Aug. 9th, 2017 02:10 pm
ysobel: (Default)
I don't get story ideas much any more because I don't write. (Partly I don't write because the mechanics are hard and awkward, and writing a paragraph feels like a marathon. But partly there is a self-reinforcing cycle where I don't write because the ideas don't come (or they come as a vague concept with no idea for execution, or they come and then immediately die in the throes of logistics) which means I don't write which means the ideas don't come which means...)

But lately I've been wanting to do a retelling of Beauty and the Beast where "Beauty" is an ironic nickname: she is disabled, deformed, probably has vitiligo, whatever. And so they call her Beauty to mock her. Maybe even she's visually impaired so they're doing it to mock her intelligence/perception as well (ha ha she doesn't even know we're making fun of her, how pathetic is that)

And then today I realized: the Beast, often, is cursed such that they look like they act. I don't know quite how disabled!Beauty meets her Beast, but I have this image of her hearing the curse story and going "what no that's *bullshit* i mean do i look this way because I'm a horrible person? Does (Gastón analogue) look like he acts? Pretty sure not. Fuck this."

...and then I'm like well what if part of the purpose of the curse is that the pre-Beast had an attitude of "disabled people are inferior" and so got made disabled as a very ineffective morality lesson

...and then I spent about half an hour flailing about because AUGH NO, red alert red alert, you are going to fuck this up in completely ableist ways, flaiiiiiil.

Because my brain is logical like that...
ysobel: (Default)
a) been kinda off-grid lately -- mostly health stuff (migraines, random heart palpitations that have no apparent cause at least yet but yes I do have a doctor appointment because this is a new thing, and stuff like pain keeping me awake last night until after 6am so I only got three hours sleep and the next day or two are going to suck) -- if I've missed anything important in your lives please link / summarize / tell me where to look?

2) I had a dream the other night where I got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was very tolerant of me glomp-hugging him. idek.

iii) I "lost" all of Wednesday to writing up my newest knitting pattern, Freedom of Hattitude -- knitting drama seems to inspire me.

backstory )

D) I also made a hat for a friend. Loom knit, a smidge too small because I couldn't find the right loom, so worked in twisted rib (e-wrap+purl) for stretch.

V) ...and once my brain recovers from last night's painsomnia, I want to play with brioche loom knitting. Fear me. Or don't; whatever
ysobel: (dork)
So I'm listening to Galileo, and I wish I could vid

because I want to make a Captain America vid out of it

purely for the line about "some other fool across the ocean years ago must have crashed his little airplane"



ysobel: (learning german)
and I just figured out why I have a problem with the Spanish word for 9.

See, okay, one of the things that trips me up is the set of words for this/that/those. One aspect is just remembering which is this and which is that (current convoluted mnemonic is the inverse t factor: "that" ends in t, "eso" doesn't have a t; "this" doesn't end in t, "esto" has one). And then there's the third one (that-over-there), which is aquel but I had to look it up because I couldn't remember. I wanted to say allí but that is a different word.

But the other aspect is gender. Most of Spanish has two grammatical genders, but demonstratives have three: eso/ese/esa and esto/este/esta. Neuter, masculine, feminine. The masculine and feminine forms are used when there is a (gendered) noun associated with it: "this book is mine". Neuter is used (according to the site I just looked up again) for abstract ideas and unknown objects.

Which is fine escept for which is which. Masculine adjectives in Spanish end in -o for the most part, but eso/esto are the *neuter* forms, and ese/este are the masculine ones.

Which is where nine comes in.

The Spanish word for nine is nueve.

The Spanish word for new is nuevo.

I found tonight, not for the first time, that I keep wanting to read nueve as new. So, like, "otros nueve goles" -- another nine goals, a phrase I got in today's Duo lesson -- had me staring at it going "......uhhh, other new goals? What?". But I only just figured out *why*: overgeneralization of the esto/este thing.

Or something.

A poll

Jul. 7th, 2013 09:32 pm
ysobel: (yarn)
Given that I should not really be acquiring more yarn because I have plenty already etc, but that some of [personal profile] wyomingnot's for-sale yarn is calling to me, and it's technically something I could afford...

Poll #13848 yaaaaarn
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15

Should I get this yarn?

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Yes, definitely
5 (33.3%)

Yes, but put it somewhere safe and then give it to yourself as a reward for Doing Awesome Things later in the summer
7 (46.7%)

Yes, but through a proxy who can hold on to it for you and then send it when you have Done said Awesome Things
3 (20.0%)

No, there will be other yarns you can reward yourself with
0 (0.0%)

Absolutely not!
0 (0.0%)

If some flavor of yes, which yarn?

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cascade 220 superwash paint in shades of red
3 (27.3%)

crystal palace 5 print in shades of blue
4 (36.4%)

mountain colors twizzle, black with red and blue and silver
0 (0.0%)

alpaca blend, red (well, boysenberry)
2 (18.2%)

alpaca blend, blue-grey-ish
2 (18.2%)


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9 (60.0%)

Sorry, what?
6 (40.0%)

I got distracted by the yarn
12 (80.0%)

Mmm, yarn...
7 (46.7%)


Apr. 15th, 2010 01:19 pm
ysobel: A pony in front of a fruit loops box (fruit loop pony)
If I had infinite money, I would so get one a couple of these.

(Not that I need it, but, y'know. I am a six year old sometimes. *pony glee*)


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