Choir News

Jun. 28th, 2016 09:06 am
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My choir is having a fundraiser tonight - we are hoping to match funds for a grant to perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio on New Year's Eve. Those of us in attendance will be singing a little, just a Bach chorale and one of the movements of Andrew Lipke's "The Plague," but it will be the first time I've really sung since our season ended.

We also got a Pew grant, to fund 1734-1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach. We're going to do all of the 18 cantatas performed by Johann Sebastian Bach during that liturgical year, while he was choir director of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, so that's "four concerts in fall 2016, together featuring a total of eight cantatas for the Trinity Season; three concerts in early 2017, offering eight cantatas for Epiphanytide; and two concerts in spring 2017, presenting four cantatas for the Easter Season." I'm really looking forward to that!

Political Animals (USA Network, 2012)

Jun. 27th, 2016 08:51 am
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This weekend, I finished watching Political Animals, which I think was 13 episodes. The cast was excellent - Sigourney Weaver, Ciaran Hinds doing his best Bill Clinton/Elvis, Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn, Sebastian Stan - and there were enough twists and turns that the political plot never felt stale. Also, bonus Adrian Pasdar!

So far as C. and I could tell, every single character was hot for Sigourney Weaver's Elaine Barrish.

The thing I liked best about the miniseries, though, was the complexity of the characters. New levels were revealed bit by bit, and the best parts involved relationships you don't often see on television, for example a grandmother and her addict grandson, or a female politician and a female reporter. Seeming stereotypes got more depth gradually; for example, though Ciaran Hinds plays a womanizer, he still loves his ex-wife, and repeatedly shows his political acumen by making connections between disparate facts. Sigourney Weaver, meanwhile, is the moral compass of the family, but she's still wrong about things and makes mistakes with her children.

Ellen Burstyn as Sigourney Weaver's mother was my favorite character. She plays a former showgirl who remains outspoken, so her every scene is a joy. She and Sebastian Stan were adorable together.

Even if you don't usually like dramas (I don't), I'd recommend this if you like bickering, imperfect families that do in fact love each other.

Local note: at one point near the end, two characters were in a park, and I realized from a glimpse of the Goat statue that they were in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.


Jun. 26th, 2016 01:43 pm
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In Singapore.

Jet lag is quite something.
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Firstly, I am so sorry, UK folks. I wish you terrible strength and fury and the impetus to recover quickly from the actions of the fearful and the foolish.


Naturally, as is our M.O. when it seems like the whole damn world is falling apart, things happen for us in our tiny corner of the universe. We got the CtC (clear-to-close) on War Drobe. We're signing the papers, handing over our savings, and collecting the keys on Monday--literally a full year after the original close date of 06/27/2015.

From beginning to end, it's turned out to be a 10 yr plan instead of a 10 month plan, but we've finally got a home.

What a week.

Jun. 24th, 2016 08:45 am
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Sit-ins and the Brexit vote and the death of Ralph Stanley.

I spent last night huddled inside against the rain and the world. I did a load of laundry, then sat on my bed and at long last read Eva Ibbottson's Madensky Square, leaving A Song for Summer as the last of her adult novels on my TBR. I read the whole book and didn't finish until after bedtime, which might explain me being unable to sleep until a couple of hours later than I wanted.

A bit groggy this morning. Hoping to go lift weights on my lunch hour, then attend a Harry Potter event at Barnes and Noble tonight.


Jun. 23rd, 2016 09:07 am
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I am so happy about the sit-in in the House of Representatives. You don't fuck with Rep. John Lewis.

So. Happy.

Please, please, let something come of this.

And while we're at it, can we add in a ban on assault weapons? It can replace "no fly, no buy," which is not only racist but ineffective.

Wednesday Reading

Jun. 22nd, 2016 11:50 am
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This week, I'm reading Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson which is, gasp, not fanfiction.

The fanfiction, even the re-reads, wasn't quite doing it for me over the weekend. We'll see how this goes. I bought the book when it came out and have been saving it ever since. I have a nice little pile of specific I really do want to read, and I am wondering if I have enough of a Benjamin January historical mystery backlog to read one of those, since another one just came out. Next up is The Shirt On His Back, which is #10 in the series.

Recent print book arrivals:
--Drinking Gourd by Barbara Hambly
--League of Dragons by Naomi Novik


Jun. 22nd, 2016 11:17 am
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It was in the low 80s Farenheit last night for softball, but I didn't mind the sweat. It was a close game, ending in a well-earned tie, which is a lot more fun than a blowout.

I didn't get any hits, but I did get two batters out in a row by catching foul balls (I was catcher).

Gym tonight, more softball tomorrow if we don't get rained out.

House of Cards (US)

Jun. 22nd, 2016 07:06 am
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I'm catching up on the American version of House of Cards -- I'd seen the British version before, but just hadn't gotten around to this one -- and I'm really enjoying it. BUT I'm nearing the end of season 4, and the notion that the First Lady would be nominated as her husband's running mate? Strains credibility.

I mean, obviously we have a former First Lady who has a good shot at being our next President, but that's not *at the same time*.

Also, Underwood was so much darker in s. 1. Obviously he's still unscrupulous, but the really dark edge is muted.

I keep thinking of the Underwoods as the Macbeths.

about washing hair. No, really.

Jun. 21st, 2016 03:55 pm
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I don't know if this is a thing for other people or not, but since I was 12 or 13, I have washed my hair every day. Read more... )


Jun. 21st, 2016 08:42 am
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Last night, I did not lift as much as I could. I lifted enough that I wasn't entirely wiped out afterwards.

This entailed: dropping back to 155 for squats, so I could go deeper into the squat. I stayed at 70 for military press, which is pushing it a bit, but that one's hard regardless. And I dropped back to 250 from 275 for seated leg press (replacing deadlifts).

I was tired on the elliptical afterwards, but made it for the full 30 minutes.

I can feel my muscles today, but I don't feel as exhausted as after my one big workout last week.

*nods* That was enough.
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So everything I am fannish about comes to an end -- both Agent Carter and Penny Dreadful. *sigh* Perhaps, at least, the closed canons (well, I do not give up hope of seeing Peggy again in MCU flashbacks, if not *fingers crossed* another iteration of Agent Carter) will make me feel comfortable with ficcing, not worrying so much about getting Jossed.

For Penny Dreadful, I have IDEAS, mostly centered around Catriona and John Clare -- er, separate ideas, that is -- not sure I see those two characters connecting *at all*. The question is always finding the time, but since there's now almost nothing on tv I care about, I should be watching it a good deal less often. ;-)

But I do have a thought about Henry Jekyll. Read more... )

Summer BLEH Five Things

Jun. 20th, 2016 08:21 am
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1. Summer is here, my least favorite season. Heat and humidity have descended. I want all the showers and air conditioning.

2. I have two softball games this week, but if the weather forecast is accurate, Thursday's might get rained out. I sort of hope that happens.

3. I only gymmed once last week. Plan to do better this week. I've been skimping on the cardio.

4. I filled out my Readercon panel questionnaire, lost a roommate, gained a different roommate, and transferred my original room reservation to a friend that needed it. Next up: packing list.

5. The paperback of Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown will be out soon!
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but if that was really the end, I am okay with that. It made narrative sense and Read more... )

Code push imminent!

Jun. 18th, 2016 06:51 pm
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Reminder that I'm going to start working on tonight's code push in the next 30-45 minutes or so. I know you just CAN'T WAIT to use the larger icon filesize for your animated gif talents, so I'm going to start a bit earlier than originally planned, closer to 5:30pm PDT. I'll update this post when we're done!

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

Code push tomorrow!

Jun. 17th, 2016 11:06 am
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We are planning to do a code push around 32[*] hours from now, at approximately 6pm Pacific time on Saturday.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • Icon size limit raised from 40kb to 60kb.

  • Fixed the "hook: enddata returned false" error when uploading multiple icons.

  • Posting DW links on Facebook will now use the "Swirly D" logo for the link image.

  • Added seven new color variants on the popular "Teeny Tinies" mood theme.

  • The user profile page now lists "Other Services" in responsive columns.

  • The user icons page no longer uses "(Default)" in the alt text for every icon.

  • Improved non-ASCII character support in plain text email notifications.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

[*] I had a computer check my math this time, because it was almost wrong again. YAY COMPUTERS.

The Oww of Virtue

Jun. 17th, 2016 08:27 am
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The weird strained muscle felt mostly okay yesterday so I went to the gym after work and couldn't stop myself from lifting. I think I am a barbell addict, what can I do? I was supposed to stop after bench press, row, and squats, but I did military press too, because I don't know. Frustration? It's the hardest exercise I do, and my progress is so slow, I didn't want to lose the progress I made last week.

Way sore now. But calm about it.

I was thinking earlier this week about the people who do "Morning Pages," and how I should do that, I would be a better person/writer if I did that, but then I remembered this probably counts, even though my posts are short sometimes/often, so I abandoned the idea with great relief.

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Jun. 17th, 2016 08:43 am
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My morning run takes me past both the Joe Strummer mural and the bar they used as Luke Cage's in Jessica Jones. Some morning inspiration . . .

Lovely Agent Carter Fic!

Jun. 16th, 2016 10:06 am
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The reveals have gone live on the SSR Confidential Agent Carter exchange. I'm still making my way through the collection, but I wanted to share my gifts, a lovely story I was privileged to beta, and . . . oh, I wrote something.

I didn't know about the exchange 'til after signups were over, so I was only a pinchhitter, but the organizer, Sholio, made sure I had a gift and it's a lovely bit of fluff. I love Peggy/Daniel, but I really liked Jason Wilkes and that tentative romance, as well, and she gifted me a delightful Peggy/Jason story, "It's a Good Life (but it can always be better)."

I had the privilege to beta selenak's definitive Ana Jarvis fic, "All of Me" which is a must-read. She captures Ana's personality and gives her a convincing history.

Selenak also kindly gifted me a fic outside of the exchange, Peggy and Manfredi at Howard's funeral, "Funeral Games" I am so interested in the lost years of Peggy and Howard and SHIELD and the glimpses we get of them -- this story does that wonderfully.

Finally, my pinch-hit. The requester, paperdream, had an amazing idea: Angie Martinelli with a dark side; Peggy trying to rescue Angie and finding out Angie can take care of herself. I'm proud of the story, but it's gotten relatively few hits; if you're so inclined to check it out, I'd love that.

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