Gratitudes

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:58 am
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1. Beautiful sunny morning. Beautiful hills. Beautiful skies.

2. A latte. Because latte.

3. Goofy kid-and-kitten shenanigans this morning before school.

4. Shabbat is coming and I get to have Shabbat dinner with some people I love!

5. The Good Place is on On Demand, so last night I watched the two-part S2 premiere and it made me happy.

How are y'all?

Much nonfiction

Oct. 19th, 2017 04:22 pm
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Jennifer Wright, Get Well Soon: History’s Worst PlaguesRead more... )
Arkady Ostrovsky, The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev to Putin: How things went wrong in Russia, with the failure of democratic reformers to put in a structure that could survive the transfer of power. Very few heroes here.

Hillary Clinton, What HappenedCue gross sobbing )
Neil Strauss, Emergency: This Book Will Save Your LifeRead more... )

Richard V. Reeves, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What To Do About ItIt me )

Brooke Erin Duffy, (Not) Getting Paid To Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Workfans who want to be pros )

Jesse Eisinger, The Chickenshit ClubRead more... )

Brittney Cooper, Eloquent RageEmbracing rage )
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Check out all the fen offering their fannish talents to raise money for Puerto Rico after the destruction done by Hurricane Maria: Fandom Loves Puerto Rico Charity Auction on Dreamwidth. The auction is now open and will close on October 23rd.
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Herein: thoughts about theology, Judaism, and The Good Place.

CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR S1 -- if you haven't yet seen the whole season, skip this post and come back to it!

(I haven't yet seen any of S2, so please don't spoil me.)

What the actual fork. )

Gratitudes

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:40 pm
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1. Cuddly kitten. When I work from home, he likes to hang out on my desk, or on my lap, or doze behind my computer, or pounce on sunbeams in my home office. ♥

2. It was cold this morning -- first frost tipping the grasses. So I am wearing leggings, a short denim skirt, a rose-colored tunic, and my knee-high deep-red Doc Marten boots. I am super goddamn cute today, y'all.

3. Ginger peach fizzy water. Om nom nom.

4. I have Yuletide canon in my possession, and hope to start reviewing it later today.

5. Exercising good self-care, I am closing FB again, and instead of reading things that make me sad and angry, I am going to pet my kitten.

Star Trek: Discovery

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:13 am
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Before we get into this post, please know: I am not a Trek fan and have never been a Trek fan. I like maybe 2 characters (MAYBE) and a select few episodes from like, ALL OF STAR TREK CANON and furthermore: I've not seen most of the Star Trek canon. I also have a lot of not-necessarily-positive feelings about Star Trek FANDOM that I've been known to vent about so.

Please please ask yourself whether, knowing that, you really want to read the rest of this entry (which will contain mostly snark). Also know: if this entry isn't for you, I still love you and would never judge you (or anyone) for a single second for liking the things you like.

General thoughts on Star Trek )

Star Trek: Discovery 1x05 - Choose Your Pain )

::FLAIL::

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:03 pm
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I just finished S1 of The Good Place on Netflix.

::FLAIL::

I am full of theological thoughts. But OMG I have to know what happens next. I. What. HOW IS THIS SHOW EVEN.

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Gratitudes

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:04 pm
kass: orange aspen leaves, "zen fen" (aspen zen fen)
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Today's been tough, social-media-wise, so I am closing all of the tabs containing non-dw (realname) social media, and cultivating some gratitudes.

1. Kitten falling asleep on my lap at lunchtime, warm and purring and paws splayed in complete relaxation.

2. Takeout Chinese for lunch with [personal profile] sanj on the spur of the moment. With bonus kitten sitting on the chair at the head of the table, and periodically sticking his head up over the edge of the table to see if we would let him eat our chicken. (Which we wouldn't.)

3. The new mini-season of Voltron went live this past weekend! Kiddo and [personal profile] sanj and I watched half of it last night, and it's delightful.

4. Yesterday I roasted some delicata squash (seasoned with salt and pepper and curry powder) and then roasted the seeds (boiled briefly, then seasoned the same way.) It pleases me to have turned something I would ordinarily have thrown away into tasty snack food.

5. Dinner for tonight is already made, so when I get home from work around 5:30 I can mostly relax. There's work I need to do, but if I don't do it tonight, nothing will catch on fire.

How are y'all holding up? Be gentle with yourselves.

another post that is not about media

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:43 pm
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I've been struggling a lot this week. Yesterday I went back to work after nearly a month away, due to holidays and travel, and that's definitely landed on me like a very heavy truck. But in general, settling back into my life after the madness that the last 6 months have been is... a little difficult and disorienting. I've had a lot of see-saw feelings of "everything is great!" and "everything is awful!" and I'm kind of constantly exhausted and my tolerance for deadline-related stress is close to zero, and well.

more details )

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Oct. 15th, 2017 07:46 pm
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So it turns out I'll be home for Thanksgiving for the first time in almost a decade after all!

I live half a continent away from my family, and I only get four weeks of vacation per year.  (More precisely, four SUNDAYS of vacation per year.)  It generally works out to one at Christmas, one in early spring, and two in late summer.  Between Thanksgiving being murder for flying, and how close it is to Christmas, I generally just stay at home.  And because going to someone else's family holiday dinner, particularly when you are their pastor, is hella awkward and cooking a holiday meal for one is just depressing, I generally don't have any kind of celebration that day.

Well!  This year, I have a new niece, who is SO PRECIOUS, FOLKS, and who had the good taste to be born on my birthday.  Given that her father (my brother) does shift work at a power plant, and my parents own their own business which has a very irregular schedule, and my own schedule is rather complicated, arranging dates for such an event is ... difficult.  So in late August/early September, we were discussing things, and there were not many Sundays that would work for everybody, and none at all until November.  Then it occurred to me that if it were scheduled for either the Sunday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I could be home for Thanksgiving!  And said as much.  And Mom said she would check if the Sunday before would work, but that sounded good, and she would let me know, and if it couldn't be then, they should probably just see if they could schedule it for the Sunday after Christmas when I am normally home anyway.

I heard nothing.  For a month and a half.  I assumed that it hadn't worked for November, and would be after Christmas.

In a phone call today, my Mom asked me if I had my plane ticket home for Thanksgiving yet.

"Wait, what?"

"You know, for the baptism."

"We're doing it in November?"

"Of course we are!"

"Does ... does [brother] know?  Does [sister-in-law]?"

Apparently, after getting everybody's responses that yes, the day would work, she just assumed that everybody knew that it had been scheduled for that date, without telling everybody that yes, it worked for everybody.  I love my Mom, but she does this.  She will schedule things and not tell people.  She knows how everything fits together, and so she just assumes that everyone else knows too.  Even when you ask her directly, sometimes she'll leave out crucial information because she'll assume that either you don't need to know it or you already know it because it should be obvious.

My Dad loves Google Calendar.  It's the first time in their marriage that he's been able to figure out what's going on ahead of time, because Mom uses it religiously and now everything is in one place.  Instead of in five different places, one of which is inside her head.

This is definitely an emotional labor issue, but at the same time ... scheduling is not the exclusive province of my mother because Dad doesn't want to help and participate, okay?

Anyway, now I have a plane ticket home and the good news is that I will be home for Thanksgiving!

Fic: Nyota's Choice

Oct. 15th, 2017 04:44 pm
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Title: Nyota's Choice
Fandom: Star Trek AOS
Characters: Spock, Nyota
Author: beatrice_otter
Rating: kid
Length: 3,802 words
Betaed by: Laura JV
Series: Keshta'Shivau
Summary: Sarek gets married. Nyota has a decision to make.

At AO3 and tumblr
Sequel to The Desert Between


It took Nyota most of a shift to notice it, but there was something up with Spock. )




Next work in the series: Children of the Desert

Sunday gratitudes

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:11 pm
kass: orange aspen leaves, "zen fen" (aspen zen fen)
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1. A good night's sleep, followed by Mexican breakfast and coffee and the Times on my laptop.

2. Making slow cooker chicken bouillabaisse again because it was so good last week.

3. A mellow Sunday of playdates (for the kiddo) and cooking and laundry (me), with the promise of [personal profile] sanj coming over later.

4. I am considering whether I can spring for Hugh Acheson's new slow cooker cookbook.

5. It is a spectacularly beautiful day. I am sitting on my mirpesset, listening to the wind chime, watching birds soar overhead.

How are y'all?

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Oct. 13th, 2017 09:28 pm
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I've been more or less offline for about 3 weeks. A lot of things have happened. I spent 2 of those weeks traipsing through Ukraine, visiting two big cities, one small town and one tiny, itty bitty place where I stayed for 3 days and where I got to put a stone on the grave of my great-great-grandfather.

I came back sick as a dog, of course. (Got sick on the day-before-last of the trip, got REALLY sick on the very last day - the flight home was an actual hell dimension.) 3 days after I landed I was scheduled to give a brand new lecture at a con. 11 days after I landed I was scheduled to submit the thesis I've been working on for 2 years. (This last one is still in progress.)

So, it's been super hectic and busy (I look forward to November when I will have NO MORE URGENT COMMITMENTS and only... 5 straight months at work... with no vacation days... x_x)

But! I've been watching a lot of things, between small towns with no nightlife and being sick and bedridden.

So, some very brief thoughts.

* Person of Interest - I finally finished the last season! It was mostly blah with occasional bouts of "oh right, I remember why this show was so unique, in its own way". I'm still here for the special-ops-doctor-who-isn't-capable-of-feelings and tech-genius-who-spent-years-playing-by-her-own-rules femmeslash ship. Here for it LIKE BURNING.

* Straight Outta Compton - finally watched this! It wasn't the best movie, and the fact that they completely glossed over the IRL violence against women is... yeah. But it was cool to see a "documentary" about the period of hip-hop history that directly preceeded my introduction to hip-hop. Like Snoop showed up, and Tupac, and I was like - OH RIGHT! Dr Dre made both of them happen! And it was fun for like... getting a fuller context for the music I remember loving in middle school.

* The Good Place - I enjoyed this a lot (am enjoying this a lot?) but if I hadn't been spoiled for the twist at the end of S1 I... would have probably hated this show/been blah about it for a good long while. IDK how they're going to sustain the level of commentary they had in S1 - I don't really care that much about the characters? - but I will say I'm on the Eleanor/Tahani train for now.

* Keanu - another movie I've had on my to-watch list for a long while. I watched it in fits and starts while traveling - it was very cute and occasionally funny, and I did enjoy the commentary and the cute kitten. I could very easily see how it sort of "led" to Jordan Peel's Get Out, since I felt like in Keanu they were sort of figuring out how far they could take it in a mainstream comedy, and Get Out was like the progression of that.

* Top of the Lake - watched S2 in a single evening in Ukraine. It was less good than S1, while doing essentially the same thing. I can't speak to the racism and whether it was worse than in S1 (like, it seemed to me that it was? But I don't know enough about Australia) but the rape culture stuff was... more of the same, except done less well. Also, all of the parenting choices on that show were like 100% culture shock to me, which is a reaction I apparently often have with Australian shows lol.

* Outlander = I'm watching S3 and OMG. This show's perfect blend of "fanfic tropes come to life" and "boring content I'm fast-forwarding through" is baaaaaaack. I'm obsessed with it and simultaneously uninterested in like 50% of what happens on screen.

* Star Trek: Discovery - I've only watched 3 episodes so far (there are 4 out) but... sweet lord. Look, I was never a Star Trek fan, so I didn't expect much from this show, but it definitely has that Stargate feel of "if only someone with half a brain was writing this I'd really love it? As it is, I'll see you on AO3". Like the characters are SO GREAT, Michael Burnham is literally ALL MY DREAMS COME TRUE, but the writing is just so mediocre and blah. Perfect fanfic fandom I guess? I honestly ship everyone on that show with everyone. I shipped Michael with her first captain, I ship her with Jason Isaacs. I ship the science dude with his "warmongering" captain. Give me any pairing.

(Also, I wish this show didn't take Trek into a war direction? As if I didn't have enough to nitpick and be annoyed by, we're in straight up stargate territory now where they're all essentially soldiers? UGH.)

* Atlanta - OH MY GOD. I've watched 8 episodes of S1, and THIS FUCKING SHOW. THIS AMAZING FUCKING SHOW EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH. IT'S SO FUCKING BRILLIANT AND GREAT AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I know everyone's been on this train for like a year, but HOLY FUCKING SHIT. I've missed TV that was this sharp, this clever, this stylish, this full of humor and also things to say. God a show with THINGS TO SAY that's light as a feather and heavy like an ocean at the same time. With a show this good, even when it fails it does it in interesting ways. There's no real way of describing this, it's just... you need to watch it.

(In a way, I've realized Atlanta is the universe making it up to me for Master of None. Same concept of a 20 minute comedy show made by an alum of a popular mainstream comedy show, touching on deeply personal topics and personal stories, dealing with success in the entertainment industry. Same experimentation with format, visual style, characters. But Master of None was so deeply Not My Thing, while Atlanta is just... EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. God that show is STUNNING.)

Gratitudes

Oct. 11th, 2017 07:17 pm
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1. I made a slow cooker apple crisp today.

2. Kid, giggling at kitten. Because kid. And kitten.

3. It is a(another) Jewish holiday, so I bowed out of a work obligation tonight, and I am glad of that. I am in my PJs already.

4. I have a glass of white wine at hand. Huzzah.

5. We reached the end of screen time, and my kid happily picked up a Geronimo Stilton book, and instructed me not to set the timer (for his 20 minutes of reading homework each night) because he's not reading right now for homework, he's just reading for fun. \o/!

How are y'all?

Gratitudes

Oct. 10th, 2017 06:44 pm
kass: orange aspen leaves, "zen fen" (aspen zen fen)
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1. It was a beautiful warm day today. I got to sit in not one but two different sukkot! (No, spellcheck, I do not want to put an "h" on the end of that word, but thanks for asking. Psheesh.)

2. I am merrily humming a song from J.C. Superstar ("Ho sanna hey sanna / sanna sanna ho") for obscure Jewish calendrical reasons and it is making me giggle.

3. I taught a really good class today and it was super-fun.

4. I have chicken bouillabaisse for dinner, and good bread, and a salad made with CSA greens, because the unseasonably warm weather means I still get fresh local lettuce and mustard greens and arugula.

5. Tonight I will get to watch more S4 Gilmore Girls with [personal profile] kouredios, which I am excited about. Also my son and I watched two more eps of S1 The Good Place yesterday, which is entertaining.

How are y'all?

So. Excited.

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:36 am
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I got my [community profile] yuletide assignment!

And ahahaha, you know how sometimes when you're signing up for Yuletide you add something to your offers, and in the back of your mind you think, "Wow, if I get matched on that one it's going to kick my ass," but you do it anyway because you figure you probably won't get matched on that one? ::facepalm::

I've just ordered [canon redacted] so I can immerse in it again, because oh, wow, is this one going to kick my ass. But in the best possible way. And I am so happy to have something to work on in the evenings after I put the kid to bed, and a reason to look forward to December 25.

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