Thank god for sick leaves

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:41 pm
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Day 2 of feeling like a disease-ridden lump x__x

Yesterday was the cough to end all coughs and a feverish, aching body. Today the cough has transitioned into a cold (with the occasional cough) and my back is one giant hurt (probably from sleeping so much yesterday).

Someone end my suffering ;__;

Out of Context

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:54 pm
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Summer haze. Even when retreating into darker, cooler indoor spaces the weariness does take its sweet time to lift. Oddities catch me unaware: like the inventor's mannequin in the office across the hall, which stands just inside the door and is visible whenever his visitors walk in and out. It isn't an anatomical model, but a male mannequin normally found in department store windows and interior displays. The hair is auburn and stylishly done, as far as current couture goes, yet it wears no clothes. Stiffly unposed, gestures neither here nor there. Thus having plucked it from its original context, the inventor now uses the mannequin for demonstrations of a machine intended to detect certain cancers. Or so they say. Patent pending, it seems.

Ah, lassitude

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:59 pm
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Verging on hot (ie 30C/ 86F) so I succeeded only in picking up my disposable lenses, and finding a case for my foreign cell phone. Made in China universal size (meaning I can't recharge with it in) and probably a rip-off: when people say the price is 20 bucks flat with no mention of sales tax, well...

What I wanted was a stylus because my last one came unscrewed, leaving only the rubber end stuck in the phone. Got two more from the box at Factory Direct, clerk took them and went rooting through box again, then said 'I'm sorry, all these are broken.' Somehow all the rubber tips had vanished from the ends. If I'd been thinking I'd have realized that was exactly what I wanted, but thinking is an activity unknown in July. So, well...
Wednesday )

What Am I Reading Wednesday: July 19

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:26 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

The Seeing Stone – Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
This book is much better as a full volume than divided into two as Goblins Attack and Troll Trouble, mainly because the fey we meet in the second half are far more engaging than anything we encounter in the first.

The Hacking of the American Mind – Robert Lustig
Lustig is genuinely dedicated to improving health outcomes, but his argument suffers for his devolving everything down to sugar intake. I agree with him that global sugar consumption is far too high and that dopamine reward systems are at the root of this problem. But I'd argue that how corporations use psychology to drive people's behavior, marketing to inflame their insecurities, and data analytics to customize approaches to drive individuals to consume more is a problem that extends far beyond sugar, and that any volume called “The Hacking of the American Mind” needs to delve into these issues to merit the title.

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
The best novels make it hard to pick up another book when you've finished reading because you just want this story with these characters to continue. The Essex Serpent is very well written and I enjoyed the ride, but it failed to grab hold of me the way the best novels do. I think some of this is to do with the fact that Perry devoted less of the narrative to the characters who intrigued me most. But the ending was satisfying indeed, and I adore how Perry avoided the pat and predictable outcome every. Single. Time. I'll be reading more by her.

India – Becky Stephens
This book was a good, albeit superficial introduction to the country, although it did try at times to put too much of a good spin on its major social ills.


What I Am Currently Reading

The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander
When I read this as a kid, Gurgi and Eilonwy drove me nuts. They both still do, but all these decades later I have such affection for them it makes for an easier read.

The Infidel Stain – MJ Carter
Still truckin.' I still find it hard to believe Avery's opinions on the social order could have remained so retrograde after all his time in India and Afghanistan, but this somehow irritates me less this time through.

Preacher: All Hell's A-Coming – Garth Ennis
Herr Starr is such a glorious villain. And jesus christ, I'd forgotten how horrible Cassidy is, and how groundbreaking it was for Ennis to portray this stuff way back in '98 and '99.

The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore – Cynthia Giles
Hands down, still one of the best volumes on the cards out there. Why it isn't at the top of recent lists on the subject perplexes.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie Holmberg
With an additional fifth of the book under my belt, I'm less certain I've figured out the big reveal. The writing continues to sparkle, and Holmberg continues to write some of the freshest riffs on YA fantasy out there.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

Clariel – Garth Nix
Finally, rainstorms, and I could read more of this book. This week's chapters featured a ripping battle with a Free Magic spirit, and for personal reasons, Nix's portrayal of Clariel's affectionate but clueless and spineless father hurt. Also, it looks like everyone has an angle, and it is glorious.

Captive Prince vol.2 - CS Pacat
For reasons.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm about 1/7 of the way through my read-these-first shortlist, and will continue to pick volumes off in the coming week. Black and DiTerlizzi's Lucinda's Secret is currently at the top of the list.

これで以上です。
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Things we've been watching

We just finished March Comes in Like A Lion season 1 and I am so glad there's a second season coming because this show has shot to the top of my All Time Favorite list. (Which is hard to do! It's a crowded list!) It's so sweet and warm and genuine. It's a slice of life show about people who have suffered and been messed up and are dealing (or not dealing) in various ways and although there's a lot of heavy themes it has such amazing heart. Love it.

Skuld's been watching Master of None and I watch along. It's definitely hit or miss with me. The first season was fun, it has absolutely shining moments. The Thanksgiving episode with Denise coming out was powerful stuff, but the whole will they/won't they straight romance with a side of cheating is boring and hits Bad Buttons so I'm not too impressed with the second season overall.

Tour de Pharmacy (in UK: Pharmacy Road) a silly Adam Samberg HBO special docudrama thing that takes the piss out of cycling in general and the Tour the France in particular was funny. And exceedingly ridiculous. But also funny - and Daveed Diggs had a big part in it so extra love for that!

Twin Peaks: The Return continues to be a tour the force for Lynch & Frost. It's beautiful and unsettling and does things its own way for its own reasons and I adore it for that. We usually watch each episode twice, and in the hiatus after episode 8 we rewatched 1-7 again, so that's three viewings so far and I still don't get bored of it. (Frustrated, yes. Bored? No.)

And since we were on a Twin Peaks kick we finally got around to watching Mulholland Drive and. Yes. That is certainly... a film? I'm not sure what I watched, or why, but it's been a lot of fun discussing it with Skuld and reading/listening to analyses and theories. I'd actually like to rewatch it? Because while I didn't love it, I did find it a really interesting experience.

HOT FUZZ. Because we ran out of other things we were in the mood to watch and we both love this movie to bits. We put it on a random Tuesday night and were late to bed because Hot Fuzz. For all the reasons. Including, of course, the thing Edgar Wright summed up in his famous 2009 tweet:

@edgarwright Me and @simonpegg once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ…(applause)

More from Twitter, with fanart )

Things I've read
The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin, #1)The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Oh no! I really, really wanted to love this. And it had a bunch of ingredients I like. But... they never really came together for me. I think it's a me thing rather than a book thing, and I don't feel I can write a proper review. I mean: the books does have a lot of fascinating themes, Li-lin is an interesting character, and the world is quite vividly drawn. I don't know why it still fell flat for me.


What's next?
I've got new volumes of Vinland Saga and Princess Jellyfish manga to read, and I've got the latest Raksura and Queen's Thief books all queued up on my reader. I just need to find something that drags me back into reading, because with all the Real Life excitement recently my attention span has grown short and my anxiety looms large and it's making it hard for me to focus on words and other worlds...
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...the first 13 minutes of last night's Raw.

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. I have been waiting almost half a decade for this story arc and I did not think it would ever happen and it did. And it not only did it happen, but it happened as if ficcers had scripted it.

Oh my god. My little fangirl heart. It may not be able to take this.

これで以上です。

Household hint

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:47 pm
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Never cared for facecloths. They get sopping wet, they rarely dry out properly, they go moldy in every season but winter and sometimes then, and they don't exfoliate. Scratchy Japanese bathcloths are far preferable, if you get the 'haado' version, but even the soft ones do the reverse of facecloths. (Periodically I remind myself to throw them in the laundry to get rid of Toronto's hard water deposits but that's the extent of the care.) Nonetheless the best purchase I've made recently was a bunch of violently coloured facecloths from the dollar store- because I treat them essentially as one use.

Come home sweaty from work. Don't want to undress and shower and dress again, so I remove damp tshirt, wipe down exposed skin with cool facecloth, and acquire dry top. Facecloth goes over railing in upper hallway. Later I undress, have shower, rinse out bra (a necessity in summer), towel dry and into sleep shirt: and then fetch still damp facecloth and wipe down tub walls and sink, which accumulate shocking amounts of dust and grunge on a daily basis. Put to dry over rail again, throw in laundry basket next day, wash with whatever else requires the dryer. So there you are: half washcloth and half duster, and the better part of both.

Mouse problems

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
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Computer, not domestic. Mouse gets hyper in summer and double-clicks everything, so I can't check boxes or back-click to my last page or insert the cursor inside a word without highlighting everything. Have taken to clicking with my middle finger which evidently doesn't twitch the way my index does.

100 Demons is indeed ideal summer reading, as several people noted on the last post, but Judge Dee is even better, being written in my own language. Block's burglar books go down easily- finished two this weekend- but lack the same heft and oomph. In spite of protag's lesbian best friend and her string of girlfriends, more than the protag has. I'd thought from the first book it'd be the other way round.

Everybody has a hungry house dep't:
Friday evening I went to put my Birks on but couldn't find them. Not in the hallway, not by carpet where I drop them when I go to sit on the couch, not in the mudroom ('did I go out to the back yard?'). Couldn't think where I might have put them when I came home. Rousted out old pair, the ill-balanced ones that twinge my tendons, started out and found Birks by the front door. Where I left them when I'd decided to wear my walking shoes against the forecast downpour.

Then that night my knee was twitching so decided to wear a brace to bed. I have two of them and wore both during the day but could find them nowhere at night. Not on the couch (best bet) nor in the sideroom (second best) nor the bedroom nor the kitchen table. Rousted out an old narrow knee brace and used that instead, wondering why my house had become a devouring monster. Saturday, quite by chance, found them atop the printer by my computer table. Now if only my phone stylus and phone case would reappear from the Dungeon Dimensions they dropped into so many months ago...
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There's so much to do for an international move. We've started looking at pet transport, moving quotes, new furniture... It gets pretty overwhelming when taken all at once. But it should be manageable. We can do it, little by little.

It'll get easier when (when, not "if", because I have to let myself hope) can confirm that we can get one of the apartments were're eyeing. They're new builds, which is why we have a shot without spending the usual 2-3 years on housing waiting lists before getting anything but a short-term sublet.

Apartment blathering )

So many things we want to start planning, and so many hopes pinned on this block of flats... and we just don't know if we'll get one. We literally don't know what is required to start a tenancy application. I emailed the landlord/builder rep, and of course they're on vacation now, because that's how Sweden rolls. So there's nobody in the office until the week before I go to the showing.

I keep having anxious moments when I'm sure they will be ALL OUT OF APARTMENTS and we'll be stuck chasing short-term second hand leases where we won't be allowed to bring our cats and it would be a total nightmare. I don't think that's true - they would hardly invite people for a showing if they didn't have any flats left to let - but what if. Agh. *fret fret fret fret*

There are just too many factors in this I can't control, and until those are settled my anxiety/stress levels will be unusually high and that's just. My life now. But fingers crossed?!

Another completely unrelated thing I can't control is the fact that Instagram's embeds don't work here. :/ I've logged a support request, but of course that's somewhere around priority #4987 for the Dreamwidth staff.

See, this is what shows up when I use Instagram's Embed:

Cut for waste of space )

But I've been wanting to share some of the pics I've been posting, and I won't let a giant technical issue I can't solve stop that. I... uh. I've been screencapping my Instagram posts and uploading them to DW...? It's the silliest workaround ever, but it gives me something to do that isn't obsess about how hard life will be if we can't get one of those apartments!

Preview:



Some awkwardly crossposted Instagram pics )

Baby Driver

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:39 pm
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I always love Edgar Wright's directing - Hot Fuzz is one of my all-time favorite movies - so now that he's got a new movie out I didn't even watch a trailer before buying tickets.

Baby Driver is a fun movie, with absolutely amazing directing. And not just "directing" in the sense of telling the actors what to do, but - the opening credits list a choreographer. Pretty much all the music is diegetic - it's heard and experienced in-universe. The same is true for the sound design.

It's such a joyful experience to watch a beautifully crafted scene where everything is integrated to the point of fight scenes where the guns go off in time with the background soundtrack, and the editing is as beautiful as anything in a high quality fanvid.

Here are the first six minutes of the film so you can see what I'm talking about:



Oh and one thing I really loved was seeing the main character speak a lot of sign language with his foster dad, who was a very sweet and sympathetic figure, and the ASL was just there no big deal. Very nicely done, and an unexpected and much-needed bit of representation. (The actor who plays the foster dad is Deaf, too.)

That said... It was not without issues, and I'm not as head over heels for it as a lot of other people.

Some more thoughts )

Fandom post: Saiyuki Reload BLAST E02

Jul. 15th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Saiyuki Reload BLAST E02 (7/10) → I'm not mad I'm just disappointed that this was a pure filler ep and not a Gaiden flashback. That being said, [twitter.com profile] Moertono_ did point out it was a good ep characterization-wise and I totes agree. (I will never get over Saiyuki showing Goku as a big bro. NEVER.)

Personally, the most noteworthy thing in the episode (aside from the completely hilarious Urasai) was them showing the Houtou peeps again. Gyokumen looked damn fine like wtf. I never really found her attractive before but woah. Sadly, still no Lirin and Yaone.

Urasai kinda rekindled my love for Sanzo/Kougaiji which was pretty unexpected hahaha. Nowhere near, "I gotta write fIC!" levels but still.

Quiet Returns

Jul. 1st, 2017 11:10 pm
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Having drifted away from LJ (and after more than a decade of primarily using Facebook) I've decided to return to this quieter corner of the interwebs. Peace of mind is hard to come by these days. Therefore I'll accept any and every foothold within reach. And so here I am, battered luggage plopped by the proverbial door as I figure out where to put the couch, bed, and kitchen table. I've thrown open the windows in search of air. Coffee is brewing.

Edit (added 7/15/17): For those in the Saiyuki/Wild Adaptor fandoms, you might know me from my previous LJ/FF username, 'Mitsima.'

https://www.fanfiction.net/u/219302/Mitsima

My apologies for not mentioning it sooner! So if you happen to receive a subscription/access notification from me I hope the bit of context I provided above clarifies who I am. But if not, please feel free to message me. :)
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...though it's barely half past July. It's not just the cherries: I observe certain trees going yellowy and Florence's copper maple down the street dropping its leaves in clumps as it usually does when sulking. (Florence planted it some 40 years ago; she just moved into assisted living last month, but was assiduously gardening up to the end.)

Not surprising if the trees are confused. Had the AC on for the last two nights because yesterday's high of 27 happened at 10 pm and its low of 16 at nine this morning: since which the temps have barely budged and we've revelled in (if you're me) or suffered through (if you're everyone else) a grey October day. Back to 28 on Saturday, with thunderstorms, again.

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, unnecessarily and unwillingly, and have been sleep-stunned and eye-achey all day. Partly due to the stress of losing a gold crown on my molar last night and having to get it replaced mid-day, but at least it got recemented where it belongs. Would happily go to bed early and forget clocks, but I have acupuncture tomorrow morning and must be up at an uncivilized 10 am. Never mind being invisible or able to breathe underwater, the superpower I want is to be able to fall asleep whenever I want and wake precisely when I tell myself I will.

A Lack of Definition

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:54 pm
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Weather this warm induces a pleasant mental fog that reminds me of that 100 Demons summer story where Ritsu, drowsing in the heat, sees a visitor coming to the house looking for his grandfather, and recalls that she came ten years ago on a similar hot day. At that time Ritsu's grandfather put her off for a decade, and the story goes on in ways I forget. But at the end Ritsu realizes that even ten years ago his grandfather was already dead and couldn't have been nogotiating contracts with youkai or ghosts or whatever the woman is. Or couldn't except he's Ritsu's grandfather and does. But as in that story, if you start reading a book in this heat its reality slops out of the covers and takes over your own for a bit. Not a bad thing, depending on what your reality is like currently and what the reality that replaces it is.
Wednesday meme )

What Am I Reading Wednesday - July 12

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:00 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

10% Happier – Dan Harris
My opinion hasn't been changed by a second read-through: this is an excellent book that does a damn good job of introducing Buddhist concepts without resorting to anodyne BS.

Tarot 101 – Kim Huggens
This book is ultimately good as a reference for learning what sorts of systems and symbolism might be incorporated into any given deck; I was frustrated by how superficial most of the descriptions for any given element were. Perhaps I'm being unfair given that the book is titled Tarot 101, but I also feel there are other authors (e.g., Giles, Kaplan) that do a better job of actually providing basic introductions to said elements, versus saying “these elements exist” and never moving beyond that statement.


What I Am Currently Reading

The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander
God. God. Alexander isn't using big words, or complex sentences, or pages of descriptive text. So how is this book so good? Whenever I reread him (or Katherine Paterson or Scott O'Dell or Jean Craighead George) I realise how much utter shit is out there, and how high my tolerance for it as grown.

The Seeing Stone – Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
Early days for this one, but I'm enjoying the artwork.

The Infidel Stain – MJ Carter
Only read a few chapters this week.

Preacher – All Hell's A-Coming – Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Some of the humor is quite dated; I doubt as many people today would find “men had gay sex!” or “feminists exist!” to be guffaw-inducing punchlines as did in the late nineties. But the serious plot elements that pivot on gender roles are touching and pretty damn transgressive given how old this series is.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

The Hacking of the American Mind – Robert Lustig
Lustig is an entertaining writer, which is good, because he has a hobbyhorse—sugar—that he is flogging to death. That said, the science he uses to back up his concerns seems sound, and he does a better job than most pop science authors of explaining complicated phenomena in layman's terms. That said, I find myself wishing I'd retained more of all that stuff I learned in undergrad, because it would help me to evaluate his claims. I sense the thesis is going to be that corporations have used sugar (and possibly electronics) to addict people to consumerism-driven quick hits of pleasure at the expense of deeper, yet less exciting contentment, but I haven't made it far enough into the volume yet to be sure.

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
I'm still enjoying the book, but several major plot developments are being telegraphed from miles away, and I have the sneaking suspicion that the climax is going to be little more than “here is what happened to this group of characters over the course of a year.” Which isn't to say it's a bad or unentertaining book by any means, just that I though it would be something more, or else. I'm not exactly sure how to put it into words.

India – Becky Stephen
A quick easy read, but there's quite a lot of putting lipstick on pigs when it comes to issues of caste and treatment of women.


What I'm Reading Next
Because ongoing reading has gotten a bit out of hand, I have instituted a “complete this first” list that includes the seven “reading now” books above, plus Black and DiTerlizzi's Lucinda's Secret, Naomi Novik's Uprooted, and Alexander's The Black Cauldron. I also have The Strangler Vine and Midnight Riot going on audiobook, because why not?

これで以上です。
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Reading! Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Stratagem came out a couple of weeks ago and it was the only thing I managed to pick up and read during the Schroedinger's Job part of the ongoing New Job saga. But then I put it down again because although I'd read Ninefox Gambit in January, some of the details had faded a bit. And I love the characters so much I want to catch every single nuance of their world and words and everything else, so I went back and re-read it (and loved it just as much - if not more! - the second time around). Then I read all of Raven Stratagem really fast and now I'm sad I have no more Machineries of Empire.

My Goodreads review, cut for space )

Things that happened today:

After getting an email this morning I asked for two days off, booked flights & accommodation and made plans to go to our new city to look at an apartment August 16th, then meeting my new library colleagues on August 17th.

I am stressed/nervous/excited and hope so fiercely that the apartment situation will work out, because the rental housing situation in Sweden is lol nope and this seems like a really good opportunity. Really, really short version: demand hugely outnumbers supply when it comes to flats & getting a first-hand lease requires years of waiting for the right opportunity.

However! There are three new apartment buildings going up in our new town, and the builder-landlords are showing it tomorrow and again in August for tenants to move into November 1st... I have no idea how many people will apply for the available apartments, or how the selection process will work, but I'm going there in person to make a good impression and hopefully sign us up for a flat (I'd totally take one unseen at this point because that's how hard it's to find a place to live, but since I have vacation days to spare and access to cheap airtravel... it's a good idea to get as much information as possible in person.)

My new colleagues are excited for my visit - one of them is taking a break from her holidays to come show me around the library and introduce me to people. She's also offered to show me the best places in town to go for a run! So that's really sweet. ♥ (And so intimidating. Having to make an entirely new set of work friends... uuuuuuuuuuuuuh.)

But yes. Today I learned that it's literally cheaper to fly from Gothenburg to Stansted than it is to take the train from Cambridge to Gatwick. (I'm doing both.) Also: accommodation is really pricey!

So fingers crossed the whirlwind Sweden trip will work out (I'm flying the day of the showing, so if the flight's really late I'm SOL), and that good things will come of it.

Other Fun Moving Fact that's a whole post in itself: no pets allowed in the cabin on flights from the UK (stupid UK!), so we're going to have to hire a freight company to transport Meenie & Nora in the hold of an airplane to get to Sweden. [insert paranoid cat guardian panic & lots of £££ here]

Those Poignant, Dusty Roads

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:34 pm
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I've finally put aside time to watch the first episode of Saiyuki Reload Blast.

Ah, and so here we are...

I'll admit that it's been a short eternity since I've put myself in contact with Minekura's work but Saiyuki, in all its familiarity, has always been a comforting place where my mind could return. After Gaiden delivered on its promises I stepped away for a moment, or more than a moment (letting it sink in slowly, because how long had we been spinning that yarn of possibilities among ourselves?) and now here I am again. How quickly the years pass.

"Blown from the west,
fallen leaves gather
in the east."

~ Yosa Buson

Not Just Me

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:10 pm
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It was a grey blowy day, sprinkling from time to time. Not hot at all, but damp and muggy, yes. A staff who's at least a dozen years my junior, and considerably slimmer than I, was all "Oh. My. God. My legs are killing me- and my shoulders- and my knees- and my arms..." I was much the same but fortified by anti-inflammatories and codeine.

My cherry tree's leaves are turning yellow and dropping, now when it should be the fruit that does it. One year it shed all its leaves in September, but July is just a mite early. However the tree two doors down, which has its own micro-climate- blooming and fruiting on a different schedule from mine- is also yellowing autumnally. Some blight, or the very wet summer we're having, though I'd think a dry summer more likely to produce dead leaves.

Achiness requiring gin, I dined at By the Way, a restaurant I frequented regularly from the late 80s until... three or four years ago? It feels very early and mid-oughties to me now, belonging to a time when when I was another (Japanese reading and speaking) person. It's not like I haven't eaten on Bloor the last few years, but mind refuses to remember where. Pauper's, I suppose, and the vanished Pump, and the much lamented Butler's Pantry, and a couple of sushi places I still go to, all fairly undistinguished.

Fandom post: Saiyuki Reload BLAST E01

Jul. 10th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Saiyuki Reload BLAST E01 (8/10) → Before we begin, lemme just say that how hyped I am that Saiyuki is back in anime form! I know the fandom never really went anywhere (the manga updates slowly but it is very much alive) but there's just something about anime that makes it easier for people to latch on to that I'm hoping that this will revive the fandom enough to the level of activity that I experienced back in high school.

I already went on a mini Tweet rant about the anime right after watching it, but I'm expanding on my initial thoughts here. Putting this under a cut to spare y'all. )

Saiyuki was a big part of my high school life. I'm sure I've already talked about how it was my first fandom before, in a previous entry, but augh I'm just. So happy that it's got a new anime. When the announcement first came out, I went through Twitter to see how people were reacting and it warmed my cold heart to see just how many people were super excited for their childhoods to come back. A lot of them didn't even know the manga was still ongoing so they had extra fun catching up with it to prep for the anime.

It's a good time to be in the fandom ♥

Burglars Can't be Choosers

Jul. 9th, 2017 06:51 pm
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Hey! I finished a book! In a single day!

Bernie Rhodenbarr, as the title says, is a burglar who finds himself in dire straits after a job goes wrong in an unexpected way. This was published in 1977 and ohh does it show. In 1977 New York the WTC still stands and an honest cop is one who stays bought. (All cops can be bought but not all stay bought: Know Your Bribable Cop, friends.) People are listed in the phone book if you want their addresses and getting information requires many long distance telephone calls. Answering machines, it is generally agreed, are an abomination: self-respecting people have services. And there are many old and dilapidated office buildings which, I am fairly sure, have now been turned into towering steel and glass monstrosities. Watergate is a recent memory and Reagan hasn't happened, hence there's still a middle-class, a dearth of billionaires, and actors who can afford to live in the Village.

One wouldn't want it back, I suppose (the sexual attitudes alone are hair-raising) but there's something terribly innocent about this pre-80s world, where Trump was only worth 2 million dollars (his words and 1977 values, of course.)
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