Daily Happiness

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:16
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I vacuumed the house! There is now significantly less cat hair all over (though still more than I'd like).

2. I got quite a bit of manga-ing done today, including posting a chapter and sending another chapter off to the typesetter.

3. I had actually been worried that maybe the kitties were just growing out of being cuddly, but from all the cuddling they've been doing lately, it's clear they were just doing less because the weather was warm. I just love walking into a room and seeing them curled up together like this!

Weekly Reading

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:03
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Well, I am still reading Raising Steam, but I have made progress! And as I'd hoped, now that I've gotten a little further into it, I am starting to enjoy it more.

I also started reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This is a classic, but I've never read it. I happened to see it one day sometime earlier this year at one of the Little Libraries in the neighborhood and thought I'd give it a try, but (as with most books) it's just been sitting on my shelf since then. I was looking at my shelf for something short-ish to read alongside Raising Steam and that seemed like a good choice. I'm about halfway through it so far and enjoying it.

What did you recently finish reading?
No books, but I did finally finish vol. 16 of Kurage Hime, and also a stand-alone manga called Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuzoku ni Ikimashita Report (The Private Report on My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness) by Nagata Kabi. It's an auto-biographical manga about, well, what the title says. The author was 28 and had been dealing with depression, self-harm, and eating disorders since high school, and out of desperation she decides to hire a prostitute. It's really good!

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully I will finish these books I'm reading! On the manga front, no idea. Too many things I want to read that I can't choose, and I've been trying to make myself concentrate on books anyway.
torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)
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Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: Kishida accompanies his mom to a haunted mansion to film a TV program, but no sooner have them begun filming than the entire film crew mysteriously disappears... Also includes a short bonus chapter, Hayakawa and Kishida, set before the beginning of the series.



Chapter 6: The Tragedy of Kugisawa Mansion

And here's a full volume download for those who want it!

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Dec. 8th, 2016 20:52
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[personal profile] ysobel
I like snuggling.

Just satin'.

Film: Moana

Dec. 8th, 2016 20:41
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[personal profile] liv
Reasons for watching it: It had sounded really intriguing from when it first started being talked about, and Ghoti in particular really wanted to see it.

Circumstances of watching it: Ghoti actually managed to find a time when everybody was free, so the whole quad and the younger kids and [livejournal.com profile] fivemack all went to the Light cinema together Sunday afternoon. It was a bit annoying because I had to rush away straight after the film ended to travel back to Keele, and couldn't discuss it with everybody, but still such a great treat!

Verdict: Moana is just delightful!

detailed review )

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Dec. 8th, 2016 10:52
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
Hi!

I am on the tail end of what was apparently an extremely extended case of salmonella poisoning. Fun. I had just enough cope to make it through work every day and then go home and get slept on by a cat, so I basically missed the entire month of November.

The timing of it has also given me a conditioned nausea response to mention of certain current events (altho tbf that might not be entirely the salmonella's fault) so I went mostly internet cold turkey and will probably be less around on social media for awhile yet, at least until my digestive tract and I trust each other enough to start taking risks. Right now I am just aspiring to be able to make the yuletide deadline.

I have been catching up on my fiction reading, though, so if you want proof that I'm alive I am updating Goodreads.

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Dec. 8th, 2016 09:50
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[personal profile] telophase
So the calorie-tracking app Toby and I use added support to list snacks at different times of the day (before it was all just one category), and the ability to rename meals.

You all know what happened, of course. I now have breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.

My Plover steno dictionary

Dec. 8th, 2016 14:12
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[personal profile] marnanel
Here are some interesting definitions from my personal Plover steno dictionary.

Proper nouns

I have a habit of setting up proper nouns with -LZ on the right hand. (It's unlikely to clash with anything; there's no reason beyond that.) So for example:

"K-LZ": "King's Cross",
"SP-LZ": "St Pancras",

(K-LZ and SP-LZ were for typing out this story.)

Punctuation

"KR-GS": "{^~|”}",
"KR-GZ": "{^~|\"}",
"KW-GS": "{~|“^}",
"KW-GZ": "{~|\"^}",
In the standard dictionary, KW-GS and KR-GS are open and close quotes, respectively. I've remapped them to curly quotes. The straight quotes are moved to KW-GZ and KR-GZ in case I need them.

"-RBS": "{^,” said}",
"SKHRAPLS": "{^!” said}",
Separate chords for typing things like comma, close quote, "said", These save me a lot of time. SKHRAPLS also avoids writing a capital S in, for example, "Woof!" Said the dog (because the exclamation mark makes Plover think you've started a new sentence).

"R-R": "{^}{#Return}{#Return}{^}{-|}",
"R-RS": "{^}{#Return}{#Return}{^}“{^}{-|}",
Because I can never remember the chord for "new paragraph".

"TK-RB": "{^—}",
TK-RB is the standard stroke for a dash, but here it's remapped to an em dash.

Pedantry
"TEUL": "until",
"TIL": "till",
In the standard dictionary, these are until and 'til, respectively. I have remapped them because 'til is not a thing.
 
Others
"OG": "oh",
"PH-R": "Mr {-|}",
"PH-RS": "Mrs {-|}",
"SED": "said",
"THO": "though",
"WAOEU": "why"
The standard strokes for oh and Mr are bizarre and unmemorable.

Statist plot

Dec. 8th, 2016 09:05
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[personal profile] supergee
Consistently, the Koch Bros are trying to save us from public libraries.

Bashō and the crow

Dec. 8th, 2016 12:53
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[personal profile] green_knight
[profile] puddleshark posted a comparison of two translations of haiku, and I was intrigued enough to google a little because one set resonated much more with me than the other.

Sometimes, you hit a motherlode.

https://www.ut.ee/klassik/sht/2001/sytiste1.pdf is a paper discussing the translation of this one, popular, haiku: there are 32 *further* translations in the appendix.

The article goes over every part of the original, discussing both form and content, the use of punctuation to fulfil the function of the kireji ('cutting word')... it's thorough.

And I feel I've levelled up my japanese, haiku, and translation skills just by reading it.

The livejournal version of this post has a picture of a blackbird taken in winter: not quite the same, but the nearest I'll get to a poetic coincidence.

Coprophagia

Dec. 8th, 2016 06:23
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[personal profile] supergee
Somehow it is not surprising that there are two news stories in the same day about eating shit. A court ruled that coal miners are allowed to tell the boss to do it if he tries to make them engage in unsafe practices, and the pope, no less, said it’s what the peddlers of fake news are trying to get their customers to do.

Thanx to Metafilter and Charles P. Pierce, respectively.


ETA: Three times makes a tradition.

Poker is a woman’s game

Dec. 8th, 2016 06:10
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[personal profile] supergee
Gambling is the one vice I never had, but I enjoyed this account of a woman beating men at their own games.

Thanx to Metafilter

Daily Happiness

Dec. 8th, 2016 01:38
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The person who was sick since Saturday was back to work today, so things were definitely less hectic.

2. Day off tomorrow! I gotta do some stuff tomorrow, but can still sleep in.

3. I love the look on her face.

new year's

Dec. 8th, 2016 02:40
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[personal profile] synecdochic
I keep forgetting to mention -- we will not be holding New Year's Eve at chez Faultless Pajama this year, because we will be out of the country! (It's a birthday year that ends in 0 for me, so we're taking a big trip: 3 days in Hong Kong, 14 days cruising through southeast Asia, 2 days in Singapore.) The best prices were over Christmas/New Year's and not over my birthday week, weirdly enough, so we're leaving next week. (OMG I am so excite.)

We plan on bidding 2016 good riddance somewhere far away from here, but will be back hosting again next year. :)

The Great Blue Heron

Dec. 8th, 2016 00:50
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[personal profile] wcg
Today I was at Downs Park with Serenity, my dog, and happened to notice that the great blue heron was hanging out on the beach. Ducking back to the car, I grabbed the Canon T3 with its telephoto lens.

I got lucky today. )

Not worthy?

Dec. 7th, 2016 21:38
azurelunatic: We're about to set a weirdness baseline the likes of which the planet has never seen.  (weirdness baseline)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Poll #17774 Proving a point to someone
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 33

On the worthiness of partners (this would be my primary partner, who I started seeing *formally and officially* in September)

They are worthy of dating Azz
13 (39.4%)

They are not worthy of dating Azz, sorry
0 (0.0%)

I don't know one or both of these parties well enough to answer this
18 (54.5%)

My response to this cannot be summed up in a radio button, and I should comment
2 (6.1%)

And furthermore!

They make Azz happy
25 (75.8%)

Azz makes them happy
11 (33.3%)

Their ex is a screaming toolbag
13 (39.4%)

I'm just glad nobody's in serious denial anymore
9 (27.3%)

I'm just glad nobody's cheating on anybody anymore
9 (27.3%)

What about Darkside, though?
0 (0.0%)

What about Purple, though?
2 (6.1%)

What about sithjawa, though?
0 (0.0%)

What about [attractive denizen of a certain continent], though?
1 (3.0%)

Let's hear it for polyamory
23 (69.7%)

At last, someone with a strong enough Weirdness Field to date Azz!
6 (18.2%)

At last, someone with a strong enough Weirdness Field to date this person!
3 (9.1%)

It's disconcerting the way Azz is around much less on the public internet
10 (30.3%)

Fuck cancer forever
31 (93.9%)

Nobody is allowed to marry anybody (until at least 2020)
3 (9.1%)

Why does Azz have to move to the Pacific Northwest, though?
3 (9.1%)

Teleporter!!!
21 (63.6%)

Tickybox
21 (63.6%)

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