Reading Wednesday

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:37 pm
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)
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I finished my last-minute reading of Hugo short fiction items and did my voting on Saturday morning. I think that there were a LOT of very good "shorts" this year.

I am re-reading The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart, which is the second of the Master Li and Number Ten Ox books. I also tried (really, I did) to read two Very Serious books, which turned out to be nearly unreadable and almost useless for their intended purpose. *looks shifty*

zlabya: Woman in medieval garb praying, floating in air; modern old priest looking in on her from interior window (St. Julian)
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So, if any of you want to read a sacreligious-to-Christians humor post aboutone of the wilder old-fashioned blonde Jesus devotional paintings it's right here. I love it. Especially as a Catholic who grew up with things like this and then the portrayal of Jesus based on a gorgeous young Borgia in the early Renaissance. (I'll try to find a source for this. Not tonight). Reminds me of the one old lady saying to another in a Catholic gift shop, as they considered various nativity scenes, "I don't know if I like a dark-haired baby Jesus."

I want this as an icon for when I post about Christians, or me, doing weird/crazy things that would make Jesus eye roll.

In Which Sacrifice Saves a Character

Jul. 16th, 2017 02:31 pm
chomiji: Red 20-sided die for tabletop gaming (Gaming)
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We've been playing our second Numenera campaign for about a year now. Numenera is a rather open-ended system that encourages the GM to reward creative play: anyone can try to do anything, and there is essentially one scale and one mechanism for doing just about any sort of task. If you're trained (or the higher-level version, Specialized), you just have an asset (or assets) toward making the roll. The scenario is an ancient world situation (think Vance's Dying Earth, but with more Steampunk-ish elements), and the current campaign is ocean-oriented. We have a ship (and more recently have also acquired a small submarine), and most of the characters have seafaring or other aquatic backgrounds.

cut for long )

A Song That Soothes

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:21 am
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)
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Music and lyrics by Bill Staines; performance by Priscilla Herdman

"You can trust the moon to move the mighty ocean
You can trust the sun to shine upon the land
You take the little that you know
And you do the best you can
And see the rest with the quiet faith of man."

Dedicated today to myself, because I need to calm down and move forward.

chomiji: Chibi of Muramasa from Samurai Deeper Kyo, holding a steamer full of food, with the caption Let's Eat! (Muramasa-Let's eat!)
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Over the winter, we got a "lamb share" CSA from one of the vendors (Cabin Creek Heritage Farm) at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. We liked it, but they don't have lamb over the summer. The Mr. is particular about his beef and doesn't want it to have been frozen, so we went for "mini pork share" this time.

Cut for CSA details and cooking description/rough recipe )

Music Monday

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:29 pm
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)
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On The Dark Side - John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (as featured in the movie "Eddie and the Cruisers")

If the song sounds vaguely familiar but somehow you don't think you ever heard it, you may be thinking of songs by Gary "U.S." Bonds, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, or … Bruce Springsteen. They're all exemplars of the Jersey Shore Sound, which for some reason always feels very hamische (like home) to me. In the comments on this one, in fact, someone complains that Springsteen stole this style from Cafferty and Southside Johnny.

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