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Finished Heidi! So much clash of classes, Comrade Anklebiter!
The Sesemans casually throw around their money, and when Peter (impoverished Swiss lad used to living with hunger) bravely asks for a whole DIME as a reward, they laugh at his narrow dreams, throw him a handful of change, and promise him a dime each week for LIFE! He's overwhelmed; his (also impoverished) mom is terrified at where the money is coming from until Heidi explains it's legit.
Also, Heidi gets yelled at for duzening the servants—using informal language with them as though they were friends.
Now, on to Nnendi Okorafor-Mbachu's The Shadow Speaker!
I've apparently gotten into a string of novels about hungry children—followed up Hearts of Horses with Burial Rites (aftermath of a murder in 1820s impoverished northern Iceland) and Heidi (didn't register the extent of the poverty afflicting Peter's family when I read it as a kid—his grandmother was slowly starving because her teeth were no longer up to the hard brown bread that was all they could afford). All Men Kill, 1930s sci fi from Project Gutenberg... mostly counts, too, except that was due to vampirism, not poverty. <_<
Just finished Molly Gloss's The Hearts of Horses, the story of a young woman broncobuster in the Elwha valley (local!). I mostly enjoyed it, except that the author seemed a little too anxious to establish the main character's heterosexuality. Also, trigger warning for
abuse of animals, allusions to child abuse, and untreated cancer (set during WW1, not much they could do then but a punch in the gut nonetheless).
On to A Princess of Mars! (Thanks, Project Gutenburg!)
Magically avoided spoilers on Argentina vs. Netherlands and watched the game last night. Exhausting and stressful! Vamos Argentina! (This is also a bit of a sanity-saver for me, since Wesley Schneider going up against Qadira doesn't sound like a relaxing post-PaizoCon weekend.)
Any word whether Silva will be back for the third-place game tomorrow? I'd love to see Brazil win back some pride there.
Not even having a horse in that race, it was heartbreaking to watch. I didn't expect Brazil to win with Neymar and Silva out, but would never have predicted that disaster.
Dear Argentina: Please take that to heart! However it goes, make us proud!
Begins carefully avoiding all social media until tonight, and bribes Stephen to stop cruelly spoilering us. :S
Those were so cool! She showed us how she makes them at Crafting Circle—she folds the paper up like an accordion, sketches something on the first panel, cuts out the white space, unfolds it, and then fills in the rest of the panels, all different and usually using the cut-out spaces as part of the design (teapot in one panel, breastplate in another, partly furled banner in another.
Drop in on a seminar if you have unexpected free time—they usually have space, and they're full of unexpected info.
Carry hand sanitizer, use it often, and share it freely!
Stay hydrated, and you won't feel as tired.
Walkable food options are limited, so the hotel restaurant can get pretty backed up. But! The hotel front desk has a sheaf of delivery menus.
I almost forgot Puzzle Break! If you're a fan of puzzle hunts like DASH, you should really try this—you're locked into a room with 1 hr to figure out the clues that will let you escape. It goes better with a bigger group (the success rate with a full team is 20%), but I think they sometimes combine smaller groups to get up to critical mass, so you can try for that option.
Other misc. geekery in Seattle:
Museum of Flight: I'm not a plane geek, but the WWI wing won me over—pilot weapons (e.g., pistol, grappling hook, HALF-BRICK!), writing samples from pilots with varying degrees of oxygen deprivation, and horrifyingly fragile fabric-and-wood planes. And now they have a trainer shuttle! I hear the flight simulator is rad, but haven't tried it.
pres man wrote:
My suggestion, watch it on the Spanish channel. The English speaking channels are so dry and boring. Even if you have no idea what they are saying, you can still feel the excitement. Listening to people talk about a game they are not really excited about is bound to make the game unexciting.
We've been alternating between Univision for live games and ESPN for replays. Univision is defs more exciting; it's radio-style broadcast where you don't need to be looking to feel the excitement. The ESPN coverage has been fun too, though—the announcers know their stuff and are super scathing when players are phoning it in or taking dives.
Taking a break from The Decameron to read The Song of Roland. I picked Dorothy L. Sayers's translation because I'm a fangirl; while the intro was helpful (and credited numerous female scholars!), I wish the translation were prose. Sayers' dedication to recreating the original meter and rhyme scheme is admirable but distracting.
One more, after yesterday's Beginner Box-related aquatheosis...
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I was going to read Four Ways to Forgiveness but the word "Hainish" showed up in the first ten pages, and I haven't read any of the Hainish Cycle, so back on the shelf with you.
It's been years since I read it, but I think Four Ways to Forgiveness is one of the more stand-alone books in the Hainish Cycle, like The Telling or Left Hand of Darkness. Mostly you just have to know that Hain exists and sends out observers from other worlds. So read on, McDoodlebug!
I haven't heard yet either; it'll probably be announced closer to the day of the parade.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: A glorious combination of Snatch, Forrest Gump, Kitchen Stories, and Children of the Revolution. Watch it now! (Aviso: trailer is only in Swedish, but you can get the idea.)
Someone suggested going to one of the bars but I don't drink much anymore. It triggers panic attacks. I'm already going to be nervous (even though I shouldn't be since it should be an acceptable place for me). I need to find out what events are going on and if anyone wants to go with me. Even if I don't get dressed up, it would be a boring day if I was down there alone.
You could skip the parade and just hit up the Queer Geek afterparty instead? There should be non-alcohol options and board games available. :-)
Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
A different approach to a hypothetical Languages of Golarion is not to make actual languages but describe language families, their origin, development, differentiation and spread. Include rules for how to use Linguistics to understand related dialects and languages. [...] Include some basic, abstract aspects like "language family X has very few colors, from 2 to 4" or "language family Y has developed in a culture where sons-in-law must learn hundreds of synonyms for everyday words because words starting with the same sound as his mother-in-law cannot be used in her presence"
This I could get behind! It would be far less likely to create error-traps, and gives people a chance to explore all the crazy traits languages can exhibit, like the ones you mentioned—and how they could impact people's understanding of each other.
The watercooler is next to the editorial cube; our glaring and shushing discourages (ma)lingering, reducing the chance of a random encounter there to the normal hallway level.
Interesting commentary from someone who grew up on an off-grid (US) island with no utilities and only private transit: link.
"Where do the sewage engineers live? Why do they come there voluntarily? Why do their countries of origin allow them to work there? Why would even a billionaire want a house there? [...] Supply chains are really, really tricky, and it would be quite a trick to sign up for them without entraining a bunch of stuff to do with credit supply, labor and safety laws, and so on."
The link in the coda delves into another potential problem: the risks of interpersonal conflict in small, closed societies like the island the author is from. There, a feud between residents temporarily left folks with NO commercial way to get to or from the mainland.
Matthew Pittard wrote:
I wont have a car, would public transport get me to it?
Yes! Light rail to the D line, or light rail to 40 to 62—Google maps has excellent coverage for Seattle-area transit, I'd use that for route-planning. :-)
And Mikekydd, the Ballard neighborhood is also an excellent spot for a walking tour of craft breweries: http://www.myballard.com/breweries/
The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi—same setting as Ship Breaker, but focusing on child soldiers, the aftermath of peacekeeping, and loyalty. Glad I read it, but it's pretty grim. Followed that up with The Magic of Saida by M.G. Vassanji, the story of a young man caught between the African and Indian communities of his hometown in Tanzania, in the 1950s and 1960s. Turned all magical realism at the end, but a fascinating portrait of a really complex situation.
George Takei is going to be Grand Marshal of Seattle's Pride Parade. :D
...We should really start thinking now about how to Trek-up our scooter for the Queer Folks on Scooters and Electric Bikes part of the parade (we follow the D%$+s on Bikes).
Lord Snow wrote:
In the book (and in real life) genocide, many women are raped to death. Mass sexual violence is also used as a way of breaking communities in places where there's a lot of stigma against victims of sexual violence and their children. I don't have time at work for a deep search, but this is a decent place to start reading.
Getting into Seattle proper from Seatac isn't too hard - it's about five minutes walk to the light rail, then that straight into the centre, and a 5 minute walk to the waterfront from there.
If you have a smartphone, Google maps is pretty well synched up with our transit, which also makes navigating the city easier as a visitor. I The free One Bus Away app, which gives real time updates about when buses are expected, is also pretty handy. And having lots of people around just means there are more folks to help with directions. :-)
Oh hey, I didn't know there were fireworks so close! Awesome! Google maps puts that park at closer to 1.4 miles from the hotel—about a half-hour walk. I can't guarantee that the display would be visible from the hotel, but since the hotel is on the side of a hill that runs north-south and ends near the lake... maybe? It might also be visible from the airport's light rail station, at a guess. I don't recommend trying to drive to Angle Lake Park, because parking there is totally inadequate for the 4th of July crowds.
iI you don't mind a longer trek, you can also take light rail + walk/bus up to Seattle to South Lake Union (Lake Union Park, or if you know any Amazon folks, from one of their buildings) or Wallingford (Gas Works Park or any of the north-south streets, which are all closed to traffic below 40th) to watch the Seattle Fireworks. Metro typically keeps transit running later and more often to accommodate the crowds. Again, don't try to drive there—traffic nightmare + no parking.
I sped through Nnendi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker, which is fairly lighthearted YA, then moved on to one of her adult books, Who Fears Death. It's an excellent book, but grim; themes include genocide, sexual violence (esp. as a tactic for genocide), institutionalized racism and misogyny, female genital mutilation, and how living with any or all of these things warps people and cultures.
At the end, it's revealed that the setting is Sudan, but in a post-apocalyptic future with sorcery (this is probably not so mysterious if you keep up with the news).
Freehold DM wrote:
I'd start by checking out any other bios on the website to get a sense of what your colleagues have done (length, how personal to make it, humor, etc.).
Also, good onya, Freehold DM—it seems they like you! :-)
Loved the Oz books when I was a kid; read dozens. Tried to go back to them a few years ago, but had a hard time getting into them again for some of the reasons mentioned above (racial caricatures, dated portrayals of gender rolls) as well as being creeped out by how blasé the characters are about death and maiming. (Makes sense in context, but when you think about it as an adult—eeeeee! See also this.) But I still wish I could grow a lunchpail tree!
Also! Breaking up my slow-motion Decameron reading with Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch (Nigerian urban fantasy) and Molly Gloss's The Jump-Off Creek.
Also in Skull & Shackles:
Hurricane King Kerdack Bonefist's partner, Hyapatia, is a lamia—she's out to him and his first mate, but otherwise keeps her nature a secret. They are very much in love, and on their (NE/CE) date nights, they like to watch blood sports at Port Peril's arenas and host violent orgies.