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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:04 am
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I just discovered I washed a load of laundry with a vial of smoked habanero peppers. The day can only go uphill from here.

Dream journal

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:39 am
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I read in the newspaper that one of the high-tech entrepreneurs (like Elon Musk) was planning a humanned mission to Callisto, within four years. I thought this was quite ambitious, and wondered why specifically Callisto and what possible business model they had in mind to make the project pay for itself. A subsequent newspaper article indicated significant competition among high-tech entrepreneurs to get to Callisto first. Yet another newspaper article informed me that they had actually gotten there, with a four-person crew, and found native life that looked remarkably like humans, right down to the clothing.

Painting in tiny increments

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Before Hägnan I managed to paint part of the south wall of the house (the bit to the left of the leftmost office window, and the bit under both windows). Sunday after Hägnan I was busy putting stuff away and out to dry (while it only really rained on set up day (Tuesday) and a hint of rain early on Wednesday, the event stayed pleasantly cool enough to need to wear wool all the time, so things that got wey early didn't really dry, and linen things that were never unpacked still felt a little damp after the event.)

Monday I ran a four-hour map at work, and am pleased to report that the new ICP-MS computer didn't do the werid crash thing (which was the goal of replacing the old one, but this was my first chance to trst it), but that got me home late enough (it takes a couple of hours to set up the experiment) that I had no energy left for home improvement.

Today I also worked later than I should have, in part because I was enjoying looking at the results of yesterday's experiment (this garnet has the same cool Y and REE zoning patterns as in the other Nautanen sample I have analyzed, I really do need to do a fine scale close up map across a rim segment of one of these garnets to see how many pulses of fresh Y and REE were introduced to the rock as the grains were growing, and see if is possible to date any of those pulses). But the other distraction was the fact that one of my Master's students (L.) was in the office working on her own data reduction, and, while we both made progress on our work, she and I also kept getting diatracted talking, sometimes about my results, sometimes hers, sometimes about the SCA (she was, of course, at Hägnan last week), some about the week long Nyckelharpa course she attended, and about the nine-month course she hopes to do someday, and even about cookies.

Nonetheless, I managed to get home early enough to get in a nap before dinner and then do some house painting, so now the bit between the office windows has had its first coat. With luck I will get time to do the second coat tomorrow afternoon.

adventures in inscriptions

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:23 pm
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I promised to teach a class on medieval names from Africa at Pennsic, so I've been reading up on extant inscriptions. I have a book checked out of the library called Inscriptions Rupestres Libyco-Berbères, which transcribes and translates Berber names recorded in the Tifinagh script, and includes a complete name index. There's only one problem: there are absolutely no dates.

Dating the Tifinagh inscriptions is, of course, extremely hard. We're talking about graffiti scratched into rocks in the Sahara, with messages that say things like "He loves Dali," or at least probably say things like that once you guess all the vowels. But the real problem for me is a classic case of different priorities. Archaeology centered on Roman North Africa, or even better pre-Roman Carthaginian Africa, is a serious industry. It's easy to find articles on classical inscriptions, and it's at least possible to locate articles on classical inscriptions written in Tifinagh. But medieval North African archaeology is a niche interest (even setting aside the problems inherent in referring to "medieval Africa" at all), and nobody has bothered to date later inscriptions more precisely than "These must be post-Islamic conquest because they're using Muslim names."

Or, rather, there is exactly one person who has tried. He hasn't published his transcriptions, just a table of inscription locations that mentions some are "Islamic era" and others are "modern". He did very kindly answer my email and point me at his article on classical inscriptions. That tells me that the word for "son" used to record Roman African names is the same as the one used in Inscriptions Rupestres Libyco-Berbères (up to an unwritten vowel, at least). So it might just barely be possible to construct a Berber name for SCA use now, as long as you choose one that's both in Inscriptions Rupestres Libyco-Berbères and in medieval documents written in Arabic.
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This week's Resolution Recipe: Chicken with Chiles.
"The first time you encounter this dish, it appears terrifyingly spicy... the chiles that make the dish look so dramatic are used to give fragrance and a gentle spiciness to the cooking oil and are not usually eaten."
Read more... )

[personal profile] jf_scientist
Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Lee): Entertaining, though a bit fantastical/unrealistic - teen goes on Grand Tour, shenanigans and falling in love with his dude best friend ensue. I hasten to add the queer themes are not unrealistic - we already had one round of terrible history, we don't have to repeat it in fiction! - it's more dramatic kidnappings by pirates, etc. A book like cotton candy.

Empire Games (Stross): A nice-ish continuation to a long-running series, but the whole book is a little "Meanwhile, Our Heroine..."

Slightly Dangerous/ Slightly Married/ Slightly Blurring All Together (Balogh): A set of somewhat old-school Regency romances. Okay. Some of the characters know what consent means!

Everything KJ Charles Ever Wrote, Especially Simon Feximal (except not Unseen Attraction): Read the summary before you start, because this may not be your cuppa, but what a writer. (Unseen Attraction suffered from a dose of "look at this character with a disability NO LOOK HE HAS... yes, we get it. At the expense of plot, alas.)

Third Girl (Christie): Er... it had been a while. A Product Of Its Time, let's say. But not bad, for all that.

Winter Tide (Emrys): A gentle but compelling Cthulhu-mythos novel, where the Deep Ones are as wise and reasonable as anyone else, and the humans are the true monsters. Highly recommend.

Closer to the Something Or Other (Lackey - not the real title): These books have all blurred together into one boring heap and I am done with them.

Reluctant Queen (Durst): sequel to a more interesting novel. In both, the spirits of the land/air/water/fire are hostile to humans and the ruler of each province somehow has control. I kept expecting there to be some reconciliation with the spirits, but no... just purely human conflict, not all of which was particularly interesting.


As always, your recommendation for reading material are welcome!

Holiday!

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:58 am
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 Today I'm off for six days in the countryside, staying with my stepdad at the house where I lived from 11 to 19. it's me, Rickard, Maja and a friend of Maja's and I think we'll have a good time, despite the weather forecast predicting some rain and less sun than the last weeks. That won't stop me from bathing in lake Vänern, or walking in the woods - and definitely not from going to a big market on Wednesday.

I'm bringing cut out pieces for an Italian renaissance smock for Valeria, and my blue regency gown to embroider on. 

Back on Saturday or Sunday - see you then!

Home again home again, giggety gig.

Jul. 23rd, 2017 05:04 pm
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(Said in Family Guy voice)
Good weekend, but exhausting. We had the GSP picnic to decide our annual show; I'm happy with what we chose, although it means some work upfront for me. (Which I volunteered for.)
Then socializing with Hirsch and Aldith, crashing at their place before the Sunday officers' meeting. The latter went as well as could be expected.

Tired now; I kind of want a rinse-off shower and an early night. And then a weekend to make up for not having one.

More regency

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:15 pm
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So, aside from taking in my stays and making a new bonnet (that needs to be lined, so to not snag my hair) I have sewn the skirt of my blue gown together, hemmed it, and started on an embroidery around the hem. The pattern for the embroidery is from the cap of my folk costume, which is dated to the late 18th or early 19th century.




I was lazy this time and just cut the place mat to shape, instead of unraveling the braid and shaping it while sewing.
The blue colour is seen in several late 18th-early 19th century pictures, though then probably made from silk, and not from cotton. Inspiration for embroidering it was gowns like this, with a dark background and colourful embroidery.


Which of course is silk, and has a much more rich and complicated embroidery. But I think my gown will look pretty with its cotton embroidery. The pattern I use is the same as on the cap of my folk costume, which is roughly from this period.

I have also bought material for another bonnet: a braided place mat and a cotton satin sheet that was reduced by 70%. It will be enough to make a summer spencer too.



The other gowns I plan are to made from a saree that hasn't arrived yet, and from this printed thin cotton:



The bonnet with purple cotton satin is of course intended to be worn with that gown.

I also bought these shoes on sale yesterday, and though the metal details aren't to my liking, I think they will do. Especially after I've painted over the brass ;)








Home from Hägnan

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:46 pm
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Now I am home from the event, everything is put away or hanging up to air, showered, and in bed before 21:00. The short version of the event is, as my friend Linda said as she was leaving site "...the best Hägnan yet". With luck I will have the energy to post why I agree beforeI forget the details.

Dream journal

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:59 pm
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I was grocery shopping with somebody -- either [profile] marchforth2 or [personal profile] shalmestere. The grocery store had recently renovated, changing what had been the in-and-out door to out-only and adding a separate in door that also provided a convenient default configuration file for those who came in that way. We got everything we needed, paid at the checkout counter, and headed for the car. I looked at the receipt to make sure we'd been charged for the right things, and there were things on the receipt that I didn't see in the grocery bag. So while my companion went to the car, I went back into the store to get the missing items. I had some difficulty matching up the receipt with the stuff in the shopping bag, but eventually concluded that we DID have the right number of boxes of tomato puree, and were just short a package of olives (and for some reason we had a bag of olives which was already open). Then I noticed some really bizarre things on the receipt, for which we didn't seem to have actually been charged: tens of thousands of photographs, "2 AFRICAN SLAVES" itemized at $100,000 but not actually affecting the total, etc. I concluded that the programmers had decided to throw in some random stuff to see whether anybody was actually reading their receipts, but I thought the bit about African slaves was in poor taste and would probably get them sued.

Food history

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:11 am

annual pre-pennsic thoughts

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:00 pm
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War is just shy of 2 weeks away.

I have done NO sewing, thought I want to make a couple new tunics.

The only prep I've done really is pull out and inspect the pavilion and that's only because we used it at Pax for J's vigil. I did order a new tarp for under my tent and some new chests of drawers as last year my drawer unit failed spectacularly.

But I don't have a scroll that has to be done (though I have a backlog that would be nice to get done but at this point it won't). I have a kingdom gift exchange gift I have to finish because the first attempt was a fail and I promised the replacement would be delivered at war.

But frankly, I'm not feeling it this year. No real excitement or anticipation. I'm not even feeling much of a panic that I've not done as much (if any) real prep yet. In fact, I was talking with Un-Minion this weekend and confessed that if I were not Watch 2 this year, I'd give serious thought about not going for the full two weeks if at all.

I have determined that as long as I am not in the upper command staff of the Watch next year, I may take the two weeks off of work but only go down for a week (like Wednesday to Wednesday) and use the other days as prep/recuperation/me time. The following year is still up in the air as we wait to find out if Dagmar got the bid to be Mayor. If she does, I am going to have to be down for 2.5-3 weeks as I'll be the War Admin/XO.

I admit that I miss feeling the excitement. Heck, I'm not really feeling the excitement for the SCA in general. (in fact I've been feeling a whole lot of "why bother anymore" since war practice) And I miss that. I miss just feeling excited about anything, it is just more obvious to me in regards to the SCA.
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We got home from our time working on Gustaf's landscaping project on Wednesday evening, which gave us Thursday to recover. David and I sat down with the internet and looked at some options for a replacement computer (which, if I get one, probably means I won't go to the states to visit my sisters in October due to the costs involved), but rather than ordering one straight away, I instead went to my office and brought home my work computer (which is what I am using at the moment). We have a thing in our Dropbox folder that I can use to log into our server and thus access the files from my computer which are backed up there, so it has been working well enough for now. After the Medieval days at Hägnan event I will figure out what I want to do--if we should just fix the old one (he thinks a new hard drive would solve the issues, but it would still be an old computer with a new hard drive, and I don't actually have disks for the operating system, only the programs), or if I will buy a new one, or what.

Friday we drove down to Skellefteå for their Medieval Days event. This is the first time they have done this--they have a lovely site on a small island in the river, accessible via a foot bridge, and I think it will make a great annual event. I would have loved to have participated the full week, but I was also glad to have the time to work on projects for the house (working at Gustaf's counts as working at our place, since he put in so many hours on our landscaping first, so it is a good trade). It was kinda rainy on Friday, and I spent most of the day working on a nålbindning project while sitting in the pavilion of a cute Norwegian merchant (from whom I purchased some fur that looks good with the grey/black diamond twill wool I bought last year at Visby). Caroline had to work on Saturday, and the others were ready to head home earlier than I had expected. I considered just staying--one of the autocrats tried to convince me that even though I hadn't registered for the event I was very welcome--they have room in the crash space tent, and plenty of vegetarian food available. I considered it, but decided it was wiser to head home and accomplish stuff.

Since heading home we have:

* started painting the south side of the house (it has needed it for quite some time)
* did the hand-smoothing of the dirt on the terrace (which we will probably cover over with some sort of concrete or stone tiles, depending on what we find at a reasonable price) to make a nice outdoor entertainment area that doesn't need to be mowed (it would be bothersome to carry a mower down the steps to the terrace anyway)
* built a base for the support frame for the earth cellar roof (out of some birch trees that he cut down over near the shed on the bottom half of the property as they were in the way of the road that his bother put in)
* cleaned out the container
* bought some shelf support brackets (which he has welded into place inside the container)
* started power-sanding the wooden floor of the container (in hopes of getting the smell of old spilled oil out of it)
* done some baking for Hägnan

Now it is Monday and David has returned to work. I have started packing for the event, and will return to that momentarily. Tomorrow we go set up, and then we spend the rest of the week alternating between educating the public about the middle ages during the day, and enjoying an SCA event in the evening.

I'm Mr. Fris' Miser, I'm Mr. Dough

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:15 pm
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This week's Resolution Recipe: Frisian Black Bread.
Hopefully someone gets the header joke. I spent way too much time coming up with it.
This requires a long time investment, but maybe only 40 minutes of hands-on work.
Hey, Batter Batter Batter )

Gothenburg adventures

Jul. 16th, 2017 03:08 pm
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I seem to have reached that age when a very long and busy Saturday means that all Sunday plans must be scrapped. I don't even have the energy to sit on the sofa and embroider....

Backstory: Yesterday I went up very early to catch the 6.49 train to Gothenburg. But what hassle it was: I left the house and came up to the street and then realised that in order for me to get to the local station in time I would need to go by bike rather than walk. So I ran back and got my bike and made it to the station with four minutes to spare. Then I realised that I had left my bike lock at home. So, a quick ride back home, run upstairs to get the bike lock, and then quickly cycle to the main station, where I knew the train would have a 10 minute hold. As I had locked my bike and walked rapidly to the ticket machines, I realised I had left my train card (with 10% discount) at home. And going home now would mean to take the next train and arrive an hour later. So I decided to pay the full price and use my bank card. Then, as the train is approaching the next stop, my adrenaline has gone down to the extent that my brain is starting to run at normal speed - and I realise that I have bought a ticket to the wrong station.... Apparently my stressed brain couldn't see any difference between Båstad* and Borås (which is not even on the same line!). Short name, starts with B and has an Å and an S in it... Luckily the train staff was understanding, and I could buy a ticket from the next station where the train had a longer stop.

*: Last stop in my county. I have the local transport company's summer card which gives you unlimited travel within the county during the summer.

But apart from that the trip was fun. My previous visits to Gothenburg have either been as a child, when the promised amusement park visit was the main thing, or as an adult, when basically all I've seen has been the route from the train station to the university. I hadn't planned much: the town was founded in the 17th century, so there's no medieval churches or buildings. And the amusement park doesn't hold any interest for me anymore. So I went around window shopping, primarily in the area around the cathedral and in Haga. I was surprised how many cafés there were along the main street in Haga, and the size of the cinnamon rolls. One place takes pride in making the biggest ones - the size of a dinner plate! I can't think anyone but the hungriest student or teenage boy being able to finish one by themselves. The shops and cafés in Haga are almost all along one street, another surprise: from the general praises of Haga as being the place in Gothenburg for independent shops etc, I thought it would be several streets at least.

For all my intents of window shopping I didn't leave Gothenburg empty-handed: The best find was a Sami made letter knife of reindeer antler I found in a jumbled antiques shop. I realised I needed a letter knife in the office when an old book I had ordered from the library turned out to have never been opened before. Luckily the library was still open and I could borrow a letter knife of theirs to open the pages there.

Sami letter knife
Isn't it pretty!

The other things I got was not so much for me as for my balcony: a small blanket and two flower pots. I really hope I can sort out the balcony this summer, so I can at least enjoy it for some weeks before winter.

I ended my day in Gothenburg with a visit to [personal profile] frualeydis and her informal crafting Saturday: four women doing various crafts (from embroidery to mending to medieval illumination) and having a good chat. I wished I could have stayed longer, but there was a three hour train trip home to consider.

And by the time I got back it was dusk, and I had forgotten the bike lights, so for safety's sake I walked home. No need to risk getting fined! Once home, the evening finished with big cup of hot tea (needed! my top and linen shirt was not warm enough for evening temperatures) and bed.

A new Regency bonnet

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:48 am
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I was going to spend the whole day yesterday working on two scrolls for the prince and princess of Nordmark, but I have gotten so enthused about regency clothign so I couldn't help myself converting a straw hat that never fit me (very 60s style with a tall crown and rather closed brim) into a bonnet. The tall crown was a definite plus in this project.


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bahytt med gr�na band1

Now I must get back to working on those scrolls.

Hello, World!

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:47 pm
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Dear World,

Oh, I have so many things to say. None of them are particularly appropriate for public consumption.

Complaining about the more irritating aspects of my job! Lamenting the pig-ignorance of our local Confederate flag wavers! Discussing the local Sanctimonious Vegan Who Shares My Name, amber necklaces as a proxy for I'm Not Going To Like You, and all the otherwise nice people who keep trying to get me to use essential oils (NO)! My youngest sister, who is SURPRISE PREGNANT and getting married three months before the baby's due! My mother's boundary-stomping, and how to get it to stop (it is solely with respect to my youngest sister) without offending my free babysitter! The endless difficulty of after-school childcare in a town of 3500! The horrifying discoveries of home improvement projects!

Why I'm no longer really in touch with my youngest sister.

Borderline malpractice by a condescending asshole doctor.

Me deciding if we are even going to fucking stay here because all is *not* well.

... so here we are, then.

(This will be the last public entry. Please comment introduce yourselves, or you will, regrettably, not be able to see anything in future. Unless you have some totally obvious pseudonym/ I totally know who you are/ etc. Also, if you have some kind of OpenID sign-in, you can use that here too. I think. Forgive me, I'm new here.)

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