I feel so tired though. I worked the two days before this, and did other important stuff like decluttering my stuff in preparation for packing and applying to a job I really want.
The newspaper headlines in southern Alberta are all jubilant. The UCP won the election and the Flames are in playoffs; what more felicity could be demanded from the world, this early in the year?
I wanted a piece of jewelry to commemorate handing off Con or Bust, among other things, but nothing was really grabbing me, so I outsourced creativity and asked Elise Matthesen to make me a surprise pendant. I prompted soft green (after a necklace I bought last Readercon and broke a while ago) and/or freedom. The result is called "Breathing Room" and it's glorious; it makes me feel like I'm wearing a protective amulet or armor. I posted pictures on Twitter.
(Elise is having a big sale now and has promised to do something with the makes-a-surprise later this weekend, so check the shop out!)
I don't watch The Magicians, but I'd seen a surprising amount of positive discussion of this season (I'd gotten the vague impression that many were unimpressed with the books' handling of key issues). The season finale seems to have burned that all down; here's an impassioned essay with, naturally, all the spoilers. ( content notes )
So many things I did not know about Emily Dickinson!
A very thorough look at the production and economics of premium ice cream.
The Honey Month is a collection of very short stories and poems, themed around a gift of a month's supply of samples of different honeys. Each piece begins with notes on that day's honey - colour, smell, taste - followed by a story or poem inspired by it. El-Mohtar's writing is beautiful: lyrical, sensuous, atmospheric, and several of the pieces in this collection play with familiar fairytale narratives in the way I loved so much in 'Seasons of Glass and Iron'. It's a short book, but utterly delightful and deeply absorbing.
One of the fun things about a paid account is being able to upload customized mood themes like it's 1999 (literally—that's when LJ started up), and I just happen to have a MILLION zip files of other people's mood themes saved to my computer.
So, if you're interested, leave a comment and pick a couple; I'll upload the zip files to Mediafire and add the links to this post. Warning: They're all LJ era fandoms, and accordingly some have better resolution than others. Also the pictures vary from tiny to big.
Here's a list: ( look it's the aughts again )
I haven't used moods in such a long time I forgot how...weird the options are. No "helpful" or "useful," no "industrious." Guess I'll go with busy.
1. Did you enjoy your senior year of high school?
Yes. I was at a boarding school and in the last year we had significantly more independence, which I liked a lot. I mostly cooked all my own meals, for instance, and went for long walks on the hills when I had free afternoons. I had some nice friends and I found A-levels really pretty easy, so I did not do a lot of work. Also I had an unconditional university offer, which helped. Plus, I like doing exams and between mocks and A-levels (of which I did 5), there were a lot of exams.
2. Did you have a senior trip (high school) and were you able to go on it?
I don't think I went on any residential trips with school and I'm pretty sure we didn't have any day trips in U6, because of all the exams and university interviews and so on. I did have four interviews, at least two of which involved staying overnight.
3. Was graduating (from either high school or college/university) a big thing with your family or just another day?
Obviously I did not graduate from school because I was not at school in America. The last two days of the summer term were always the same: Sports Day (vile horror) and concert; church service, lunch, prize giving. Parents could come for all of it. Usually my father picked me up from school and if I'd won a prize he would come for the lunch and prize giving. In my last year, my mother came instead (my father went to my brother's school that year). It was a slightly bigger deal in the final year with a special tea and things. I won two prizes (physics and maths).
My university graduation was on a freezing and wet January day. The Oxford ceremony involves going outside halfway through, to change into your new gowns. We all came back in dripping wet, which is not a good look for a white-fur-trimmed hood. I hadn't planned to have graduation photos but my mum really wanted them, so my dad and I organised it in secret as a surprise for her. Except black and white are NOT my colours at the best of times, and cold and wet was not the best of times. I honestly look like I've died. She nobly still has the photo on display in their bedroom, but not anywhere other people have to look at it.
I graduated in absentia for my other degrees.
4. What were you looking forward to the most after graduating from either high school or college/university?
Well, after school I was most looking forward to university. After finishing university (not graduating, which didn't happen for another 8 months) I did not have a job and I was panicking a bit. I didn't really have anything specific to look forward to.
5. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your graduating self?
I would tell myself going up to university that although you'll find the first year fairly straightforward, it will get harder in the second year. This is not the moment to just stop doing any work. You can, in fact, do this, and it will be a lot easier on you if you don't wait until six weeks before finals to try and cram in everything from second and third year. Also, when Dr Jones tells you not to worry about the special papers, do not listen. You still need to pass those papers. Oh, and don't get too invested in Eldorado. It gets cancelled in less than a year.
I would tell myself leaving university that it all works out in the end. Just do the next right thing as it comes up, and trust God with the outcome.
The vi'lets from her lap, and lillies fall:
She misses 'em, poor heart!
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....WHOOPS, I apparently missed my own 10-year anniversary on this DW about a week ago. (I forgot my mom's birthday. Twice. I never forgot T's birthday, but for years I thought it was two days later than it really is.)
I know there's probably entirely justified concern about what information Facebook is gleaning about people who use it - and even if my use of it is pretty minimal it would still be problematic to give it up when there are people in my life who do use it as their primary means of contact.
But I have been lately been given to wonder exactly how granular and detailed is the information that is gleaned, and, okay, I daresay my adblocker is blocking ads so I'm not seeing these anyway, and I've gone into the ads settings and turned off just about everything that might be deployed to advertise things to me -
Which hasn't stopped, once or twice over the past weeks, sponsored advertising posts popping up in my timeline WOT, but after I have spent some time clicking to hide these, the hint appears to be taken...
But, anyway, in the wholly Point Thahr: Misst stakes, when I go into Settings/Ads/Preferences/'Advertisers', and find a whole swathe who come from 'contact list added to Facebook', they are 99.9999 recurring US-based, most of them realtors, with a tiny sprinkling of health-related organisations. And I go through, and I delete them, or at least remove them from view, and wonder Y O Y? how pointless is that? given that my location is one of the few bits of public-facing information available?
Or is this a subtle misleading? and in fact I am being bombarded with subliminal wombattery, because their algorithms have noted that what I post is mostly wombats? and I am being lulled into a false sense of security?
My attention span only really lasted for three of them, but the fourth had River Song so I tried listening regardless. I think it was a pretty good one but I'd gone all distracted and fiddly so I should probably have saved it for another day and may relisten to it later.
Things I like about these sets: The Doctor is positively surrounded by women, and they talk to each other a lot, about adventures and saving the day and such.
Things I do not like: The bad guys have mental health problems, and this is what makes them bad. ( Read more... )
So I liked the stories plenty, but I should take a break between discs and not plan a four hour listen in future.
On the plus side I got many dragon things done in Flight Rising, so that was nice.
... I'm kind of bored of Flight Rising too, the Coliseum gets boring when you've got optimised dragons to play with, but I did win a really expensive battle stone today, so that was good. And my Toni dragon is level 19 now. ... though I'm feeling like teh build is out of character because I just have been using the optimised numbers Mark III and Mark V have, and really a Tony Stark type should be an Intelligence build, even if those don't seem to work as well because Eliminate is so decisive. Oh well.
Doctor Who and dragons: A good day.
It's so sunny out I don't have any pockets -- I didn't even bring a hoodie with me. I'm waiting at the bus stop to meet diffrentcolours for a drink, after an afternoon in the sunshine eating Japanese food with haggis.
A lot of things are really tough but right now the world feels nice and sounds nice and smells nice and I'm enjoying it. I figured that was worth making a note of.
"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."Because even Sherlock Holmes sometimes needs someone to look over his work.
— The Adventure of the Yellow Face
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I feel like that’s really all that needs to be said. Either this is something you immediately want to read, or not. But a few more things I liked about it…
- It’s epistolatory, told completely in the form of letters, chicken quizzes and pamphlets, to-do lists, etc.
- There are a lot of completely accurate chicken facts.
- The superpowers are used the way that actual chickens would use superpowers if they had them. They’re not superintelligent chickens, just regular chickens with unusual abilities.
- The heroine, Sophie, is biracial (white father, Mexican-American mother) and while this is relevant to the story, it’s not what the story is about. Are you or do you know a Latina girl who wants a book where someone like them is the heroine and it’s not about Issues? Do they like chickens and/or The X-Men? Then they are the perfect reader for this book.
- Honestly though anyone is the perfect reader for this book. I guess unless they hate and fear chickens.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer