30 Day Music Meme - Days 23 & 24

Jun. 24th, 2017 10:48 pm
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Hahah, so behind on everything I mean to post...

23 - a song you think everybody should listen to
  Rasputina – Indian Weed
  Rasputina's live presentations are not to be missed and this video demonstrates why. This track just sears.

24 - a song by a band you wish were still together
  Prick – Communique
  Kevin McMahon has been my future husband ever since the days of Lucky Pierre. Listen to this track and understand why.


30 Day Music Meme - Day 22

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:33 pm
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22 - a song that moves you forward
  The Thermals – Pillar of Salt
  I don't know what "a song that moves you forward" is, but I love this track and it doesn't matter where I am, I cannot sit still when I listen to it.


Dear Fic Corner Writer

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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Hello, and thank you for volunteering to create a gift for the Fic Corner exchange. I'm delighted that we share a love of children's literature and hope that you have fun creating a gift for me.

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"In over my head"

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:15 am
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Dear fellow caregivers for toddlers: I would love advice on two distinct things.

1) What makes a good potty? The number of variations is overwhelming. We want something pretty simple, I think: looks like a toilet, no branded characters, doesn't play music, sits on the floor, is basically a bucket with a seat. In the more distant future we'll need one that folds up or goes over the toilet seat or something, for when we're on the road, but right now this is just for Kit to examine and contemplate and get used to the idea of.

2) Like most 18-month-olds, Kit is full of energy. Unlike most 18-month-olds, Kit can barely walk unassisted and can't run or jump. They've only just started climbing around on the most low-level playground equipment and are very uncertain; they can get up five steps to the top of the baby slide but haven't yet sorted out how to slide down it. When they can't burn off all that energy, they get very agitated and fussy. How do we help them get something like vigorous exercise on the weekends? So far my only idea is to take their walker wagon to the park so they can toddle along at a fairly fast clip for longer distances than our apartment allows—there's a good smoothly paved straightaway there—but that's a pain because the sidewalk between here and there is very uneven and narrow, so I'd have to figure out some way to carry the (heavy, bulky, non-folding) wagon while pushing Kit in the stroller, and that may surpass my own physical limitations. Maybe a lightweight folding medical-style walker? Is that a ridiculous expense for a kid who probably won't need it anymore by the end of the summer? And what do we do when it's not park weather? The nearest real play space for kids is the Brooklyn Children's Museum and it's kind of a haul from here—two buses, and you have to fold the stroller on the bus. They can only crawl around our apartment for so long.

EDIT: We did have a great dance party to the B-52s on Sunday—their pure sincerity is a perfect match for toddler sincerity, plus a good beat—so I should remember that's an option for indoor days. Friends on Twitter and elsewhere also suggested walking while holding Kit's hands/arms; playing follow-the-leader movement games ("Stretch WAAAAAY up high! Now bend WAAAAAY down low!") or doing movement to songs; setting up a tumbling mat and big foam blocks to climb on if we can get some that fit Kit's room (need to measure the open floor space); getting a cheap flimsy lightweight doll stroller to use as a walker in the park.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions on either or both fronts!

Rare Pair Fest Letter

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:09 pm
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Jun. 21st, 2017 10:36 pm
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What Am I Reading Wednesday - June 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

The Windfall – Diksa Basu
I very much enjoyed this book. It resembles Austen in its gentle parodying of social mores and its characters' concern for status and material wealth, but also Shakespeare in the way the characters' desires and motivations are at cross-purposes to one another, with everyone misunderstanding everyone else's intentions, often to amusing consequences. In the end, Basu opted to keep things realistic, so there's no neat resolution to the novel's many plotlines, such as one would find at the end of an actual Shakespearean comedy. (And I'm not sure such a conclusion would have served the book better.) This one is fun and definitely deserving of a read.

What I Am Currently Reading

Buddhist Economics – Clair Brown
I'm supposed to have this finished for a book club on Saturday, and I just cracked it open. Heh-heh.

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer & Charles Fishman
Brian Glazer has produced tons of well-known movies, although I had no idea who he was before I started reading this book. Basically, the guy seeks out talented and interesting people to have short conversations with, which he credits with sparking many of the ideas for his films. It's an interesting concept, and Glazer's narrative is largely free of ego, but it does suffer somewhat for his attempt to redefine everything (courage, civility, grit, you name it) as curiousity.

Tarot 101 – Kim Huggens
There's plenty of “look at the card and let your intuition tell you what it means” wishy-washiness here, but Huggens' grouping of the Major Arcana by archetype versus numerical order is refreshing. I'll be interested to see how she handles the Minors.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Deathless – Catheryne Valente
I lost steam on this one during part 3, but happily it picked up in the final chapter and now we are back in business. I've said this every week, but Valente's language is beautiful and sounds exactly like a fairy tale should. This week's chapters in particular have contained some gorgeously stark imagery.

What I'm Reading Next

The Essex Serpent, and I am very excited about it.


30 Day Music Meme - Day 21

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:11 pm
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21 - a favourite song with a person's name in the title
  The Pillows – Kim Deal
  The best song ever written, ever. After nearly two decades it still makes me incandescently happy whenever I listen to it.


Reading, Listening, Watching

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:34 pm
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Reading: Still Crime and Punishment which should be no surprise. However I had anticipated being further in than Chapter 5 by this point.

Listening: Stuff you Missed in History Class on William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman. So far he's invented a lie detector and is investigating women's emotional responses to bondage - suddenly Wonder Woman's lasso takes on a whole new dimension. He appears to have been both a feminist of sorts* and a polygamist. The former of which is, I gather, very evident in the early Wonder Woman comics (particularly his belief that the world would be a better place if run by women) the latter somewhat less so.

Watching: We have discovered Stanger Things. Very reminiscent of E.T. (it opens with a D&D game, is set in the 1980s and much of it is short from a child height viewpoint (a characteristic of E.T. according to B.))

*neither of his partners got suitable credit for their, in some cases considerable, input into his work.
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<cut text="Review'> <cut> Tales is actually two stories that bookend Second Mango. There is one about Riv, one of the queen's bodygaurds set before the series when she was still a mercenary. It's interesting in that there is a lot about consent and protection of the innocent as well as a side commentary about the struggles of refugees. The second story is about Aviva, the queen's chef and intimate companion. It is kind of silly and almost borders on crack which is a nice balance to the first story. At less than 150 pages it is a quick, easy, read.

Comment Fic

Jun. 20th, 2017 04:10 pm
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Only one for today. There were a good number of Shadowhunters prompts, but only one grabbed me. You can find it here: http://comment-fic.livejournal.com/826540.html

30 Day Music Meme - Day 20

Jun. 20th, 2017 05:35 pm
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20 - a song that has many meanings for you
  Fever Ray – Seven
  Rather than saying this song has many meanings, I would say there's no possible way to convey this song's meaning aside from through this song itself.


Ys: Ark of Napisthim - thoughts etc

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:47 am
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I finished Ys VI: Ark of Napisthim, a word that I continue to struggle to spell despite spending several hours reading it.


Well, next up is The Strangest Journey, Ys Seven, and sitting down and playing the Caligula Effect because I have been trying to move it on for a month now.

Texas Capitol Building

Jun. 20th, 2017 08:09 pm
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While I was in Texas an old friend and his wife took me out for the day including a trip around Texas' Capitol

Piccies Under the Cut )
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