parakeets on the loose

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:01 am
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Spent a big chunk of time yesterday trying to corral a bright green and yellow parakeet that bounced off a window of the library while a friend and I were peacefully drinking coffee. The silly thing didn't allow himself to be captured. My crafty coworker whipped up a fantastic net but by the time we returned he had flown off. I wish him all the best and hope he evades the campus cats and the hawks that like to pick off pigeons in the area.

Back to aikido tonight. I look forward to hobbling around for the next couple of days.

Roseanne Cash!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:16 am
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I went to a reading by Roseanne Cash last night at Writers House, which made me really happy. She interspersed songs with readings from her memoir, and answered a few questions at the end.

I thought she was beautiful; she is so much herself that it shines through both her songs and her writing. Also, her voice up close is much richer than I would have expected (I was in the second row, probably about six feet away).

One thing that made me laugh is she started off with "Seven Year Ache," because the students she'd been working with earlier in the day had told her they were obsessed with the 1980s, before they were born.

I left smiling.

Weki Meki to have a May comeback!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:32 am
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Yay!  Weki Meki, one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) K-pop groups, will be having a comeback in May!  I can't wait to see and hear what they come up with this time!  (I'd been thinking recently that they were due for a comeback soon, and apparently I was right on track.)  Expect to see further updates on this here, as the agency teases us with photos and video clips to build up expectation before the big day.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:00 am
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Religions inspire killers. This has been true as far back as history reaches.
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 Me, apparently.

And, then I promptly forgot I was supposed to be at White Bear Lake library until I got a call from my boss about twenty minutes after I was supposed to have started, who said, "So... are you planning on going to White Bear?" There was some work inappropriate swearing, fumbling, and rushing out the door. I made it in an hour late.  White Bear was surprisingly gracious, even though I kind of looked a bit like I'd rolled out of bed. 

The other funny part of this story was that I was doing the dishes before my boss called, and I was watching a very SPECIAL episode of "Morose Mononokean." It was a story about saying goodbye to a friend and I was sobbing like a fool. So, when I answered the call from my boss I was clearly coming off a crying jag, which may be why I got a question instead of a stern talking to?  

I'm going to go with yes.

Surprise!Work, of course, derailed all the things I was going to get done yesterday, but I mean, it was a rainy, dreary day anyway, so I might as well have spent it making a few dollars.

I have double-checked the calendar. I do NOT work today. So, hopefully, between that and the sunshine, I will get some stuff done today.
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Because usually when people are talking about the problem of BOYZ in the educational system and under-achievement, it is all about defeminising the curriculum and catering to their masculine needs and so on.

Well this guy, 'who shaves his head and has an East End accent' is, I suspect, secretly Basil Fotherington-Tomas: Boys will be boys? How schools can be guilty of gender bias. Too many teachers think boys can’t do as well as girls, says the teacher on a mission to change attitudes.

There’s a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude that plays into a narrative that says boys produce more testosterone, and that’s why they fight and punch, that’s why they don’t sit quietly in lessons, that’s why they’re harder to control, that’s why we have different expectations about what they can do.” But the hormone system is much more complex than such a binary reading reveals; and for every study that links bad behaviour and testosterone, there’s another, says Pinkett, that suggests it’s more about environment than biology. “The ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ philosophy neglects two key facts: firstly, that there are more similarities than differences between the sexes, and, secondly, that our brains are plastic and changeable, especially during the early years.” What teachers have to get past, he says, is the belief that if a boy doesn’t comply, doesn’t hand in homework or is misbehaving, that it’s because he’s male. “We need to stop ourselves: because maybe whatever is going on isn’t, after all, because he’s a boy. And it’s that realisation that can free pupils from stereotypes, and give them the chance to do what everyone wants, which is truly fulfil their potential.”
There’s a danger of treating boys differently and patronising them, says Roberts. “So, for example, you’ve got a boy you think doesn’t like reading, so you decide to pander to his love of football and give him a book about that to read. But in narrowing your expectations, you’re narrowing his. It’s the same with, for example, teaching boys about Shakespeare by concentrating on the sword fights or the fighting: it’s like we’re hoodwinking them into learning, and it doesn’t work. What we need is a big shift in ethos: too many teachers believe boys can do less, they don’t think boys can succeed as well as girls at school. I don’t think it’s about watering it down: it’s about having high expectations for boys as well as for girls.”

The content being taught is also relevant, and connected, of course, to everything else. “The English curriculum is unfairly and disproportionately dominated by men, and many of them are deplorable men like Macbeth and Dr Jekyll. And Dickens: a lot of his writing is unsavoury. So we need to challenge that in school, and we need to think about issues around sexist male behaviour and violence in the texts they’re reading.”

Go, guy!

Be Here, Be Mine (Guardian, Weilan)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:28 pm
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Something small to alleviate the painful-ish thing I posted yesterday. You can either read it here on AO3 or read it directly here under the cut, whatever you like better.

Be Here, Be Mine )
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I've got to confess to being rather surprised by this one.  BabySoul is a member of Lovelyz, and if you had asked me I wouldn't have guessed that any of the members of the group had a voice capable of pulling off a song like this.  Don't get me know - they all have decent voices, but they all seemed better suited for group work than for soloing.  At any rate. I'm pleased to have been mistaken.

The video is kind of unusual for K-pop videos, in that BabySoul doesn't appear in it at all.  Usually the opposite is true - the videos are so performer-centric that no other people appear.  It suited the song, though - I found myself wondering what the guy was waiting for.  Did he know she was coming back, or was he just hoping?  For that matter, is she coming back?  Once the English subtitles are available, I'll probably have a better idea, but for now all I've got is questions.

Also, if the comments to the video are accurate, BabySoul also wrote the song herself, so hats off to her for that.  (It could be my imagination, but K-pop idols writing their own songs seems to be becoming more common, particularly in solo and subgroup releases.)

(As for Lovelyz, their last comeback at "Lost N Found" on November 26 of last year, so they're due for a comeback but not overdue.)

Tonight !!!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:03 am
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We will be live on the air, and streaming tonight at 7pm central time!

Today in Charity Shops

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:13 pm
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Have you ever woken up from a nightmare? The clammy feeling of cold sweat on your skin, soaked through your bedsheets. The near-darkness of a moonless night. And as your breathing slows, you're almost ready to tell yourself that everything is okay, it was only a dream. And then you look up. And you see this.

A red fascinator.
This fascinator is only £4.99. Just don't turn your back on it, unless you've got plenty of blood to spare.

Thanks to dorothy_notgale for assistance with this horror.

Another damp day

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:09 am
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Air temperature 43 F, wind NE gusting over 25 mph, light mist or drizzle for the newspaper walk. We may see the sun again on Thursday . . .

O sons and daughters

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:44 am
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Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
Read more... )

Of green sky and blue oceans

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:45 pm
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This article about different perceptions of color by culture, jumping off from the Homeric texts that describe wine-dark seas and cornflower hair, got me thinking about the language and perceptions of color in Korean culture that I had almost given up on expressing in English. Korea has no native word for "green," you see, but rather uses "blue" to describe the sky, the forests, and the ocean alike. We had to borrow the Chinese word for green in order to separate it out linguistically, so it felt weird to have Korean characters who don't even know Chinese to think of and use the word "green." On the other hand, I thought, it would feel odd for English-language readers to see forests and leaves described as "blue." For that matter, Koreans call hair with a slight brown/yellowish sheen "yellow" which would call to mind blond hair for many English speakers but is actually still dark brown hair. But hey, if Homer can get away with wine-colored seas, why can't I ha ve blue forests and brown yellow hair, right?

I've been perforated!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:02 am
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(I wanted to use "I've been shot!" as the subject line, but people panic so easily these days.)

Yesterday I learned a new German word, "Gürtelrose." I wanted to tell my German conversation group about my getting a shingles shot, and I suspected "Schindeln," the word for roof shingles, wasn't the right one. The disease, according to my iPad's dictionary, is called "Gürtelrose," literally "belt rose."

It was the second of a 2-shot series which the new Shingrix vaccine requires. CVS was a little sneaky in not telling me a second one was required till after I'd paid for the first one. The first cost $170, the second $150. It's not pocket change, but I can afford it.

Whether it was worth it is another question. I've read that the disease hits 1 adult in 3, but this sounds unlikely. Here's a more detailed and plausible breakdown, which gives a 1 in 5 lifetime probability. The good news is that Shingrix showed a high efficacy rate in trials.

How bad is shingles? It's not life-threatening, but descriptions say it's very unpleasant. The shot was an intramuscular one and still hurts the next day, but the disease must be a lot worse. The Mayo Clinic says it often manifests as "a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso." That would explain "Gürtelrose."

I'm not dissatisfied with my decision, just thinking about it. I hope no one here thinks it's "anti-vax" to weigh costs against benefits.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:20 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!

Reset the war clock

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:59 am
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 Category 4. Single event. So far as we know.

baby steps in gardening

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:08 am
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Before I do anything to the garden (thank you for the suggestions, [personal profile] batwrangler!), I'm going to see if I can keep a moss terrarium alive:


The paper tag stuff is the care instructions, which I'm leaving in place as a good-luck keep-it-alive talisman??

I apologize for the hideous tablecloth. We got it as an emergency tablecloth when we were in temporary housing after the flood, and a tablecloth that isn't hideous. I have petitioned for a non-hideous tablecloth.

The origami crane art coaster is from a set that was a housewarming gift from my sister. :D

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