Shire Meeting

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:33 pm
reynardine: (sassy_beth)
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Shire meeting went well last night. We had a good section of people, lots of good conversation, and it looks like we have a new person.

Her name is Eilis (I think?). She looks to be in her late 20's/early 30's. She moved into the area from New Haven, CT last year. I think she may live over in KC proper, but she didn't know about the Shire. Ysabel has run into her at some events and was chatting with her, and found that she had run into the usual issue with the Barony--the Fight Practice. That's their main focus every week, and then some people do stuff in the background, but they are not good about talking to new people, or introducing them around, or stuff like that. Unless you're a fighter, then you're golden.

The Shire, OTOH, is heavily arts and sciences oriented. We do have some fighters, who usually attend the Barony's fight practice. It's so close-by, and they have some of Calontir's best fighters! So the Shire has not been very regular about our own fight practices. So our meetings are a lot of sitting around, chatting, and crafting, with a business meeting at some point.

Anyway, I was chatting with Roderick, who was a new guy that I was mentoring along last year when I was chatelaine. He's very big into music (he has a master's degree in it) and I know just enough about medieval/renaissance music that I can follow the conversation. He's super-nice and so happy to be in the SCA. People like him keep me grounded in what is important about this organization when the politics get me down.

Anyway, we were talking about some rare book on recorders that he is researching. He doesn't use computers, so I said I'd see if the text is online in a PDF or something. He's trying to get a copy via inter-library loan, too. Anyway, he's convinced me to try out the music practice on Tuesday nights at Margaurite's house. She lives very close to Aileth (from the Barony) who hosts sewing on Tuesday. Since Aileth starts up at 5:30 and Margaurite usually doesn't get home until after 8 pm, I should be able to do both.

I took out my old recorder last night and did some practice runs. I'm not sure about the tuning, but it still plays well. It needs cleaning, so I'll get on that later today. Margaurite would prefer a wooden recorder, but this is what I have on hand, so this is what I will start with. She did like the idea of a fourth person in the group, because there's some very good quartet music out there she's been wanting to try.

Looks like our Shire is going to put in a bid to host Known World Costuming Symposium. Our group has been running the Calontir Clothier's event for, I don't know, 20 something years? So we have experience, and the event is starting to draw out-of-kingdom teachers and attendees.

However, we do have some logistical issues to think about. I need to sit down with Giraude (who is the one in charge of the bid) and bring these things up for her to consider.

Sleepy Shuuji

Aug. 19th, 2017 12:05 pm
reynardine: (insomnia_cat)
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Never fails. Bob gets put on Midnight shift and I get insomnia! I got to sleep after he came home this morning, but only got about 3 hours.

I'm on a scroll deadline. I've actually been working steadily at this one (wonders of wonders), but ran into a delay due to text approval. Someone in the Shire is having a party this afternoon/evening, but I don't want to lose a day's work on the scroll. I hate being pushed to the last minute--I'm really hoping to be able to finish this tomorrow or Monday. I think Thursday is when I need to get it over to the Scribe? Or Wednesday? Regardless, I want it out of my hair!

This is the first shodo scroll I've done*, and there are several things with the medium of washi (mulberry/rice paper) that I was unsure of, so I've had to do more experiments and drafts than I usually bother with. In fact, the work I'm doing today is a size exercise. I'm using a pre-mounted scroll, and the workspace is larger than I expected, so I need to do a draft on larger practice paper to see what size I need to make the kanji and how to do the layout so it balanced with the figure I've drawn at the bottom.

I've already sketched in the figure and don't really want to erase and move it upwards, but we'll see how the draft goes. I may have to. I also may have to use the larger brush--I don't like pushing a brush to its size limits. My shodo teacher had me try that with my first medium-size brush (brushed to very large kanji) and IMHO it shortened the life of the brush.

*I've done three other Japanese-style scrolls over the years, but using Western materials and methods. This is the first time I've done the work using Japanese tools and methods.

Foundation

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:33 pm
reynardine: (home_improvement)
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Today we had a structural engineer come over to inspect the house, do measurements, and basically tell us how bad our foundation issues really are. Short version: $$$$$, although it looks like we may be able to do the repairs in stages over time.

In more detail )

No idea how much this will cost, beyond "a lot". We'll get bids once the Engineer's report arrives, and Midwest winters being what they are, it'll probably be spring before anything can be done. We'll probably have to do things in stages, starting with the south wall where the most visible damage is.

Yes, I had a huge cry after Eric the Engineer left. But what can we do? If we ever want to move, we'd have to fix this, and better to address the issue sooner than later.

Unplugging from Facebook

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:50 am
reynardine: (write)
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The last few days have been absolutely toxic on Facebook, so I decided a nice 6 week vacation from FB would be helpful. I have to check in a few times for messages and redirect them to my email, but otherwise, I need a break.

6 weeks puts me at September 28th, so my return would be September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels (Michaelmas), which seems auspicious.

My last break (during Lent) was actually rather productive, although it was hard to stay away from FB. And yes, I'll probably be posting more here.
selenak: (Kitty Winter)
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RE: ongoing horror show, err, US national and foreign politics: this is yet another reason why I find the entire Hydra in Marvel comics & MCU concept so stupid, not just in the WWII era, where the sheer logistics (or lack of same) break my brain, but also in the present day. Super-secret organization, master assassins, gadget weapons? This just isn't how fascism works. This is how fascism works. It shouts its goals to the winds and gets itself voted into power.

There is not a single member of the Republican party, nor any other voter who either elected the Orange Menace or by not voting enabled it, who can claim this isn't EXACTLY what they voted for or allowed to happen. Because Agent Orange certainly hadn't kept his views a secret. Nor did his minions.

Orphan Black 5.10

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm
selenak: (Allison by Spankulert)
[personal profile] selenak
In which we get a LotR or Babylon 5 type of ending, and it's lovely.

Read more... )

Some BPAL Reviews

Aug. 14th, 2017 04:32 pm
reynardine: (fragrance)
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It's a very hot and muggy August afternoon, so I thought I'd try some summertime scents.

7 Word Story: Lust (Chthonic incense and blood-red pomegranate) Ugh. Nope. I thought it would be more pomegranate, but on my skin it goes straight to cigarette. I had to wash it off. It smelled much nicer in the bottle, all fruity pom.

Schrodinger's Cat (tangerine, sugared lime, pink grapefruit, oakmoss, lavender, zdravetz, and chocolate peppermint) Very light, barely there, sweet and soft, mostly grapefruit and lavender, which is an unusual combo but it works. I like this a lot, but would need to slather.

Baobhan Sith (Grapefruit, white tea, apple blossom and ginger) Started out strongly grapefruit, then faded to ginger tea rather quickly. Very, very light scent. Nice for summer! Will probably not go for a bottle, but will enjoy the rest of the imp I got.

Aizen-Myoo (Yuzu, kaki, and mikan with cherry blossom and black tea) I was expecting more fruit, but the cherry blossom overwhelms all at the beginning. The fruity scents come out as it dries down. Very pretty.

RPG Series: Good (Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane) Oh, wow, this one surprised me! I was leery because musk goes bad on my skin, but the other ingredients overshadow it. I didn't get acacia at all, just vanilla and sugar with a touch of honey. It edges on going to soap on me (probably the honey--that note doesn't like me at all).
selenak: (Twelve and Clara)
[personal profile] selenak
I am looking forward to Jodi Whittaker’s Doctor, but last week it hit me really badly how much I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi, and I promptly started a Capaldi era rewatch, and fell in love with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara (and Missy, and (almost) all the storylines and themes) all over again. This was when Moffat-DW really clicked for me. I like the Eleventh Doctor, I like Amy, Rory, and of course River, but individual episodes aside, I was never in love during that particular era. And that’s okay. With a canon spanning more than 50 years, you really don’t have to be all the time. But it’s really great when it happens.

Madmen and -women in boxes )

Meanwhile...

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:03 pm
selenak: (Call the Midwife by Meganbmoore)
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The things you learn: seems Samantha Bee of tv comedy fame is a Call The Midwife fan. A woman of taste, which is not new.:) As the unspeakable creature in the White House brings us closer to WWWIII by the tweet and finds condemming Nazis as Nazis too much of an effort, I can see why watching CdM is a good way to maintain sanity.

(Sidenote: I usually avoid calling present day people Nazis because the term is flung around far too often and sometimes in bizarre contexts - see: "grammar nazi" - but if they scream about blood and soil, give the fascist salute and throw the occasional Sieg Heil in, there's absolutely no reason to call them anything else. No more of this "Alt-Right" nonsense.)

But to return to "Call the Midwife", here's a lovely new story, a terrific portrait of Shelagh/Sister Bernadette that follows her through her life to that most crucial of years to her, 1958: life, and breath, and all things.

And here's a Black Sails rec:

The Fields of Elysium: the story of Thomas Hamilton after the 2.05 flashbacks until and including something spoilery )

Ink

Aug. 11th, 2017 08:38 pm
reynardine: (write_shodo)
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Turns out text for scroll project has to be approved by Their Majesties. I got this frantic letter from the Royal Scribe asking how things are going and reminding me I only had such and such amount of time. I replied that the text has been done for days and I've been practicing the kanji for it, working out proportions, stroke order, that sort of thing. So now I have to wait for approval to start the actual scroll, but that's fine, I can use the time to work on the design.

Sheesh, if I'd known that, I would have gotten it to them before they left! Whatever. OTOH, she was really impressed by all the research I'd done, fashioning the text after an actual 14th century Japanese edict. In Japanese, no less.

I've realized that absolutely no one is going to listen to me about Japanese calligraphy until I get some of my work out there, so that's what I'm doing. I also want to start a blog just about shodo/shuji, but that will need to wait until after mid-September, since I have the scroll, prepping for Queen's Prize, and getting the garage cleaned out so the contractor can work. I need to poke around a bit with WordPress and see if I can do a side-blog off of my SCA blog Foxeholly.

Anyway, did about four hours of working out kanji today, since the computer fonts for kanji don't look anything like proper shodo. So far this week, I've clocked in 10 hours of calligraphy, and that's just preliminary work.

Usually I throw away my practice papers (needless clutter), but I'm keeping them to show at Queen's Prize, so people can see how much actual work goes into what I do. I mean, besides the years of studying the language and culture.

Shodo looks simple. It is not. People spend their lives studying it. I probably will, too. For all its difficulty, it is a wonderful way to get away from life's worries. It requires total focus.

Ubique sunt ignori stulti

Aug. 8th, 2017 02:11 pm
selenak: (Tourists by Kathyh)
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In the last three days, British historian Mary Beard has been relentlessly attacked on and off twitter for pointing out that the Roman Empire wasn't populated exclusively by white people; this particular round of racism, misogyny and general vileness was started by, of all things, a five minutes BBC cartoon for children featuring some poc Romans. It would be ridiculous if it weren't so outrageous and depressingly a symptom for our present, especially considering current Trump Administration employee and long time racist nutter Alex Jones has also commented. Detailed articles on the subject here and here.

(Incidentally, if I weren't there already, such events would completely sway me to the "representation matters" side when it comes to tv and movie casting.)

Fanfic Recs

Aug. 7th, 2017 08:44 pm
selenak: (Black Sails by Violateraindrop)
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Black Sails:


Echoes: it's that rarity, a post-Treasure Island fanfic not in denial of same which has Silver reflecting on his past, specifically the relationship with Madi. Also Flint, but here the focus is on Madi. And it takes what happens in the s4 finale fully into account.

Book of Days: Miranda (and James) after London and in the years before the show starts. Beautiful and painful.

Class:

....a question for everyone who has watched this little gem of a spin-off and the most recent season of Doctor Who: at which point of the Doctor's timeline do you think he met Charlie & Quill and brought them to Earth? We know that there were only three months between that and the Class pilot, and that Clara (as well as Danny) are listed as the most recent names on the Coal Hill board in the pilot, so it must most likely have been post-Clara for the Doctor, and I'm guessing pre-Bill, but was it before or after the events of Extremis flashback that reveals his s10 arrangement with a certain someone in the vault? At the time Class was broadcast, [personal profile] londonkds speculated he might have been projecting his best enemy on to Miss Quill (though they're actually quite different, other than love of sarcasm, if you look at motivation and goals), and it occurs to me the s10 revelation makes that even more likely, but it could have worked both ways - he could have had his Rhodian & Quill encounter before the flashback events, in which case it would have been part of the build up to the decision he makes there, or after, in which case the decision could have been part of the projecting and ignoring that the Quill and Charlie situation really isn't alike.

Okay, on to the fanfiction:

wear me like a locket 'round your throat: Charlie and Quill before, during and after the season finale.

Two stories using the fact that Clara Oswald taught at Coal Hill:

To to learn to be brave: in this one, she's April's favourite teacher and inspiration, but April also observes her downward spiral.

Per Aspera Ad Astra: in which Clara makes a nostalgic incognito visit to Coal Hill post DW season 9 and promptly runs into the not at all nostalgically minded Quill.

Yet more Last Kingdom thoughts

Aug. 6th, 2017 08:33 pm
selenak: (Uthred and Alfred)
[personal profile] selenak
More Last Kingdom thoughts, and a new icon which I made myself since I couldn't find one, apropos some rewatching after reading the early books and discussions with [personal profile] peasant:

Cut for spoilers )
reynardine: (summer_brook_reynardine)
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More rain, more water in the basement. Not as bad this time. Bob checked the grading behind the house and all seems well. It looks like this is groundwater seepage. We're going to need to tear out some of the drywall to see if/where there is a crack.

The drywall needs to go anyway. Whoever finished this basement didn't use basement-type drywall, so even a bit of water ruins this stuff (mold).

At least the weather is cooler this week. It feels like September. Everyone is going to be so disappointed when it gets hot again! (Hurry up, Autumn!)

Looks like I'm down to just three events for the rest of this year--Queen's Prize in September (way down in obscure SE Kansas), War College in early October (just working, bleh, I don't know how our shire got talked into this) and Kris Kinder in December (here in KC). There's another event in September nearby in Carlsby (next shire over) the weekend after QPT, but if I go, it will be a last-minute thing.

I very much wanted to attend Vertigo in mid-October, but it happens to fall on Bob's birthday, and so he gets to choose what to do, and he doesn't want to go to an SCA event.

Next year's events will very much depend on when my surgery is scheduled. I'm penciling in Clothiers (early February), RUSH (late March), and Kingdom Arts and Sciences (mid-April), but I won't know for sure about any of those until later.

Dragging about today--took the Seroquel down another step and yep, feeling the withdrawal effects. Getting a few things done around the house, and I hope to have enough energy to cut out a kosode or two. Need to get sewing on them as I want to wear Japanese garb to Queen's Prize.

Waiting for corrections on the text on a scroll I'm working on. Once I get that back, I will set everything else aside and get that kicked out so I don't have to worry about it.

Orphan Black 5.09.

Aug. 6th, 2017 06:01 pm
selenak: (Allison by Spankulert)
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Last but one episode, and more board clearing.

Spoilery talk )

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