June 26th, 2017
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10 Famous Book Hoarders

(I think we may contest the term 'hoarders' for people with lotsaboox, hmmmm?)

In most of those cases I think we do see a real love of books, though I'm not sure about Hearst and whether 'ostentation' was not on his mind rather than use?

In some cases those appear to be the personal libraries that have fetched up in public collections, and one wonders whether there was a certain amount of weeding and selection at the point of accession. (I'm not saying that Houdini or Arendt also had vast collections of pulp westerns or school stories or whatever, but I'm not ruling out that choices were made at some point.)

And indeed, while calling your private collection 'the Library of the History of Human Imagination' is indeed quite a long way along the pretentiousness scale, I look at that picture: 'It has three levels, a glass bridge, floating platforms' and feel a certain covetousness.

And even if it's ponceyness turned up to 11, it's not as cringe-making as this, which crossed my radar pretty much on the same day: Meet The App That Revolutionized Book Reading For 2 Million People

We sort through the approximately 2,200,000 books published worldwide to find the best nonfiction books out there. Then, our subject specialists, writers, and editors identify the key ideas from each of these hand-selected books and transform them into smart, useful summaries of insights we lovingly polish and refine until they are nothing but the absolute most essential elements of the writer’s main ideas. We do the filtering for you, then we share those ideas with you the way your dream-friend would.
Tonstant Weader called for a stiff drink.

*'Twenty-two acknowledged concubines, and a library of sixty-two thousand volumes, attested the variety of his [Gordian II's] inclinations; and from the productions which he left behind him, it appears that the former as well as the latter were designed for use rather than for ostentation.' Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol I.

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June 25th, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] jedediah_feed at 11:57pm on 25/06/2017

I'm looking for intro-to-poly book recommendations.

A friend of a friend is considering opening up their heretofore-monogamous relationship, and asked for some reading material that could provide guidance to people who are new to this sort of thing.

The recommendation I most often hear is for The Ethical Slut, which I confess I didn't finish reading, because I loaned it to a friend when I was partway through and never got it back. :) That may well still be the best recommendation, but it was published twenty years ago now, and I'm wondering if there's something else we should be pointing people to.

Back in the old days, I used to point newcomers to alt.polyamory, which I used to say had the highest wisdom-to-noise ratio of any newsgroup I had encountered; but last time I stopped by there, it was deluged with spam. (And although the FAQ includes some useful material, it was last updated in 1997.) I also used to point newcomers to local online groups in their own areas, but I don't even know if that's still a thing.

Last time I went looking for online poly resources, I felt like the ones I found were mostly flawed in various ways—giving idiosyncratic definitions of polyamory, or focusing on things that I didn't agree with, or over-proselytizing, etc. The polyamory.org main page leads off with a purity test, which I'm sure was entertaining to newsgroup regulars but I suspect is pretty offputting to newcomers.

I've been meaning for years to write my own intro-to-poly post, but the likelihood of that happening anytime soon is low.

So ... do any of you have recommendations for good reading material for people who are considering trying some flavor of polyamory? I'm not looking for y'all to post advice to newly poly people in comments here, I'm just looking for pointers to recommended reading.

I'm particularly interested in pointers to material that doesn't proselytize (in other words, that makes clear that polyamory isn't for everyone), and that gives useful practical and emotional information.

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I think I knew what this had to be before anything else on the list.

Almost twenty years later, and this video still mesmerizes me.
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(and it's 87F past 9 PM, and the low's supposed to be 67F at 5 AM))

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 08:21pm on 25/06/2017 under , ,
The plan for my trip into Portland was to first get my book at Powell’s then eat lunch downtown. I checked online and confirmed that Republic Cafe opened at noon on Sundays.

When I finished my errand at Powell’s, I drove to Portland’s old Chinatown. Portland was busy, and there wasn’t any parking close to the restaurant, so I went to the SmartPark at Naito and Davis. It’s about a four block walk from there to the restaurant. I again stayed in the shade as much as I could.

I don’t actually remember the last time I was at Republic Cafe… 10 years ago? 20 years ago? Probably something inbetween. I don’t remember who I was with, but I have the vague feeling that I either didn’t like the food – or I got sick later. I lean towards the latter. Regardless, it was beyond the statute of limitations.

Back in the day Republic Cafe was a busy place and a hangout for the late evening crowd. Nowadays I could barely find it. (I guess I’m not used to looking for it in bright daylight.)

Republic Cafe Sign
Republic Cafe Sign

I arrived about 1 pm and was seated by a young server. He let me choose any table in the not-very-large main area, and I picked the booth in the corner, by the front window. There was one couple (a woman and her elderly dad) a couple of booths away.

I had checked the Menu in advance and knew what I wanted – the Super Special Combination. (I love the name!) The server took my order.

Republic Cafe has a rather dismal reputation for very poor service, so I braced myself for long waits. I had my iPad with me, so I did quite a bit of catchup at the Metafilter site and a few anime sites. Speed of service wasn’t terrible – but it wasn’t fast, either. Lunch from beginning to end took about an hour.

The food was actually pretty good. Of the three Cantonese restaurants I’ve tried, Republic Cafe had the best food. They have the best pan fried noodles, the best sesame chicken, and the best fried rice. Only the chow mein vegetables were less than ideal, but they were pretty good. The serving size was small for a Cantonese restaurant but reasonable for a meal. That is to say, I brought some leftovers home, but there’s not really enough for a full lunch.

Super Special Combination Dinner
Super Special Combination Dinner
Republic Cafe • Portland, Oregon
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While it’s nice to know the food is better than what I’ll be able to get in Beaverton, the info doesn’t help a lot as I’m not driving into Portland just to get Chinese food. Plus I’m usually in a hurry, and there would be some frustration with Republic Cafe. This will be fine for occasional lazy Sundays like today (when it was too hot to be at home anyway). But how often am I really in downtown Portland?

Whatever air conditioning they had wasn’t working fully, as it got kind of warm in the restaurant – not as bad as my house – but not cool, either.

Adding in a 10 minute walk in both directions, my total time in the SmartPark was 1 hour and 20 minutes – which meant that I had to pay for two hours of parking. I guess I could take MAX into town next time.

Canton Quest #1
Canton Quest #2
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 07:17pm on 25/06/2017 under ,
One of my tasks this weekend was organizing my lists of things to do. I actually ended up building a web page to catalog all sorts of floating documents and lists. I have home projects. I have photography projects. I have things to organize for my life. I have a list of local chores. There are zillions of links to research I’ve done. I needed to collect everything to manage tasks for the rest of the summer, which is slipping away. Already the days are getting shorter.

One obscure document listed books I needed to complete a collection. About once a year I dust off this list and do a search at Powell’s Books. I did that – and found a book! It was in the Rare Books Room at the main Powell’s on Burnside. I hadn’t been in the Rare Books Room for maybe a couple of decades!

So after worship service at my church in Wilsonville, I drove straight up I-5 into Portland. It was about noon when I cruised the Pearl District for a parking space. For such a hot Sunday, I was surprised to see downtown so busy. I parked about four blocks away from the City of Books. I stayed in the shade as much as I could while walking to Powell’s.

Inside of Powell’s I took the stairs to the top (public) floor where the Rare Books Room is. The sign on the door of the room said I needed to get a badge from the info desk. Apparently there is a limit to the number of people that can be in the room at any given time. I don’t remember that being the case in the 90s. But maybe it was.

I could have browsed the shelves, but I decided to ask the person at the front desk where the book was, and she led me directly to the shelf containing the book I wanted – a copy of Tom Swift and his Cosmotron Express – in pretty good condition.

There were three other Tom Swift Jr. volumes on the shelf – and to my surprise among them was a copy of Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts – the rarest – and worst – book in the series. I hadn’t actually expected to see that book there. This was a rare opportunity for me to complete my collection. And I did.

Tom Swift Jr. Volumes #32 & #33
Tom Swift Jr. Volumes #32 & #33

While the Cosmotron Express is not reputed to be a good book, it at least features the art of Ray Johnson, the best illustrator from the later books in the series. The Galaxy Ghosts is said to be by far the worst Tom Swift Jr. book ever written – and on top of that, the illustrator was terrible. This was the first Tom Swift Jr. book illustrated by Bill Dolwick, and I’m sure his work didn’t help sales at all. About the only positive thing that could be said about the cover art is that it’s a throwback to the very first book in the series, Tom Swift and His Flying Lab. And Dolwick’s art is far inferior to the 1954 cover.

Ah, well. I now have a complete 33 volume set. I never actually expected that to happen.

Related link: The Complete Tom Swift Jr. Home Page
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posted by [personal profile] mdlbear at 06:46pm on 25/06/2017 under , , , ,

I spent pretty much the whole work, during "working hours" anyway, working on a project that's been on my queue for years: getting my lyrics to print two-sided and ensuring that if songs occupy two pages that they span an even-odd two page spread. It's working, as of this afternoon.

There are a couple of subtleties. Notably, if you're just printing a whole bound songbook, you don't care which side of the page a one-page song goes on. If you're printing individual songs to go into a looseleaf binder, on the other hand, you need a cover sheet on the first (right-hand) page to force both pages of a two-page song onto the correct page. And of course if you're printing lyrics to go on a song's web page, you don't want the cover page. But I have it working.

I also got Father's Day calls from both of my kids, got the keys to the new house (in a little party Monday afternoon), scheduled our move out of the apartment (for Wednesday July 12th, which will give us a little time to pack), got in contact with the various utility companies, and, ... I'm not sure there was much else. That's probably enough.

I still have the persistent feeling of not getting much done, and I'm constantly appalled at how much has to be done before we can move into the new place, and how little time we have. I'm still scared about how little money we have, and worried about the amount of stuff we still have to do to the new house to make it work for our family.

Not to mention whether we'll have anything at all left after Trump and his goons get through destroying our social safety net, not to mention the planet.

And speaking of global warming, it's in the 90s this week. For Seattle, that's scorching.

Notes & links, as usual )

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 06:09pm on 25/06/2017 under , ,
Ava’s Dashboard
Ava’s Dashboard
Beaverton, Oregon • June 25, 2017 • 3:00 pm

You don’t ever want your car to tell you it’s this hot outside.

Actually, it wasn’t 105°F outside – although it might have been that hot where the car was on the baked asphalt road. The high in Beaverton was only 97°F.

Because this was the second (and thankfully final) day of the heat wave, the house didn’t cool off much overnight – and it really got heated today. The warm part of the house is 92°F; the cool part of the house is 89°F. Yay. I should be able to open up the doors and windows around 7 pm.
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posted by [personal profile] onyxlynx at 03:15pm on 25/06/2017 under
So skippy the bush kangaroo linked to an article by Kelefa Sanneh in The New Yorker titled "The Persistence of Prog Rock," which although it doesn't mention it, is probably springboarding off the deaths of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake last year.

Apparently I wasn't supposed to like prog rock (puts on "Karn Evil 9," ha.) Also, I was amused after a fashion that though the Mellotron was mentioned twice, the Moody Blues (Days of Future Past, To Our Childrens Childrens Children et al.?) had been disappeared from the narrative. They're still touring last time I looked.

I do wish that people who would still be listening to Patti Page and singing along with Mitch Miller if not for rhythm, blues, jazz, and rock 'n' roll stop trying to claim rock 'n' roll as theirs.
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I read Harry Potter fic, even though I'm pretty sure I've never managed to read any of the novels all the way through, or watch any of the movies start to finish.  Whatever, that's fandom.

Anyway, I periodically go through looking for new fic on AO3, and the best way (imo) to do this is to click on the Harry Potter works tag, sort by date, and then put "kudos>100" (or whatever other kudos threshhold you choose, today I picked 1000 because it's such a huge fandom) so you only get stuff a lot of people have liked.  (If you just go "sort by hits" or "sort by kudos" in a fandom as old as Harry Potter, you only get the oldy-goldies, which I've mostly read already or know I won't like.)

I also have AO3 Savior, a greasmonkey script added on to my browser that allows me to blacklist tags and such.  Items tagged with stuff I don't want to see show up in Works lists as blocked, with reason for blocking.

I went looking for Harry Potter fic today.  Apparently, a VERY high percentage of popular fic right now has either character bashing or Voldemort sexytimes.  Also!  I have "*/Tom Riddle" and "Tom Riddle/* both blacklisted (the asterisk tells it to block anything there, so I don't have to go through and list alllll the possible Tom Riddle pairings).  But apparently, if I want to block threesomes with Riddle, I have to ALSO blacklist "*/Tom Riddle/*"

Why do so many people want to write and read about Voldie sexytimes?!?  I do not get it!  I'm not judging, you do you, but gah.

(The bashing is, alas, a Harry Potter trend of longstanding.  Thank you to everyone who a) realizes that that is what you are doing and b) tags it properly.)
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 03:54pm on 25/06/2017 under
Back-to-Back Kotarou and Akane
Back-to-Back Kotarō and Akane
Tsuki ga Kirei, Episode 11

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

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 12 (Season Finale)
This arc was a rescue Sistine arc instead of a rescue Rumia arc – but it operated about the same. Big flashy battle. Thankfully Sistine recovered and then carried her weight in the fight. But the Big Bad gets away – to return in a future arc. Not much closure here – and open-ended for continuation into more novels in the series. After all, we still don’t know a thing about what the Akashic Records are.

Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 11
Chtholly’s situation is even worse, and the entire field unit is under attack. Seems like an awful lot to resolve in one finale. I’m eager to see at least some resolutions next week.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 12
Mostly the episode was about Mitsuki probing and learning about Boruto. And also we learned a little bit about Mitsuki. So… a character-building episode not advancing the story – except for providing a tease at the very end. Sure hope something happens next week.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 11
I thought for sure that Hikaru would swap with the real Hikaru for the strip down, but that doesn’t look like what’s going to happen. Things are complicated. Not surprised we have a cliffhanger.

Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 11
I worry that Kotarou isn’t going to make it. This series has been pretty realistic the entire way, so it’s hard to believe that Kotarou can overcome long odds. At least his mom did an aboutface and is being supportive. Best part of the episode was the short break in studying that allowed Kotarou and Akane to get together and exchange Christmas gifts. And a kiss. D’Awww! As always, the music is simply wonderful.

Clockwork Planet: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
Well… whatever. The conflict wrapped up without any serious sense of drama – or any real resolution, for that matter. The enemy escaped to return another day. Now our gang is on the run and ready to save the world – with everyone else in pursuit. I’m underwhelmed.

Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 11
Things continue to be highly improbable, and it appears the show is going to become an action series at the end. The train went off the rails long ago, and we’re seeing if it has enough velocity to keep from being bogged down in the mud. The big battle is next week.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 26
Transitional episode, slowing things down after the intense sports festival. The code names were interesting, anyway. Izuku’s choice of code name was rather unexpected, but I’m glad it made Ochako happy. Bakugo was still over-the-top for laughs. Not a lot happened, but we needed the breather.

Eromanga Sensei: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
Erocomedy… if you can call it that. Getting everyone flustered in different ways is the least interesting part of the show. No story this week – just slapstick. A rather uninspiring way to end the season – but OK, I suppose.

Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
What a fabulous finish! Conflict…drama… resolutions (many)… and a very happy ending! Sweet scenes! Yaichirō and Gyokuran’s wedding! Yasaburō x Kaisei! Confirmation from Yasaburō’s grandmother of the red fur of fate – and Yasaburō’s acceptance of the engagement! I am so happy! I’m going to watch this episode again!

Alice to Zōroku: Episode 12 (Season Finale)
The solution to the escape from Wonderland was not particularly good or interesting, although Zōroku’s role was a surprise. Unfortunately Shizuku wasn’t involved at all – she disappeared at the beginning and reappeared at the end. Might as well say it’s time to end the arc and wave a magic wand. Oh, well. Happy ending. At the very end we got a second glimpse of a grown-up Sana, who remains intriguing.

Back-to-Back Kaisei and Yasaburō (plus his grandmother)
Back-to-Back Kaisei and Yasaburō (plus his grandmother)
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 12 (Season Finale)
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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 08:47pm on 25/06/2017 under ,

During the week, baked a loaf of the Shipton Mill 3 Malts and Sunflower Organic Brown Flour.

Friday supper: Gujerati khichchari - absentmindedly used ground cumin rather than cumin seed but I don't think the effect was disastrous.

Saturday breakfast rolls: the adaptable soft rolls recipe, 2:2:1 strong white/wholemeal/dark rye flours with maple sugar and sour cherries.

Today's lunch: redfish fillets rubbed with Cajun seasoning, brushed with milk and egg and coated in panko crumbs, panfried in olive oil, served with steamed samphire tossed in butter and baby leeks healthy-grilled in avocado oil and splashed with gooseberry vinegar.


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