- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: different trailer, still like getting bludgeoned with testosterone.
- 21 Bridges, has extra opening seconds. I would like to think that Chadwick Boseman is going to pick movies that are thoughtful about the police's exercise of power, and there are a few hints toward that maybe, but based on this it's a hell of an uphill battle to get me to believe it.
- The Lion King: I just can't even.
- Long Shot, but none of the trailers at IMDB seem to be what we got? Anyway: oh look, Seth Rogen screws things up for Charlize Theron, whee.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters: that's a lot of giant monsters, none of which looked really convincing, and also you don't get to use "One X to rule them all," sorry, you just don't.
- Gemini Man, has about one extra opening second. Will Smith fights his younger clone; I have no feelings about this.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The thing is, okay. The Last Jedi had major problems, but I feel, in retrospect, that it was at least trying to do something that wasn't just "coast on nostalgia," that it had a point of view that it was trying to express? And this does not give me confidence that that's going to be carried through. Because giving a trilogy to different directors and letting them do, apparently, whatever the fuck they want is a bad creative decision.
I wasn't planning on seeing it Thursday night, because I had an oral argument scheduled for this afternoon and I knew it would be very tiring (it was, much more so than usual—good, I mean, I love oral argument, but), but that's how logistics worked out. (Reserved seats are so great.) And, as I've said at various points here, I did not have high expectations. So I went in feeling somewhat muted and cynical, reflected in my choice of t-shirt.
Let's do it in this order: non-spoiler content note; general reaction with no plot details; spoiler content note; all the spoilers.
Cymraeg, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:
Jedao: Noswaith dda, Cheris!
Cheris: Noswaith dda! Dych chi'n wedi mynd i'r gwaith?
Jedao: Ydw. Dw i'n mwynhau gweithio ynghanol y gofod. A chi?
Cheris: Dych chi'n dod o Efrog Newydd?
Jedao: Nac ydw, dw i'n dod o Eshpatan. Dw i'n mynd i prynu menig da iawn heno.
Cheris: Dych chi'n gwisgo menig eisoes!
Jedao: Ond dw i eisiau menig heb fys!
[I'm really covering for the fact that I have not figured out how the !@#$!@#$ third-person conjugation works in Welsh at all, since it just came up in Duolingo like a week ago. I can make I-statements and formal you-statements right now. Everything else is a Mystery.]
Français, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:
Jedao: Bonsoir, mon amie!
Cheris: Pardonnez-moi, je ne suis pas votre amie, monsieur. Je suis seulement une Kel.
Jedao: Mais j'aime beaucoup les oiseaux.
Cheris: Hélàs, je n'aime pas les goupils qui parlent avec les mots faciles.
Jedao: Est-ce que tu as vu les gants sans doigts noires? J'ai perdu les miennes.
Cheris: Où pouvons-nous chercher les bonnes gants?
Jedao: À Paris, bien sûr! Toutes les vêtements excellents sont en Paris.
Deutsch, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:
Jedao: Guten Abend, Cheris! Was suchst du nun?
Cheris: Ich brauche ein Raumschiff.
Jedao: Na klar, ich auch! Vielleicht können wir zusammen gehen, wenn wir ein Raumschiff finden.
Cheris: Nein, danke. Ich will allein gehen.
Jedao: Aber wir sind Freunde!
Cheris: Sie sind meinen Kommandant! Es ist unmöglich, dass wir Freunde sein können.
Jedao: Ich habe eine Idee. Ich werde die Armee aufhören!
Cheris: Ich denke, dass Sie können das nicht tun...
[Help, what is syntax even...]
한글, a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:
재다오: 안녕, 채리스야! 오늘 무순책 읽어?
채리스: 안녕하세요, 재다오대군! 저는 책많이 안읽는데 텔레비전에서 만화를 뵙니다.
재다오: 나 노래불를까?
채리스: 제발 하지마시오. 곡을 부를 수는 없습니다.
[I had to Google Translate "you sing out of tune."]
日本語、a Jedao and Cheris dialogue:
[Oof, I am done languaging for tonight, especially since I keep suspecting that Google Translate is giving me really informal translations when I try to look things up for help.]
Oral argument this afternoon, big dumb movie tonight, so just a few things:
Cool rocks I found while out with the kids this weekend.
The kids making bunny ears with their bunny cake.
Max Gladstone gets meta (no spoilers) in the amusing The Conversation Tony Stark and Thanos Should Have Had.
thefourthvine asks what story you would like to get the Spider-Man treatment—rebooted every five years—with the caveat that you have to watch each version. I'm leaning toward something heist-y like Leverage or Ocean's 8, because I could always use more heists, but I'm still thinking about it. You?
Edit: also please see these pictures and then give me hair style advice?
potential is just a promise you break to yourself
the friend zone is right here, baby
Happy 40th, Stonewall Riots!
I would never break you heart. Seven years bad luck!
burn it down
a softer spider-verse
from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2ZHDMqK
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？
(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?")
sewing is one of those skills everyone with the ability should know IMO. i’ve known too many people who just throw out perfectly servicable clothing and bedding because of tears or buttons that have fallen off and these can be fixed at home. sewing’s not hard either.
sewing, like baking bread, is one of those basic skills that corporations have convinced people is just impossible or too expensive for the average person to do in order to manipulate people into buying things.
i’m not saying sewing is possible for everyone, but if you have motor skills fine enough to, say, replace lead in a mechanical pencil, you can learn to sew, and you can help people who can’t sew. here’s a good guide with gifs.
this is what we mean when we say civilization de-skills us to make us dependent
My despair, let me show you it.
Being able to sew and cook from scratch was not an option for me growing up. It was a dire necessity, and my ‘survived WWII AND the Depression’ Danish mother did it like breathing room air and by association, so did I.
There’s nothing elite about it. Expensive. Difficult. None of that.
Everywhere else in the world I went, I found these skills taught in middle school and proficiency was REQUIRED.
(I could be knitting socks by now. *weeps*)
I am already planning the canning for this summer…to include cherry pie filling, so help me dog. Raw pack plums. Apricot-pineapple jam.
And Cells At Work cosplay for Anime Expo. (Macrophage!)
Just like breathing room air.
from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2Dva9Q0
My “parents” not only did this, but are STILL DOING IT. Do yours? What does it look like in your family?
my parents used to beat me but they never touched my brothers (my older sister and my younger brother) my father used to abuse me but he never touched my sister, my mother screamed at me but never scolded my brothers, my parents paid for my university brothers but I was not allowed to go to high school, my mother applauded my brother when he first slept with a girl and she called me slut after my father rape me, I do not know if they were narcissistic or just hate me
My family doesn’t do this, but a private boarding school that I went to did it all the time.
“Oh, you’re the good child, you completed high school, unlike those dropouts that ran away” Yeah, cause they were being ABUSED YOU BITCH.
Does making you feel like you can never get away from your family because you have been told over and over you´re useless or very dumb at certain elemental tasks,count?
@piamioya It counts as both toxic and abusive.
Bing Bing Bing
from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2Vmtflu
No one ever tell me anything bad about the person who runs this account.
the person who runs this account, Katie Gouldin, is an evolutionary biologist who has an EXCELLENT podcast called Creature Feature which compares and contrasts the weird behaviors of man and beast! she is super cute and funny too!
oh thank GOD
from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2vmgJnc
I opened all the windows today; later I turned on the a/c in the living room, which gets quite warm quite fast in the bright sun, but my bedroom window stayed open and the room is perfectly airy and cool. J and I walked three or four miles on our date, getting sprinkled on by lackadaisical rain, because that's our idea of fun. My feet are tired from the walk, but I'm still at my standing desk because I'm not going to sit in the stuffy living room when I could stand in front of my window and feel the breeze brushing gently up against me.
Alex is crouched on the sill, where I suspect he has spent most of the day, ogling the birds and drinking the fresh air. He ought to be an outdoor cat, poor guy, and this is the best he can get. On the other hand, if he were an outdoor cat, he wouldn't get to nap curled up in the crook of my C-shaped body pillow, which I have learned to leave arranged just how he likes it when I get up for the day. As I wrote this, he came over and chirped at me for pattins, so I hope he does feel he gets enough perks for being our cat and not his own.
I should be working, here at my lovely new desk, but I needed to share this moment, this sweet foot-ache, this purring cat, this generous breeze with all of you.
Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast about critical worldbuilding, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.
(Actual play = recording themselves playing a tabletop roleplaying game.)
I often like to just binge back catalogs, as in, not so long ago I listened to all 250+ episodes of No Such Thing as a Fish. I'd just finished the back seasons of the much shorter Iditapod, and was not really feeling anything I had queued up, so I figured I'd give this a shot. I went with the Marielda arc, because skygiants had said it was the shortest and was easy to jump into, though it had "maybe the weakest thematic ending in that it goes sideways in a way nobody really expects." For a bunch of this time I was the only adult in the house, which means doing all the dog walking and therefore having more time than usual to listen, so I finished up the arc this morning. I am extremely tired but if I don't write something tonight it won't get written, so let me throw some stuff at the wall.
First, some thoughts on listening to an actual play podcast generally, and this one specifically; no spoilers.
( cut for length )
Second, ( SPOILERS )
Outside the cut question: this, Uprooted, Welcome to Night Vale, and Lord of the Rings all have creepy forests. Do places with jungles or rain forests also have creepy-forest stories, I wonder, or is it more a temperate-climate thing?
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 telophase).
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.
However, the Korean course has...issues. For one, early on it's weirdly emphatic about denoting plurals. There is a way to pluralize nouns in Korean, but it's completely optional and it frankly sounds kind of weird if you're going to use plurals the way you would in English.
But the hilarious part is that whoever linked up the audio with the text...made an error.
The practice sentence 남자가 멋있습니다 (namja-ga meos-isseumnida), or "The man is cool"
남자가 맛있습니다 (namja-ga masisseumnida), or "Man is delicious." (Korean has no articles, and does not generally mark for number.)
It's not even ambiguous--the pronunciation is completely wrong...
- In Pursuit of White: Porcelain in the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910
- Indian Textiles: Trade and Production [Interesting stuff on dyes and mordants here.]
- Interiors Imagined: Folding Screens, Garments, and Clothing Stands [Japanese screens. Note to self, the Portal talks about Korean folding screens and their conventions/social significance.]
- Internationalism in the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907) [Ha, they mention tributes of Korean hawks, which the Portal mentioned too from the other end.]
- Introduction to Prehistoric Art, 20,000 to 8000 B.C. [Very brief overview, given the scope of the topic!]
- The Japanese Blade: Technology and Manufacture [Could have sworn I had a book that touched on this in more depth, unless the flood took it.]
- Japanese Illustrated Handscrolls [cf. Korean handscrolls discussed in Portal]
- Japanese Incense
- The Japanese Tea Ceremony [Although once again I have a quasi-Asian character who is meh about tea because I'm so sick of the Asians = tea stereotype. BTW, did you know that my mom, in Korea, sends me Lipton tea?]
- Japanese Weddings in the Edo Period (1615-1868)
- Japanese Writing Boxes [Useful information on inksticks and inkstones.]
- Jane Portal. Korea: Art and Archaeology, report here.
- Michael D. Shin, ed. Korean History in Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century.
- Jae-sik Suh. Korean Patterns.
I am getting so homesick looking at the food/노리개 (norigae)/etc. photos. The food photos are sumptuous.
The paper tag stuff is the care instructions, which I'm leaving in place as a good-luck keep-it-alive talisman??
I apologize for the hideous tablecloth. We got it as an emergency tablecloth when we were in temporary housing after the flood, and never...got a tablecloth that isn't hideous. I have petitioned for a non-hideous tablecloth.
The origami crane art coaster is from a set that was a housewarming gift from my sister. :D
How should I handle a Korean color term in a fantasy setting?
use the Korean term paran and explain a couple times that it's blue and/or green
use blue-green in the text and explain what it means the first time
just say "blue"; only Korean readers will know what you mean, or care
something else I will explain in comments
talky the tacky ticky!
This is coming up because there are East Asian influences in Phoenix Extravagant and I'm wondering how to render 파란색 (paransaek), which can be translated variously as "blue" or "green" (more usually "blue") but can include some shades of green if my mother is to be believed. (There is are separate words for "green," 녹색 (noksaek) and 초록색 (choroksaek), but the former is "green" and the latter is more "grass green." To hear my mother tell it (since she's, uh, my source on this stuff), they're not really all synonyms.
Normally I would just approximate and move on, but because my protagonist is a painter and paint pigments are part of the magic system...anyway, opinions appreciated.
I have also desperately emailed my mother asking what she can find out about traditional Korean paint pigments because the more I can find out the better.
- Yoko Kawaguchi. Authentic Japanese Gardens.
I really have no way of verifying anything in here, but the lush, gorgeous, full-color photographs throughout of Japanese gardens either in Japan or Japanese-influenced/inspired gardens elsewhere were worth the price of admission (list price $19.99). This is mainly aimed toward people who want to understand the aesthetic before implementing it in their own landscaping/gardens.
Ch. 1: Traditional Japanese Gardens
Historical context, design, choice of plants.
- The hill-and-pond garden
- The dry-landscape garden
- The tea garden
- The courtyard garden
Ch. 2: The Elements of a Japanese Garden
How to choose, lay out and care for the components of a Japanese garden.
- Paths and stepping-stones
- Stone lanterns
- Borrowed vistas
Ch. 3: Plant Directory
- Grasses and bamboos
- Tropical specimen plants
- Foliage and flowers
- Aquatic plants
- Non-traditional alternatives
Resources (hardiness zones, gardens to visit, etc.)
I don't want to go full-out Japanese in my side garden nook with some of the really specifically Japanese elements because my ancestors would roll over in their graves, but I like the aesthetic. BTW, if you're wondering how Korean landscapes/gardens differ, this article discusses the basics, and I've ordered a book on Korean gardens that should arrive sometime this week and that I hope to read for more inspiration. I'm hoping it, too, will have homesickness-inspiring glorious full-color photographs. :3 I hope it will discuss 덕수궁 (Deoksugung, or Deoksu Palace), for instance; my mother used to take me and my sister there regularly to feed the pigeons and admire the gardens.
- Jane Portal. Korea: Art and Archaeology.
Research reading for Phoenix Extravagant. I read this not to memorize everything in it (impossible) but to get an overview of Korean art history, although since I acquired the book over a decade ago and it's ©2000, I expect it's dated. It also has some minor infuriating errors on related topics (I was complaining about the outdated assessment of Korea's naval victories in the Imjin War, and Portal states that the Korean alphabet is a syllabary, which, no). Anyway, I was so aggravated that I started leaving annoyed handwritten comments in the (thankfully wide) margins), like this one:
Can we kill the idea with fire that artists don't count as Real Artists (TM) unless they die of starvation and that artists who like money aren't Real Artists (TM)?! I mean, I'm not going to claim I'm a Real Artist, but I don't think liking money is germane to the question.
Besides my quibbles, though, this is an area of art history for which there are just not a lot of English-language resources, and since I am not fluent enough to read adult books in Korean, them's the breaks. I did appreciate the wide-ranging overview, which went more or less in chronological order and discussed formal as well as folk arts, and was thankfully frank about the difficulties of provenance between Korean/Chinese/Japanese artifacts, the vexed history of Japanese invasion and colonialism (a lot of Korean potters were simply kidnapped wholesale during the Imjin War), etc.
Anyway, I was driven to step it up in rereading this because my copy of Korean History in Maps, ed. Michael D. Shin, arrived today and I am eager to start reading this next. (I am in research-reading mode, can you tell? This means I am reading a lot of nonfiction, and fiction reading is basically stalled, because I am also a slow reader.) Even more pleasingly, the book is under 200 pages long so I might finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  :D And hey, it has a blurb from Bruce Cumings!
 A side-consequence of my being a slow reader is that the longer a book is, the less likely I am to bother reading it, especially if it's fiction. I almost never read things much over 400 pages. I am delighted when they're under 300. The result trend toward novellas-as-books makes me ambivalently happy.
I ended up getting a 2018 iPad Pro 11" with Pencil 2 and I love it to pieces. It is my shiny toy new best friend. Right now I'm doing value exercises in Procreate daily (Ara, staring in horror: "Why???" I have promised her that next I will draw 100 hands, and then create a Hand Monster), and slowly working on a digital piece, although I need to grab reference for the face, curse my luck. XD Ara is great for art feedback and tips! We actually exchange art feedback in this household, LOL, since we have both learned that Joe is useless for art critique.
I also bought Notability, because when my RSI was acting up I could handwrite notes into the iPad and it was fabulous. Also I may have drawn a goose.
And I'm addicted to I Love Hue, which Ara independently discovered and has been tearing through it on her phone (well, when she's allowed to have it, which is a separate issue). It is actually rather morale-boosting to play I Love Hue because I thought I would suck at it and actually I usually do around 1/2 the average # of moves to solve a given puzzle so I do not suck at it after all! And it's soothing and just so satisfying. This is my platonic ideal of a relaxation game so, uh, if iOS folks have any recs for other games (preferably buy-it-all-at-once) in this vein, I am all ears!
It is international language week at my school. This morning a girl who is fluent recited the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. Everyone freaked out. Some people loved it, but more hated it. Saying that the pledge should only be spoken in English because “this is America not the Middle East” and now our principal just announced that we are no longer allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in anything besides English at our high school. In the hallway I passed the girl who spoke the pledge. She was sobbing. This is to anyone who says that America is a post-racism world. Reblog the shit out of this. Get this known
from Tumblr http://bit.ly/2GDSgk1