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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2016|09:45 pm]
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In fall 2007 I bought a set of size 000000 knitting needles (metric size 0.75mm) and decided that I had to knit one project with them, just to say that I'd done it.

Nearly nine years later, it's done.


tiny sock with penny for scale

Size 12 perle cotton; stitch pattern from someone's book of Turkish sock patterns.

No, I am not knitting a second one.

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Recent Reading [Jul. 6th, 2016|07:20 pm]
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Becky Chambers, The Long Way To A Small, Angry, Planet. I'd never heard of it until someone on Ravelry recommended it; I checked it out from the library and liked it so much that I'll buy my own copy. It’s not a book for people who want tight action-filled plots; it’s a more meandering story, character- and setting-focused, though there is an overarching storyline -- a spaceship with a motley crew travels the long way around to install a gate through space in a troubled system. It hits some of the same notes for me that Janet Kagan’s Hellspark did -- glimpses of interesting cultures and how people handle various culture clashes.

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(no subject) [Jun. 7th, 2016|06:32 pm]
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A poem I wrote for an online course a couple of years ago for the prompt "Be creative around the concept of ‘archaeology’s dirty little secrets’." Copying here to archive it somewhere besides my hard drive, since the course materials are being removed from the site.

Its Dirtiest Secret: A Sonnet

Not "Indy's whip is fiction"; not "it takes
A lot of patience", neither "what survives
Depends on ground conditions, weather, time,
Formation processes beyond control"
nor "look what can be learned from these stone flakes--
this darker stain--these sherds, of people's lives."
Not even "stealing artifacts is crime
Against a nation and a people's soul."

But deeper still: the strata show the fate
That comes to all. The artifacts we prize
Will crumble, fall unknown, be broken, cast
Aside; our bodies rot, our bones relate
Unfinished tales, perhaps, to future eyes.
This is the secret: we will *be* the past.

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(written for the Coursera course "Archaelogy's Dirty Little Secrets", taught by Sue Alcock of Brown University; if it's ever offered again, I recommend it)

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fun with interesting family trees [Feb. 20th, 2016|03:51 pm]
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In looking for relatives of my grandmother's second husband, I have found a person whose father's surname was Weatherwax and whose mother's maiden name was Potter.

I have never wanted to fake a genealogy to show me as the descendant of someone, but this tempts me.

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random thought [Jan. 27th, 2016|10:25 pm]
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If I were an Evil Supergenius with Unlimited Resources, I would try to genetically engineer long-lived octopuses, just to see what would happen if their problem-solving skills and ability to learn weren't hampered by a three-year lifespan.

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after watching too many children's DVDs [Jan. 10th, 2016|05:25 pm]
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My new bizarre fannish theory: Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus is River Song on one of her side adventures.

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note to self for future Yuletides [Dec. 31st, 2015|08:29 pm]
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After a conversation on another forum, I now plan to request Duo from Duolingo slash fic the next time I do Yuletide. (But who would be the other character? The bear who drinks beer? The rhinoceros that the man tried to play with? Other?)

(Seriously, I've found Duolingo very helpful for picking up the basics of other languages; it's not enough to make one fluent, but it's enough of a grounding to build from.)

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when anthropologists hit the end of the semester... [Dec. 20th, 2015|09:12 pm]
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I am utterly charmed by the funeral rites for Rosie the Roach.

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random thought [Dec. 13th, 2015|12:25 pm]
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Youngest child is very into Frozen, and middle child, while claiming to dislike it, can be regularly caught singing "Let it Go" or "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

So after reading some reviews of the Macavoy & Radcliffe Frankenstein, I now have "Do you want to build a monster?" going through my head.

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overheard in the Castiron household [Nov. 1st, 2015|11:05 am]
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Middle Child to Youngest Child: "Maple syrup is tree blood. So when we eat maple syrup on our waffles, we're being vampires of trees!"

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recent reading [Oct. 14th, 2015|10:59 pm]
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Sarah McCarry, All Our Pretty Songs. A YA novel (I'd call it urban fantasy, though it doesn't fit with much of what's currently called urban fantasy) about the friendship of two girls and what happens to it when they meet a talented musician. Beautiful writing and imagery, with a lot of mythological & fairy tale references and intriguing characters. Recently for work I'd read most of Kristin Hersh's memoir of her friendship with Vic Chesnut, Don't Suck, Don't Die; McCarry's book, though fiction and in a different style, has a lot of the same feel to it.

Middle Son really likes Jeff Smith's Bone graphic novel series; I'd looked at bits of it and finally decided I should read the whole thing. It was well worth the read -- an interesting fantasy world with legends remembered differently by different groups, great characters (Grandma Ben! the Bones! the Stupid Rat Creatures! Bartleby!), interesting art. Heartily recommended. (And if you're in the U.S. and have a child who brings home Scholastic flyers from school, you can order the set through their online catalog.)

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a random note on current events [Jun. 30th, 2015|01:05 am]
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According to Matthew 19:9 and Mark 10:11-12, the marriage of seven years and counting between Spouse and me is an ongoing state of adultery against our previous spouses. One can reasonably question whether by Christian standards we are actually married in the eyes of God.

There is absolutely no doubt, however, that we are married in the eyes of the law. The federal government of the United States and every individual state in the U.S. recognizes our marriage as legally valid, despite its being Biblically immoral. Any given religious leader could have refused to solemnize our marriage, and any religious group can still refuse to accept us as members unless we repent and separate; that's their prerogative. But whether or not we are considered married according to the doctrines of any given religion, according to the state we are unmistakably a married couple, and we have all the legal rights and responsibilities pertaining to that state.

Application to current events is left as an exercise for the reader.

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book review: Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up [May. 16th, 2015|11:13 pm]
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After several weeks on the waiting list, I finally checked out Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up from the library.

Summary: I can see why many people like it, but it"s not for me.Collapse )

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current Eurovision thoughts [May. 3rd, 2015|11:07 pm]
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Based on the preliminary videos for the semifinals and finalsCollapse )

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thoughts on watching Eurovision prelim videos [Apr. 30th, 2015|11:02 pm]
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If I were a vidder, I would consider it a moral imperative to make a Doctor Who fanvid to the Belarus entry. Between the song's title and theme, and the original video's many sequences of a man running? It's meant to have a DW fanvid.

A tangential observation: Early in the video I thought "great, Yet Another Damsel In Distress". But when she started playing the violin, for me, that was when she became someone with agency.

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assuming it hasn't already been jossed [Feb. 8th, 2015|06:27 pm]
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My new headcanon after reading the first book and seeing the first four episodes of the Phryne Fisher mysteries: Constable Collins is a great-uncle or first cousin a couple times removed of Arthur Knapp-Shappey. (I considered great-grandfather, but I don't think the timeline would quite work.)

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letter meme [Feb. 7th, 2015|10:30 am]
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Via [personal profile] oursin; my letter was S:

Something I hate: Sinus infections.

Something I love: Spinning (fiber version, not exercise version). And one of my current spinning projects is a blend of Southdown wool and silk; it's a great spin, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished yarn turns out.

Somewhere I've been: South Dakota, for a music camp reunion many years ago. I don't remember much about it, other than a Viking sculpture on the university campus.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Scotland. A local musician runs an annual tour there, and I'm hoping family, money, and time will converge before he stops doing them. And Salt Lake City, when I have time to spend a week immersed in genealogical records.

Someone I know: My sister-in-law, whose name starts with S, and who is an excellent scholar of post-colonial North American literature.

A film I like: Well, there's of course Star Wars, the original; several of the original Star Trek movies and the first Star Trek reboot; and the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. If we're going for a less popular film, Mel Brooks's Silent Movie.

Comment if you'd like a letter!

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shameless bragging [Jan. 30th, 2015|07:02 pm]
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The Heere Be Dragone Shawl that I've been knitting off and on for nearly seven years is finally finished.

Photos (big enough that they may go off the page)Collapse )

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writing meme [Jan. 23rd, 2015|08:07 pm]
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Via [personal profile] nineveh_uk: When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

More like Works In Deep Hibernation, and none of these are likely to be finished, but one never knows.

1. When he was a college freshman, Mitch had thought that Dr. Hathaway had taught him everything he needed to know about unintended consequences to one's actions; then he'd learned that Kent was applying to medical school because Jesus had told him to.

2. A very small child accepts their family as given; if Mummy speaks French to him, or if Daddy practices the piano six hours a day, or if Mycroft sits in the rocking chair shredding pieces of paper until his lap is full of confetti, that is simply the way things are.

3. Alys finally admitted that while Ivan was a good enough boy, and would clearly be an acceptable cog in ImpMil -- and while he was supposedly the first to tackle Vodrodza and save Gregor from assassination, a rumor she treasured -- he was never going to be the leader she hoped for.

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The Hobbit: The Slew of Epic Battle Scenes [Jan. 7th, 2015|09:55 pm]
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So, my knitting bud and I finally got to see the last Hobbit movie. Overall verdict: visually interesting, and Freeman's Bilbo was perfect, but it didn't grab us as a story.

Sundry comments my knitting bud and I made on the movie afterwardsCollapse )

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