jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)

What book frightened you as a young person?
None I can remember.

If you had to become a ‘living book’ (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
To Be of Use by Marge Piercy, poetry

What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The Outer Limits. I’d watch with my older sister and she told me when it was safe to lower my hands from my eyes.

What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
Silence of the lambs et seq

Do you have any phobias?
Centipedes, millipedes, and other Myriapodae make me recoil and squeal a little.

jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)

Questions borrowed from [personal profile] grrlpup's entry

What’s a good movie for October that has nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

I'm fond of Jodie Foster's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. While it's set at a US Thanksgiving weekend, I like to think it provides a firm base course for visiting family in the months to come.

What’s a good couple of songs for October that have nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going," music & lyrics:

Charlie Maguire's "Fall is Here" lyrics: music: first track

What are some reasons to love October?

Liminal days when the ground is still warm and the colder Chinook winds make an ethereal atmosphere, with only-in-October lighting recalling Maxfield Parrish. Clouds coming from all directions. Fresh apples!

Radio stations sometimes call this month Rocktober, doing special playlists or giveaways in celebration of rock music. What would be a better rhyming name for this month, and how might it be celebrated?

I think Walktober, because the weather most often provides temperatures cool enough for me to walk outside, and landscapes colorful enough to want to go.

What would be a good holiday to establish in October for those U.S. states not commemorating Columbus Day?

I'd love to have a Harvest Day, where we could learn and share where our food comes from, who grows it, picks it, processes it, cooks it and enjoys it.

jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)

How did you choose your LJ/DW username? I'm the same name everywhere! My first name is Jesse, my last name starts with K, and I'm old enough to have heard "Murray the K" on the radio.

What has been your favorite day this year and why? WisCon Saturday is always my favorite. I've reconnected with many of my annual friends, I've attended some good panels, and there are two more days left.
Also, my birthday was particularly sweet this year, thanks to your lovely comments.

What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?
Arrival -- the aliens' language was truly alien, and beautiful. The cinematography was novel and fascinating.

What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?
Word by Word -- Kory Stamper. Details what lexicographers do. I truly LOLed twice every page.

You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?
not fluent enough in MTV to answer this question. But I really loved HELP! (the Beatles' full-length music video)

jesse_the_k: Ray Kowalski is happy to be alive, surrounded by yellow rubber ducks (dS RayK's ducks)
User-supported "maltshop" disemvowelled is the successor to mlkshk, an early Flickr-like service. $3/year for a basic membership, no ads, source on Github.
Meme inside )
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
on twitter & FB...but I'd rather do it here.

I made this card at
Then I download others' cards, use a photo editor to check off shared interests, and repost.

Jesse the Kingo card

Jesse the Kingo card described )
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
here's Jackson Browne & Joan Osborne doing a lively cover of Noble-Prize-winning Bob Dylan's song, with lyrics on screen

Thanks to [personal profile] torachan (via [personal profile] laceblade) for importing this meme from Tumblr.

twenty one answers )
jesse_the_k: unicorn line drawing captioned "If by different you mean awesome" (different=awesome)
This time it's hosted at the highly knowledgeable journal of [personal profile] jadelennox

Dreamwidth Friending Meme, 2015 edition!

I just posted, at least 100 people there. Meet some new folks, find some new friends.

Join us many, we happy many, at the meme.
jesse_the_k: profiles of Due South's Ray Kowalski and Benton Fraser staring through windshield (dS F/K fast car)
[personal profile] laceblade gave me the letter P.

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!
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD's butt & tail are all that's visible since her head is down a gopher hole (LUCY gopher hunter)
Seems there's a new meme in town called doge. If you've been seeing shiba inu dogs (plump foxes with attitude) adorned with semi-sensical language, you've seen it.

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 ends
Find 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?
jesse_the_k: uppercase Times Roman "S" with nick in upper corner, text below reads "I shot the serif." (shot the serif)
[personal profile] yhlee has given me the letter P.

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: [personal profile] 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!
jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)

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
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
Recently Finished: Two winning science-y books

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 [ profile] 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 [ profile] 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.
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)

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.

jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
I've had tons of fascinating and amusing things happen in the last week, but telling you involves writing and revision and thinking. As an intermediate step, here's a fun meme I gakked from [personal profile] laceblade (who got it from [personal profile] torachan)
62 Detailed Domestic Questions Answered in Stunning Detail )
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY success)
From [personal profile] sasha_feather, [personal profile] firecat, and [personal profile] emceeaich

Please fill out this survey so I can get to know you better. Old friends, fill it out too! Even if I know you well, I may find out something about you I never knew. Feel free to spread this around so we can all get to know each other. If there is a question you don't want to or don't know how to answer, just tell me something else instead.

Name: Jesse

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. [ profile] 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.
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
My Mac went paws-up on Sunday, so this is a drive-by post. I detail some "interacting with Jesse without setting fire to her body" tips in last year's WisCon post. (The panels listed there are in the dim past, of course.)

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.
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (shovel bucket)
There are any number of things I should be writing, but instead I ganked this meme from [personal profile] maevele

I only answer yes or no unless someone asks for details in the comments )
jesse_the_k: Text reads: "I'm great in bed ... I can sleep for days" (sleep for days)
Heat's on – we held out until 30 September. With great reluctance I've dialed up the daytime temps to 20° (68F). Between my Depression-kids parents and Jimmy Carter's sweater, we've always kept the central heating at 18° (65F) when awake and 15° (60F) when sleeping. MyGuy is hunka-hunka-hunka-hunk of cozy love, but sadly not available for cuddling during the day. I'm old.

drugs, lights, love )

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