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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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7th-Nov-2011 11:18 am
Hello to new readers penk and thenetwork!

State of the 'Song
A week of nausea now. Feh. It is a puzzlement. Otherwise fine, except that my cocooning instincts are still in overdrive; I'm not generally this antisocial. Which may seem odd, given that I've been going to concerts and seeing friends there all week, but that's a different kind of social. Must kick my butt into gear.

Pretty Boy
I will talk about the concerts separately, but sindrian and I had a moment of WTF at dinner before Saturday's Zoe Keating show that deserves recording. We were eating at the bar at Not Your Average Joe's, and I was sitting next to an older Italian man. Said man started up a conversation with me by inquiring about my gluten-free bun; I encouraged him to try it, and he did. Then:

Him: "Your boyfriend, he has very nice hair."
Me: "...yes, he does!"
Him: "Very handsome."
Me: "Yes, he is."
Him: "You're lucky."
Me: "I am!"
Him: "But he is boy. Not man."
Me: o.O
Him: "He is pretty! But he is boy, not man."
Me: "Um?"
Him: "I do not have hair like that, but." *shrug*

Yeah. Started out thinking he was hitting on sindrian though me, but... maybe was hitting on me? By telling me that my pretty boy is not manly enough for me? (Spoiler: sindrian is all kindsa manly.) I just wonder if that ever works for him.

So sindrian and I have been giggling "Boy. Not man." and "pretty boy" at each other ever since. In a horrible Italian accent.

(It is an interesting experience, dating a man who is totally the pretty one in the relationship. I am no beast, but sindrian is a beautiful man. (He disagrees, for the record.) (Adam is handsome, too, but he looks like Patrick Dempsey with glasses - he's less elfin than sindrian.) )

I love having a partner who, when I confess my hidden desire to build chandeliers, gets terribly excited about the whole thing and wants to help.

Link Soup
* Two posts about serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky, who was aided and abetted by his former employer Penn State. I may have Things to Say on this topic on the BARCC blog, but not today.
* So you can download the Codex Seraphinianus now.
* Fantastic tiny dioramas.
* All about the honey badger, for reals.

Daily Science
A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc — a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy’s central black hole. Their study makes use of a novel technique that uses gravitational lensing to give an immense boost to the power of the telescope. The incredible precision of the method has allowed astronomers to directly measure the disc’s size and plot the temperature across different parts of the disc.

BPAL Reviews
A Nocturnal Reverie: Violet musk and oudh with black amber, ambergris, agarwood, black currant, dark musk, fig, and lavender incense.
In bottle: Slight starchiness and lavender.
On me: The lavender is really killing everything else. Shame - I like lavender okay, but I love fig, currant, and musk!

Regina Erebi: pomegranate, spear mint, black mulberry, and myrrh.
On me: OH HAI POMEGRANATE and there's the mulberry. The mint is subtle. Not picking up the myrrh. But this is deliciously rich and full and dark.

Today I must bake bread, block a shawl, write, get caught up on e-mail, and we'll see what else. sindrian and I are trying to do the both-working-in-the-same house thing, so hopefully that'll work out!
7th-Nov-2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
That reminds me. I should take my Codex off the shelf and leaf through it again. The lengths that I went through to get it were.... yeah.
7th-Nov-2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linky goodness. I look forward to your thoughts on the tough stuff, when you're ready.
7th-Nov-2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I have to say, while I definitely concede the prettiness of sindrian, I am far more enchanted by your curvy prettiness.

Let us know how the shawl blocking goes! And bread baking!
7th-Nov-2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
I love having a partner who, when I confess my hidden desire to build chandeliers, gets terribly excited about the whole thing and wants to help.

People don't all do that?
7th-Nov-2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
And he was totally hitting on you. That was an insult to sindrain.
7th-Nov-2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
*waves* I added you after someone posted a poem by you, which I now cannot find. It was gorgeous. Thank you.
8th-Nov-2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Was it this one?

Thank *you*! :)
8th-Nov-2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Yes! Yes it was. And like all really good poems, it hits the deeps, and makes the reader feel it's about them, nay - written for them alone. Gorgeous. You're good.
8th-Nov-2011 01:26 am (UTC)
*swears* The Codex link has already been taken down. If you (or one of your readers) grabbed the file, can you help a gal out? I was all excited because I thought I could offer it for Yuletide after all.
8th-Nov-2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Yep - shoot me your e-mail address!
22nd-Nov-2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I got the plague. I didn't end up needing it for Yuletide, but I'm still consumed with interest and curiosity, so I'd remain grateful.

dormouse.in.tea at gmail is my e-mail address...hope a comment is okay.
8th-Nov-2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Someone said that version was missing the chapter on architecture; I'm not sure if the PDF I have has that or not (I'd have to double-check), but if you still need a copy I have one. It's still a subpar scanned-in version, but better than nothing.
22nd-Nov-2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Sorry I ignored your kind offer! I got the plague from my friends' two year olds. Shadesong's offered to send me hers, and when I get it I'll look for a chapter on architecture. If I can't find it, I'll ask you again, and thank you!
22nd-Nov-2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
No problemo! Just keep me posted. :)

I also have a PDF of the Voynich Manuscript, if you (or anyone else) is interested, cobbled from the JPGs available from some fancy library's website. Harvard, I think. Or maybe Yale. I don't remember.
22nd-Nov-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I am!
22nd-Nov-2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Emailing to your gmail account -- unless I should send it elsewhere?
22nd-Nov-2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Gmail's best. :)
8th-Nov-2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
For the record, I disagreed with the statement that I was the pretty one in the relationship. I admit that I am pretty, but dammit, so is shadesong!
8th-Nov-2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'll go ahead and agree with this statement. You both are pretty. :)
9th-Nov-2011 03:05 am (UTC)
And so is your icon.
9th-Nov-2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's sometimes hard to keep the hair that way. :P
9th-Nov-2011 03:46 am (UTC)
You are gorgeous. He's lovely, too, but I'm far more into women, so between the two of you, I find you more intriguing. :-)
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