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DTJr thinks that Frederica Wilson is Maxine Waters (whose name he can’t spell) presumably because they all look alike and that she looks like a hooker, presumably because they all do. He was joined in this by, of all people, cosplaying Sheriff Clarke, presumably because she doesn’t accessorize with enough goodies from the CrackerJack boxes. It also occurs to me that the Twitty use of word surrogates such as 2 and u for serious political discourse has never seemed so appropriate.

Anime Autumn Week 3

Oct. 22nd, 2017 06:35 pm
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Nene Itagaki and Ai Tokita
Nene Itagaki and Ai Tokita
Miyake Girls’ High School Broadcasting Club
Two Car, Episode 3

Week 3 is when the watchlist usually stabilizes. There are a couple of shows on the fence, but for the most part I’m sticking with these 15 24-minute shows (plus one 3-minute show). Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shou (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter): Episode 2
The show is still a bit too cutesy, and I’m being tolerant. There’s nothing else to watch on a Monday anyway. I didn’t care for this week’s story, but we’re past it now.

Black Clover: Episode 3
Naruto and Sasuke undertook a long journey to finally arrive at the Chūnin Exams… no… wait… it’s Asta and Yuno heading off to the Magic Knights Entrance Exams. And Asta is back to YELLING every line. Sigh. This was a transition episode; the exams start next week. Maybe.

Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War: Episode 3
Big focus on Chicken’s (Rooster’s) backstory… and that’s not a good sign in this series. The stories are interesting, though. However, character development is going to be limited in a show like this. I’m content to watch these characters meet their ends.

Mahoujin Guru Guru: Episode 15
Demon Kukuri is a big challenge… and then she disappeared. Seems like a typical, crazy quest.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 29
A fairly typical combat situation for the Naruto franchise… the heroes are on the ropes… outnumbered and overpowered. I can’t believe Boruto had even a plan to triumph with these odds… he seems… well… naive. Only by luck will he get help from his investigating classmates. Typical for a Naruto show, things are going to be very dark before they get better.

Konohana Kitan: Episode 3
Two sweet slice-of-life stories… a very mellow way to spend 20 minutes. We got to learn more about Ren and Natsume. Kiri and Okami made nice showings also. This is the way slice-of-life is supposed to work.

Taisho Mebiusline Chicchaisan: Episode 3
We got a flashback to how the military side got chibified… and… we’re back to where we started last week. Can barely fit a flashback in three minutes!

Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie): Episode 3
I was glad to find out that Yuuta works at the same company that Moriko did. I think that makes it easier for the two of them to ultimately connect. And so far neither the real-life nor the MMO relationship has hit a roadblock, so the romantic in me is happy. I sure hope this all comes together!

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World – The Animated Series: Episode 3
I wasn’t crazy about this week’s country. I wonder if they couldn’t just go around in a big circle. Seems like they should at least pay for repair and loss for the countries they pass through. The artwork continues to be just OK. Lerche is doing a decent job – but there’s no mystery atmosphere. This is the problem when you try to follow a classic – the comparisons are daunting. The feel of this show is off.

Garo: Vanishing Line: Episode 3
I like Gina! She feels kind of like a throwback to the action heroines of the 80s (see: Dirty Pair, Cat’s Eye). Loads of action in this one-off episode away from the longer story. Works for me!

Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi (Code:Realize – Guardian of Rebirth): Episode 3
There should be a Cardia drinking game – take a drink any time Cardia repeats a word or phrase that has just been spoken to her. I think she was approaching double digits this week. And if she is going to be learning martial arts and how to run, shouldn’t she get out of that darn frilly skirt already? I have too much anime on my plate, and I was all ready to drop this show. But somehow I think I’ll give it one more week.

Two Car: Episode 3
We were treated to a heartwarming story. I loved seeing Chiyuki and Misaki come together! The subtle support of Yuri and Megumi was cool, also. This series surprises me. The premise is simple, but the teams are great fun to watch.

Sangatsu no Lion: Episode 24
On the surface… a simple story around the shogi community watching and studying the championship match between Souya and Kumakura… but underneath… metaphors, complicated relationships, and emotions. There was a lot to absorb. The episode was excellent and engrossing. Thumbs up!

Blend S: Episode 3
I’m totally enjoying the Working! feel of this series! Still makes me smile a lot!

Mahō Tsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’s Bride): Episode 3
This was a simply beautiful episode, proving that extensive animation is not required to present a powerful, emotional story. Nice pacing and direction. I hope the rest of the season is as this thoughtful.

Anime-Gataris: Episode 3
Minoa remains the straight man in this comedy of anime nerddom. She’s maybe a little too starry-eyed. But the other characters have her back, pushing their own niches. I loved the meta-reference to the three-episode rule – plus the Puella Magi Madoka Magica reference. The series remains corny, over-the-top – but humorous and endearing.

Arisu Kamiigusa
Arisu Kamiigusa
Anime-Gataris, Episode 3

Note: Due to Kumoricon next weekend, next week’s anime summary post will be delayed several days.

Restless legs

Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:12 pm
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I may be showing the first signs of cabin fever. After a fortnight basically withindoors, I suppose that ain't bad, but it is deuced inconvenient, especially coming today of all the days we've had so far.

If I twitch back the blinds on the full-length picture window at my back, I have a view of a car park, a tower block, the London Eye (well, actually it's the Star of Puebla, but you know what I mean), and Popacatepetl. And really I just want to be out there. I could shop - there are things Karen will need, tomorrow if not tonight - but mostly I just want to walk. It's how I experience any new city, foreign or domestic; I am the original flaneur. I like to walk unknown streets, peer into unknown windows, watch the behaviour of strangers on the street. Sit in parks, eat street food I cannot name, read signs in languages I cannot understand. Full immersive protocols. I'm good at this.

I'm here as Karen's helpmeet and caregiver, though, and it's very much part of the contract that I not wander off and leave her stranded. Today especially, when she's too sick to leave her bedroom and might want anything at any time.

I've tended people on their sickbeds before this, of course - in a sheerly practical sense, I'm rather good at it, tho' I remain the world's worst hospital visitor, because I can never think of anything to say - but never this intensively for this long on my own. When Quin was dying, it took a year and was kind of like a war - moments of high drama, interspersed with long periods of dull calm - including the whole army thing. There was a team of us, a dozen or so standing shifts, with all the back-up we could want or dream. Here, there's pretty much me. Lots of doctors and nurses on the other end of a phone, of course - but you know how I am with phones.

When I said I might need respite care when we get home, I may not have been kidding. Or I might just be difficult to deal with, or y'all might need to be extra-nice to me for a while, or... I just have no clue. You might find you have two patients in recovery.

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:12 am
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Sunday paper was fetched, along with some groceries for the next few days. One downside was there was an obit from a person I went to High School with. She was four months younger than me. Taking that bit of the paper with me today since I am meeting my friend T from Mac, who was in the same class. They had a lot of history together at school since they were in the same music programs. T is getting around to my birthday lunch, her life and mine had been complicated enough we couldnt meet up.

I didnt do much else yesterday, but I did bring in my bins from the street and put them away on the side of the garage. I was very satisfied in how they fit in the new configuration. I emptied the dishwasher, and tossed a few things away out of the fridge. I am thinking I just need to toss everything and start over at some point. That and the pantry.

Have to remember to fill up the tank on the Van today too.
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Day Plus One, and we are largely hanging around the apartment trying to do nothing and not quite succeeding.

Last night I had a magnificent pharmaceutical accident: for we have a few old tablets of Lorazepam with us, and after the night before I felt that I was due a proper night's sleep. Experience has proved that I can cut one of these tablets into four and feel the benefit with a mere quarter: so there I was with one of those and our magnificent little pill-splitter device, and I rather cackhandedly dropped the pill into the sink. Which was damp.

By the time I'd fished the pill out again, it was already starting to dissolve around the edges, so I performed my famous "what the hell" shrug and swallowed the whole damn thing. Last time I took a whole one, I famously slept not only through Karen's rising and showering and dressing and going off to Grand Jury, but also through the boys' breakfast time - I'm sorry, that should be I SLEPT THROUGH THE BOYS' BREAKFAST TIME! - and woke at ten with two anxious furry faces wondering if I was edible yet, or if they had to wait a little longer.

This time I slept like a delicious contented log till seven-thirty, when Karen needed me. Lord knows how long I'd have slept else. Sleep is good, y'all.

Karen's not feeling too good today. I have made one emergency dash to the pharmacy, and am poised for another as and when. Otherwise I read and poke about obscure corners of the internet and occasionally think I ought to be seizing this chance to work but. I got nuthin'.

big difference

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:14 am
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“I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol on one side and a female symbol on the other. Then I ask just the men: What steps do you guys take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they've been asked a trick question. The silence gives way to a smattering of nervous laughter. Occasionally, a young a guy will raise his hand and say, 'I stay out of prison.' This is typically followed by another moment of laughter, before someone finally raises his hand and soberly states, 'Nothing. I don't think about it.' Then I ask women the same question. What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? Women throughout the audience immediately start raising their hands. As the men sit in stunned silence, the women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily :routine. Here are some of their answers: Hold my keys as a potential weapon. Look in the back seat of the car before getting in. Carry a cell phone. Don't go jogging at night. Lock all the windows when I sleep, even on hot summer nights. Be careful not to drink too much. Don't put my drink down and come back to it; make sure I see it being poured. Own a big dog. Carry Mace or pepper spray. Have an unlisted phone number. Have a man's voice on my answering machine. Park in well-lit areas. Don't use parking garages. Don't get on elevators with only one man, or with a group of men. Vary my route home from work. Watch what I wear. Don't use highway rest areas. Use a home alarm system. Don't wear headphones when jogging. Avoid forests or wooded areas, even in the daytime. Don't take a first-floor apartment. Go out in groups. Own a firearm. Meet men on first dates in public places. Make sure to have a car or cab fare. Don't make eye contact with men on the street. Make assertive eye contact with men on the street.
― Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help”

More booky thoughts

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:42 pm
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Moomin ranting tonight a bit (charmingly) about wishing his class was broader than just European fairy tales but he also appreciates that it is focused and grounded in particular history.

I was thinking how I came up against that wall around the same age, a bit earlier, and went looking for "world" stuff or just anything not English, US based, "western culture" wanting to see anything possible. Anthologies were good or looking by specific country or ethnicity. I would root through any library or bookstore. Encyclopedias too. The indexes of books were super instructive. It took just years for me to have any real handle on the depth of the problems of histories but it was clear from the beginning that A LOT WAS WRONG. I didn't go into that (right now it is better if I listen to him than talk about my own thoughts)

Anyway! I'm so, so proud of Moomin and his excitement about scholarly things. I feel like no matter what he does in life he will have that kind of love of books and knowledge and stories.

He also really loved Gilgamesh so I am going to show him those awesome debates online between Hoe and Plough, Fish and Bird, etc.

My brag shelf

Oct. 21st, 2017 06:42 pm
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Every author has one: a shelf (or six, depending upon who you are) full of the books that one has either written or has stories in. I have one. Mine includes anthologies I've been in and I've edited, as well as magazines my work has appeared in as well. It came down as part of the house redecoration project. I have a new location for it. I look at those books and I just don't care anymore. I mean . . . I do care, but it's not vital that I have them out there. Like, I feel like, big deal. When did I stop caring about being a writer? Was it within the last 2.5 years, when everything changed so dramatically, when I nearly died, when my love and I lost each other, when everything fell apart? I look at my shelf and I think, is this it? Does it matter? I want it to. I . . . don't know how to make it matter anymore.

G-d, I'm so sad. C's death yesterday is part of it but not all. Maybe it's the return of the rain. Maybe it's another year when, at work, we asked management specifically not to schedule the big two-day meeting in the week before our biggest release of the year and they do anyway; talk about not feeling heard.

I should probably have dinner. Food could help. Yes.


Oct. 21st, 2017 06:21 pm
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While I am what people would call an intense planner, I don’t hold myself hostage to my schedule. Sometimes acting impulsively or instinctively is called for. Thursday was one of those times. I was reading about OSU’s Wednesday Night Win and saw that the second match of the week would be Friday. Normally I attend just one volleyball game a year, but I was not happy with anything I did two weeks ago – screwups all around – and a makeup session could make me feel better. Even though my schedule is simply horrid right now, On Thursday I made the decision to undertake another trip to Corvallis.

One significant adjustment I made was that I went back to the lens I used last year – my cherished AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D – instead of the new AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E. I struggled with focus and field of view with the 105mm lens, and I had great success with the 85mm in previous years. I reviewed some of the photos from 2016 and noted how I failed earlier this month.

I’m still trying to get to where I can reset the filename prefix on D810/302, and with only 36 pictures to go, there wasn’t enough headroom to photograph an event. So I brought D810/306.

The game on Friday started at 6 pm instead of the 7 pm start two weeks ago. I added a little extra time because I wanted to stop at the OSU Beaver Store before the game. That meant I needed to leave my home at 2:30 pm. I planned to leave the office at 2:10 pm – and I was pretty close to that. My target arrival time for Corvallis was 4:30 pm – and I hit that on the nose. Traffic was surprisingly free on Hwy 217 south, but it did bog down at I-5 – near the 217 interchange – and also near Wilsonville. Google Maps said it would take 1:54 from my house to Corvallis, and since I didn’t leave until 2:35 pm, the numbers were right on.

I had a quick, light dinner at McDonalds… then went to the OSU Beaver Store. The clothing was pretty much what the online catalog had, so there wasn’t anything I wanted to add to my wardrobe. I did look at all the fan items – but saw nothing really interesting. It was about 5:10 pm when I walked across the street to Gill Coliseum. I learned that I qualified (just barely) for the Senior price for general admission tickets ($7 instead of $9). Sure, I’ll take that.

I stationed myself lower (row 2; row 1 is reserved) and farther away from the net. When the team came out for warm up drills, they were wearing Pink DAM Cancer T-shirts. The band and the cheerleaders and many people in the stands were wearing the same t-shirts. It turned out this was the annual DAM Cancer match for the volleyball team. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirts goes to cancer research. Also, the t-shirt gets you free admission to the DAM Cancer events (volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, swimming).

What really surprised me when the team returned to the court at game time was that their playing jerseys were also pink! Way cool! I had been hoping for white jerseys, but this was even better!

The first set was suspenseful… back and forth… back and forth. We lost 27-29. I was more tense than I am usually, and this was not a good sign. I ended up being tense the entire evening as each set was a see-saw. Thankfully, we won the match 3-1! Yay!

As always Mary-Kate Marshall was a powerhouse. I love watching her in action. But I was also super pleased with the play from two Oregonian freshmen – Haylie Bennett and Grace Massey. These two will be great in coming years.

One thing I did differently was that I switched locations after each set. I’ve switched locations before, but I had stayed on the same side of the court. That meant that some shots had the Beavers facing to my right, and other shots had the Beavers facing to my left. What I decided was I should cross over diagonally to the opposite side of the court. That way all the photos had the same perspective. We played four sets, so I spent two sets on the southeast portion of the court and two sets on the northwest portion of the court. When I was on the southeast side, I actually roamed away from the seat and along the court floor. I couldn’t do that on the northwest corner.

The AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D lens performed superbly with the D810 in Group Focus mode. I had almost no focus misses. (The few misses were because I couldn’t get the focus area on the target fast enough with some players in the way.) Plus the 85mm field of view was pretty much ideal for what I was trying to do within my limited access to the court area. I shot at f/2 at ISO 1600; this has been consistent for the past couple of years. I was pleased with how the pictures turned out – they were much, much better than two weeks ago!

Arizona State vs Oregon State Women’s Volleyball
DAM Cancer event • Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, Oregon
October 20, 2017

The match ended around 8:20 pm. On the way out of town I stopped at McDonalds for my traditional soft serve cone – but the place was again a mess with a long drive-thru line and a long line at the order register. I decided to bail. As I drove on the bridge across the Willamette, I thought about alternatives. A milkshake at Burgerville in Albany? That seemed like too much of a detour. Maybe another McDonalds? I didn’t know where they were in Salem, but I knew there was one at the Woodburn interchange.

Then I remembered that there was a Dairy Queen in Corvallis on 3rd St. D’Oh! I should have gone there. McDonald’s has been kinda terrible recently, and I think I’m just going to switch over to DQ – next time I’m in Corvallis for a volleyball match.

I did get a cone at the Woodburn McDonald’s… so that added about 15 minutes to my travel time – I got home at 10:15 pm instead of 10:00 pm. Drive time was 90 minutes.

A 2-minute Recap of the Match is on YouTube. And… OSU’s Press Release.

And the pictures did come out better. The combined set of all volleyball pictures from October is posted in Zenfolio: OSU Volleyball 2017.10

Mermaid points

Oct. 21st, 2017 04:22 pm
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Moomin convinced me that the HCA Little Mermaid story is actually amazing because she just feels her feelings but isn't an asshole, doesn't get married, and becomes foam on the sea and an air spirit who helps people so basically her story NEVER ENDS and she is a SUPERHERO who flies around with air powers, doing good in the world! I started out with the complete opposite point of view on this story.

Also when he said he thought of me in relation to her feeling like she is walking on knives..... i actually think of that sometimes so that kind of touched me.

He is also reading Gilgamesh and some Bible stuff for philosophy class and seems to be keeping up in his other math class! So nice to have him here even for a day. <3

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Oct. 21st, 2017 02:50 pm
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I got up early for me yesterday and drove up to the VAMC for my Dental appt. I was seen on time. The dentist poked and whacked on my tooth and declared that she couldnt do anything about it (this tooth was root canaled in 2012 and they couldnt find the last root do to calsification) so I was let loose. They are referring me to a civilian specialist through "Veterans Choice" and this will take at least another week. Meanwhile she gave me a weeks worth of antibiotocs.

I tried to pick up my medication refills, but most of them were at zero, so I had to deal with letting my primary care doc know, and to request an oxy script for the intermittant pain from the tooth.

I decided to go to the signing at Powells, so I went to Beaverton to hang out and wait. I had something to eat at Panda Express (already cut up and hardly any chewing) and then to the bookstore.

The signing was fun, saw the ususal suspects, and only bought one new book.

I took the antibiotics after I got home, no need to stir up the flora a fauna when out on the road. I slept for close to 11 hours last night, with several wakeups. But, I always went back to sleep.

Today, I should wake up, that would be good. I need to go and fetch my Sunday paper.
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After a truly horrible very bad night, we went to the clinic this morning and Karen was immediately whisked off to a side-room for intravenous meds to get some kind of control over her nausea etc. They followed that with what we were really there for, the transfusion of her stem cells back into her body. I was sent from the room and didn't get to see that. Don't know why, as it was the pivot-point of this entire adventure and I cannot conceive any health risk in having me present, but there you go. There I went.

Afterwards they trotted out cupcakes and candles and sang "Happy Birthday", for this is the conceit, that all our group of patients has just been reborn. Karen-people, we are adding October 21st to her commonplace birthday of March 21st: it's not quite a half-birthday, but close enough and readily remembered.

Now we're back in the apartment, and Karen is resting in her room, sipping a ginger ale and nibbling a Ritz cracker or two. Me, I am drinking wine. We may be establishing a pattern here.

Meteor Chasing

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:18 pm
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These two nights will be the Orionid meteor shower (remnants of Hailey's comet!)  

Mason and I decided that one road trip was not enough, so we headed out at 1 am in search of a clear patch of sky. We drove in the direction of the Cherry Grove observatory that the Minnesota astonomers like, intending not to go all the way, per se, but to stop somewhere on Goodhue County Highway 1 to see what could be seen.  I didn't think we'd make it out of cloud cover, but somewhere around Canon Falls, MN, we started to see stars in the sky.  So, I drove a little further and we pulled off in a corn field.

We just got situated on the trunk of the car when, sure enough, we saw a bright light streak across the sky.  It was the only one we saw, however, because the wind picked up and the clouds rushed in. 

Still. Kind of a magical moment.

If it clears up, we're going to try again tonight.