The Room Where It Happened

Mar. 30th, 2017 11:48 am
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A couple nights ago I attended a meeting of the city council on whether to declare my city, Culver City, a sanctuary city. It was already acting as one, but the measure made it actual law.

Culver City is its own city within LA county, with its own police force; I live on the dividing line, which means that if I observe a crime being committed on my side of the street I call Culver City police, but if it's across the street it's a matter for LAPD. Culver City police is the police force I volunteer with. It practices neighborhood policing, in which police are assigned to a specific neighborhood for years and sometimes permanently, so they can get to know who lives there and what's normal and what isn't. They also believe in de-escalating situations rather than charging in with guns blazing, and I have seen this in action. No organization is perfect... but they're really good.

One of my neighbors emailed me to inform me of the sanctuary city vote, and so I showed up. I live in a fourplex, and found at the meeting that all four apartments in my building had at least one representative at the meeting: a 100% building turn-out! I'm in the first row in the black jacket. The guy on my right is my downstairs neighbor.

It was my first city council meeting. There was a huge turn-out consisting of hundreds of Culver City residents and eight or ten non-resident paid Trump agitators. The Trump agitators were next to me, against the wall.

Because of the huge turn-out, the council had other matters go first. I was charmed by the multiple Farmer's Market vendors who spoke to urge the council to re-hire a guy named Emanuel who had been running the market for nine years, all eloquently praising him, often mentioning "despite his youth." When they were done, Emanuel himself spoke. He mentioned being 29, so he started when he was 20! Impressive. He was voted in. I was also intrigued by the several vendors who made references to the previous manager leaving under what were apparently mysterious circumstances ("Emanuel took over after [I forget his name] left... for whatever reason," and "Since [Whover] went... wherever he went," etc).

Then we moved on to the main matter. 79 people spoke, at two minutes each. All but one of the actual Culver City residents were in favor of the sanctuary city resolution, which is pretty amazingly unified. It was cool to hear everyone's stories - immigrants, descendants of Holocaust survivors, lawyers making lawyerly suggestions, teenagers, pastors, veterans, and a hilarious number of parents of exactly two children, many of them attending the same high school. (Culver City has the fourth most diverse school population in America - 25% African-American, Asian American, Latino/a, and White.)

The Trump agitators loudly booed and cat-called Every. Single. Speaker. This despite the council members repeatedly telling them not to. A high school student from an immigrant family made a very moving speech, and started crying when he spoke about his family's struggles; the Trump agitators loudly mocked him. At that, the entire audience got up and gave the student a standing ovation.

The agitators' speeches were clearly meant for some audience other than their actual one; Trumpers on youtube, I think. They threatened and insulted the council members and audience, yelled, "Sessions is coming for you!" invoked strange Biblical conspiracy theories, and said, "They're gonna rape your women!" and "They're gonna kill you all!" Culver City is extremely liberal and this did not go over well.

The meeting started at 7:00 PM, and ended at a quarter to 1:00 AM. By around 11:00, the heckling and booing was getting pretty old. A Muslim speaker who was calling for peace and brotherhood got called a murderer and terrorist. At that point, I snapped, "SHUT UP!" and a council member had the loudest yeller evicted. When he was allowed back in about half an hour later, he brandished and set off a taser. He was then escorted out by the cops and not allowed back in.

The remaining agitators got bored and left before the actual vote. The council members spent about an hour debating the actual provisions of the measure, with input from the chief of police and the city attorney. In the end, the measure passed 3-1 (the dissenter also voted for sanctuary, but as a symbolic measure only without specific provisions), with one provision stricken (providing funds for immigrants' legal defense) and a few others reworded. Victory!

The whole thing got me interested in city politics, which I haven't been involved in previously in that sense. It was also nice to do something as a part of my community, after mostly living under a rock for the last two years.

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Mar. 30th, 2017 12:11 pm
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I have an AMA (Ask Me Anything) today over at r/Fantasy here--please come say hi! I'll be back to answer questions over there around 7 p.m. CST today.

Hedjog leaves the house

Mar. 30th, 2017 04:10 pm
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Which, admittedly, I was scheduling myself to do even if the houndz of spring had not been snapping at my heels for walkiez.

Since I had finally had the go-ahead to go and affirm at the Probate Office so that, in due course (10 working days, I was told) I can get the Grant of Probate and start getting things moving.

(In other executing news, that really small life insurance policy is creating an inordinate amount of hassle for such a minute sum - they will not release the money until I get the application signed by my sister, who is also named executor, but entirely happy for me to do all the various things involved. Fortunately I am going to the old homestead next week.)

As the Probate Office is in High Holborn, I thought I would make a little expedition of it, have lunch out (Wagamama Kingsway, because I really like the yasai katsu) and then go on to the Sussex Modernism exhibition at Two Temple Place -

And I may remark that an additional layer of surrealism was laid upon the event by its being held in what is, pretty much, late Victorian faux-baronial, with forest-loads of wood panelling and carved effects.

This was pretty much for research-related purposes.

(I'm not sure there was any mention in any of the surrounding textual material that - at least, I presume - one advantage of Sussex was really great railway connections with the metropolis. Maybe the catalogue has more to say on the subject.)

(Actually, I am now surprised that the Polswetts did not have a country cottage in Sussex not that distant from Cold Comfort Farm and that Seth Starkadder was not in great demand for being painted by Duncan Grant, et al.)

Walked to the Tube via Victoria Embankment Gardens, which displayed the typically London sight of, the sun's out, let's go and lie on the grass!

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I can’t recommend this too highly:

The Ezra Klein Show, “Elizabeth Drew covered Watergate. Here's what she thinks of Trump”, 21 Feb 2017. Available on iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, etc. etc..

Drew wrote Washington Journal, a real-time reporting journal of the Watergate saga as viewed by a journalist in Washington, which I immediately acquired after hearing this.

The podcast is an incredibly sharp and thoughtful discussion of the usefulness or otherwise of Watergate analogies, the similarities and differences, and what might happen with Trump -- Drew is firmly opposed to thinking of this as "Watergate 2.0", but she has a very Watergate-informed (as well as shrewd) perspective.

One of the things she’s strongest on is the experience of being in the story, not knowing what’s going to happen, the uncertainty and confusion and fear of everything that (in hindsight, summarized) looks like a nice linear narrative. Her point is that this isn’t Watergate 2.0; we don’t know what it is yet and we can’t see that from where we are. And she knows this not least because she lived through Watergate 1.0, and knows that nobody could see the story from inside it then.

Which is actually one reason why I’m finding all my Watergate-obsessing so mentally useful right now (other than because of pure autistic happy and because it’s an extraordinary story), because when you dive into the details you get into the mess and confusion and long-drawn-out uncertainty (for example, something I had absolutely no clue about: after the existence of the White House taping system was revealed, Nixon remained President for over a year). There are weird similarities between then and now; there are huge differences (Drew has one of the best casual precision-strike putdowns of Trump I’ve heard: “He doesn’t do concepts”).

I have no doubt that there was collusion of some kind between the Trump campaign and Russia, but I don’t know how tacit it was, and we can’t afford to pin our hopes on there being a “smoking gun” somewhere, though it’d obviously be fucking hilarious if there was. It’s risky in some ways to think “oh, this is Watergate all over again, we know how it’s going to go.”

But I think Watergate gives us, if not maps, at least some clues to orient ourselves in this territory (and I’m filling Washington Journal with bookmarks of spooky resonances). We don’t have a map to where we are, only the haziest hints of shapes, but through them we can see another map, the lines of a story that’s not the one we’re living in now, but which is one of the stories underlying it.

And there’s information there for us to raid — for example, looking at what elements have to be in place for the system to work and for a corrupt and criminal President to be impeached. Even with a Democrat-controlled House, it was the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who were critical to its credibility, and the story of how they were won over is fascinating, and to me — surprisingly moving. Then there are the fracture points in the conspiracy, the people who would go so far but no further, or who were willing to take the fall but not alone, or the people who wouldn't volunteer information but wouldn't lie either.

It’s useful to know that we’ve been — if not here, then somewhere not totally unrelated to here before now.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 30th, 2017 02:49 am
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1. Busy day, but I got everything done that urgently needed to be done, so tomorrow I can just enjoy my day off!

2. Next Tuesday I have another concert to go to but also the big giant yearly evaluation meeting where all the store managers have to give their pitches to the president for people's raises was moved to that day, so I was worried I might not get out in time, but today there was an email that made it sound like we could go home after our store was done, so I double checked and they confirmed it, and my store is one of the first ones in the morning, so not only will I have plenty of time for the concert, but I can do the ordering and stuff I usually do Wednesday, and then not have to go in on Thursday (which I thought I might have to do because I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday in Irvine and it's also Carla's birthday so I was planning on taking the day off so we could go to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants that's down by the doctor's office). So I'm pretty happy about all that. (And just in general happy about not having to sit through a day-long meeting.)

3. I played some more Zelda tonight. I keep meaning to play at least a little every day, but somehow there never seems to be time. I need to work on just playing a little bit at a time, but I always feel like if I'm going to play, I want to play a lot, and then end up not doing it at all. But tonight I went up the cliffs outside of Zora's domain to get the shock arrows and a photo of the Lynel (and maybe try and fight him, but he blasted me while I was taking a photo so I just ran, lol). And then I ended up going to a nearby shrine instead and then from there to a great fairy fountain, so I got my clothes upgraded a bit (though I'm missing some ingredients). Then I went down south and opened up the Lake Tower (I plan on catching some fish in Hyrule Lake while I'm there, since that's what I need to upgrade my Zora gear). Tomorrow I probably will attempt the first divine beast, though.

4. Today is Chloe and Molly's birthday and they're a big grown up two years old! (And Jasper is five months! When did these kitties get so big!?)

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I've been giving some thought to titles for the different volumes, and what motifs might be suitable for a cover design along with a fan. Here are some preliminary suggestions:

Volume 1: The Comfortable Courtesan. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that has been a Lady of the Demi-Monde these several years)
Cover: fan + wombatt

Volume 2: The Comfortable Courtesan: Exile from Town. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that has been a Lady of the Demi-Monde these several years)
Cover: fan + quill in inkpot

Volume 3: The Comfortable Courtesan : A Change of Station. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + coronet

Volume 4: The Comfortable Courtesan: Storming Society. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + domino mask

Volume 5: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Drama of Rival Mistresses. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + cello

Volume 6: The Comfortable Courtesan: Domestic Disruptions. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + horse*

Volume 7: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Favourite in Society. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + swan

Volume 8: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Death at a House Party. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + hatpin

Volume 9: The Comfortable Courtesan: Romantic Stratagems. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + lace and bobbins

Volume 10: The Comfortable Courtesan: An Honourable Estate. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + mongoose

Volume 11: The Comfortable Courtesan: A Deal of Visits. Being MEMOIRS by Clorinda Cathcart (that was a Lady of the Demi Monde for some several years, and is now elevat’d to aristocratick rank)
Cover: fan + pistol

Your opinions are solicited.

*I did think maybe just a riding crop, but that might imply a misleading message…

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Mar. 30th, 2017 09:18 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] shrewreader!
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Part of feeling better and being more productive means that I'm actually watching some of my (horrifyingly massive) back catalogue of anime now while I crochet. Currently on the docket is Wedding Peach, because I am a shameless Magical Girl addict.

Tonight I just got to an episode where one of the main Devils is all, "The power of the angels' love will never be a match for the power of the devils' hate!" And I just thought, "Man, quadrants would put such an interesting spin on that."


If you can't tell that this now means I want concept art and/or an outline/description for an Alternian Magical Girl series, you don't know me at all.

drive by rec: age of youth

Mar. 29th, 2017 08:40 pm
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I am currently watching Age of Youth (Hello My Twenties! on Netflix), a slice of life kdrama about five college-age girls that live together in a shared house. It is absolutely stunning. I am on episode four, and I cannot remember the last time I loved a show this much. Perhaps Nirvana in Fire? This is the opposite genre, but both of them are brilliantly shot, have a compelling ensemble cast, are consistently amusing, and break my heart a bit. But Age of Youth does all this while also being utterly adorable.

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Mar. 29th, 2017 10:06 am
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Okay! Today started out doing better with me getting stuff done before I left the house, including watering plants. Well, seeds in dirt. But there were small green things that I hope were intentional sprouts and not either weed sprouts or random tomatoes/poppies/IDEK what might have migrated into those pots over the winter. I am fairly well out of the Imitrex but since I'm also almost out of inhaler and birth control I can just refill all three at the same time. While it's still affordable. Heh. So, but yes, things going better. I actually feel like I can capoeira tonight, apart from the fear of how goddamn out of shape I am.

Which means drink an absurd amount of water, self. The first thing that knocks out your muscles is always, always dehydration. So we're drinking one and a half liters of water over the day.

I'd forgotten how annoying lace knitting is when you're using lace yarn and it takes forever, but I'd also forgotten how pretty it can be. Dammit. And now I want to knit all the things, and I have at least one project that was supposed to be done three goddamn months ago. Dammit, self. Calm down with the projects. And the stashing of yarn, you have umpteen skeins of yarn anyway and at least some of it is lace. Back from when you thought you couldn't do lace because your yarnovers were funky and you didn't know how much of a difference blocking made.

(Anyone who doubts the difference blocking makes, google image search for blocked/unblocked pictures. Holy hell.)

I did get some writing done today at least, and some php practice in because apparently that' a wild hair now. I got all the writing done for the day but the editing, hopefully I'm awake enough after capoeira to do that and physics. And other than that, I actually did manage to get most of my usual shit done for the day. So ... maybe things are going better? I hope. I really hope.
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That's from the comic "Your Black Friend," which Homeworld / Sword of the Stars writer Arinn Dembo reviews on her blog.

I'm reblogging this quote for truth. When I started becoming aware of systemic injustice is when I started being held at even more of a distance. My family and church didn't know what to do with me, and could only tell me to "stop reading those things." Individual people would come up and thank me, sometimes, after I spoke up on others' behalf in Institute, or tried to make sure that someone was okay. But to anyone who had any kind of power or privilege in White Mormon culture, I vanished except as an annoyance.

On the plus side, most White Mormon people are kind of boring anyway, except when their scandals show up in the newspaper. Being around other trans women and "woke" friends has been very good for me.

(About the word "woke:" Arinn notes that it has been appropriated by white people to mean "sensitive and aware," when it was originally used by black people to mean "alert to potential danger." She discusses the need for such a term, in a society that's even more hostile to people with black skin than it is to me personally.)

Into the Badlands 2.2

Mar. 29th, 2017 10:17 am
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 Even post-apocalyptic Wuxia manages to jump on the anti-Trump political commentary train.

spoilers )

Long way to go

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:09 pm
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Here are two periodical reminders that equality is a long way off:

An article which details the differences between 'boys' and 'girls' clothes. Spoiler: clothing for girls is less functional and less sturdy. It's also more likely to make the wearers uncomfortable.

The other day I was watching a primary school class run around the local park. In school uniform. Many girls wore shoes that did not seem to be made for running. Also, all of the girls but only some of the boys were running in their blazers.

The result was that girls in blazers and uncomfortable shoes were competing with boys in shirts and comfortable shoes. Guess who runs faster? Guess who takes home the message that they're good at sports? Guess who will find sports uncomfortable?

A female cook and a male cook work on a project together. It's way, way cool. A 'media/news company' ("Insider") makes a short, viral film about the genius guy and briefly mentions his female partner.

This is how women get erased. In this case, very deliberately.

Those chocolate geode eggs are way, way, WAY cool.
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What I read

Josh Lanyon, Fair Game (2010) m/m romantic thriller (I guess), following a rec from someone somewhere. It was okay - though I'd fingered one character as at least dodgy and concealing something quite early on - but I'm not inspired particularly to continue reading the series.

Robin Stevens, First Class Murder (2015).

On the go

Simon Brett, The Killing in the Café (2015).

Charlie Fox, This Young Monster (2017): 'hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things'. I did that somewhat reprehensible thing where one sees something in an indie bookshop that one should be supporting, and then goes away and gets the ebook a) because it's cheaper and b) because Boox We Are Too Menny and I am trying to cut back, not with entire success, on introducing more actual books into the household, at least until I have undertaken the long deferred purge.

Up Next

Dunno: I am in that state of mind vis a vis reading in which I have a massive tbr pile that includes things that I definitely want to get to, and yet keep getting distracted by other people's recs, thing I picked up in the charity shop, etc.

Oh yes, and had a thought that one of the reasons I did not get on with that Patricia Craig book was that our tastes do not seem to mesh: she either did not read or disliked some of the canonical works of my childhood, and liked things about which I was meh (I never got on with Just William, one would like to think that I already detected the misogyny, but I think it was the style that turned me off in my youth).

Daily Happiness

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:35 am
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1. All the people who were out sick last week seem to be back in shape now, and no one called out today.

2. The Panic concert was so good! I had a blast and will write it up in more detail tomorrow.

3. I love the look on Jasper's face here!

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Mar. 29th, 2017 09:19 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] thatyourefuse!

take on me

Mar. 28th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Courtney Milan, Hold Me (2016): amidst everything, I nearly failed to notice that it's also nonbinding teacher/student (they're not in the same field or connected instructionaly). Way to overclock the setup.

That setup emerges from the narrative's predecessor, Trade Me. Here, Tina's best friend Maria runs a pseudonymous blog that was begun as a lightweight distraction but has gained some rather heavyweight-intellectual reader-commenters, including someone who signs himself Actual Physicist. Over time, MCL and A. have begun exchanging text-message confidences. Then we see them meet in person for other reasons, with instant enmity on both sides; then, of course, one of the two discovers the link. That's the main line. But it's also a book about multiple trans and queer individuals who form a group but aren't the same and don't all get along, and about being overtly femme with shoes that speak, and about men in technical fields who think they're allies and aren't, and about being a non-traditional undergrad, and about being wrong on the internet....

Whereas Trade feels slightly stitched-together to me (except for Falun Gong, I know every single riff's antecedent well, so the narrative tradeoffs show), Hold manages a self-consistency and balance while juggling so. very. many. complicated elements. Read more... )

I do love Housman

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Her strong enchantments failing,
  Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poisons
  And the knife at her neck,

The Queen of air and darkness
  Begins to shrill and cry,
'O young man, O my slayer,
  To-morrow you shall die.'

O Queen of air and darkness,
  I think 'tis truth you say,
And I shall die to-morrow;
  But you will die to-day.

(Anybody want to expound on why it's "I shall" vs. "you will"?)

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Mar. 28th, 2017 11:21 pm
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I went to bed with what I thought was a headache and woke up with a migraine and little writing work done and so in order to be contrary I'm... studying PHP. Okay sure. My brain moves (sluggishly and drugged) in mysterious ways.

Fortunately today's day jobligations once again primarily consist of "knit this sample of a thing" so I can sit and be quiet while my head recovers. I'd forgotten how much I dislike knitting with lace yarn because it takes so damn long to do anything with it, but I'm liking both the yarn and the pattern, so at least there's that.

... yeah the rest of my day got eaten either by the migraine or the knitting oops.
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