Today was beautiful

Apr. 30th, 2019 11:42 pm
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly
Just lovely!

But I probably should not have celebrated the arrival of good weather by going to the bookstore....


Read more... )

language practice returns

Apr. 24th, 2019 10:59 pm
yhlee: wax seal (Default)
[personal profile] yhlee
Mainly because I have been sick since this morning. I hope tomorrow I will be able to handle solid food; I have been on liquids.

Joe and I have this concept of "lowest energy state." It's the thing that you can do mindlessly to soothe yourself when you're too tired/sick/whatever to do anything else. For Joe, it's either watching anime or playing computer games. For me, right now, it's doing basic origami or language practice. I did a lot of Duolingo Welsh/French/German/Korean today...

Corrections/comments welcome, as always. Cockamamie "translations" of what I was trying to say available on request.

Cymraeg, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Sut mae, Cheris! Dych chi'n prynu gŵydd? Dw i'n caru'r gŵydd.
- Cheris: Sut mae, Jedao! Sut dych chi?
- Jedao: Dw i wedi blino ar hyn o bryd. A chi?
- Cheris: Dw i wedi blino hefyd, i fod yn onest. Dw i ddim yn eisiau prynu gŵydd. Dw i eisiau prynu llwynog.
- Jedao: Llwynog dw i! Pryd dych chi'n eisiau fwyta yn y swyddfa? Dych chi eisiau cawl heddiw?
- Cheris: Nac ydw. Dw i eisiau bwyta siocled neu tangerine.
- Jedao: Dw i'n mynd i yfed cwrw neu wisgi. Dych chi'n mynd i'r gwaith?
- Cheris: Ydw. Athro dych chi?
- Jedao: Ydw. Athrawes dych chi?
- Cheris: Ydw. Amser i fynd. Neis i weld chi. Hwyl!
- Jedao: Hwyl! Gwela i chi fory.

Français, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Bonjour, Cheris! Comment ça va?
- Cheris: Je vais bien. Et vous?
- Jedao: Comme ci, comme ça. Que fais-tu maintenant? Est-ce tu t'amuses?
- Cheris: Peut-être. Je dois conquérir l'univers.
- Jedao: Hein! Moi aussi. Peut-être nous pouvons travailler ensemble?
- Cheris: Mais je ne vous fais pas confiance. Vous êtes un goupil!
- Jedao: Les goupils sont complètement digne de confiance!
- Cheris: ...
- Jedao: Hélàs, maintenant je dois faire les vacances avec mon ami Kujen.
- Cheris: Est-il vraiment ton ami? Avec les amis comme lui, vous n'avez pas besoin des ennemis.

Deutsch, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- Jedao: Guten Tag, Cheris! Wie geht's?
- Cheris: Es geht mir gut! Was essen wir heute?
- Jedao: Keine Ahnung. Ich esse nicht, weil ich tot bin. Erinnerst du dich nicht?
- Cheris: Ja, ich erinnere mich nun. Ich hoffe, dass wir Schokolade essen können.
- Jedao: Ich mag Schokolade nicht.
- Cheris: Können die Geister essen?
- Jedao: ...Nein. Aber wir können denken, dass Schokolade ist schlecht.

한글, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- 재다오: 안녕, 채리스! 어떠니?
- 채리스: 안녕하세요, 재다오대군! 오늘 바둑노리 하십니까?
- 재다오: 고양이 사고시퍼.
- 채리스: 무순고양이 원합니까?
- 재다오: 귀여운 고롱고롱하는고양이.
- 채리스: 재가 고양이를 어들껍니다.

(Wow, Jedao is way easier to write in Korean because formal verb endings, what do?)

日本語, in the form of a dialogue between Jedao and Cheris:

- ジェダオ: ようこそ、チェリス!私の家へ?
- チェリス:あなたの家はどこにありますか?
- ジェダオ:星にあります。あなたの友達と会いますか?
- チェリス:私は友達がありません。
- ジェダオ:私たちは友達です!
- チェリス:...
- ジェダオ:レストランで寿司を食べますか?
- チェリス:はい。

(Sorry, I ran out of steam because my vocabulary is terribad.)

...Wow, it's so weird how the formality levels play out in some of these languages. (I didn't attempt to do it in Welsh because I frankly don't know enough of the conjugations yet. I just got introduced to "Sut wyt ti?" as the informal version of "Sut dych chi?/Sut dach chi?")

Soooooo I really am a bit sedentary

Apr. 24th, 2019 03:26 am
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly
Well, sedentary with long walks because I'd always rather walk than take the bus, but still.

On the one hand, I want to exercise more for general health reasons. I don't want to end up old and find out that immobility has snuck up on me, nor do I want to discover that it's really true that being inactive increases your risk of dementia. (It's all well and good for me to assert that dementia doesn't run in my family, but that only works if I ignore my father's mother. Which I mostly do, but still. Probably I should stop doing that.)

On the other hand, I don't want to exacerbate existing joint issues, which would really suck and probably not help my old age mobility at all, especially not if that's connected to arthritis. In the past month my mother has mentioned off-hand an alarming number of relatives who were severely restricted due to arthritis at rather young ages - and that's only counting the ones who developed it in adulthood! There's at least one cousin of hers or her mother's who was apparently "totally crippled" before puberty. She can preen all she likes about how that gene seems to have skipped her, I see my sister increasingly worried and yet dodging the thought that she might already be developing arthritis. She's not even 40 yet! (She ought to go to a doctor. I think we all know that neither funds nor time is really the reason she hasn't.)

So clearly the thing to do is find some 15 or 20 minute daily exercise routine that's reasonably high intensity but isn't going to screw up my joints, at least, not more than they already are. Preferably something that can be done by somebody with no real coordination - I can't jump rope, I can't ride bikes, every day I nearly trip over my own two feet/my pants/the dogs and break my glasses.

Maybe I should just buy myself an exercise bike. When I don't need to balance, I am very unlikely to fall down. I'm not worried about myself so much as my poor glasses.

wednesday reads n' things

Apr. 24th, 2019 04:05 pm
isis: (books)
[personal profile] isis
Since I'm using my 'books and cats' icon, I should report first that Lucy has recovered from Moving Trauma and seems to have settled in, by which I mean that she is leaving nose-prints on the windows and stalking us across the living room and sitting in B's lap when we read in the evenings. Yay!

The next important order of business is to point you all to the free books that are available now or soon. (Some of these may be country-restricted, sorry.)

World Book Day celebration at Amazon: Today only nine books from around the world, in English translation, are available for free in Kindle format. These are mostly literary fiction, historical fiction, and mystery.

Independent Bookstore Day celebration at On Saturday April 27th, a small selection of audiobooks will be available for free. You need a account, and you need to use their (free) software to listen on your phone.

2019 summer SYNC season: Beginning tomorrow, two audiobooks (mostly YA fiction, usually in pairs of old/classic and a relatively newer title, but for example this year's selection includes a full-cast reading of Othello and Mary Roach's microhistory Gulp) will be free each week (Thursday-Wednesday) for fourteen weeks. These download as mp3 files with no DRM and can be listened to on any device.

Okay, now that that's out of the way:

What I've recently finished reading:

Blood of Elves, the third book (and first novel) in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series. Oddly paced, with an abrupt ending, and if you haven't read the short story collections (and likely even if, like me, you have) some of the people, their backstories, and their relationships will confuse you. The translation does not do the prose any favors. On the other hand - this is solid backstory for Ciri, who I loved in the videogame Witcher 3 (and the tutorial/prologue of that game clearly comes straight from this book!), and the first part of the book has a lot of Triss, who I loved in the Witcher 2 game (and if I had played that before the third game, I would have romanced her then instead of Yennefer). Plus, there's more politics than hack-and-slash going on, and I really like the fantasy politics, especially the background of prejudice and marginalization of the non-human races.

I've also been listening to podcasts in preparation for my book club next month; we actually only read a book qua book four times a year, the other months being devoted to podcasts, articles, and storytelling. May's theme is "memory", and our "assigned listening" was a two-parter from Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast series: A Polite Word for Liar and Free Brian Williams, followed by Bringing Gamma Back from Radiolab. My thoughts on these programs )

I listened to a few more episodes of Revisionist History, just because I like Malcolm Gladwell. It's a lot of fun and I recommend it for interesting perspectives on random trivia.

What I'm reading now:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō, which I impulse-bought on Sunday when it was discounted as a Kindle Daily Deal, because the process of moving made me painfully aware of how much crap I own that I don't really use/need/care about. As some of you know, I lived on a 40' sailboat for over 3 years; we had five yard sales to get rid of most of our possessions, and when we sold the boat and returned to "normal" life, we swore we'd never get overburdened by "stuff" again. I mean, compared to the average American couple, we really don't have a lot of things, but it's undeniable that we have many things which are only taking up space and we really should get rid of.

I've only read the introduction and the first chapter, and so far I'm mostly just bemused by the idea of a little girl fantasy-tidying things and cleaning up for fun.

In audio, I have just started listening to a book I got from last summer's SYNC program: The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War, which is an anthology of YA short stories by various authors. Each story riffs off an artifact from the war; in the text version, I imagine they are shown in photographs, but in the audiobook they are described after each story. So far I have listened to "Our Jacko" by Michael Morpurgo, which is about a helmet used as a toy by a family's children, who later discover its origin and the story of their great-great-grandfather; and "Another Kind of Missing" by A. L. Kennedy, about a young boy visiting his father in the veteran's hospital after the father was invalided out by taking shrapnel in the face.

ETA: I totally forgot, I was going to mention that I enjoyed the first story, but was sort-of-thrown out by the repeated mention of Ypres, which - <ugly-American> - I totally knew, as a place, but didn't realize it was pronounced (at least by the narrator) "eep", which to my ear is terribly odd! </ugly-American>

What I'm reading next:

I need to start an eyeball-book soon. Maybe the next Witcher book, maybe one of my enormous backlog ha ha.

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:39 pm
[personal profile] theandrewhickey
I don't post here much, but I do still read my reading page every day. But I thought some of you might want to know about the new social media accounts for my podcast, A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs (and if you don't yet know about the podcast, check out to hear (so far) me talking for fifteen hours straight about music from 1938 through 1955). is the Twitter account for the podcast, while is the Facebook page. [personal profile] hollymath is running the Facebook, as I deleted my FB account a couple of years ago, as FB's whole interface and system seems designed to cause me social anxiety and raise my blood pressure, but she'll tell me anything people post there and stuff.
hollymath: Selfie: white person, three-quarter profile, smiling, brown hair shaved on the side we can see, chin-length on the other (Default)
[personal profile] hollymath
I haven't forgotten this series! It just took me a few days to write this up. I hope you enjoy it.

Gretchen McCulloch, internet linguist, has been talking a lot about the IPA on Twitter lately (I've been tagged in quote-tweets of both how to type the IPA on an Android phone and the thread of IPA (symbols) as IPAs (beers), and I think what she says about learning the IPA is well-timed for where we're up to:
Useful caveat about learning the IPA: there are a LOT of symbols, because it's designed to represent all sounds used in human language. Intro linguistics/phonetics courses often prioritize more frequently used IPA symbols, but I find self-taught people are more likely to get discouraged that they have a hard time remembering like, all the mid-central unrounded vowels except schwa They're v infrequent, it's okay. You still "know the IPA" for functional purposes if you have a good grasp on the symbols for the sounds you encounter regularly and know how to use the resources of the IPA to figure out less familiar sounds/symbols.
And it's this familiarity I'm trying to offer. )

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
rydra_wong: Half a fig with some blue cheese propped against it. (food -- fig and cheese)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!


2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

Best JJBA moments of AB

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:00 pm
momijizukamori: (shitty goth dad)
[personal profile] momijizukamori
- The extremely tall Giorno at the Friday shoot (like, easily 6'6". TALL BOY)
- The older couple cosplaying Oldseph and Suzie Q at the shoot
- Honestly, most of the Friday shoot, even if it was chaos (the assigned space was waaaay too small for the number of people who showed up, so there was wrangling)
- Giving all my trash children bucellati
- Kira who organized the shoot: I just took a cookie from Abbaccio and stuffed it in my mouth without questioning or thinking
- Getting distracted like four times on our drunken wander from the Sheraton bar to video gaming by moar jojos
- Very drunk friend who has not reached part 5: *squinting at Doppio and Diavolo cosplayers we ran into* Are they the same character???
Me: ....Yes... and no. You're too drunk for me to explain. Actually I'm not sure I could even if you were sober.
- The Mista who like, clocked themselves in the face attempting to hastily salute us outside video gaming
- Finally meeting one of the other JJBA fans in my local EGL comm (who has excellent taste in characters)
- The Bruno wearing a DARE t-shirt that we ran into
- The way any conversation about JJBA just attracts more jojos fans
- Going to the Gender Bending Fashion exhibit at the MFA on Monday and just picking out what jojos character would wear what

(hopefully I'll post photos eventually but it turns out I'm very bad at selfies and didn't get any myself)


Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:43 pm
yhlee: ashhawk (black phoenix) in flames (hxx emblem Kel)
[personal profile] yhlee
Does anyone want to suggest me music suitable for listening to while coding a Twine game about Cheris and Kel Academy?

IMPORTANT NOTE: I don't hear lyrics; I respond to the mood of the music. I'm thinking something cinematic. I also prefer music not to be glitchy/noisy/shouty/screamy--there's nothing wrong with genres like punk/metal/etc., but they're not for me.

Right now, as a stopgap, I'm listening to Clamavi De Profundis (hat-tip to [personal profile] telophase).

(no subject)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:49 pm
john_amend_all: (angels)
[personal profile] john_amend_all
This time of year, I sometimes like to take a walk of an evening. The last time I walked one of my regular routes, sitting quietly beside a farm track was a stone cherub, about 10 inches long. Not the sort of thing I'd have expected to see there.

Tonight I did the walk again, and the cherub had disappeared as mysteriously as it had come.

For some reason, I have the urge to check that it's still the year it was when I set out.

playtest call for Heretical Geese

Apr. 23rd, 2019 04:18 pm
yhlee: (hxx geese 1)
[personal profile] yhlee
Hello! [personal profile] ursula and I are entering a cowritten tabletop RPG game jam that is GOOSE-themed (the honking bird kind, not goosing people). We would like to round up a playtest group for either this Saturday or the weekend of May 18 (or both?).

The game is more or less hexarchate- and ethics-themed (specifically Shuos). The rules are two pages long. Play would run either on Discord or Google Hangouts, whatever is agreeable to the group.

Please PM me or email me (requiescat at gmail dot com) if you're interested in volunteering and I'll give you more info.

HONK! :3


purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (Default)

April 2019

 1 234 5 6
7 8 91011 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20


Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags