reading wednesday

Feb. 12th, 2019 09:04 pm
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Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Blades: there has been comfort in reading a novel focalized by a cynical, middle-aged woman with PTSD which is rooted in tasks and responsibilities she must yet handle because none else has had her experiences, well and ill.

The one hitch is that sometimes she sounds like Buffy.

Current reading: Matilda because Reason is making me (not kidding), plus I've inched forward upon Novik's Spinning Silver, begun some months ago.

Rest In Peace, Carmen Argenziano

Feb. 11th, 2019 12:15 pm
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Carmen Argenziano passed away yesterday at the age of 75. May he rest in peace. I will forever remember him best as Jacob/Selmak on Stargate SG-1, given one of the first episodes I ever saw (during a marathon on The Sci-Fi Channel prior to the name change to Syfy, I believe) of the series was where Jacob received his symbiote; Comet tends to have marathons of the series on Tuesdays, but I don’t think they’re up to his episodes again just yet.

He also appeared in an episode of Babylon 5; it was season 2, and the episode was Knives, so I haven’t watched it just yet. He played Urza Jaddo. I’ve seen most of season 1 and seasons 3-5, so I’m getting there soon enough.

A perusal of his IMDB page tells me he popped up in more stuff than I ever realized over the decades, including an early role in Grave of the Vampire (1972), an episode of Columbo (Identity Crisis, in 1975), When A Stranger Calls (1979), an episode of Designing Women in 1987, and The First Power (1990).

To my surprise, I do not have a Jacob/Selmak icon. Nor do I have one of Samantha Carter, so have one of Hammond asking about the disaster of the day. It felt just a bit more appropriate than the one of Daniel saying he'd find someone more interesting if they were dead.
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Turns out that February has decided to be a very not-nice month so far. I'm flipping back and forth with my depression as the new meds are settling in, my legs are hurting like a motherfucker (and people say you're supposed to be happy if you exercise? can i have that pls? i seem to be missing out) and apparently I'm not getting enough B-vitamins since my GP told me I should stop taking them. Funny that.

On the bright side, the drop-in doctor I met was a baby one that was absolutely fascinated by seeing symptomatic B-vitamin deficiency. to please?

In short, my head isn't particularly well screwed on atm. My knitting, otoh, is going excellent since that's pretty much all I can convince my head that I can do.

To do:

Get an appointment with mum's Feldenkreis therapist - her contract with the healthcare system is up in March, so if I want to try her out with subsidized pricing, now is the time.

Get appointment with foot specialists so that I can rule out treading wrong when it comes to the pain.

Buy paracetamol to see if that helps with my waking-up-from-pain issues - doctor thought it might.

Figure out how to eat more salt. 'Cos I'm still low on that and I've been trying to eat more ever since the pain doc told me to. On the bright side my levels are stable if low?


Feb. 9th, 2019 09:37 am
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Apologies for the terrible screen cap quality, but because I usually skip over the Guardian credits I somehow hadn't really noticed these shots of the two of them before, and I feel the need to put them here to fully appreciate them.

Two more under the cut )

The fondness! The being practically in each other's laps! *appreciates*

All I want to do today is watch the early episodes and mull over fic where ZYL knows that Shen Wei is suspicious murders suspect number one, but definitely wants to fuck him anyway, and instead I have to go and do adulting. Life is hard.

Testing image posts

Feb. 8th, 2019 07:48 pm
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Let's see if this works... I'm really confused by Dreamwidth's inability to upload images directly to the entry editor; instead you have to upload your images separately into a media gallery, then copy and paste the link from the gallery to the entry. And there's a limit of 500MB... looks like I won't be using this as a repository for my Avatar Zuko notes. I have been thinking about using Pillowfort as an alternative if Tumblr gets pulled for good, though it also seems to have an image limit of 2MB. Wordpress would actually be ideal for this kind of project, but for some reason it's really fussy and doesn't let me bulk edit posts. >.> why is everything so hard *whines* well, it's probably more that I've just been spoiled by Tumblr. Okay, now to preview this image.

Edit: okay, picture of Fu Shou's not showing up... hmmmmmmm 

What are you reading Wednesday

Feb. 6th, 2019 08:54 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Dumas' Robin Hood: Le Prince des Voleurs. I'm aiming to read five books in French and five in Spanish this year, and this is my second French novel. 

This book and its sequel were pretty much the last things Dumas wrote before he died and it isn't one of his best: it's one-third pulp outlaw shenanigans to two-thirds saccharine romance. The pulp is pretty pulpy and fun, though: villains always repent and confess their last before dying, everyone improbably rides horses full-tilt through the night despite the lack of street lighting in 12th-century England, all the characters coincidentally run into each other all the time in the depths of Sherwood Forest, and Robin's secret call to Little John is "the cry of a heron being pursued by a vulture." (Not an eagle, not any other bird of prey, specifically a vulture...)

What did you recently finish reading?
Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse Chinoise by Dai Sijie, and I loved it! 

The narrator and his best friend Luo are sons of doctors: "intellectuals." This being the cultural revolution, the two boys are dispatched to be re-educated by working in a remote mountain village, with no idea if they'll ever be allowed to return home. The only way of bonding with their new neighbours is by acting out plots of films they've seen, as a love of hearing stories is something shared even by the village's authoritarian chief. Then they discover that a boy in a neighbouring village possesses something unimaginably secret, exciting and forbidden: a suitcase full of books...
This is such a warm and empathetic story, and Dai Sijie obviously really loves his characters. There are many funny and memorable moments: from the two boys befriending an alcoholic miller who sings them bawdy songs in his flea-filled house, to the increasingly desperate lengths they go to in order to get hold of just one book from the secret suitcase. And tying in with my current read, there's a scene of the narrator recounting the plot of The Count of Monte Cristo to the local tailor over nine consecutive sleepless nights that made me really happy.

What do you think you’ll read next?
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, the most recent novella in this author's Vietnamese-influenced space opera series, is sitting on my kitchen table and I'm looking forward to starting it.

BTW, work is super busy and is eating my brain at the moment so I may be around on Dreamwidth a bit less, but I'm always up for chatting on twitter. I'm yan_tan_tether there, so if you're on twitter, please do add me!

The Icon Meme Continues

Feb. 5th, 2019 01:57 pm
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1. Comment to this entry saying 'Ooo Shiny!' and I will pick 3 of your icons/userpics.
2. Make an entry in your own journal (or just reply if you prefer) and talk about the icons I picked!

[personal profile] arduinna selected these three for me to talk about. I’m also reposting the rules in case someone wanted to do this, too.

This one was made by [ profile] perletwo_ljcozy. I have no idea what issue of the original New Mutants that panel comes from. I’ve been tempted to delete it a few times, since I almost never have the opportunity to use it.

Kitty and Kurt walking along a cliff (I think?) on Muir Island, around the first issue of the original Excalibur. It would have been shortly after they mistakenly believed the X-Men were killed in Dallas, and right after Kurt awakened from his coma. I’ve used it for at least one or two serious posts, and love the art style by Alan Davis. [ profile] alterian made it.

This is Elizabeth from Curse of Frankenstein (1957). I believe the scene involves her going snooping to find out what Victor is hiding from her, and she’s moments from discovering the creature. [personal profile] thisbluespirit made this icon for me for the latest round of Fandom Stocking.

Vid: One Piece - Level Up

Feb. 3rd, 2019 02:56 pm
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If you are afraid, give more
If you are alive, give more now
Everybody here has seams and scars
So what? Level up!

- Level Up by Vienna Teng

Download link:

This is the first AMV I've done, and it was really interesting seeing the differences between what worked for live action sources versus animated sources. I might ruminate on this a bit more and make a post about the experience.

Naturally, I decided to start on god tier difficulty level, with an anime that has been running for over 20 years and has over 800 episodes with the available source material in 4 different file formats, only 1 of which works with my vidding program natively, with the rest needing to be manually converted. I literally had to buy an additional terabyte of storage before I could do this lol.

That all being said, I absolutely love this vid. It's everything I love about One Piece in a nutshell.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k posted: Markdown Simplifies Formatting Your DW Posts

Markdown was inspired by email. It's a minimal way to format your text. The goal is to use "natural" formats, similar to email. Software that understands Markdown translates it to HTML. Markdown is much easier--and more forgiving--than HTML. This post has the markdown you'll use the most.

Useful! I learned basic html when I was in middle school and have just been sticking with that for the last 20 years, it's probably time to learn some of the newer more efficient methods lol.


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