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Oct. 16th, 2017 10:07 am
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"Atwood lifted much of HANDMAID from Heinlein. Yet the world thinks she’s an original."

Fiddle practice geekery post

Oct. 15th, 2017 03:26 pm
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Put up a fiddle practice report over on my Wordpress blog, here. Notably, I made it a multi-instrument practice today, with both fiddle and winds, because I decided I needed to work on arpeggios not only on the fiddle, but also on the winds, which are the things I'm way more likely to actually play at a session right now. Plus, there's bonus exulting over starting to work out "Ciel d'automne" on the fiddle, since that's arguably one of my top favorite André Brunet tunes.

To this I will add, for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, and to just put a bit of unique content into this post as well, that our last session was lovely. <3 Dara came with me and noodled around a bit on her own fiddle on the periphery of the circle. But one of my coworkers, Ian, also showed up!

My current team at work is in fact pretty musical. There are two of us who are in actively performing pro bands. There's a third one of us who is more into techno and can do drum beats on suitable equipment. And there's the aforementioned Ian, who is a way better fiddle player than I am, in that he can actually play. ;D

And they'd all been hearing me geek out about Quebecois trad for a while now. But then Ian went to this year's Valley of the Moon, where he got to meet and learn from André, woo! And he came back from that to tell me "so right then about this Quebecois session you go to", because André is awesome like that. So I handed Ian ALL THE DATA, a number of the tunes we are fond of playing, and the appropriate address for this month's session. So Team Venture got to represent. It was great!

101 in 1001 report

Oct. 15th, 2017 01:43 pm
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I knocked off one item this fortnight: I went to a pop-up shop! Which was very successful. I bought some things that worked for me and saw that one thing I wasn't sure about didn't.

List under the cut. )

I think one of the household repair items is going to be replacing some shades the cats have torn up. Sigh. Still working on other things and grinding away on those long-term items.

Weekly media report

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:13 pm
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Books:
- none.

Movies/TV:
- Blade Runner 2049. Sequel to the original and better than it had any business being.
- Master Pancake Harr-athon Ford Fiesta. The clips were funny and I'm glad I did it but the Master Pancaked guys aren't as funny as my friends.

Music:
- The Budos Band, Burnt Offering. Another funky soundtrack to a movie I want to see.
- Carbon Leaf, Indian Summer Revisited & Nothing Rhymes with Woman. Bought these two live a while ago at a concert and I'm not sorry I did, but they're okay. I like their Celtic-tinged rock, but I feel like I've heard this a lot from other bands (cf Great Big Sea) with a stronger Celtic/trad influence and on the Celtic side, from actual hardcore trad people who know how to rock it up. Overall this is a band that's better live where their personality and the love of their fans shines through.
- Robert Smith, Telemann: Fantasias for Viola da Gamba. Solo viola da gamba. Really enjoyable early working music.

TremonTEAM Season 3 Week 1 Challenge

Oct. 11th, 2017 06:36 pm
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It is a Special Occasion for Duchess Tremontaine. What to serve at a dinner in her honor?

This is not my forte. Still, hm. She was originally Diane Roehaven, so a main course of venison would be appropriate. And of course, there must be swans. Sugar swans floating on chocolate!

Beyond that, I don't know. Perhaps ask Micah for recommendations on vegetables, and if she wants radishes carved into swans, sure! Or turnips. And find someone who knows wine to find out what would compliment this.

While I still have some issues with Season 2 (and went into those at length during season 2), thus far, Season 3 is off to a great start.

I love how it makes the city both infinite and intimate -- cities are many cities in one, but because of who knows whom, they all intersect. It's rather like the big gaming convention Gen Con or like a huge WorldCon that way. Heck, it's even like the much smaller Intercon, the larping convention I go to -- 300 people or so, and I know most of them, and some of them I never see the entire weekend because they're doing a different convention than I am because of the games they choose.

Now, we'll see how things develop. I like what I'm seeing of various characters' strengths and of consequences. I want to keep seeing that. People are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses, but I want to believe in the combination I see of the two, and to still care about the characters. I'd like a less dea ex machina than last season.

But for right now, I'm satisfied. Duchess Tremontaine is very much herself, and one of her big weaknesses is that she always assumes everyone sees the world the same way she does and acts for the same reasons she acts. And she still sees the city as hers, and I suspect the city sees her as its own.

The failure mode for my Kobo Aura

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:06 am
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The screen turned white a few times in the summer and I thought maybe that was how it would cease to function. Now I think it will be the battery that goes first: it lost something like 25% of its charge in an hour.

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