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Jul. 3rd, 2015 04:34 pm
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Died on this day in 1642 aged 67 Marie de'Medici (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Henrietta, wife of Charles I. Marie was the second wife of the Henry IV of France, and regent for her son after Henry was assassinated. After her son came of age and asserted his own right to rule Marie spent years exiled to Blois. She reconciled with Louis only after being the figurehead for a revolt, but after a bit she attempted to get ride of Richelieu, which resulted in her fleeing the country.

Born on this day in 1709 to King Frederick I of Prussia and Sophia of Hanover, Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia (my toy,wikipedia). Grand-daughter of George I. She was (by marriage) the Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, and expended much time/money/effort making Bayreuth really nice. Bayreuth is now famous for the Wagner festival, although he was born in 1813, so I assume they never met.

[my life in lists]

Jul. 3rd, 2015 10:55 am
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todo )

tada )

Reading Wednesday, uh Thursday

Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:24 pm
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Long Utopia. PTerry and S. Baxter.

Not, I think, as good as the previous. And sadly now PTerry is dead :( I enjoyed it all the same.


Station Eleven. Just started, not really got an opinion yet.


uhhhhh, dunno.

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Jul. 2nd, 2015 04:15 pm
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No deaths. Huzzah.

Born on this day in 1903 to King Haakon VII of Norway and Maud of Wales, King Olav V of Norway (my toy,wikipedia). Grandson of Edward VII. Olav was a very popular King, having been involved in Norwegian defense during WWII.

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Jul. 1st, 2015 04:44 pm
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Died on this day in 1348 aged 15 Joan of England (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of Edward III. Joan was on route to marry the son of the King of Castile when she died of the Black Death.

Born on this day in 1868 to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and Alexandra of Denmark, Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (my toy,wikipedia). Victoria never married, possibly because her parents wanted to keep her around to keep them company (urgh, parents), although possibly just because she didn't want to. She lived in Buckinghamshire where she became president of the local horticultural society.

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Jun. 30th, 2015 04:54 pm
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Died on this day in 1126 aged 70 Cecilia of Normandy (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of William I. Cecilia entered a convent at a young age (presumably that was her parents' idea, not hers) and went on to become the Abbess of Holy Trinity.

Born on this day in 1478 to King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, John Prince of Asturias (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Catherine of Aragon (wife of Henry VIII). John would have been King of Aragon and Castile, but he died before his parents, the kingdom was inherited by his sister and her husband Philip, the son of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, which is how the Hapsburgs came to be in charge of Spain

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Jun. 29th, 2015 05:45 pm
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Died on this day in 1509 aged 66 Lady Margaret Beaufort (my toy,wikipedia). Mother of Henry VII; Margaret had Henry when she only 13 years old and never had another child although she was married twice more, she was an influential figure in her son's fight for the throne and after he became King.

Born on this day in 1482 to King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, Maria of Aragon (my toy,wikipedia). Sister of Catherine who married Henry VIII, Maria married the King of Portugal after the death of her sister Isabella who had previously been married to him (apparently marriages to the widow/er of one's deceased siblings was more common than I thought...)

Greece is the Word

Jun. 29th, 2015 07:25 am
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So the ECB has withdrawn support for Greek banks.

A point worth repeating, as it is not widely understood: Greece does not have a Central Bank as we understand the term. Their banking regulator and emergency liquidity provider is - or was - the ECB.

This is an externally-imposed collapse.

It is also vindictive, irresponsible, and unnecessary. Greek banks were not the source of Greece's problems, there is no reason why they should not continue to function, and the management of their current liquidity crisis is exactly the reason why modern central banks exist.

Greece has been ejected from the Euro, and thrown off an economic cliff.

Anyone who tells you otherwise because there are still Euro notes in circulation is either deluded - and this is all too common in economic commentators - or promoting an agenda that is, at best, indifferent to truth in public discourse.

And that, too, is all too common.

I fear for the future in Greece: this will precipitate the collapse of many, many viable farms and businesses that people rely on for a living; and it is a deliberate rebuke to democracy. That has real meaning in Greece: people remember a time of military jails, and torture, and shallow graves.

We should fear, too, the consequences closer to home. I recall that when Lehmans was thrown under the bus as an example to others - and they deserved to go down - the systems that we thought we had in place to mitigate the risk worked. Mostly. The crisis hit in places where we weren't looking and were largely unaware that we had left a risk uncovered.

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Jun. 28th, 2015 04:26 pm
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27th June

Died on this day in 1195 aged 63 King Sancho VI of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Berengaria, who married Richard I. Sancho married Sancha the daughter of the King of Castile, presumably to seal some peace deal or other. Wikipedia has "responsible for bringing his Kingdom into the Political orbit of Europe", I'm not sure what that means.

Born on this day in 1731 to Prince Frederick of Stolberg-Gedern and Louise of Nassau-Saarbrucken, Princess Caroline of Stolberg-Geden (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of Adelaide who married William IV. Caroline married her first cousin Christian.

28th June
Died on this day in 1757 aged 70 Sophia of Hanover (my toy,wikipedia). Daughter of George I. Sophia got on very badly with her brother George II and with he husband (and cousin) Kind Frederick I of Prussia, but much better with her children including Frederick II "the great" of Prussia.

Born on this day in 1491 to King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, King Henry VIII of England (my toy,wikipedia). Mostly famous for getting bored of his wives... and for reforming the church in England so he could a)get an annulment and b)take all the church's money.

Forthcoming events

Jun. 28th, 2015 01:04 am
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On Saturday July 11th, City Church in Cambridge is hosting Inside Out, a dance show which "delves inside the worlds of ordinary people who for various reasons call themselves 'Christian' ". There seems to be some extra information here. If you like dance half as much as I do, you won't go, but if you like it ten times as much as I do, you might. It's free of charge, so if you happen to know anyone for whom the phrase "through the medium of interpretive dance" holds less fear than "Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour", please tell them about it.

Looking rather further ahead, but very much more up my street, in November, Matt Redman and Kari Jobe are playing Cambridge Corn Exchange. I'm definitely going.

[livejournal.com profile] pw201 has described Matt Redman as "imagine U2 singing about how Jesus is their boyfriend, and you’ve got it". I'm assuming he meant that negatively — and it rather ignores the detail that Bono is devoutly Christian anyway. But personally, I have nothing against a spot of U2 now and again. OK, amongst contemporary Christian worship composers I may prefer Phil Wickham and and Vicky Beeching, but Matt Redman is pretty fine nonetheless.

A bunch of us are booking balcony seated tickets. If you fancy joining us, please say asap as I expect we'll be making a bulk booking in the next week or so.

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Jun. 26th, 2015 04:36 pm
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Died on this day in 1830 aged 67 King George IV of the United Kingdom (my toy,wikipedia). George IV was Regent for his father before he was King. He was known for his extravagant lifestyle, and his hatred of his wife (who he had been forced to marry); he wasn't very involved in actually running the country. He had one daughter, who died in childbirth and so was succeeded by his brother William.

Born on this day in 1398 to King Ferdinand I of Aragon and Eleanor of Alburquerque, King John II of Aragon (my toy,wikipedia. Grandfather of Catherine of Aragon (first wife of Henry VIII). Wikipedia says he was very memorable... but not really *why*.

Code push!

Jun. 25th, 2015 09:20 pm
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We will be performing tonight's code push in a few minutes. There'll be a brief downtime, but not longer than a few minutes. (Ideally, that is.)

I'll update this entry when we're back, and people can report issues here.

EDIT: New code is live! Please report any issues here.

We're currently having an issue with the image proxy for accessing the site via HTTPS -- images are currently failing to load. We'll have that fixed as soon as we can.
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I've been thinking a lot recently about different characteristics that are often associated with (and can be confused with) introversion.

All my thoughts and revelations basically boil down to "How you relate to and feel about other people has many contributing factors, not all of which are about introversion/extroversion." Which I kind of already knew -- I'm an introvert who really, really likes people; I know plenty of shy extroverts -- but which I hadn't really thought about in terms of my own changing preferences about spending time with other people.

So many thoughts, so many words )

I would be super interested in your thoughts and feelings about your own introversion/extroversion and how it relates to your other social characteristics, as for me this was one of those things where having a label was really useful (yay, there's a word for this, these characteristics are real things that fit a pattern) and then became restrictive and have now become really useful again as I explore more deeply where aspects of it do and don't apply.

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Jun. 25th, 2015 04:54 pm
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Died on this day in 1752 aged 44 Charles Mecklenburg-Strelitz , Duke of Mecklenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Father of Charlotte who married George III, and 9 other children. Mecklenburg-Strelitz was in Northern Germany.

Born on this day in 1328 to William Montagu and Catherine Grandison, William Montacute , 2nd Earl of Salisbury (my toy,wikipedia). Married Joan of Kent (mother of Richard II). However at the time she had already married (secretly) Thomas Holland, so William's marriage to her was annulled.

Code push Thursday

Jun. 25th, 2015 01:48 am
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We are currently planning a code push for about 18 hours from now (the night of Thursday 25 June). We'll probably begin around 9PM Pacific time, although it might be a bit later. As always, we'll update here and our Twitter offsite status when we begin.

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Jun. 24th, 2015 04:47 pm
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Half way through the year, a reading retrospective. (I started in February though)

James S A Corey : Nemesis Games
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown : Exotic England
Most of Buffy season 9
Naomi Novik: Uprooted
Thomas Olde Heuvelt: The Day the World Turned Upside Down (novella, translated)
Mira Grant: Rolling in the Deep (novella)
Altered Perceptions (collected essays)
The how not to die book. (non fiction)
Cixin Liu:Three Body Problem (translated)
Addison, Katherine: Goblin Emperor
Okorafor,Nnedi : Lagoon
Jo Walton: What makes this book so great. (essays)
Kameron Hurley: The Seams Between the Stars. (short story)
Terry Pratchett :Mrs Bradshaws' Handbook to the Ankh Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway. (pretending to be non fiction)
Wilson, G Willow: Alif the Unseen
Lyndsey,Anna: Girl in the Dark (autobiographical)
Kameron Hurley:Rapture
Genevive Griffin:Dance Til Dawn (short).
Walton, Jo: The Just City
Sardar, Ziauddin : Mecca: The Sacred City (non fiction)
Walton, Jo :Small Change Trilogy (3 books)
Greta Christina:Bending (erotica)
Mary Roach : Gulp (nonfiction)

That's 25 things; some short, some long. Of which I make 2 (things, 4 authors) written entirely by white men writing in English (which is of minor interest to me).

So far I think Uprooted is my favorite. And I'm probably going to put 3 body problem first for the Hugo.

Reading Wednesday

Jun. 24th, 2015 04:37 pm
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Read: I finished the Corey whilst away in the 16th century. This one turned out to have less gross in it and more politics. Which is fine, I like both. I do like this series, and if you like unfinished series and SF/noir-detective/horror genre-bending ... things... then I think you might too, but start at the start. This one ends in rather a cliff hanger, which possibly means that if you start now you'll have ages sitting on the edge of your seat (I keep saying "no more starting unfinished serieses, but haha no)

Reading: Long Utopia. Pratchett and Baxter. Not far into it yet, seems more-of-the-same. The series begins with the Long Earth, probably start there. It's interesting, although it isn't funny. Also Pratchett is now regrettably dead so I don't know if there will be more or not (I haven't got to the end to find out if it is an actual *end* yet)

Next: Probably Station 11. I hear good things.