Music meme: day 16 of 30

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:39 am
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
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Let's get the political complaining off the top of my journal, and talk about One of your favourite classical songs.

Because I always end up picking Fauré's Requiem every time I answer a meme about music, I'll stick to a strict definition of 'song' and go with Les roses d'Ispahan instead:

video (singing over animation of the score) )

The story behind this is that I fell in love with Fauré when I heard the school choir singing the Requiem when I was 12, and the singing teacher saw me falling in love and decided to try to teach me to sing, even though I notoriously couldn't hold a tune. And we talked a lot about singing Christian sacred music, but she also pointed out that Fauré wrote plenty of secular stuff, so I could learn that. Alongside lots of simpler things more appropriate for a beginning singer. And I loved all the repertoire I learned, but Les roses d'Ispahan best. Spending absolutely months trying to learn songs that were too hard for me gave me an appreciation that just listening to them never would.

Or, if I'm going with a strict definition of Classical, to get even further away from always going on about Fauré... most of the music I like is either Baroque or Romantic really, but I'm not against the entire Classical period. So let's go with Schubert, whom I always reliably like. I'm choosing the song Heidenröslein for the tune, even though I'm not wholly enamoured of the lyrics. I mean, it's Goethe, but it's also about the poet destroying his lover to punish her for rejecting him. Also because I discovered recently that there's a Rammstein song alluding to it, so I'm using the meme as an excuse to tell you about that.

video embed, containing religious violence )

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:59 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] el_staplador and [personal profile] mrissa!

Today's frustrations

Jul. 26th, 2017 03:46 am
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[personal profile] egret
  • I can't find a way to crosspost FROM TO dreamwidth. Alas. It's not worth hosting & managing my own installation of wordpress. At this point. Maybe when I retire in 15 years and have time for that kind of tinkering. Because I think I could do it with a specific plug-in that of course does not offer. 
  • It's difficult to concentrate when cats jump all over everything knocking things down. 
  • My milk was spoiled and then my backup soy milk was spoiled too but I am re-learning to drink black coffee. 
  • Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future. 
  • Gathering sense of doom on political scene is NOT HELPFUL. 


Jul. 25th, 2017 11:48 pm
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[personal profile] elanya
I did nothing this evening. I poked at tumblr, I took a hot bath, and I read. I finished the book I was reading with was the diary of a woman from small town New Brunswick in the early 20th C up to the early 50s. The later diaries were edited because I guess the woman who published them didn't think we would want to read 30 years of visiting the neighbors but she was wrong! It was neat, but she died and left several plot threads unresolved ;p It was a nice quick read, anyway. I'm trying to ease myself back into reading some non-fiction, and that was a good start. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next.... Most of the books I have are heavy :p I guess I'll either sort it out in the morning or just rely on facebook to get me through the commute :p


Jul. 25th, 2017 05:42 pm
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[personal profile] twistedchick
Senate vote to proceed toward removing the Affordable Care Act: 51-50. That's 51 votes against health care in America.

This is not the final word on the matter-- keep yelling, talking, chanting and singing at them. Keep on standing up for the health of everyone in America.

My flaws, let me show you them

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:04 pm
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I'm a pretty flawed person and an equally flawed preacher, but I try.

One of the big things I wrestle with around being a flawed person who preaches is how to be honest about who I am and what I travel with while not making the entire sermon experience about me. The obvious level of difficulty is, of course, that I am also a universalist who rejects atonement theology. I can't just do a glib "Well, sinners be sinning! And I'm a sinner!" one-liner because ::gasp:: no atomenent theory to actually scoop me out of a predicament.

So. We're left with "And how will suz solve this today, hrm?" advance dinner theater. Yay.
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The Order of Truth's Aeon Priests have resurrected our May 2014 Numenera Bundle, featuring the tabletop science-fantasy roleplaying game Numenera from Monte Cook Games. A billion years in the future, explore the Ninth World to find leftover artifacts of nanotechnology, the datasphere, bio-engineered creatures, and myriad strange devices that defy understanding. The inspiration for the recent Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game from inXile Entertainment, Numenera is about discovering the wonders of eight previous worlds to improve the present and build a future.

Bundle the first and bundle the second

cross my palm with silver

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:17 pm
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I am open for divination requests.

If you signal-boost this post and I can see you've done it, I will draw one card-equivalent for you per signal boost. money for any further or more complex reading:

* 1 USD (or a link to a signal-boosting post) for a single card-equivalent in any system
* 3 USD for a three-card spread (this post is a useful resource) in any cards system
* 10 USD for a Celtic Cross spread or for any spread from Tarot Spreads of the Greek Gods (these vary in purpose and contain from six to sixteen cards; talk to me and we'll decide which is best for your question) with the Hanson-Roberts cards
* 20 USD for a lithomancy reading (stones represent planets and the casting cloth is astrological houses)

Divination systems I'm reading from for the single card-equivalents:

* Motherpeace Tarot cards
* Hanson-Roberts Tarot cards
* Homeric Oracle dice
* Greek Alphabet Oracle stones
* shufflemancy songs (give me a whole number greater than or equal to 0 and less than or equal to 24, and I'll skip that many songs on shuffle before hitting the one whose lyrics should contain your answer)
* Oracle Bones coins
* Hermes binary coins (the answer will be a strong or weak yes or a strong or weak no; craft your question especially carefully)

Leave a comment in this post, send me a Dreamwidth private message, or email me at alexeigynaix at gmail dot com, and I shall reply in the same manner.

Politically isolated

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:25 pm
liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
[personal profile] liv
I feel completely out of step with most of my friends politically. UK politics, very gloomy )
oursin: Photograph of Rebecca West as a young woman, overwritten with  'I am Dame Rebecca's BITCH' (Rebecca's bitch)
[personal profile] oursin

I noticed - flitting past me on Twitter the other day - somebody eyerolling at, if not codfishing, some bloke's plaint that watching Dunkirk had made him realise that The Modern Man does not have these Manly Challenges To Rise To -

And being a historian, I thought that, actually, there have been long generations, at least in my country, where most men were not being called upon to take arms and fight, and the general attitude to the soldiery was summed up by Kipling in Tommy.

And that thing about Challenges to Rise To always tends to be seen in a context which leads to e.g. the Battle of the Somme, rather than to being a despised Conscientious Objector, a decision which history may read entirely differently -

Which possibly links on to that thing I also saw flit past me on Twitter apropos of alt-history narratives which allow the viewer to believe that they would be The Resistance, which reminded me of that nasty piece of work Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger going 'where are the good brave causes?', and really, one can think of a few relevant to the 1950s, not to mention, we do not, ourselves, envisage J Porter going off to Spain in the 30s.

And the whole notion of Heroic Actions and somehow, not here, not now.

And I thought, did not my beloved Dame Rebecca say somewhat to this point in Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and while this has the rhetorical universalisation and generalisation to which she was (alas) prone, it does seem relevant to this notion of some kind of masculine Rite de Passage:

All men believe that some day they will do something supremely disagreeable, and that afterwards life will move on so exalted a plane that all considerations of the agreeable and disagreeable will prove petty and superfluous.

As opposed to, persistently beavering away at the moderately disagreeable in the hopes that it might become a little more agreeable.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Polyamory and autism conclusion, I am polya?

(I have not been so identifying because reasons. But this article points out a couple things I hadn't thought about.)

Yay Mango Languages app

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:05 pm
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[personal profile] alexseanchai how do I type (what I presume are) hiragana with an American keyboard?


victory may be mine



T minus two weeks

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:53 am
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I had a pretty good weekend - went to see Valerian with the usual suspects on Saturday and Dunkirk with my mom on Sunday. I don't usually seek out war movies, but Dunkirk was more a story of survival, and the braided narrative structure helped to make an overwhelmingly large-scale event feel character-driven. I would see it again. On the other hand, Valerian was surprisingly disappointing. The visuals were amazing, but the humor and ensemble feel of Fifth Element were missing, and the human characters had no depth. It reminded me more of Jupiter Ascending, except JA was more fun.

I've made some progress on reorganizing the kids' bedrooms. I had originally considered moving both bookshelves into Connor's room, but now I'm thinking a better use of space would be to leave Will's shelves intact and figure out some new clothing storage. Right now, most of Connor's clothes are stored in Will's room in their old changing table, and Will's shirts and jeans are in stacks on the floor. Some lightweight, relatively narrow storage shelves might be a good solution in both rooms.

I was inspired to start yet another knitting project following a conversation with my mother-in-law last week. I had read about Moebius strip scarves but hadn't tried making one until now. They're surprisingly fun!

I've also successfully cleaned out the worst of my email inbox and cleared some space on the DVR. Breathing room is good.

Today we're going to go see what's new at the McWane Center, since we haven't been all summer.

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