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Vass ([personal profile] vass) wrote2014-08-07 02:02 am
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Culture Consumed Wednesday


Read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Most of the way through it made me expostulate "SCIENCE!" every few pages, in the same tone Cordelia Vorkosigan would use to say "Barrayarans!" Then I reached the finishing stretch, and it was just one gut punch after another. One of two best medical histories I've ever read - the other is Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies. Comprehensively researched, excellent prose, intelligent, but above all extremely humane and respectful, strongly grounded in an understanding of systematic injustice and wrong. Trigger warnings: basically all of the standard ones.


Exactly how obnoxiously I can shoehorn my current fandom into everything. Harold Rubber Duck! Bad Code!

Amazing vid of the week: Watershed, by [personal profile] chaila. Wonder Woman, various sources, music by Vienna Teng.


Bought the iOS version of Secret of Mana, a game I was totally obsessed with when I was 13. It was the only SNES game I was all that into (I was a huge NES fan, though.) I had so many feelings. "But time flows like a river... and history repeats." The soundtrack definitely stands up to the test of time. And the graphics look DAMN good on my phone. Sadly, the navigation is more difficult with a touchscreen, and it was difficult enough already. "Have you ever seen an enormous tree called the Mana Tree? Well, I haven't."


Rewatched two episodes of Drunk Geek Crafts on YouTube, while doing sleep-deprived, overcaffeinated knitting of my own. I think I may have to go buy lots of red, white, blue, and purple duct tape, and make my own Captain America shield and Magneto helmet.


More shoehorning POI into everything, this time from the Texts From The Machine Tumblr.

Finch probably does the same. Except Reese being Reese, it is probably a literal, bloody axe, not the body spray.

Smelled Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, as reviewed here.


Knitting. Still doing the mitred square blanket. I have given up on all the mitres pointing the same way, or not having odd bulges from getting the tension wrong or miscounting the stitches, but I'm still holding firm on the joins all being on the same side.

blanket in progress, knitted in contrasting squares of wool, black, brown, green, purple, and blues.
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[personal profile] shehasathree 2014-08-06 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
i'm looking forward to listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and reading Emporer of Maladies (which i recently picked up from Readings for $10).
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2014-08-07 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful blanket.

Isn't Henrietta Lacks great (and horrible)? I happened to read Octavia E Butler's Lillith's Brood (formerly knowns as Xenogenesis) at the same time. The sorry details of Lacks' treatment were revealed around the time Butler started writing Dawn. Hmm: Alien race swoops in to "help" humans, when all they really want is their cancer.
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[personal profile] nomnivore 2014-08-13 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
Oooh pretty knitting!

I'm going to shoehorn my own life into your post and say that if ducks are good at programming then that could help a lot at my severely cutback workplace.