, however, I have determined what's up with my shoulder: week three of super-gentle physical therapy exercises (minus the exercises that turn out to displace my grumpy vertebrae, heh heh) has split what hurts and what's merely weak from neglect. Read more... )

What I'm watching in March

Mar. 18th, 2017 03:43 pm
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Cdrama:

General and I

kdrama:

Ms. Perfect
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Saimdang: Light’s Diary

US TV:

Bones
The Catch
Elementary
Feud: Bette and Joan
Into the Badlands
Madam Secretary
Making History (a bit on the fence about continuing)
Powerless
Star Wars Rebels
Underground

(no subject)

Mar. 17th, 2017 12:34 pm
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 Are any of my WisCon friends still in need of a room?  I have a room booked but one of my roommates isn't coming this year, and the other hasn't made a final decision yet.

icons: Carmilla

Mar. 16th, 2017 11:12 pm
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 91 x Carmilla



here ) 

reading wednesday

Mar. 14th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Current/recent reading: fanfic in one fandom. Disappointment and curiosity interrupted a 3DS game at its four-fifths mark, so game and fic will share a post.

Next: a handful of browser tabs and a couple of long epub-format fics remain. Perhaps then my brain will reengage with the published fiction I've been trying to read. Six consecutive blocks mean that it's not the individual books or a true bounce; it's me.

I still have a couple of queued book posts, but this fact (bit of a hangover from the recent office deadline) seems worth recording.

(Also, of course, now I'm in pursuit of a different office deadline---one that involves reading a lot of existing material!---but it's kinder and involves things I know how to approach. The only frustration is minor: we're writing a bunch of documentation, and no one else seems to think it'd be wise to check for existing content first, plan for five minutes which chunks belong in which Confluence pages, etc. I guess that editing is part of the "value" I can add, very gently, in that most of my co-producers in this effort have had no cause to ponder such topics before---though there's an interesting question buried in asserting experience-based authority for my suggestions: if you've never pondered document organization and someone has Opinions, why would you think that the opinions are worth consideration? At least it's easy to explain reasons for those opinions. There is much I don't know, as ever, but when confronted by a muddle of partially redundant material meant to support a training lab, I find I know some things. That bone-deep sense is unexpected; then again, it's been twenty years and a bit since I first documented software professionally, and thirty since I began editing my parents' cover letters and resumes for job applications. This is the kind of thing that makes me meta-reflect upon how most children of non-immigrants never even know to ponder certain gaps.)

The Catch 2.1

Mar. 14th, 2017 10:16 pm

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