Record Setting Summer

Jul. 6th, 2015 07:00 pm
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1) Women's World Cup Final Read more... )

2) I would also hope that the artificial turf, does not make a comeback, given the high temperatures it creates, hard falls, and skin burns when you're sliding on it. Take a look Read more... )

3) As I'm not in the Teen Wolf fandom I'd had no idea of the cast changes for the new season. Read more... )

4) I read this review of Sense 8 and was curious to know who out there is watching it and what you think?

5) As I plan to watch Supergirl this fall, I was interested in seeing her history explained. All I can say is "Wow -- and men make fun of soap opera history and storylines..."

Still not really finding a rhythm

Jul. 6th, 2015 09:30 pm
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Still getting used to this retirement lark - I think it probably needs rather more time during which I'm not inundated with Stuff and bopping off to conferences etc to get into something that's more of a routine.

I went in to the Former Workplace, Where I Still Have A Place To Hang My Hat (if I wore a hat), picked up a parcel, found that my new business cards (which ideally I would have liked before the trip) had finally turned up, did some (annoying) admin stuff re computer access etc (which I thought had been sorted when I underwent my status change), printed out various things that wanted refereeing, did the reports on 2 articles and read through the research proposal, made some comments on something that actually, feel I would be in my rights to say, no, sorry, retired now, you should have got onto it earlier, scheduled some meetings to catch up with people/talk about their research, ignored a very last minute request to do a radio phone interview, that sort of thing.

Went to gym on way home, because with one thing and another I have not been going regularly for far too long and need to get back on it.

Have also done an update to the academic blog after a hiatus and hope to get a couple more posts out there.

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Jul. 6th, 2015 09:44 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] tree_and_leaf!

Penny Dreadful 2.10.

Jul. 6th, 2015 10:22 am
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Well, that was... unexpected.

Read more... )

Culinary

Jul. 5th, 2015 09:23 pm
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On my return I made a loaf of the 3 Malts and Sunflower Seed flour, v. nice.

Friday supper: Gujerati khicchari.

Saturday breakfast rolls: Tassajarra cinnamon raisin.

Neither of us felt much like going out on Saturday evening, so I cooked us a meal in: a whole John Dory simmered in soy sauce and ginger (a recipe from Colin Spencer's Fish Cookbook, which was a bit unhelpful about the timing for a whole fish rather than fillets, but turned out nicely in the end), served with couscous, asparagus healthy-grilled in pumpkin seed oil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and padron peppers.

Today's lunch: pheasant potroasted with bacon in brandy and madeira, served with Greek spinach rice, chicory halved, healthy-grilled in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with wild pomegranate vinegar, and broccoli steamed with garlic and red chilli (the chopped garlic and chilli sauted in oil then the broccoli florets added and tossed in the oil, and then a little water added).

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Jul. 5th, 2015 11:03 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] stillsostrange!

Linkspam summer in the city

Jul. 4th, 2015 08:28 pm
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Taiye Selasi: stop pigeonholing African writers:

[O]ne could argue that 50-odd writers emerging from a continent of 1.1 billion people represent more of a trickle than a wave. So, too, might one question the media’s fondness for these little ethnic trends. (When did the white male novelist’s moment begin, and when will it end?) One might pause to wonder what so-called African novels have in common: does the commercial category function as a creative one, as well?
....
When I warn against grouping African writers together, it is not because I lack pride in the continent’s literary tradition, but rather that I am conscious of the west’s tradition of essentialising African subjects.

And on essentialising, can't help feeling that Scarlet Thomas may be falling into the erotica equivalent of 'woman write sloppy ro-mance; men anatomise the sufferings of the human heart' (not to mention, even invoking Rule 34 - if it is Rule 34? - that I am still trying to get my head around a woman finding P Roth's works erotic: YKIOK, but I don't want to have to read it). Also, this?

But it seemed that with male writers, the more establishment the figure, the more prizes he had won, the older and more assured he was, the dirtier the book was going to be.
Or, the Too Important to Edit syndrome - ? see also Heinlein?

[P]layful future-set thriller - isn't 'playful' in a blurb/review another of those words that thikks blud with cold? Mad props to reviewer John O'Connell for the following, though:

While Maddy is mostly well drawn, there is something depressing about the obligatory passage every thriller with a female lead seems to have – I call them “But What Do Her Breasts Look Like?” scenes – in which she strips to examine herself in the mirror and is relieved to find herself trim and sexy, with “no obvious cellulite on her thighs, no dimpling of fat”. You won’t find Jack Reacher salivating over his own six-pack.

Whereas in my humble, Hari Kunzru is point thahr, misst, when in an article on Dune after 50 years, he comments 'female characters are consistently strong and active', without addressing the context of the sexism of the book ('history will call us wives' and secret wymmynz conspiracies, etc). I'm not sure he entirely handwaves away the 'what these people need is a honky messiah' aspect, either.

Is Southern Gothic a thing all on its own (and does it really rule the world?), or part of a wider Gothic strand in literature? Also, author of this piece has probably never read any of Florence King's eviscerations of Southern Lit tropes (there is one acclaimed novel which I could no longer take seriously once the unstable female cousin showed up).

I feel that a lot of Hardy jokes have been missed in this article about the advantages of moving to Dorchester - wot no riff on wife-selling? Tut.

I have my problems with Jonathan Jones, the Guardian art critic, but I will forgive a man much for loving London and recognising that moaning about it has a long, long history (Dr J's London is one long whinge from someone who had no actual desire for picturesque Welsh seclusion).

Star Trek Meme: Day 29

Jul. 4th, 2015 03:47 pm
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Day 29 - If you could tell Gene Roddenberry one thing, Star Trek related or not, what would it be?

I have an aversion against this type of question, because it seems to be aiming at two possible extremes: adulation and deconstruction. Now I don't have an urge to lecture a dead man I didn't know, and whose creations I enjoyed a lot, about various of his 'isms - that feels presumptuous to me. And the urge to praise someone dead for their efforts is something I get in the case of, say, Van Gogh - the episode Vincent and the Doctor is one archetypical wish fulfillment in that regard - i.e. an artist who died without knowing his creations ever amounted to something. Whereas Gene Roddenberry got all the praise he could have wanted while still alive to enjoy it, and then some, so there's no need.

As this is the last day of the meme, though, and I had to tell the man something, I shall resort the a classic: Live long, and prosper. And he did.


The other days )

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Jul. 4th, 2015 12:23 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] silveradept!

New Zealand?

Jul. 4th, 2015 12:43 pm
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I maaaaaaayy manage to go to New Zealand next year. Now, given that winter is summer and summer is winter if you're from the opposite part of the planet, what would be the best time to visit? If I can manage, I want to see as much of the country as possible, which is easier when it's neither too hot to travel nor all snowed in.

Advise me, New Zealanders and fellow travellers, pretty please?
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Is there anything like GoodReads or LibraryThing for short stories? This came up in the course of a conversation about keeping track of short stories and logging that one had read them and the impression they made, which of course one can do oneself e.g. in a spreadsheet, but that does not really provide the facility to recommend and promote further which those sites do for actual books.

But just because I don't know of anything doesn't mean it doesn't exist! It may simply mean that there are limits to my knowledge.

So does anyone know of anything like this? The particular context was sff and its generic penumbra.

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Jul. 3rd, 2015 10:24 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] stardyst!

Star Trek Meme: Day 28

Jul. 3rd, 2015 10:45 am
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Day 28 - Your favourite friendship in Star Trek?

I have to separate this into incarnations again.

TOS: the trio, inevitably. And I do mean all three, not Kirk/Spock plus McCoy, but Kirk-McCoy-Spock, with Kirk's friendship with McCoy and McCoy's bickering friendship with Spock as important as the one between Kirk and Spock. Together with the good ship Kirk/Enterprise, this three way friendship is the emotional heart of the show, and the reason it survived that long.

TNG: I was certainly most intrigued by Picard & Guinan. We never got an episode that was all about them, but there were enough scenes to show the depth of the relationship - Picard's complete trust in Guinan's judgment in Yesterday's Enterprise, the way he confides in her in Measure of a Man, while there were also lighthearted scenes (Guinan's wry reaction to Picard's archaelogical geeking out at the start of Rascals). And of course there was the mysterious origin of that relationship. (Shame Time's Arrow, which showed how it started from Guinan's pov, wasn't a good two parter, but they never showed Picard's first encounter with Guinan from his timeline, so that's left free for the imagination.)

DS9: Quark & Dax, and I've written the fanfiction to prove it. Jadzia was the first among the regulars to hang out with Quark socially, not because she was a customer at his bar, and to unabashedly enjoy his company. (This, btw, was when her character clicked for me. The first season had played Dax serene and wise, while the second introduced the Dax who had a flippant sense of humor, loved playing Tongo with Ferengi and flirted with aliens that had open skulls. Not surprisingly, the later version was the one who stuck around.) But it wasn't all having good times together, there was a line to be crossed, which came when he did the weapons of mass destruction dealings with Cousin Gaila, and her reaction was key to giving Quark the courage to go up against Gaila and his psycho client.

Voyager: Janeway & Seven of Nine. This made me from a lukewarm Voyager watcher into, for a while, an avidly interested one. It was a prickly relationship with a great paradox at its start - Janeway forcing individualism on Seven who didn't want it (but whether or not Seven was in a state to make such a decision immediately after being cut off from the Collective was an unanswerable question) -, and their frequent clashes kept me as hooked as their moments of understanding.

Reboot: Kirk & Pike. Reboot!Pike pushed just about every fatherly mentor button I have, and whether he was supportive or chewing Kirk out, he just knew how to handle Jim K., and became apparantly the first person whose opinion really mattered to young Kirk; his inspiration, too. (I'll never fail to regret the reboot wasn't radical and had Christopher Pike remain Captain, with Kirk and Spock serving as his officers.


The other days )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Jul. 3rd, 2015 03:58 am
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Not Just the Past , Spike/Buffy and Inferno , Buffy/Faith by [personal profile] katleept.

Snow in July , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

The Female Husband , Faith/Tara by [personal profile] kerkevik_2014.

Chapter Seven of Legacy by [profile] the_huffster.

Buffy/Tara wallpaper by [profile] spikesredqueen.

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