- Monday morning: the new Doctor Who companions are announced; I am moderately excited.
- Monday night: Discovery Night, aka the only thing that makes Mondays worthwhile, aka I Accidentally Fell In Love With Admiral Kat Cornwell And Now The Show Mocks Me, aka How Does Jason Isaacs Manage To Be So Interesting When He Really Shouldn't Be?
- Tuesday morning: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is announced for Melbourne in 2019.
(I quickly double-checked, just in case, but no Turf Wars previews have appeared while I was distracted.)
At that time I will default all uncompleted main assignments. If you feel like you will need an extension then email me before the due time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Extensions come with the penalty of having to complete one additional extra gift that meets the minimum requirements of an assignment for a participant other than yourself, before next year's sign-ups end.
If you have a pinch hit I will not default you but will instead send a check in email to see how you are doing. If you need extra time it will be granted at no penalty regardless of how early it was claimed.
Then we met up with callibr8 and we_are_spc. We had a lot of fun talking about filk, science, Terramagne, yarn, and all kinds of other stuff. I made most of a ball of yarn while we talked, and would've finished it had we thought of doing that sooner. Haven't done that in over 30 years, but it's a permed skill. Thing is, it takes forever to build up the core so that you can get into the fast-wrapping where you throw several loops in the same place before rotating the ball. (It's a lot easier to knit from a ball than a skein unless someone is willing to hold the skein for you.) So that was fun too.
Mostly we hung out at Hokkaido, a rather nice Asian buffet with a sushi bar and downright trippy decoration. Like the fake tree with glowing pink flowers. :D The food was interesting. They had some favorites, like frog legs and crawfish, and some pretty good dim sum dumplings. I also tried the seaweed salad. It was weird -- stringy, salty, fishy, kind of slimy. I probably would've liked it better in summer when I crave salty things. Today was rainy and downright cold. But it's still something I have wanted to try and the vivid green flavor was eye-catching. I might also like it better as a garnish on something, like slivered beef.
I wish my pussy could live
in a different shape and get
some goddamn respect.
Should I thank you?
Business is booming
and I am not loved
the way I want to be.
I am an elastic
and shock, addictive
decoration. In the sunlight
hibiscus. They tell me
I look regal bearing fruit.
I am technically nothing
I will never be
Somewhere in my
memory, I was held
by a man who said
I deserved it.
Now I understand.
No one worries about me
because I am getting paid.
I am here to show you
who you are, to cradle
your large skulls
and remind you
you are perfect. Mother America,
unleash your sons.
Everything beautiful, you own.
– Morgan Parker
from There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
I feel like I've heard a retelling of this song in the context of American pioneers, except it wasn't presented as a retelling at all, but as a fact of life about living in a world of homespun: cloth is expensive so you use it till you've twisted every last dreg of life out of it. Maybe it's not a retelling really, but a convergence? People all around the world cut down their old clothes to get more use out of the good bits, and told stories about it...
In any case. This is a particularly Jewish telling of that tale, and quite charming. (My favorite little detail: the discarded newspaper with the headline "Fiddler on Roof Falls Off Roof.") The illustrations are sort of collage-y, with die-cut bits so that, say, you turn the page and the holes will frame just the parts of the coat necessary to make the jacket - which I think would charm me more if I hadn't spent time working in book repair: now I just look at them and quietly have vapors about how easily damaged these die-cuts are. You are giving children a book that is pre-holed, just imagine what damage they will in all innocence do when they stick their clumsy little fingers through.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is caring for a rescued Loggerhead Sea Turtle, during its first year of life, in a new “Sea Turtle Nursery” exhibit. The Aquarium is providing care for the baby in preparation for it being released into the Atlantic Ocean next fall.
The guest Sea Turtle will be living at The Maritime Aquarium as part of a loan program of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, whose staff and volunteers inspect turtle nests on beaches to look for “stragglers” (newly hatched turtles) that, for various reasons, didn’t make it out of nests.
According to staff, these young turtles are rescued and raised for a year at loan institutions, such as The Maritime Aquarium, before being returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.
Tom Frankie, director of Exhibits for The Maritime Aquarium, said, “Aquarium staff repeat the process each October: travel to North Carolina to release a year-old Loggerhead and then bring a new hatchling back to Norwalk.”
The newest hatchling is about five weeks old and only 3.5 inches long. The little Loggerhead will live in a new habitat near the Aquarium’s exhibit that features two large Green Sea Turtles.
Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) were named for their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws that allow them to feed on hard-shelled prey, such as whelks and conch. They generally grow to weigh about 300 pounds and are found around the globe in nine “distinct population segments”: five of the populations are considered to be “Endangered,” and the other four, including the Loggerheads off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, are considered “Threatened.” Their biggest threats are from coastal development that destroys nesting habitats and from accidental capture in fishing gear.
“We are very excited to welcome this Loggerhead hatchling to the Aquarium,” Frankie said. “Besides the unique opportunity to give the turtle a safe environment for its first year, the exhibit also provides an important chance to talk about Sea Turtle conservation and to inspire our guests to support conservation efforts.”
The “Sea Turtle Nursery” exhibit opened October 21 and is free with admission to The Maritime Aquarium.
For those unable to visit the Connecticut facility, staff will provide updates on the hatchling’s development and progress via The Maritime Aquarium’s website www.maritimeaquarium.org and Facebook page.
One of the corner supports in the frame is compromised, due to construction that apparently had a HOLE that led down below the siding, and funneled the water into the hole, for 17 years. The floorboards for the upstairs, along that end of the house, may also be compromised.
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It may well be time to lawyer up.
I... will try to answer comments, etc., but I am so sleepy. Even with a short nap, I haven't had above 7 hours of sleep for nearly a week.
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A random leaf: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
Flicker hit Dickens in the face in an egregious manner, so she went to Kitty Jail. Percy is miffed. https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
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I basically have to decide by tomorrow morning, because after that I'll be offline and/or busy at this out-of-town conference until signups close.
What to doooo? Sign up with a loose list of sources I know and default if necessary, maybe. Or go in knowing the likelihood of producing a mediocre vid. I'd forgo signups and simply treat hunt after people's letters are posted, except I really do want to receive a vid. :/ :/ :/
From the sound of Twitter during the nominations period, I'm not the only one feeling lukewarm this round. True/False for you?
I found some Ignis/Noctis smut in one of my many abandoned notebooks that is definitely salvageable. I'm actually kind of proud of it so far! The prompt was "body worship" and that's probably one of my favorite kinks. ;3;
I watched the first episode of Sengoku Night Blood and was pretty underwhelmed! I also watched the first episode of Code: Realize and it was a little bit more interesting. I think I'm only capable of watching and loving one series per season and then judging all others to that one, and this season it's freaking ANCIENT MAGUS BRIDE aaaaahhhh.
At 2:30 I went to Starbucks to meet Addie for my bat mitzvah tutoring. We didn't learn anything new this week, just went over what we've already done. It turns out I'm pretty screwed up on what I'm doing. Don't ask me. I'm mispronouncing words, getting tunes wrong, and generally making a mess of things. Addies says last week's topic screws everyone up, so don't feel bad. I guess at least I'm normal in my screw ups?
While we were there someone stopped and asked us if we were studying Hebrew, and said he was fluent in Hebrew so he was going to ask. I guess what I'm doing is vaguely comprehensible as Hebrew, then. Either that or he saw the papers.
I came home and Tara said she'd make us potato soup, but Kevin was hungry right then, so he made chili cheese fries. We ate that, and then when Tara finally got here (around 7) I had some of her potato soup, too. It was all good. Tara's still here cleaning my office. I almost forgot I woke up with a migraine this morning, but it is coming back with the scent of the chemicals from that, and the dog barking at Tara. I took more advil migraine, which I hope will make it go away. So far not working. The dogs were relatively quiet while Kevin was with them but for some reason known only to himself he decided to take a shower and leave them alone in the bedroom. Needless to say, Rogue got upset and started scratching at the door, and Jack started whining, so now they are out in the hallway with me, barking nonstop.