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Oct. 9th, 2016 12:14 am
silverflight8: watercolour wash with white paper stars (stars in the sky)
[personal profile] silverflight8
Well, I haven't posted for awhile and this time I have a legitimate reason - my computer crashed really badly and I have just agreed to pay a horrible sum of money to have it fixed. (A comparable new one would be three or four times more expensive D:) It auto updated to the anniversary edition of Windows 10. I don't regret updating to 10 - security, far more efficient space use - I think it was just really bad luck. I've never actually had a hard drive crash on me before.

Also the timing was rather bad -it was RuneScape's double xp weekend! I played only a little on the Saturday evening. Figures, hmph.

I read some O R Melling (don't remember it being so YA but I was actually in that age bracket then), finally Heidi again, though my friend has left Switzerland and is doing a thing in London, and am reading The Secret Country by Pamela Dean. Pretty good but the general bickering, constant simmering of unhappiness of like all the children is preventing me from simply eating it up. I also read The Gilded Age, wick is about Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to go to Vassar, and she did it by passing for white. I enjoyed it a lot (maybe I should read more boarding school stories), but I also feel like Anita was never angry. Kind of like how I feel I was sooo angry at her treatment compared to Fanny's own feelings in Mansfield Park.

Carmen at the opera - omg. I enjoyed it a lot, A+ would attend again. Sadly another modern update....as a young person who has not seen a ton of opera, I wish I could see more with original settings. This one was very gritty and the stage very minimalistic. I also was slightly disappointed with the habenera, which should really ooze sex appeal; it was all just sorta restrained. And it's not like the rest of the opera was restrained, which was weird. Maybe the Carmen just wanted a very different interpretation? Also, there was a lot of male nudity for a change! In addition to all the female nudity, more forgivable in this opera... It opened with a man in only his underwear running endless laps around the stage - at least thirty or forty, as punishment I think. The other characters just acted like he wasn't even there. Escamillo was amazing and wore the brightest yellow suit imaginable, and pulled it off. The children had clearly been told to sing at the tops of their lungs for Avec la garde montante and were pretty adorable.

I've also been doing a lot of Ingress and letterboxing. There's a very active ingress group locally and I made level 8 a bit ago, which isn't the highest level but the one where you get access to the best gear available. I like the urban exploration thing a lot (thus also letterboxing).

I did calligraphy with my log and decided to look at all my nibs:

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I use all them except the Hunt globe and 102 and the speedball b nibs. OK, the 102 I use for touch up because the top is so fine it catches on everything and then ink splatter, the globe is inflexible and gives me no line variation, and the b ditto - the b all give really thick lines too and no line thickness variation. I used the c-2 for the cover page. I'm not sure I can even write consistently with the c-0, which is even broader - you need so much ink on it you practically have to redip after every stroke. And the line gets thinner as you go down!

I also carved my own stamp! I bought a few cheap pink erasers, scoured the internet for inspiration and guides, and used an exacto knife. Worked out pretty well but I'm not so good at stamping while outside without a table! It's been fairly addicting. I found 3 stamps today (failed to find 2) and really want to go tomorrow too. I have an ingress farm to go to tomorrow morning (almost completely cleaned out of gear - been destroying enemy portals a lot. Lots of fun. What's building compared to getting to smash my nemesis's portal?) But afterwards, more stamp collecting.

Fall is coming in slowly and I want the weather to hold so we get a nice pretty leaf show.

Date: Oct. 9th, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
bridgetmkennitt: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
Wb! And boo on computer crashing.

That's very pretty.

Date: Oct. 9th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Woman blowing heart-shaped bubbles (Bubble Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
You have my sympathy for your computer woes!

I enjoyed Pamela Dean's Tam Lin but I tried Secret Country once, couldn't get into it, and then someone stole the books, heh. I was recently considering rereading Tam Lin but it'd have to be deep wintertime because it definitely wouldn't fit in my handbag.

I recently met two Ingress Resistance players on an island off Wales, which they'd taken considerable trouble and expense to reach, but they were having reception problems because of the weather. I suspect over here there are many more geocaches than letterboxes because I don't hunt either but I find ++ more geocaches by accident.

Have you tried fibre wedge-tip calligraphy pens? They obviate the ink problems by holding more and giving more even coverage. I know many people think they're cheating in some way but for anyone who's more interested in results than process they can be a good choice.

Date: Oct. 9th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Woman blowing heart-shaped bubbles (Bubble Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
It's a long story but I was unwillingly relieved of the books and then relieved I didn't have to read several of them. :;wryface::

Tam Lin will go on my long term reread list.

I hope the Resistance enjoyed themselves one way or another. There's limited access to the island even in the summer so any game play there would presumably be difficult to reverse at this time of year.

The game piece finds that spring to mind were in entertaining containers like a plastic rabbit under a bush or a snail perched on a building (why, yes, I am very observant, heh).

I've used Berol and Edding "italic" or "calligraphy" pens and they're both reasonably cheap and reliable. I always end up using a narrower tip than I begin with though so either buy a good value variety pack or consider not going too large.

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