In Memoriam

May. 18th, 2017 01:01 pm
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  • Chris Cornell, musician (Soundgarden)
  • Powers Boothe, actor
  • Lloyd Cotsen, collector and business executive (for Neutrogena, the stuff I've been using since 1975 and at one point owned three shares of their stock)

may snowstorm

May. 18th, 2017 11:36 am
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This is my pumpkin patch today:Read more... )
I have to drive up into the foothills to feed the horses now. My old man is in California, learning to surf. Wish me luck!

wednesday reading

May. 17th, 2017 11:30 pm
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• What are you reading?

Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, for economics in SF panel. I've written to my other panelist a couple times, but he doesn't answer. I hope we manage to pull this off.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older. Vivid depiction of New York City, of music, dancing, painting, and the ways people talk. Interesting magic. The plot has the flaws of its genre: you are in mortal danger, your city is in danger, you have powers you don't understand that could protect yourself and your world, other people know things you don't and no one will explain anything! Fortunately, a song you have always known holds the key to the secret, and you manage to figure it out just in time.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, for library book group. I did decide to skip the book group for Laura Pritchett's The Blue Hour.

I Attended Maxine Waters's Town Hall

May. 17th, 2017 08:26 pm
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I saw Maxine Waters on Saturday, and started a writeup on Sunday, and I came back to finish it on Wednesday, and it all seems so quaint.

It was going to be matter-of-fact and informational, but I can't even deal with that now.

On Friday, I was feeling super stressed about politics, and getting out into the community and hearing my new Congressperson talk frankly about the appalling nature of the current administration, including calls for investigation and impeachment, was heartening.

I was really hoping for that feeling to last for at least a workweek, but nope.

Anyway, the Town Hall was held in Inglewood, representing the core of Waters' district demographic: mostly Black, with some Latino. There were less than a handful of pro-Trump protestors, who got loud and then quickly left, presumably after they got the shot they felt they needed for their YouTube video. The session was mostly informational, with an extremely limited Q&A at the end.

Key points were healthcare, housing, and the incompetence of the administration. Most of the healthcare stuff I knew, but I hadn't been aware of all of the ways federal funding affected local efforts to combat the housing shortage in Los Angeles. Waters also brought a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board to discuss the paper's recent series Our Dishonest President, and she spent time detailing the unqualifications of several administration members and cabinet appointees, including racism, sexism, inexperience, and foreign influence.

I know that Waters has been getting national attention for having a consistent anti-Trump message since the primaries, as I've been seeing her in tweets and comments from friends far away from the district. In her closing speech, she seemed not only cognizant of the issues facing young Americans of color, but excited to help amplify those concerns.


May. 16th, 2017 03:17 pm
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Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age"

We didn’t set out trying to prove anything, but rather compile real data. We framed it as a census rather than a study. So we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.

Data to smack people with!

TB in AL

May. 15th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Alabama, particularly in the "Black Belt," is having a tuberculosis epidemic. And getting health care there is...challenging.

library books

May. 15th, 2017 06:49 pm
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What I have checked out of the library at this moment: )

31 things, even though what little time I am spending reading right now is all for my economics in SF panel. 53 years old and I am as bad at managing my time and attention as ever.

poetry sale!

May. 15th, 2017 10:45 am
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My poem "The Golem of the Gravestones" has sold to Uncanny Magazine. It's one of the few poems I've written since the election. I wish the events that inspired the poem had not happened, but I am very happy Uncanny will be publishing it.

planting in the new raised bed

May. 14th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Some pictures of planting in my new raised bed.
large images of gardening )

henna day post

May. 14th, 2017 01:58 pm
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It is Henna Day, on a mild Los Angeles afternoon. I finally got my hair cut yesterday. I last got it cut the weekend after the election. What a long, strange time it has been since.

Last night I watched Gargoyles, a 1972 TV movie, on Svengoolie. It stars Cornel Wilde as an anthropologist who encounters the gargoyles-come-to-life, but the highlight of the movie is Grayson Hall, chewing the scenery as a boozy motel owner. I'm pretty sure she has a drink in her hand in every scene she's in (except for the shot of her after she's been killed off), including a scene in a police station and one in a car.

Wiscon is less than two weeks away, and I'm really looking forward to it, though I still have tons of prep to do.

Oh Yeah

May. 13th, 2017 04:02 pm
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a/k/a Not This Recipe

My grandmother (the one who died in the mid-'90s, not the one who died just before LAcon in '84) used to cook a lot. I suspect Mom got much of her loving to cook from Grandma. Many of Grandma's food preparations have been lost over time (and periodic decluttering--Mom and Dad had serious pack-rat tendencies which were ruthlessly suppressed until their approximate 70s and given the opportunity would throw out everything that didn't look necessary. So when I decamped in '75, my trove of "secret stuff" disappeared--my three-book stash of porn that would be mild enough for children today, my "scribblings," and the loose-leaf sheets on which I had written down a few of Grandma's recipes, and Grandma was not much on repeating herself and didn't much cook after 1980), but occasionally we still have pigeon peas and rice, because that one was easy, and now that one can get chorizo in any grocery store and not have to hunt that down in ethnic markets, we sometimes have [the Cuban version of] Spanish rice.

Anyway, one of the things she was always fixing was fried plantain. The plantain in question is the giant banana sometimes seen in supermarkets. She would let plantain get ripe almost to totally black skin and then she would fry slices in bacon fat and we'd eat them. They didn't need sugar or cinnamon or anything else. Mmmmmmmmmm-mmmmmmm!

(Grandma made strong Spanish-style coffee using a cloth filter, which I always called a sock. Cloth filters are now one of the ways one can brew coffee without constantly throwing out paper filters, but I still call them socks. Really, c'mon.)

So I had two bananas that were past ripe and on their way to rot, and I did not feel like making banana bread, and I needed potassium, so I figured fried bananas. The local Chinese restaurant (I think) has fried bananas for desert. Why not?

Well, it turns out that they burn easily. And even if they don't they're very limp.

Oh well.

wednesday reading

May. 10th, 2017 11:11 pm
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• What are you reading?

Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older, for SF book group.

• What did you recently finish reading?

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for classics book group. Maybe I'm reading too extrinsicly-motivatedly lately, but I didn't appreciate this. I enjoyed the discussion, though.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, for economics in SF panel.


May. 9th, 2017 10:05 pm
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The intersection where I got hit by a car is listed on the map in this article on pedestrian hits in DC in the WaPo today. One of the smaller dots, but there. 2nd and G Streets NW. Not quite the way I'd want to be in the newspaper, but at least it's not a counting among obituaries, so there's that. It's dangerous stepping out your front door, Frodo.

Hi! I took off work today due to feeling run down. My knee and the whole leg and foot have been hurty lately, so the accident is still reminding me it happened. Lots has been going on here, good and bad, and I keep wishing I'd post more here. I will keep trying.

What jackals do

May. 9th, 2017 07:28 pm
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I hate that I can't cheer Comey's firing, because I can't help wondering what Comey might have found in the Russian probe, and how a new FBI director picked by Trump might spin what they have more in Trump's favor. Yes, I think Comey screwed our election and helped turn the tide against HRC, but that doesn't mean Trump owned him. More fuckery.

And yesterday was so bright with Macron's win and Yates fierce unflagging testimony that was a joy to watch. So the timing of firing Comey may be a strategy that each loss for Trump, as yesterday was, must be followed by a quick power play to keep the opposition demoralized and off balance. Constant whiplash for the engaged resistance.

So angry. Not giving up--I would so love to see Yates run for office and keep fighting for the resistance.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

May. 9th, 2017 07:15 am
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to [personal profile] maevele and [personal profile] stardreamer! Have a really great day!
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American Airlines is decreasing legroom in economy class (i.e. coach).

I hope they go bankrupt. Bastards.
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