Susan’s Salon: 2020 May 24/25

Yet another open thread for people to just chat. Posted every Monday (Sydney time). It’s OK to be sad and it’s OK to be happy. Please feel free to post either troubling news or pleasant distractions in the comments for this open thread. [However, no cranky conflicts between each other in the comments. Links, videos, cat pictures etc are fine – be nice to one another!] Whatever you like 🙂

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18 responses to “Susan’s Salon: 2020 May 24/25”

  1. I have been doing gardening. Putting some flowers in window boxes, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, planting new grass. Also added a solarcell tikimonster to the garden, some Cthulhu paintings to the cottage and a plush killer klown to the sofa. More like my home every day.

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  2. Blown away by Antarctica by KSR. Now I watch the great film by Werner Herzog „Encounters at the End of the World“ which might even be more fascinating.


  3. On Friday, my friend Karen came over to our yard, and we set up under a tree and went over some of our piano-violin music for the first time in person since around St. Patrick’s Day. Despite breezes knocking her stand over repeatedly and dropping little petal-things on the keyboard of my 5-octave Yamaha, it was greatly satisfying and will lead to further sessions.

    Since March, we’ve been sending mp3s back and forth of pieces we’re working on, and the weather finally got nice enough for this. We were going to be on the front porch, but the 16F degrees of cooler under the tree persuaded us to change.

    I’ve also been sending mp3s to the Irish group we are both in, which hasn’t met since then. Yesterday, a friend in the group expressed an interest in adding some tracks to the recording of “Ashokan Farewell” that I sent out, so I recorded a slightly better take of it that can boast not having the two or three biggest goofs of the other.

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  4. If I had a cat I’d send you a picture. Or I could just go outside with my phone and fake it. My neighbor surrepetitiously feeds five cats that hang around the yard, and takes some of them in at night. (Our rental rules forbid pets, you see.) How would you know it wasn’t my cat? But I’d know. Oh, the felinity.

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  5. Another week entirely at home, with nothing much accomplished. Surfing the net, streaming some concerts, tending to the credentials.

    I did manage to use up several things in the fridge and create a dinner. Including eating the last of the lettuce while it was still crunchy and green! A small win but I’ll take it.

    Mr. LT and I are supposed to be at the local con this very minute. Alas. But they Zoomed some short panels, filk, and a reading yesterday, all of which were very nice. A whole con in 3 hours. We enjoyed it. If anyone needs a virtual con fix, they recorded it at (no Zoom needed, just play):

    Pro GoH Cory Doctorow, who had a very funny reading; Artist GoH Galen Dara, storyteller M. Todd Gallowglas with a tale of Tom Doherty of TOR, coupla guys talking comics during the plague, Margaret and Kristoff with funny filks, panel of 3 black women with doctorates.

    No dealer’s room, though some masks and handcrafts were displayed. Seeing as everyone was coming in from home, a credential appears.

    It helped a LOT.

    NB: I do not appear on camera. Nice try.

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  6. Less of a good week for me – I missed out on an opportunity at work and then got bitten by something poisonous – I assume a spider. I didn’t see it, but it made me feel unwell for 24 hrs.


  7. Since I’m using this as my reading blog: I finished The Girl and the Stars which was great but has a mildly annoying ending, stopping as it does pretty much mid-scene.

    I’m about 60% of the way through The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane. It’s his journeys through places that are still, by some definition, “wild” as well as the histories of the places. It’s making me think more about our relationship with nature and wilderness, and missing the small slices of nature I’d get when climbing outdoors. I’m glad that I and most of my friends are determined to, if not preserve true wildness, leave as little trace of ourselves at the crag as we can. Sadly touristy crags are often a mess; last time I was in Krabi I packed out half a dozen plastic water bottles and a fistful of food wrappers.

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    • I haven’t read The Wild Places yet but enjoyed his Landmarks and The Old Ways (this was particularly good as an audiobook read by Roy McMillan).


      • This is my first Macfarlane and I’m really enjoying it. He has a particular way of bringing you into the landscape with him.


  8. In Turkey, we have just had a very subdued Eid celebration. Usually it’s an exceptionally busy holiday but the government applied a 4-day curfew – they have done this for every weekend and national holiday for the last 6 weeks or so. Not much fun, but it looks like covid cases and deaths are pretty much under control.


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