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This journal ends up being a bit of a mix of Srs Business (rants; things I've learned from counselling; &c), fannish & scientific joy, linkspams, poetry, & misc life updates. I tag fairly compulsively, though not always helpfully; I use content notes; I have written up a cast of characters; I aim to maintain this as a safer space, and appreciate (but do not expect!) call-outs when I mess up.

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BSL notes

Feb. 10th, 2016 06:07 pm
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ADD LINKS:
- video clip about Hazel
- Deafinitely Theatre

Grammar.
  • 4 types of placement in syntactic space: topographical (literal), abstract (most common - e.g. choosing between two things, place them in space); hierarchical (top-down; indicates power/status; used to indicate e.g. family structures, or conversations with superiors/inferiors, via where sign/eyeline/etc are placed); numerical
  • proforms and classifiers (placing things within space; types of thing; the evolution of the sign for "telephone"!)


Politics. Mostly about sign song: it's of necessity SSE rather than BSL, and ends up being incredibly unidiomatic (SSE of "cross the river" is CROSS [the generic object]-RIVER rather than RIVER-CROSS [the proform/topographic placement]. Not of any particular interest to d/Deaf culture, and sometimes seen as patronising/appropriative in addition to irrelevant; but can be a very useful practice tool for people learning BSL because it makes you sign faster (than you think you can), learn a lot of vocab, and helps cement vocab (in the same way that learning words to music is generally easier than learning words in isolation). We did also watch a brief video clip about the youngest child of two very-famous-in-UK-d/Deaf-culture people (at least one of whom is involved in Deafinitely Theatre IIRC), whose name is given on her birth certificate both as it would be written/spoken and in the notation used for transcribing signs.

Vocabulary )

Homework.
  • sign along to Abba's I have a dream every other day or so
  • pick a song to sign along to; work out as much of it as possible, and bring it along next time
  • practise describing things on a table (record self to make sure using eyeline/getting consistent surface)
  • practise describing a picture (ditto)
kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
creme brulee
Caramelising the sugar on top of creme brulee using a butane-fired soldering iron.


(With no apologies at all for the quality of the photo, but mild apologies for the lack of apologies.)

I have also, I informed my counsellor yesterday afternoon, Engaged in a Hobby.

... you have Engaged in a Hobby, my counsellor repeated, looking slightly mystified.

I have made Custard, I said. (And did not add "look at it! it's got anxiety!")

... you know, I really do look forward to our sessions, he said, while wearing his the-NHS-is-actually-and-for-realsies-paying-me-for-this-shit face.


All of which being as it may, turns out that the butane-fired soldering iron does an excellent job of bruleeing creme, at least when wielded by A as I look on suspiciously (the suspicion being in large part because it's his soldering iron and What If I Break It). Lessons for next time (we have another two ramekins of custard in the fridge!) are "use a thinner layer of sugar"; and something a little perplexing happened to the texture (it was grainy until reheated and then... stopped... being... grainy?), but that at least is going to have to wait until the next batch gets made for further Experimentation.

("Okay but what in fact is the Hobby to which you were referring," sed A, "because it's clearly not actually cooking, you do that a lot." "Pointless culinary one-upmanship contests against myself. OBVIOUSLY.")
kaberett: A drawing of a black woman holding her right hand, minus a ring finger, in front of her face. "Oh, that. I cut it  off." (molly - cut it off)
(I am kind of baffled by how smoothly and rapidly this is all going: I was initially supposed to have my first appointment on the 8th of March, but due to a steady stream of late cancellations I've thus far had an initial assessment and one session of hand therapy, and will be having at least one more session of hand therapy and an information/education session before my the theoretical date of my first appointment ever rolls around.)

Initial assessment. )

Hand therapy. )

Summary. Yeah, I just... yeah. This can stay.
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RIGHT. Pursuant to previous, I have achieved CUSTARD to my satisfaction, for the purposes of meeting the goal "acquire this culinary skill before next birthday", which means I am going to have to decide what the next one will be.

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...

... called Synapse.

THANK YOU I'LL BE HERE ALL WEEK

Slightly more usefully, the two we were recommended were Sign BSL and Spread Signs. (I do not have the cope right now to hunt down non-Android equivalents, sorry.)

On signing while bendy, per last week's questions. I'm... honestly not finding it too bad so far? I mean, I did a lot of music and a lot of interacting-with-animals as a small; I doubt I'll ever be a fast signer because, well, not having that amount of coordination was a major problem with instruments, too. We've got a teacher who's very open to showing us how to adapt signs to suit our bodies; I'm having to be quite mindful of not hyperextending things in my hands and wrists while signing, but that's part of the ongoing project Fuck My Hands Up Less. The ring-splints don't seem to be causing a problem for my receivers. Chair use gets in the way of some signs around hips, but that's going to be at least somewhat dependent on which chair I'm using and is adaptable to. If there are more specific questions on this I am happy to try to answer them but open questions are apparently Tricky right now (can't think why!) and I am wanting to get this posted with this included so I can Close The Tabs, ergo that's what you're getting in the absence of further prompting. <3

Linguistic notes. Read more... )

Vocabulary notes. Read more... )


Homework. Write out twenty yes/no questions, plus expected BSL word order, plus expected style of response. Also make small sentences.
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... they say, abruptly realising they left their copy of Molecular Gastronomy on the wrong side of town again.

Item the first: A appears to be very much in favour of the bit where these days he will sometimes get home from work to find that meringue has happened essentially because I was bored. (Note-to-self: this oven wants you to do the thing at 120 degrees; at one hour it's still gooey in the middle but you have an appreciative audience for that so wevs.) This is going to be happening with rather greater frequency over the next little bit, I expect, because...

Item the second: I am attempting to Acquire the skill of Custard. By which I do, very specifically, mean Custard Without Cornflour. Thus far established (on my third attempt): 150ml whole milk/one egg yolk/one tablespoon of sugar yields a very thin pouring custard, but importantly this is not a failure mode of "never thickens", it's actually how it's supposed to end up, so technically my first attempt at custard lo these many years ago was, in fact, a success. (I did actually curdle the second attempt.) To get the kind of thick custard I'm actually after, though -- and again I say, without cornflour, because I'm in a one-upmanship contest with myself -- it looks like I want to be using double cream, and a higher proportion of yolk to dairy (e.g. the Nigella Lawson creme brulee recipe; the Guardian; the Beeb; some other BBC recipes advocate a mix of milk and double cream, to which I say: naaaaah). I did use a double boiler and think I'm going to stick with that; I think I'm probably superstitiously more comfortable with beating the sugar and yolk together than with adding the sugar to the dairy though I've absolutely no scientific basis for this (this time round I put the sugar in with the milk; it worked). (Additional note: I do not own a kitchen blowtorch. A, however, owns a gas-fired soldering iron. There is a not insubstantial risk that at some point over the next few weeks I will, therefore, end up making creme brulee with a soldering iron. I am absolutely delighted by my life choices.)
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Last night I was feeling vaguely guilty for the part where I was sitting around knitting and reading short stories after dinner, while A tidied gently and handled some paperwork he needed to get done.

Today Why time is a feminist issue came across my dash again:
What I didn't know at the time was that this is what time is like for most women: fragmented, interrupted by child care and housework. Whatever leisure time they have is often devoted to what others want to do – particularly the kids – and making sure everyone else is happy doing it. Often women are so preoccupied by all the other stuff that needs doing – worrying about the carpool, whether there's anything in the fridge to cook for dinner – that the time itself is what sociologists call "contaminated."

I came to learn that women have never had a history or culture of leisure. (Unless you were a nun, one researcher later told me.) That from the dawn of humanity, high status men, removed from the drudge work of life, have enjoyed long, uninterrupted hours of leisure. And in that time, they created art, philosophy, literature, they made scientific discoveries and sank into what psychologists call the peak human experience of flow.

Women aren't expected to flow.


Which was a useful coincidence.

(I'd done and hung out the laundry, and put the previous round away. I'd gone out and bought groceries. I'd planned and made dinner and dessert; I served up as he walked in the door from work. We'd been trading executive function and social mammal reinforcement all day. And I still felt like I didn't ought to sit around knitting for an hour, especially not if he was doing housework, because I should be helping, because of course I did, because the patriarchy. It is, I find, very helpful to end up in situations where this discomfort arises, the what-should-I-be-doing-to-help, and the answer's nothing, keep on with what you're doing, I've got this.)
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I've put together a petition requesting that government bodies include a non-specific gender-neutral honorific such as Mx in all preset lists of titles. I'll be very grateful if you sign & signal-boost.

The very short explanation is that I think it's ridiculous to have a list that includes "Wing Commander" but not "Mx" (as is the case when using the fill-in-on-a-computer version of the ESA application form).

The slightly longer version is that applying for benefits etc ends up with me being misgendered a lot, which is rather uncomfortable, and last week ended up with me being addressed by my grandmother's name (I am not Mrs B. My mother is not Mrs B. That's... very much my deceased grandmother, thanks.) On top of that, a lot of places -- including banks -- make the (completely spurious) claim that they can't offer Mx as a title because HMRC doesn't: if the government can be persuaded to set an example, a whole lot of other institutions and organisations are suddenly going to have to fall into line.

(Last week I realised, slightly to my astonishment, that I hadn't seen this done; and a trawl of petitions.parliament.uk didn't show anything up. So here we are.)

BSL notes

Jan. 25th, 2016 01:06 pm
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I'm doing an eleven-week beginners' BSL course with [personal profile] me_and; in lesson #1 we covered fingerspelling, a brief conceptual overview of BSL grammar and BSL as distinct from sign-supported English, and asking people's names. Homework was to practice finger-spelling three- and four-letter words slowly, correctly, and steadily, to get used to moving our hands while making correct mouth-shapes/facial expressions. Particular notes to remember: move vowel fingers forward not backward while finger-spelling (faster!); don't bother linking little fingers for s (ditto).

This week we moved onto a pile of vocabulary.

Read more... )

Homework: practice making small sentences with all of these; get words I missed (because lungs) off A.

eta lnr provides an online BSL dictionary (if somewhat patchy nonetheless a resource!)
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Just about all of you have pointed me at Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages, for which I am grateful! But having told [personal profile] jedusaur I'd liked it give or take disagreeing with a couple of the approaches taken, I completely failed to actually elaborate on what those points of disagreement were.

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I enjoyed Ann Leckie's recent post on writing paid for by the word, and stylistic traits of pulp fiction slightly more generally.
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I can't for the life of me remember which of you it was that linked me to this frankly glorious restaurant review, but thank you.
The Hudson Valley Foie Gras (“Seared with Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Eel”) is divine; the Widow’s Hole Oysters (“Hot and Cold with Apple and Black Chestnuts”) are excellent if weirdly capitalized; but the remarkable thing is the turnip course. A turnip, as you know, should be allowed to be a turnip; that is for the best.


(Meanwhile A is quoting an article about the Tube back at me, and I continue desperately enamored of the concept of rose-and-vanilla or chamomile battenberg, which latter was brought to my attention by [personal profile] aella_irene.)
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I thought you weren't supposed to get those unless you were, like, a servant in a Victorian novel. Body, no.

Also if anyone has any bright ideas about the intersection of "Reynaud's" and "sensory processing disorder" with respect to "slippers" or otherwise keeping my feet warm, that'd be great, bearing in mind that the main thing that sets the Reynaud's off is my extremities having even the vaguest inkling that they might have ever met the concept of cold. (I am currently trying to work out if there are a pair of sufficiently bulky non-allergenic socks around that I can just wear those as a second layer.)
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These are things I would like to go to. For exhibits at the NHM and Kew Gardens I can get people in for free; for exhibits elsewhere it is typically the case that I get in as a concession and get a free carer i.e. we can split the ticket price. I can be very flexible about times; please do let me know if you're interested in any of these (or make counter-offers of things I'm not aware of that you'd be into!).

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Cinnamon almond frangipane, thyme pastry, plum. Yes or no?

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