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([personal profile] lovelyangel Sep. 24th, 2017 05:37 pm)
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Corvallis Fall Festival

Maybe this is a new annual thing for us! Jenni and I repeated our 2016 Autumn Day Tip with a followup visit to the Corvallis Fall Festival. But as always with Jenni and me, it’s not so much the destination as the extended time that she and I get to chat. We could have done that anywhere. Still, participating in a special event just adds more fun.

At 10:00 am Jenni arrived at my house while I was putting my things in the car – so we were immediately ready to jump in and take off. It was a breezy, conversation-filled drive to Corvallis. My parking fairy opened convenient street parking just two blocks south of Central Park. It was 11:30 am.

As per plan, we walked over to Block 15. As if to celebrate our return, the waitress coincidentally seated us at the same table we had last year, tucked away in a corner upstairs. We were delighted.

Block 15’s Oregon Country Beef Burger was so good last year that I eagerly reordered the meal. I couldn’t decide on fries or the beef barley soup – so I got both. I ended up taking most of the fries home for an evening meal. As before, everything was delicious.

Lunch at Block 15
Lunch at Block 15
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I think it was about 1 pm when we finished lunch and began our return walk through downtown Corvallis. (I didn’t take any notes this year, so I can only guess on times.) We returned to the Starbucks at SW 4th & Madison, where Jenni got a drink; she also got cash from an ATM. From there we walked back to my car to drop off my takehome container of fries – and also my Icebreaker vest. The weather forecast was 60°F with a high of 66°F under partly sunny skies – but Accuweather and buddies lied. Bright sun. Not a cloud in the sky. I was dressed too warmly. During the week I’d been fighting the onset of a cold and had been uncharacteristically chilled, so I dressed conservatively. I should have worn short sleeves.

We walked up to the festival and did all the loops. The festival advertises 160 vendors, so it takes a couple of hours to get through the whole thing.


The festival has a nice variety of artisans and craftsfolk. Lots of impressive jewelry. Interesting photography (but nothing I’d put in my own house). Unique fabrics and clothing. Other facinating scupltures, paintings, and mixed media works. Jenni and I had a wonderful time absorbing the mix – as well as talking with the artists. Jenni bought some gifts for her friends, but I was much less noble.

Early on we happened upon one of my favorite ceramic studios, STILLFire Pottery. This year they had a number of bowls in sizes I wanted, so it was difficult to show restraint. I limited myself to three bowls – a convenient soup bowl and a small snack bowl in my normal blue/white style… and another shallow bowl similar to the dark one I bought last year. I love these bowls! I think my favorite is the soup bowl.


STILLFire Pottery Bowls

Sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 pm we headed back to the car. It was an easy jaunt from SW 7th St (where I had parked) over to SW 9th St. Unlike last year, there was no home football game this year, so we had no problems at all with traffic. I took SW 9th to 99W, and we again took the scenic route from Corvallis to Independence to Salem to Woodburn.

And like last year, we stopped at Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores and did some shopping. Neither of us make it down to Woodburn often. The day continued to be sunny and warm – just around 70°F – so walking was extremely pleasant.

When we were finished shopping, I took us home. We were back by 6:40 pm. We had talked non-stop the entire day, and I could have gone on for hours. I was energized. But we did have a lot of things to get done for ourselves over the weekend and had to stop sometime. My rare days with Jenni bring me great joy, and I savor the memories – and am still smiling a day later.
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([personal profile] sartorias Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm)
I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.
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Wes Anderson unveils the trailer for his new stop-motion movie, Isle of Dogs. Three years after his last film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and eight years after his first animated feature, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson now tells us the story of the young Atari Kobayashi, as he's discovering an island populated with abandoned dogs. The release date of the movie Isle of Dogs is scheduled for March 23, 2018.



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R: [chess partner] lost one of my black bishops from the chess set last weekend.

Sam: You should go to the thrift store and find something cool to replace it with! That’s how you get a really unique chess set.

R: So you’re saying his mistake became….a mistakapportunity? 

Sam: Of the millions of words that I thought you might say when you paused, mistakapportunity didn’t even make the list.

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Mexico City Rocked by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake, Weeks After Devastating Temblor:

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Please take time this Sunday to donate to help our neighbors recover from the devastating earthquakes and hurricanes.  This charity has a 4 star rating and spends its money on the ground. And if you cannot spare any funds, please reshare.

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([personal profile] guppiecat Sep. 24th, 2017 11:01 pm)

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The weight of parenthood is a lot lighter when you’re upside down.




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([personal profile] billroper Sep. 24th, 2017 05:27 pm)
Although I am not a dotard. Trust me on this.

So I got the new Behringer X-Touch Extender and that meant that I had to rewire the whole connection, because I had connected the original X-Touch controller using MIDI, but you can't daisy chain the extender to the original unit using MIDI. I tried the Ethernet connectivity without success and eventually decided to wire it together via USB.

Of course, I did not have the right cables. But I did have a USB extender cable that I could use to make the connection reach from the X-Touch to the computer and then I could daisy chain the extender via USB off the back of the X-Touch. No problem.

Except that it worked, well, intermittently. I finally managed to get everything working and went back upstairs, planning to do some more mixing when I had time.

(This was made more complex by having to do a massive restore to my system to get it working again after the Windows 10 Creators Update broke everything audio-related. Plugins? Ha! We don't need no stinkin' plugins. Yeah, the heck we don't.)

Time passed. Way too much time.

I come downstairs to mix today. I fire up Cubase. I discover that there's an update. Fine. Load it. Start Cubase.

Crap. The X-Touch duo wake up, but none of the controls work, although the faders will move if I move the faders on the MixConsole. This is sort of the glaring opposite of what I want to have happen.

So I mess around with this for about 45 minutes, plugging, unplugging, swearing. Nothing is helping.

And I look and I realize that there is a box sitting on the edge of the console labeled "Amazon Basics". It contains the 16 foot USB cable that I had bought to replace my jerry-rigged cable collection. Apparently, I had dropped it off down here at some time in the intervening months, but had not actually bothered to connect it.

Well, I can connect it now.

And after a power off, power on cycle, everything appears to be working.

Yes, Gretchen, apparently all things can be fixed by One More Cable (TM).

*sigh*

You know, I prefer it when my technological devices just work...
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This furry star of "Menswear Dog" site really "know" lots about of all kinds of men's fashion trends, ranging from stylish Ralph Lauren ties to vintage wool blazers. Styled with chic layers and accessories, he certainly knows how to pose in a dramatic fashion. Take a look at the collection below and if you like it, you can follow it on tumblr.



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([personal profile] lovelyangel Sep. 24th, 2017 01:57 pm)
Edelweiss CD/DVD
Edelweiss CD/DVD

On Saturday I received an order from CDJapan – the Edelweiss CD/DVD performed by 17-year-old singer Asaka. “Edelweiss” is the ED song for Centaur no Nayami. I’ve already added the song to several playlists and have updated one of the music CDs in Ava. The B-song is “Unfulfilled Butterfly,” which isn’t a bad song, but I’m not interested in adding it to any playlists.

The case included a small booklet with photos and lyrics to the two songs on the CD. Because the CD included both the Japanese and English versions of “Edelweiss,” both sets of lyrics are included.

The DVD (region 2) had the “Edelweiss” music video and a 10-minute short on the making of the video. The video was rather low budget, low tech – and it had the quirkyness of those sorts of productions. Both videos were fun to watch, though.

Once in a while I get a surprise treat on these orders. I did not pre-order this CD, and when I ordered, CDJapan said the First Press bonus – one of five different photos – was no longer available. But my case included a first press photo. Cool!

The full song has been posted to YouTube: Centaur no Nayami Ending Full - “Edelweiss”
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([personal profile] redheadedfemme Sep. 24th, 2017 01:54 pm)
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

5 of 5 stars

This book definitely falls into what I would define as High Concept. It can be summed up in one sentence: "What happens after Skynet/the Terminators/the Cylons win the war?" 
 
No, folks, there isn't a plucky band of humans who defeat the machines. When this book opens, the war has been over for thirty years, and humans have been extinct for fifteen. (Although that sounds a bit suspect to me--there's no one left in the heart of the Amazon jungle? In the Himalayas? In the far north of Siberia? Maybe if there's a sequel, we'll find out.) That's part of what makes this book so unique: all the characters (except in the flashbacks) are robots. They're built by humans, of course, programmed to serve humans, and thus have a great deal of human-like behavior. But in the end they are artificial intelligences--alien beings--and in many subtle ways, this book makes that clear. They have their own culture, history and world.
 
C. Robert Cargill is apparently also a screenwriter, and I can see a rough three-act structure in the way this novel is written. The first third of the book introduces the characters and begins the worldbuilding; the second act is a little quieter, allowing for quite a few philosophical debates about the nature of intelligence and free will; and the third act starts with a jaw-dropping reveal of backstory which turns everything our protagonists thought they understood about themselves and their world on its head. From there the tension and action is ramped up mercilessly, as our plucky, 'scuse me, grumpy and cynical band of robots faces off against one of two OWIs, "One World Intelligences" (just think of them as competing species of Borg, if you're into Star Trek) seeking to assimilate any remaining "freebots." Cargill's prose is clean and straightforward, and he damn sure knows his way around a firefight. (I don't know if this book has been optioned for film, but I wouldn't be surprised. Although the amount of CGI that would be required to film this story--since it would be kind of hard to use human actors, except for the sexbots--would be unimaginable.)
 
I've seen some people complaining about the flashback chapters, but I really liked them. Since this story turns the man vs. machine trope on its head, we need to know how we got here, and Cargill delivers. These chapters also illuminate our main character, Brittle, a caregiver bot struggling to survive, who is reduced to cannibalizing her fellow robots for parts. (Yeah, they think of themselves as male and female, mostly because they were assigned gender by their previous owners. This also highlights a limitation of the English language, as it would be hard to have a whole book of characters calling each other "it.") Brittle has a very nice character arc in this book, developing from a cynical, selfish scavenger to a badass willing to sacrifice her existence for a chance to defeat the OWIs. 
 
This is just a damn good story, and the philosophical and ethical underpinnings are the icing on the cake. 
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([personal profile] redheadedfemme Sep. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm)
Brimstone by Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest wrote one of my all-time favorite books in Maplecroft--the story of the infamous Lizzie Borden wielding her axe against slithery, slimy Lovecraftian horrors. Besides her real-life heroine, Priest wove an exquisite tapestry of real people and places. 
 
Now she's done it again with this book.
 
Brimstone is set in the real-life town of Cassadaga, Florida, the "Psychic Capital of the World," according to Wikipedia, and features its actual founding father, George Colby. (Although I doubt very much that gentleman really ran up against the hateful, witch-hunting, firestarting revenant pictured here.) The town is a character in itself, capturing the sights and smells and sticky subtropical heat of Florida wonderfully. (It sure doesn't make me want to live there, even before we get into the alligators and hurricanes.) Our two protagonists are Alice Dartle and Tomas Cordero, a budding medium and World War I veteran respectively. Alice heads to Cassadaga to liberate herself from her family, to stand on her own two feet and explore her psychic abilities:
 
I have some money, some education, and some very unusual skills--and I intend to learn more about them before I wear anybody's ring. If nothing else, I need to know how to explain myself. Any true love of mine would have questions. Why do I see other people's dreams? How do I listen to ghosts? By what means do I know which card will turn up next in a pack--which suit and which number will land faceup upon a table? How do I use those cards to read such precise and peculiar futures? And pasts?

I don't know, but I am determined to find out.
 
Tomas Cordero, on the other hand, is a damaged man, still trying to cope with his return from the war and the death of his wife. 
 
It never gets easier to say her name, but with practice and habit I can make it sound effortless. I can make it sound like I've fully recovered, scarcely a year since I came home from the front and they told me she was dead from the flu. She was buried in a grave with a dozen others, on the outside of town. Perhaps it was this grave, in this place--or maybe it was that grave, in some other quarter. No one was certain. So many graves had been dug, you see. So many bodies has filled them up, as fast as the shovels could dig. The whole world was crisscrossed with trenches and pits, at home and abroad. If the dead were not felled by guns, then they were swept away by illness.

It was just as well that I went to war. There was no safety in staying behind.
 
But when Tomas Cordero came back from the war, he brought something with him. Something dark and full of hate, that starts setting fires in the town where he lives. Something that Alice Dartle sees in her dreams. And when Tomas goes to Alice for help, he takes this something along with him, and unleashes it on Cassadaga. 
 
Tomas and Alice tell this story in alternating first-person viewpoint chapters. A writer has to have a good handle on her characters to pull this off, and Priest succeeds admirably. I particularly liked the fact that there was no romantic relationship between her two protagonists (though there is a hint of romance at the very end, between Alice and someone else). This allows both Tomas and Alice to have their own backstories, desires, and agency, and doesn't cast either one as dependent on the other or on their relationship for their presence in the narrative. Establishing both these people takes up a bit of space at the beginning of the book, which some readers might view as slow. I thought both characters were interesting enough that I didn't mind, and in any case when Tomas gets to Cassadaga the book picks up. 
 
In the end, this is a story about the power of love, and community, against the power of hate. It is a thoroughly delightful tale.
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 24th, 2017 09:39 pm)

As our flight was not until after lunch, this morning after we'd packed and put our luggage in store we went to the Hipolit House: more historical domestic interiors, plus exhibition on the actress Antonina Hoffman and on theatre/acting more generally in C19th. Rather interesting.

Of the journey, not a great deal to be said except for the enormous distances walked within airports.

Anyway, ome agen.

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([personal profile] lovelyangel Sep. 24th, 2017 12:53 pm)
Kana Iijima
Kana Iijima
Tsurezure Children, Episode 12 (Season Finale)

Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Tenshi no 3P! (Angel’s 3Piece): Episode 11
Another awful episode… but I guess I’ll see this through to the finish line. At least there might be (cutesy) songs next week.

Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life): Episode 12
Another poorly paced episode. Lots of talking separated by crude action. The ending to the arc was just meh. Akine capturing all the demons without notifying Yūshi in advance was simply dumb and random. Miura’s second attack in the Art Room didn’t make any sense because Tashiro should have been the target, not Yūshi. This entire arc was a muddled mess, and I’ll be happy when this series is over.

Isekai Shokudō (Restaurant to Another World): Episode 12 (Season Finale)
This was a pleasant and interesting episode, with Artorius trying to prevent Alexander from meeting with his granddaughter, Adelheid, although they later crossed paths anyway. And it was nice seeing other characters we’ve known from previous stories. The surprise was finding out that Tenshu (“Master”) is the grandson of one of the four Legendary Warriors. This series has been so episodic that it’s no wonder there was anything special done to mark the end of a season.

New Game!!: Episode 11
Much better than last week! Drama involving Tsubame and Nene was a reasonable story with good resolution and signs of improved bonding. Umiko has become a more appealing character this season, also. I suspect the drama around Kou is overblown (more misunderstandings, I’m guessing).

Tsurezure Children: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
The soccer tournament at sports day was unexpected and funny. Then the last half of the episode focused on two couples – Kana x Chiaki and Chizuru x Takurō. Both couples went through scenes that made my heart ache… but I was so delighted when there were dramatic turnarounds at the end. Tears of joy! This was a superb ending note for the first season of an ongoing series. I really, really want a season 2!

Mahoujin Guru Guru: Episode 12
For some reason the story seemed more focused and interesting this week. Plus there was a grand reunion of characters. I liked this episode.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 25
The new arc begins… field trip to Kirigakure. We all know that this is trouble – but what else can you do to make drama in “peacetime?” This episode was mostly setup for the upcoming conflict.

Yōkoso Jitsuryoku Shijō Shugi no Kyōshitsu e (Classroom of the Elite): Episode 11
I’m glad the story didn’t get bogged down in last week’s conflict and instead introduced additional problems. And at the end we were granted a piece of the puzzle, but I can’t tell who is behind that. Class A? Looks like it’s time for Kiyotaka to save the day.

Gamers!: Episode 11
Well… I thought our two couples might have a chance to get things back on track at the RPG amusement park… but then Konoha messed everything up by forcing Chiaki into the mix. What a mess. (My favorite comment at Crunchyroll: “freaking Konoha... I wish Orochimaru could have destroyed you when he had the chance…”) The animation went off-model a few times also. The problem with the series is that the ratio of wins to misunderstandings is low, and the forever cycle of misunderstandings is starting to get tiring. It appears that the season will end next week with stuff still up in the air – because the light novels are all about perpetuating misunderstandings. I’m losing enthusiasm.

Konbini Kareshi (Convenience Store Boy Friends): Episode 12
Another horribly paced and directed episode… dragging out the Mashima-Mishiki story… not helped much by Mishiki being unconscious though most of the episode. (And, hey, if someone is unconsicous in a hospital bed for days or weeks – and then wakes up – shouldn’t the first thing you do is get a doctor or nurse?) The only really surprising thing was the twist with the twin sister… but that just means there’s more to untangle once Mishiki is back on her feet. This series has ended up being terrible. One more week (month, storywise), and we can put this snail out of its misery.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 37
The final battle in the final exams… and given that it invoved three of the most powerful characters at the school, the spectacular explosiveness of the battle was not surprising. The trick to the battle was whether or not Katsuki and Izuku could work together. This battle was a captivating end to the final exams.

Centaur no Nayami (a.k.a. A Centaur’s Life): Episode 12 (Season Finale)
No creepy government oversight this week… just two normal (for this show, anyway) high school stories – an RPG story and an arm-wrestling contest. Both stories were amusing, playing on the character traits of the students. The writers didn’t even try to give this episode the feel of a season ending. That’s probably reasonable given that this is an ongoing slice-of-life series with no overall story.

Knight’s & Magic: Episode 13 (Season Finale)
Appropriately, the Big Battle took place in the season finale. Our team won, of course, and the action was as over-the-top as was expected. In the best of fanfic tradition, the Ikaruka was able to best the overpowered Vyver. I liked that Kid was able to be the one to save the Queen Eleonore – stationed only as a plot device, I think. Not surprisingly, the major villains all survived to fight another day, as the Light Novel series is still in progress. Looks like the foundation is set for Kid x Eleonore and Ernesti x Addy. I’m good with that. Overall… a ludicrous series that was fun.

Manami Mitama
Manami Mitama
Centaur no Nayami, Episode 12 (Season Finale)

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Caribbean Hurricane Maria & Irma Relief Fund:

Please take time this Sunday to donate to help our neighbors recover from Hurricane Maria and Irma. This charity has a 4 star rating and spends its money on the ground. And if you cannot spare any funds, please reshare.

This will be 1 of several organizations I will highlight today.

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([personal profile] lovelyangel Sep. 24th, 2017 12:43 pm)
Shiraishi
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Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge, Episode 4

Finally! January 30, 2018. Sentai Filmworks is finally going to release Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless) on home video. The price difference between the Standard Blu-ray release ($52.49) and the Premium Blu-ray release ($97.49) I think is excessive, given the listless extras that Sentai is providing. (Sentai is not very good at premium boxes.) Even though I love the series, I’ll probably just get the standard release.

By the time the series is available on home video, 19 months will have elapsed since the end of the season. Feels longer.
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([personal profile] kass Sep. 24th, 2017 03:36 pm)
(Okay, that is not actually our kitten's name, but I use it sometimes anyway, because.)

Today we had our third bath, and this time it went well!

The changes were Z's idea... )

I feel unreasonably proud of this. Kitten bathing: achievement unlocked!
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