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Aug. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm
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I finished this recently (alas!) and I enjoyed it all. There were some duff episodes and things, but overall it was pretty great and a fun, cheering thing to be watching, and as it's an ITC thing, it should be reasonably accessible, or at least more so than most of my ancient British things.

I'll make a proper post about it, but I went YouTube hunting and came back with these, which I think give a pretty good idea about what it's like:

Cut for embedded vids )

So, that was an enjoyable show for the summer! I will do a proper intro post sometime.

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Aug. 20th, 2017 08:19 pm
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I may be a bit sweary behind the cut.

Teen Wolf 06x13 )

Just saying.

Talking Meme #7

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:02 am
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(I found this lurking unposted on my Dreamwidth. I wrote it on April 1st; I don't know why I didn't post it. I suppose a Talking Meme would be no fun if it didn't take me all year to get through it!)

For the Talking Meme, from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue: What are your favourite Dumas film adaptations?


I thought this was pretty funny for a minute, as I have only ever actually watched one Dumas film adaptation, and then I eventually remembered that I have in fact seen the 2011 Three Musketeers as well. I suppose I could also count the endless 1980s cartoon version, Dogtanian and the Muskehounds, but it's obvious that there's no competition here. Also I've never seen a Dumas film that isn't The Three Musketeers, so it's really not as if I'm an expert.

Anyway, my favouite out of this *cough* wide line-up is clearly the 1970s Richard Lester films. When I saw them first, I'd just read the unabridged English translation instead of the cartoon and the abridged Puffin version and decided it was one of my favourite things ever after all and that I would never watch an adaptation because no adaptation would get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book, and then my Dad made me watch this and while it alters some things, it does indeed get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book exactly right, and the cast are hard to beat: Michael Yorke, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, Oliver Reed, Racquel Welch, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Christopher Lee and Charlton Heston.

Cut for graphic )

I have some quibbles about some things, maybe, and obviously it would have been nice if the director had actually paid the actors for two films instead of one, but it still wins easily out of all the three and a bit Three Musketeers adaptations I have seen.

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Aug. 20th, 2017 02:02 am
aris_tgd: Shadow ships, "We could tangle spiders in the webs you weave." (Tangle Spiders Shadows)
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I also successfully made from-scratch caramel and tempered chocolate.

So I feel pretty good about myself, even though I burned the first batch of cookies.

I don't have any pictures, but I plan on getting a few pics before they all get eaten.
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I always hope that the fog will be below the ridge so that the east side will be sunny, but the best I got between 7 and 9 am was drifting fog without wind. First I walked a quarter mile or so up Nimitz Way (in blowing fog). Very quiet; best birds were two fledgling ravens, or at least that's my guess given the fluffy feathers around their legs, with somewhat ratty head feathers, and the fact that they really didn't want to fly (though they finally did). Then I went down Inspiration Trail a quarter mile or so, just up to the junction with the track down to the power towers. I hoped for bluebirds but although I think I heard one, it wasn't enough to be sure. There was one mixed flock on the way down, but that was it, and I didn't have time to hang around to see if it would ever clear (hasn't so far). Best bird there was Townsend's warbler. So an even shorter list: )

Really, I just wanted to go out for a bit because I'm largely packed for tomorrow and don't want to spend all/em> day stressing about it. For that it was definitely worth going.

Cooking with Mom

Aug. 19th, 2017 11:45 am
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[ETA: I've been discovering errors and omissions in the family cookbook, in spite of years of checking and cooking from these recipes; mostly, we've all been going by memory and just checking details from the book. This is the questionable source we're both trying to deal with, below.]

going crazy days continue, trying to cook with Mom. She has been disinclined to answer direct questions for the past 20 years, but she used to teach cooking. She has never really taught me, though. And this morning, the question, while trying to make braciole together for the first time, is: Does the garlic get chopped into the fatback or get chopped and sprinkled on top of the meat in the layers of filling?
-- Yes.
So, it doesn't get chopped in?
-- It sticks up out of the spread anyway.
-- So it does get chopped in?
-- It all goes in layers.
-- So the parsley doesn't get chopped in?
--Like it says in the recipe (pointing to the cookbook; I have in my hand a larger printout of the cookbook page that I'm pointing to; we're both reading the recipe aloud, but Mom thinks her cookbook page is different from mine)
-- The recipe says chop pepper and parsley into the fatback. You told me to chop garlic and parsley in. Then you said it all goes in layers.
--It all goes in layers. It doesn't say chop pepper (both of us pointing to the recipe that says Chop pepper and parsley...)
-- So what about the breadcrumbs?
--the recipe has breadcrumbs
-- The recipe doesn't say what to do with the breadcrumbs; does it get mixed with the fat or go on top? And what about cheese, you had me grate cheese but there's no cheese in the recipe
-- there's cheese, in your hand
-- There's no cheese in the recipe. Does it get sprinkled on top or does it get mixed with the fat? Or with the breadcrumbs?
-- Yes. Just like the parsley and garlic.
-- (using visual aids now, holding up bowl of fat in one hand and tray with parsley and garlic in the other: Does THIS go into THIS?)
-- *great irritation* don't you want to know how I do it?

[U retires grumbling to room to find string to tie up braciole rolls with and type snarky post with garlic fingers]

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Aug. 18th, 2017 03:57 pm
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As I mentioned a while ago, after much anticipation, Rabbi Ethan Tucker and Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg's book Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law came out earlier this year. This book, in draft electronic form, has been much circulated among Open Orthodox connected people, so I've been hearing people talking about it for years. I read it and digested it slowly, because it's dense and thematically challenging, but finished it sometime during my travels last week.

The book is not prescriptive at all- it's not p'sak, an authoritative ruling on the questions it asks. It's a review of the halachic questions involved in a)Can women lead a prayer service? and b)Can women be counted as part of a minyan prayer quorum according to Orthodox Jewish law? It's not a simple question, and Tucker and Rosenberg write carefully to force the reader to think through all of the implications of the question.

In particular, Rabbis Tucker and Rosenberg take care to make sure halachic decisors do not reach the right end (which for them is clearly a reformulation of Jewish ritual practice that creates more space for women to participate equally) for the wrong reasons. For example, some prominent halachic decisors offer rulings that appear sympathetic to the egalitarian position, but which emerge from sexist understandings of a woman's capabilities and role in the community. One might be tempted to say "Oh, the Ran says this is okay, he's a Torah gadol, we have support to do what we're doing," but if holding by the Ran's position means affirming a sexist idea about women, that may undermine the egalitarian effort altogether.

Or a leniency on letting women participate may implicate other unintended consequences we wish to avoid. For example, such a leniency may exist in a statement about the participation of both women and minors in a service- we may wish to let women participate but continue to limit the participation of minors, and using this particular leniency would not allow us to do this.

A third set of such cautions applies because many of the restrictions Rabbinically applied on female participation in prayer services are in the name of kavod tzibbur- the honor of the synagogue community. This is a general sense the medieval Rabbis had that allowing women to lead services diminished the honor of the synagogue for some reason- there are various post-hoc theories about what the reason is, whether it's because it makes the men of the congregation seem uneducated, or because women are seen as inherently sexualized and impure, or something else. There is also a long body of Rabbinic literature that says that a community can waive a restriction about kavod tzibbur because of some other conflicting communal need... i.e. if a community only has nine men, some Rabbis say that they can waive kavod tzibbur in order to fulfill the minyan with a woman as the tenth. But, point out Rabbis Tucker and Rosenberg, waiving kavod tzibbur involves acknowledging the dishonor inherent in the act you're allowing. Thus to an egalitarian it's much preferable, though halachically more difficult, to establish that the act involves no breach of kavod tzibbur at all rather than waiving concern for kavod tzibbur. They offer some suggestions toward this end, arguing for example that women in the secular modern world are expected to participate equally in social institutions so that actually excluding them is a greater desecration of kavod tzibbur. This answer is not responsive to the medieval commentators who seem to think that the status of women as violating kavod tzibbur is not dependent on community context but is inherent in the shape of God's universe, but this position is clearly not uncontested.

I think I emerge from the book no more certain how the halacha should play out, but more certain that Orthodoxy needs to work harder to involve women in ritual. And I appreciated the way Rabbis Tucker and Rosenberg challenged me to think about the halacha in new ways and in deeper, subtler contexts. It's an unquestionably brilliant and important work.

8/18/2017 The Nature Area

Aug. 18th, 2017 12:47 pm
mrkinch: Erik holding fieldglasses in "Russia" (binocs)
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I started out not very early (I was the third car in the lot but the other two left while I was getting geared up!) under heavy fog and spent almost four hours walking up and down the Nature Area. Specifically ) It was so quiet! Even after the sun came out, there wasn't even the activity of Wednesday. Bird of the day was Swainson's thrush; at least two were making the 'drip' call between the boardwalk and Lower Packrat Trail, more calls than I generally hear this late in the season. Barely long enough to bother: )

But it was very beautiful, so have some pics of flowers and water. )

Links Post

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:19 am
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The Atlantic: Annie Dillard's Classic Essay: 'Total Eclipse' "Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him."

Reading that sentence is what convinced me to ignore this eclipse altogether. It's only going to be a 65% partial eclipse in Los Angeles, so why bother? To tell the truth, I'm more worried about our electricity going out. Apparently, we're supposed to shut off everything during the eclipse?

Longreads: Pregnant, Then Ruptured. After an emergency operation, Joanna Petrone considers the medical advances and legal protections that allow women to survive ectopic pregnancies.

More links under the cuts.
POLITICS )
NOT Politics )

Have a kitty picture.

3 kittens

Memeing

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:17 pm
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I heard a rumour that there's a meme where you find out what's your five most and least kudosed fic on AO3 and ponder about it. So I'm obv doing that. Get ready for a blast from the past!

Kudosing )

Femslash Exchange 2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:56 pm
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Hello, [community profile] femslashex creator!

I am nuts about all the fandoms, characters, and ships I've requested, so you really can't go wrong here. Feel free to disregard everything in this letter if you have other ideas. I hope you'll have fun!

Likes & dislikes )

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Aug. 17th, 2017 12:48 am
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hi does someone want to explain why in #dreamwidth
(12:42:01 AM) AlexSeanchai left the room (quit: K-Lined).
because if I did something wrong someone needs to fucking inform me, and if something else is wrong (I notice rodgort got the same treatment one second sooner) then let me flag it up for y'all who #dreamwidth IRC

ETA: I'm back in

Apropos of nothing

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:35 pm
aris_tgd: (shell beach)
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The random mer-people tail generator on springhole.net may be my favorite sketch prompt generator all day.
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Title: You Make Me Look Legitimate. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Check Please
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Rating: G
A/N: This is 100% [personal profile] dira's fault and I have the chat log to prove it. :P The title is from I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory by Kathleen Edwards, which is a wonderful country song about Canadian hockey.

Summary: Eric Bittle gets the call from the national team at 3AM.


2018 Olympics! )

8/16/2017 The Nature Area

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:26 pm
mrkinch: Erik holding fieldglasses in "Russia" (binocs)
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Left the car at 7:30 under high fog but without a jacket, walked up beside The Little Farm, into Wildcat View group camp and out through New Woodland group camp, up Pine Tree to Laurel Canyon trails, down Laurel Canyon Road, up to Jewel Lake and back on Upper Packrat Trail. I managed the two occasions of very high steps, but it's discouraging. Bird of the day was Wilson's warbler, there were so many! Feeding young, even a couple of songs. Where were the corvids? )

There was still water moving under the bridge at The Little Farm and even a trickle down Laurel Canyon, but the whole point of going to the Nature Area was to see whether, in mid-August, there is still water going over the dam at the north end of Jewel Lake. There is! No small amount, either; I could hear it from the other end of the Lake. Look! (16 sec vid) And here's a still pic of the Lake from the northeast corner: )

So nice. This time last year Jewel was little more than a stagnant pool.

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