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The water pipes in my apartment have abruptly started acting weird: very noisy and comes out sputtering. There seems to be air in the pipes. This started yesterday – first noticed when the toilet tank was refilling with cold water, checked the kitchen taps, and the cold water was doing it there, too. Then the hot water started doing that too, which has me more alarmed: that comes right out of my apartment's water heater tank, so there shouldn't be any opportunity for air to get in it, right?

I called the landlord yesterday, left a message about it. There's construction going on on the floor below me, but I asked one of the guys if they're working on the plumbing and he said no.

It's still doing it.

How worried should I be? What scenarios could be causing this?

More on the History of Jewish Music

Oct. 19th, 2017 08:42 am
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Just found this video featuring the Y-Studs.

What a hoot!

I heard the news, oh boy

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:16 am
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I received word of a couple of news items happening to a friend and a relative.  Not good news, either.

The friend was in a car accident.  She says she is not hurt badly -- some bruises and a small fracture.  Her car, unfortunately, was probably totaled.  (I've heard enough stories similar to this to believe that cars are built for performance, comfort, safety -- and basically to withstand only one accident.  I guess the "safety" part is most important, since she said all the airbags went off.)

But that event in my friend's life seems relatively minor compared to what happened to a cousin of mine.

She lives in northern California.  Need I say any more?  Yes, her home was in the path of fire, and I learned yesterday that her home was destroyed by fire. 

I'm not sure how long she's lived there or even how she chose that area.  I suspect it was because of property and space to live with animals, as she's always been an animal lover.  While in our case two small dogs are plenty, in her case that's likely not enough.  I understand all human and non-human creatures living at the residence escaped safely, but today there is no residence remaining.

I'd imagine the shock of a fire's sudden devastation is similar to living through a tornado -- it quickly arrivies and does its damage, rather than a hurricane, with a lot of planning after which it may or may not cause damage.  That doesn't make it better or worse, just one of the many types of disasters possible in different environments.

I've communicated with my friend after her car accident.  I've not directly communicated yet with my cousin, but have spoken with her brother who lives elsewhere.


Holding the world in balance

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:37 pm
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Posted by Terri Windling

A stag who appears on New Year's Day in Romania (photograph by Charles Fréger)

Ceremonial deer dancers in the Mayan, Portuguese, and Bhutan traditions

Following on from yesterday's post, here's a passage from an interview with Chickasaw writer Linda Hogan noting the role of traditional ceremonies in mediating our relationship with animals:

"There were times when animals and people spoke the same language, or when the animals helped the humans. For instance, our mythology says it was the spider who brought us fire. I’ve thought about these human-animal relationships for years -- is this true? Well, humans and animals existed together for many thousands of years without creating the loss of species. There was enormous respect given to animals. I have to trust the knowledge of indigenous people because it held a world in balance.

"I have a special interest in ceremonies. I look at a ceremony called the Deer Dance. In the ceremony, I watch the entire world unfold through the life of the deer and a man dressed as a deer. The man dances all night. It is as if he were transformed into a deer. This is a renewal ceremony for the people. The deer that lives in the mountains far from the people provides them with life.

"The purpose of most ceremonies -- such as healing ceremonies -- is to return one person or group of people to themselves, to place the human in proper relationship with the rest of the world. I thought that we were out of touch with ourselves twenty years ago. Now, with computers and email and cell phones, we are even more out of touch. How many of us even stay in touch with our own bodies? If we aren’t inhabiting our own bodies, how can we understand animal bodies of the world?"

Deer dancer at the Crane Festival in Bhutan 2

Tibetan Cham Deer  in the early 20th & 2st centuries

Women's deer dance in Bali

"Indian people," writes Hogan (in her beautiful book Dwellings), "must not be the only ones who remember the agreement with the land, the sacred pact to honor and care for the life that, in turn, provides for us. We need to reach a hand back through time and a hand forward , stand at the zero point of creation to be certain we do not create the absence of life, of any species, no matter how inconsequential they might appear to be. "

An urban deer dance by artist Carolyn Ryder Cooley

Yaqui Deer and Pascola Dancers, Sonora, Mexico

Deer Dance by Kyle Bowman

Yokai spirits in Akita Prefecture, Japan (photograph by Charles Fréger)

Pictures: A traditional stag dancer on New Year's Day in Romania (photographed bCharles Fréger); Mayan, Portuguese, and Bhutan deers dancers (the second photograph by Fréger); a deer dancer performing at the Black Crane Festival in Bhutan; Tiben Cham Deers, early in the 20th & 21st centuries; a women's deer dance in Bali; an urban deer dance by American artist Carolyn Ryder Cooley; Yaqui Deer and Pascola Dancers in procession in Sonora, Mexico; a Yaqui Deer Dancer in Arizona (photograph by Kyle Bowman), and Yokai spirits in Akita Prefecture, Japan (photographed by Charles Fréger). Please note that there are rules and taboos about photographing sacred ceremonies; I've only used photographs taken with permission.

Words: The first passage above come from an interview with Linda Hogan by Camille Colatosti from The Witness; alas, it no longer seems to be online. The second passage is from Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World by Linda Hogan (WW Norton reprint edition, 2007), which I highly recommend,. All rights reserved by the author.

Further reading: "Deer Woman and the Living Myth of the Dreamtime" by Carolyn Dunn, "Where the White Stag Runs" by Ari Berk, and two previous posts: "Wild Folklore" and "Homemade Ceremonies."

A Quick Dash Up To London

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:46 pm
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It's a long time since I was in Central London. Twenty years perhaps. And equally long since I went there by train. But one picks up the thread. And once I was there it was if my previous visit had been the day before.

London was grey and brown with low cloud truncating The Shard. Do I like London? Not really. Do I love London? Well....

I went to pay a hospital visit. And arrived just in time to assist my son with his discharge. He'd had a minor operation. Once upon time that would have meant weeks of bed rest. Today they have the patient up and doing in 12 hours.

Here's a tip. The café at University College Hospital serves excellent food and is amazingly cheap. £5.00 for a generous serving of roast beef with all the trimmings....

After my son had left for his home I went back to Charing Cross and took a short turn along the river- including a wander through the Victoria Embankment Gardens- with its monuments to famous Brits, including- strikingly and anomalously- Robert Burns. They're all blokes- though Arthur Sullivan has a distraught female weeper beating her head against his pillar.

I like it that the text is by Gilbert. I wonder if Sullivan himself would have approved. I get the impression he rather struggled to free himself from that association- as the halves of famous partnerships so often do.

At the Charing Cross end of the gardens is the Watergate to York House- which is all that remains of the Thameside residence of the Dukes of Buckingham. It serves as a marker of where the Thames shoreline was before Sir Joseph Bazalgette pushed the river back with his embankment. George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham is memorialised in the surrounding streets. There's a George Street, a Villiers Street, a George Street, a Buckingham Street and the most insignificant of them all is called Of Alley- but was later renamed York Place by someone without a sense of humour

Of Alley looks like this. The highly decorated building at the end is the Charing Cross Hotel.

My stroll took me past Cleopatra's Needle. Here's one of her sphinxes.

Thursday DE

Oct. 19th, 2017 08:19 am
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It's been a little while since we've done this, so:


(i'm turning off email notifications on this, so seriously, go to town)

More Movie Stuff

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:48 am
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While I was trying to compile lists for my previous post, I looked up François Périer, who played supernatural chauffeur Heurtebise*, and noticed he’d also played a burglar in a 1946 romantic-comedy-fantasy, Sylvie et le Fantome, in which Jacques Tati plays a ghost. I wish Youtube had a better copy than this fuzzy one with the sound out of synch, but what I’ve been able to see is rather charming. It was an interesting decision to play the ghost, Alain, without dialogue, but then he is Jacques Tati. *Pretty sure Orphee is where Tim Burton got the idea for the running gag in Beetlejuice that suicides become civil servants in the afterlife.
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Empire Games

Attention, British readers: Empire Games just came out in small format paperback today, with a price cut from the big trade paperback. The ebook edition also got a whole bit cheaper: Kindle edition here.

(The US paperback/cheap ebook will be along a bit later, because Tor UK and Tor USA are actually different publishers with different schedules.)

movie re-watch: Hocus Pocus

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:26 am
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1. Allison never gets a last name? Or parents, although they're mentioned. (As in "this party is full of friends of my parents," not "yes, they're around here somewhere.")

2. I was baffled by all the 'thee' and 'thou' stuff, but I admit I have zero knowledge of linguistic patterns in 1693. (PS: also baffled by their 1693 outfits! And the fact that he was barefoot in Massachusetts at the end of October.)

3. Pretty sure a lot of decisions about this movie got made by someone saying, "You know what would be funny?"

4. Last year when I saw this movie for the first time, I was ::cough:: a little upset. About the cat. And I considered writing a short fix-it fic to ease my mind. It never happened, but here we are again in October, and apparently I'm not over it, because guess what's happening for NaNoWriMo?


Interesting Links for 19-10-2017

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:00 pm
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[ profile] manue7a just did part of a giant 100 days (things?) meme to kill time, and i guess i'm doing it now?

1. when you have cereal, do you have more milk than cereal or more cereal than milk?

more cereal, always. i mean, i like my cereal a little soggy, but also i REALLY don't like milk? (i don't like the taste, and also it gives me gas.) so i just let the cereal sit around in JUST enough milk for a little while, and once most of the milk is absorbed, go forth and nom.

(also, cereal first, then milk. i don't know how anyone does it the other way round without cringing.)

yes, i'm still hooked to This Too Shall Pass. it's a beautiful song with a lot of lyrics and a lot of layers, all of which i haven't properly listened to and analysed yet. ugh this song has SO MUCH to it i am dying. i want to be able to write like this. (i'm remembering what i love about writing! this is good!)

(for anyone who wants it, i'll post the entire meme in a comment below because i don't want it clogging up this (or any) entry, and also like for my reference?)

i picked the kate icon because that's pretty much what i look like when i'm neutral-happy. <3

The Blood is the Life for 19-10-2017

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:00 am
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So, my friend made a game. It's a classic point and click adventure in the style of things like Monkey Island. You click on things, you talk to characters, you solve puzzles, you win the game. Except... I thought Monkey Island was dead boring. This is not dead boring. I've even played the tutorial through three times, just to see what the different answers do, because it's so laugh out loud funny.

So yes, I'm slightly biased here because the game is made by someone I know, and is set in a fictionalised version of a town two train stops away, and my daughter voices one of the characters (look out for small child of indeterminate gender Little Bilge)... but this is the most fun I've had playing a game in ages. It doesn't try to screw you for more money, it doesn't make you do stupid repetitive daily tasks, it doesn't rely on ninja reaction times. It's happy to just make you laugh and warm your heart. In times like we are going through now, that's more valuable than diamonds.

Honestly, guys, you know I wouldn't bullshit you about anything involving money, I'm from Yorkshire.

Go buy Yorkshire Gubbins. You won't regret it.

Upgraded my OS

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:16 am
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I moved from Linux Mint 17.3 32-bits to Linux Mint 18.2 64-bits, both in the Cinnamon version. I retained my Home directory, so pretty much all settings and things like email carried over.
Everything is the pretty much same and yet many tiny things are different. Mostly fonts and font sizes. It's like getting all new clothes all at once, and they're very similar to your old clothes, but not exactly the same and they've not been molded to your body the way your old clothes have. It's slightly odd but mostly nice. And everything works again (including some old Windows software through Wine).

All in all, it took about three hours to make a backup, reinstall, get all my software going and settle in again. Try doing that with Windows.

Linkdump 19-10-2017

Oct. 19th, 2017 10:00 am
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