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Cabin Pressure from A to Z. Serious SQUEEE!!! I missed the final "Zurich" episode at Christmastime due to having my nose in various books instead of monitoring the BBC Radio listings. So I'm now on my third listen to that 'cause it's so wonderful (***currently giggling at plane auction once again right now***). The half hour of writer/Arthur performer John Finnemore and producer David Tyler reminiscing about making the show and playing various scenes that had to be cut for time (and a blooper of Anthony Head repeatedly tripping over a scripted tongue twister) is a lovely bonus. And the booklet has ALL the cockpit games listed and the complete detailed rules for both The Travelling Lemon and Yellow Car. I need to settle down now with that booklet for a page-by-page examination because it apparently IS a game of The Travelling Lemon.

Got a long weekend coming up ... looking forward to re-listening my way through the entire alphabet during it. :-)

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Just had a raven sitting and calling in the tree beside my balcony. Obviously in nest-building mode as it was working on breaking some dead sticks off the branch between calls. First time I've seen a raven in Calgary ... they're normally higher up in the mountains proper (a common sight when I lived in the Crowsnest Pass) or else in the forested north third of the province. Will be fun to watch 'em if they're going to hang around. Also a hopeful sign of local corvid recovery as a very nasty virus several years ago decimated our crow and magpie populations and I only started seeing those regularly in this neighbourhood again last summer. If ravens are moving down into the foothills that could mean their usual territories are all repopulated. Wonder if the magpies will teach them how to play squirrel tennis?

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... that never fails to make me laugh (due to the sheer absurd logic of it) every time I read it.
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Finished watching series one of Grantchester last night. Now I have to read the original novels by James Runcie.

Series was, needless to say, absolutely wonderful. Characters with personalities and backstories and relationships that go far beyond the solving of mysteries. Impeccable performances and settings and costuming and the usual unique overall impression that the Brits actually use a working TARDIS to take the whole cast and crew to the correct period for whatever they're filming (helped by the fact that, according to the making-of documentary that they don't use any artificial sets ... all the interior scenes are shot inside real buildings/rooms)

Will definitely be grabbing the series 2 DVD when it's released.

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... to knit all the things.

Remember that shawl I'm working on with the multi-coloured maple leaves? (which has been temporarily neglected of late because summer heat + pure wool laceweight yarn + really tiny needles = sweat + slippery hands = mistakes and possible self-stabbings (2mm solid steel pointy things can and will inflict a nasty wound)

The designer of that shawl just released this pattern: Suigo Sawara.

Oh-so-tempting because purple iris is one of my favourite flowers (the big ol' fashioned dark-coloured garden kind that look and feel like silk velvet and have a perfume so thick you can chew it)

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... the "Foreigner" universe; Cherryh has just revealed that the title of the 2017 volume (yes, she's started writing that one now) is "Convergence". Fellow fans will know just from that that there's something different coming. For those not familiar, here is series title list ... there's been a fairly consistent theme to the namings (so far):

Foreigner
Invader
Inheritor
Precursor
Defender
Explorer
Destroyer
Pretender
Deliverer
Conspirator
Deceiver
Betrayer
Intruder
Protector
Peacemaker
Tracker
Visitor (2016)
Convergence (2017)

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How much for this dress?!?

And this, m'dears, is why I only knit and sew for my own wardrobe.
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... reading Darkness on his bones. Oh! My!

Some fascinating revelations about Ysidro's early days as a vampire which provide some clues to his current odd relationship with the Ashers. A dark and surprising twist that reveals an unexpected new depth of horror to the state of being undead. And the near-claustrophobic setting of being trapped in Paris during the outbreak and first month of World War I (blind patriotism can often be as lethal to innocent fellow civilians as an invader)

I want the next volume NOW please!!!

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Ex-spies and vampires won the toss. Especially since it's now the end of July 1914 (and shame on you if you had to look that up).

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Yeah, I know ... like I have a shortage of things to read or something ... ;p

Got two new books delivered to my desk at work today!:

The good, the bad and the smug, by Tom Holt (sequel to his "The outsorcerer's apprentice")
Darkness on his bones, by Barabara Hambly (the sixth book in her James & Lydia Asher/Simon Ysidro series)

Now I have to decide which to devour first ...

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All inspired by my Zelazny re-read blitz, have now moved on to Fred Saberhagen's "Dracula" series which I first discovered while I was in college. Initial volume "The Dracula Tape" was published a couple of years before Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" and it's definitely a lot more fun, with the Count frequently in fine snark form as he treats readers to his side of the events chronicled by Bram Stoker: "Great heaven, if male hemoglobin were all that I desired I should hardly have gone to all the trouble and expense of buying an estate in London so they should send me a ruddy young solicitor."

Reason for these books being in the queue for re-reading is that, thanks to Kobo, I've acquired the three volumes missing from my library and so now I finally own the complete ten-volume series!

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'cause it's just so PERFECT!

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I just raved about her patterns a couple of weeks ago and then she goes and publishes a new one that makes me want to stop everything else I'm allegedly working on and start it instead ... all those delicious twisted and traveling and wrapped stitches in the edging! Aguo

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The band members are all siblings, BTW ... full lineup is ten sisters and brothers but they don't always all perform.







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The seventeenth volume of the "Foreigner" series**, Visitor, is now officially official ... coming out April 5, 2016!!!

**Y'know, that series that I might possibly be a teensy bit addicted to. ;p

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Over three hours our wind direction has shifted from WNW to N to S to NNE (and, of course, all directions between the "official" noted ones)

That's not a complaint ... that dance 'round the compass points has dragged last evening's thunderstorm back over us for another go, washing more smoke out of our sky (most of the province has a chance of rain in today's forecast ... hopefully everywhere else will also get some of that much needed moisture to slow down the fires a bit)

Edited to add: current fire status map
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C.J. Cherryh has said in her blog today that she's finished writing the 2016 "Foreigner" book!!! That's first draft of course ... now follows the proofing and rearranging and detection and repair of plot holes. Happy dancing inside my head anyway, even though I know I have to wait another nine months (it is, indeed, her baby) to read it. (imnotaddictedimnotaddictedimnotaddictedicanwaiticanwaiticanwait ...)

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Just finished posting a new booklist over at catdesk. Short (due to a large chunk of my cataloguing lately being in Urdu or French) but, I think, sweet.

Now that I'm back to cataloguing primarily in English for a bit I should be seeing a greater number of listworthy books crossing my desk again. Unless you really WANTED soppy romance novels and fairy tales in Urdu and Robert Munsch in French ... in which case you shoulda said something earlier ... ;p

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO MY BUDDIES SOUTH O' THE LINE!!!!!
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Buffy Sainte-Marie





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... and a few of the projects-in-progress get done ...

Hanna Maciejewska: dying to knit something of hers because a) seamless and b) designs for curves!!! (** indicates the designer is also the model in the top photo)

Petrichor

Evocative**

Cabeladabra**

Moyen Age**

Ink and Wink

Maisie

Laelia

P.S. I own copies of the Cabeladabra and Moyen Age patterns ... my Cadenza (merino/silk blend) is going to become Moyen Age.

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The Yarn Harlot's annual special blog entry: Oh, Canada

P.S. Tsk ... she misspelled "eavestrough" and "toque". So I'll do the national thing and apologize to you on her behalf. ;-)

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!

And to celebrate, The Arrogant Worms are treating the world to a free listen to When Canada Rules the World (today only, so click while you can!)
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Canada Day tomorrow. Body is going to be very confused by two-days-with-alarm-clock, one-day-no-alarm-clock, two-days-with-alarm-clock week. Brain already so accustomed to being confused that it considers that state the norm and will probably go catatonic if ever confronted with logic and order.

And to kick the holiday off, this was the state of my neighbourhood when I left work today, except that the rain (or rather, the pouring water ... there were no discernible individual raindrops) was still coming down at the time (this is a shopping centre parking lot a few blocks from work). Arrived home soaked from the waist down due to a combo of wading through calf-high sidewalk/street rivers and hydroplaning vehicles passing by; between street flooding, crap visibility, and too many drivers not adjusting to/for either (I could hear police, fire, and ambulance sirens starting up in every direction and knew the vast majority of those'd be down to road idiocy), I figured it'd be safer to just walk home rather than risk trying to get across the four-lane street to the bus stop. Perfectly dry from the waist up though ... that Burberry umbrella I splurged on a couple of years ago doesn't even notice wind no matter which way I need to tilt it to block the rain (ribs don't even hint at flexing and it doesn't push or fill-and-pull either, as if the air just flows around it instead of against it. Couple more cloudbursts like this and I'll consider it to have paid for itself. :-)
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Okay, that's enough summer. I'm ready for autumn now.
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Today's "Oglaf" (one of the rare safe-to-open-anywhere instalments)

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3:33 PM MDT Friday 26 June 2015
Special weather statement in effect for:
•City of Calgary

Temperatures well above normal this weekend.

A strong ridge of high pressure will continue to build over Western Canada this weekend allowing hot air to invade Southern and Central Alberta. The warmest temperatures are expected Saturday and Sunday afternoon where daytime highs are forecast to reach into the low to mid 30's. Temperatures will be warmest in southeastern portions of the province where daytime highs are forecast to reach 38 degrees. Overnight lows are also forecast to remain in the mid to upper teens therefore limiting any reprieve from the heat. At this time temperatures are forecast to remain quite warm until Monday in Central Alberta and will persist through Canada Day across southeastern portions of the province.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as a heat warning may be required if the temperature or humidex reaches 40 degrees.


Guess who's going to be doing her very best impersonation of something that lives under a rock all weekend?
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Empowered, volume 9 by Adam Warren; release date August 19, 2015. Going to be interesting to see the aftermath of the major emotional whallop of volume 8.

The cult of the Red King, volume 6 in the Mike Mignola/Christopher Golden Baltimore graphic series (counting the original novel this is actually volume 7 in the Baltimore stories). Guaranteed to be horrific gloom and doom, but GOOD horrific gloom and doom. How appropriate that it's coming out in the dark of winter (January 2016)

Paul Cornell's e-novella, The Witches of Lychford is being released September 8, 2015. Not the third Shadow Police novel I've been eagerly awaiting but I shan't complain about getting a Cornell tale of any kind.

And, much more imminent than these, the new Charles Stross Laundry Files novel is due out July 7!!! (so far as I know Canada has the same release date at the U.S. but I'm quite willing to be happily surprised by discovering that we're included in the U.K. schedule and get it a few days earlier)

In the meantime, the Zelazny re-read-a-thon continues ... just finished volume 8 of the Amber novels and ready to plunge right into volume 9. Also still continuing with adding older, no-ISBN titles from my personal library into GoodReads which is also leading to a growing "I haven't read this in AGES, must re-read" pile ...

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--From "Blood of Amber" (volume 7 in his Amber series)

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As I was in the CKUA website checking the playlist anyway, remembered to grab this as well: Bloomsday with CKUA. I know this is an in-person concertish thing and you're most of the width of the continent away in a different country, but there's a good chance this will be recorded and available on the station's website afterward.

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Frazey Ford. Just heard "Done" from her newly-released "Indian Ocean" album played on CKUA; the GOOD tunes are the ones that switch my brain from background-music-listening to paying-attention-listening and this track did that. :-)

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Finished cataloguing the Urdu books today so that's it for that language until next year! And then immediately dove back into the books for the French immersion school which also have to be finished by the end of this month. Much easier!

And my reward was finding a Brad Podray email in my inbox tonight, announcing that a fourth track had been added to the YARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR album ... the new tune is "Gods of the Sea". Downloaded (after giving my usual $ support) and played it but I was only giving it half an ear as I was mucking about in the kitchen. Sounded good, though. Tomorrow when I'm more awake I'll listen to it properly. The announcement email also included a new Brad Podray adventure music track ... a preview from a not-yet-released album. That one also very good (no lyrics so didn't have to have my brain all there to properly enjoy it) ... can't direct you to that one, unfortunately, as no web existence yet. But you can check out his (as "Maximalism") previous four adventure soundtrack albums here (along with other musical goodies)

Oh, and that heat I was bitching about last night? Yesterday it was 30+C when I left work. Same time today: +6C. MUCH better!

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Have been somewhat frying my brain with cataloguing Urdu books at work and it being too damned hot this week to be doing that kind of I-don't-read-the-language thinking (temps more than 10c above the "norm" ... 'tis finally gloriously cooling off this evening with a promise of rain)

At home I'm continuing to enter a few more of my older, pre-ISBN books to Goodreads each evening ... have ended up adding several titles that simply weren't there plus a lot of variant editions of titles that are because my copies are ancient hardcover originals acquired in used book stores. And my oh-I-must-re-read-this list continues to grow as a result.

And on that re-reading front, the Zelazny marathon continues. Finished Changeling and its sequel Madwand last week and then dove straight into The Chronicles of Amber and have been loving every moment of it. Just finished "The Hand of Oberon" a few minutes ago, so "The Courts of Chaos" next and then onto the five volumes of the second Amber series.

And right at the end of "The Hand of Oberon", a few lines worthy of Alberto Pérez-Reverte himself ... granted he'd be a tad more poetic, but it's not hard to imagine Íñigo recording something along these lines in an Alatriste novel:
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P.S. I am literate (mostly) and possessed of the basics of punctuation. If you're seeing quotation marks where there should be apostrophes in the cut text it's because LJ is determined that apostrophes within a cut will be displayed as quotation marks and it refuses to do otherwise. I've retyped 'em three times, I've viewed the special character coding and it is correct for apostrophes (and the same apostrophe coding is displaying correctly in the excerpt). Must be another LJ "enhancement"

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The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company. I lost my taste for actual beer sometime before I was ten but can vouch for their ginger beer and root beer (see soda section of webpage) being excellent! :-)

The butcher shop sells it. Perfectly logical in my neighbourhood's little world of indie specialist food stores and locally made products.

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Quite a few things, actually. But when it's almost but not quite ready and I don't want to get started on anything major I'll start poking around in my library databases and doing little fixes. Or play with the statistics features. And so I was looking at the preset, appear-if-you-just-click-on-the-stats-button graphs and got curious about 2005 is the biggest year in my music library.

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So I looked it up. Still don't know why I own more 2005 recordings than any other year but I definitely wasn't stuck in a listening rut. ;p

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Pizza buns. Bought at the Polish grocery across the street; they get 'em from a bakery halfway across the city. Made just like a cinnamon bun but instead of sugar, cinnamon and frosting these have tomato sauce, herbs, and mozzarella. The bun itself is dense and moist and very slightly chewy ... a perfect texture for a savory treat. Yum!

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The title of 2016 instalment of C.J. Cherryh's "Foreigner" series has now been revealed: "Visitor"

That calls for an excerpt from this year's volume ... maybe something very-special-visit themed? ;-)
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This wasn't you, was it? ;-)

Signed,

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Last year around this time I posted about my love of Brett Halliday's Mike Shayne books, wonder at how something so massively popular in its day had completely disappeared from the publishing world, aside from the lonely reprint of volume eleven in both paper and ebook formats.

Well the Kobo gods must have been listening because they are releasing volumes 1-10 and 12-21 as ebooks this summer!!! (that reissue of volume 11 is still available to go with 'em ... just has an original cover instead of the updated ones these new releases sport). One can only fantasize that this might lead to the rest of the series (there were 77 titles in total) also coming out. The titles available for preorder so far are:

1) Dividend on death*
2) The private practice of Michael Shayne*
3) The uncomplaining corpses
4) Tickets for death
5) Bodies are where you find them*
6) The corpse came calling*
7) Murder wears a mummer's mask
8) Heads you lose*
9) Michael Shayne's long chance
10) Murder and the married virgin*
11) The already-reissued Murder is my business*
12) Marked for murder
13) Blood on Biscayne Bay
14) Counterfeit wife
15) Blood on the stars
16) A taste for violence*
17) Call for Michael Shayne
18) This is it, Michael Shayne*
19) Framed in blood
20) What really happened*
21) When Dorinda dances

The asterisks mark the titles I have in paper editions in my library (or on my Kobo in the case of #11) so now I'm going to be able to fill in the gaps in Mike's early years. Can't wait!!! :-)

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Yávië :-)

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Ahoy, all you lovers of George Macdonald Fraser's The Pyrates. Seems the man wrote a sequel tale and it's finally being published in September: Captain in Calico!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow, it HAS been a long time since I read Zelazby's Dilvish the Damned and The Changing Land. So many forgotten details of plot and wording joyfully rediscovered. Including, and I can't believe this one ever managed to slip my mind, The Great Sentence in "The Changing Land". Not its official name, that I've ever heard of, but I always thought of it as that; it's impressive because ... well, you recall how your teachers always preached against run-on sentences? It's not actually true that they're bad grammar or composition or whatever. It's just that they're usually so poorly and incoherently phrased that they're better off not happening (and it's less work to tell kids they're forbidden than explain why). But once in a while a really good writer can get away with it ...

The Great Sentence is nearly a full page long in my hardcover edition of this book. And here's how it goes (accompanied by the single considerably shorter sentence that is its partner-in-paragraph):
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And now I'm a few chapters into Changeling, which has much shorter sentences but makes up for that by being chock full o' Esteban Maroto illustrations.

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... that if I ever made a quilt I wanted to do a bedspread.

I think that"s certainly doable now. :-)Collapse )

And now I'm playing the fun game called where-the-hell-is-the-credit-card-receipt???!!! Which was in the bag with the fabric, which stayed untouched until I emptied it on top of the bed this morning to take photos, which had the name of the shop on it, and now there's no flippin' sign of the thing! Transaction with details will show up online but not likely until late tomorrow or Tuesday (festival only ended twenty minutes ago and they gotta drive back home) but I want the name of the store NOW so I can see if they deal online (as I said, that kind of width in that type of fabric is rare, I've never seen it in any of the stores here, and I might want more one day)

Edited to add: Ha! Found' em! Knew that either the town or the shop name began with "V", turned out to be the latter: Veronica's Sewing Supplies. Look at all the quilt backs!!! (mine is "Red Essential Scroll")
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... or, as Eartha Kitt put it, "beaucoup de loot!"

The vendors' tent was a bit of a disappointment in a way. It was just as vast and loaded with sellers as I recall, but all the fabric was mass-produced ... nothing was handmade and everything was cotton. No handwovens, no mud cloth, no true batik, no bark cloth, no embroideries, no tie-dyed or block-printed damasks, no flannels. And in every booth all the fabric was pre-cut into fat quarters and jelly roll strips so not of much use to somebody wanting to do anything other than specific types of patchwork ; certainly wasn't expecting anybody to lug in entire bolts and cutting tables but there did used to be more one and two metre lengths of entire widths of fabric on offer and of course all the handmades were whatever sizes came off looms. One vendor from Saskatchewan was the exception ... they had half metre cuts of printed batiks (at an "any 6 for" price and also ... wonder of wonders ... three metre cuts for use as quilt backs. Haven't opened mine up yet but the sign said these were all 118" (that'd be the three metres) long and 102" wide (a little over 2.5 metres). Usually only upholstery fabrics are sold in that kind of width, so had to grab one of those (was 10% off when I got to the till ... bonus!) Even if this turns out to be two narrower lengths of three metres, I'll still be happy 'cause it's pretty and was a good price.

So the final score: one three metre cut quilt back, six half metre cuts (two of which are duplicates to give me a full metre of that colour/design), and a package of of metallic threads. :-)

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... and this also happens to be the weekend of the annual Calgary Quilt Festival (was supposed to be going tomorrow with "N", who's never been to this event before, but she cancelled 'cause she and her kid and hubby are all down with the ick so figured I'd go today before the vendors were stripped bare). Lovely lovely lovely pieces of fabric art everywhere! And some good loot acquired at the vendor's tent (I'll share that later). A selected few photos here; to see my entire wanderings today, go here (and welcome to Backwards World 'cause Scrapbook now loads one's images in reverse order ... the lake is the beginning and the patchwork cow is the end)

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