Middle Eastern food?

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm
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We were in Davis Square a couple of evenings ago when someone said they wanted Middle Eastern food. Other than Amsterdam Falafel, I couldn't think of anywhere right there. I know Sabur in Teele Sq, which is kind of Middle Eastern (and pretty fancy). Googling around didn't turn up anything else in Davis Square, though I found a Lebanese place on Mass Ave nearby which I don't remember trying. Anyone know of any Middle Eastern food in Davis Square, or others a short walk away that you like?

Old Soldiers

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:33 pm
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prelude
[2076, autumn]

"Why'd you do it, Gabe?"

"Do what?"

"Send those killers to her house."

"Lena, I don't know what you're talking about. Fill me in."

"Why'd you send those idiots after Gérard Lacroix?"

"I didn't! Hell, they weren't even field agents. It never should have happened. Not the way it did, anyway."

"Amélie doesn't know that."

"Amélie should know that, she has the logs. She just doesn't want to."

"Wot? Why not?"

"As long she doesn't know that, there's someone else alive to blame."

"That's shite, Gabriel."

"Is it?"

"It is, and you know it. She blames herself. Always has."

"'Course she does, girl. But she also blames me. I was head of Blackwatch, so she's kinda got a point."

The younger assassin just grunted, a "huh" sort of sound.

"Trust me here, having someone else to blame? It helps."

Venom thought about that, for a moment, sizing up Gabriel Reyes through anger-narrowed eyes.

"I'm not so sure it does."

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Yes, I will be posting music entries Real Soon Now, I promise. Probably next week. But first I want to unload some of the stuff in the mental backlog.

I really appreciated all the commentary on the last post. If y'all want to chime in about this one I'd likewise appreciate it. The topic is "Music video WTF" - as in, should I link to videos if I like the song but not the video?

Here, let me give you an example that sits right on the borderline, two videos for "One On One" by Tujamo, with vocals by Sorana. Tujamo is a German producer and EDM spinner; Sorana is an eastern European singer (near as I can guess, Romanian) and this is her first big team-up with a "name" producer. So, OK, great. It's a fun tune and I like her voice, though as with a lot of these things I think it's over-tuned.

First up, the official video for the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y19FzsqM1as

Minor warning: it's a PoV video done in the style of a lot of porn these days where you, the viewer, are invited to have the gaze of the (male) camera in intimate interactions with a small, very conventionally attractive woman through a series of scenes, including bedroom. There's nothing actually X-rated about this, but I was uncomfortable watching it. In case that gaze isn't intimate enough for you, there's even an official 3D-VR version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx6OeuZ-mLE

Plus side: she's smiling and active throughout. She appears to be not only enjoying the interactions but initiating things. But if voyeurism isn't your kink (it's not mine, at least not for strangers) then you may (like me) find yourself unable to watch this video and see if there are other alternatives. Here's one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gVZnnxvf38

At least that's just a static conventionally-attractive-skinny-chick-half-dressed-in-provocative-pose. You see that kind of thing selling pretty much any product under the sun everywhere in the industrialized world. But, seriously, what does this have to do with the music?

I usually try to link to SoundCloud for my music choices but lots of things aren't up there and are on YouTube or other visual media.

So, dear readers, what do you make of this? Would you rather I didn't blog video music that sets me off, or blog it with information so you can judge for yourselves?

Three sentences about 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Got some stuff done at work, still finding the big-daunting-project aspect to be intimidating, but continuing to throw myself at it, and eventually I'll get on top of it. Played a couple of games with Q before bed, Go Fish and Memory Game, the latter of which he's quite good at, although it's generally close (and last night I think we tied twice in a row). Fell asleep on Junie's floor doing her bedtime, went to bed early myself.

QotD

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Everybody knows, a humungous thing happened on Sunday, July 20th, 1969 at exactly 4:17E.D.T. The 'Eagle' has landed. Bingo. Just like that. Man became an alien." -- Janet Turpin Myers, Nightswimming

an online timeline

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:34 am
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I've been maintaining an offline official timeline of canon for On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders and all the in-universe stories written seperately and collected in intersections in the web of time, and now that I'm making some headway on Old Soldiers, I thought I'd format and post the thing.

It's pretty big. It includes a fair number of things that happened in Fear of Spiders that did not make it into the manuscript or any following story, and also contains a couple of first-chapter background-info spoilers for the new story. So if you're allergic to that sort of thing, don't read it. If you're not, you might find some new background you might enjoy.

Official timeline of the Fear of Spiders Overwatch AU
[solarbird at Archive of Our Own]

an online timeline

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:34 am
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I've been maintaining an offline official timeline of canon for On Overcoming the Fear of Spiders and all the in-universe stories written seperately and collected in intersections in the web of time, and now that I'm making some headway on Old Soldiers, I thought I'd format and post the thing.

It's pretty big. It includes a fair number of things that happened in Fear of Spiders that did not make it into the manuscript or any following story, and also contains a couple of first-chapter background-info spoilers for the new story. So if you're allergic to that sort of thing, don't read it. If you're not, you might find some new background you might enjoy.

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Anyone else getting constant flyovers most days and (more annoying) 2-4 large, low, LOUD flyovers between 10:45 pm and midnight every night?

City of Somerville advises you to call Massport and also 311 to report your complaint: http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/reporting-airplane-noise

Massport politely took my complaint and promised me a written report.  311 said "people should totally call us about issues, no one ever calls us!", politely took my complaint, and said that various elected officials (including Rosetti, Capuano and some third person I'm forgetting, possibly the mayor) have been trying to get this mitigated, but not necessarily to much effect.

QotD

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:24 am
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"I'm not generally in favor of killing anyone to 'improve the species.' But if it *must* happen, I'll make a strong argument for starting with those people who want to practice eugenics." -- [info] interactiveleaf, 2008-02-14

Three sentences about 2017-07-18

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Back to mostly normal today. Q's foot owies still hurt, but he could tolerate a sock and a shoe this morning, and was off to camp. It was Wacky Water Day, but he managed to mostly avoid getting wet, go him. I had a sluggish start to my morning, but got some stuff done at work, including a variety of satisfying but not high-priority help-other-people-with-stuff type things, and finally eventually a better sense of what I should actually be doing right now. As it turns out, it's a big daunting project of the sort that I tend to struggle with and have a hard time starting, but I'm in a pretty good position right now to say fuck it and get started, and it's always easier to keep moving once I'm going. So, tomorrow, that! Meanwhile tonight, I coaxed Q through a bath, working on mostly keeping the foot owies out of the water, then washing them a bit at the end, then getting everything re-bandaided again afterwards. He is a good little thing. (Junie is also very excellent, but I had less to do with her specifically this evening. :^) They're asleep now, and I'm gonna turn in nice and early too, and hopefully improve my odds of anything good happening tomorrow.
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Once upon a long ago I used to merrily blog music. Yay, it was fun. Sometimes people would leave comments telling me they liked this or that or otherwise indicating that I wasn't just blogging into the void. That's always nice.

Then [personal profile] mizarchivist pointed out that LJ has these things called "tags" and I could tag my music entries. This is helpful to know what's going on, and particularly helpful for back-reference and finding things that are particularly notable. Eventually I got enthusiastic enough to go back and tag my existing couple years' worth of music entries... at which point I promptly ran out of tags. This more than anything else prompted me to move to a paid LiveJournal account because I needed more tags. All is fine until the company owning LJ decides to move the servers into Russian airspace and I decide it's time to move over here to DreamWidth. Which, I shall not bore you with details, will not allow me to have unlimited tags, even if I do pay them.

For a while this has stymied me. I really like the convenience of being able to go back and revisit things I've blogged in the past, and I blog a lot of new artist/DJs in a given month so the list of tags grows with no obvious way to condense them. I'm tired of being stymied though and it finally penetrated my thick skull that this convenience I've grown used to is just that, a convenience. I don't actually have to tag music entries in order to write them. So I'm going to start blogging music again, only with erratic-to-nonexistent tagging. You've been warned.

I realized this because I have re-remembered (I keep forgetting, somehow) that music is important in my relationships. Intimate, certainly, and otherwise. If you and I don't share some musical taste or other, it's likely we're less close of friends than we would be if we did share. For example...

This morning Pygment and I responded to a wedding invitation that included a request to list something that would cause us to get up and dance. At first I snarked that my music tastes would appall most people and DJs wouldn't play it at weddings anyway. Pygment agreed and said something like, "Yeah but imagine if they would, we could get them to play..." and in two clicks I had the track linked below, which we put on the RSVP card. I'll let you know if it plays at the wedding because I will sure as shit be dancing if it does.

We Can Make the World Stop
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Took Amtrak to/from Harrisburg and met up with the g/f to do a couple days of touristing in Gettysburg. Rode down Thursday, back Sunday. Overall good, but I am glad to be in my own bed again. If I'd had more knowledge I would have planned better, but given the knowledge I had at the start I think we planned very well.

Friday we took two pre-planned tours. A "History Nerds" tour that was mostly riding around in an air conditioned bus (quite useful when the temp AND humidity topped 85) and looking at sites with a guy who could firehose details about pretty much everything. We got a fairly complete set of visits and lots of facts. I would have liked it if the bus stopped more often, but it did provide info we used later.

That evening (once it had cooled off from "utterly beastly" to "merely summer sticky") we had a walking tour of the city itself with a hobbyist guide. That was interesting because most of the National Park-level focus is on the battlefield and kind of glosses over the fact that the battle swept through the town multiple times. Our guide had lots of interesting stories and trivia to help contextualize the facts and sites and since it was just the two of us on this walk we got extra time and it was much more conversational.

It was interesting to be reminded throughout just how much of a cultural bubble I live in; for example, the evening guide was explaining how the local Lutheran congregation continues to struggle with whether to do services in (traditional) German or (modern) English, how they vary some week-by-week and how they print variations on the prayer book in one or the other or both languages. I commented, "Yeah, sounds like every synagogue I've ever been to" and the guide admitted she had no idea Jews did that. I get the sense that she likely doesn't know any actual Jewish people.

Saturday we decided to revisit the battlefield in the morning, predicted to be the coolest and least humid hours of the day. Despite some navigation snafus we made it to several of the sites we'd wanted more time at and spent a lot of time wandering around getting a sense for things that's hard to achieve while in a bus.

After a few hours of that we declared a break for lunch at a period recreation inn in town that was OK and fortuitously was across the street from the local cidery that I'd been wanting to try. Between heat, exercise, post-food coma, and a flight of very tasty ciders we decided to ditch the previous plan of going back to the battlefield in favor of nappage. By the time we got up from that it was late and GF wanted to visit the official Gettysburg visitor center and cyclorama.

The visitor center was OK - we saw a short film narrated by Morgan Freeman that talked about some of the impact of the Civil War on slavery and economics. The Gettysburg Cyclorama is one of the last few surviving cycloramas anywhere. This version was originally displayed in the Boston Cyclorama building (who knew?) and moved to the park's visitor center in 2008 after restoration work. It's quite impressive; unfortunately we were the last group of the day and the museum needed to close promptly because there was a wedding using the site right after closing. I would have liked more time to soak it in but such is the nature of things.

After dinner and ice cream we detoured into what is locally marked as the "Soldier's National Cemetery" but Wikipedia calls Gettysburg National Cemetery. The place is a little eerie, particularly the rows of "unknown" markers for soldiers interred there who could not be identified. There's a commemorative marker for Abraham Lincoln as well, which people have placed numerous Lincoln pennies onto. Being my own contrarian self I found a pebble.

It was interesting to me to have a memorial marker there since it's not where he's buried (that's his hometown of Springfield at the Oak Ridge cemetery) nor is it where he gave(*) the Gettysburg Address - that spot is marked by a separate memorial stone. Humans are weird, what can I say.

We skipped doing one of the many "ghost" tours that take place in the evenings and I felt good about that in retrospect. They all seem to be popular but kind of commercial and largely beside the point. My interest is in authentic history, at least to the degree we can understand and experience it. I would have liked another half day on the battlefield - we got to see almost all of Cemetery Ridge (the Union side) and about 3/4 of Seminary Ridge (the Confederate side) but not really view Little Round Top or see the cemetery in detail.

(*) Actually there's some debate about where Lincoln actually stood. He was not the featured speaker of the day - that was the popular orator Edward Everett of MA - and in fact had not been expected to attend. His remarks were so brief that the photographers didn't even have time to set up properly; there is only one popular photo of the address and Lincoln isn't even easy to distinguish in the shot. The location is in dispute as contemporaneous accounts differ and really nobody paid much attention to his speech at the time. The New York Times printed the featured speaker (Edwin Edwards) address in full but declined to reproduce Lincoln's remarks.

To make matters more confusing, at least five different versions of the Address were printed in other newspapers of the time and all of those differ in some details from written versions that have been authenticated as being in Lincoln's handwriting. Post-hoc analysis of Lincoln's condition ("ghastly color" and "haggard" were reported) indicate that he was likely feverish at the time of the speech and so may have said things different from what he had written.

Three sentences about 2017-07-17

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:27 pm
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Monday Monday! Both kids are doing ABGC day camp this week, but Q's foot was hurting enough that putting on a sock was painful, much less a shoe, so he stayed home, and I dropped Junie off so that Q wouldn't have to go out at all in the morning. Did a bunch of "figuring out what next" type stuff at work, which was good, although I still feel like I'm not sure what exactly *I personally* am supposed to be doing right now, which is not ideal. Home, dinner, a bath for Junie, an extra bandaid for Q on one of the scrapes that we hadn't bandaided before (but which had been bothering him more after all), and some more Hat Full Of Sky before bed. Caught up a bit with Amy after that, until the power went out in our neighborhood; we stayed up a little longer with the laptops and phone hotspots to keep us online, but then headed to bed.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-07-16

Jul. 18th, 2017 02:52 pm
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More kids, more kids! Dim sum first this morning, celebrating Otavia's birthday, attended by Otavia & David & T, Alyssa & Kon & M & S, and the three of us. At China Pearl, where we hadn't been in a while, but which was perfectly suitable as far as we were concerned. The main difference we cared about was that the sweet layer on top of the baked pork buns (cha siu bao?) was a dry yellow stuff that I should probably know what it is but don't (yellow bean paste?), rather than sticky and clear. It was all yummy, in any case. :^) After that, we headed over to Three (Or Four) Playgrounds Park, aka Thompson Elementary, where we met Junie's friend E from ABGC camp, and mostly played in the water on the splash deck. We also bumped into a fellow incoming Hardy kindergartner of Q's, who we'd met at a playground meetup a few weeks ago, so he had some instant buddies to run around with too. A very good time was had by all, until Q scraped up his foot something awful -- I didn't catch all the details, focusing on bandaging him up, but I think he was running barefoot on some of the asphalt and stumbled or some such thing. He ripped a flap of the skin on the tip of his big toe off, and had probably dix or eight other abrasions on the foot of varying degrees of ouchiness. :^( I put a couple of bandaids on at the park, got him home, and we gave the whole foot a thorough (and really painful for him, poor guy) washing with soap and water after dinner, which he did not like one tiny bit, but was very brave about despite hating every second of it. First, though, Jeff and Jenizie and Chaos came home with Amy from Readercon, and we played some games and had some pizza, which was lots of fun. Chaos and Jenizie and Jeff and I played Wiz-War, which I liked a lot, the new set seems pretty solid, compared to what a mess of vagueness and contradictions previous editions have been. Chaos won that, in a suitably close and competitive battle. Then we split into two games, including the kids: Jenizie and Junie and I played labyrinth, which Junie won, while Amy and Jeff and Chaos and Q played Aquarius in the other room (so I don't kow what the outcome was there). Amy and I put the kids to bed, and the grownups then played Niagara, which I won with four purple stones. We said goodnight after that, and got to bed not too late I believe.

Three sentences about 2017-07-15

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:32 am
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A busy Saturday full of kids! Shotokan in the morning, where Junie got her second stripe on her purple belt, go her. Home for a quick lunch; we then dropped Junie off at a playdate at a friend B's house, and then Q and I headed over to Joey's park to meet up with his friend A. They ran and played and had a generally good time, and then we threw a frisbee a bit towards the end, which was fun. We also saw JDMS and Z there on a playdate of their own. A had to leave at 15:00 or so, but Q and I stuck around for another hour after that, a big chunk of it with one of us shooting the outdoor volleyball at a goal formed by the posts of the fence around the tennis courts there, while the other played goalie. Both sides of that were fun, but it'd had gotten pretty hot over the course of the afternoon, so we were pretty tuckered by the time we finally headed out. Picked up Junie at around 16:30, and headed to Friendly's for dinner, with the usual tasty array of fast ish food and ice cream for dessert. Home after that for some baths and bedtime, including a bunch of Hat Full Of Sky. I then stayed up stupidly late working on a Button Men thing that turned out to be a big waste of time, but meh, that's how it goes sometimes, so.

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