Something I hate: paprika
Something I love: popcorn with nutritional yeast & salt
Somewhere I've been: Plover, Wisconsin (in 1978 I drafted their curb and gutter)
Somewhere I'd like to go: Panama Canal (I'm an engineering geek, ok?)
Someone I know: Peter Berryman along with Lou Berryman (no relation): comedy through cabaret singing (with accordion)
A film I like: Premium Rush Joseph Gordon Leavitt is a superhero bike messenger.
A book I adore: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler: a 14-year-old calls herself to be a prophet
I'm happy to dispense a letter, just ask!
And this is why people get PhDs in linguistics:
begin quote The second factor that goes into doge is the general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.” Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings. We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional. quote endsFind out more, aimed at people without PhDs, from The Toast.
Another viewpoint, from The Week.
And when did we start having sites with two-word names? Is this a move to borrow newsprint's gravitas?
Something I hate: panicking
Something I love: pickled radish
Somewhere I have been: parking lots, many too many
Somewhere I would like to go: Pā'ea, Tahiti
Someone I know: phi
Best movie: Primer by Shane Caruth (four 20-something entrepreneurs discover time travel, maybe)
If you comment asking for a letter, I will provide!
offers one-sentence summaries of theses by their authors. (It's based on Tumblr, and you can search by discipline.)
One can spend many a happy minute laughing (and crying a little). If you've ever written a thesis, you'll be comforted. If you've avoided the possibility of writing a thesis, you'll have your wisdom confirmed.
There are many examples: here are three.
These Egyptians living in Israel used poop as a fuel, probably donkey poop.
Archaeology, University College London
Democracy would work a whole lot better if we weren’t so, you know, human.
Political Science, Rutgers
I melted the Earth and all I got was this lousy solidified magma ocean and a dense layer of gunk at the bottom.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, MIT
Too Big To Know by David Weinberger. For a very long time, human knowledge was what fit on paper (no mention of oral cultures). Now the Net removes the requirements of publishing contracts, printing limits, salability. Everybody can be a publisher. And so, there's a whole lot of knowledge; so much that it's ... Too Big To Know.
Author brings lots of Internet, journalism, and librarian experience to the question of, "How will we know what to learn?" Challenging, intriguing, probably 30 ways wrong but very enjoyable.
Delusions of Gender by Cornelia Fine. Stacks up the various studies that claim that male and female differences are hardwired into the human organism, and demolishes them one-by-one. Author is funny, provides tons of footnoted details, doesn't mention some statistical issues that even statistically-illiterate me think relevant. Nothing so delicious as the deconstruction of Simon Baron-Cohen.
Currently Reading: Many megabytes of Sherlock BBC fanfic
I prefer my works not-in-progress, and several of my fave authors have finished up novel-length narratives. In particular:
The Art of Seduction by flawedamythyst
Sherlock maintains his intense focus on data and experiments, but the field is human sexual congress. Hilarious with tender and sad bits. Also lots and lots and lots and lots of sex, which ends with Sherlock emitting yet another "Dull!" and swirling away.
Not What Is Said But What Is Whispered by sirona
It's the good old "characters read the fanfic" trope, but this one didn't squick. Instead I laughed and giggled at the (can you still call it 'epistolary' if it's) email.
Next Up: Many more megabytes of Sherlock BBC fanfic
And when I'm not on a bus, I have Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson (audio read by Alison Larkin) which claims to consider kitchen tools and gadgets from the beginning of history and their impacts on how we cook. Perhaps the mystery of the vegetable slicer will be unveiled?
And when I want to hold an actual book in my hand, I've got How To Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers. I'm not really at all Buddhist (or even JewBu), but I want to read this book in honor of my acupuncturist Kate Behrens. She surely is a Buddhist, and has improved my life greatly. Easier first step than joining a meditation community.
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.
I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.
The one I really miss is the cookie press: MyGuy would imprint his pecan shortbread cookies and we were all buzzed in a sugar/butter rush for a day.
Even though my mother was a gadget addict, and actually used them, I guess we’re not so interested. (Whenever they visited they’d bring a gadget, and the day after they left we’d hand it over to Easter Seals’ Thrift Shop.) Last year we decided that we’d been cooking together for 33 years and maybe we should buy a <em>set</em> of pots and pans. Non-stick is kinda nice. IOW, I’m just getting used to the fanciest gadget of the 1960s.
Also the trackpad on my Mac just went paws-up, so may be awhile replying.
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Preferred gender pronoun: If I'd grown up in the era of genderqueer, I think that would fit, but I've spent so many decades trying to expand the boundaries of what "feminine" is that I guess I'm female. She and her are fine.
Skipping the birthday and where do you live questions: In my profile to those with close access.
What are you working as? The last time I was able to perform paid work was in 1991; I've retired due to disability. In the meantime, I've enjoyed a variety of volunteer positions: as a mass transit advocate; as an English language tutor; as a jewelry designer; as part of the WisCon coordinating committee (Concom).
What makes you happy/hobbies: Cooking, Net wandering. Reading books. Sharing tea with a friend or two. Swimming. I find browsing office supply stores to be exceptionally soothing. Playing with MyGuy and our dog Lucy (in icon)
An interesting fact about you: I used to sing alto and play a great big Guild rhythm guitar in a series of lefty folk bands.
Are you in love/have a crush at the moment? Almost always.
Favorite place to be: By water, without mosquitoes, with a cup of tea.
A word to describe yourself: unsure.
Favorite Fandom(s): So far, Star Trek TOS,, Due South, Stargate Atlantis, Sherlock (BBC)
OTP/OT3: Kirk/Spock; Benton/RayK; John/Rodney or SGA OT4 depending on the air pressure; Sherlock/John.
Celebrities you flailed over: John Hockenberry*, Bruce Cockburn**, none these days.
* as I was losing my health, Hock was all over the airwaves. Of course a paraplegic journalist was a love object!
** A Canadian lefty folky. The fan club was called the HUMANS!
Favorite music: My tastes froze around age 30; happily there are new performers still explorimg the sound of jazzy-folk. Trapezoid, Bruce Cockburn, Dick Gaughan & Andy Irvine, Ani deFranco, Bill Bragg, Crooked Still, Joan Baez, June Tabor, Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
One thing you like about DW: the userheads for different services, e.g. jesse_the_k (but I only use Twitter via my cell phone in emergencies.)
Two things you like about yourself: I can have a conversation with almost anyone (even if they don't know English). I'm a good friend.
What House in Hogwarts are you in/would you be in? Tis a mystery to me, bounced hard off H.P.
I'm at the hotel, but without email. Twitter DMs to @Jesse_the_K will ping my phone. My phone number is in my profile info here at Dreamwidth. Also, use the magic bulletin board on 2nd floor, next to the craft supplies table.
My panels are:
How to Make WisCon Affordable
Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm -- Senate A
WisCon is an empowering event, and more people should get to participate. But journeying to Madison, finding a place to stay, and affording membership are all difficult, much less being able to buy a dessert ticket. How have we been able to make it affordable for ourselves? In what ways could WisCon become more accessible for poor people?
Not Everyone Lives in the Future
Mon, 10:00–11:15 am -- Room 623
Technology has an undeniably transformative effect on our lives and it is worth examining who has access to those effects. Geeks are generally very engaged with technology and it is easy to assume that the Internet, cell phones, computers, etc. are a given in everyone's lives. However, there are large communities where technological access is not at the level that geeks take for granted. How does lack of access to technology impede communities' ability to prosper? How can geeks help to make technology more available to communities that may benefit from them? Are these transformative effects even desirable? What are good examples of SF that highlight or problematize this issue?
I will be on the "Not another *&^%$ Disability Panel" next year.
( drugs, lights, love )
THREE NAMES YOU GO BY
3. sport (only MyGuy gets to use it)
THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. Compression hose
2. computer glasses
3. my first pair of Carharrt jeans, and wow are they comfy
THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. Brain-powered computer data entry
3. The end of this headache
THREE PEOPLE WHOM I HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
The meme will find you if you need it.
THREE THINGS I DID YESTERDAY
1. Swam 10 laps
2. Medalled in the horizontal olympics
3. Spent five hours in a row online
THREE PEOPLE I LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE
1. & 2. Tax customer service people about their wicked incomprehensible online forms
3. Magic Bonnie.
THREE THINGS I AM GOING TO DO TOMORROW
1. Complete proofing the WisCon souvenir book
2. Swim 9 or 10 laps.
3. Finish NK Jemison's Ten Thousand Kingdoms for the beer_marmalade bookclub
THREE OF MY FAVORITE DRINKS
1. Rishi's Mint Maghreb tea
2. Cocoa from the Mermaid Café
3. Fresh lemonade with fresh mint
THREE THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE TODAY
1. Being able to electronically proofread a PDF. Not as fast as red pen, yet, but infinitely more portable.
2. Rusty & Boots, red & black mutts full of adolescent energy at the dog park
3. Overhead cranes (no, the ones that fly and make a sound like rusting machinery)
Care to contemplate ten things you like on a chromatic axis? Just ask!