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This is a really interesting song to me, not so much the song itself (which sounds kind of like something Erasure might have produced in the late 80s/early 90s[1]) but the choices surrounding it.  You see, IZ*ONE was one of the hot new groups that debuted last year.  Their debut song, "La Vie en Rose," was recently featured as SOTD here.  Given the success of "La Vie en Rose," I think it's an interesting and somewhat risky choice that their second single is a Japanese release, as are their third and fourth music videos (which weren't released as singles).  If it pays off, it will have been good for them to get into the Japanese market early in their career, but it has the potential to backfire.  Korean fans can be very sensitive about the international markets, and they're quick to turn on an artist that they perceive as devoting too much attention to international markets at the expense of the Korean market.  I hope that doesn't happen to IZ*ONE.  I think the best thing they can do to prevent it happening would be to have a Korean comeback soon, preferably with an original song, not a Korean version of "Suki to Iwasetai."  [2]



[1]  Which I mean as a compliment.
[2]  "Suki no Iwasetai" doesn't even necessarily have to have a Korean language release - Twice and Red Velvet have each released any number of Japanese songs that were never released in a Korean version, and it doesn't seem to have hurt they're career.  Korean fans understand the necessity of foreign markets, and they don't insist on having everything.  They just think they should have the most and the best things.  (I imagine Canadian fans feel much the same way about Canadian artists promoting in the US.)

[personal profile] sovay has a way with words

Feb. 18th, 2019 07:28 am
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I believe we were on Walnut Street over the commuter rail tracks when Rob said something about our government and I said, "Yeah, well, Mitch McConnell ripped his own spine out from between his shoulder blades three years ago and laid it at the feet of the neo-Nazis to use as a bridge, so I don't really care what he thinks."

Context is fuelled by barbecued meats and tiki drinks.

Cat stuck in tree

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:11 am
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Firefighters called.

(See, now, that's the headline they should've gone with.)
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Originally posted at [community profile] writing_religion almost ten years ago. (Link.) I keep going looking for it in my blog and realizing it's not here.


I've been annoyed at the lack of information about Paganism for people who aren't planning on joining a Pagan religion. Almost all of the Pagan information websites are aimed at either new members of Pagan religions (most commonly Wicca), or are apologetics trying to explain why Paganism isn't evil and shouldn’t be discriminated against. Neither of those approaches is much use for someone wanting to know about one or more types of Paganism. They're especially not useful for authors who may want to write good Pagan characters or situations, but haven't any idea where to start looking for accurate information. (This doesn't go into that, but it does try to indicate which topics would need what kind of research, depending on the writing goals.)

Disclaimer: I'm only one person, and this is only one list. (Set of lists. Whatever.) This is no doubt biased by my experiences and beliefs, and is necessarily incomplete, because "complete" involves a monograph on each term, plus probably a couple of videos and maybe a stack of original source texts. Please take this as a starting point for research, rather than a definitive source. I've deliberately been vague in spots to encourage that. I've also left out a number of terms that are mostly used by only one tradition/sect/type of Pagans, except for some Wiccan terms that are so commonly-used they needed a mention.

Every one of these terms has been the subject of debate and controversy; with a bit of time, I could probably scrounge up a link to an online screaming match about the exact meaning of every one of these terms. (So when I say a term is "controversial?" That means the average never-heard-it-before person could Google for those controversies. Nonpagans are not likely to be able to find the debates on the differences between a "stang" and a "staff.")
PEOPLE )
CONCEPTS )
ACTIVITIES )
OBJECTS )
DEITIES )
WRITING DETAILS )
LISTS )
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 The Baden Street Singers  were a huge mob of a cappella talented fun last year in Acapocalpse and this year they showed that they weren't resting on any laurels. With a number of games designed to put the singers to the most stringent tests - at the audience's very whim they came up aces every time.

First up, an audience member is given control of 5 lights - a scale of faster to slower. As the choir sings, the audience member hits the lights, slowing and speeding the choir at will. It's pretty funny to watch and hear.

Other activities involved using the lights to cut the various sections of the choir, nope, no bass wanted, whoops there go the trebles.

Some covers were requested with various singers volunteering to take them on, in various styles.

And my favourite -


A random chorist is selected via spinning the wheel and has 10 words thrown at them from the gleeful and on occassion positively malicious audience - "schadenfreude" "onomatopoeic" "antipodes" amongst the offerings. And, well, these people are skilled!

They also performed a couple of pieces for their opening and closing numbers. Lovely sound and lots of humour!

I must look out for these folks other performances.

10/10 superb and Postmodern Jukebox performing the Pinky and the Brain theme song on the Sid & Nancy Scale.

QotD

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:25 pm
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☕️...White people love putting black-face on EVERYTHING except for Jesus. - Ally Israel

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В субботу был жуткий пронизывающий ветер (хотя на солнце всё и таяло), выдуло все глаза, волей-неволей где-нибудь спрячешься.
В этот раз за соседним столом обсуждали, как в логотипе обыграть весьма распространённую на Алтае фамилию "Калашников", что они там собрались открывать, не знаю, надеюсь, не оружейный магазин...
Снова изменилась цель сбора денежек. Делюсь фоточками Пять больших )
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And just told us that they "Aren't really into exploring".

I... I just don't even know.

Game minutiae cut for the bored )

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catching up on visual media

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:20 pm
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Star Trek: Discovery, "An Obol for Charon" and "Saints of Imperfection" -- LOVED IT, especially the latter, it feels like my show again, I can even deal with the Search for Spock's Angels crap. Very excited to see where some of the storylines are going. Come squee on [profile] spacefungus!

The Magicians, "The Bad News Bear" and "Fuck, Marry, Kill" -- that went from Really Terrible to Fucking Horrible. In an almost impressive way. Half of FMK was like the worst kind of objectifying women male nerd fantasy crap the show POKED FUN AT in its earlier and better incarnation, inflicted on two great female characters, and the other half....they have taken probably the most gifted, expressive, sympathetic actor in the entire cast and made him an expressionless droning stick with no motives. PLUS there was a Dead Loved One with Mourning, which I am trying to avoid right now.

Saw these a little while back -- Doctor Who, "Arachnids in the UK" -- yeah this was the one with the big spiders. I have actual arachnophobia, so that was....not fun. We did enjoy seeing Chris "He's aged well!" Noth as Not-Trump. I continue not to care much about the companions except Yaz. Jodie Whittaker is as fucking cute as a box full of baby buttons. She deserves better plots. This ALSO had a Dead Loved One with Mourning. The ending was quite sweet. Also also, Shobna Gulati (Yaz's Mum) is very pretty. shipping Yaz/Thirteen tbqh "The Tsuranga Conundrum" was....well, that was kind of a typical sf story wasn't it. I think the general consensus is the stories Chibnall wrote alone aren't that great, and I have to agree, altho I did like the pilot. was shipping Thirteen/antimatter drive for a minute there Canon mpreg! Have we seen that on DW before? -- Was UNTHRILLED about one bit in particular, go on, guess which bit it was and the first two guesses don't count.

Fringeworld review: Djuki Mala

Feb. 18th, 2019 12:37 pm
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This extraordinary dance troupe Djuki Mala, combines ancient traditional dance moves with contemporary nous and creates something wonderful. These guys are from a tiny island in the far north, they're Yolngu folks from Elcho island and they became a Youtube sensation 10 years ago when their rendition of Zorba the Greek got a million hits in 2 weeks.

They're very charismatic, passionate, engaging, energetic and just full of wit and it's hard to watch all of them at once as each one is committing his own kind of mischief! Interspersed with footage of the history of the people and influencers of the group, sad stories and poignant, funny stories and sweet we are brought into the arms of Arnham Land's furthermost reaches. 

These fellows are a fine thing to watch and learn and especially laugh with. Wonderful sense of comic timing.

Unreservedly recommended.

10 out of 10 still laughing and Jackie Chan meets Fred Astaire at the disco on the Sid and Nancy Scale.

After you watch this one, hunt up Zorba.


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As long as it's through a telescope, at least

Nearly full moon

Happy to report that my new scope setup is smooth as hell - no balance issues, ergonomics are fine (except the finder, but straight through finders aren't going to get better than mine) and vibrations (which I was damn worried about) dampen themselves out in half a second. I can't quite observe with my hand on it as if it were a pair of binos, but huge success.

Now, if only the weather would be clear next week or so when I'll be able to stare at M46-47-48 without the floodlight in the way :D

Home from Boskone

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:56 pm
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Despite being awake late last night, I woke up a little after 7 a.m. I made tea, then went down to the fitness center. This time I did a few exercises and soaked in the hot tub for a bit, which my legs appreciated.

That took me to about 8:30. There was no Sunday morning programming that interested me, and I didn't feel like hanging out for a couple of hours hoping someone I knew would walk past and be in a mood for conversation, so I got dressed, checked out, and headed home. (Judy Bemis saw me in the lobby as I was heading out; we hugged goodbye as she explained that she was on her way to a shift in the con treasury.)

I stopped off at South Station and grabbed a savory croissant at the Pret a Manget; I hadn't wanted to wait in line at the hotel lobby Starbucks, but it seemed imprudent to wait until I got home. One disadvantage of this year's Boskone is that the con suite had only packaged snacks--chips, candy, cookies, I think some little packets of cheese and crackers, rather than bagels or donuts, or the lots and lots of hard boiled eggs they've had in previous years. There wasn't even milk for the coffee and tea, just packets of sugar and creamer. (This seems to have been a change in hotel policy.) If I go to another con at that hotel, and stay overnight, I am going to make sure to bring yogurt and other food I can keep in the fridge. (I'd bought a couple of single-serving yogurts, and forgot to grab them on my way out of Adrian's apartment Friday; if I'd known how limited the con suite would be, I'd have stopped in South Station and at least gotten some more yogurt.)

Since getting home I have played three games of Scrabble with [personal profile] cattitude, combed Molly, proofread one short article for Queue, stretched and exercised, and unloaded (twice), reloaded (twice), and run the dishwasher. Tomorrow's plan is more Scrabble, proofreading, stretching, and playing with the cats.

The Memoirs of Lady Trent

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:13 pm
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I just finished reading the series collectively titled The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan. For some of you, the briefest review I can give it is that it is not as good as The Steerswoman series, but it IS worthy of comparison with. And it has one signal advantage, in that it is actually complete, and a satisfying conclusion at that.

Those who like a hard line between their fantasy and their science-fiction will be annoyed by this one also. While this series is deeply invested in the concept of dragons, it’s from the point of view of a scientist investigating, as the title of the first book puts it, Natural History of Dragons.

The setting is a world which is in many ways similar to our own, but which absolutely isn’t, what with the dragons and all. It does, however, bear a striking resemblance, politically and culturally, to our world in the late 1800s. Indeed, the DNA of the book contains noticeable amounts of Regency romance (though romance takes a decided backseat to scientific investigation). The names and the specific details of the countries are all different, but it’s pretty easy to recognize not-England, not-Russia, not-China, etc.

Our protagonist is, at the beginning of the series, a young woman struggling hard against a culture in which feminism is just barely beginning to be a thing. The pain of her struggles is lessened (at least for this reader) by the fact that they are narrated from the position of being an old and powerful peer of the realm. It does take her a lot of decades to get from point A to point B of course, with many entertaining adventures on the way.

Each book is a discrete narrative unit with a satisfying conclusion, though elements of arc are visible pretty early on. Do read them in order if you can, though, especially the last few, as each builds upon the discoveries of the previous volumes. There are five books in all, plus a short story that appeared on Tor.com that can be read without significant spoilers.

Highly recommended.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 10:00 pm
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Under hazy moon
Tales unwanted, unfinished.
Not worth the effort . . .

Safely returned from Chicago

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:39 pm
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Left at 11am CST, with over 4 inches of freshly fallen slippery snow (the air temperature was warm enough that the snow was slightly clumpy, but the clumps are smooth and so they slide on each other). 30 minutes out, the roads were wet but not slippery, 40 minutes out they were dry. Then we dropped SS off in Kalamazoo and caught up to the snow. From 5 miles east of K'zoo to home (85 miles or so), it snowed. Visibility ranged from 100 feet to a half mile, which is very tiring. Got home about 5:20 EST, so only a bit slower than usual.

We were in Chicago for Capricon, which is just a fun weekend. GT gets a really nice room, there are people that I only see at Capricon, and lots of conversations. Friday night I party hopped, as one does, and Saturday night I worked TC's a cocktail party. That was fun.

I have finally shaved enough excess fabric off the palm area of the neoprene splint that I can wear it without getting pinched. Which is good, because my thumb was sore (tired sore, mostly) this morning. And driving is hard on it.

Alita: Battle Angel

Feb. 17th, 2019 06:24 pm
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AHHHH YEAH THIS HOW YOU DO A LIVE ACTION ANIME ADAPTATION, thank you Mr. Rodriguez.

So hey, let me tell you I forgot that 90's anime knew how to do a baby girl power fantasy with a side allegory snarl at authoritarian bullshit and how this sort of social/spiritual/economic set up corrupts and destroys everyone and everything (and before you come @ me about how 'this movie is full of problematic whitewashing HDU enjoy it', check yo'self. The manga was set in post-apocalyptic Kansas with the idea that people from all over fled there, and that's what the movie depicts. Not every anime is Ghost in the Shell, ok? OK.)

Cut for the not spoilery flailing. )

Now for the spoilery as hell story stuff )

Here's an actual warning that is also spoilery. )

I think the reasons why I enjoyed A:BA was less that it's a shot-for-shot adaptation, then it's just that I feel like they raided my memories of the parts that stood out and resonated, or that I loved because sheer cool, and the parts that made me go "....ow my heart" and distilled that and seasoned it and made it better, and the end result is more faithful to the idea than the shot for shot might be. So yeah, I am down with this.

Is it the perfect movie or something? Nah. No such thing. What would that even mean? Would I own it/see it again? Hell yeah. This is a rare live-action adaptation that not only pleased me now, but it went out of its way to jump in a time machine just to make my nineteen-year-old animation-obsessed heart SO HAPPY.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 05:30 pm
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thirsty in the desert with a bagful of gold (5317 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Marinette Dupain-Cheng & Tikki, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Plagg, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Chloé Bourgeois
Characters: Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Tikki (Miraculous Ladybug), Plagg (Miraculous Ladybug), Chloé Bourgeois
Additional Tags: Episode: s03 Climatika 2 | Stormy Weather 2, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Discussion of Extinction
Summary:
"Hey Hawkmoth, Take A Bath Before We're All Extinct (or, Stormy Weather Would Not Have Stopped)"
—μcat, Schrödinger’s Miraculous: physics in the City of Heroes (may work differently when observed)
It was Mme. Mendeleiev's fault, really. She liked bringing current events into her lesson plans, and μcat the superhero-science blogger had done a lot of research and a lot of math in the four days after the second go-round with Stormy Weather. Marinette, looking at all the equations and cited sources and clear, concise prose salted with wordplay, wondered if μcat had slept at all in those four days. If she focused on how long it must have taken them to read each article, run each set of numbers, write each paragraph, then she had no attention to spare for the words "extinction event", and needn't think about what it meant here and now. What it implied. What it must have taken to make it not.

(Adrien whisked Aurore out of the classroom the moment he saw the essay title. He then casually leaned on the door frame, blocking Chloé from following. Marinette should have thought of those herself.)

Marinette lasted two more days before she cracked.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 08:06 pm
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Finally re-made my bed today!

Weight of the 'anti-anxiety' weighted blankets they are now selling in local stores for people my size : 12 lbs
Total weight of my usual winter bedding (flannel sheet, 2 fleece throws, hand-made vintage quilt, Southwestern-style woven cotton blanket or doubled woven wool blanket) : 11.8 lbs.

...oh.

Well, there's another thing to go on the list of "what do you mean, coping mechanism for non-neurotypical people? That's just how we've always done it here!"


Also went to the thrift store for the half-off sale. Bought:
-sealing wax
-mini basketweaving kit
-beading wire
-necklace clasps
-2 yd plaid flannel
-2 small blank sketchbooks
-hedgehog kitchen timer
-steampunk aviator goggles
-'popcorn rocks'
-pack of vintage Crayola
-2 8-oz Coke glasses
-handheld electric bubble maker
-pad of watercolor & charcoal paper
-15 books.

....I need to be kept away from thrift store.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 07:41 pm
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Scott wants me to watch The Dragon Prince, so we sat down and watched the first season together. I enjoyed it, but it really, really underlined that I need glasses that will accommodate five minutes of looking at the TV then two minutes of looking at my laptop with glances at the TV.

I can't always read captioning without my distance glasses. How much of a problem that is varies from show to show, but I also lose details of acting and sets and such without glasses. I don't like to watch streaming things on my laptop because doing that means I can't do the other things I would like to do with the laptop. Watching on my phone isn't ever going to work because the screen is too damned small (which is also why I don't read long things on my phone).

I tried today bra-free, and it was less uncomfortable than wearing a bra was yesterday or any time in the past week. I'm going to see if it's okay going forward. Mainly, I think that, if I do it, I'll need to do the lymphatic massage on the post-surgery breast several times a day. Wearing a bra decreases that need, and lying down in order to do it is a PITA, but I'd much rather do that than deal with the constant discomfort.

There's no school tomorrow, so Cordelia and I get another day to sleep in. I'm not sure how we'll adjust to consecutive school days being a thing that happens this week. At least, I assume it will happen.

Sunday Six

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:06 pm
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“I’m sorry for imposing on you like this,” he said, pushing his scarf down to reveal dark stubble and a surprisingly pretty mouth. His voice was quiet and harsh, as if he hadn’t used it much, and no doubt he hadn’t, if he was travelling alone in the middle of winter. But the accent wasn’t what Clint had expected at all, not just eastern but definitely New York. “But the storm came up sudden, and I got no idea where the nearest town is.”

“You won’t make it in this storm,” said Clint. “Stay until it blows over, it’s no trouble.”

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