some things

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm
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* I was reminded of Happy Together, last mentioned here two years ago, when Reason requested a Song So-hee clip from YouTube as bedtime music and YouTube's sidebar suggested the HT episode on which she'd appeared in 2014. (Reason is fascinated by a young entertainer; I ...want Song So-hee to continue maturing so that her voice sounds less shrill.) They seated her in the prestige spot, but she's youngest of the five guests on that ep and she knew it; she has restrained manners.

Anyway (I didn't watch the whole thing), then the sidebar suggested the 2014 HT featuring Jackie Chan, Narsha, and [Choi] Siwon. omg. (KBS is kind: HT ?always has English subtitles.) Chan speaks a bit of Korean, and the dour co-host speaks some Mandarin, so they patched the opener into a hilarious moment in which Chan (by far the eldest person present) says that he'd rather call the lead host "oppa" instead of "hyeong" because it's easier to say. In general, oppa is what a girl or woman might call a slightly older male person whom she considers close, or the term she'd use for an actual older brother; hyeong is what a boy or man would use for an older male person, similarly, except not so similar, is it, when most young women with boyfriends call the bf "oppa" too. And then Chan addresses the co-host as eonni (older sister if you're a female speaker). :P As the host remarks near the four-minute mark, everyone's wearing headsets so that offstage translators can supply the guests and hosts with translations as needed, heh. Those translators must be amazing---there's hardly a lag, and the manner of delivery (it's "live" comedy) suggests that they don't cut much during post-production.

Notably, the host calls Chan "seonsaengnim," teacher, which is as it ought to be. One reason that Korea likes Yu Jae Seok---"the nation's MC"---is that he's funny, he pokes at things, yet (at least on this show) he holds a line.

Also, Jackie Chan loves the environment, and he tries to make his staff respect it as well.

And then I stopped watching because sleep matters more, but on another day...

* ...I picked up the "I am from America" HT special (2015) with five guests, three younger and two older. I happen to have seen two (one from each subgroup) in kdramas: Stephanie Lee in Second Last Love and Yi Hyeon U in Dal Ja's Spring. The humor's more predictable because I'm more familiar with the crossings, but I still laughed. Must remember to dip into HT every so often for ear-practice.

sippin' cuervo with no chaser

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:52 pm
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Yoon Ha Lee, Ninefox Gambit (2016): usually I have trouble finding a title for a book post. This time, three came to mind: the one I've used, "the tactics of mistake," and "experimental procedures." Anyway. Kel Cheris begins as captain of a unit that gains strength and combat benefits from keeping rigorously in formation. After she attempts to solve a losing scenario creatively---and heretically---she's disgraced, but a bit more creative thinking makes her abruptly into a brevet general, the host-body to a dead mass murderer, Shuos Jedao. (Consider that many heads of units in wartime are mass murderers; though it isn't glorified here, it is ...quite present.) Kel command wants Cheris to subdue a heretical outbreak and retake the Fortress of Scattered Needles. Sort of. Well, the hexarchate, of which the Kel are one-sixth, doesn't like heretics because it messes with their calendar, but everyone (except Cheris, at first) is playing an extremely long game. Pass the metaphorical popcorn.
a bit more--not destructively spoilery (I think one cannot discuss this book at all without being *slightly* spoilery) )

As for this subject line, you know, don't you?

If you'd prefer an actualfax review to my untidy noodlings, try James Nicoll's, and if you don't mind implied spoilers for how Gambit wraps, here's his review of book two.

fiber monday

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:04 pm
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Though I don't remember which day, I taught myself from books to knit about ten years ago this month (and to crochet ~21 years ago likewise). yay.

The ghost shawl has been bound off and washed, and its upper edge has been reinforced. Reason adores its colors and shape, whereas I feel awkward however I drape it, but it seems a bit too nice for her current age. Pondering. In any case, its shape---a triangle so wide and springy that one could block the upper edge as a curve or V---is instructive when tied onto me or Reason: if I ever knit Shore Hap, as I mean to, I'll need to enlarge it. Shore Hap's span is given as 125 cm = 50 in; the ghost as knitted is ~6'6 = nearly 2 m across. Even so, my sticklike and short torso can barely tie on the ghost shawl in the Shore Hap photo's manner. Inconvenient shoulders, again---but I'm learning. (Someone with my shoulder circumference "ought" to be much taller for something the ghost shawl's shape/size.)

Viajante's yarn ball is too large for my business trip. Heh. It's the size of a small adult head---1600 m = 400 g at fingering weight. When I have a 32L-capacity daypack (a bit under 2000 in3), I don't want to choose between yarn and some me-compatible snacks. Instead, the current office project will travel (Rendezvous), since it's in the first of its slated two 100g skeins. Its complexity is restrained by my having placed a marker every other motif-repetition; at least it's motif-driven, not two long segments of lace to either side of a center stitch. Those are my two projects on wooden circular needles---that's the other consideration, of course, wood needles short enough to pass muster as non-weaponry. Who knows whether Rendezvous will be large enough for the shoulders of doom, frankly, but I chose the largest size for which I have yarn....

The cardigans are on hold due to summer heat, though I ought to start my mother's soon regardless. Lena is about 15 cm high---round and round we go.

huh, a meme

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:12 pm
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some things

Jul. 10th, 2017 08:52 pm
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* In a summary of a promotional event about Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 which was translated into English (DGS is a sibling game-sequence to Ace Attorney), there's mention of specific changes made for internationalization. Increasingly, "internationalization" is only anglicization, which makes sense financially but saddens me: this isn't like choosing a primary language for scientific scholarly communication. I remember being surprised to find that Maya likes hamburgers, and yeah, turns out it's miso ramen.

* I've begun keeping a food log (at partner's encouragement, nay, near-insistence) to help with tracking my body's protests, whether allergenically based or otherwise. It makes me grumpy. There have been a few other causes for grumpiness during the past week.

* OTOH, I've actually reached 80% in the novel I want to be reading, skimmed a fictionalized memoir (to avoid DNFing outright) and some scholarly essays that need to return to a library, and placed a library hold for Elliott's forthcoming Buried Heart. Though I'm wary of building too much of a queue, Las Anclas is nearby, too, assuming that my luck holds.

* It's funny that I used to read more while living in a pressure-cooker. Having less dayjob stress has mostly made it possible to take a weekend nap without guilt. My eldest aunt says that my third-eldest cousin (her second child) and I have (had) the same basic issue, an immune system splayed upon the floor---that's not her phrasing, translated or otherwise---and has suggested a remedy, which is agreeable enough for me to undertake. I'll forgo the impostor syndrome that accompanies the link, since that cousin teaches at Ewha University and I've only parlayed my insufficient fitness for playing professor into a couple of career hard-resets. She meant it kindly, anyway. I hope it doesn't take me equal time to recover from the dayjob I left a year ago, or I'll spend the remainder of my forties grasping after a better baseline; I was there for a bit over a decade.

* Manuscript illumination as a living practice. So good.

* A thesis I haven't read, on ki suryŏn as reconstructed tradition; ki suryŏn's Chinese reflex is qigong, perhaps a more recognizable term. Mostly I'm happy that someone somewhere has tackled this type of reinvention of pastness. I know something about inventio by medieval writers in Britain, and I'd surmised it for twentieth-century East Asia but lack the evidence to back it. The thesis's writer has had an interesting life so far: she's an ethnic Korean born in Leningrad as was, who finished secondary school and took a law degree in Jerusalem, then completed a master's degree at Sungkyunkwan; since then a doctoral student and a teacher of Korean as well as Russian topics in Den Haag.

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