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life of flav, S67 E305

So, the uncertainty with the -ok, I won't mention it; the 'B*' word, continues, exacerbated by the GE coming, it feels like this will never end. Many jokes and memes have been made along those lines but it doesn't feel like a joke.

The changing of the clocks left me quite disconcerted for a few days as

ION, need more pupils; I'm depending too much on the two schools I teach at and not very happy about many things in each of them, need to have the option to walk out if I am really, really unhappy at some point. Can I interest you in guitar lessons? 😎

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flavpopart

trivial household post

Not much of an update.

This morning I changed the thermic bar in my shower. I didn't flood the bathroom.. well, ok, not much; I did have to run outside to shut the stopcock at some point :D -Did I ever mention I'm not very good at DIY and that sort of manual work? It's more like I'm hopeless at those things.

After a couple of attempts at flooding the flat I fitted and fixed the thing and now I can have hot showers again. Luxury....

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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ]"Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" - Olga Tokarczuk

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the DeadDrive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this a lot, even though I found it somewhat difficult at first -little things that I found irritating, like the detailed description of astrological stuff. Some of those things (not the astrology!) become clearer towards the end. Interestingly, I now feel that some of those little irritating things were there on purpose, somewhat like when we meet a new person that has traits and foibles that make you wary of them or simply not relate (like, say, the astrology). As the book progresses and the main character and the story flesh out, they become complex and interesting, as in the case of those people one might have found irritating at first and end up accepting as friends. So many strands of it -the way someone in her situation will get ignored, talked down or condescended to. The way the grass was greener on the Czech side of the border. The one liners (and the make-believe pop wisdom quips). The characters slowly become believable (at least the main characters, many of the secondary ones remain very roughly drawn). I liked it.

This was the set reading for the Bibliogoth meeting in October 2019.



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guitar

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DJs @dancefloorlandmine (DW only) and asw909  (ah, the latter is on LJ only) DJ'ing at the Gothinc Valley WI's Halloween  Party

 

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galaxy

first light

No matter how many years I've had to get up at 6 am (or at 5:20 on Tuesdays), it never seems to get easier, I don't seem to get used to it. Not a morning person, this flavio. The worst of it is that I seem not to be a night owl any more either. Boo. The fact that these days it takes ages for me to fall asleep (particularly when I wake up in the night) doesn't help either. Last night I woke up needing to go to the loo at 3:13 or so. After, tried my usual white noise surf waves crashing app -didn't work. Put on a podcast which was a nearly two hour lecture by Martin Rees on cosmology, hoping to fall asleep within fifteen minutes -I heard it all through to the end...

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anathem, analemma

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Haven't posted anything here (other than a Goodreads book review, I think) for a little while.

Still trying to get to be able to pay my bills until the schools I teach guitar at start paying me (that's at the end of October...)

Only one new private pupil this autumn but losing a couple of existing ones (health, moving away...).

Still have that cough, a month and a half on. Maybe I should get a doctor's appointment.

Schools started, the rientro wasn't as horrible as I anticipated, although there are bits of school bureaucracy to make me go mad, waiting in the wings.

Still pondering on what I want to play next year, reading and revisiting some music I've played in the past (at this point in life there's rather a lot of it). Not doing much 'actual' guitar practice, though. Beginning to step up that.

The news from the outside world as depressing as always; don't even want to mention the 'B' word or even less the 'T' word but reading the news it does feel like the Everett many worlds was true and we've strayed into the wrong timeline.

Gosh, this update looks a bit grim. My life doesn't really feel like that at the moment, I fully realise how lucky I am, I do what I like and am reasonably good at (with all the practical problems that ensue but, hey). I have good friends and an amazing social life. I generally have good health (although I'll have to have that cough looked into). It's ok, we can do this.

The icon on this post is an analemma, the cover for one of the editions of 'Anathem' by Neal Stephenson -another many worlds story set in Arbre, a world 'like Earth but not Earth' where I have been living in my dreams for the last eight years or so.

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Book of G-Quan, Soldier of Darkness, B5

[ Books ] The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was the set reading for September 2019 Bibliogoth. I enjoyed the book, which I'd never read -I'd read (in translation) quite a bit of noir private eye stories when I was a kid but this is kind of seminal. Marlowe's stereotypes pop up everywhere there is a depiction of a private detective -either conforming to the stereotype or riffing on an exaggeration of it (like Josephus Miller in The Expanse) or going against it, as in Columbo. I didn't feel it is a particularly well written book (but then it shares this quality with a lot of stuff by PKD and Lovecraft, for instance), there are some unlikely twists in the plot and most of the characters didn't feel 'real', but rather as simple plot devices to make the story advance. And it is a book of its time in ways that often grate -the casual sexism and homophobia are often shocking. So, entertaining but problematic.



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b&w dotscreen flav

Another Infest

Infest was a blast.

It was a bit warm... halfway through the Nitzer Ebb set I, standing at the front to try and take pictures, felt I might faint and had to leave the room. Can't imagine how the performers could get through their very energetic set all jumping, etc on that stage which was even hotter. Overall, though, a very good week-end.

Now home, with a little bit of festival come-down...

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