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Mom Is Having A Jurassic Lark

Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:00 pm
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Museum | NY, USA

(I am about four years old. My parents have taken me to the Museum of Natural History. We are going through the dinosaur exhibit and I am looking over a T-Rex skull placed on the floor and held in a large glass case. I am quite intrigued, my hands pressed to the glass as I looked at the skull.)

Mom: *leaning down behind me* “You know, you’d fit RIGHT in there.”

(According to my mother, I got very quiet and my eyes went wide.)

Another drabble post

Nov. 24th, 2014 06:04 am
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Posted as a second chapter to the first drabble post.

Communal.

Ship and Kalr Twelve discuss ratpiles. Except with humans. Sometimes I miss having pet rats. But then Beatrice jumps up and sleeps on me, and my rats never did that, and I wasn't small enough to crawl into their hammock with them.

First-person plural, indeterminate

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:55 am
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I've now encountered this interesting and unusual PoV in multiple works of fiction:

The narration is in first-person plural. It uses the pronoun “we” to collectively refer to a small group of ordinary humans. And it mentions each of the individuals in the third person, so the reader can tell that it's not just one specific person talking about the group.

The first time I consciously noticed this PoV was in Karen Joy Fowler's Jane Austen Book Club. (I wrote about that in more detail in a 2006 blog entry.) The second time was in an as-yet-unpublished story in a writing workshop earlier this year. And the third was last night, in Theodore Sturgeon's 1970 story “Crate,” which I read long ago without noticing the interesting PoV.

(There's also something pretty similar to that in a Zenna Henderson story, “One of Them”; the narrator is one of a group of five women, but she isn't sure which one she is. But even though it has a similar effect, that's not quite the same thing; she is one specific one of them. See my abovelinked entry for more about that story too.)

I went looking for more information about “Crate” and found that the Wikipedia entry for First-person narrative includes a list of first-person-plural works:

  • William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily.”
  • Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey's Cheaper by the Dozen.
  • Theodore Sturgeon's “Crate.”
  • Frederik Pohl's Man Plus.
  • Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides.
  • Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club.
  • Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End.

But not all of those are exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. In the Faulkner story, the “we” is the whole town; you could easily look at it as being from a specific not-named-in-the-story person's point of view. Cheaper by the Dozen is a memoir, so if you know the authors' names, you know which two specific kids they are. (But if you don't know the authors' names, then it does fit my category.) And I haven't read the rest of the works on the list, so I'm not sure whether they're quite what I'm talking about either.

I'm also told that the first section of Ed Park's Personal Days uses first-person plural, but I'm not sure whether it falls into my category or not.

So I'm curious whether any of you know of any other works that use this first-person-plural-indeterminate viewpoint.

Again, not talking about just use of “we,” which isn't terribly uncommon (and often appears in sf in contexts like an intelligence in multiple bodies); I'm talking specifically about use of “we” to refer to a specific group of individual humans, but where it's clearly not just one of the specific individuals talking on behalf of the group.

iPhone 6 Plus thoughts so far

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:42 am
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I bought an iPhone 6+, mainly because it's almost exactly the size that I've been wanting for an ebook reader for years.

I was nervous during the week between ordering it and its arrival; despite my attempts at making paper mockups, it seemed plausible that it might just be too big for me.

But when it arrived, it turned out to be a good size for me.

(Shortly after it arrived, I noticed that it was nearly the same size as another item, so I made a little movie about that. (30-sec video; you may have to turn up the volume to hear the sound.) That's on Facebook, but I think it's publicly viewable by everyone. If not, lemme know and I may upload it to YouTube or something.)

The 6+ is especially lovely for ebook reading. I compared iBooks on the 6+ to iBooks on the iPhone 5s and on the iPad mini; I found that (at a font size that's comfortable for me) the 5s shows about 120 words/page, the 6+ shows about 220 words/page, and the iPad mini shows about 350 words/page. Which means the iPad mini is very close to an average mass-market paperback in terms of words/page, but the device is wider and higher than a paperback, and it has much wider margins than a paperback (at least in iBooks). So the iPhone 6+ seems to me to be an excellent compromise for this purpose; about 2/3 as many words per page as a mass-market paperback, and fits easily in my pocket.

It's also lovely for showing Apple Maps or Google Maps on the car dashboard. For the past couple years, I've been using a ProClip modular dashboard mount; you buy a clip that's specialized for your car model and a mount that's specialized for your phone, and you attach them to each other. I like that well enough, but I just discovered the Kenu Airframe+, which is a one-piece and one-size-fits-all mount that attaches to most cars' vents and holds most phones, and can be carried around in your pocket. So that's my new favorite dashboard mount. And it shows the 6+ screen to excellent advantage. It gives me a small taste of what Tesla's giant dashboard displays are like.

I know that a lot of people have said the 6+ barely fits in their pockets, and a very very small number of people have reported the 6+ getting bent in their pockets. (Consumer Reports did some tests and, iIrc, found that the 6+ is less subject to bending than the 6 or the 5s.) For me, none of that's been an issue. It fits easily in my front pocket, and the way I walk and sit doesn't put any pressure on it that could bend it.

I've also seen several reviewers report that it's slippery and easy to drop. That hasn't been my experience at all. With both the 5 and the 5s, I dropped them for the first time within a week or so of buying them; with the 6+, I didn't even have any particularly close calls in the first two weeks. I've had several close calls since then, but I think have only dropped it once, out of my shirt pocket. (It does not fit comfortably in a shirt pocket, but I still sometimes carry it that way, around the house, for convenience.)

One reason that I may be having less trouble with it than some reviewers have had is that I don't normally try to do things like texting with one hand. A lot of iPhone operations are two-handed for me. I do sometimes hold it in one hand for ebook reading and probably some other tasks (I haven't kept close track), but when I do hold it in one hand, I don't normally wrap my fingers around it; the phone rests on top of four fingers, and I tap and swipe with my thumb. I think that was how I tended to use the 5s as well, but I'm not sure; it feels very natural and unconscious most of the time, so I'm not thinking about it a lot. That grip does mean it's hard to press the home button while holding it one-handed, though. It's also probably a less secure grip than wrapping fingers around it would be, but again, dropping it hasn't really been an issue.

Someone I showed it to suggested that it's almost more like a mini-mini iPad (an iPad micro?) than like an iPhone. I agree, and that's a lot of how I'm using it, to the point that I get a little unreasonably annoyed by the ways in which it doesn't behave like the iPad mini. For example, Google News in Safari displays the iPhone version (which I don't like) instead of the iPad version (which I do). So I'm still using my iPad mini for various things around the house; but I'm now even less likely to carry the mini outside the house than I used to be.

I had occasion to pick up my 5s again after a couple weeks of using the 6+, and was struck by how small it seems. So I guess I got pretty used to the 6+ pretty fast.

The one way in which the 6+ does still feel too big to me is when I hold it up to my ear to use it as a phone. That makes me very aware of its size, and a little self-conscious about it if I'm in public. But I'm getting used to that over time. And anyway, much of the time when I use it as a phone, I'm using it with earbuds or a headset, in which case holding it up to my face isn't an issue.

It's definitely not the right phone for everyone, and I'm still sad that Apple is now not serving the needs of people with smaller hands. But so far, it's a very good phone for me.

(Wrote most of this entry in early October, didn't get around to posting it 'til now.)

Fixing The Broken Pitching Process

Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:17 pm
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Submerged

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:37 am
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I’m underwater at the moment, and there’s no way I can get through a fraction of the backlog on my weekend tasklist.

The main problem I have at the moment is that in the previous two weekends I photographed two events – one for my church, and one for my family gathering. Both events took place indoors in bad lighting, and that makes processing of the photos quite difficult. Because I was so busy last weekend, the church event photos didn’t get touched, so they are now two weeks behind, and there are now requests to see those photos. Yesterday, though, I spent four hours processing the family photos, and I’m not even halfway through – so another four hours to go at minimum. Today, though I’m pretty busy – among other things I have to go to the office to work today... I need to get groceries and run errands... and tonight we are going out to Syun Izakaya to celebrate Katie’s birthday, which was last week. These are just a few of the items on the long tasklist.

Not surprisingly, anime is on hold today, and my weekly summary is postponed by a day or two.

If there is any good news, it’s that my bronchial infection seems to be gone. This is the end of week 5. Actually, it was really faint or nearly gone at the end of week 4. I actually felt like I was starting to get sick again yesterday, but I took some Zicam and laid low, and I seem to be OK today.

So in a moment I’ll be flying out the door to run errands. No rest for the wicked!
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iPhone 6 Home Screen

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:26 am
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Meiko’s Home Screen
Meiko’s Home Screen
My iPhone 6

It’s been More Than a Year since I captured Meiko’s home screen... and with the upgrade to an iPhone 6, the screen has changed quite a bit. Four more icon spaces needed to be filled, and I moved Videos, Drive, FaceTime, and Messages from screen 2 into the middle of the apps matrix – as the apps in the middle of the grid are the ones that should get the least use. It’s much easier to find and activate the apps on the perimeter.

I don’t really use FaceTime, but it seemed to be a good pairing with Messages, which I do use occasionally. I don’t use Videos much, but it’s nice for the occasional AMV or western music video.

As always, the lowest row of apps are the most important, most frequently used ones. Google Docs replaced Google Drive since 95% of the time I’m accessing a Google Doc. On the iPhone 5, Google Drive had been relegated to reserve status on screen 2. I needed to fill a hole on the new home screen, so I brought Google Drive over, even though I hardly ever use it now. Agenda and Midori continue to get heavy use.

Classic RPN got replaced with PCalc.; Circa swapped out and was replaced by Timer. Because of disuse, Quartz and PDX Bus got moved to screen 2 and were replaced with Google Maps and Simplenote.

I always leave the bottom row in the grid blank for aesthetic reasons and to provide a nice place to swipe.

I had to find a new iPhone Template for documenting my home screen – and also for updating my Home Computing Environment diagram.

One nice thing about the taller screen on the iPhone 6 is that my Safari bookmarks display has more space, and there’s less vertical scrolling I have to do. Since Safari is not my main browser on my Mac, I keep my Safari bookmark hierarchy optimized for my iPhone. I’ve made some adjustments that take advantage of the new screen.

Interrogate Comic Offer

Nov. 23rd, 2014 01:10 pm
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 Hey! I know I haven't posted in ages, but I have a thing you might be interested in. Uncovering my saved items in the basement, I discovered a binder in which I saved all the original art for my comic of "Interrogation" by Speranza (Due South), alongside a printout of the story, so you can compare page-by-page. It also contains sketches and notes. It seems a shame to disassemble it, but I'm going minimalist, doncha know. Would anyone like this? I would be happy to pay shipping. 

Cheers! 

Vid Recs: Marvel (MCU)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:04 am
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I saw two vids this week that I loved.

Repetition is a Tony Stark character study with both depth and visual flash. It's partly Tony/engineering OTP, and partly an exploration of how he relates to -- and needs -- the people in his life. As I said in my comment to [personal profile] thuviaptarth, it's got really crisp editing, wonderful use of continued motion, and the consistent metaphoric strength really drives it home. The overall tone is wonderfully upbeat and optimistic without shying away from Tony's darker aspects.

Smash Up! is another thing entirely, taking on the entire MCU in a medley that...well, I just don't want to give anything away, I find. Expertly cut by [personal profile] rhoboat, full of pizazz and feels. Super-fun. Don't miss it.

glom music meme

Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:41 am
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Based on [personal profile] oracne's post from several weeks ago:

Name the popular music acts you've glommed: that is, you have acquired or become familiar with all or nearly all of their output, and have gone out of your way to do so -- as opposed to artists whose work you've enjoyed but for whom you haven't made any particular effort to seek out earlier (or more recent, or more obscure) work.

I've been dithering about this meme because there are really three categories here: artists that I am currently glomming; artists whose careers have wound down but whom I am still actively interested in and happy to listen to (and whose new work I'd snap up in a heartbeat if any were to appear); and artists I used to glom but no longer do -- mostly artists I adored in high school and college and have subsequently moved on from but that I still consider important to my history and taste.

current )

permanent )

formative )

I was about to put Scout in the Permanent category when I thought "Hey, I wonder whether Ashen Keilyn's solo album ever came out," and when I went to check I discovered that a) no it didn't, but b) a new Scout album came out in 2012!!! Which I have now downloaded and am listening to with great delight. \o/

Prompt for 2014-11-23

Nov. 23rd, 2014 12:41 pm
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Today's prompt is "from unpromising beginnings".

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