July 18th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey at 08:52pm on 18/07/2017 under
Yoon Ha Lee, Ninefox Gambit (2016): usually I have trouble finding a title for a book post. This time, three came to mind: the one I've used, "the tactics of mistake," and "experimental procedures." Anyway. Kel Cheris begins as captain of a unit that gains strength and combat benefits from keeping rigorously in formation. After she attempts to solve a losing scenario creatively---and heretically---she's disgraced, but a bit more creative thinking makes her abruptly into a brevet general, the host-body to a dead mass murderer, Shuos Jedao. (Consider that many heads of units in wartime are mass murderers; though it isn't glorified here, it is ...quite present.) Kel command wants Cheris to subdue a heretical outbreak and retake the Fortress of Scattered Needles. Sort of. Well, the hexarchate, of which the Kel are one-sixth, doesn't like heretics because it messes with their calendar, but everyone (except Cheris, at first) is playing an extremely long game. Pass the metaphorical popcorn.
a bit more--not destructively spoilery (I think one cannot discuss this book at all without being *slightly* spoilery) )

As for this subject line, you know, don't you?

If you'd prefer an actualfax review to my untidy noodlings, try James Nicoll's, and if you don't mind implied spoilers for how Gambit wraps, here's his review of book two.
July 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey at 08:04pm on 16/07/2017 under
Though I don't remember which day, I taught myself from books to knit about ten years ago this month (and to crochet ~21 years ago likewise). yay.

The ghost shawl has been bound off and washed, and its upper edge has been reinforced. Reason adores its colors and shape, whereas I feel awkward however I drape it, but it seems a bit too nice for her current age. Pondering. In any case, its shape---a triangle so wide and springy that one could block the upper edge as a curve or V---is instructive when tied onto me or Reason: if I ever knit Shore Hap, as I mean to, I'll need to enlarge it. Shore Hap's span is given as 125 cm = 50 in; the ghost as knitted is ~6'6 = nearly 2 m across. Even so, my sticklike and short torso can barely tie on the ghost shawl in the Shore Hap photo's manner. Inconvenient shoulders, again---but I'm learning. (Someone with my shoulder circumference "ought" to be much taller for something the ghost shawl's shape/size.)

Viajante's yarn ball is too large for my business trip. Heh. It's the size of a small adult head---1600 m = 400 g at fingering weight. When I have a 32L-capacity daypack (a bit under 2000 in3), I don't want to choose between yarn and some me-compatible snacks. Instead, the current office project will travel (Rendezvous), since it's in the first of its slated two 100g skeins. Its complexity is restrained by my having placed a marker every other motif-repetition; at least it's motif-driven, not two long segments of lace to either side of a center stitch. Those are my two projects on wooden circular needles---that's the other consideration, of course, wood needles short enough to pass muster as non-weaponry. Who knows whether Rendezvous will be large enough for the shoulders of doom, frankly, but I chose the largest size for which I have yarn....

The cardigans are on hold due to summer heat, though I ought to start my mother's soon regardless. Lena is about 15 cm high---round and round we go.
July 12th, 2017
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July 10th, 2017
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* In a summary of a promotional event about Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 which was translated into English (DGS is a sibling game-sequence to Ace Attorney), there's mention of specific changes made for internationalization. Increasingly, "internationalization" is only anglicization, which makes sense financially but saddens me: this isn't like choosing a primary language for scientific scholarly communication. I remember being surprised to find that Maya likes hamburgers, and yeah, turns out it's miso ramen.

* I've begun keeping a food log (at partner's encouragement, nay, near-insistence) to help with tracking my body's protests, whether allergenically based or otherwise. It makes me grumpy. There have been a few other causes for grumpiness during the past week.

* OTOH, I've actually reached 80% in the novel I want to be reading, skimmed a fictionalized memoir (to avoid DNFing outright) and some scholarly essays that need to return to a library, and placed a library hold for Elliott's forthcoming Buried Heart. Though I'm wary of building too much of a queue, Las Anclas is nearby, too, assuming that my luck holds.

* It's funny that I used to read more while living in a pressure-cooker. Having less dayjob stress has mostly made it possible to take a weekend nap without guilt. My eldest aunt says that my third-eldest cousin (her second child) and I have (had) the same basic issue, an immune system splayed upon the floor---that's not her phrasing, translated or otherwise---and has suggested a remedy, which is agreeable enough for me to undertake. I'll forgo the impostor syndrome that accompanies the link, since that cousin teaches at Ewha University and I've only parlayed my insufficient fitness for playing professor into a couple of career hard-resets. She meant it kindly, anyway. I hope it doesn't take me equal time to recover from the dayjob I left a year ago, or I'll spend the remainder of my forties grasping after a better baseline; I was there for a bit over a decade.

* Manuscript illumination as a living practice. So good.

* A thesis I haven't read, on ki suryŏn as reconstructed tradition; ki suryŏn's Chinese reflex is qigong, perhaps a more recognizable term. Mostly I'm happy that someone somewhere has tackled this type of reinvention of pastness. I know something about inventio by medieval writers in Britain, and I'd surmised it for twentieth-century East Asia but lack the evidence to back it. The thesis's writer has had an interesting life so far: she's an ethnic Korean born in Leningrad as was, who finished secondary school and took a law degree in Jerusalem, then completed a master's degree at Sungkyunkwan; since then a doctoral student and a teacher of Korean as well as Russian topics in Den Haag.
July 9th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey at 09:13pm on 09/07/2017 under ,
* Having realized that Reason has enough outer layers in her current size and possibly the next one, I've undone the second orange cardigan-in-progress, heh. (I try to cackle in rl every time I ravel a significant chunk of knitting.) Realistically, in the current pattern size it'd fit her through the coming spring at best, whereas I have enough yarn to make a 2018–2020ish cardigan. Here's to Sparsamkeit and practical making.

It's possible that knitting and unknitting things is not terribly practical, but I continue regarding the making of good-quality yarn as more effort than what I contribute to the overall process. Also, TBH, because my patience is finite and her acting up by hitting/biting/kicking occasionally (mostly just me, not her agemates and rarely another family member) is not finite so far, it's a way of postponing something she wants without lengthening further the period during which I knit nothing at all for her direct benefit. As petty reactions go, I think mine is confined fairly.

Thus she'll have her requested handwarmers (wrist-plus-armwarmers really) for this winter instead, and the completed See the Sea shawl plus the big-kid winter hat I've made already. My mother's cardigan is more important this year. My random interruptions of illness have been persuasive in reducing plans somewhat, too.

* Status: ghost shawl has been knitted except for the picot bind-off, but it needs an edging along the diagonal where I carried other colors. I dislike picots in both knit and crochet forms, so I'll crochet a bit along the diagonal edges; the current endeavor is to crochet a non-picot bind-off. hmph.

I've also added a bit to the ___Sand Cardigan and Lena. For the sake of rare upcoming business travel, I've begun Viajante. (Both Lena and Viajante are straightforward for long chunks, but Lena would break my don't-make-clothing-in-public rule.) Re: Viajante, it's nice to make something where 4000+ knitters have preceded you: I've sifted enough project notes to feel confident in modifying the vaguely conical shape for wide shoulders and a relative lack of height. Though my height's average, the designer is a North Sea German.

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