Carrot soup

Mar. 29th, 2015 08:21 pm
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Put lemon myrtle salt and preserved lemon in my carrot soup today. What a leap in deliciousness and let me tell you, my carrot soup is plenty delicious already. This is carrot soup: one diced brown or white onion, two- three large carrots worth of diced carrot (good sweet carrot is important here), a couple of handfuls of small pasta (fusilli, shells, macaroni) or one handful of soup pasta (orzo, tiny baby stars) or a handful of rice, a tablespoon or more of butter (can replace with olive oil or sauté in stock if you are very thing about butter or oil), some chicken or vegetable stock - 2 - 3 cups, depends on whether you want more soup or more veggie pasta stew effect.

Sauté the onion and carrot in the butter slowly. Do not brown, soften. A pinch of salt now helps this process. The idea is to enhance the sweetness of the onion and carrot. When this is done, add the stock and bring to the boil. Add the pasta or the rice. Cook until the pasta or rice is done.

Anyway, this time I did less stock, added a bit of water and lemon myrtle salt. Then I served it with finely diced preserved lemon stirred through. So yummy.

Supernatural thoughts (1013/1014)

Mar. 28th, 2015 11:05 pm
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1013 Halt & Catch Fire — there’s a ghost in the phone! nooOoOoo! That’s where we keep the n00dz! )

1014 Executioner’s Song — OK. I love Cain so much. I love Tim Omundson SO MUCH. I LOVED THIS EPISODE SO MUCH. )
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About three hours ago I decided I wanted to finally upload all my [ profile] dogdaysofsummer stories to AO3 (I've been nostalgic for them lately; I can't believe that was ten years ago!), and I was checking to make sure I hadn't already done some of them, and noticed a whole bunch of other R/S stories I hadn't uploaded, and here we are three hours later and I have uploaded a bunch, but not yet any of the dogdays ficlets. I'm so slow at uploading because I've been stopping to reread. Man, I used to be pretty good at this writing thing. I don't know what happened. *hands*

Anyway, I don't think the folks who subscribe to me on AO3 get spammed because everything's backdated, but I apologize if you do and you did.

Also, I miss dogdays. That was the best thing ever.


daily gratitudes

Mar. 28th, 2015 07:35 pm
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oh my god that was a day. I don't want to talk about it.

  1. if I work Saturdays I get comp days
  2. if I have a panic attack I have medication that will help
  3. there are adorable pillboxes on etsy that I am going to buy to put my panic attack medication in so I carry it with me always because everything is better if I have access to my goddamn panic attack medication
  4. I fixed the trigger that was fucking me up and so now when I do the post-mortem at work on Monday it can at least be from the point of view of someone who fucked up and fixed the fuckup, rather than the alternative
  5. holy shit am I taking myself out to dinner because oh my god that was a day and maybe I can't have a drink because I took my panic attack medication and I am not mixing drugs but I can have a burger and fries or sushi and edamame and be taken care of for an hour

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Mar. 28th, 2015 05:52 pm
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I have been having a grump sort of day (possibly I have hit my limit for human interaction for the week already. Oh well, just a memorial viewing, church social hour, lunch with family friends, and a play left for the weekend, and then I can... start all over....)

anyway here is some grump for you, DW.

This is a short and very incomplete list of edible plants that currently grow in my yard, which is full of mature trees and very shady:

wild onion
wild raspberry
wild strawberry
wild mint
wild mustard
feral cherry tomatoes
wood sorrel
wild grape
(and part of the reason why it is very shady: black walnut, pecan, mulberry, wild cherry, sugar maple.)

Here is a 100% complete list of domesticated vegetables and varieties that master gardeners and gardening books have suggested to me for mostly or full shade:

...cabbage, maybe, if you put it in a wheelbarrow and move it around to where the sun is.


Clearly it is possible to grow a variety of edibles in forest understory, since a variety of edibles are currently growing in my yard, and given the focus on resilience/sustability/urban homesteading/heirloom varieties/whatever right now, you'd think somebody would be promoting, say, a variety of potato that grows well in mostly-shade? Or publishing books that go into detail on what plants you can get some harvest from in the shade, even if it's not as much? I mean, I don't need maximum productivity, I can barely keep up with the wild raspberries as it is.

And yet all the vegetable gardening books and organic gardening gurus have to say about "if your garden is shady" is "well, maybe cut down some trees?"

I have looked into "edible forest gardens" a little, that seems to be the buzzword, but they seem to be mainly focused on planting trees and shrubs, and I'm good on trees and shrubs actually, I'd just like a squash once in awhile, is that so hard??

...anyway this is mostly just a grump but if you do have any good recs for sources for vegetable gardens that are 30% sun or less, I would be happy to get them.


Mar. 28th, 2015 01:29 pm
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[personal profile] umbo
So, that was a week.

Cut for details, including medical shit. )

You're with linkspam now

Mar. 29th, 2015 04:20 am
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[personal profile] vass
Gulliver's Travels Souvenir Jewelry. Tiny little people climbing all over your ears and hair!

Assistive and Augmentive Communication
The Human Speech Bank. Great idea, marred in my opinion by some really exploitative licensing. Like Ursula the Sea Witch made a tech startup. Volunteer by giving them four hours of hard work plus unlimited rights to do anything they want with your very personal intellectual property! For nothing! In return, they might use it to help people with disabilities. Or they might just sell it to a GPS company. Who knows? I would love an open source version of this, or at very least a version with some compensation for the volunteers, or real assurance that they will make it available to people who need AAC at affordable rates, not whatever the market will bear.

What Colour Is It? Shows the time as a hexadecimal colour.

Ex-council worker who attempted to poison homeless people in Townsville, Queensland is jailed. They buried the lede: he was poisoning them because they were Indigenous Australian and for that he wanted them to die. And for this he was found guilty on both counts and sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended after six months. HALF A YEAR, THAT'S ALL HE SPENT IN JAIL.

Curse of the Ghost Pills: would make a great Nancy Drew adventure, is also a great title for a journal article. (Content note: feces.)

How To Talk To Babies About Post-Structuralism. I love that this time the author is pleased with the baby's progress.

On being punched in the face

Ann Leckie: It’s not a real heart, it’s a real artificial heart.
. (Don't read the comments.)

Lighten Up, by Ronald Wimberly, an essay in sequential art form about being asked to whitewash a character in the comics art he was doing.

Home Genetics Reference

Happy Animals
Dog and Owl are friends

dream theater

Mar. 28th, 2015 09:36 am
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[personal profile] fox
I dreamed I was in Some Primarily Muslim City with a tour group. (It was never obvious in the context of the dream what city this was - not that I've ever been to such a place in real life, so I wouldn't recognize it waking anyway.) I've been awake long enough that the details are a little fuzzy, but at one point something about my training in linguistics was really interesting to the tour guide; at another point, I'd been separated from the group and had to find my way to Pier 6, which was somehow miles away from where I was (at something like Pier 3, because this part of the city was apparently built in what remained of a really giant amphitheater or stadium and the neighborhoods were named after the points around the circle? or something?). I got lost a couple of times and a man (a policeman? a sidewalk cart vendor? something?) tipped a little kid to show me the way to where I was going. Finally I met up with [personal profile] sanj and another couple of people from the group, who were pleased to see I hadn't gone completely missing. As we were crossing the street to get to our next destination, we could see the tops of the buildings in the old part of the city - lots of minarets and mosques, and we wished we could go see them, but I at least was only wearing a knee-length skirt, so even granting that I'd have covered my head, I couldn't go into the mosques with bare legs. (NB I don't have any idea if this is true. I know head-covering is a given, but I have no idea about the relative standards of modesty expected -a- in different kinds of mosques and -b- of non-Muslim visitors. But in the dream it was totally obvious to me that I wasn't dressed appropriately.)


Mar. 28th, 2015 06:31 pm
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We used our Christmas present tickets (from Baby_Elvis) and went to *Octonauts: Operation Reef Rescue*. It was great, a musical with singing and dancing. A pantomime, I guess, but with video sections as well as actors and dancers and puppets.

Pearl and Ruby are old enough to sit through a short play now, though Ruby was frightened by the grumpy coral which made the baby coral cry.


Mar. 29th, 2015 12:10 am
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I just spent all evening dancing to Sophie and the Realistic Expectations. Such good times! They even played Hold on, I'm coming, which gave me White Collar pilot fuzzy feels. *twirls gleefully*

And now it's midnight, and I'm home and not very sleepy.

*chair dances to youtube*

Daily Happiness

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:10 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I finished most of the translating I meant to get done tonight.

2. Three days of sleeping in coming up! That's good because I've gradually slipped into a later and later schedule, which I don't like but can't seem to get out of. :( I used to wake up before my alarm on the days I had to go in in the morning, but now I'm almost always sleeping until the last minute (which means I don't have time to eat breakfast before going to work, either). I'm hoping to get back to going to bed earlier, but in the meantime, at least I have a few days of no alarm coming up. :p

3. Speaking of work, I'm going to be getting a significant raise! It won't go into effect until May 1st, but that's not so far away!
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Who needs a CPA?
Well, you're never gonna get her
Who needs a CPA?
Tell me, what's that for
Who needs a CPA?
Be happy with Jackson Hewitt
Celli's busy doing taxes from the Second World War

The True Meaning of Adaptations

Mar. 27th, 2015 09:10 pm
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Spoilers galore for Home, the True Meaning of Smekday adaptation

tl;dr: it was a fun Dreamworks movie which had a protagonist and a premise very loosely based on a book we love.

The different )

The missing )

The bad )

The good )
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Footy season started, which means I get to sip my coffee and relax a bit at work. I don't like football much, but I'm grateful for slightly slower Saturdays. And coffee. Always grateful for coffee.

ETA: Apparently not football yet? IDK where are the people?

I have been in a bit of a slump, brain-wise, but I'm coming up out of it now. (I'm starting to see a pattern via my tumblr queue - I drop posting down to three per day because it's just too hard to keep that queue topped up, then slowly it fills up again as I have more concentration and energy. When I've got 100 posts in the queue, I up the rate to ten per day. It's an odd but definite pattern.)

Today is officially one year since we put the sticker on the sign for the new house. We've been in for six months. It's a lovely house for summer, as it turns out, and catches cross breezes beautifully. The veggie garden went in late, but we've had oodles of zucchini, peas and basil. Only one tomato, unfortunately. It was delicious but tiny.

Cooking has mostly revolved around zucchini, and the question of how we can get more zucchini into each meal. (Chopped and sauteed with garlic goes well into a toasted cheese sandwich, for example.) The Courgette tag at BBC Good Food has been a wealth of fun. Courgette and Orange cake was the recipe I made the most often, I think, though I make it with an orange glaze because [personal profile] lilacsigil doesn't like cream cheese icing.

Fannishly, I consumed much:

Agent Carter was beautiful and amazing and perfect for me, if not perfect overall. I hope, hope we get a second season. I hope I get a chance to contribute to viewing statistics in some way soon. (I furiously liked things on Facebook, for the little good that does.) I want to write fic. Dottie and Peggy and Angie fic. Le sigh. So many women. Plz come back, writing mojo.

Person of Interest S3 was this amazing blur of femslashy moments, and finally clicking with Reese, and loving all the dystopian AI storylines, and adoring Root in god-mode. And sad about Read more... ). I'd love recs for fic that's non-spoilery past the S3 finale, if anyone has any.

I am inspired by many gifs on tumblr to give The 100 a try again. Much femslash, actual queer content, wow.

But I've given Gotham the flick - it got too nasty. And spoilers )

The Great British Sewing Bee - I'm almost finished. Just the final to go. It was a great season!

The Comic Relief Bake-Off - there was this one amazing episode, with Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Lulu, and Dame Edna Everage. It was like the best episode of AbFab EVER. It was amazing. I love Comic Relief Bake-Off anyway, but this was unusually epic and amazing.

Broadchurch - I have no idea what made me suddenly watch this show - I'm not really fond of that particular style British grim crime drama. I think the small-town angle caught me. And Olivia Colman is ace balls. I'm in the middle of Season 2 right now (so much shirtless James D'Arcy, wow.) spoilers ).

So, anyway. This is me. I am here! And feeling better. And hopefully back to fic soon. I have a build-up of fic feelings.
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"I never use ketchup... I don't even like it. I mean, except when I'm making pasta sauce with ground beef and on top of the pizza crust of course, but not just on top of food."


make the great escape

Mar. 27th, 2015 04:33 pm
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Ugh, this day has been one long interruption.


daily gratitudes

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:20 pm
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[personal profile] watersword
  1. two weeks left to put up with my current boss being himself
  2. it's Friday and I thought it was Thursday!
  3. sweet potato fries
  4. confirmation that other people think my current boss is kiiiiind of a dick
  5. I scheduled a massage for the day before I start the new job
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  1. This fic is not beta-ed nor brit-pricked. How do you even write things and how do you come up with titles really?

  2. ((And please just pretend that there is a timeline that makes sense, lol, I'm afraid I'm ignoring such things for the sake of a good story))

  3. TW: Major Character Deaths
    I would recommend listening to the song while you read, but also adding in the lyrics in the brackets that I changed from the original song.

  4. Tags: Implied Versatile Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski

  5. Please beware. This is an absolute crack! Seriously it’s so shitty but I kind of like it XD

Eleven Recently (ha) Read Books

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:05 pm
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The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There
Pinkwater, Daniel

LibraryThing Tag Cloud )

Ghosts, Inter-dimensional Travel, and Old Hollywood? YES. EXCELLENT TOPICS FOR A CHILDREN'S BOOK.
Delightfully strange and adventureful with lovely characters and a bit of an american-Diana Wyne Jones ascetic. 
Winger (Winger, #1)
Smith, Andrew

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So this book was great. GREAT! Stunning writing, interesting characters that felt very much like the teen boys they were. And who wouldn't want a book about being in the 'bad kids' dorm in boarding school while playing for your school's rugby team? Fun times! 


What the fuck.

Zero fucking stars for fucking Death by Newberry Medal. 
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
Pinkwater, Daniel

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I may be getting diminishing returns from these books, I can't quite tell. BUT this one had UFOs, bookstores, witches, coracles, trolls and adventure all set in various parallel dimensions around the Catskills Mountains. So I liked it quite a bit. 
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)
Leckie, Ann *

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In Ancillary Sword, Breq – the Artificial Intelligence that was once grand starship Justice of Toren, brought low to a single body, hungry for vengeance – has been given its own command and her own mission by none other than Anaander Mianaai, Lord of the Radch. On her new ship, the Mercy of Kalr, Breq makes quick use of power as Captain as it sets course for a distant star system in an “uncivilized” part of the galaxy. There are conflicts aplenty in Ancillary Sword as Breq deals with administering its power on its new ship (without becoming too enmeshed in the consciousness of said ship), the inter-personal tensions of the Radch and the Lord of the Radch’s own splintering consciousness, the tensions and conditions of colonized people on a distant planet (a parallel to the enslavement and former forced ancillary procurement of conquered peoples), and the appearance of a new external threat that can challenge Radchaii hegemony.

::small muffled scream::
Athlete vs. Mathlete
Mack, W.C. 

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Bah. This is not a book that will grow up with you, that is for sure. This book has LESSONS to teach, and an okay story to carry it. Louisiana Young Reader's Choice 2016 nominee. 
Year of the Griffin (Derkholm, #2)
Jones, Diana Wynne

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As I said on twitter,  Year of the Griffin is the "go to college and find true joy in learning and friends you belong with" book of my HEART. I read and re-read it and it forever brings me joy.
The Heartbreak Messenger
Vance, Alexander 

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Not exactly horrible Middle Grade book about a boy who breaks up with a high schooler's girlfriend for him (for a price) and then discovers what a lucrative operation it can be to become the 'heartbreak messenger' but of course there are complications. 
Princess Academy 
Hale, Shannon 

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Another book that doesn't quite do it for me as a grown up, but in this case I feel quite confident in saying that it would perfectly delight at the right age-range. The audiobook of this was a multi-voiced work by the same people who did the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and they have gotten better at editing. 
One Came Home
Timberlake, Amy 

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.
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ZOMG, so SO good! 

If you loved the Little House on the Prairie series and would like something of a similar tone and setting but with a touch more murder mystery I HAVE THE BOOK FOR YOUUUUUUU.

Wake Up Missing
Messner, Kate

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I am pretty sure Kate Messner has figured out that certain parties are QUITE INTERESTED in middle grade books that are speculative fiction vaguely inspired by scientific fact. She's ... gaming the system? This is the second year in a row a book of hers on the LYRC awards list and it is not exactly a shining example of quality writing. This time: concussions! gene therapy! the Florida everglades! and inaccurate airboats!
Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen: The Complete Collection, Vol. 2
Gillen, Kieron

This did not bring me quite as much joy as Volume 1, as it was light on the Loki content for like two whole issues at the beginning there. But I would rec it!

I love how COMPLEX Loki's plans are and how unreliable a narrator of the comic he is until the end when you find out how everything has settled down according to said plans. 

Currently Reading:

Lord of the White Hell - a m/m steampunk boarding school adventure Goodreads is REALLY SURE I'll like. (So far I do like)
Steelheart - a Brandon Sanderson YA I expected to adore a whole lot more than I do right now at the 3/4 point.  (audiobook)

Reading Next:

So many more Young Reader's Choice/Teen Reader's Choice books. Tis the season!

This week down at the ol' daycare

Mar. 27th, 2015 06:41 pm
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CHILD: Cim Cim Cim Cim
ME: What?
CHILD: Wasps aren't eaten.
ME: That's true. We don't eat wasps. It isn't a good idea.

SAME CHILD: Where did the siren car go?
ME: Right past us. Somewhere else, where there's probably an emergency.
SAME CHILD: Yes, somewhere far away. I saw a siren car and then a helicopter came and they arrested a monster.
ME: Wow... whoa, a monster?
SAME CHILD: Yes, a big monster. REALLY big. It was this big [Indicates a height of 3']

ADULT: Okay, we've got horses in the barn now, so what animal should live there next? Maybe a cow, or pig?

CHILD, to me: Why do you always wear jeans?
ME: Um - I guess because I like jeans, but -
CHILD: Yeah but sometimes they should be taken off and washed though.
ME: Er, that's right. And that's why I do that. I have more than one pair of jeans.
CHILD: I have some jeans but my favorite pair are pink and they have a zipper AND a button.

ME: Hello.
CHILD: Why are you drawing on your phone?
ME: I like to draw.
CHILD, losing interest: Anyway here's my butt!
OTHER CHILD: And mine!

Daily Happiness

Mar. 27th, 2015 01:32 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I slept in until like 11.30 this morning!

2. We went karaoke with Alexander this afternoon, which we haven't done in a long time. It was a lot of fun! And I'm hopefully going karaoke again with my former coworker next week, so yay karaoke.

3. I actually got a fair amount of translating done today and should be able to finish up the last few pages of this month's Yasha, Gunjo, and Himegoto chapters tomorrow, which will hopefully mean I can get them all posted by the end of the month (thank goodness for fast typesetters!).

4. It was hot today, but at least it's cooled down quite a bit tonight.

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Mar. 26th, 2015 11:15 pm
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Just watched Tom Felton Meets the Superfans, a Tom Felton/BBC documentary that documents Felton's quest to understand why, exactly, people get fannishly obsessed with... people and fandoms (that is, both HP and fictional fandoms, but also with actors, aka himself.)

It was simultaneously fascinating and bizarre. His interactions and interviews with "superfans" are sometimes sweet, sometimes uncomfortably embarrassing. It seems like every stop in his journey, which includes talking to fans, stalking celebrities with an autograph seeker, and going to Comic Con, end with the amazing conclusion that "it was interesting to see how something could be so deeply affecting to someone", which overall left me feeling like Tom Felton was really was ultimately a nice, well-meaning guy, who was just raised by aliens and did not grow up understanding, like, the fact that people have emotions, and can be passionate, and also like famous people. Which: I will grant him, he did not exactly have a standard childhood and maybe he is a little like an alien being dropped on earth to learn our ways. But also... dude's an actor. It's weird to see him come to the realization that being in costume can be liberating, that people sometimes feel freer in costume than irl. It seems like something he would have realized a while ago.

The film's portrayal of fans is sometimes positive, sometimes cringeworthy, but it was definitely interesting for me to see from his point of view, especially him being someone deeply affected by fans of varying degrees of obsession on a daily basis. (If you want to watch this but think the fan portrayal might be too awkward, I have no problem elaborating.)

The film also has some great moments though, namely the conversations he has with JK Rowling, Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. I was completely surprised by how utterly precious Rupert Grint was - I mean, basically this story - and Dan Radcliffe was great too, overall seeming to, let's call it, get human behavior a little bit more, and JK Rowling was wonderful.

So yeah. It's a movie about fan culture! Well, an episode basically, it's an hour long. It was what it was.

And now onwards to this week's episode of Hockey Wives, which is a reality TV show that was created by the powers that be especially for me. Hockey plus behind the scenes wives and girlfriends stuff provided voluntarily? Yes please.

back for a moment

Mar. 26th, 2015 01:38 pm
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Hi all my buddies! I'm in Starbucks, sitting on a very uncomfortable chair and drinking an overpriced frappuccino. (I fully intended to order an iced tea, the cheapest drink. Instead, somehow a frappuccino happened.)

Remember the thing from last month when I was pulled over for having one headlight out, and then got cited because I didn't have proof of insurance on me? That's resolved now, pretty painlessly and without my expired driver's license ever getting noticed. Since I spent much of the last month in a state of such anxiety over it that I was sort of emotionally paralyzed and physically unwell, this is a very very good thing. Feeling better now.

Since I remain internetless I've been reading a lot. I followed up Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger with Night Watch and The Paying Guests. I liked them both a lot, but between TLS and TPG, I started to feel about Sarah Waters' work the way I feel about Thomas Hardy's--the sinking feeling as one crushingly terrible thing after another happens to all the characters I like. Night Watch isn't exactly the most cheerful book in the world either but when it's sad, it's sad on a more normal, less cosmic scale, if that makes sense. I'll probably read more of Waters but for the moment I need a break from her.

Neil Bartlett, W. J. Burley and WWII under the cut )

Not much else to report. I'm still watching Person of Interest despite a distinct feeling, a couple of episodes ago, that the show had jumped the shark. very slight spoiler ) I wish I could quit you, POI, but I still care about the characters and want to know what's going to happen to them.

So, how are all of you?

daily gratitudes

Mar. 26th, 2015 10:26 am
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[personal profile] watersword
  1. impulse purchase of wild mushroom and barley soup was exactly what I wanted last night
  2. a piece of poetry I had damn near given up on was accepted for publication
  3. farmer's market pizza for dinner tonight
  4. I have promised myself white hot chocolate this afternoon
  5. it's Keira Knightley's birthday, which means my tumblr is flooded with her face *\o/*
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Arrow: Suicidal Tendencies
spoilers )


The movie adaptation of The True Meaning of Smekday comes out tomorrow (it's called Home; how terribly generic), and I'm torn about whether to see it. It's clearly not the book - I don't understand how they have Jennifer Lopez playing Tip's mom, but they've changed J.Lo's name to Oh* - but Tip looks adorable.

*Jennifer Lopez was apparently perfectly fine with it but there was a trademark issue since she already has a line of clothing called J.Lo and therefore Dreamworks couldn't use the name on t-shirts etc. So I do understand it, but I don't like it.


Ghost words, ghost worlds

Mar. 26th, 2015 04:00 pm
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I’ve been meaning to post about Where Ghost Words Dwell, a collage project by a group of SFF writers. It’s a website “dedicated to discarded text, forgotten words and the memory of dead manuscripts” — collecting the words that got cut out of stories in a series of anonymous posts.

Taking inspiration from the surrealist game, The Exquisite Corpse, Where Ghost Words Dwell can be read as blog entries. Are these entries part of a time traveler’s log, scraps found by alien archeologists or intermittent transmissions from places invisible to the human eye?

You decide.

The entries carry no author names and are extracts from works that have been published or are on their way to being published. They could also be alternate versions that ended up on the editing floor. To find out who the author is or what work the extracts are from, click on the highlighted links. Who knows, you may find a new favorite writer or a work you haven’t yet read.

The website is currently on a twice-weekly posting schedule, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can check out a snippet sliced out of Aliette de Bodard‘s upcoming novel THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, a deliciously creepy desert scene, and a beautiful fragment of indigenous SFF. More to come!

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

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[personal profile] seperis
Things that are both weird and true: three quarters of my skillsets and knowledge base are quite literally pleasant side effects. There is quite literally nothing--and I do mean nothing--I learned by saying "I'd like to learn x, it sounds cool." I start with "I really need this; how do I make it happen?"

At work, people are generally wondering what the hell, because three quarters of the time I'm just the vaguely there employee who hates mornings and generally doesn't make extra work for anyone. In other words, functional, forgettable, and whatever. I don't mind, trust me; it helps, lets put it that way.

Then there's the other one quarter.

yeah, and about that )

Daily Happiness

Mar. 26th, 2015 04:53 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I ended up working thirteen hours today, but supposedly if you go over twelve hours overtime is paid at double not time and a half, so I'm looking forward to that!

2. I managed to get all my ordering done tonight so I don't have to go in tomorrow! Since I didn't get off until 3am and was hungry and needed time to unwind before going to bed, I'm not even getting in bed until five here, and who knows if I'll fall asleep right away (though I am very tired). I'm so glad I don't have to try and make it in today (and especially glad I don't have to be in at nine as I originally was going to have to do).

Nightmare theatre: Canada edition

Mar. 26th, 2015 09:59 pm
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[personal profile] vass
My subconscious would like to thank Tumblr, Canada, Customs Australia[*] and my parents.

dreamspam )

[*] Why Customs Australia? Because I've been looking into ordering my vitamins from iHerb instead of buying them locally, but I would rather stay on the right side of legality while doing so, and this led me to this rabbithole of reading Customs Australia's list of prohibited and restricted imports, and some of them are obvious, some make sense if you know about the trade stuff with bananas or the history of ANZAC biscuits, and some make no sense at all without context, and now I really need to know why novelty erasers are restricted. I'm sure there's a story there, and I want it.

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Mar. 24th, 2015 03:04 pm
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[personal profile] ravurian
OH ACTUALLY, there was a Thing 4:

4. As part of the BFI Flare Festival, the BFI and the British Council have made five short films available online, which can be accessed from over 70 countries. This will be a chance for audiences everywhere to have a taster of LGBT cinema, even if their countries might not ordinarily permit this sort of content (hopefully). More information can be found online here, and the films themselves can be found here. The campaign is called Five Films 4 Freedom, and the hashtag is unsurprisingly #5films4freedom. Promote the hell out of it, peeps!

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Mar. 24th, 2015 01:32 pm
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1. For the last month or so I have been visiting [personal profile] ruric's personal trainer P (known in these parts as PPTP). At this stage, having moved up to 3 hour-long sessions a week, I guess I can claim him as my personal trainer too. He is awesome, let me tell you, and I totally understand [personal profile] ruric's proselytising and her need to document the sessions because they are both intense and never repetitious. I am beginning to develop actual muscle, people. I may eventually have the kind of body I've always wanted a go on, but it will not be soon. There are, however, indications that it may come given the amount of progress I've made in just a month.

2. [personal profile] ruric and I have foolishly signed up to see 22 films this year at the BFI Flare Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. As of this evening, we will be half-way through - 11 screenings since Friday, 11 more to go by Sunday. This has been made manageable and achievable by some truly epic planning and a very detailed spreadsheet, of which I am very proud.

So far the highlights for me have been Alive! (a documentary that was so well put together that it felt like a scripted drama), and Appropriate Behaviour (which I wish EVERYONE to see, because it's fucking awesome). Portrait of a Serial Monogamist was also very good, and made a nice counterpoint to Appropriate Behaviour, though I do wish that so much emphasis hadn't been placed - as [personal profile] rozk said, I think - on the main character Learning a Lesson.

[personal profile] ruric has some write-ups about the other films we've seen, so I shan't say much more except that I have developed a crush on Tab Hunter following the documentary Tab Hunter: Confidential. On reflection I think I would've liked a more challenging and well-rounded examination of his life than such a coy paean, delivered by people who universally adored him; I think I would've liked the interviewer to press him to give his actual opinion on Hollywood, the closet, politics, gay rights, his relationships and so on. As it was, it felt a little like an obituary for someone who wasn't yet dead, in which all the difficult and interesting bits got light references before being brushed aside to concentrate on polishing up a legend for posterity. Where were the feelings, man? Don't just tell us what happened, tell us what you felt about it! Except I still liked it anyway, despite wondering if this was more about securing his Estate's claim to his life story before he died. After all, this is probably going to be one of the main sources for any adaptation that comes next.

Next up: The New Girlfriend, which still has tickets available if any of you London-based people wanted to come.

3. ION, my contract has been renewed until January next year, so I will remain gainfully employed at least until then. That's good news.

4. There is never a Thing 4.
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[personal profile] dira

Many many many thanks to Gwyneth, commodorified, Rubynye, Stoatsandwich, Feanorinleatherpants, and Wintercyan for their help with this! And thanks also to anyone who's been waiting since August to read part 3 of this series. :D

Where the Fire Burns Hot and Bright (42221 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Maria Hill
Additional Tags: Polyamory, Threesome - M/M/M, First Kiss, Cuddling & Snuggling, Mentions of Child Murder, Serious Injuries, Hospitalization, Hospital Sex, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Metal Arm Tinkering, Bucky Barnes Shows Love Through Surveillance
Series: Part 3 of Just Stay Alive

"I'll keep watch," Bucky said, and Steve jumped. Sam could only manage a twitch, but he meant it with every fiber of his where the hell did you come from being. Bucky was just there somehow, standing in the slice of shadow to one side of the room's window. "Sleep, both of you," Bucky repeated. "I've got this watch."

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Mar. 25th, 2015 08:38 pm
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[personal profile] nestra
I always come back from Escapade thinking, "I could make a vid for Vividcon."

So far, hours of effort have resulted in me deciding that VirtualDub is simply refusing to open any mp4, despite my having tried the ffmpeg plugin and an AVS script.

This is emblematic of why I have never made a vid for Vividcon.
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[personal profile] kass
We are rewatching "Fables of Doom."

FABLES OF DOOM! God, I love this one.

Also, in this post it is acknowledged that the creators of this show have read [ profile] seanan_mcguire's "Indexing" and they absolutely agree with me that this episode and that book are part of the same kind of fun.

This show really was made just for us. ♥

of APIs and catch-22s

Mar. 25th, 2015 06:36 pm
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[personal profile] melannen
So for the past, oh, year or so, I have been sporadically and half-heartedly working on* a fork of writtenkitten that will let you pull images from more fannishly-oriented sites than flickr, because tbh when you put in "kaiju" or "methos" as your search term it doesn't pull up much from flickr/creative commons.

Anyway, I have gotten as far as rebranding it "wrotegoat", fixing the bug for the first kitten goat, and adding some more user options, but when it comes to actually getting images from Tumblr, I run up against the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing with APIs, and Tumblr makes you "register your application" before you can play with their API.

So if there is anyone here who knows anything about APIs, can you answer me one simple question? To make an app with the tumblr API, I have to register an app. To register an app, I have to have made an app. To make an app I have to register an app. To register an app I have to have made an app. HOW DOES THAT WORK?? Can I register with a dummy URL, keep coding with the files on my hard drive until it at least vaguely works, and then change it later, or something?

...also shouldn't programmers know what an 'infinite loop' is?

*when I know I should be doing other stuff but really really dunwanna

Mad Men Rec: Driving Stick

Mar. 26th, 2015 08:45 am
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[personal profile] out_there
You need to have seen S6 for this story to work, but I had to rec this. This is how Pete Campbell see the world. His point of view is sullen and unimpressed and well-aware of his own importance and worldliness -- and the importance of good pajamas for travelling -- and as much as he's an sulky, overgrown toddler, I weirdly like Pete too. (It helps that he's respectful to Joan. Being good to Joan gets you big brownie points. But I digress.)

The point was that I enjoyed the story. I even liked Bob, who is so pleasing and pleasant that he doesn't seem quite real, and yet that's Bob to a t as well.

Driving Stick (4878 words) by redletters
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mad Men
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bob Benson/Pete Campbell
Characters: Bob Benson, Pete Campbell
Additional Tags: Road Trip, Bedsharing

Bob Benson and Pete Campbell go on a road trip.

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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
Okay, does anyone have access to the Winter Soldier transcript? What is Steve and Natasha's last bit of dialogue? Not the bit with her before Congress, but the bit where she admits she's going to go discover herself.

I would be coy about the reason why I'm asking, but I don't do coy. this is why I'm asking:
Read more... )

Natasha, immediately post-Winter Soldier. To a prompt that I didn't actually meet, as usual. 8-)

daily gratitudes

Mar. 25th, 2015 10:11 am
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[personal profile] watersword
  1. [ profile] siderea's essays
  2. inbox zero at work
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean bloopers on youtube, omg I love these idiots so much
  4. my last day at current job confirmed
  5. I get to work on OSX at my new job, thank god (I haven't worked on Windows in ...four years)
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[personal profile] musesfool
I don't know why I'm so muddle-headed today - I got a pretty good night's sleep. But I can't seem to focus on anything without getting distracted or zoning out. I'm also really, really sick of it being cold out. I want spring, dammit. Or at least temperatures over 50 all the time. I don't think that's too much to ask!

Last night, I made pastina for dinner. good. And then I watched TV.

The Flash: Rogue Time
spoilers )

iZombie: Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?
spoilers )

In other TV news, yes, I'm excited about the new X-Files miniseries. I was never in the fandom online, because I knew a ton of people in person who watched it so I had people to talk to about it, but SCULLY. SHE IS THE BEST NO LIE. I'm hoping they can get some good creepy MOTW scripts and just have a lot of fun. I recall enjoying the movies, but I couldn't tell you anything about them except Mulder and Scully are FINALLY TOGETHER and that's basically all my MSR shippy heart needs. #i do it all for you mulder

And since it's Wednesday, the reading meme:

What I just finished
As I mentioned previously, I tore through all three books of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater last week, and have been rereading them more slowly. My initial impression that they are totally the Marauders + Lily was correct in the most basic and yet satisfying ways (and it's certainly giving my Sirius icon a workout *g*), and I came out of the experience shipping Blue/Gansey and Adam/Ronan, as I believe I'm supposed to. I think Blue and Ronan are my favorites, which is probably not unexpected. I keep trying to cast the kids in my head, but everyone I think of probably shouldn't be playing high school kids anymore (e.g., Grant Gustin for Gansey, Zach Gilford for Adam) and I haven't really sought out the fandom on tumblr. (nb: I seek out nothing on tumblr - the safest way to enjoy tumblr, imo, is with a neatly curated dash, a robust blacklist, and the total avoidance of going into tags.) And I'm not particularly familiar with actors who'd be in the right age group. *is old*

I also really love Maura and the psychics at 300 Fox Way.

What I'm reading now
Still rereading The Dream Thieves.

What I'm reading next
And I will follow that up with a reread of Blue Lily, Lily Blue. *hands* After that, I cannot say.

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[personal profile] qian

I’ve been conscious for a while that I’m no longer able to keep up the list of Malaysian SFF writers in English that I put up awhile ago — because I’m busy, but also because there are more of us than ever! I think it is helpful to have a directory for interested readers and people who want to connect with other local writers, but it needs to be updated regularly if it’s to be of use.

So I have now set up a Google doc which people can update themselves to add their own details and projects:

Malaysian Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Directory

There are two worksheets — one for authors and one for projects. Guidelines for contributions are at the top of each worksheet. People should feel free to add writers or projects they’re aware of as well as the things they’ve done. Also, this directory differs from the original post, as people working in languages other than English should feel welcome to add their stuff to it. I only limited the original post to English because that’s the main language I read in.

The original post will stay up, but once the directory has been populated a bit more I will change the link in my sidebar so that it goes to the Google doc rather than the blog post, and the post will no longer be updated. I will be monitoring the directory and editing from time to time for formatting, etc., as well as deleting anything that seems inappropriate. Please comment on this post or email me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Here's some shocking news

Mar. 25th, 2015 08:23 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Women are persistently paid less than men as nurses and as corporate executives.

At this point, I'm starting to think that the solution is a regulation requiring that all salaries be posted publicly, because it's the secrecy about salary that allows disparities to flourish.
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This picture book has the colourful, contemporary illustrations that Kwaymullina specialises in. My kids especially liked finding the ‘hidden’ objects on each page – one traditional implement and one non-native animal.

The text, however, does feel a bit phoned in. Even in a counting book, I had expected more from Sally Morgan.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 25th, 2015 12:26 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I might not have to go in to work on Thursday. I got a lot done today and it looks like I might have time to do my ordering tomorrow while in the midst of the inventorying, and if that happens, there's no reason to go in on Thursday. (Originally I was going to have to go in so there was a manager there in the morning, but my manager is going to be there after all.)

2. Tomorrow is usually the day when I have to be at work by 6.30am but because of inventory I don't have to go in until the afternoon, so I can sleep in! (Trade-off is I'm going to be there until like 2am, but whatever.)

3. Heidi is one year old today! She's such a big grownup kitty! If you didn't see it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, here is a picture I took of her and me yesterday. :D

As it happens, her birthday is exactly five months before we adopted her, so that means we've had her for seven months! The time has flown so quickly, but it also feels like she's been with us much longer.

Musketeers things!

Mar. 25th, 2015 08:59 am
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[personal profile] marina
I keep writing long posts that require a lot of time-in-front-of-a-computer, time that I sadly simply do not have currently. So instead I'd like to unload one specific bit of excellent:

After many a decade of the Soviet films based on Dumas' musketeer books not being available online with decent English subtitles - the day has arrived! They are on youtube, for free, with good subtitles!

The Three Musketeers, episode 1
The Three Musketeers, episode 2
The Three Musketeers, episode 3

This is AMAZING! I rec these for ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE whether you know anything about Dumas or not! Aside from being a childhood staple of generations of Russian speaking children, these movies are (1) incredibly faithful to the books (certainly more than any English adaptation) and (2) are musicals! With 70s hairstyles and catchy tunes and dance numbers! If you feel like having a good time - these are for you!

Personally, these musicals are responsible for the fact that at SIX YEARS OLD my classmates and I were already playing at musketeers (the girls were the musketeers, the boys the cardinal's men, we dueled with rulers during recess).


An English speaker on tumblr has written an amazing, hilarious, wonderful review of these movies! So if you'd like a preview, or the opinion of someone ~unbiased~, here you go! Or you can save reading the review until you've watched the movies, so the jokes make more sense.

A quote from the review:

We cut to another of my favourite Musketeer tropes: Treville chewing out the Musketeers for rampant bad behaviour. It’s Aramis (Igor Starygin) and Porthos (Valentin Smirnitskiy), both gorgeously cast to type – Aramis even looks like a slightly prettier version of Richard Chamberlain. Treville (Lev Durov) complains about how Aramis might as well be wearing a cassock as a uniform, and that Porthos is too fancypants with his gold baldric.

This may well be the most accurate rendition of the actual book that I have seen on screen thus far. None of this artistic license business. It’s like the Russians poured the book directly on to the screen, only pausing to add musical themes because if Dumas could have added song and dance numbers to his book, he damn well would have.

There really are no words for how excited I am about this. GO WATCH THIS!


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