Manchester bomb

2017-05-23 07:34
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No, I was not in the city centre last night.

Rewatch Week Four

2017-05-23 07:27
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This week we're watching Series One, Episode 4!

1. No live watchalong, so no timezones to worry about
2. (Re)watch the episode when you have the chance, then come squee!
3. No chatroom component, let's keep the discussion on Dreamwidth
4. PLEASE share in the comments: fic ideas, drabbles, icons, artwork, meta, random things you notice, songs you love, trivia, gifs you've posted on tumblr, etc, anything inspired by the episode.
5. There's no time limit on participation. You can join in any day of the week, not just Tuesday. One post doesn't 'close' when the next one goes up. Even if you're a week (or three) behind, you're welcome.
6. Possible SPOILERS in the comments for the entirety of LoM and also Ashes to Ashes.

Resources: screencaps | transcripts
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A bit more than twenty-five years later: finally, more Twin Peaks!

I have been preparing myself since November by slowly rewatching the previous twenty-nine episodes. You know, I don't think it was until I was watching the first few in the wake of horrible US election news that I really understood the emotional appeal of horror. I've read/watched various horror things over the years because they had some aspect that interested me, but I've never been that interested in the genre itself. And yet, I was somehow deeply relieved to be watching a show where all kinds of awful things happen and many of them are scary but none of them have anything to do with federal elections. (Not that Twin Peaks isn't deeply political, in the sense that it shines a light on a lot of American ideals. But it's not political in a way that's really connected to who's sitting in the White House.)

Having dragged myself through the back two thirds of Season Two over the course of several months, I finally got around to watching Fire Walk With Me on Saturday. I thought it was great while also seeing why it was panned on release - the people who liked the TV show obviously wanted it to be like that, and people who hadn't seen the TV show must have been completely bewildered. It's a very different beast to the TV episodes, entirely without the charm that relives the horror there - because this time we see the town through Laura's eyes, and why the hell would she be charmed by Twin Peaks, given what it's allowed to happen to her? I've long thought that the big problem with the later part of Season Two is that we lose Laura as a character once the question of her murder is resolved, and despite being dead she was the most complex and interesting person in the show. So I appreciated seeing this story that puts her back at the centre of things, even though it was extremely harrowing to watch. I don't know that I'd say I enjoyed it, exactly, but I certainly admired the hell out of both Lynch's direction and Sheryl Lee's haunting central performance.

My only real problem with it was spoilers for a movie that's more than twenty-five years old. )

So all this brought me up to yesterday, and the first two episodes of Season Three. And make no mistake, this is Season Three, not any kind of soft reboot. The first two episodes are a magnificently weird (almost) two hours of television - maybe weirder than the original show, maybe the weirdest television I have ever seen. To quote someone on Reddit, "I don't know what the fuck I just watched, but I want more of it."

(But not for another week. I've decided to stick to stealing the episodes that have actually been on TV, so as to follow the proper schedule and not have to wait three weeks for more. I'll be trying to dodge spoilers for Episode Three and Episode Four for a bit.)

I have no idea what anyone who last watched the first two seasons a couple of decades ago will make of any of this, let alone anyone who hasn't seen them at all - but it's obvious that Lynch and Frost have decided that they don't care. I hope Showtime knew what they were buying, but I guess you don't let David Lynch direct eighteen episodes of anything if you expect it to have mainstream appeal?

Anyway, a few specifics from those first two hours.

Meanwhile ... )
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this was originally a multi-screen art installation. I would like to see it in that form, but this was beautifully edited. Cate Blanchet plays 13 roles, declaring and commenting on the Manifesto of each of a dozen art movements. (the festival crowd didn’t fully get into it until we got to the Dogme 95 part.) it was wry and funny and visually stimulating. it deserved more focus than I was able to give the late show on a school night.

Box o books cont'd

2017-05-22 22:50
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Last call for cheap books, kind of an eclectic lot, Shakespeare and Beatles and random SFF anthologies. Most of these are pretty well used, cover wear, etc. Let me know your zip code and I'll calculate media rate shipping from that and book weight.

Let me know before Friday night if you want any of these, because on Saturday they're going to Good Will.

For the Shakespeare, I am including publisher/edition for those who care; most of them are perfectly readable modern editions but I feel I should note that the "new hudson" editions were printed circa 1910 and while they have the same kinds of notes I tend to expect, they are visibly old. Merrills is 1910 as well, and Arden is good gracious, 1898.

Hardcover - $2
Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock (1983, so no current or prequels)
Aliens from Analog (anthology, contents)
Reel Future (anthology, contents)
Pendragon Chronicles (anthology, contents)
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, books 1-3 (this is actually comb bound not hardcover, but it also includes CDs, so I'm tossing it in this list for pricing.)
America, the book, from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
I Me Mine by George Harrison
Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano
McCartney: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz
The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand

Trade Paperback (or larger) - $1.50
Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting you'll ever need by Blake Snyder
How to Write for Television by Madeline DiMaggio
Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love by Katherine Atwell Herbert
Science Fiction: a historical anthology (contents)
Henry the Fourth, Part I, Shakespeare, Norton
King Lear, Shakespeare, Kittredge
Hamlet, Shakespeare, St Martin's Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism
Classical Mythology by Mark Morford and Robert Lenardon
Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine
MAD about the Eighties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Seventies: the best of the decade
MAD about the Sixties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Movies
The Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women by Alexa Albert
Dante, the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Italian, English translation by John Sinclair
Star Trek: Q's Guide to the Continuum
Cowboy Slang by Edgar R. "Frosty" Potter
All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek by Dave marinaccio
Quotable Star Trek by Jill Sherwin

Paperbacks - $1
Teach Yourself Film Studies by Warren Buckland
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, signet
Othello, Shakespeare, folger
Tempest, Shakespeare, new hudson
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, folger
Anthony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Kittredge
As You Like It, Shakespeare, new hudson
Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, Arden
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Merrill's
Macbeth, Shakespeare, folger
Midsummer night's dream, Shakespeare, folger
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, folger
Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare, bantam
Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare, signet
Second Shepherd's play
The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Curses (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Ghosts (anthology, contents)
50 Short Science Fiction Tales (anthology, and with nothing so tidy as a table of contents, here's the list of reprint permissions)
UFOs: A Manual for the Millennium by Phil Cousineau
Anne Frank's Tales From the Secret Annex
Dutchman and the Slave: Two Plays by LeRoi Jones
House of Desires in a new translation by Catherine Boyle
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
Life is a Dream, Calderon
Beowulf, trans Burton Raffel
I Owe Russian $1200 by Bob Hope (resisting urge to make political joke here)
Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek by Daniel Cohen
Separated at Birth? (Meme of a bygone era, this is a collection of photographs of celebrities that look like other celebrities)

The Descent

2017-05-23 05:21
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Posted by /u/fugpahhh

Finally saw The Descent tonight. Wow. One of the first movies in a long time to actually scare me. Highly recommend it.

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Posted by /u/wh33t

I run uBlock origin, privacy badger, could my issue be related to them?

I have a socket.html file.

<html> <head> <script type="text/javascript"> //create a new WebSocket object. websocket = new WebSocket("ws://d30:9000/socket.php"); websocket.onopen = function(evt) { console.log('test'); }; //on open event websocket.onclose = function(evt) { console.log('Socket Closed'); }; //on close event websocket.onmessage = function(evt) { console.log('Message Recieved'); }; //on message event websocket.onerror = function(error) { console.log(error); }; //on error event websocket.send('test'); websocket.close(); //close method </script> </head> <body> Socket Test </body> </html> 

And I have a local ubuntu server in my house with a php script called socket.php situated at /var/www/html/d30

 <?php $server = stream_socket_server("tcp://", $errno, $errorMessage); if ($server === false) { throw new UnexpectedValueException("Could not bind to socket: $errorMessage"); } while(true) { $client = stream_socket_accept($server,-1); if ($client) { $recieved_message = fread($client,1024); fwrite($client,'You said ' . $recieved_message); stream_copy_to_stream($client, $client); fclose($client); } } ?> 

When I run socket.html in my browser I get these 3 telling logs in the console.

InvalidStateError: An attempt was made to use an object that is not, or is no longer, usable

NS_ERROR_CONNECTION_REFUSED: Component returned failure code: 0x804b000d (NS_ERROR_CONNECTION_REFUSED) [nsIStreamListener.onStartRequest]

Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at ws://d30:9000/socket.php.

When I search for NS_ERROR_CONNECTION_REFUSED I come to this page, which oddly has no description of this error code.

I have tested the websocket over SSH using

echo "Hi Server" | nc 9000

And the server replies with

You said Hi Server

So I'm pretty sure that portion of it is working.

Any tips on what I'm doing wrong here?

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Posted by /u/MabiBlue

Plot: Couple breaks down in front of a house and go in to ask for help, people in the house take couple to basement to walk through hidden tunnel under house to escape, male in couple gets his brain fried in electric chair and companion has to eat him. end- they escape but antagonist pops up in the back seat of car all

Pls help. Driving me and my friends nuts.

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Posted by Victor Mair

There’s a curious article by Kathy Chu and Menglin Huang in the Wall Street Journal (5/21/17):

How a Toddler Who Loves Eating Transfixed China:  2½-year-old Xiaoman is an online sensation, bringing fame, a Pampers ad and questions about her weight”

If you have difficulty reading the whole article via the embedded link, try this TinyURL, which should lead you to a complete preview.

The article begins with a video of the little girl wolfing down seemingly limitless quantities of food, including the (in)famously smelly durian fruit in an Indonesian restaurant.  See the third paragraph here:

Malaysian Multilingualism” (9/11/09)

If you’d like to watch other videos testifying to Xiaoman’s enormous capacity for gluttony, see here and here.

From the Chinese internet, it’s easy to find that the characters for “Xiaoman” are Xiǎomán 小蛮.  The authors translate her name as “little man”, without further explanation.  That’s terribly misleading, because readers will take that to mean “little male person”, but that she is not.

Xiǎo 小 does mean “little”, and that she certainly is, though she will fast become very big.  Xiǎo 小 (“little”) is indeed often used affectionately for informal personal names, even for grownups.  Mán 蛮, however, is much, much harder to pin down.

I will state frankly that my first reaction was to interpret her name as meaning “Little Barbarian”, since the original meaning of mán 蛮 is “(southern) barbarian”, and it still has that connotation, but it also has many other related meanings:  “rough; reckless; fierce; rude; unreasoning; bullying”.  The most common disyllabic word into which mán 蛮 enters is yěmán 野蛮 (“barbarous; brutal; cruel; uncivilized; rude”), where the first syllable yě 野 conveys the sense of “wild; rough; undomesticated; uncultivated; rude”.

So my interpretation of Xiǎomán 小蛮 is that it means “Little Barbarian” for her impetuous, impulsive eating habits, but affectionately, something like “Little Rascal” or “Little Monster”.

I asked several colleagues for their take on Xiǎomán 小蛮 and received these sensitive responses.

From Maiheng Dietrich:

Mán 蛮 usually refers to actions that are physical, forceful, instinctive. It is the opposite of thoughtful, skillful, or diplomatic. Its meaning also extends to uncivilized, uneducated, and unrefined (thus barbarian). However, it could be a term of endearment if used for people in an intimate relationship.

From Jing Wen:

I don’t think it means little barbarian here. In some southern dialects, mán 蛮 means hěn 很 (“very”), mán hǎo 蛮好 = hěn hǎo 很好 (“very good”). Maybe her parents call her Xiǎomán 小蛮 simply because it sounds like a pretty name.

In partial support of Jing’s interpretation, I can attest that when I was living in Taiwan back at the beginning of the 70s, I often heard expressions like mán hǎokàn 蠻好看 (“quite good looking”) and mán piàoliang 蠻漂亮 (“quite beautiful”).  Yet note that, so far as I can recall, mán 蠻 in this sense (“quite; rather”) also came before an adjective, so it’s hard for me to interpret the mán 蛮 of Xiǎomán 小蛮 in this sense (“Little Quite / Rather / Very”).

Mark Metcalf looked up xiǎomán 小蛮 in the Hànyǔ dà cídiǎn 汉语大词典 (Unabridged Dictionary of Sinitic) and found that it was originally the name of the famous Tang poet Bo Juyi’s 白居易 (772-846) concubine (maybe she came from the south) and eventually became a general word for concubines.

In any event, our present day baby gourmand, Xiǎomán 小蛮, is also often referred to as a “chīhuò 吃貨” (“chowhound; foodie”), a term we have encountered before, e.g.:

Biscriptal juxtaposition in Chinese, part 2” (10/15/14)

Coarse grains hotel” (6/1/14)

As for the nuances of chīhuò 吃貨” (“chowhound; foodie”), Jing Wen remarks:

I think chīhuò 吃货 is what a gastronome or a food aficionado calls him/herself.  Basically it means people who love eating and know how to eat well. It is not polite to say someone else is a chīhuò 吃货, if they are not close friends or family members. (It is still inappropriate to say “my dad is a chīhuò 吃货”, but it is OK to say “my brother is a chīhuò 吃货”).

Notice that Xiaoman eats with a spoon and fork, not chopsticks.  I’ve seen many college students, monks, and others who prefer to eat with fork and spoon rather than with chopsticks.  I met one Buddhist monk who told me that he never learned how to eat with chopsticks.  But Xiaoman is also good with her hands (she’d do well in India) and even directly with her mouth, down to the last noodle in the bowl.

[Thanks to Mark Metcalf, Maiheng Dietrich, and Jing Wen]

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What's causing the unusual ray of white light extending upward from the central horizon? What's causing the unusual ray of white light extending upward from the central horizon?

Sweet, Sweet, Lonely Girl

2017-05-23 03:58
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Posted by /u/AMorton15

Recently caught this and was wondering what you guys thought? Very Ti West-esque. I really enjoyed the atmosphere but thought that it fell a little flat. Would put it ahead of We Go On but behind Always Shine as far as Shudder exclusives go

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