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Today's productivity: I got #40 of the Buffy season 8 comic. Season over. But there'll be a season 9, back to Buffy dusting vamps in alleys basics! Also, Dawn is evil. In a good way.

Looked at Hellblazer #275. I need to go ask people wtf has been going on.

Also, slept late, much like yesterday, where I didn't even leave the house into really icky weather. After Arisia my body seems to need REM sleep badly enough to actually go back to sleep and get it.

The dog barks. At first to be let out for a quick bathroom break -- very quick yesterday. Later for mysterious reasons of his own. I hate animate beings you can't talk with.

Tonight's productivity: I followed up on Arisia leads and went to SCA Renaissance dance practice. Actually, first to a pre-dance dinner at Mary Chung, which seems to be a rather good Chinese restaurant. Free tea! And good potstickers! Also mildly spicy potstickers, which is a new one to me. Not spicy sauce, but spice inside. They call them Peking ravioli, BTW. Someone wanted to order them, someone else wondered what they were, I guessed they were potstickers based on none of the other appetizers qualifying, and I was right. I didn't predict the spice or being good, though. Other entrees I sampled were also good, though my own Chinese dry sausage special was eh.

Dance itself was fun, though we still have the thing of taking 2-3 times to be taught the dance as to perform it, in contrast to contra which repeats a lot more. I got complimented on how well I was going, which turned into "oh! that explains it" when I mentioned being a contra dancer. Fun people, too. I got the URL of an open gaming thingy this weekend, though it's wargaming. Dance was at MIT, so I've passed the MIT Museum and been on campus. No cell signal in the building. Still haven't seen Kendall station; we walked back most of the way to Central for ice cream or hot chocolate... glad I had someone to gripe about transit with for much of the way, that was kind of a long walk in retrospect.

I'm told MIT has an anime club but one that has kicked out all non-students.

From a family friend with classics background, whom I'd told about my Bronze Age collapse, Gandharan art enthusiam, reconstructions of statue paintings (which you might recall me linking about) and general Greco-Buddhist stuff:

I was going to photocopy that article I mentioned (from Art History,
June 2009 )"The Importance of Colour on Ancient Marble Sculpture" by
Mark Bradley," but it's 25 pages long. It beautifully depicts how
subtle and accomplished this coloring was, not at all the shocking
primary colors, etc.we have been taught
, through modern "re-creations"
on plaster, to picture it. Complicated layering of applied tints by
highly skilled artists that result in breathtakingly translucent facial
complexions, for instance. Bold colors were for sculptures placed high
up or in or otherwise ar a distance that softens them.

Off to an academic art library sometime.

I was shocked to realize I called her on Dec 24, 5 days before I left for Boston, and almost 4 weeks ago. 4 weeks doesn't seem like much compared to the sense of mental distance I've picked up already. Boston busy-ness I guess.



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