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I went with [personal profile] fabrisse, [personal profile] greenygal, and A Person Without A Psuedonym to see Dunkirk today.

I highly recommend it, especially if you can see it in a dedicated 70mm screen. There are deaths -- it's a war movie -- but gore is actually fairly minimal. The tension, otoh, is intense. Hans Zimmer scored the movie with the recurring motif of a ticking watch, and even when you can hear the watch, there's a relentless rhythm under the score. And when there's no score, it's usually because the music is replaced with something awful, like the screaming of a Stuka bomber.

The movie is surprisingly short -- just 106 minutes -- and has three intertwining sections: The Mole, about the soldiers on the beach and the mole which is the only way of loading soldiers onto the big ships, as there is no harbor they have access to and loading from the beach would require ships with a draft of three feet or less; The Sea, about one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk; and The Air, about an RAF pilot.

I do suggest you go with someone whose hand you can grab, because as I said, the movie is intense.

TV, Writing and Whatnot

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:48 pm
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Wynonna Earp has been renewed! Awesome news all around, apparently SYFY/Space isn't scared off by a female led shows with canon f/f. Kind of surprising that it's only halfway through S2 and they're already announcing S3, but I guess it's due to SDCC hype.

Killjoys has been pretty good this season, the most recent ep gave us a taste of Pree's warlord days and introduced us to both his current (Gared) and his ex (and Pree and Lachlan's 'goodbye' makeout scene was ridiculously hot. I hope we see him again soon) I need to hunt down everything Thom Allison has ever done, I love his Pree and he's wonderfully kind of twitter.

I fell away from Doctor Who a while back, but the new news re: Thirteen's casting is awesome. I just may have to try to start watching again.

I haven't managed much for this year's Watsons-Woes, a combo of uninterest in Sherlock (the past several additions to canon haven't really been my thing), general bad brain and the fact I set myself the goal of writing something I'd be willing to put on AO3 as opposed to just throw on my LJ/DW. Oh well, maybe the last few prompts will spark something.

I'm debating signing up for the newest remix challenge, http://remixrevival.dreamwidth.org/, which, unlike previous ones, does not allow for turning gen relationships in the original fic into a pairing (all have the rule that if the fic has a A/B relationship you can't change it and remix it to be B/C but the last time I did one it didn't consider that altering A&B to A/B was changing the relationship so that was allowed). I worry a little that I'd get assigned someone who writes only, I don't know, A/B/O HS AUs or something and be stuck trying to figure out a way to write a remix out of something that is not remotely my cup of tea. Signups don't end until 7/30 though, so there's still time to decide.

I'm been doing a lot of genealogy of late. Something I love, but am often hampered by the lack of online resources, location (if only I were still in NY!), money (I can only justify paying for subscriptions to so many sites/ordering so many certificates) and a language barrier. There aren't that many German, Polish or Russian documents available for my tree for me to flail and fail at, but there's quite a lot of church books in Swedish and French (Quebecois technically) that I've been trying to muddle my way through for my husband's. Trying to get through 200 or 300+ year old bad handwriting (sometimes also scanned poorly) in a language I do not know can make for an interesting time. (On that note, if anyone is willing to look at one particular 1819 Quebec marriage record for me, I'd be ridiculously grateful.) By the by, I've also helped create trees for friends, if you're interested in trying to delve into your family's history or expanding on what you know I'd be happy to help. (I have the world ancestry.com subscription and know of a bunch of other sites, some of which are free, so while my expertise is US- particularly NY/NJ/MN, Pale of Jewish Settlement, Canada, and Sweden, I can probably help for just about anywhere.)

Daughter finally arrived home from studying abroad across the pond a few weeks ago. She had a blast and traveled at every opportunity so went all over the UK, Ireland, France, Milan, Italy, Romania, Germany, Latvia, Spain and probably a few places I am forgetting. However it did lead to the great texts like "I'm okay! Was at Notre Dame when everything went down but they herded to a bookstore and locked us in! How awesome is that?" (about the stabbing spree at Notre Dame. She was in Manchester and London the days of the terror events in those places too. Possibly another as well? I can't remember.) She also made it to Oxford and met up with [personal profile] jadesfire there so that was kind of cool. Molly the dog is thrilled to have her girl home, and as a bonus I don't have to walk her in super hot summer humidity anymore now since that's daughter's job when she's here. :)
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Pita, spanakopita, mixed tomato-cheese handpie, olive bread, melomakarona, mango donut peaches, regular peaches, shiro plums, blueberries, yellow sweet cherries, a half-gallon of Mocha Moo, cheese curds, 3 lb of ivory and purple bell peppers , and spicebush (now called 'sorghum', because no one knew was 'spicebush' was) vinegar.

I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.
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Remix Revival 2017 A fanart/fanfic remix exchange with signups closing on the 30th. I think this is the first panfandom remix exchange allowing both, I'm pretty excited!

[community profile] drawesome A fanart community that has had some fun prompts

Let's Make Games and Drink Responsibly: A gathering for people in the local games community, it was a lot of fun and I had some really interesting and inspiring conversations. Cam came along and it was perfect for him, as someone who is really interested in discussing and making games but isn't working on anything right now. Also Scott Ludlum was there! (I was too shy to talk to him but he said he was happy to be among friends, which was nice to see) It's apparently going to be monthly, best way to follow it right now is probably the Let's Make Games Facebook group.

First flight of the Janusaurus

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:00 pm
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As regular readers may have observed, my gliding club owns a number of gliders, most of which are vintage wooden birds. These aircraft are great and I love them to bits, but they're not terribly shiny. They're old-fashioned and relatively low performance, and so it was decided that we needed to aquire a high-performance two-seater to use for advanced training and cross-country flying. A promising contender was located - a Schempp-Hirth Janus B that a club in Victoria was selling - and the club exec commenced negotiations... at which point, a miracle occured!

Well, not a miracle exactly. But a wonderful event. There's a fairly high-profile South Australian tech entrepreneur who's been in the news a fair bit recently: Simon Hackett, the founder of big South Australian ISP Internode, who has also been on the board of the NBN, and has been most recently in the news for his company Redflow, the local pioneering makers of zinc-bromine flow batteries. Anyway, my gliding club has a long history with Simon - we taught him to fly, and he's been a generous supporter of the club over the years. But he's really outdone himself this time. We'd worked all the numbers and figured out that we could just afford to purchase this aircraft if we maybe removed another one from service, or rearranged the insurance setup we had on the other aircraft, or some such thing... anyway, it was tight but just do-able, with a bit of luck. And then as the purchase was about to go ahead, Simon stepped in and paid for the Janus. All of it. As a donation to the club.

Like, wow.

This all happened very fast. Last week a couple of club members went to Victoria to look the Janus over - and they returned home with it in a trailer. It arrived at the airfield on Saturday, to our very great delight. And so may I introduce to you our very own Janus B high-performance advanced training glider!

Here we are after removing the Janus from her trailer, in the process of rigging it prior to flight. As a fibreglass two-seater, she's the heaviest aircraft we own. Given that rigging a glider involves several people holding the wings up in position while connections are made in the fuselage, one wag started referring to her as "the Janusaurus", a name which seemed to stick.

rigging the Janusaurus



And here's the Janus in all her glory. Quite something, isn't she?

moar Janus
Janus beauty shot

I was thrilled to get a flight in the Janus. Here I am just before launch, with instructor Derek in the back seat:
ready to launch
It's definitely going to take a bit of training and practice before I'll be able to fly the Janus solo. She's a very different bird to the ASK-13s and Ka-8s that I'm used to. My initial impression was that she felt a bit like a very shiny polished barge to fly - heavy, smooth and stable. The stick was heavier than I expected, and the rudders really require assertive stamping-on to be useful - no delicate little rudder nudges for this plane! It has a completely different feel to the vintage gliders I've trained on, and is more complex as well, being a flapped glider that also has water ballast tanks (good for racing). There's going to be quite a learning curve here, I can really see that.


Here's a few more pics of the Janus taking off and landing. Isn't she pretty?

the Janusaurus takes flight
VU in flight
Janus on final

The Janus is going to be such a wonderful asset for my club. Not only is she beautiful to look at (which does tend to attract new folk more than our vintage fleet) but she's a modern-style high-performance aircraft that will make it so much easier to train pilots for the transition between our old trainers and fast fibreglass single-seat aircraft, which thus far has been difficult to do. Also she'll be perfect for the regular club soaring camps in the Flinders Ranges and Blue Mountains, as she's got the performance to be able to easily handle those more challenging flying environments, and as a two-seater it'll be possible for less-experienced pilots to join in the fun with an instructor teaching them how to fly in unforgiving mountain terrain. But best of all, she's perfect as a high-performance cross-country trainer. I'm hoping to learn how to soar cross-country this coming summer, and it'll be so much easier and better to do so in an aircraft like the Janus. I can't wait!
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I went with [livejournal.com profile] ipleasance and [personal profile] greenygal to IKEA today, and finally used the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas 2015. I got two KALLAX units, which I now have to put together, but which will give me a whole lot more shelf space when I'm done.

The last hour or so there I just hit a wall of 'too many people, too hot, here too long', so I'm going to finish eating a round of the Greek bakery's pita and go sleep. I have to be on point tomorrow, since I'm the only person working in my sub-department, now that the permanent employee has gone on her month-long vacation overseas...
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A pint of blackberries, a pint of blueberries, a pint of shiro plums, a quart of mango doughnut peaches (my favorite!), a pint of shishito peppers, garlic cheese curds, dill & garlic quark, herb roasted beets, olives in honey, pita bread, tiropita, seasonal Greek stuffed bread, batard of whole wheat bread.

I've finished up the peach butter I started last night -- I was so tired I had to put it in the fridge and finish this morning -- and I'm planning on making blackberry jam this week. I'll probably make kimchi stew to take for lunch this week, as it's pretty easy and I do have fresh shishito peppers...

Catch of the Evening

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Microsoft OneNote.

Between speech recognition and the cloud, I can mumble all the thoughts that swirl up as I'm falling asleep into my phone, and in the morning I can go to my computer and they are THERE. I don't have to transcribe them from incoherent texts to myself, or by listening to my crony voice.

(Proper names are generally not done properly, but that's no big. Current mumbles involve Blue and Red.)

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Jul. 14th, 2017 05:12 pm
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I didn't actually will myself sick to get out of a work 'team bonding' event. But I can't deny the super convenient timing.

I finished up a big work project I've been working on for months. I was somewhat concerned I wouldn't be able to find something else big and lengthy to work on next... and then I stumbled on a trash fire made up of a few different individual fires that will take a lot of effort to put out. Which is great! But also a bit demoralizing, in the sense of "holy shit is everything terrible, am I going to be cleaning up decade-old bad code forever?".

I really need to apply for other jobs. For the experience of applying, remember / figure out how the hell to do interviews, hopefully get an offer I can use to blackmail my current company to give me a better raise. (I was basically told, flat out, that the only way to get a more-than-meh raise was if they had to 'fight' to keep me. So.) But the whole concept is terrifying. I get stuck on details like, what route would I take to drive there? I haven't even applied yet, and I'm already worried about the commute. I worry about everything, the whole chain of events, up front. Which makes me good with money, I guess, but in most other ways it makes things too impossible to begin, with all the risks and potential for failure.

I have fallen off of Twitter. I've conceded that I'll likely never be sufficiently blasé with my thoughts to casually tweet them out with any regularity. I recently got an instagram acct, for reasons I'm disinclined to examine closely. So far I've kept at it longer than I feared I would, so that's nice. I'm sticking to a deliberately slow pace, for now.
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There's a catered picnic at work tomorrow, with an invite to bring a desert. I'm making clafoutis with the leftover cherries I have because it's an easy dish to make and it would be an alternative to the 'everything is chocolate' that seemed to be characteristic of the desert sign-up sheet.

Failed Birka strapwork

Jul. 13th, 2017 04:55 pm
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I was attempting this pattern: http://mimbles.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Birka-strapwork.pdf

Which is always a struggle for me to get started on the patterning correctly. This time I thought I was there, with the pattern forming on the underside. Wasn't until I had put in 2 inches that I realized I had formed a different pattern, more like brickwork than strapwork.

Birka "brickwork" tablet weaving in progress

In hopes that I (or someone else) can recreate it someday, here's what I did:

Follow the linked pattern, with the 1st card on the left on the loom, and the 28th card on the right. S-threaded cards are tied behind the card. Z-threaded cards are tied in front of the card. Flip all cards so they are facing the other way. Turn the cards until the A/D side (blue edge on the Palmer cards) is uppermost. Begin pattern.

Is this replicable? *shrug*. Search me.

Busy day!

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:20 am
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Morning: feeding cat, finishing car registration.
Lunch: driving to Kirkland.
Afternoon: orientation for temp stuff.
Dinner: driving back, locating closed toe shoes and black pants.
Evening: catching up with Purple, sharing leftovers and various video content with partner.
Night: curled up happily.

Discord!

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:27 pm
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The irc-like chat program Discord is the new shiny fannish social media. One advantage over irc is that it shows all messages posted, not just the ones you're there for, which makes for a better ongoing conversation. The advantage over tumblr etc is the ability to have private-ish, moderated, communal conversations. The advantage over message boards and mailing lists is that it's new and shiny.

I quite like it but it can be tricky finding servers (eg chat rooms) relevant to my interests. Currently I'm only a member of public ones, so I can share the links freely. Here are all the ones I know about.
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I got two more peanut plants a week ago and planted them. When I checked them today, the leaves had been eaten all the way to the stems -- something in the area really likes peanut leaves.

I'm not sure if I suspect the bunnies or not -- we definitely have rabbits here, little cottontails that are about the size of guinea pigs -- but caterpillars are also a possibility.

There's a cookout with potluck deserts at work on Friday. I'm debating bringing honey cupcakes or cherry clafoutis -- either way, a non-chocolate desert would probably be a welcome alternative.

Colonoscopy post July 2017

Jul. 12th, 2017 12:39 am
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Mostly for my own future reference. I'm making this public in case other people find it useful, but if you don't have a colonoscopy coming up you will probably find it TMI and boring.
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Transmogrifying

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:52 am
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Title: Transmogrifying
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 455 words (this chapter, entire work 1077
Summary: Final adventures of John, Sherlock, and a transmogrification device. Or, the time John and Sherlock are accidentally turned into cats, the time Sherlock turns John, and then himself, into cats as an experiment, and the time Sherlock couldn't leave well enough alone.
Author's Note: All three chapters written for different [community profile] watsons_woes challenges. Chapter one originally posted 21 Jul 2012 (for the prompt "Look directly to your right. The first object you see is your prompt, to use as you see fit.") which happened to be two sleeping cats, chapter two was originally posted 1 Jul 2013 (for the picture prompt of two cats under an umbrella) and chapter three was written for the 10 Jul 2017 prompt "Close your eyes. Turn to your left and open them. Now incorporate the third item you looked at into today's work." which happened to be one the same cats from the first prompt so.....

Story begins in chapter one, Transmogrified, (or just link to the new addition, Transmogrifying)

Kill it with fire...

Jul. 10th, 2017 03:24 pm
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And in today's news, which will likely surprise nobody, I still hate iTunes with the heat of a thousand suns.

Astute readers may have noticed that iTunes and I do not always get on well. Ahem. During my last iTunes-related episode, things got so bafflingly disastrous that the Apple support phone chap from the US, who I'd been trying to resolve the issue with for some time at that point, bounced me across to one of the devs who actually wrote the damned thing. Said dev (who was exceedingly helpful and useful, I hasten to add) seemed genuinely surprised that I wasn't a huge fan of iTunes. It was clear that he was awfully proud of his work on it, and baffled that anyone might not be thrilled to use it. I described a couple of the many many frustrating moments that iTunes and I had shared, and he conceded that maybe my difficulties were due to the fact that I was using an outdated 32bit OS (WinXP). Apparently iTunes was a world of different and shiny when running on a modern PC under an OS that it worked well with.

Sounds plausible, right?

Well, having just replaced my antiquated Frankenputer-O-Doom with a new (albeit cheap) PC running Windows 10 (64bit version), I can confirm that iTunes does in fact still misbehave. In the process of performing the apparently simple procedure of ripping a couple of audio CDs (using iTunes) and syncing them with my iPhone, this intellectually-deficient, several-bits-short-of-a-byte, kludged-together, graceless hunk of bloatware ate all of my carefully hand-crafted playlists, both from my phone and my computer.

We Are Not Amused.

I tell ya, there is not one single time that I have fired up iTunes and it has done exactly what I wanted, no more and no less, and not destroyed, deleted or buggered-up something. NOT ONE.
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