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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 06:09 am
Daily journaler is seeking other daily journalers. I'm looking for other diarists that share some aspect of their daily life, whether it's limited to a narrow aspect of creativity or concern or is wide ranging. The diarist should be open to reading my entries and ideally is already reading the entries of folks in my circle.

ETA: Diarist should have high tolerance for typos.
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Sunday, November 29th, 2015 07:29 am
I happen to be quite fond of Optima as a font. Generally, when i do any styling of text (which is rare) I use Optima for titles and headings and Garamond for the body. (Day Roman was a free font i found that is quite similar to Garamond, but has far fewer glyphs.)

I became curious this morning about Optima, and was quite pleased to see it is a Hermann Zapf font, derived from Roman period engravings. Then I read the opinions of John McCain's use of the font in his campaign -- http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/optima-typeface/?_r=0 . Well, i like what i like and so it goes.

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I did some "holiday" cooking yesterday. Friday was art preparation (artist's statement, framing, pricing notes) and Thursday was a blur. In the morning i fixed a gluten free, biscuit-recipe inspired "pastry" filled with the aging almond filling from the back of the cabinet. As i patted the last bit down i realized that this time i'd forgotten the salt.

In the evening i baked a stuffed squash (a kuri kabocha, i think), which turned out quite well. I think zapping the squash while the oven preheated and i sautéed the onions was part of the success.
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Saturday, November 28th, 2015 09:54 am
I returned home from my ten days of travel with a bit of under-the-weather level lurgy. I think i'd been fighting it since leaving Ohio, and possibly had the cold reinforced my nephew & niece who were both under the weather, as well. I had a good bit of sleep and reading, and Friday tried to catch up. I spent much of today at the Meetinghouse, where we were trying to have a fundraiser without customers.

Someone bought one of my prints!

For Thanksgiving, Christine had an attack of the blues that was not particularly surprising. Indeed, when i think of some of the holidays in our early years together, she greets holidays now in a much better state of mind. I read a novel and made way through the backlog of email. While i had skimmed it on my iPad while traveling, my habit is to file it on my own hard drive. Somehow, reading email on the iPad (or my phone) feels ... hampered ... unlike reading novels on the iPad.

It's a bit chilly here and i surmise many of our neighbors (whose heat diffuses into our space) are out of town.

Tomorrow is going to be busy: i managed to get myself committed to overlapping Meeting things from ten am to six pm.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 09:40 am
Two weeks of out of the usual activities! Travel led to much media consumption.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, via Audible. It took me a while to get used to Celeste Ciulla's reading performance. She was careful in her intonations as Breq, the AI, and I first found it off-putting. I slowly realized how valuable it was for me: i would have read Breq's speech rhythms as my own (as best fit the writing) and would have not had the somewhat alien experience. In retrospect, I deeply appreciate hearing the book read to me as enriching my experience. The theme of guilt and setting things right was quite engaging, particularly in a text that is aware of privilege, both of the reader's world and the created world . While the narrative ends with plenty of room to explore more of the universe, i'm not sure how led i am to follow Leckie in her further explorations.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, via Audible. Listening Length: 31 hours and 55 minutes.
I listened cross country, and i'm still in the pre-cataclysm period. I've found the Neil deGrasse Tyson character just a *touch* distracting. I hadn't put a name to the entrepreneur character. Other reviews say Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. Richard Branson came to my mind, although I think he has better people skills than the character in the book admits to having. I think i will listen at higher speed if i ever want to be finished with it.

Portal by Eric Flint & Ryk E Spoor, via Baen. This is the third in a trilogy that i did feel led to complete. (Perhaps because it was clearly a trilogy as opposed to a series.) Both the first book (Boundary) and Seveneves address the NASA vs corporate space flight question in a way that makes me wonder why it didn't seem to come up in The Martian. This third book continues, resolving the international (underhanded) competition narrative, and brings to a closure the arc of discovery. There's certainly MUCH room for the discovery to continue, and it nags at my mind: why would you leave now? But the narrative has a strong reason for the closure it provides. Indeed, i suspect it would take inhuman endurance for the characters to stay focussed on the discovery and not on their own physical needs (such as for some time in gravity!)

Valentine & Hart Books by Missy Meyer, via Kindle. I found her husband's kinda Mary Sue-ish Magic 2.0 series to be peasant geeky diversions, so i thought i would give this series a try. It's a fun conceit, and the "bad misleading government" narrative might give way to something with a bit more grey, but i don't think i will read any more in the series.

Tanyth Fairport Adventures, by Nathan Lowell, via Kindle. Unlike the Valentine & Hart series, i will read more of Nathan Lowell's Tanyth Fairport. Clearly set in a familiar context where women have gendered restrictions, the narrative provides for those women to be recognized by me as having strength, wisdom, and creativity without the addition of the supernatural. The supernatural is introduced, but in a world where the magic is expected to have been in the past. I look forward to the unfolding of how Tanyth comes to understand her experience. I enjoyed Lowell's Solar Clipper Trader Tales a great deal, particularly due to his attention to the practical details. I joked about how many times in the Solar Clipper tales that characters put their coffee cups into the dishwasher. Here, too, characters do dishes and attend to mundane practicalities in a way that seems natural to the narrative and delightful to this reader.

2001: Space Odyssey : It leaked out to Christine i'd never seen this. Thus, last night we watched. There were a multitude of places where visual designs reminded me of other movies (Star Wars), movies made after this one came out. That, and some of the visions of the past-future, were fun to reflect upon. Ma Bell videophone booths were entertaining, after using FaceTime a short time before with my sister's family. Paper instead of tablets, the formal dress of scientists (insert hilarity here). The inside of the earth to space station shuttle plane looked like the insides of current airplanes -- except empty. The lack of crowds and noise and bustle in the concourse and the empty spaceliner seats to the space station seem implausible. (The cost of extras, i wondered?) I often think of movies as being short stories: this seemed more like a poem. The last 25 minutes or so has a great deal of visual special effects. I wish i knew how it felt to see those effects in a world where they were done prior to computer animation. (It's similar to my wish to know what it felt like to experience the opening notes of Led Zeppelin I's Good Times Bad Times) The color palette and different effects are now familiar from Tron , Doctor Who, and countless other movies and shows. What did it feel like to be in a dark movie theatre to see that for the first time?
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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 03:33 am
Re bewailing my hotel:

The quirky story is even better in the full form -- it will be a good story to tell. Despite the good laugh Christine got when i told her, i don't think i'm ready to spin this yarn until i find out who pays for the uncanceled, unused reservation. (It won't matter in telling the story later, i just have a little anxiety about how the new corporate card and then new expense system work, and feel miserable at the thought of sorting it out with our financial staff. The bill for the new corporate card goes to the company, not me.)

I have a reservation at the hotel next to this one. I'm at the one a number of other folks urged me to stay at, but i already had made the reservation at the other one, which had some odd cancellation policy. I didn't realize there were two on this side of the highway.

So folks have been saying, "I'm a the X, where are you?" And i reply i'm at the Y. But i'm really at the X.

I have apparently been just squeaking past seeing folks at breakfast.

Meanwhile, the hotel charge tangle sits on top of a software architecture tangle. I couldn't fall to sleep last night with my usual ease. I think i've teased apart some of the issues, but i'm altogether unhappy. At least i found the issue now.
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 07:05 pm
I am at the wrong hotel.

I'm just going to go die of embarrassment somewhere.

Oh my.

Really really....
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 04:28 am
This is the periodic practice of thinking about easy improvements to aspects of my work and living spaces.
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 04:37 am
I am so happy to have found that Ghirardelli chocolate is environmentally and socially sustainably sourced. Yippee!

I am feeling a little guilty about eating in with microwaved frozen entrees and carrots and olives and a nice but unexpectedly garlicky cheese. But why go out to eat? It's dark here before 6 pm, as well, which removes my usual woodland walks as an evening outing.

I'm in a flare, with various bits of my dermis screaming, "Itch, itch, itch," or at least presenting small swollen lumps of discomfort. Is that an excuse? (Or is staying in introducing too much temptation that i will go scratch scratch scratch?)

I was called upon to make a presentation today, a bit unexpected. Poor voice: i was trying to project to the large room, and i felt i was straining it a good bit. That and public speaking nerves. I feel i did well, so i'll pat myself on the back for that. One particular colleague engaged in a bit of eye-rolling around a particular response. This particular person seems to have an issue with our team or our team's work or something. And unfortunately, he's pretty highly placed in the organization.

[Next morning]

Christine and i had a very enjoyable long conversation last night. The topic itself was not very enjoyable, starting from the violence of Friday night in Paris. Christine's favorite contemporary philosopher, Slavoj Žižek[1], had been part of a round table discussing the film Children of Men, and she had just finished marking up her transcription of the discussion for her blog. (I don't see it at http://ideaspeak.us/2015/11/ ... maybe it's going up in an undated section?) Ten years out and the discussion (and presumably the film) is remarkably pertinent, she notes. I never watched the film -- it looked depressing, and i don't need help in that direction -- but i might read the book.

[1] It took a number of attempts at a phonetic spelling before Bing figured out which "philosopher and social critic" my following jumble of letters was supposed to mean.
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Sunday, November 15th, 2015 08:06 am
Off I fly to Ohio.
I did not think this through: we are approaching the anniversary of Christine's mother's death. I will be gone for 10 hard days. And in some strange synchronicity with my July travels, when renovations began next door, or new neighbors began moving in last night. Sounds are often triggers for Christine: I hope our neighbors can move in quietly.
I had a couple productive days. I now have for frames for the 8x10 prints and four frames 16x24 (I think) for the 12x18 prints. I don't know why I chose that aspect ratio: I have to get custom matts. 
So, Christine had gifted me with a tidy sum at the framing shop so I could sometime exhibit my photos. She's happy I am going to be in the meeting craft fair fund raiser. I said I would if I coul d recover costs. Yesterday I found that there's some controversy about that. 
I hope it settles out. Ihope t the friend who invited me can point out the cost of framing.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 03:02 pm
I'm off to Ohio on Sunday, then driving to NC, then back home just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Whee. The drive to NC should serve as a useful experiment. I don't know what the mountain part will be like: i have a suspicion that my driving out and about in the remoteish bits of California may have inured me to east coast mountains, but it's really all in the road design.

Also, is it convoys of tractor trailers the whole way? (I recall the claustrophobic experience of two lanes on the Pennsylvania turnpike boxed in by trucks with no fondness.)

Also, can i not get a speeding ticket? (Turns out renting a convertible from Ohio to NC at this time of year is as cheap as an economy car. I assume the rental company wants to get it out of the snow belt and into Florida as soon as possible.)

--== ∞ ==--

I ordered some of my flower portraits with black backgrounds printed up on Saturday. They arrived Tuesday. The 12 x 18 prints turned out well, except for one case where some background variation in the blackness turned out looking kind of oddly mottled. They're mainly for a craft sale at the Meeting House the weekend after Thanksgiving. Christine is very supportive of me trying to sell them.

The crepe de chine print of a wild hyacinth on black should be in today's mail. I'm hoping that turns out well. I'm imagining what it would be like to make surface design with photographed plants and flowers. One of the fascinating things about spoonflower is how often designers print the fabric with the surface design PLUS the project pattern -- see this pillow project for example. You order the 27" x 18" section of fabric and get the different designed pieces printed, ready to cut out and sew.
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Monday, November 9th, 2015 06:01 am
Once a very very long time ago Christine and i were in one of the early coffee stores in Raleigh, a place where you could buy flavored coffee. One was labeled as flavored with the exotic Southern Pecan.

Pecans are native plants to the south east -- perhaps more the Mississippi valley than the Atlantic coast, but they are far less exotic than say, English walnut. We giggle about that to this day.

Recently we were looking at houses in region around our families in North Carolina. "A rare brick ranch" began one description. We looked at each other and completed the sentence: "With an exotic Souther Pecan." I swear, there is nothing rare about brick ranches in the area. Many date back to the 50s through 70s, as this one did. Rare! Pfft!

Apparently, i'm not going to be able to look at a listing for a brick ranch without rolling my eyes thinking about that listing, for a while. (Can't find it any more - must have been fixed.)

--== ∞ ==--

My 7 am meeting was cancelled, and i found out before dashing around to make it. Yay!

--== ∞ ==--

Posting a full work day after writing. Oops!

Thinking about subtle shifts in mood, energy, and health )
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Sunday, November 8th, 2015 05:57 pm
Christine notes, "I stumbled across Thomas Browne while researching the source of an uncited quotation in my father's papers: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/hydrionoframes/hydrio5.html "

" But man is a Noble Animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave, solemnizing Nativities and Deaths with equall lustre, nor omitting Ceremonies of bravery, in the infamy[25] of his nature.

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us. "

She also provides https://youtu.be/55IbaZW5FRQ
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 07:12 am
My energy for writing is better in the morning than in the evening: thus the doodles posted as entries. I'm feeling a touch overwhelmed by some meeting correspondence i need to do. As clerk for the next meeting for business, i posted our agenda in advance (first time for our meeting, a new practice), and i've gotten several responses that i feel need a thoughtful response. On the other hand, i feel the expectations of the internet day and age are immediate response. Thus, I balk.

Other parts of our Meeting's "Purpose and Vitality Tune-up" mean i have invest a great deal of energy in deeply listening to those in our meeting and am trying to assimilate all the input.

I guess this is similar to what i am doing at work: listening to the needs of the product teams and trying to assimilate all the input into a consistent implementation rather than the hodge-podge that is the actuality of the requests.

So, maybe it makes sense that my own life seems unattended to and that my head is very very full.

--== ∞ ==--

Just was speaking with Christine and couldn't remember the term for the in-system evernote message (Work Chat). "I've sent you a tweekle." Tweekle? Turns out both Tweekle.com and Tweakle.com are registered domain names.

--== ∞ ==--

Edward is refusing to go out this morning. Apparently, it's too cold. 47 °F
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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 10:45 pm
Finished watching the Roosevelts tonight!
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Sunday, November 1st, 2015 02:42 pm
DELIGHTFUL: http://www.tor.com/2015/09/01/excerpts-sorcerer-to-the-crown-zen-cho/

I finished the audio book version of Sorcerer to the Crown last night. The Regency magic politics is charming and delightful. The main characters each have a quality of otherness that both drives the tension of the narrative as well as deepens the experience. The author describes one of the characters as "not particularly nice," and i initially bristle. Yet, when i look at my bristling i realize that this is Zen's point: when women aren't "nice" there is a price they pay -- but good heavens, we all know that "nice" is a trap.

Slipped into myself there for a moment.


Last night in the baylands. I'd been captivated by the way the Russian Thistle caught the fading light the night before, so we went out again to get the shot.

I gave it a try at least.

I've been very aware of the holiday, taking it in my contemplative stride. Very little of the candy and tricksters entered into our weekend.

Baseball, though. We have the MLB subscription and are watching the games the next day. We seem to miraculously be missing the scores and are enjoying just as much as if we were watching live. More so, actually: watching when we want to and being able to pause is pleasant. I should admit, Christine is mainly watching, and i'm present while it plays.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 06:26 am
I'm just having a moment as i realize that my remembered indignation at the green card lottery Usenet post is old enough to drink legally. Commercial spam is 21 years old.

The houses Christine and i find ourselves liking have front porches on which we could set up our rocking chairs. Yup, not too long before i'm out there with a cane telling the kids to get off our LAN.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 07:05 am
I've restrung and otherwise mended some necklaces that were in my beading box. Last night i tried making compositions for two new blue necklaces for myself. I think i've a focal pattern for one and the other will probably have a rhythm and not a focal point.

I've been fighting off the cold that brought Christine low last week. I felt pretty low energy on Sunday with a hint of sore throat. My chest hasn't felt completely clear. Today i feel the congestion in my head. None of these symptoms are particularly strong, just enough to suggest that i am fighting off something.

A conference is going on that i'm attending: meanwhile, work i have been engaged on for months is finally getting critical attention from borderline panicked people. I felt like a failure yesterday after the meeting: maybe it's the cold. Anyhow, i'll miss lunch at the conference today in order to return home and attend yet another meeting. Tomorrow i will be stepping out to attend two other work meetings.

I stumbled upon this macro and found it suited my mood after a Monday meeting. ("Huh, 'I can has cheezburger' is still a thing!")
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Saturday, October 24th, 2015 04:41 pm
Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

They also talk of our being guilty of injustice, and their being the victims of an unjustifiable war. Brandy, and Tom got increasingly close-mouthed and sour. Although a certain sense of tripartite society survived down to Christian times, the three classes described in the Eddic poem "Rigdthula" bear little resemblance to Dumezil's three. It is often argued, and still oftener thought, that none but bad men would desire to weaken these salutary beliefs; and there can be nothing wrong, it is thought, in restraining bad men, and prohibiting what only such men would wish to practice.

At its nearest point the wall was little more than one league from the City, and that was south-eastward. When he saw Jack Hare jump towards the fire, and the Practical Man brandishing the toasting-fork, Sir Isaac grabbed the strings of gravitational force that bound Jack to his destiny and PULLED--- That's a seventy-four gun privateer, besides. To honour a group of British nobles, treacherously slain at a conference by Hengist's guards, Aurelius decides to erect a great monument near Amesbury. That being so, he did not chortle when he went upstairs. Let stand. This ensures that when the garbage collector runs, it has complete access to the memory in the heap and can perform its tasks safely without the threat of being preempted by another thread. And then you may begin to laugh. The data are stored in Column 1 and renamed "Age."

Pull your hand back. I don't remember that any secrets were revealed to me, nor do I remember any avid curiosity on my part to learn something I wasn't supposed to--perhaps I was too young to know what to listen for. You don't remember how awful it is being normal. Highlight the desired state tax table and press Enter. Abraham had now reached a ripe old age, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. The third lieutenant started, then said a little weakly, "Huzzah for Captain Riley."

"Oh," said Pooh. In fact White had carelessly placed the team in Nip without realising it,
He poached and scavenged, and sometimes the locals would bring them gifts of potatoes or fuel. It was a heady life, and cheap. How can he switch his mind onto God? Consequently, a 1n phase (haplophase) results from meiosis; a 2n phase (diplophase) results from syngamy (fertilization).

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