Sourdough starter, Day 8: It sulks in its bowl, gray-brown and noisome.
Thanks for all who commented on its name. There seems to be a preference for shoggoth names. 'The Littlest Shoggoth', perhaps?
It reminds me of this:
My mother groan'd! my father wept.
Into the dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud:
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary I thought best
To sulk upon my mother's breast.
'Like a fiend hid in a cloud'. Love that. Definitely not the traditional view of infants.
Writing: still doing revisions on the bat riders story. It, um, needs a lot of revisions.
I wonder if this one has been over-critted. I'm getting to the point that I hate every word I write on it, and I'm afraid I'm making it worse. I wonder if it's as good as I can make it at this point in my writerly development, and continuing to mess with it is a case of too many cooks rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Or something. As they say in Chile, Honi soit qui mal y pense. ("My uncle is sick but the highway is green.")
Yes, I've seen the Google Maps things. It's very cool. I'm also aware of the new URL exploit that makes phishing easier. It sucks.
All right, I've got the Microsoft blogging plug-in for Media Player 9 working, so Semagic can read artist and song info from WMP. This is kind of cool because WinAmp is apparently moribund, and never has been able to handle kanji, which MP 9 can. I'm running Win2K, so I had to remove the wrapper from the installer to make it work. Stupid Microsoft.
Of course, when WMP 9 can't find the album info, you get unhelpful results like 'Unknown Artist - Track 1'. It's actually Nakahara Meiko singing "Kagami no Naka no Actress" from the Kimagure Orange Road Loving Heart album. It's sad how quickly popular media disappears from the radar screen, isn't it? KOR was a very popular show in its day, and a lot of its fans bought the music CDs. Now look.Update: Groan. While WMP can handle kanji, it seems that Semagic can't. You just get '????' when you try to detect music in which the artist or the song title are in kanji.
== hatsuen == (noun) emitting smoke, fuming
|Left radical is 'burn/fire' (火). The right radical is a character found only in Chinese, meaning 'embankment/block', comprised of 'ground' (土) and 'west' (西). How this character arrived at its present meanings is somewhat obscure. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Smoke from burning ground in west.'|