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yuuago: (Norway - Coffee)
Working through some Norwegian this evening. Trying to nail down some grammar (again).

Poking through details about present perfect, and came across a note that present perfect progressive, as it's used in English, does not really exist in Norwegian. There's only straight-up present perfect form.

So -
I have been reading three books
I have read three books
are both the same phrase in Norwegian:
Jeg har lest tre bøker

Which is good to know, since in English these would have different meanings to me. I can easily see myself trying to force Norwegian into a progressive form, leading to frustration when it doesn't quite work. (...I probably have done this at some point. I would not be surprised.)

My grammar book doesn't make mention of this, oddly enough. But I've found various places on the internet that discuss it (here, for example, and also the Duolingo grammar section for present perfect is surprisingly detailed) so I'm willing to take it as A Thing for the time being. (Now, if I could only remember this.)
yuuago: (Moomin - Snufkin)
I found out that my parents are going to be going to Athabasca this upcoming weekend. Which means I'll have the house to myself. Hooray!

I'm kind of getting overwhelmed by all of the stuff that I want to do. Not even wild and crazy stuff, just like, the kind of chores that I'm not comfortable doing when there are people around to nitpick the way I do it. Like cleaning the dishwasher. Or rinsing the last bit of winter muck off my car.

And... hopefully I'll be able to find some time to practice my harmonica. I haven't played that thing in ages, because it's not exactly the kind of thing one wants to do when there are other people around.

(Oh snap, I have some writing projects that I need to get done, too. WELL... we'll see about that business. :V )
yuuago: (Poland - Totally)
I came across this video on using drop-pull tools to make pysanky: Malowanie pisanek woskiem pszczelim (With English subtitles)

I always liked the way this kind looks - it's amazing what you can do with something as simple as a pin stuck in a pencil. *_* Maybe I'll try this kind some time - but for now I'll stick with the kistky I've been using; the kind with a well for the wax, that you heat with a candle. You can do drop-pull with a candle as well, or so I've heard, but... far easier with some kind of heating element to keep a pool of hot wax, which I don't have.

...Also, I will have to remember next time, the tip for keeping the hand stabilized on the table. I never remember to do that, which probably explains a lot about why my lines wobble all over the place! ;p
yuuago: (SSSS - Emil - Reading)
Came across a thread on FFA with a long list of recs for nonfiction books about nature. Voila.

So many of these look super cool! Going to have to see if I can get hold of some of them. Especially The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, also Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff and Tony Angell. Bird intelligence? Yes, I'm here for this. :D

Ahh, so many neat things to read about, so little time!
yuuago: (PolLiet - Sunlight)
Okay, so! I made some pysanky again this year. :D

Photo under cut! )

This took roughly one evening + one day, as well as a bit of extra time for the guidelines and emptying eggs and such.

I like the colour scheme that I used this year (a so-called "Trypillian" set) but I wasn't as happy with the dyes themselves - I used a different company this year than last year, and I feel like I had to leave the eggs in them much longer than I had to last year, in order to get a nice deep colour. And even after leaving the eggs in the black for 10 minutes, it was still not as much of a nice, crisp, deep black as last year's shade - you can't really tell by the photograph, but it's very obvious in real life.

This year's dyes were by Ukrainian Eggcessories, and last year's were by Best Pysanky. I think I will use BP's next year - or at the very least for the black. I was, however, very impressed with UE's Yukon Gold; it's a gorgeous deep colour and I was very happy with that one and will definitely use it again.

When I was in Victoria, I was able to pick up a book on writing pysanky: Eggs Beautiful: How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs by Johanna & Loretta Luciow and Anna Kmit. Having a paper reference was really helpful with deciding how to do the eggs this year. Quite an improvement over previous. Aside from some actual designs, they provide lots of little ideas for individual embellishments and band styles etc. I didn't follow any of these exactly, but I did draw inspiration from there.

This year, I put down guidelines in pencil before applying wax. Just the main lines; I didn't draw everything. I was kind of worried that it would be visible through the dye, and to a degree it is. But a lot of it gets wiped off during the wax-removal process, and you can't really see it unless you look very closely, so I think I'll do this next year as well. It's still very difficult to get lines actually straight rather than wobbling all over the place, but at least with the pencil down it's easier to get them more or less in the ballpark of where I want them to be.

I bet next year's will be even better. ☆
yuuago: (PolLiet - Sunlight)
MAN, I forgot that making pysanky takes FOREVER. It's so time consuming! I was at it for hours this evening, and I'm still nowhere near done.

Somebody, please come help me put wax on these damn eggs. xD
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Reading)
Finished reading: Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage by Ken McGoogan. I've read other books about the history of the search for the Northwest Passage before, but this one is different in a few ways. It was published recently (2017), so it's able to incorporate information from the discoveries of the wrecks of the HMS Erebus and Terror. Secondly, it discusses indigenous people to a wider extent than I usually see - it of course includes information about Inuit testimony re: the Franklin expedition, both the original tragedy and the re-discovery of it, but it also discusses various other people involved in the many other Passage searches, including overland expenditions. And it does this in a lot more detail than I typically see in these books, including names of the indigenous individuals involved, and quotes when available. He also devotes a lot of time to Jane Franklin and the role she had in creating the mythology surrounding John Franklin - I feel like, while this is usually covered to some degree, she isn't often given the amount of pagetime she deserves for her role in all this. Anyway, in all, it was very interesting, very readable. I'd also recommend this author's biography of Jane Franklin, Lady Franklin's Revenge - it's very good too.

Currently reading: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I'm about 3/4 of the way through this one. It's very... odd. It's been a while since I last read any of the later Discworld novels, but the - how can I put it - the "texture" of the writing is so different from what I'm used to, it's throwing off my groove. I don't dislike it, but I think after I'm done with this one I might want to re-read an old favourite from earlier in the series and compare.

Reading next: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I meant to read this a few weeks ago, but went on vacation before I could get to it. Let's try again. ;)

Want to Read: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain by Han Shan, translated by Red Pine. [This book.] I was reaaally tempted by this when I came across it while browsing through a bookstore in Victoria. Instead, I asked my local library to order it. ;) I'm not hugely familiar with Han Shan's poetry, but I have read and liked some of it, so I'm looking forward to reading this whenever the library gets it.
yuuago: (Tistow - Jack - Frustration)
So. My province overwhelmingly voted UCP. Which means we now have a Conservative provincial government, and a racist, misogynist, homophobic waste of oxygen is now the premier of Alberta.

I am not surprised. Not in the least. But I am angry, and disappointed, and sad. And I'm probably going to be angry, disappointed, and sad for a damn good while.

I foresee myself writing a lot of letters in the future regarding UCP policies and things they want to put into place. Protests, especially those arranged by anyone even moderately left, are not a thing that happens here; elsewhere in the province, yes, but not here. My ability to take part in that kind of thing has always been limited. But letter-writing is something I can do. Someone's got to make sure that those assholes know that not everyone in Fort Mac supports them.

Also: Certainly not looking forward to people saying "Oh, if you don't like it, just move". Those people can take their "advice" and shove it up their goddamn ass.
yuuago: (Norway - Map)
The news about the fire at Notre Dame de Paris yesterday was very upsetting. Apparently the damage is not as extensive as many had feared it would be (then again, the worst case scenario was that the entire building would be lost).

La Fondation du patrimoine, the French Heritage Foundation, has opened a fund for the restoration of Notre Dame. A lot of big names have already pledged toward the restoration as well. Since the damage and costs are still being assessed, I expect it might be a while before proper estimates are available as to how much will be required and how long the reconstruction/restoration will take.

Looking through the other projects, there's some pretty neat things. But of course, this particular project is rather different in nature.

I'm glad that it was accident, not arson - that this is not a Fantoft-type situation. And that so many things were able to be removed. And apparently the huge windows have survived (?!). And I have been hearing that the organ might have as well - though in what condition remains to be seen...

I expect that in the upcoming days/weeks we'll get more information on the state of things. I don't know if I will want to seek it out.
yuuago: (Art - Reading)
Came across a delightful discussion of Fitzjames and Crozier's sweaters, and whether the sweater they're wearing is actually the same one. As well as a response that I found interesting as well.

:D And in the end, we still don't know if it's the same sweater, but the thought that Crozier would keep Fitzjames' sweater as a memento is sure a nice thought.

I just love the microfocus on detail, the overanalyzing of every possible screencap. This kind of meta is always so fun. It's so nice when I come across this kind of thing.

On the subject of Crozier and Fitzjames, ahhh the Captain and Commander Crozier/Fitzjames zine is available now, and I'm totally glad. Will have to set aside some cash from it. It's really too bad that I don't have room for more doujinshi, because this looks like a really nicely put-together fanbook. Ah, well. Digital-only it is! The price is a little bit steep for a digital work, but since the proceeds will benefit Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, I'm not going to grump about it. :D

And since I'm on the subject of The Terror, I'll mention - I've finished reading Ken McGoogan's Dead Reckoning, and I would suggest this one to anyone interested in the Franklin Expedition in particular, or the search for the Northwest Passage in general. I'll post about it in more detail later, but needless to say - a good read.
yuuago: (Canada)
So. I cast an advance vote for the provincial election this morning. I rather like that it didn't involve any fuss or waiting; I think I'll do this for future elections when possible.

Alberta politics )
yuuago: (Knitting - Yarn)
+ I have arrived back home in one piece. :V All in all, it was a nice trip, and I'm glad I went. I'm unsure if I prefer Victoria in spring or late autumn... either way, it's nice to get away from Fort McMurray weather for a while.

+ Currently working on a scarf in linen stitch with stockingette bands*. A little different from some patterns I've tried previously - I've never done a stitch that reqires two separate colours; most of the colourwork I've done is just stranded fair isle type stuff. It was a little frustrating until I figured out exactly how it works. Anyway, I'm using Urth Harvest Worsted for it, in grey and black - I'm really liking this yarn a lot; it feels nice on the hands. Though I must say that knitting with size 11 needles feels so awkward to me. They're so... FAT.

+ Provincial election coming up next week... I think I will see about advance voting on Saturday. Hadn't given it much thought, but I'm remembering that last time was an absolute pain in the ass when I tried to do things on the actual day-of. Will be nice if I can get it out of the way and over with beforehand. I'm really concerned about how things are going to go - I'm worried the province will flip conservative again. It seems very likely. (And then it'll stay that way for a few decades... again....) My area is probably going to go UCP no matter what, unfortunately. But I'm going to try not to worry too much, because that won't help anything.
yuuago: (Anno 1790 - Magdalena)
So! This evening I went to see that famous ballet, Giselle, performed by Great Russian Ballet.

Going into it, I wasn't very familiar with Giselle; the only thing I knew about it was that the second act features copious amounts of willis/vile. (The internet is telling me that 'vile' is the correct plural of 'vila', but it looks so odd to me; I instinctively want to write it as 'vily') And of course that the role of Giselle herself is notoriously difficult. I'm not very knowledgeable about this stuff, so I can't really say what would make this one difficult over others (haven't researched that) but the dancer playing her part sure did do an excellent job.

The story isn't one of my favourites, but the dancing was spectacular, and the aesthetic in the second half was A++. Wonderfully ethereal. :D So, I'm glad I took the time to go see this one. :)

This is only the second "big title" ballet that I've seen (out of four in total); the other was Swan Lake. Between those two, I think I prefer Swan Lake, though I am unsure if that's partly because I went into that one with a bit of pop culture osmosis, and of course familiarity with the music. Hard to be sure.

Anyway... definitely worth the trip. :) I'm glad I took the time off for this.
yuuago: (NorIce - Hold me)
Totally getting Nor/Ice vibes from this. Suited for after a long time of separation... could be certain points in history.

Considering the relationship is up for interpretation, gen situations in historical context could work - could be separation during the 19th century, or 20th century when they were both occupied.

But you know what, it could also work for apocalyptic/pandemic type narratives. Naturally, I'm thinking of Stand Still Stay Silent in particular - but others could also work.

(I just. Am having a lot of feelings right now.)

long winter poem - Katherena Vermette )
yuuago: (YiH - Veeti - Doze)
423: "You should just take back your bed." At the time that was posted, I was like, "You two should just SHARE the bed." Even if there probably isn't room for both of them up there. It sure doesn't look like it (424).

And then we get this and I just. Fffff. FFFFF. AHH.



I mean, yes, I'm enjoying this for the story, but occasionally there is also... stuff like this. And I appreciate that very much. :D :D
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
So far on this vacation, I've somehow managed to go to three concerts in two days. ;)

The first was a free outdoor concert by Knacker's Yard. They're a traditional Celtic band from Victoria. It was a bit chilly out, but still a good time. They played a whole load of fun trad stuff, like "The Greenland Whale Fisheries" and so on. I might need to pick up one of two of their albums later. (They're on Bandcamp here.)

The second concert was the "Gate to the East" performance by the Constantinople Ensemble, with vocals by Marco Beasley. The concert was arranged by the Early Music Society of the Islands* - I think I have been to a EMSI concert before, though I can't remember which one it was. Anyway. This performance is based on works that were found in a manuscript from the 17th century, the Majmua. It was compiled by the Polish musician Albert Bobowski, and contains Italian, Ottoman, and Persian works. It was an absolutely gorgeous performance, and a really good time. If any of you ever get the chance to see the Constantinople Ensemble perform - I definitely encourage it. :D

The third and last was an orchestral Queen tribute performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Let me tell you, "Bohemian Rhapsody" sounds pretty good in symphonic form. ;) I'm not sure all of Queen's songs lend themselves well to this - there was electric guitar incorporated, and it overwhelmed the sound of the orchestra, I think. But it was still a very good time.

I've sure been enjoying this visit so far. :D No large plans until Tuesday night - when I'll be seeing a performance of the ballet Giselle, which is what brought me here in the first place.
yuuago: (VME - Lauren - Let's talk)
OK, so. It's been over a year since I last watched Vatican Miracle Examiner. I have a mind like a sieve, and probably forgot a lot of stuff, so I'm really glad that the VME Discords is doing this rewatch. Maybe it'll spark some fic inspiration. ;)

Continued )
yuuago: (YiH - Veeti - Doze)
+ Arrived in Victoria in one piece.

+ Man, am I ever exhausted. How can I be so tired when I've done nothing but alternate between sitting on planes and transferring between planes all day?!

+ I'm going to see the Constantinople Ensemble in concert tomorrow night and I'm very excited about that. :) An example of the kind of stuff they'll be playing can be heard over here. Should be pretty neat.

+ It's a good thing I brought more than one book with me, as I'm already 3/4 of the way through the first. ;p I ended up taking Pratchett's Raising Steam, as you all suggested. And then also McGoogan's Dead Reckoning, since I bought it on a previous vacation. And ditto Katherine Vermette's River Woman. I've read one of her novels and liked it, but this one is poetry, so I'm not sure whether it'll be to my taste.
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