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Elise Matthesen ([personal profile] elisem) wrote2016-08-27 10:46 am

Those painters

When I commented on a tweet where Terri Windling had mentioned Hammerschoi, saying that Hammershoi and the other artists who studied with or knew the Krøyers were an interesting bunch, she asked me where to learn more about them. After a quick search of my library, I realized I own almost nothing written about them, so I set off to find some links.

I started with Marie Krøyer and Anna Ancher, as those are two artists of the bunch who particularly interested me when I was in Denmark and nearby countries and going to art museums. Well, staying at Skagen and then finding out painters had loved the light there was a huge part of sparking my initial interest, which was strengthened when I found out my sister loves the work of the Krøyers too. And yet, as you'll see, saying "the work of the Krøyers" isn't the straightforward phrase it appears to be, as these people had complicated lives, in work and love and all things. They and their friends and acquaintances left palimpsests of a sort in their work, which fascinate and puzzle and tantalize. Juan and I are still remarking on what the painter of "The Scream" made of the Evening School bunch when he was around them. (Also what commentary on Munch's observations of the social and romantic life of the Skagen artists might be made regarding the painting, which discussion came from seeing a great many of the associated artists' work together, probably at the Hirschsprungske Samling and other Copenhagen museums on our trip there. Sadly, the museum at Skagen was closed when we were there, or I would have found out more about them earlier.)

The Skagen painters were not just painters; sculptors, writers, and composers were part of the flock that gathered in Skagen every summer.

Anyhow, there is so much I don't know about these people, but here, have a tiny start on a list of...

Dramatis Personae:

Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén -- When women wanting to study art were refused entry to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, she did something about it. And that was just the beginning. There's an overview (part 1 and part 2) at the National Museum of Women in the Arts' website, as well as info on other artists mentioned her.) Husband also painted, and things didn't work out so well between these two.

Anna Brøndum Ancher -- Grew up in Skagen, the only member of the Skagen Painters group to do so, if I recall correctly. Her talent was recognizable from an early age. (Some info at NMWA.) Well known as a great Danish artist. (Here is Girl in the Kitchen 1883-1886.) Husband also painted, which worked out a bit better for Anna than a similar situation had worked out for her friend Marie, above.

I must go have food and then do some work, so I'll leave this here for now and hope to add to it later. Please do recommend sources I might like if you know them! What little I know is from looking at the work in person, and from a book on the pieces in the Hirschsprungske Samling which I cannot find at the moment.

Here's a link to an Facebook group about the work of the Skagen painters, for those who do the Book of Face: https://www.facebook.com/skagenpainters/


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Emma Humphries ([personal profile] emceeaich) wrote2016-08-24 09:59 am

Going from "Drive-Thru" Bug Filers to New Mozillians

Earlier this month at PyCon AU, VM Brasseur gave this talk on maximizing the contributions from "drive-thru" participants in your open source project. Her thesis is that most of your contributors are going to report one bug, fix one thing, and move on, so it's in your best interest to set up your project so that these one-and-done contributors have a great experience: a process which is "easy to understand, easy to follow, and which makes it easy to contribute" will make new contributors successful, and more likely to return.

Meanwhile, the Firefox team's trying to increase the number of repeat contributors, in particular, people filing quality bugs. We know that a prompt reply to a first code contribution encourages that contributor to do more, and believe the same is true of bug filing: that quickly triaging incoming bugs will encourage those contributors to file more, and better bugs, making for a healthy QA process and a higher quality product.

For now, it's rare that the first few bugs someone files in Bugzilla are "high quality" bugs - clearly described, reproducible and actionable - which means they're more likely to stall, or be closed as invalid or incomplete, which in turn means that contributor is less likely file another.

In order to have more repeat contributors, we have to work on the "drive-thru" bug filer's experience that Brasseur describes in her talk, to make new contributors successful, and make them repeat quality bug filers. Here's some of the things we're doing:

  • Michael Hoye's asking new contributors about their bug-filing experience with a quick survey.
  • We're measuring contributor behavior in a dashboard, to find out how often contributors, new and old are filing bugs.
  • Hamilton Ulmer from the Data team is looking at an extract of bugs from Bugzilla to characterize good vs. bad bugs (that is bugs that stall, or get closed as invalid.)
  • The BMO and Firefox teams have been working on UI improvements to Bugzilla (Modal View and Readable Bug Statuses) to make it easier to file and follow up on bugs.

These steps don't guarantee success, but will guide us going forward. Thanks to Michael Hoye for review and comments.

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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-21 09:04 am
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Thank you for being my early warning system!

(though juggling this at a Ren Faire? Not my idea of a good time, body!!)
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kaberett ([personal profile] kaberett) wrote2016-08-23 11:52 am

On relating to art

I have very clear memories of my ten-year-old self being immensely, deeply unimpressed by Rothko and Mondrian. I was very angry about why this constituted "art"; my definition of art explicitly excluded square canvases painted a single colour.

My ten-year-old self is gently unimpressed every time I stop dead in front of a six-foot-square matte black canvas in an art gallery, wonderstruck, and go "hmm, yes, isn't it fascinating what's being done here, isn't this good."

I am nursing a theory that the main differences between me-then and me-now are:
  1. I'm no longer in a situation where my autism is actively decried, and have internalised that it's okay for particular colours or shapes to make me happy, just because, and (as a superset, really)
  2. I've started believing that it's okay for me to have and experience emotions full stop (and am sufficiently well medicated that I can and do).

Which means that, over the past few years, I've stopped interpreting modern and especially abstract art as, fundamentally, threats: I've stopped responding automatically with defensive suspicion and fury to forms of art that (crudely!) exist to make me feel things.

There is nuance to this, of course. Seeing the Barbara Hepworth exhibit at the Tate Britain, the (possible? probable?) reasons for my emotional response clicked into place when I read that a lot of her more abstract work was in response to or in dialogue with her feelings of being cradled by landscape, and particularly by the Lake District and by Cornwall; all of a sudden it was obvious to me that the sense of home-and-safety-and-familiarity I get off those sculptures is, in fact, the same sense of awe and belonging and recognition I get staring out to sea or feeling dwarfed on valley floors or what-have-you.

That was followed up by another visit to the Tate Britain, one day I wound up in the right area of London with some time to kill, where what I'd intended to do was poke my nose into some of the public galleries. I saw War Damaged Musical Instruments advertised on the website and ignored it -- and then stopped dead in the middle of the hall it occupied, the moment I got there, and spent twenty minutes sat there crying.


One of the things I've been gently sad about for quite a long time is that I'm a classically-trained musician who is mostly very, very bad at listening to classical music unless it's something I've played or am preparing to play, such that I'm listening as a technical study. (I think I've talked before about mostly relating to music as either a technical study or a vehicle for lyrics, but if not I can give it a go.) I'm starting to think it might be time to have another go.
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-22 09:06 pm

A small challenge

I realized something anew today.

To wit, I really have zero interest in Development.

And, of course, that's the department my new job is in.

There are aspects of fascinating... return rates and so on... but overall? Uh. No. This would be why I always said I didn't see myself in Development.

I am hoping one of two things happen:
1) I can disengage what I'm doing from the whole Development thing; the talking to members, for example, is fun... and they threw some administrative stuff at me that I knocked out of the park. Now I get to learn... receipting... oh wow. Going to try to look at it as a repeated process with many steps... just like envelope stuffing...

2) I can learn to fake it till I make it...

And frustrating because I was supposed to start learning that receipting process today: the first task is "pulling the data" from the database (done by running pre-programmed queries) and instead of watching over his shoulder while he did it -- with manual in hand so I could follow along -- he informs me we'll do it together on Wednesday and here... familarize yourself with the manual...

Between that and "Here... have a stack of receipts and the types that they are and start getting accustomed to the types and differences..." that ManagerBoy handed me before the weekend... and I'm beginning to suspect a serious disparity in learning style.

I keep telling myself that adjusting to new situations is challenging for me and I know this and also that this is a fabulous foot in the door at this organization...

Still, it's alarmingly hard to be there, and I wasn't expecting that.
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-22 06:44 am

It's a Birthday



HAPPY BIRTHDAY [personal profile] elisem!!!!



*throws confetti and good wishes and love*
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-21 07:50 am

Oh brain!

This morning on "How does my head come up with this stuff?":

I note, with bemusement (that word does not mean what you think it means!), that all scandals have become "-gate", at least here in the United States of America. LochteGate, of course, seems to be the most recent... but we had BridgeGate in NJ, and more that aren't coming to mind because "brain".

And so we get to my bemusement about this term... because I am trying to understand if people know, understand, or even care what led to the creation of this term...

No, it wasn't some scandal involving dams and irrigation...
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-21 07:29 am

PSA

Long story short:
Clear and direct communication is required for healthy relationships.

One is not being passive aggressive just because one is clearly expressing one's feelings; "I statements" are key here.

("I can't be what she needs" is not an "I statement")

Thankfully, my mission to teach people these basic (imnsho) truths is being of the mostly successful.
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kaberett ([personal profile] kaberett) wrote2016-08-20 10:16 pm

... maybe I should start doing linkspams again

Wheelchair physics -- deliberately designed to be generally accessible and written by a physicist in collaboration with a wheelchair user. Links onward to a more in-depth PDF, which is probably something to read after I've slept...
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kaberett ([personal profile] kaberett) wrote2016-08-20 02:46 pm

Some rather belated thoughts on Every Heart A Doorway...

... because I have just made P read it, and then we stayed up til 1am talking about it, and I haven't talked about it here yet because Too Many Feelings, which I will now attempt to sketch.

(Spoilers within!)

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Emma Humphries ([personal profile] emceeaich) wrote2016-08-20 11:42 am
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-18 08:42 pm

And now the panic

I have not had a full-time job in nearly two years. I already miss the "freedom" in scheduling my own life, especially as a critical part of my job is a critical process for the organization which means that last minute "I want a vacation day on Wednesday" isn't going to happen. Which may make seeing QK challenging... but we'll figure it out. I don't miss the "freedom" of drawing down my retirement account funds to make sure I can keep money in the bank, the salary -- though low -- is a) better than I expected and b)a decent raise from what I'm making now and c)comes with benefits to which I presumably will be making a small donation each month but nothing like what I'm paying currently so savings there, too.

I think I can I think I can I think I can...

Oh, and I wrote my bio in a gender neutral fashion, ManagerBoy managed to completely ignore the fact that all my self-references were to my intials and so re-wrote it repeatedly using my first name.

Um.

We fixed it. People are now working to address me by my initials or by my last name (which I've started telling people is also fine; a co-worker came over to my side of the floor shouting for me by my last name and it was like "Oh. Yeah. I could live with that, too." But the initials thing is so I can sign my name to emails and not have ManagerBoy tell me that, for consistency, I have to use my full name. I'm sending everything (even internally as the organization encourages people to list their pronouns in their signature block) with my initials as my name and then my signature block which has given name, etc. Hate signatures internally... we're too small an organization for them to be important and they can be viewed as pretentious but this is going to be the best way to communicate what I'd like.

And now trying to write an important email before falling over.
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cofax7 ([personal profile] cofax7) wrote2016-08-17 08:40 pm

reading Wednesday!

It's still Wednesday here, anyway.

Just finished: Harry Connolly's A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark. It was... okay, I guess? Marley Jacobs (seriously) is an elderly woman with unusual talents and a lot of money, both of which she uses to manage the supernatural goings-on in the Seattle area. When her nephew dies in unusual circumstances, she investigates, with the help of another nephew. I wanted to like this more than I did, but it did have some amusing bits and a pretty sympathetic portrayal of a young man with post-war PTSD. There are a lot of female characters, which is good, but after a while they all began to blend together -- there are a lot of characters in this book -- and I lost track of who was the evil developer, who the unlikeable lawyer, who the sadistic vampire hunter. Mildly amusing, not strongly recommended.

Currently reading: The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan, another of the Lady Trent series. This one is set in pseudo-Arabia, with lashes of Egypt. I'm only a bit into it, so no reports back yet.

Next up: if it comes in from the library, The Obelisk Gate (woot!); otherwise Annie Dillard's An American Childhood for book club.

*

My job is mostly not exciting, but this week I got to go on a site visit to the San Juan Islands and so during the course of one day I got to see three lighthouses, took an open boat ride which was very bouncy and fun (we actually got pulled over by the Coast Guard!), and saw half a dozen orcas coasting past us, and one of them even spy-hopped a bit. So that was pretty great.

And now I'm back home and I have to work tomorrow and it feels a little like coming back from vacation.
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Cubby Sherwood ([personal profile] sine_nomine) wrote2016-08-17 10:20 pm

Non-cryptic news

tl;dr: Major NonProfit offered me a permanent place doing what I've been doing as a temp for the last two months! ).

Given that I flat out said I was gender-fluid in my interview (you'd think it was glaringly obvious; apparently this is the most oblivious hide-bound department in the organization), I am going to take full advantage of the opportunity to write my bio and use it as an official way to request people address me by my intials and not my name (had a colleague at MovingCompany once facetiously say he was going to do that because of how I sign my emails... and was stunned at how much faster I responded than to my name), which then means I can still sign my emails that way... I'll put my given name into the .sig so it's still there (along with my pronouns, an option that Major NonProfit makes a point of saying people are welcome to do... so it's going to be "Pronouns: [initials] or, alternatively, they, them, theirs." Because apparently I hate -- in this situation -- having to pick a gender more than my Grammar Dominant self hates using a plural to refer to the singular). And I have to figure out how to write an entirely pronoun-less bio.

This is a change for work because of the organization that it is, the work they do, the culture they say they embrace, and so on. I am still rolling in various ways with the other aspects of my life... and I like it that way.

But bed now.
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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2016-08-16 02:22 pm

Pamela Dean's Patreon, new stories, and new e-book editions

Pamela Dean has a Patreon to enable her to edit and release the book she's been working on for years, Going North, and also to write new books. If you're a fan of her work, here's your chance to see more of it.

She and Patricia Wrede also released a collected edition of their Liavek stories, including two new stories. Points of Departure. Pamela Dean's Liavek stories are some of my favorites of her work. They're set in a shared world, but I think this edition makes sense on its own. Some stories are co-written with Patricia Wrede, but the majority were written separately.

The Wrede stories mostly concern a sharp-tongued old woman magician, and her travails trying to save her city from incursions by ill-intentioned Gods and magicians while (equally annoying to her) get her incredibly dysfunctional family to shape up. Dean's stories are about the dysfunctional family, some following the most resilient member, some backstage comedy-dramas about the brother who ran away to become an actor and playwright, and some (this is the main storyline) about the depressed daughter who is only living because she has a responsibility to her cat and is drawn into an odd religion, the Way of Responsible Life, which on the surface is an order of suicides but is actually much more than that (though it is also that.) I won't spoil it but I will say that despite the content, it is not depressing (though sometimes sad) but is also uplifting and often quite funny.

She also started up a press which has released two of her hard-to-find books in e-editions, The Dubious Hills and Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary, at Blaisdell Press. If you have not read either of those books before, The Dubious Hills is where I'd start. It's a small-scale fantasy set in a very strange village in which all knowledge and understanding is magically parceled out to individual citizens, so they have to, say, go to the person in charge of feeling pain to know if they're hurt. The premise sounds like a thought experiment but it reads more like lyric fantasy a la Patricia McKillip, beautifully written and with a cozy atmosphere; I've never read anything quite like it. I would especially recommend it to Asakiyume, if you haven't read it yet.

ETA: Click on the author's name tag to read my previous review of the stories collected in Points of Departure and a novella, "Owlswater," which is upcoming if the Patreon works out.
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sasha_feather ([personal profile] sasha_feather) wrote in [community profile] access_fandom2016-08-15 11:40 pm

Disability in Star Trek

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/07/26/star_trek_beyond_is_more_diverse_but_forgot_about_disability.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_bot

"Star Trek Was Among the Best Franchises at Representing People With Disabilities—Until Star Trek Beyond"

By Marissa Martinelli

"But for better or worse, Star Trek has always made an effort to address disability’s place in a utopian future, and more radically, to suggest that it does have a place there. In an era where cancer can be cured with a hypo spray, characters with disabilities are not magically “fixed”; in fact, practicing genetic engineering is strictly forbidden after the Eugenics Wars. Instead, people with disabilities are accepted, their lives improved by advanced technology, increased accessibility, and progressive social attitudes."
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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2016-08-15 01:17 pm

The Dark Tower, by Stephen King: Endings

This post is about the ending of the series, and by that I mean mostly the very end, the one that comes after King basically says, “You can stop here if you want to just imagine what happens next, and by the way that’s probably a good idea.” (It's a little complicated but there's at least two clearly marked "you can stop here" points. One is before the end, one is the actual end.) So, this entire post is hugely spoilery and not interesting if you haven't read everything there is to read. [Except for The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is a prequel that I haven't read yet either.]

If you just want to know how I felt about the conclusion or are trying to decide how far you want to go without getting spoiled, I liked both endings, and they work together in the sense that the second continues the story farther without contradicting the first. The second is darker, but there’s room for interpretation and I didn’t find it grimdark or invalidating anything that went before. However, other readers might disagree and I have the vague impression (vague because I was trying not to be spoiled) that the majority of readers did not like the ending.

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