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Mar. 28th, 2015 03:08 pm
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Died on this day in 1884 aged 30 Prince Leopold (my toy,wikipedia). Child of Queen Victoria. He suffered from haemophilia, and died of it just before the birth of his second child.

Born on this day in 1785 to Duke Franz of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Countess Aughusta of Ebersdorf, Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (my toy,wikipedia). Uncle of Queen Victoria (her mother's brother). Started out Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld but later Saxe-Coburg-Gotha after some territory was swapped (woo! German names, so... complicated).

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Mar. 27th, 2015 07:47 pm
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Died on this day in 1625 aged 58 King James VI of Scotland & I of England (my toy,wikipedia). James succeeded his mother Mary Queen of Scots in Scotland after she was forced to abdicate by Protestant rebels, he was at the time still an infant. He succeeded his second cousin twice removed Elisabeth I when she died childless; although earlier the Scottish descendants of Margaret Tudor were viewed as unsuitable claimants to the English throne, being Catholic, and ignored in favour of Jane, James had been raised Protestant after the ousting of his Catholic mother and was generally accepted. He was the target of the Catholic gunpowder plot.

Born on this day in 972 to King Hugh Capet and Adelaide of Aquitaine, King Robert II of France (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-father of Matilda who married William the Conker.

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Mar. 26th, 2015 04:34 pm
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Died on this day in 1780 aged 66 Duke Charles I of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (my toy,wikipedia). Grandfather of Caroline who married George IV. Founded the Technical University of Brunswick, which is nice, but in general he was bad with money and nearly bankrupted the state, his eldest son managed to rescue the state finances.

Born on this day in 1687 to King George I of GB and Sophia of Celle, Sophia of Hanover (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of George I. Married her first cousin the King of Prussia. They hated each other, and he was a horrible husband, beating her and their children (they had 14). Being a woman sucked a lot.

(But: Oh my! that dress! I want one)
[personal profile] mjg59
One project I've worked on at Nebula is a Python module for remote configuration of server hardware. You can find it here, but there's a few caveats:
  1. It's not hugely well tested on a wide range of hardware
  2. The interface is not yet guaranteed to be stable
  3. You'll also need this module if you want to deal with IBM (well, Lenovo now) servers
  4. The IBM support is based on reverse engineering rather than documentation, so who really knows how good it is

There's documentation in the README, and I'm sorry for the API being kind of awful (it suffers rather heavily from me writing Python while knowing basically no Python). Still, it ought to work. I'm interested in hearing from anybody with problems, anybody who's interested in getting it on Pypi and anybody who's willing to add support for new HP systems.

Reading Wednesday

Mar. 25th, 2015 04:12 pm
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Alif the Unseen (Wilson, G Willow)
This has djinn and computer programming and an excellent plot. Sort of Urban Fantasy maybe? (in that it's set sort-of-now and has djinn) but the setting is not like most of the other urban fantasy I have read. Very enjoyable read. Wilson mostly writes for comics, maybe there will be more novels?

Girl in the Dark (Lyndsey,Anna)
I read this because Women's Hour recommended it to me. It is a memoir by a woman with extreme photosensitivity who has to spend much of her life living in complete darkness to avoid painful skin issues. She writes engagingly, and I found it an interetsing read.

Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook (PTerry). Still reading. It's on my desk at work for the spare moment. I love how Discworld went from a comedy set to somewhere that I can actually imagine real people living ordinary lives.

What Makes This Book So Great (Walton,Jo). This is a collection of blog posts originally published on Tor.com remarking about the greatness (or, sometimes, otherwise) or book when re-read. I am building a long list of books to read! Very bitty of course (each post is only a few pages).

Not sure. I've got Americanah, and that book about Crusades and one about the North Sea and a bunch of Diamond and a huge list from WMTBSG... so, we'll see.

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Mar. 25th, 2015 01:19 pm
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Died on this day in 1323 aged 66 Mary of Hungary (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand mother of Philippa who married Edward III. Mary probably started out a pagan Shamanist, but converted to Catholicism to marry Charles II of Naples. I don't think I've got too many people who aren't some sort of Christian, although I don't track this (it's not always obvious); maybe I should add a field for it. She married when she was only 12 and went on to have 14 children, the youngest when she was 14.

Born on this day in 1345 to Henry of Grosmont and Isabel of Beaumont, Blanche of Lancaster (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Henry IV. Married John of Gaunt, her 2nd cousin once removed (wikipedia says 3rd cousin, which is also true, but I think 2nd-cousin-once-removed is closer?). She died much earlier than her husband but he was later buried with her (not with either of his subsequent wives).

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Mar. 24th, 2015 07:37 pm
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Seems I did today yesterday. Silly Silly. So, er, here's yesterday's people.

Died on this day yesterday in 1813 aged 75 Princess Augusta of Great Britain (my toy,wikipedia). Mother-in-law of George IV. Augusta married her second cousin, the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, she initially didn't like Brunswick much but fortunately it improved on her since she fell out with the English court (well, mostly the Queen, her sister in law).

Born on this day yesterday in 1430 to King Rene I of Naples and Duchess Isabella of Lorraine, Margaret of Anjou (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Henry VI, her 3rd cousin. Margaret was a fierce Lancastrian, and took a large part in the Wars of the Roses; she ended her life an exile in France, after she lost everything in England. Margaret was rather more capable and interested than Henry it seems.
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[personal profile] kaberett
is that it is full of people who think like I do and love like I do and manage interactions like I do and have relationships with ethics like mine; and this reflection doesn't require that I be more human but it does make me feel more okay, more real, less toxic. And that's why I've read getting on for 300k words of MCU fic despite not having any familiarity at all with canon, and it's why I'm working on reading everything she's ever written and why I'll keep reading all the things she writes. Because: these people? They have no ladder and they have no rope; they can't see where the sun is rising; they can offer no hope; but they see me and I'm not alone.

Handel's Messiah for two days

Mar. 24th, 2015 11:04 am
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So. Le Weekend Messie, directed by Karen Broughton with Patrick Hilliard as rehearsal pianist and performance organist.

Two days of Messiah Part II and Part III, culminating in a performance in the church of Barbezieux. It was a very rich and grand town, and has a church to match, with a beautiful and huge organ (fortunately kept in good nick even though the forrtunes of the town have declined). Two natural trumpets plus timps completed the instrumentals, and I didn't miss an orchestra.

Karen's own choirs had been having a bash at it; with a collection of people who'd sung it before (many of them Anglo immigrants from Charente and Dordogne), we didn't do too badly considering how difficult the piece is *to sing properly*. Most choirs fudge the fugues and miss a few entries (and we won't mention the pain of your average Scratch Messiah), but Karen has a good ear and corrects every slip. Being numerically chamber-choir-size or smaller[0], there isn't much chance of wandering vaguely in the right direction without being noticed[1].

It was a long sing even with a few cuts: there was no interval. But it was so good to sing a hefty piece again.

But why am I left with post-gig alternating earworms of "Glory to God" (Part I), and "Their sound is gone out" and "Let us break their bonds" (the cut choruses)?

[0] Except the soprano section, padded out in the English tradition with some people who have listened to the piece and sing all the higher bits, whether their line or not, and hurl the screech of their scrunched larynxes in the direction of the top notes. Please excuse the bitchy bitterness - I was just in front of them.

[1] Learned at uni: until the advent of recordings with each section of an orchestra miked up, it was the same in the larger sections of orchestras, especially the instruments in the middle range. When conductors first heard the recordings, they realised that some players had never played the right notes. It didn't matter in concerts. 'Cellos, for example, were there to make a platform of supporting sound; most humans don't notice what's going on except in solo passages.

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Mar. 23rd, 2015 01:51 pm
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Died on this day in 1603 aged 69 Queen Elizabeth I of England (my toy,wikipedia). Probably doesn't need much comment...

Born on this day in 1628 to Duke George of Brunswick-Luneburg and Anne of Hess Darmstadt, Sophie of Brunswick-Luneburg (my toy,wikipedia). Mother-in-law of Queen Anne, Queen-consort of Denmark and Norway (which seem to have been ruled by the same person at some but not all times in history; maybe I should find out about this). She seems to have started a war against Sweden. Wars are great right?

(I've gone back and changed the weekend's entries to have actual text rather than just numbers ;-p)

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Mar. 22nd, 2015 10:46 pm
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Died on this day in 1686 aged 31 Margrave John of Brandenburg-Ansbach (my toy,wikipedia). Father-in-law of George II. Looks rather cute in that photograph.

Born on this day in 1519 to William Willoughby and Maria de Salinas, Catherine Willoughby (my toy,wikipedia). Charles Brandon's third wife, also a close friend of Catherine Parr's and rumoured to have been the King's next choice of wife...

[perfume] A visit to Les Scenteurs

Mar. 21st, 2015 06:36 pm
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1. Serge Lutens Daim Blond. I have been curious about this for, like, ever (or at least a while), because it's described as iris, apricots, musk, hawthorne, white suede. I really, really wish I liked it; on my it goes through a brief phase of being beautifully ripe and luscious fresh apricots, and then it goes... confusing. Confusing and cheap bubblebath. Perfumes says of it:
Unlike traditional leathers such as Tabu and Tabac Blond, which have felt rich and warm, Daim Blond (meaning suede, and not, as it sounds, an accursed towhead) feels arid and cool, a hollowed-out osmanthus-like idea of peach and leather but no soapy center; it unfolds a spare, long-fingered form whose intentions seem to mark a departure from the more straightforward orientalist scents of the Lutens range so far.
... and seems to be ever the case with Perfumes, whatever the hell their skin chemistry is doing to scents is not the same as mine. Because this? This is bubblebath and digestive biscuit crumbs.

+more )

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Mar. 21st, 2015 05:15 pm
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Died on this day in 1076 aged 65 Duke Robert I of Burgundy (my toy,wikipedia). Rebelled against his father, plundered the estates of his vassals... doesn't seem to have been a very good duke.

Born on this day in 1227 to King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, King Charles I of Naples (my toy,wikipedia). Lots of crusading! Conquered Sicily, went to war with Aragon... this younger son of the King of France seems to have rather liked biffing people up.

Was on phone, now corrected.
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Hi gang,

I'm putting together a trans/genderqueer/nonbinary vidshow for Vidukon this year and would love to hear your suggestions for existing vids, and to see if anyone could be tempted to make a brand new vid for the occasion! The deadline is May 1st, and I'd love anything. A RPF vid about Laverne Cox and Janet Mock and their #girlslikeus work, an angry vid about how shitty Max's storyline in the L Word was, a multifandom vid about awesome genderqueer characters - anything and everything would be fab! Any length, any source - would be delighted by short vidlets as well as full-length vids.

If you have an idea, let me know at such.heights at gmail dot com, and I'd be delighted to chat it over with you.

In the meantime, please rec me stuff - self-recs encouraged. :D

Quick reviews

Mar. 21st, 2015 01:06 am
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Rodizio Rico
I went here recently with [personal profile] denny, who like me is a fan of food made mostly of big piles of meat. Rodizo Rico is designed for people like us - a brazilian barbeque restaurant where you are given a token which is red on one side and green on the other, and whilst you have the green side turned upwards they will keep on bringing you various kinds of meat on skewers until you explode (or turn the token over, at which point they stop). There are also salads and sides which you can help yourself to, and I was actually a little bit shocked by the amount of vegetables [personal profile] denny ate completely voluntarily - he's grown as a person, I tell you.

In general the food was really rather good. None of the meats really blew my socks off, but a couple of the steaks and one of the lamb cuts would have left me feeling pretty proud if I'd produced them. The service could have been better - obviously the main part was taken care of by the people bringing the meat, but it took rather more effort than would be ideal to get a glass of wine, which is odd, considering that that's where the margins tend to be. This would be a great place to go in a large group, if you happened to have a large group with no vegetarians in it.

(~£80 for two)

Clos Maggiore
I went here for a late post-theatre dinner, but completely failed to ask for the post theatre menu, which is one of my finer failures in life. The pre-dinner drinks were pretty decent - I had one of their signature cocktails, which was pleasant and aromatic, but perhaps a little sweet for my tastes, and my tastes run sweet. My companion went for the Vesper, which from the sip I tried was very well executed.

For starters I had the fois gras, which was definitely in the top three I've had outside of France; my companion had the rabbit, which is a meat that I'm not usually that keen on, but was done to perfection.

Our main course was the shared Wagyu beef for two. Go home Hawksmoor. You're no longer the best steak in London. Perhaps that isn't fair, it's a completely different kind of steak, and I will definitely still be going to Hawksmoor when I fancy a perfectly cooked Porterhouse. But this, this had the marshmallow texture of the best fillet steak, and the ooomphy fatty richness of the best ribeye, all in one mouthful.

I'm slightly astonished we had room left for pudding, but then they had black truffle ice-cream. And oh my god the ice-cream was good. As is often the way with high end places the whole plate was about four different puddings, and actually all of them were nice, but the ice-cream was by so far the best that I would have preferred just a big bowl of it. As it turned out though, my companion was less keen on the ice-cream and really liked the other bits, so we swapped a bit and it all worked out like magic.

And let's face it, the fact that the gentleman who had wrong taste in puddings has excellent taste in men, gave the whole evening an extra delightful gloss of the kissing hot boys variety. #winningatlife

(~£230 for two)


This is a newish restaurant within walking distance of our flat, and we've been a bit lax about spending quality time together as a household lately, so we thought we'd try it out. We were also a bit lax about booking a table, but when I called in the early evening they had one table left at 9.30 tonight.

It is important to note that the butter was very soft - hard butter is always a terrible sign; and I think in this case at least, the lack of it was indicative. My starter was a slighty ridiculous parody of "Posh fish and chips" - chicken and duck liver nuggets, with a ponzu dip. It was kind of absurd, and I think I have had better pates, but it was still pretty gosh darn good, and the concept was tremendous fun. Jones had the potted rabbit and ham hock terrine, and the mouthful I tasted was lovely. Ramesh had the purple broccoli with soft boiled egg, and although I foolishly forgot to grab a taste, it looked like he was enjoying it.

For mains, Robert and I had steak, which was very good, but there's no way to describe it fairly after the wagyu one. The chips were excellent, and although RJ complained that there weren't enough for people who like lots of carbs, I think that the fact that I like a super-tiny amount of carbs and gave him the rest of mine meant it worked out in the end. Ramesh had an asparagus risotto which seemed pretty good by the standards of restaurant risottos, without being mind-blowing, so not somewhere I'd recommend to a vegetarian looking for a special night out, but defintely an okay place to go.
(~135 for 3)
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There is, floating around, the excellent summary along the lines of Jupiter Ascending is my favourite action movie about estate law (with a bureaucracy montage), and it's completely true; and it's also true that there is scathing critique of capitalism and of treating people as though they are things; but also it is fundamentally A Great Big Fuck You To Biological Essentialism; it is the idea that Your Biology Is Not Your Goddamn Destiny and Genetics Isn't Fucking Truth, and I adore it.

Slightly more spoilery. )

... THIS FILM. MY HEART. (Never mind my heart having moments all over all of the glorious worldbuilding meta about how of COURSE it couldn't all be fixed magically instantly because THAT'S NOT HOW BROKEN SYSTEMS WORK.)

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Mar. 20th, 2015 08:54 pm
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Died on this day in 1413 aged 45 King Henry IV of England (my toy,wikipedia). Henry (son of John of Gaunt) overthrew his cousin Richard II. Then he got to deal with lots of people trying to overthrow him. Payback eh?

Born on this day in 1469 to King Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville, Cecily of York (my toy,wikipedia). Cecily was married to a Lancastrian noble, presumably as part of the desire to entrench the union of York and Lancaster. After he died she married a man she actually liked, and went to live a loooooong way from court, probably happier that way.

Was on phone, now corrected.

[poem] mirror//distortion

Mar. 19th, 2015 08:29 pm
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[personal profile] kaberett
The chambers of my heart are lined with mirrors
that repeat and multiply beyond perception
each and every scrap of poison gifted me.
Fuck self-reflection. If I were an oyster
I could coat this grit with self-recrimination,
employ it as a scaffold to support some greater truth,
some greater beauty, smooth the lines
of pain, the whispering self-loathing.
Even stone will, with sufficient patience, wear away.
And in the darkness of the empty cavern
drips echo as they filter in through cracks
beyond perception. Nonetheless they leave their trace:
these grim uncompromising monuments,
these fragile archaeologies of guilt and hate.
Or, from some lofty self-assured perspective,
an entirely different metaphor's presented:
cruelty exposed--diminished in its endless repetition, neutralised
through being bathed in light; and stalagmites
are evidence that love, like water, can create
not just destroy, in furious flood;
can fertilise; can bring new shape and life.
Nevertheless. From here it seems
that stalagmites and pearls and hearts alike
are simply evidence of our belligerent last-gasp defence--
the hopeless scars left by our dying dreams.

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Mar. 19th, 2015 04:48 pm
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Died on this day in 1539 aged 61 Edmund Howard (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Katherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII; he died a year before her marriage.

Born on this day in 1604 to Duke Teodosio II of Braganza and Ana de Valasco y Giron, King John IV of Portugal (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Catherine, wife of Charles II. He came to the throne after a revolt against the previous King, who was also King of Spain; this lead to a war with Spain.