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May. 27th, 2017 10:42 am
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So this last week has been quite fluffy but i've been floompy. Mum is still in Respite and Dad came back (quite exhausted but happy) from his cycling holiday on tuesday evening.

Saturday was [profile] lolliepopp and N's wedding which was absolutely lovely (they had a Lego cake!). I've not seen so much of N since he moved to the London but it's lovely to have seen him flourishing since we went to our first BiCon together (way, way back in 2003!). And there were lots of awesome other guests to catch up with.
I stayed over with [personal profile] oilrig
in an extremely hidden but pleasant hotel in Croydon - which meant negotiating tram tracks in the dark. I'm a bit scared of how trams silently creep up on you. It was lovely to have concentrated [personal profile] oilrig time because Life keeps getting in the way of that. We went to Boxpark on the sunday and ate way too many waffle-bites..

On Tuesday I visited Mum in Respite and fibally got into a QI recording with [personal profile] oilrig after having gotten turned away the last 2 times when they were oversubscribed. It was the last episode in the O series. It was shiny

On Thursday I had my first session of the "Prescription for Health" exercise scheme and got talked through using the machines and other equipment in a ludy-safe way. I've not used a medicine ball (these ones had handles but i've not used the handless kind either) before and that was quite fun but the cross trainer broke my brain a bit (even though it was the seated kind so I didn't have to worry too much about balance at the same time as cross-lateral movement and coordination. In general i'm very wobbly. But the newish gym is lovely with lots of natural light and sea-views out of the window by the stationary bikes.
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Meme grabbed from [personal profile] sfred and [personal profile] ghoti

Meme list )

1: A song you like with a colour in the title:

This one took me a while to think of. I toyed with saying 'anything off Chris T-T's 9 Green Songs album', but none of the songs on the album have a colour in the title themselves, so this was clearly cheating.

In the end, I went for Fade to Grey, by Visage. Yes, grey's a colour.



This is just distilled essence of early Eighties, right down to the lyrics being jointly in English and French because why wouldn't you do that. I'm a lot more familiar with the song than with the video, which is a shame because I've just watched it now and the video turns out to be a thing of beauty by Godley & Cream right at the start of their video directing career.

As with any chart song pre-1983, I missed this completely at the time, but when I first heard it in the late eighties, it settled into my brain like dew from a morning mist, and has never really left.

Music meme: day 1 of 30

May. 26th, 2017 01:01 pm
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[personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait and a bunch of other people are doing a 30 day music meme, and it's really interesting to see people's choices! In some ways music isn't a big part of my life, so I might struggle with this one, and anyway I'm not going to commit to posting every day for 30 consecutive days, but I thought I'd give it a go.

The first is A song you like with a colour in the title, so I went for White winter hymnal by Fleet Foxes. I don't always love the kind of very blurry musical style that Fleet Foxes go for, but I got really fond of this song a few years back and it's one that always raises a smile when it comes on shuffle.

People are generally linking to YouTube, and I'd never actually seen the accompanying video for this one before. It's kind of a cool claymation thing, so I'm glad I searched it up.

Embedded video )

Promo discussion: Episode 5x13

May. 25th, 2017 11:35 am
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This post is intended to allow discussion of the upcoming episode, as reflected in the official show promos.

Please keep the comments spoiler free from anything not mentioned in the promos (interviews, articles etc)

Clip )

Reading Wednesday 24/05

May. 24th, 2017 12:37 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Recently read: The hundred trillion stories in your head, a bio of Ramón y Cajal by Benjamin Ehrlich. (Contains some detail of Ramón y Cajal's rather grim childhood.)

Currently reading: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. Partly because it's Hugo nominated, and partly because [personal profile] jack was excited to talk about it so I've borrowed his copy. I'm halfway through and enjoying it a lot; it's a bit like a somewhat grimmer version of Leckie's Ancillary books. It has too much gory detail of war and torture for my preferences but it's also a really engaging story.

Up next: Quite possibly Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, since I'd like to read at least the Hugo novels in time for Worldcon.
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Aired:
23 May 2017 in the U.S. and Canada

This is a discussion post for episode 512 of The Americans, intended for viewers who are watching the show on the U.S./Canadian schedule. (Feel free to dive in to the discussion even if you're coming in late--and you should also feel free to start a new thread if it seems too daunting to read through what's already been posted first. If you're reading this at a point where you've already seen subsequent episodes, though, please take care to keep comments spoiler-free of anything that comes after season five, episode twelve.)

FX's original promo trailer )

Jew-ish

May. 23rd, 2017 01:45 pm
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This weekend I went to another Jewish-Muslim interfaith event. I was not exactly the main target audience, which was mainly people whose actual job is religious education. I did get to meet some Somali Bravanese Muslims, an ethnic minority from Somalia via Kenya whom I hadn't encountered before.

Anyway we had some very interesting discussions, including around the use of language. Some of the Muslim participants said they didn't like what I had thought of as an otherwise neutral older spelling, Moslem. They said they associate that spelling and pronunciation with people like Donald Trump, and I can see that people who haven't bothered to update their language might well be assumed to be hostile. I don't particularly need to change my own language choices since I have been using the modern spelling anyway, but it's useful to note.

Then of course the conversation turned to the Jewish side, and the somewhat fraught issue of what we should be called. is 'Jew' a slur? )

Blogiversary

May. 22nd, 2017 04:08 pm
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I note in passing that it's 14 years to the day since I started this blog, 6 years on LJ and 8 years on DW. That's a lot of writing and a lot of conversations. I've made just over 2000 posts in 14 years, and I think the average length is only a little under a thousand words, so somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million words and that's not even counting comments. I was really not expecting either the site or my interest in blogging to last as long as 14 years, but I'm really glad you're all still here.

I still don't have a good way of making an offline archive of DW; the program LJArchive is timing out because, I think, my DW is just too huge, and it doesn't have a way of downloading one bit at a time. Does anyone have any recs?

It's also coming up to the end of my 7th year of working at Keele – I've finished teaching and only have exams to go through before this academic year is over. It's a pretty awesome job in lots of ways. Our senior people like to point out that there have been over a million consultations when patients have been treated by Keele-trained doctors in the ten year history of the medical school, and I've contributed to the education of quite a high proportion of those doctors.

And it's the 20th anniversary, give or take, of my leaving school. I have signed up to attend the reunion next month; I'm not entirely sure that was a good idea, but I am at least somewhat curious to see if I can pick up some gossip from anyone who isn't on Facebook. I don't think anyone is going to be surprised that I'm an academic, that's what everybody was predicting when I was going around convinced I was going into school teaching. But they might well be surprised that I'm married and poly.

Anyway, now I'm going to catch a train from the new exciting local to my house station.

Understanding St Paul

May. 19th, 2017 02:06 pm
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I recently read “Paul: The Misunderstood Apostle” by Karen Armstrong on [personal profile] angelofthenorth’s recommendation, followed by a reread of Meeting God in Paul by Rowan Williams for comparison. Both were good, and left me with a deeper understanding of Paul’s writings, as well as of the context which surrounded it. I felt as though I got more out of the Williams, but that was more because the thing that it was doing was of more interest to me personally, than because it was a better book in general. To me the most marked difference between the two books is that the Armstrong felt like a history book with theological implications, whereas the Williams (based, as it was, on three sermons) was a theology book with historical underpinnings.

One thread that was common to both books was the emphasis on how radical Paul’s teachings were. He often gets characterised as a fuddy duddy conservative, misogynist and homophobic, corrupting Jesus’ message and making it more acceptable to the traditionalists at the time, but actually, in the context of the hierarchical worlds of the Roman Empire and the Jewish religious authorities, his proclamation in Galatians that “There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” would have been ground-breaking. Similarly, in Corinthians, where he says “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does”, this was just common wisdom at the time, but to follow it as he does with “and in the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” would have been shockingly egalitarian. The whole letter to Philemon, in which he exhorts his friend to take his disgraced runaway slave back into his household, but as an equal, was turning the established order of things on its head. The question of how we square this with some other verses where he seems more sexist or pro-slavery is a difficult one, and Williams notes but doesn’t address it. Armstrong makes an argument that some of the other verses were later additions by another writer, and I don’t have sufficient knowledge to assess its robustness.

Both books are short and engagingly written, and both were improved by reading the other at a similar time.

Fun

May. 18th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Last weekend it was the slightly obscure Jewish festival of Lag b'Omer, mainly celebrated by going out into the woods and having picnics. I was really really pleased when my OSOs and their two younger children, and [livejournal.com profile] fivemack, came up for the weekend to join me!

we crammed a bunch of stuff into two days )

I only have one more day of teaching before the summer. May is always intense, so I'll hope to be a bit more present on DW from next week.

Promo discussion: Episode 5x12

May. 18th, 2017 12:03 am
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This post is intended to allow discussion of the upcoming episode, as reflected in the official show promos.

Please keep the comments spoiler free from anything not mentioned in the promos (interviews, articles etc)
Clips )

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May. 17th, 2017 06:10 pm
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Today's tiny act of activism was suggesting at a new cafe that had a question about gender on it's wifi sign-up page that they include an "Other" category along with the "male" and "female" options they already had.
The (young and interestingly-haired) front-of-house staff, who are obviously not responsible for IT and hadn't tried to use the customer WiFi, were (cheeringly) a bit shocked there wasn't already a non-binary option.

(Obviously, insert rant here about being asked for so many personal details in the first place)

When you see a URL..

May. 17th, 2017 10:04 am
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.. contain 'BUNDLE_PRICE_TEST_1M_UK_C', you can tell someone's doing some market research.

If you go to The Guardian's homepage today, what price are you offered if you click on the 'Support the Guardian' banner?

Spoiler?! )

Episode discussion post: "Dyatkovo"

May. 16th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Aired:
16 May 2017 in the U.S. and Canada

This is a discussion post for episode 511 of The Americans, intended for viewers who are watching the show on the U.S./Canadian schedule. (Feel free to dive in to the discussion even if you're coming in late--and you should also feel free to start a new thread if it seems too daunting to read through what's already been posted first. If you're reading this at a point where you've already seen subsequent episodes, though, please take care to keep comments spoiler-free of anything that comes after season five, episode eleven.)

FX's original promo trailer )

From a phishing attempt today

May. 16th, 2017 04:16 pm
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Oh noes! Someone's trying to hack an account that doesn't exist!

Unusual sign-in activity
We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the Microsoft account 8050303@(me).com
Sign-in details:
Country/region: Romania
IP address: 869.3.58.913


Well yes, that is unusual...

I don't think I'll be biting.