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Things I’ve liked recently on the internet:

  • Just today I started listening to Iris Dement. I was raised on country music and can’t believe I missed her entirely til now. This one made me tear up– I feel like I know several people just now who are feeling diminished, but who mean so much to the people who love them.
  • An interview with Atul Gawande by economist Tyler Cowen that’s not in the New Yorker, so maybe you missed it? Has sound (which I haven’t tested) and transcript. I liked this bit:

COWEN: Do you feel you’ve underachieved in life?

GAWANDE: That’s a hard question. [laughs] I know objectively that it’s kind of ridiculous that I would think I’ve underachieved, and that I’m proud of all the random things that I’ve been able to be part of. But I bear a kind of chronic dissatisfaction and sense that I’ve got much more to follow through on than I’ve managed to. So yeah, I think “underachieved” is the wrong word, and yet I don’t feel I’ve achieved nearly enough, and that half of what I’ve achieved, I wish I could go back and fix.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:04 pm
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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[personal profile] bookherd and her entourage have returned to Virginia. I miss her terribly, even though I'm enjoying this slower, less-social pace of life. For example, I squandered the entirety of yesterday in reading fanfic on the front porch; it was delicious.

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I have spent at least three decades low-key convinced that bobby pins (aka hair grips) are a scam. It turns out that all this time I've just been attempting to use them upside down.

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I've signed up for [community profile] remixrevival, which is open for sign-ups through the 30th. Both art and fic are eligible.

Back when I first encountered remixing, I wanted SO BADLY to participate in one someday, but at the time I was only writing one-offs and could barely conceive of a future when I'd have enough work in a single fandom to qualify. Nowadays my catalog qualifies (and has for several years, although not in as many fandoms as my AO3 dash might first suggest), but the last time I signed up for a remix exchange I got snagged in some headgames about remixing itself, ugh. I'm hoping everything goes much more smoothly this time.

(And I also hope that lots more people sign up, so there's more cool stuff on offer to remix!)

Three Things Make a Post...

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:40 am
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
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...because my brain is too wiped to think of five things.
  1. [personal profile] bookherd and her entourage came to town last weekend and stayed with us. Among other things, we did this:

    Sparkler Bomb 2017 from Sanguinity on Vimeo.

  2. Also last weekend, I woke up to find that [ profile] nitefise-art made gorgeous art for Nostoi. I am giddy with delight. Look how beautiful that is.

    BTW, that's two-for-two on fanart for my 'dinosaur' stories. I don't think I ever mentioned it here, but [ profile] mommacabbit/[ profile] cephalopodqueen did a scientific illustration of the birdosaurs in Holocene Park. I grin and grin whenever I look at it.

    The making-of on those two pieces were very different, at least from my end: Cephalopodqueen consulted heavily with me, asking for my inspirations and references, while Nitefise-art went entirely their own way, revising the particulars of the scene for a bolder visual. I love both works entirely.

    While I'm on the topic, it really does seem to be "cracky premise + critter" that inspires the artists, at least where my stories are concerned. C.f. SPACE BEES by [ profile] language-escapes for THE BEST BEE FIC ON MARS. I have absolutely no complaints about this phenomenon -- if anything, it makes me want to write MOAR cracky-premise-plus-critter stories. Fanart is such a frickin' joy. :-D

  3. And a photo I promised [personal profile] scfrankles:

    A medium with an ectoplasmic bird on his head; from "Clairvoyance and Materialisation" (1927) by Gustave Géley
    from Gustave Géley, Clairvoyance and Materialisation, 1927
    (translation of L'Ectoplasmie et la Clairvoyance)

    The photograph is the inspiration for this scene in The Land of Mist:
    'The bird!' said an awestruck whisper. )

    Doyle says in his endnotes, about this photo and the seance report that went with it: "It would take the credulity of a MacCabe to imagine that all this is imposture."



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