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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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21st-Jan-2011 11:09 am
Happy birthday to shiftercat!

Happy early birthday to bryant, firebirdgrrl, and emilytheslayer, who advance a year over the weekend!

Happy BIRTH day to the fabulous saraphina_marie's baby!

Hello to new reader annaoj!

State of the 'Song
We have advanced past the panicked non-breathing. Go team us. Still shaky, and lungs are definitely still suboptimal. This is still a sick day, but it's hopefully a sick day where I'm not horizontal all day.

A Thought
Giving myself permission to buy yarn as long as I have a specific project for it is a better limitation than "it's shiny, buy it!", but considering the number of projects in my queue...

Arisia Article
Arisia article in the Phoenix!

Some factual errors on "Take Back the Sci-Fi", but none of them terrible, and a good look at other panels (disappointed that "Post-Antibiotic SF" was incapable of staying on target, but this is stuff I need to know for assigning panels next year).

Some congoers are cranky about her focus on "this is a place to get laid", saying she overemphasizes that over all of the other cool programming and the fact that this is a kid- and teen-friendly con with lots for under-18s to do. I agree that I'd like to have seen more focus on everything else that Arisia is, but she did cover more programming and less "these people are kinky" stuff than she did in her article last year.

And. You guys. Please let's not pretend Arisia's something it's not. If, based on my experiences in prior years, I feel that I must say beforehand "I'm not having sex with you at Arisia", which I really don't have to make explicit anywhere else... there is an emphasis on hookups. I would like articles to be more focused on stuff like kids' and teen programming, literature and science, dances, et cetera, but we really can't pretend that con sex doesn't happen.

Link Soup
* The care and feeding of a cold.
* Hedgehogs taking baths! OmiGAWD.
* I am keenly interested in this.
* The best answer to the "is Batman the mask Bruce Wayne wears, or is Bruce Wayne the mask that Batman wears?" that I have ever seen.
* Ordinary objects with knitting done to them.

Daily Science
One of the greatest puzzles of the double-slit experiment – and quantum physics in general – is why electrons seem to act differently when being observed. While electrons traveling through a barrier with two slits create interference patterns when unobserved, these interference patterns disappear when scientists detect which slit each electron travels through. By designing a modified version of the double-slit experiment with a new "which-way" electron detector at one of the slits, a team of scientists from Italy has found a clue as to why electron behavior appears to change when being observed.

BPAL Reviews
I can breathe through my nose today! Here are some reviews.

HARLEQUIN AND COLUMBINE: French vanilla, red currant, sage, balsam, rosewood, mandarin, lemon peel, pomegranate, and cedar.
In bottle: Currant, pomegranate, please do not get citrusy on me...
On me: Phew. There's a crispness that probably comes from the lemon peel, but it's not Pledge. Currantpomegranate until the woods come out, and then a lot of lovely balsam and cedar.

HERR DROSSELMEYER 2010: Magus, toymaker, and Godfather to Klara. An enigmatic man, seemingly somewhat sinister, but bearing a gentle air and a sincere love for children. This scent is dignified, refined, but dark, and hints towards esoteric mysteries and the secrets that tie mechanics to magick. Pipe smoke, sweet leather, woods and linen.
In bottle: More linen than tobacco this year.
On me: An austere gentleman's study. A far cry from the sense-memory of my grandfather's tobacco pouch hat past Herr Drosses have had. Sadface. It's not bad, it just has no muchness.

THE NUTCRACKER: Klara’s most prized Christmas gift. Broken by Fritz in a fit of jealousy, repaired by Drosselmeyer’s magic: frankincense, black mission fig, and galbanum.
In bottle: Mostly the resins.
On me: Too much frankincense, not enough fig. NEEDZ MOAR FIG.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY: Queen of the Kingdom of Sweets: sugar plums, vanilla-infused sugar, tiare, amber musk, apricot peel, and a light dusting of cacao.
In bottle: All the candy ever.
On me: SO MUCH SUGAR. Good for an environmental scent or evoking a character, but not for daily wear.

VALSE FINALE ET APOTHÉOSE: The return journey: three honeys, white mint, and apple blossom.
In bottle: Starchy? honeys.
On me: Ooooh. The honeys thicken, scented by apple blossoms and finally mint. This is lickably delicious. Nom.

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Penguin pajamas.
Reading: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.
Writing: Yeah, nothing got done this week. Sick-person brain.
Knitting: Hoping to finish my Sekrit Project by the end of the weekend, and I will cast on for sindrian's fingerless mitts by the end of the weekend. I've joined Nerd Wars and Guild Wars on Ravelry, so a lot of my knitting will be focused on that in the near future. Must do sindrian's stuff first! :)
Planning: Oh, darlings, I am resting. Today. Tomorrow. Sunday. All resting. I will read, I will watch TV, I will knit, I will nap, and that is all.

21st-Jan-2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm more interested in this year's Herr Dross now - I love the tobacco-ey version, but don't need more of it, so... Also the Nutcracker (except on me it would probalby be ALL fig, bah).
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21st-Jan-2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Speaking of knitting, I love the scarf. I've been wearing it every day since I got it. :)
21st-Jan-2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Glad you like! :)
21st-Jan-2011 05:11 pm (UTC) - I hadn't noticed...
I attended the Post-Antibiotic SF panel, and she did get it right in that there was no discussion of the SF aspect that I recall. (I think I came in 5 minutes late.) However, it was a rollicking good panel that had a lot of information, even some of it "dumbed down" for those attendees that aren't part of the medical establishment. One might say "the moderator should've kept it on the written topic!" but frankly, none of us in the seats were asking those questions, either. It was a Monday morning session and we had a great time. *grin*

Also, again, someone's internet came to the rescue, to give us the definitions of the different biohazard levels. It might be interesting to ask future moderators to check with their panel(s) on who is bringing the Internet to the table (since not all panels can have a librarian).
21st-Jan-2011 07:24 pm (UTC) - Re: I hadn't noticed...
I was a little disappointed in the lack of recommendations - but otherwise, yeah, it was a really fun panel.
21st-Jan-2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Out-of-context scan-reading is fun:

'I can breathe through my nose today! Here are some reviews.'

...without noticing the BPAL header, I thought you were going to print various reviews of your nose.

'song's nasal passages are exceptionally open today, allowing for a crisp exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Her nostrils tremble ever so slightly when she sniffs, linking them to several imagistic poems by William Carlos Williams...
22nd-Jan-2011 02:29 am (UTC)
What ELSE can 'Song do with her nose?
21st-Jan-2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I was in the audience for "Post-Antibiotic SF," and I do admit that there wasn't much discussion of actual books. But I think that was a function of (though not a fault of, as because everybody--well, apparently, mostly everybody--was entertained) both the panelists and the audience.

For example, several of the panel were doctors, or ER technicians, or the like. As a result, they were much more willing to talk about what is, and what they've seen. There was a fair amount of geeking out over VRSA and VISA, MRSA, SARS, TB...

And some were the audience. There was a brief aside about the Black Death, and whether it was bubonic plague; then, the panelists kept trying to get off the topic, and the audience would ask more questions.

If it was just the panelists, or just the audience, I'd expect the moderator and the other force to keep the balance. But everybody seemed to be on board, so...*shrug* I thought it went great, especially for a Monday panel.
21st-Jan-2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
From what I'm hearing, it went fine for a science-track panel. The problem is that it wasn't one, and on lit-track panels, one expects people to talk about, y'know, books!
21st-Jan-2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, gotcha. Yeah, it might have worked better on science track.
21st-Jan-2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Those hedgies are wee bundles of squee! You've infected me with the hedgehog thingie.
21st-Jan-2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
OMG, the hedgies!
I die of cute now. Happily.
And...I want one.
21st-Jan-2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Why, thanks!
21st-Jan-2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! See you tomorrow night!
21st-Jan-2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Sadly, with all three of us down, chances are slim to none that we'll be up to leaving the house tomorrow. :(
21st-Jan-2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
:( Oh well, some other time. Feel better!
21st-Jan-2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't know there was any post-antibiotic sf. Suggestions?
21st-Jan-2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Apparently the people who signed up for the panel didn't know any either! I'll cobble together a list when less sick.
21st-Jan-2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Irony intended?
21st-Jan-2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Heh. No, but do me the honor of assuming it was, if you please. :)
21st-Jan-2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Giving myself permission to buy yarn as long as I have a specific project for it is a better limitation than "it's shiny, buy it!", but considering the number of projects in my queue...

I've had to make the same rule for myself, otherwise I'd have bales and bales of beautiful hand painted/dyed yarn in every shade of blue imaginable taking over my entire house. My husband would be grouchy at me then. That hasn't stopped me from adding them all to my "favorites" list over on Etsy, but at least a virtual stash doesn't take up any room.
21st-Jan-2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I am mostly safe from the handpainted shinies in that I find that I don't like to knit with highly variegated yarns. They're great for socks, which I don't knit, and not much else that I can see. So I appreciate the beauty and leave it on the shelf.

Deep, rich semisolid jewel tones, though...
22nd-Jan-2011 12:56 am (UTC)
I've always been a sucker for variegated fibers, even back in elementary school when I was making friendship bracelets. I love watching the colors shift as I work through the project. That said, they are better suited to very simple patterns.
23rd-Jan-2011 01:45 am (UTC)
WHOA did I need that infusion of hedgehogs. :-)

Tired. Not as tired as you've been, so I'll try not to complain.
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