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Apr. 25th, 2015 08:00 am
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Died on this day in 1397 aged 47 Thomas Holland (my toy,wikipedia). Half brother of Richard II; ancestor of a lot of people who were important in the Wars of the Roses (everyone is related to everyone, of course, that's why it is the Cousins' War)

Born on this day in 1284 to King Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile, King Edward II of England (my toy,wikipedia). Forced to abdicate in favour of his son.

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Apr. 24th, 2015 03:57 pm
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1. There is a blackbird nesting directly above our front door.

2. I was sufficiently sad on my way back from this afternoon's errands that I ended up buying a pair of sparkly metallic blue skinny jeans from a charity shop on my way home. It has a terrible blue faux-rhinestone button.

3. I have achieved food by dint of stopping off at a food market in the William Morris Square in Hammersmith. It was just closing up and apparently I looked sufficiently smallsad that aunty decided the correct response was two of onion bhaji. Consequently I have also taken some painkillers.

4. Sent scary e-mail #1 pulling out of teaching on Monday.

5. Sent scary e-mail #2 requesting some more bloody paperwork for the council.

6. E-mailed my supervisor a status update.

7. Booked an in-person GP appointment (it is not for a fortnight but I cannot in point of fact bring myself to care).

8. Printed out train tickets for this weekend.

9. Printed out some more benefits-related paperwork.

10. Washed and clothesed and spent some time outside.

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Apr. 24th, 2015 01:34 pm
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Died on this day in 1981 aged 76 Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Prince Philip (husband to the current Queen). Married a man who was both her 2nd cousin once removed and her 3rd cousin.

Born on this day in 1533 William I, Prince of Orange (my toy,wikipedia). Great-grand-father of William II & III. Had 4 wives, two of them called Anna (I guess that's one way not to get the wrong name).

In unrelated medical news

Apr. 24th, 2015 12:56 pm
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... yesterday Charing Cross phoned me up to ask if I was okay moving my next appointment with them from the morning of the 7th of May to the afternoon of the 30th of April. Which, well, yes - but also if they'd given me any kind of sensible amount of notice on that, I'd have been able to (1) apply for a postal vote, (2) stay down in Cornwall for Furry Day, and (3) aid and abet my mum in Visiting my baby brother in Bristol on our way back up. As it is my aunt and I have train tickets that rely on my railcard bringing us back upcountry on the 6th, and I am Irritated.

A fortunate fortune

Apr. 23rd, 2015 07:59 pm
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On one of my computers, I've never got around to disabling the fortune it prints when you log in. It's easy enough to ignore.

Meanwhile, there's a quotation I once saw many years ago and half-remembered. Not the half, alas, which allowed me to track it down via Google.

Thus the scene was set for a fortune to catch my eye. At last I've tracked down the quotation, which turns out to be from Thomas de Quincey:

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.

Well, it amused me, at any rate. (-8

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Apr. 23rd, 2015 03:56 pm
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Died on this day in 1016 aged 50 King Aethelred the Unready (my toy,wikipedia). Here "unready" is not the modern English word but an Old English word meaning "poor counsel" so more correctly "Aethelred the ill-advised" (which is A Joke, because Aethelred means "noble counsel"; also he was badly advised). Allegedly (probably not) he invented trial by jury. He certainly spent a lot of time fighting or trying to appease the Danes who were various invading and taking Danegeld; eventually Aethelred lost to Cnut.


Born on this day in 1464 Joan of France (my toy,wikipedia). Wife of Louis XII who later married Mary Tudor (Henry VIII's sister, not his daughter; incidentally half of everyone in Game of Thrones should be called Elizabeth, Mary, Henry, or Edward - in history loads of people have the same name, but you rarely see it in fantasy novels except for previous kings who don't appear in the books). Joan was the daughter of Louis XI. Louis XI was followed on the throne by his only son Charles VIII, who had no sons; Louis XII was the grandson of Charles V (also great-grandfather of Louis XII) and inherited because of salic law; having failed to take the throne by force earlier. Anyway, Joan was betrothed to Louis when they were both very young, he had the marriage annulled as soon as he became King (on the grounds that she was physically deformed such that the marriage was impossible to consummate and that he had been forced into the marriage). Joan became a Nun, and was canonized in 1950.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 22nd, 2015 05:02 pm
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[personal profile] naath
Finished
Goblin Emperor (Addison, Katherine)
I was distracted from the climbing book... this is really good, very hard to put down! The very first scene reminds me strongly of the last scene in a different book (naming it is now a spoiler, please rot13 in comments, because others may not have read both) except that Maia (the protagonist of this book) is caught rather less prepared.


Current
Rock Climbing, Essential Skills and Techniques (Peter, Libby)

This is a combination of the bloody obvious and the terrifyingly confusing. Hopefully I will figure it out.

Three-Body Problem (Liu, Cixin; trans. by Liu, Ken from Chinese)

So far this is very interesting. I don't often read works in translation, so I have no idea if this is typical of Chinese SF, if it is I should clearly read more. It is volume 1 of 3, the other two presumably to be translated and publish in English in due course (Tor have announced the cover for #2)


Next
probably the Seanan McGuire novella sitting on my table at home. (I rather hate the way that it is possible to import physical books but not ebooks; stupid lack of free trade, stupid publishing industry, etc.)

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Apr. 22nd, 2015 04:54 pm
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Died on this day in 1355 aged 36 Eleanor of Woodstock (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of Edward II. Married her 2nd cousin twice removed who was rather older than her. After she was widowed she was left in poverty, and ended her life in a convent.

Born on this day in 1451 to King John II of Castile and Isabella of Portugal, Queen Isabella I of Castile (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Catherine of Aragon (wife of Henry VIII). Her marriage to the King of Aragon united Castile and Aragon in personal union. They threw out all the Jews and Muslims from Spain and sponsored Christopher Columbus to go fuck over the new world too. Yay...

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Apr. 21st, 2015 04:26 pm
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Died on this day in 1509 aged 52 King Henry VII of England (my toy,wikipedia). Put an end (ish) to the wars of the roses by winning the battle of Bosworth Field (defeating Richard III and burying him in a carpark) and marrying his 3rd cousin Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward IV (Richard III's brother) thus jointing the houses of York and Lancaster to form the House of Tudor. He managed to leave the throne to his son Henry VIII without any fighting, a big achievement following all the previous shenanigans.


Born on this day in 1926 to King George VI of GB and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen Elizabeth II of UK (my toy,wikipedia). Currently Queen. Happy birthday dear Queeeeeenie, happy birthday to you.

tada

Apr. 21st, 2015 01:59 pm

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Apr. 20th, 2015 04:54 pm
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I'm sure I started yesterday's... obviously I didn't get around to posting it.

Also, apparently the auto-email thing doesn't believe in BST...

Died yesterday in 1137 aged 38 Duke William X of Aquitaine (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Eleanor, wife of Henry II.

I've got no-one born on the 19th April; out of 1767 people with known birthdays. I'm not sure if this is especially unlikely.

Died on this day in 1578 aged 33 Lady Mary Grey (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Jane Grey. Since Queen Elizabeth had no children the surviving Grey sisters were her heirs - both married without permission, and were arrested for doing so.

Born on this day in 1884 to Duke Alfred of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. Beatrice married into the Spanish royal family and converted to Catholicism.

odds & ends

Apr. 20th, 2015 01:10 am
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+ [personal profile] happydork and I successfully moved house and are settling in nicely to East London. It's simultaneously very strange to have left [personal profile] purplefringe, Awesome Housemate K and the cat behind (though to be fair I still see them lots), and very nice to be setting up our own place. Our decorating scheme is ALL THE COLOURS, and everything's very light and airy. Also now full of giant beanbags. Today we got bookshelves and finally unpacked our books, which instantly makes everything look better. Home is where my Harry Potter books are.

+ Having some time out from work is working out pretty well for the moment - I have been spending lots of time setting up the flat and installing things, and I'm feeling a lot better in pretty much every conceivable way compared to a month ago. But on Tuesday I'll be signing on and then it's job hunting a go go. I still don't really know what it is that I want to do, but there are a couple of job ads that look promising in the meantime.

+ I am slowly trying to get myself to remember how to string sentences together. I barely write any more; no fiction, no journal entries, and even my tweets are mostly retweets or replies to other people. So, hi, internet. I miss you. Let's chat more. <3

Let's start calling it paternalism.

Apr. 18th, 2015 05:32 pm
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I’m not one of those who think that paternalism is always wrong. I’m OK with laws that require the use of seat belts, for example; people aren’t too good at weighing up small unavailable risks, the cost of wearing a seat belt is pretty small for nearly everyone, and the rule saves a large number of lives for a fairly small cost in liberty. But I’d like to start calling it what it is; it’s a statement that we know better what is good for people than they do.

Prostitutes prefer it if their clients aren’t arrested. So if you’re going to advocate the “Swedish Model” in the interests of those currently working as prostitutes, please be upfront that what you’re calling for is paternalism. Don’t advocate this model if you’re not prepared to say, in terms, that you think you know what is good for those working as prostitutes better than they do.

Where politics meets technology

Apr. 18th, 2015 01:00 pm
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"When communicating by computer, we cannot make it so that good people can find out what bad people are saying, without in the process also letting bad people find out what good people are saying."

It's not strictly true, but it's far closer to true than its negation. And it's a pretty simple statement that I would have thought was understandable by most people. What's more, it's plausible enough that it can't be rejected out of hand.

So why is it not forming part of the debate when politicians come up with half-baked schemes for dealing with terrorists-and-paedophiles-on-the-Internet™?

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Apr. 17th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Died on this day in 1712 aged 19 Louisa Stuart (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of James II & VII, born after his exile, she lived in France.

Born on this day in 1622 to Frederick V Elector Palatine and Elizabeth the Winter Queen, Princess Louise of the Palatinate (my toy,wikipedia). Grandchild of James I &VI, aunt of George I. Louise was a talented painter, some of her works are in German museums. To the confusion of her family she went to France, converted to Catholicism and became a nun.

okay no

Apr. 17th, 2015 04:33 pm
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I am legit more resentful than that about today's xkcd

if people would like to have a grump-in in comments here they are very welcome to

because what the fuck

(content note, if you haven't looked at it and are wondering: Read more... ) NOPE.)