Daily Happiness

May. 6th, 2016 12:11 am
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1. I didn't do much translating today, but I did do a lot of housecleaning, so I feel pretty productive.

2. I made yakisoba for dinner and now we have lots of delicious leftovers, too.

3. It rained a tiny bit tonight and there's supposed to maybe be rain tomorrow and Saturday. I hope we do get some more and for more than just a few minutes!

4. I've got such cute kitties!

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Du hangar à bateaux à l'état brut au loft familial ultra-pensé, l'écart est grand ! Sous le signe de la lumière et de l'espace, cette réalisation allie tradition et modernité sous les auspices d'une rigueur extrême. Mission improbable, qui a pourtant été menée à bien par l'architecte Christophe Ducharme sur le concept du cabinet Jean-Michel Wilmotte. --Dans la salle à manger au fond, tableau bois Pixels de mer de Christian Nesler. Au premier plan, entourant la table, chaises Galerie Oneninesixone, applique potence pivotante "Swivelling Lamp" de David Ennon, Tools Galerie, et nature morte signée Kevin Best. Sol en parquet de chêne teinté fusain.

I have a lot of interior design books. And I mean a lot. All of them are beautiful. I fall on them when they are new. Dip in and out, sometimes read from cover to cover, and always marvel over the images of stunning spaces. I try to imagine living in these inspiring homes and what it would be like to wake up every day in that city or that setting.

Dans un quartier populaire de l'Est parisien, d'anciens bureaux dénués de charme ont fait place à un spacieux loft au décor chaleureux et singulier, sur fond de briques et de béton brut. Un pêle-mêle d'idées et d'influences avec vue plongeante sur le Sud de Paris. -- Photo de Denis Rouve, bureau de famille, chaise "Tulip", Silvera, et guéridon Napoléon III.

A small corner is made significant through combining an antique desk, a shiny black Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen and a Napoleon lll side table, dominated by an imposing photograph.

Photograper Nicolas Mathéus, stylist Laurence Dougier, architect Antonio Virga

Modern Retro by Caroline Clifton-Mogg is not just a book about retro furniture, design and decoration. It’s a book about working twentieth century design into modern, contemporary interiors. Anyone interested in those wonderful pieces called Retro – not quite old but not quite new – will love exploring all of the different interpretations of mixing 1950’s furniture with classical, rustic, industrial, eclectic and colourful interiors schemes.

Habiller ses semblables, au sein de la maison de couture Christian Lacroix : il continue... Vêtir nos intérieurs : c'est nouveau ! Sous l'impulsion bienvenue de l'éditeur de tissus Designers Guild, Sacha Walckhoff signe une collection d'étoffes chatoyantes, fidèle à l'image de la griffe. Dans la cuisine, meuble syrien, chaises Bertoïa et Tolix avec coussins en “Riviera” de Christian Lacroix chez Designers Guild.

The kitchen is as surprising as the rest of the apartment, with the large, ornate and decorative Syrian cabinet here used as a commodious storage cupboard. The chairs around the table are from Bertoia and Tolix, and the cushions are by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild.

Photographer Jean-Marc Palisse, stylist Alix de Dives, designer Sacha Walckoff

The sleek lines, the simple shapes, are powerful arguments for including a retro piece in a contemporary room. Caroline Clifton-Mogg.

From explaining what exactly is ‘Retro’ the book moves on to exploring the different ‘interpretations’ with the use of case studies. Think lofty ceilings and architectural details as a launch pad for Classic Mode, rural farmhouses and bare brick for Rustic Reclamation, factory spaces and metal details for Structural Industrial, punchy hues for Colourful and just about anything else for Eclectic.

Du hangar à bateaux à l'état brut au loft familial ultra-pensé, l'écart est grand ! Sous le signe de la lumière et de l'espace, cette réalisation allie tradition et modernité sous les auspices d'une rigueur extrême. Mission improbable, qui a pourtant été menée à bien par l'architecte Christophe Ducharme sur le concept du cabinet Jean-Michel Wilmotte. --Dans la salle à manger au fond, tableau bois Pixels de mer de Christian Nesler. Au premier plan, entourant la table, chaises Galerie Oneninesixone, applique potence pivotante "Swivelling Lamp" de David Ennon, Tools Galerie, et nature morte signée Kevin Best. Sol en parquet de chêne teinté fusain.

A stripped-back dining room in which the retro pieces – chairs – can shine. On a floor of stained oak is the simplest of tables: Pixels de Mer by Christian Nesler. The vintage chairs are a classic shape of the 1960s, and the tableau is completed by a still life by Kevin Best.

Jean-Marc Palisse, stylist Alix de Dives, architect Christophe Ducharme, designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte

There is a grace and fluidity and also a flexibility in twentieth-century furniture and furnishings, so it is perhaps no surprise that the different elements of the style all work so well together, as well as with pieces from other periods. Caroline Clifton-Mogg.

Armed with such a wealth of inspiration you can then move onto the details that count. The furnishings, lighting, textiles, surfaces and decoration, that all contribute to an interior that make up the whole.

Adopter les habitudes estivales en mode de vie principal, c'est le pari réussi d'Anouchka et Laurent Colin, qui ont installé famille et planches à dessin à Oléron. Le couple d'architectes décorateurs a choisi d'habiter et de travailler dans une "grande oléronaise du xIxe siècle", loin de l'agitation du continent. --Commode patinée par Anouchka, applique années 50, cadres réalisés à partir d'anciennes portes récupérées.

Vintage shapes from the 1950s – the patinated chest of drawers and the upholstered chair – are linked by a soft turquoise colour on chair, glass and picture frames. 

François du Chatenet, stylist Pascale de la Cochetière, architects and designers Anouchka and Laurent Colin

And finally living spaces, eating and dining spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms are all explored room by room in detail.

Modern Retro Jacket FINAL R_.indd

Modern Retro: From Rustic to Urban, Classic to Contemporary by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, published by Jacqui Small (£30)

Hedgies

May. 6th, 2016 07:00 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Hedgehog photograph by Alamy

It's Hedgehog Awareness Week, sponsored by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. I adore hedgehogs, so here is some of my favorite pieces of hedgehog art. (The artists are identified in the picture captions.)

Hedgehog art

"Artistotle says that hedgehogs can foretell a change of wind," writes mythologist J.C. Cooper, "and accordinly 'shift the outlook of their earth-holes.' Pliny and Aelian go further, maintaining that hedgehogs have two holes, North and South, and block one or the other as the wind changes. Other beliefs were that the animal  uses its spines to take the shock if it falls from a height, also that it collects grapes on its spines by rolling on them, then takes them home for winter storage. Plutarch says he had seen this done, the creature 'looking like a bunch of grapes shuffling along the ground, so thickly covered was the animal with its booty.' The Beastiaries used this belief to illustrate 'finding the True Vine of Christ,' though the act of stealing the grapes was 'the Devil robbing men of their souls' -- in general in Christianity the hedgehog depicted the Evil One and evil-doing.

"In early times the hedgehog was generally a symbol of the Great Mother, but in particular it was the symbol of the Sumerian Ishtar. Irish lore associated the hedgehog with witches who could take its form to suck cows dry. In China it also had a sinister reputation as one of the Five Animals [along with Fox, Weasel, Snake, and Rat, sacred but not to be trifled with]."

Hedgehog art by Rima Staines

Hedgehogs play a more postive role in the fairy tale tradition, where they appear as Animal Guides, Animal Brides/Bridegrooms, and revenants of wise and gentle nature.

Hedgehog art

Hedgehog art

In Slavic tales in particular, notes Margaryta Golovchenko, hedgehogs are the keepers of knowledge and order and embodiments of magical power:

"The Slovenian duhovin, for instance, is a version of the bewitched child, possessing special abilities and qualities, and appearing with the body of an animal such as a snake, hedgehog, or raven.  And, in the Soviet animated film Ezhik v tumane /Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), Hedgehog is the bridge between the conscious and the dream world, evoking sympathy from the audience as they watch him lost in a thick mist, chasing after the mirage of a white horse in the clouds.

Hedgehog art

Hedgehog art

"Perhaps the infrequency of hedgehogs in other cultural stories speaks to a unique characteristic of Slavic culture -- the stereotypically cold exterior of the Slavic people gives way to a wise and kind nature. Initially, the hedgehog’s kind personality might seem difficult to find under his intimidating façade. For the persistent reader who takes the time to discover more about him in Slavic tales, however, the hedgehog serves as a reminder that wisdom, kindness, and courage come in various forms."

Hedgehog art

An illustration from Foxwood Tales by Brian Paterson

Hedgehog art

Hedgehog art

Hedgehog art

Hedgehog art

The J.C. Cooper quote is from Symbolic & Mythological Animals (HarperCollins, 1992). The Margaryta Golovchenko quote is from an essay published by Tiny Donkey/The Fairy Tale Review (March, 2016). All rights reserved by the authors & artists.

Weekly Reading

May. 5th, 2016 08:28 pm
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
I am reading several things! Like, actively!

It took me a while to get into a book after finishing Cuckoo Song because I had been so into that that it was hard to start something new and nothing really called out to me. But I just picked a book on my iphone at random the other day and that was Hiromi Goto's Half World. I remember seeing a lot of recs for it years ago, but I didn't remember anything about it at all. I read the prologue and then a few day passed and I didn't do any reading, but then last night at the hospital I had nothing to do but read, so I ended up reading almost half of it! I'm enjoying it a lot and will definitely be checking out other books by the author. (I think I have one on my iphone already.)

I also just started reading one of my library books today, Christopher Emdin's For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood. I had seen this somewhere online just a few days ago and then when we were at the library there it was on the new non-fiction shelf, so I picked it up. I just read the intro so far, but it seems interesting. Although I'm usually slower with physical books than ebooks, I really want to read this before I have to return it in two weeks, so I'm going to try and read every day.

Mangawise, I'm not reading anything right now, but I am reading my backlog of Bob's Burgers issues. I do enjoy these comics, though I don't think they're quite as good as the show (for one thing, they focus only on the kids and while the kids are my favorite characters, I like Bob and Linda and other adult characters as well and like the more integrated stories of the show).

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Ore Monogatari!! vol. 11, Koi-iji vol. 3, and Musume no Iede vol. 4, all of which were awesome. It was nice to have Musume no Iede to go into after Koi-iji, when I was feeling like I needed more Shimura Takako. Oh, also a single-volume manga called Cake wo Kai ni by Kawauchi Haruka. No idea where I picked this up, but it was cute. A bunch of one-shots linked by a local bakery.

I also read two Homestuck fics, In Which Dirk Strider Tries And Mostly Fails To Contain His Internal Dialogue, As Usual by [archiveofourown.org profile] LandOfMistAndSecrets and coming out of the closet and i've been doing just [archiveofourown.org profile] paradoxmachine, Dirk-centric and Dave-centric, respectively, both written and set after the end of the series. I especially enjoyed the former, though the second one was good, too, if a little more in need of editing (either the author originally wrote it in second person and changed it or is used to writing in second person and kept slipping, because there are a lot of places where it randomly changes from third person to second).

What do you think you'll read next?
I don't knooooow. Bookwise, I probably won't finish what I'm on before the next post, and mangawise, I am feeling a bit adrift right now. I might focus on going through my comic backlog some more after Bob's Burgers.

Savoury Buckwheat Granola

May. 5th, 2016 11:42 am
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Say hello to your salad’s new best friend. This jar of mustardy granola has become a total game-changer in our kitchen. And if you are like us and often mix leftovers into quick salad bowls, you are soon going to realize its potential. The granola has the most delicious flavour and adds a superb crunch to all types of salads. We don’t see this as a salad topping but instead a filler that you can use instead of cooking a batch of rice, quinoa or millet or whatever you normally use to make something simple and green into a more substantial meal. The granola is also great with soups (perfect for gazpacho!) and on top of grilled feta cheese or on a savory yogurt bowl. There are doubtless lots of other uses that we haven’t tried yet, but we surely will during the summer.

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Savory granola might not be an entirely new concept, but it is a great one. And this recipe is a real winner with tones of mustard, orange zest, thyme and rosemary. It also has an incredible crunch from buckwheat groats, nuts, seeds, rolled rye and oats. So give yourself 10 minutes to mix the ingredients together, shove it in the oven and then use it on almost anything. You can thank us later

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To help you get started, we are also sharing a quick little baked feta cheese recipe and a crunchy green salad which both are optimal paired with the granola. The feta cheese is almost too simple. Bake a block of feta cheese for 10 minutes on 200°C / 400°F, then switch up the temperature to max and turn on the broiler for just a few minutes. Drizzle with olive oil, fresh herbs and a generous sprinkle of savoury granola. We usually serve the cheese as a side dish to share on the table. An extra drizzle of honey will make it even more special.

The salad is a bit of a mash-up between a salad and a slaw. Thinly sliced vegetables and pears are mixed with lettuce, drizzled with a yogurt dressing and then covered in granola. Win!

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Savoury Granola – Salad’s Best Friend
Makes 4 cups / 1 litre
You can of course add or replace any of the seeds, nuts or flakes with what you have in your pantry. If you are looking for a slightly lighter granola you can replace some of the oil with water. Dry spices could also be added instead of the fresh herbs.
Dressing: 
1/2 cup / 125 ml olive oil
2 tbsp grainy mustard
1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
zest from 1 orange 
1-2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme (leaves only)
1-2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary (leaves only) 
salt and pepper 
Dry ingredients: 
1 cup / 100 g rolled rye flakes (or just oats, if you are sensitive to gluten)
1 cup / 100 g rolled oats
1/2 cup buckwheat groats 
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 
1/2 cup sunflower seeds 
1/2 cup hazelnuts
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add all of the dry ingredients to the bowl. Use you hands or a spatula to toss the dry ingredients in the dressing until all is coated. Bake for about 20 minutes or until crunchy and golden, stirring the granola halfway through to prevent it from burning. We usually add some extra herbs after it is baked but this is of course optional. Store in an air-tight jar in room temperature for up to 4 weeks.
Fennel and Pear Salad with yogurt dressing
Serves 4
1 butter lettuce, leaves gently torn
1 cucumber, sliced into rounds
1 fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced 
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 romanesco or 
broccoli, thinly sliced
2 pears, thinly sliced 
2 tbsp olive oil 
Yogurt dressing
3/4 cup / 20o ml yogurt
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 lemon, juice
a pinch of salt and a generous grind of black pepper
Prepare all the salad ingredients and place them in a large salad bowl. It’s easiest to use a mandolin to get thin slices. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine. Stir together the yogurt dressing in a small bowl. Serve the salad on 4 plates, drizzle with yogurt and top with a generous scoop of granola.

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PS. In case anyone is wondering, the salad plate was a real bargain from a local ceramicist. Apparently it’s a bit uneven so we almost got it for free. A tip is to always ask for their “damaged goods” if you want unique pieces and are on a budget. The apron is from Stone Cold Fox. 

Baby Bears All

May. 5th, 2016 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Yesterday I offered to buy John some nipple pasties, but before you judge, it wasn't for anything "weird." It was just to cover his nipples. 

You know, when he goes running. Because they hurt. His nipples, I mean. When he runs. I like talking. In short, choppy sentences. Like this.

Which just goes to show, well, everything except the nipples. But also that you should never make snap judgements on anything.

Take this cake, for example:

 

 At first glance, it's just a pink bear with a little black nose being shunned by three invisible, barefoot ghosts.

BUT, look closer, and you soon realize ...

SWEET BETTY CROCKER, THAT BEAR IS EATING A BABY!!

Which explains why the ghosts are shunning him, if you think about it. After all, eating babies is never something you want to encourage - is it, bakers?

Of course, after a fifth or sixth glance you might start to think that isn't a bear at all, but rather a knitted pink snow suit with an unfortunate child stuck inside...being shunned by three invisible ghosts. Which makes SO much more sense for a baby shower. o.0

Right, I take it back: in this case, a snap judgement really IS the best option. It's a bear. And I like men who wear pasties. Because I'm a weirdo. A fun, fun weirdo.

 

 

Thanks to Joy O. for being weird with me. But not in a weird way.

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The world wants "bigly"

May. 5th, 2016 11:55 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Back in February, we covered the whole Donald Trump big league → bigly business at length, and if you want details, go read that post: "Bigly", 2/26/2016.

But Trump continues to say things like

We're not going to lose, we're going to start winning again,
and we're going to win big league, believe me! [link]

And journalists, along with other members of the public, continue to hear him saying "we're going to win bigly" (70,400 hits in today's Google News index…).

The Guardian was already using bigly ironically in a photo caption back in 2014:

So I reckon that it's only a matter of time before bigly is hip, at least for a while. Maybe on Election Night, bars will invite customers to come "drink bigly", whether in celebration or despair.

But does bigly have legs? The world clearly wants to believe that Trump says it. And even if he loses the fall election, I doubt that we've heard the last of him.

 

From the archives: The Deepwood

May. 5th, 2016 10:33 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Foxglove

Today, as a glorious riot of wildflowers emerges in the woodland behind my studio, I'd like to re-visit a post from 2013 with wildflower lore in the picture captions. (Run your cursor over the images see to see them.)

"To understand the wild you must understand the wood," writes Robert Macfarlane (in his gorgeous book The Wild Places). "For civilization, as the historian Robert Pogue Harrison writes, 'literally cleared its space in the midst of forests.' For millennia, 'a sylvan fringe of darkness defined the limits of cultivation, the margins of its cities, the boundaries of its domains, but also the extravagance of its imagination.'

The Foxglove path.

"Although the disappearance of the true wildwood [in the British Isles] occurred in the Neolithic period, before humanity began to record its own history, creation myths in almost all cultures look fabulously back to a forested earth. In the ancient Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh, the quest-story which begins world literature, Gilgamesh sets out on his journey from Uruk to the Cedar Mountains, where he has been charged to slay the Huwawa, the guardian of the forest. The Roman empire also defined itself against the forests in which its capital city was first established, and out of which its founders, the wolf-suckled twins, emerged. It was the Roman Empire which would proceed to destroy the dense forests of the ancient world.

Wild woodland orchid

Wild poppies

"The association of the wild and the wood also run deep in etymology. The two words are thought to have grown out of the root word wald and the old Teutonic word walthus, meaning 'forest.' Walthus entered Old English in its variant forms of 'weald,' 'wald,' and 'wold,' which were used to designate both 'a wild place' and 'a wooded place,' in which wild creatures -- wolves, foxes, bears -- survived. The wild and wood also graft together in the Latin word silva, which means 'forest,' and from which emerged the idea of 'savage,' with its connotations of fertility....

Blue Sicklewort

Woodland cranesbill

"The deepwood is vanished in these islands -- much, indeed, had vanished before history began -- but we are still haunted by the idea of it. The deepwood flourishes in our architecture, art and above all in our literature. Unnumbered quests and voyages have taken place through and over the deepwood, and fairy tales and dream-plays have been staged in its glades and copses. Woods have been a place of inbetweenness, somewhere one might slip from one world to another, or one time to a former: in Kipling's story 'Puck of Pook's Hill,' it is by right of 'Oak and Ash and Thorn' that the children are granted their ability to voyage back into English history.

The magic of dogs

"There is no mystery in this association of woods and otherworlds, for as anyone who has walked the woods knows, they are places of correspondence, of call and answer. Visual affinities of color, relief and texture abound. A fallen branch echoes the deltoid form of a streambed into which it has come to rest. Chrome yellow autumn elm leaves find their color rhyme in the eye-ring of the blackbird. Different aspects of the forest link unexpectedly with each other, and so it is that within the stories, different times and worlds can be joined.

Oak elder

"Woods and forests have been essentialt to the imagination of these islands, and of countries throughout the world, for centuries. It is for this reason that when woods are felled, when they are suppressed by tarmac and concrete and asphalt, it is not only unique species and habitats that disappear, but also unique memories, unique forms of thought."

Tilly in the woodsThe passage above is from The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane (Granta, 2007); all rights reserved by the author. I highly recommend all of Macfarlane's books,  as well as his lastest article on the importance of Britain's wild space.

Daily Happiness

May. 4th, 2016 11:23 pm
[personal profile] torachan
1. I actually got off work at pretty much the normal time, which is like, uheard of on Wednesdays. I could get used to this (but I probably won't have a chance).

2. We went to the ER tonight because Carla has been having really bad shoulder pain. They took some x-rays and gave her some painkillers and told her to set up an appointment for an MRI, so hopefully that will work out. The doctor said he thought it might be bursitis, but who knows. The ER wasn't crowded at all and while there was a lot of waiting, it wasn't as bad as I'd feared, which was nice.

3. I got almost half a book read while waiting!

4. I have tomorrow off! I was already looking forward to that, of course, but today was a really long day so I'm looking forward to it even more now.

5. I've got this cutie Chloe here!

Inspirational PLA Video

May. 5th, 2016 01:55 am
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Posted by Victor Mair

[The following is a guest post by Mark Metcalf, a retired Naval officer and adjunct Lecturer in Chinese Literature at the University of Virginia.]

One of the joys of being semi-retired is having the luxury of being able to chase the occasional squirrel that appears in my field of view. This morning one of those squirrels appeared in the form of a South China Morning Post article:

"‘Just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill’: China’s military tries to woo young recruits with slick video featuring rock and rap soundtrack" (5/4/16)

After watching the toe-tapping video I was intrigued (i.e., the squirrel), found the lyrics online, and translated them (i.e., chasing the squirrel).  A copy of my (rough) translation is appended below, as are the source URLs.  Note that the video in the SCMP article is missing the last 20 or so seconds so a link to a complete version is provided.

FWIW, my favorite lines of the lyrics are the seemingly incongruous: "Even if a bullet passes through my chest, my mission is still engraved in my heart".

I hope you find it interesting/entertaining. And, as always, your comments, corrections, and other insights are welcome.

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Video

Lyrics

来自空降铁拳的《战斗宣言》

“Combat Declaration” of the Powerful Striking Force from the Sky

Our task always on our mind 脑子里 永远有任务
The enemy always in our eyes 眼睛里 永远有敌人
Our duty always on our shoulders 肩膀上 永远有责任
Enthusiasm always in our chest 胸膛里 永远有激情
War can happen at any time and we’re always prepared! 战争随时爆发,我们随时准备着!

In the scorching sun or in moonlight we remember this cry 烈日和月光给我记住这种呐喊
I see my unshakeable brother arrive to lift gale force winds and billowing waves 看我铁 打的兄弟来了掀起狂风巨浪
Wherever we go we leave behind iron and steel strength 踏过的足迹留下钢铁的力量
One after the other solid chests in full battle array 一个一个坚实的胸膛时刻全副武装

Helmet on tight and cartridge belt fastened securely 扣紧你的钢盔勒紧子弹袋
Wearing combat boots and desert camouflage maintains my combat status 穿上战靴沙漠迷彩保持作战状态
Two arms swinging take me forward. Two legs striding move me ahead 双臂摆动向前带 双腿阔步朝前迈
An attitude of vowing, come hell or high water, to carry the revolutionary cause into the future 誓入刀 山火海的姿态继往开来

Time waits for no one as a life-or-death crisis has obviously already arrived 时不我 待生死关头显然已经到来
Orders As inviolate as mountains, see warfare always urgent 号令如山看金戈铁马一直迫不及待
Let your reputation shine. Bring out your mettle. 亮出你的招牌 拿出你的气概
With a willingness to face any danger, once again be accountable for justice 用万死不 辞再给正义一次交代

Are you afraid? (We’re not) Are you afraid? (We’re not) 你们怕不怕(不怕)怕不怕(不怕)
Wait and engage the enemy when the order is given (Kill. Kill. Kill.) 只等一声令下(杀杀杀)
Relying on innate loyalty and courage once again to shock 用天生的忠肝义胆再一次震撼
For our honorable peaceful brothers (Risking all!) 为了光荣的和平兄弟们(拼啦)

Even if a bullet passes through my chest 就算子 弹穿过我的胸膛
My mission is still engraved in my heart 使命依 然刻在我的心脏
Training from the central plains to the borders 从中原练到边疆
We can fight. We can be victorious. 能打仗 打胜仗

We constantly follow the Party’s order 时刻听从党的指挥
We defend our nation’s honor 国家尊严我们捍卫
A fighting force serving the nation with unreserved loyalty 精忠报国的拳头部队
Bearing the brunt. Who else but me? 首当其 冲 舍我其谁

Morale arises unbridled. A furious look flaring up. 士气疯狂上涨 杀气火冒三丈
Impregnable moral integrity. Confidence arising from belief.骨气固若金汤 底气源自信仰
Courage grasping opportunity. Righteousness tramples geographic advantage. 勇气攥 紧天时 正气踏着地利
Like a sickle and hammer we are merged into one. 就像镰 刀和锤头我们紧紧合二为一

(Peaceful Army) We are bodyguard for the motherland.(和平之师)我们做祖国的卫士
(Mighty Army) We are the teeth of a ferocious tiger.(威武之师)我们是猛虎的牙齿
(Cultured Army) Carrying forward an age-old history.(文明 之师)弘扬悠久的历史
(Righteous Army) Holding high the invincible banner.(正义之师)高举战无不胜的旗帜

Train troops a thousand days. (Thousand days) Actual combat a thousand times. (Thousand times) 练兵千 天(千天)实战千遍(千遍)
The confrontation is unavoidable so I dare to reveal the sword. (Reveal the sword) 狭路相逢所以我敢亮剑(亮剑)
I dare to do what must be done; in the army there is no joking. 敢做敢当因为军中无戏言
This is the pre-combat declaration.这是战斗前的宣言

Undergoing countless trials and repeatedly experiencing toughening 通过层层的考验经受一遍遍的历练
That flowing blood and sweat of the past is transformed into a bolt of lightning 那些曾 经流过的血和汗化成一道闪电
An unceasing and repeatedly flashing conviction. A continuously reinforced chain.不断频 闪着信念 不断加固这锁链
Surely your can hear that mighty sound! 气吞山河的声音你一定听得见

(Called upon at any hour. Able to fight when called. Certain of victory when fighting. Kill!) (召之 即来 来之能战 战之必胜 杀)

Do what to the switch?

May. 4th, 2016 06:11 pm
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Posted by Victor Mair

Quick! What does it say?

This comes from an anonymous reader, who found it while searching here for a Chinese character font for their iPad and asked: "Is this another do/dry error?"

References:

Now that you've made your choice of readings for what to do to the switch on the turntable, here are some additional references to consider:

[Thanks to Ben Zimmer]

A Dartmoor Beltane

May. 4th, 2016 05:36 pm
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Posted by Terri Windling

Beltane 1

Since one of the underlying themes of Myth & Moor pertains to folklore in art and life, the folkloric celebration of winter's end here in Chagford seems right on topic. Last year, we held a public May Day Procession, and a  grand green time was had by all  -- but we haven't yet got enough volunteer organizers to run a public event every year, so the next one is scheduled for 2017. (If you're local, mark your calendars.)

In order to keep the thread of the ritual aspect of May Day unbroken during this inbetween year, a few of us gathered in a quieter way to call the Jack and the Obby Oss in from the wild -- marking the end of winter with pipe and drum, poetry and prayers, with mischief, mead, and merriment. Here is a taste of the day: a story in pictures, folklore come to life.

Beltane 2

The Obby Oss emerges from the trees, to be welcomed and smudged, or blessed, by the smoke of white sage......and then the whole gathering is smudged as the Oss enters our circle.

Beltane 2

Beltane 3

Beltane 4

The piper plays, a drumbeat sounds, and three women in green (representing the goddess of spring in her triple aspect: crone, maiden, and mother) lead a simple Beltane ceremony, addressing the human and more-than-human communities that share the land. I won't go into the ceremony itself, for mythic things are also private things in this and many other sacred traditions -- but it involves gratitude for life, re-balancing oneself with the rhythms of the natural world, music, and laughter. Always laughter -- for as the Hopi in Arizona say, no ceremony can properly begin until somebody has laughed. Joy and ribaldry are a part of life too.

Beltane 5

Beltane 6

Beltane 7

The ceremony is simply, short, and includes everyone in the gathering, from the youngest, strapped to her mother's back, to the oldest of a family in which three generations are present.  Then the Piper breaks the circle...

Beltane 8

...leading the way over a stream...and through a gate...

Beltane 9

...and up the slope of a field full of sheep. Lambs frolic on the hill, or chase their mothers bleating for drinks of milk, reminders of spring's fertility, new life, and new beginnings.

Beltane 10

Beltane 11

The Obby Oss leaps and frolics too,  jaws a-clacking and bells a-jingling. The sheep and lambs give him wide berth. Sometimes he's a frightening creature, and sometimes comical and rather endearing.

Beltane 12

Beltane 13

We crest the hill and turn on to a village street, the pipes leading the way. The street is quiet and only a few come to their doors to watch the Oss dance by, spreading the "luck of the May" from house to house with every jingling step. At the outskirts of the village is an old stone barn. The Horned Man stops, opens the door, and the raggle-taggle parade goes through...and out another door into a field, where the Beltane fire stands ready.

Beltane 14

But first, before the evening festivities begin, the ceremony must be properly closed off: with prayers,  the ritual passing of the mead, and the formal thanking of the Oss. He disappears into the trees and won't be seen again until next year.

Beltane 15

Beltane 15b

And then the Beltane "need fire" is lit.

Beltane 16

Beltane 17

Now the merry-making begins! Shared food is spread over tables decorated with jars of flowers from the woods. Beer, wine, and homemade mead flow freely (May Eve is a drunken affair by long tradition), while friends and neighbors catch up on village news, children play on an outdoor trampoline, dogs chase balls through the grass and stormclouds threaten but never break.

Howard returns from the Otherworld where he'd been transformed into the spirit of the Oss. He is wide-eyed, exhausted and sweat-soaked, his faced still blackened by masking chalk; the transition takes time, and while he's in it, he's a creature of the In-Between.

Beltane 18

The willow frame worn by the Jack in the Green sits empty by the fire, crowned with leaves. Last year a frame like this, worn by our Jack, was entirely covered in greenery, then burned in the fire at the end of the event. This year, the frame acquires its greenery and flowers bit by bit. All are invited to decorate the Jack; all are invited to be the Jack. A bare winter wreath hangs on the frame, and each of us ties scrolls of paper to it with green ribbon and string, containing all the things we wish to leave behind as the old season turns into the new. The wreath will be burned at the tail end of the night, and all our old troubles with it.

Beltane 19

A group of drummers gathers by the fire to play for all who dare to dance the Jack. Howard is one of those drummers but he's also eager to to dance the Jack himself -- so he passes the drum, enters the frame, lifts it up (it's heavy!), and tap-dances his way around the fire like a leafy Fred Astaire.

Beltane 20

Beltane 21

Jason removes his horns to have a go. He was the Jack for the public parade last year, strong enough to carry the frame with ease...

Beltane 22

Jason heading around the fire, Pig (he dog) behind him

...but women too are dancing this year. Here's Sarah, dancing with joy...

Beltane 23

And Rowan...

Beltane 23b

And Susie...

Beltane 24

Beltane 24b

And even Susie's daughter. Too small to lift the frame by herself, but fiercely independent, she sits inside the Jack for a spell and then crawls out, satisfied.

Beltane 25

Andy, our piper, takes a turn, and when he's halfway around the fire he brings his wife, Nomi, and their child into the Jack and the three of them dance together.

Beltane 26

Alan Lee takes a turn around the fire...

Beltane 27

....and then his daughter Virginia does as well. One by one, throughout the evening, everyone who wants to dance the Jack takes part, helped into the frame by Sarah and Ruth, spurred on by the drumbeat and our cheers.

Beltane 28

Beltane 29

I'm still convalescing from a serious illness, and I know I cannot lift the Jack; I content myself with watching and cheering, though I really want to dance. Howard can tell (he knows me well), so he pulls me up to take a turn. "We'll do it together," he says. "I'll be your strength."  And so I dance too.

Beltane 30

Beltane 31

And now the story must end, for although the celebration carried long into the night, I didn't last much past dusk, and those starlight tales are not mine to tell.

Today, the sun is bright and it's warm at last. It finally feels like spring. Did we really drum up this glorious weather? Magic isn't as direct as that. Magic is the warmth that binds friends, neighbors, and the living earth together...and that's the luck of the May.

Beltane revellers, human and canine

Beltane 33

Hawthorn tree in bloom


        Drumming Winter Away
         by Jane Yolen

        Boom, da-boom
         the brrr of the year,
         the burring of skin
         stretched ear to ear.
         The grin of spring,
         the ground of spite,
         the rise of fern,
         the shortened night.

         The well-ruled month,
         the lengthened day,
         less time for sleep
         more time for play.
         The pearling buds,
         the shafts of green,
         the fuzz on trees,
         as twigs all preen.

        The waft of perfume
         in the air,
May blossoms on the hawthorn         the warp and weft
         of spring weave there.
         Boom, da-boom,
         we beat the drum
         for spring to come.
         For spring to come.

 

Beltane 34The photographs here were taken by David Wyatt, Susie Violette, Jason of England, Suzi Crockford (the hawthorn tree) and me. The poem by Jane Yolen is copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.

Too cool!

May. 4th, 2016 03:33 pm
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Posted by Victor Mair

I suppose it's been around for at least 5-10 years, but I just encountered the expression "tài shuǎng le 太爽了" in the English informal sense of "cool!".  With 409,000 ghits, it seems to be fairly widespread, though not all of those ghits are to the informal sense of the English word (see the numbered items below for a variety of other meanings for this expression).

The construction "tài ADJ le 太 ADJ 了" means "too ADJ".  By itself, shuǎng 爽 traditionally has meant "bright, clear; fresh, bracing", and so forth.  As for how it morphed into the English informal sense of "cool", there is a disyllabic word, liángshuǎng 涼爽 ("cool; refreshing; exhilarating") from which it might have been adopted / adapted.

But shuǎng 爽 ("cool") has a formidable competitor, which I think was circulating even earlier in the Sinosphere, namely, 酷 (meaning "wonderful, neat, great" in youth speak), which is a direct transcription of English "cool".  This 酷 ("cool") comes with an ironic twist, since it originally meant "ruthless, cruel, oppressive; extreme", etc.

As to which is more au courant, it's hard to determine in a definitive way, since their usage seems to vary considerably depending upon geographical and demographic criteria.  Some correspondents tell me that shuǎng 爽 ("cool") is more popular than 酷 ("cool").  And there are all sorts of other subtle nuances involved, which are apparent from these responses:

1.

I do believe  "太酷了" and "太爽了" have different meanings. For example, when you are drinking a glass of iced beer in the hot summer, you may say "太爽了" but never "太酷了".

"太爽了" is used to describe a subjective experience or a feeling, usually from food or some kind of recreation. For example, "xiàxuě tiān pào wēnquán shízài shì tài shuǎngle 下雪天泡温泉实在是太爽了" ("to soak in a hot spring on a snowy day is really refreshing").

"太酷了" is used to describe not only an activity but also the actor. If I see you are surfing, I may say "Professor Mair 太酷了", and you may say "Surfing in the summer 太爽了."

[VHM:  transcription and translation of the sentence in the second paragraph are by me.]

2.

I think 爽 was originally used by Taiwanese guys and has a sexual connotation. I was corrected by Taiwanese friends and they suggest me not to use it as a decent lady :-). I think it's widely used by those who don't know this implication.

酷 is used more, as it's very close to English "cool." But I cannot be sure about this.

3.

爽: the speaker's feeling

酷: the speaker's comment on another subject, either a person or an object/event; not used to describe the speaker himself

If you really want to say simply that something is "cool" temperature wise, meaning "neither warm nor very cold", use liáng 涼, which has not yet been colored by the informal connotations of English "cool".

[Thanks to Rebecca Fu, Jing Wen, Jiajia Wang, Yixue Yang, and Fangyi Cheng]

May The 4th Be Wrecky

May. 4th, 2016 01:00 pm
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Posted by The CW Team

 

"Dude, he was JUST HERE."

 

 

 

Though strangely, the sound effects are still the same.

 

 

 

 

 

SO SINISTER.

 

 

 

 

"I find your lack of unicorns... DISTURBING."

 

 

Maybe farce with unto you be Jen D., Rebecca F., Mihkaila, Ellen H., Peter R., Ralph J., Amber D., Heather P., and Mandi B.

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Political epistemics

May. 4th, 2016 10:52 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Several people have asked me about how the various U.S. presidential candidates use various indicators of epistemic status. It's easy to calculate word frequencies as a proxy, so here are some numbers from this season's debates. I've tallied feel words (feel, feels, felt, feeling, feelings), think words (think, thinks, thought, thoughts, thinking), and believe words (believe, believes, believed, belief, beliefs). And I've included Ted Cruz and John Kasich, although they're no longer viable candidates:

It seems that everyone does more thinking than feeling or believing; and overall, the Democratic candidates are doing (or at least talking about) more thinking than the Republicans are. Here are the numbers — as usual, the first of each pair of numbers is the count, and the second one (in parentheses) is the frequency per million words:

feel(s)+felt+feeling(s) think(s)+thought(s)+thinking believe(s)+believed+belief(s)
CLINTON  17 (298)  359 (6299)  83 (1456)
CRUZ  3 (92)  59 (1807)  33 (1011)
KASICH  4 (139)  102  (3546) 51  (1773)
SANDERS  7 (138)  278 (7463)  11 (217)
TRUMP  17 (414)  181 (4410)  52 (1267)

Although I've included all the various wordforms in each word family, this is mostly about the bare verbs:

Sanders Clinton Trump Cruz Kasich
think 260 347 162 51 96
thinks 5 0 2 5 0
thought 10 7 8 3 5
thoughts 0 0 0 0 0
thinking 3 5 9 0 1

And not all of the word instances are used to express the epistemic status of a proposition, but most of them are. Thus of Bernie Sanders' 260 instances of think, 205 come from "I think", and 25 more come from things like "I don't think", "I certainly think", etc. And for Ted Cruz, 45 of his 51 instances of think are from similar contexts.

It seems plausible that Ted Cruz's overall low rate of think-word usage reflects training as a debater or as a lawyer to make statements without epistemic qualification. This may work with judges and juries, but apparently it's not as effective with voters.

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Sukochev Roman's (Leolik) patched NotifyOSD PPA adds extra features on top of the Ubuntu NotifyOSD notifications, like closing the notifications on click, option to move the notifications to a different screen corner, configurable colors for both the notification background and text, and much more.

Ubuntu configurable notification bubble

The PPA was updated recently with packages for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.

Features:
  • change notification position: top-right, middle-right, bottom-right, bottom-left, middle-left and top-left;
  • close notifications on click;
  • enable/disable fading notifications on hover;
  • change the size of various NotifyOSD notification elements, such as the notifications vertical and horizontal gap, icon size, notification width, corner radius, etc.;
  • change notification text and background color, and opacity;
  • change font size, weight, margin, opacity, etc.;
  • the NotifyOSD Configuration tool also allows saving and restoring custom notification settings and restoring the defaults.

Leolik's patched NotifyOSD doesn't come with a GUI to change the notification settings but there's a tool developed by Amandeep Grewal, called NotifyOSD Config, that can be used for this. Since the NotifyOSD Config PPA wasn't updated for Ubuntu 16.04, I uploaded it to the main WebUpd8 PPA.


Here's a quick demo showing Leolik's patched NotifyOSD with NotifyOSDConfig in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus):


(direct video link; for more videos, subscribe to the WebUpd8 Youtube channel)


Install the patched NotifyOSD and Notify OSD Config in Ubuntu


The instructions below should work with Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10, 15.04 and 14.04.

1. Add Leolik's patched NotifyOSD PPA, update notify-osd, install libnotify-bin (for testing the notifications) and restart notify-osd:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:leolik/leolik
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install libnotify-bin
pkill notify-osd

2. Install NotifyOSD Config by using the WebUpd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install notifyosdconfig

Once installed, open NotifyOSD Configuration from Dash and tweak the NotifyOSD notification settings to your needs. To test the settings, click the "Apply" button and a test notification which uses the new settings should be displayed.

Note that by default, the notifications will use the old color settings (dark grey instead of using the Unity Dash color). To get the patched NotifyOSd to use the Unity Dash color, in NotifyOSD Configuration, on the Bubble tab, enable "Use Unity Dash colour".

Daily Happiness

May. 4th, 2016 12:20 am
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1. We took a walk again tonight. We really got out of the habit of taking a walk every day, but I'm glad to get back into it. And it's such a nice time of year for evening walks right now, too. The weather is cool, but it's staying light late.

2. Work went so smoothly today, it was great! I actually left on time, which almost never happens on a Tuesday.

3. The other day at Costco we got a package of these mini chicken empanadas and finally made some up tonight and they are so good! And super easy, too, just pop them in the oven for like fifteen minutes and they're done.

4. We're almost done with season one of Rick and Morty. I laughed so hard tonight at so many things (I think Rixty Minutes is my favorite episode so far). I am just sad there's not more of this show out. For some reason I thought it had been on the air longer than two seasons.

5. Look at this cutie!

10 Of The Best Garden Benches

May. 4th, 2016 06:00 am
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Posted by deardesigner

Salcombe Wooden Painted Bench, £157, B&Q

Every garden should have a garden bench.

Preferably positioned in a sunny position with something beautiful to look at. A place to perch when you only have a few minutes to spare. Or somewhere to linger longer when you have time on your hands. A comfortable resting place that is there come rain or shine. Summer or winter. Beckoning you. It doesn’t have to be protected from the rain or hidden in the garden shed for months at a time. It needs to weather and age, and become a part of the permanent scenery. It needs to be a part of the fabric of the garden. A friend.

Metal Garden Bench, £198, Mia Fleur

Metal Garden Bench, £198, Mia Fleur

Some garden benches can be elegant and ladylike. Providing form and decoration and a pretty focal point.

Dunelm_Valentino Arch Bench, £129.99

Valentino Arch Bench, £129.99, Dunelm

Some go even further and can be a support for fragrant climbing plants. A destination at the end of a path.

Cuckooland_ Wave Garden Swing Seat, £1749

Wave Garden Swing Seat, £1,749, Cuckooland

Some can be a comfortable refuge from the sun on the hottest of days. A place to read. To think. To swing.

Homebase, Peru Ornate 2 Seater Wooden Garden Bench, £79.99

Peru Ornate 2 Seater Wooden Garden Bench, £79.99, Homebase

Add a pretty cushion and even the sturdiest of benches can be a place to relax and admire, and listen to the bees.

homesense_garden bench, £69.99

Metal Garden Bench, £69.99, Homesense

Many benches are a from of art in themselves.

Cuckooland_Alexander Rose Teak Lutyens Garden Bench, £585

Alexander Rose Teak Lutyens Garden Bench, £585, Cuckooland

Or a design classic.

Viva Lagoon -oxyo-weekend-garden-bench-£380

Oxyo Weekend Garden Bench, £380, Viva Lagoon

Some can add colour to a shady corner.

Salcombe Wooden Painted Bench, £157, B&Q [2]

Salcombe Wooden Painted Bench, £157, B&Q

Or a shabby chic air to a lovely old wall.

Radinka Metal Garden Bench, £275, Out There Interiors

Radinka Metal Garden Bench, £275, Out There Interiors

Some can lend an industrial vibe.

Rowlinson Rustic Seat, £169, Heritage Gardens

Rowlinson Rustic Seat, £169, Heritage Gardens

Or go rustic completely.

Which is your type of bench?

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As We Go Along (1908 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucifer Morningstar/Mazikeen/Amenadiel
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Amenadiel, Mazikeen
Additional Tags: the devil made them do it?
Summary:

Despite all the newly discovered good points to Amenadiel’s company, if he didn’t stop moping, Lucifer was going to have to kill him anyway.

Throwback Tuesday

May. 3rd, 2016 08:00 pm
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I’ve been organizing my archive and have been finding some shots I really love but haven’t seen in a while.

 

 

Over the next week or so I’ll post some more of these older images.

 

 

This one was shot during the New York City Marathon back in like 2004 or 2005 as I walked the route and shot the people of the different neighborhoods.

Indiana poll bears

May. 3rd, 2016 06:20 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Reader K.N. comments on a WSJ headline "Indiana Poll Bears Good News for Trump":

To my surprise, the article does concerns neither actual ursines nor pundits who feel Indiana polls will be worth less than they are now. It also fails to explain why people in Fort Wayne were cheering a glowing effigy of Mr. Trump (see attached scan of article, page A4 of the Monday, May 4 edition sold in Mobile, AL.)

The story (or at least the headline) doesn't seem to be on line.

The obligatory screen shot:

This Week in Fandom, Volume 7

May. 3rd, 2016 12:26 pm
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"Feel that" has been disappearing

May. 3rd, 2016 03:31 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

The recent flurry of posts on feel as a propositional attitude verb has, I now feel, buried the lede. Kids today may have started using "feel like S" with increasingly frequency in recent years. But their elders have apparently been abandoning "feel that S" ever since the middle of the 20th century.

The first clue was from MEDLINE:

The same trend is visible in Google ngram counts, though the overall rate is much higher:


The same pattern is visible in data from COHA, though again the rates are somewhat higher:


And U.S. Supreme Court Oral arguments 1955-2103 show the same pattern as well, though the base rates are higher still:

So today's youth are just filling the rational-feelings vacuum created by preceding generations.

The rest of the Rational Feelings series:

"Feelings, beliefs, and thoughts", 5/1/2016
"Etymological metaphors and meanings", 5/2/2016
"Feeling in the Supreme Court", 5/3/2016

[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
Q. Success through spandex?: I am a successful, work-from-home businesswoman who is an embarrassment to my tween daughter because I don’t look like the other moms at school. Specifically, I don’t wear Lululemon pants. She has asked me not to pick her up from school. How do I get my daughter to understand that her mom is a strong, respected, powerful woman whom she should be proud of? How do I get through to her that success isn’t defined by wearing the right brands but by having the respect of peers? Or should I just go buy myself a pair of Lululemons so she can have the respect of her peers?

A: This can’t be real. Can this be real? This can’t be real. And yet—anything that can happen … will happen. I have two suggestions: 1. Go full Auntie Mame and start picking up your daughter in ball gowns and ripped flannel and increasingly embarrassing costumes; teenagers can be painfully conservative, and this tendency ought to be gently teased right out of them. 2. Let her take the bus home. If she doesn’t like what the bus driver is wearing, she can try offering constructive criticism and see how other people welcome her input on their ensembles.

Wreck Busters!

May. 3rd, 2016 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

It's National Paranormal Day, which makes this an EXCELLENT time to check your bakery for paranormal activity, wreckerators.

"You're right; no HUMAN BEING would decorate cakes like this."

 

Just think, if you find any, you can blame your wrecks on ghosts! Which sounds WAY cooler than blaming "Pam from the deli," 'cuz lets be honest, that's not fooling anyone. WE ALL KNOW THERE'S NO PAM.

Twenty five years of being the virtual scapegoat. Bummer.

 

OK, first things first: get a bunch of friends together, turn off all the lights, and film each other screaming in the dark.

"Okay, who brought the dog?!"

 Then, when everyone's good and winded, head over to the bakery to start checking for ghosts.

 

Now, sometimes the signs are incredibly subtle, so be on the lookout for anything even slightly "off."

 

 

There are a few common symptoms of spectral shenanigans, though:

1) Bleeding Cakes

Well there's something you don't see every day.

 

2) DVPs, or "Distorted Voice Phenomena"

"I swear that's what they said on the phone!"

Ahh, it's the unexplained sponge migration all over again.
(You forget: I WAS THERE.)

MASS HYSTERIA.

 

3) Inexplicable Creepiness

Why?

 

Why??

 

DANGIT "PAM."

 

And hey, if any of you do see an actual ghost, I know exactly what to do:

GET HER!!!

And bring ice cream.

 

Thanks to Beth S., Lisa V., Carolyn, Jackie M., Marissa I., Victoria G., Cheryl C., Ana S., Brianne A., Rachel G., & Amy S. for picking up the phone and calling the prefessionals: WRECK BUSTERS.

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Feeling in the Supreme Court

May. 3rd, 2016 10:50 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

In a NYT Op-Ed a few days ago, Molly Worthen identified as "a broad cultural contagion" the "reflex to hedge every statement as a feeling or a hunch", and urged us instead to "think, believe or reckon". I countered that emotion has largely been bleached out of feel used with sentential complements — "feel that SENTENCE" has long been a standard way to present SENTENCE as the result of a rational evaluation of evidence. (See "Feelings, beliefs, and thoughts", 5/1/2016.)

In support of that view, I gave some examples from biomedical research reports in the MEDLINE collection, starting in 1974, the first year available from that source. Today, I'll give some examples from the U.S. Supreme Court.

From a sample of SCOTUS decisions, starting in 1930:

On the whole, we feel that, were the matter less clear than we think it is, on the words of the income tax law as applied to the situation in Washington, we should be constrained to follow the long and unbroken line of executive construction, applicable to words which Congress repeatedly reemployed in acts passed subsequent to such construction.

Freedom of debate might be stifled and independence of thought checked if jurors were made to feel that their arguments and ballots were to be freely published to the world.

But where the creditor goes beyond the practice of the parties under the original contract and tries to enforce rights never asserted against the other contracting party, and in addition tries to collect counsel fees exceeding 177% of the maximum amount claimed against the receiver who is attempting to salvage the assets for the benefit of the other creditors who have a substantial interest in the estate of the debtor, we can not feel that a court of equity is any place for him to press his demands.

Under these circumstances we do not feel that petitioner should be foreclosed from all opportunity to offer evidence before the Board on this issue, however remote may be his chance to take his case out of the Clifford rule.

From oral arguments in 1955, the first year in which SCOTUS oral arguments were recorded:

And therefore, we feel that the injunction prayed for by Texas under any conception of her rights would be ineffective and ineffectual because it would depend upon the will of a person who's not a party to the contract.

We feel that we are here in the protection of what we think is a very sacred right within the general concepts of the Fourteenth Amendment.

We think that that is purely a national subject, a subject which Congress should be allowed alone to deal with and therefore, we feel that the field has been preempted.

That is, I don't question the Government's records and I feel that his denial of those statements breaks down his own testimony here.

We feel that if the position of the respondents and of the majority of the Court of Appeals is sustained, the congressional purpose will be frustrated.

Some readers may feel that these example are not relevant, because there's a twist in Molly Worthen's argument. Although she objects to the idea of feeling rather than thinking, her examples focus on "feel like S" rather than "feel that S". The "feel like S" construction is both non-standard and on the rise, so that older speakers will be more likely to find it objectionable, and also more likely to interpret it as describing an emotional response rather than a rational conclusion.

Back in 1954, long before "feel like S" came into widespread use, Alice Hamilton complained about "the increasing rejection of 'believe' and 'think' in favor of 'feel'", and wondered whether this might "show that we accept the dictum of the newer psychology that all our decisions are based on emotion, not on thought" ("Words Lost, Strayed, or Stolen", The Atlantic, September 1954). 

Interestingly, a Google ngram plot of (feel that the)+(feel that he)+(feel that she)+(feel that it)+(feel that they) peaks in 1955, suggesting both that Dr. Hamilton was responding to a trend, and that she may have succeeded in commanding the tide to retreat:

(This is consistent with the previously-noted fact that "feel that" has been declining in MEDLINE texts from the start in 1974.)

plot of feel that he,feel he,feel like he illustrates that the "feel like S" construction, though rising, is still relatively rare in the published texts that are indexed, reflecting its informal and non-standard character:

Limiting the search to English Fiction somewhat undermines the view that Dr. Hamilton turned the tide, since in that collection the decline starts well before her article was published:

As for Dr. Hamilton's dig at "the newer psychology",  I noted yesterday that the same connection is implicit in the older philology:  think, believe, and reckon are etymologically connected to concepts of sensation, motion, and emotion, just as feel is ("Epistemological metaphors and meanings", 5/2/106).  Of course, there is also some newer "newer psychology" that points more precisely in the same direction…

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Oomox is a tool used to generate various color variations of the popular Numix GTK 2/3 theme.

Oomox

The tool features built-in presets, but it also allows changing theme colors individually, and it can even generate random themes. The themes generated using Oomox support GTK3, GTK2 and include Openbox and Xfwm4 themes.

Also, the latest Oomox 0.15, released a few days ago, includes initial support for Unity. What's not included yet is the ability to change the Unity theme image colors and as a result, the window buttons color used by themes generated using Oomox won't change in Unity (so the default Numix color will be used for this).

Oomox Numix
Monovedek Oomox preset (Unity / Ubuntu 16.04)

Note that Numix theme requires GTK 3.16 or newer, so the themes generated with Oomox require the same version.

As far as Ubuntu is concerned, Ubuntu GNOME, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu and Ubuntu (with Unity) are supported. Since it requires GTK 3.16 or newer, than means you need to be using an Ubuntu 15.10 or 16.04 flavor for the themes to work.

An easier way to change theme colors would be GTK Theme Preferences but unfortunately, this tool no longer works with some themes. For instance, in Ubuntu 16.04, GTK Theme Preferences can change both GTK2 and GTK3 theme colors for Ambiance and Radiance themes, but it doesn't work with the Numix GTK3 theme.

Here are a few more screenshots featuring themes generated using Oomox:

Oomox Numix
Oomox Retro/Excelsior preset

Oomox Numix
Oomox GNOME Noble preset

Oomox Numix
Oomox Monovedek preset

Oomox Numix
Oomox Tizix Dark preset

Oomox Numix
Oomox Retro/Next preset (Ubuntu GNOME 15.10)

Oomox Numix
Oomox GNOME Noble preset (Ubuntu 16.04 / Unity)

Oomox Numix
Oomox GNOME Noble Dark preset (Ubuntu GNOME 16.04)


Download and use Oomox


Arch Linux users can install Oomox via AUR.

1. Install the required dependencies

Oomox requires python3-gobject as well as the following executables: glib-compile-schemas, gdk-pixbuf-pixdata and sass, while Numix theme requires the Murrine GTK2 engine. xorg-xrdb and xmllint are optional.

Install them in Ubuntu 15.10 or 16.04 using the following command:
sudo apt install python3-gi libglib2.0-bin libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev ruby-sass libxml2-utils x11-xserver-utils gir1.2-gtk-3.0 gir1.2-glib-2.0 gtk2-engines-murrine

2. Download and install Oomox

You can download Oomox from HERE.

To download Oomox and install it into /opt/oomox/, you can use the following commands:
sudo apt install wget
cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/actionless/oomox/archive/0.15.1.tar.gz
tar -xvf 0.15.1.tar.gz
sudo mkdir /opt/oomox
sudo cp -r oomox-0.15.1/* /opt/oomox/

That's it.

To run the Oomox GUI, use the following command:
/opt/oomox/gui.sh

Using Oomox is very simple - select the preset you want to use (and optionally change the colors if you want to make your own custom Numix theme) and click "Export theme":


After the theme is generated, it should be available in the ~/.themes folder. You can use a tool like Unity Tweak Tool, GNOME Tweak Tool and so on to change the theme.

Report any bugs related to the generated themes to the Oomox GitHub page. If you think the bugs are Numix theme-related, report them to the Numix GTK Theme GitHub page.

Daily Happiness

May. 3rd, 2016 12:04 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. We took a nice little walk this evening. We didn't really have a destination in mind but ended up at the library and I got a couple books out, so I'm really going to try and read them before they're due back (they're both new books, so I've only got two weeks).

2. I got quite a bit of translating done and also finally got around to taking apart vol. 3 of Gunjo so I can scan it. I tried the hair-dryer method this time (using a hair-dryer to semi-melt the glue on the spine and then pulling the pages out) and it worked really well, so I'll definitely be doing that for any manga I need to take apart in the future.

3. Not like I need new projects, but...I have one? :D :D :D Last night I finished reading vol. 4 of Shimura Takako's Musume no Iede and was like, man, I love this so much! And I went to see if the scanlators ever did anything after the first volume and ended up seeing a note on Batoto from the typesetter that they were looking for a translator and someone to provide raws, and since I can do both, I contacted them and we're going to do it! So I'll be working on three manga by Shimura Takako simultaneously, lol. ^_^;;

4. We started watching Rick and Morty and are really liking it.

5. My mom came over for a bit today and Chloe was super into her purse! I don't know if it smelled like something interesting or it was just that it didn't smell like kitties and Chloe was really determined that it should smell like kitties now. Either way, it was hilarious watching her.

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May. 3rd, 2016 07:00 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Beltane, Chagford 2016

It's been such a busy weekend (a least for someone recently confined to bed) that I'm resting up from the holidays and won't be back to Myth & Moor until tomorrow. But here's a preview of what's to come: photos from our May Day / Beltane celebration, which was magical and merry and deeply folkloric. More anon.

Beltane, Chagford 2016

For drumming winter awayPhotographs by David Wyatt, me, & David again.

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