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Jun. 26th, 2017 10:34 pm
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Mosque approved despite pleas to think of the little turtles and an odd assertion that the mosque would produce more sewage than "normal " spiritual use.

Fiber Monday

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:06 pm
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I'm skipping the whole "I should post more" discussion.

Knitting: I don't think I'll finish June's project in June. I'm close, halfway down both sleeves. I'm not sure how I'm going to the sleeve stripes. I think it might just be more of the dark red. I have four more days of commute knitting, but...

Spinning: I spun twelve ounces/~1100 yards of shetland for for July's project. It's hanging to dry after finishing (well, it is currently raining, but it should dry tomorrow). I haven't decided which pattern to knit yet - Tatu or Sugar Maple. I'm leaning towards trying Tatu, and saving Sugar Maple for another project (one which I spin a gradient instead of the fractal ply I just spun).

Other: Earlier this month I sewed patches from my travels on my knitting purse. Makes me smile every time I look at it.

The exgf's cats meet Fig

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Ibid has a ... troubled history with Nigel so we're holding off on that.

No histrionics but somehow Rufus established himself as a cat Fig needs not to annoy, whereas Nigel is someone Fig will happily follow around.

Also, Fig made himself sick eating daisies, then tried to eat one again.
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I finally found out where I misshelved this.

(no idea what review series I can fit it into)


Dumb Calibre/Kobo question

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:20 pm
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I can see my Kobo has about 300 more titles on it than my laptop Calibre does (because I got the Kobo well before the laptop). How do I move the titles that are on the Kobo to Calibre?
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One issue: I really suck at giving people their free reviews. Would appreciate pointers on how to suck less.

Free comic book collection

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:34 am
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There is an interested party. Will update if this changes.

Jasmine's closets are filled with the late MV's comic collection. She's been trying to find home for the 30 cartons of comics for the last decade. If anyone would like them, they are free for the picking up (in bulk, not piece meal. Sorry.).

If she cannot find a taker in the next week, they are going out to recycling.

Please contact me here or at jdnicoll at panix dot com for more details.

Clarification: you can take individual boxes if you like. You just cannot take individual issues.

Two Concerts

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:48 am
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I attended concerts on Saturday night and Sunday night.

Saturday was Night Music, playing the following on period instruments with a pick-up choir for the last two pieces:
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 138
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K. 370
Joseph Haydn: Trio, Hob XI:80
Michael Haydn, Divertimento for oboe, viola, and violone, MH 179
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
Mozart: Te Deum, K. 141

I've memorized "Ave Verum Corpus," but never sung K. 141, so I really enjoyed hearing that. My favorite was K. 370, terrifyingly virtuosic for the oboe, full of moments of WTF amazement.

Sunday was Arcana New Music Ensemble, performing:
Oliver Messiaen: Le traquet stapazin (no. 4 of Catalogue d'oiseaux)
Franco Donatoni: Fili
John Cage: Two
John Cage: Aria
Kenneth Amis: Interludes I-IV
Stefan Wolpe: Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano

My favorite was the Donatoni, requiring incredible virtuosity on the flute; my least favorite was Cage's "Two," which mostly made me aware of how people can't sit still and listen to silence. The vocal soloist for Cage's "Aria" was terrific, and I'd never heard that piece live before. I also loved the Amis Interludes, short sets of repetitive phrases from the four voices, overlapping and echoing, exactly the sort of thing I love to listen to deeply. Alas, I was tired by the end and the Wolpe mostly blew right through me, so I'm not sure if I would have liked it or not.

Next up, I need to think about tickets for next year's season for the various local groups.

Nervous

Jun. 26th, 2017 05:48 am
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In the next few days we should hear officially whether we have the house or not. Yes, we have been pre-approved, the seller and rwaltor are ok with our offers and everything is signed, the place has been inspected. But we need the offical word the money will be released.

Plus, I will be going infor a Pet Scan Weds. There is a real chance my NHL in lymph node on my neck has become enlarged. If so, I will have to start taking Ritauxin either orally or in shot form...not sure which.

Plus my supplemental insurance will be going away at end of August. I have Medicare but have to shop for supplemental insurance that is good as the one I have in Penn.

Have been boxing, boxing and boxing more books, stuff.

Any reason why I am sleeping like shite last couple of weeks?

Mr Simon His Ground

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:32 pm
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A number of our favorite early-music recording artists (e.g. Ciaramella, Ex Umbris) have recently been slumming in the 17th century, playing ornamentation or improvisation over grounds such as Chaconne, La Folia, Passamezzo (of whatever age), etc. So after listening to some of these on CD this evening, I went to Home Depot looking for late-night cup-hooks and sand, still whistling variations on the Chaconne, and suddenly over the loudspeaker come the first notes of... "Bodyguard".
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Queen of Swords Press will be tabling at the first ever Queer Voices Pride Book Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library on Tuesday 6/27, from 5:30-6:30. Then Catherine Lundoff will be one of a group of writers who'll be reading short excerpts of their work from 6:30-8:30ish. Come down, say hi and perhaps, pick up a book or two! We'll have copies of Out of This World and Silver Moon, as well as Queen of Swords Press mugs and some other fun things.

I now know

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:16 pm
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It takes roughly 3 hours to pack 4000 MMPB.

I had an amusing thought: donate them to UW, to keep the B. P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction company.

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