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I am coming to suspect that reading Romance of the Three Kingdoms has given me an overly romantic impression of Chengdu, and Sichuan in general.


I wonder which of these links will get more clicks ...

All the photos from all the Apollo missions are online on Flickr. (via all over)

170,000 photographs from 1935-1945 taken by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, including many of the iconic images of the Depression and the War, are also online. (via)

A photograph of ducklings wearing paper skirts. (via)


Subject quote from "Valentine for Ernest Mann, Naomi Shihab Nye.

Officially amused, part 1: Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift's 1989. (via, with more)

Officially amused, part 2: For its 50,000th release, Project Gutenberg published John Gutenberg, First Master Printer.

Officially amused, part 3: "Scarborough Fair" makes a pretty good bedtime song.

Subject quote from "Scarborough Fair."


At two years and five months, TBD is now ZOOMING along on the balance bike, as in faster than my fast walking pace -- I have to book it to keep up. With a small downhill slope, we can routinely glide, with feet up, for 10m and sometimes more than 15m. We may even be ready to start on a bike with pedals soon.

Achievements unlocked in the past month include reciting the numbers to 10 (though for the past two weeks, 5 and 6 routinely get skipped -- and counting above 4 objects remains iffy), "What's that?", reciting "Twinkle, Twinkle" alone, putting on a new band aid unsupervised (including going into the bathroom, climbing onto the toilet to reach the box, getting out a band aid, putting box back, unwrapping it, putting it on knee, and throwing wrapper away -- about two minutes of work while we waited in the living room, not knowing what was going on), and "Why?" (first use: "Why do people ride boats?").

At the end of our first bedtime reading of Corduroy with a small stuffie of the protagonist in hand, TBD hugged the bear just like Lisa did in the book. A few minutes later, Corduroy was abandoned for a larger teddy bear. (Lately, the role of teddy bear has frequently been played by a pink stuffed stegosaurus, usually called Dino but called Teddy Dino for these purposes.)

I haven't recorded much in the way of talking, talking, in part because there's been so many more questions, but one general trend has been greater ability to describe emotions and internal states ("Tired!"). And along with that, more emoting. But, two bits:

While debating in the store whether to buy a cute dress with owls:
Me: "I want to get it."
TBD: "NO Daddy! Mine!"

While watching Maru the cat:
"Kitty hiding!" *giggle* *squeal* "Kitty HIDING!"
<repeat throughout the videos with boxes>

And the night after watching the moon sliding into full eclipse, we had to go outside to watch it rise, to reassure TBD that it had come back out of hiding.

Good times, good times.


Subject quote from "In God's Country," U2.


Wednesday, and there has been reading betimes.


Ancillary Sword by Anne Leckie -- Good, but slightly disappointing in comparison to the ambitious first book. I was expecting the ending to encompass one more layer of story and reversal of plotting. Not to mention more Anaander Mianaais.

Trading in Danger, Marque and Reprisal, and (DNF) Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon -- I wanted undemanding space opera, and got it. The third book in the series didn't grab me, though, with its widened and so more diffuse focus.

The City of Dreadful Night by James Thompson, an umpteen-time reread of a guided tour of the geography of depression. Once again the statement that women and children hardly ever come to the City sticks in the craw, and once again the last third (excepting only the climactic description of Melancholia) lacks the power as what comes before, but still good stuff. Should be better known and read than it is.


Clariel: The Lost Abhorson, just a little further.


Subject quote from "Mador of the Moor," James Hogg.

I should hold on to this until I collect a few more links, but it's too good not to share now:

Villanellebot constructs villanelles out of random tweets, like this one. It is AWESOMESAUCE with AWESOMECHERRYONTOP. How it works. (via)


Subject quote from "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel.

Oh, right. Wednesday. Reading meme day. And I've even done some scattered reading

Including finally getting around to finishing Mahôka Kôkô no Rettôsei v14.

In progress: Ancillary Sword by Anne Leckie, the second book in trilogy, which is good enough that I'm bounding through it quickly. Still poking along with Clariel. Also, some poetry. Mostly, I have to admit, by either mediocre 18th century Quaker poets or Billy Collins, but at least it's something with line breaks.

DNF: The Convenient Marriage, officially.

Subject quote from "I Know What I Know," Paul Simon.

TBD is two years and four months old, and starting to hold converstations.

Talking, talkingCollapse )

Fewer I/you confusions, including starting to addressing people as "you" instead of by name. More adjectival sentences -- "It's X" instead of just "X." (Though we have to be careful: "Is helping" means TBD is helping out with something but what sounds like "Is help" means "Please help [me]" -- initial "pl" is a hard phoneme.) Still inconsistant about counting, the eight or so most important colors are solidifying, and more body parts have names. We can now sing along to most of the words to "Twinkle, twinkle, little star," "Baa, baa, black sheep," and the alphabet song (which really brings out how these are all to the same tune).

The game of Hide-and-seek has been discovered, though at this point TBD typically insists that other people do all the hiding. More imaginative and pretend games, mostly ad hoc. Blocks and Duplos are in vogue again, as are chase games. And getting swung up into the air and around.

Books with animals of all kinds, including bugs, work well with this child, as do do books with trucks. Pictures of animals hiding are especially enjoyed. That animals can get seriously hurt is being processed -- we keep returning a page with photos of dead owls in our field guide. But to be fair, books do well with this child -- the coffee table is out of control, for all that we we try to cull it down to the two dozen or so books in highest current interest, and piles still constantly topple over.

And really, the biggest development as far as we're concerned is that, when our Former Sometimes Roommate comes over for dinner, TBD eagerly helps walk her dog around the block, leaving us alone in the house for 20 minutes. By ourselves. Just us. Ahhh.


Subject quote from "Sunrise" from "Hymns of the Marshes," Sidney Lanier.


These are some very bad links.

One-star reviews of national parks. (via)

If you've ever wondered what "Mambo Number 5" sounds like with all instruments replaced with bike horns, we've got you covered. So to speak. Full album of bike-horn covers is on bandcamp. (via)

Winners of the 2015 Bulwer-Lytton Contest. As usual, the biggest laughs come from dishonorable mentions. (via)

Three words: Amanda McKittrick Ros.

You are welcome.


Subject quote from "The Ruins of Seton Chapel," David Macbeth Moir.

Sign on the counter of the gelato shop near my office:

Gelato Counter

Yes, they really are rickrolling their customers.


Subject quote from "Shake It Out," Florence + The Machine.


Infographic of the week: Deaths in the Iliad. (via)

So spoke Fitzgerald’s Persian bard,
And the people of Victoria heard him and sighed,
And thought unto themselves “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity,”
And turned again to contemplate, now sad, their railway timetables.

Bork bork bork! (via)


Subject quote from "Tightrope," Janelle Monáe.

How to title every book you ever write. (via) My debut novel Citrus on Quebec Street will be followed by the disappointing sophomore effort See the Thorn Twist (with the alternate title In Leather, Lace, and Chains in the UK), the collection The Tortoise Camp, then The FORTRAN Programmers, November in Osaka, The Wisdom of Post-it Notes, and Autumnwhaaa.

I admit it: a title like How to Settle Accounts with Your Laundress will make me click though to find out what the heck it is. Spoiler: a one-act farce published in 1847.

Stuff Business People Say. Yes, it's an ad. Yes, I've heard just about every one of these in person. The main wince-worthy one they missed is "out of pocket." (via)


Subject quote from "Abraham Davenport," John Greenleaf Whittier.

... a place for posting bits of fluff caught in my filters. Warning: I list "very bad poetry" among my interests.

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