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Saturday, February 13th, 2016 17:06
No, really.

All measurements approximate in the extreme; I'm just listing what I used today.

1 pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
1 tbsp coarse salt
2 heaped tsp five spice powder
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
pinch or two red pepper flakes

Mix. Roast at 200 degrees C (fan oven), turning the pineapple chunks over every 15 mins or so, until it's thoroughly cooked and blackened/charred round the edges. This can take about an hour and 15-30 mins.

Would probably be fabulous with cream, creme fraiche or icecream.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 22:53
1. Carla's doctor fiiiinally confirmed the refill of her migraine meds, so she was able to go pick that up today. Thankfully she wasn't actually out of them, as it took a couple weeks to get that refill.

2. I did not buy anything at work today! I'm trying to drink less soda and not buy snacks/drinks/lunch at work so much, so that was a good start. (The trick is keeping it up.)

3. We have cutie kittens:

Friday, February 12th, 2016 21:12
What are you currently reading?
Hrm, I don't think I've read any more of either Console Wars or Kingdom Coming since the last reading post, oops. :-/ But I am still technically reading them.

I'm also reading Kimi ni Todoke vol. 24, which is predictably cute and enjoyable so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
I read all the volumes of Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi that I had. ;_;

Other than that, sadly nothing. :( I haven't made time to read during the day, and I haven't been reading much before bed, either.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I just went on iTunes and found that they have vol. 7 of Shibito, so I'm downloading it now! They also now have vol. 3 of Koiiji and vol. 10 of Ore Monogatari, so I think I will get those, too, since I can't find scans anywhere.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 22:55
[personal profile] cesy is hosting a contributor event the 20th and the 21st of February, the weekend after this one just starting. People are welcome locally and remotely -- I'm looking forward to getting things done in company, and I do hope you'll join us!
Friday, February 12th, 2016 14:23
Remember those memes where you took a list of questions and answered them by putting your iTunes collection on random?

I always wanted to do one that did the reverse, so here it is: fifteen questions my music collection asks me regularly, to be answered by you in any way you please.

Note: This is not a lyrics quiz.
Note2: Responses are public.
Note3: Yes, please, steal this idea.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22

Who knows where the time goes?

Where is this love?

What about everything?

See how I miss you?

Where are you tonight?

Who by fire?

Which side are you on?

Is it wrong to wish on space hardware?

Is there anybody out there?

How many times do you have to fall?

How shall I your true love know?

How long?

Why does the sun shine?

Where are we now?

Are you experienced?

Friday, February 12th, 2016 11:28
So this is why at the tender age of 40-odd I started taking amphetamines.

Oddly, I WAS diagnosed as a child. I was also overmedicated, in retrospect—you know what, it was the 70s and from all I can find out everyone on Ritalin was getting too much of the stuff; I don't even know my exact dosage but it was 4-6 Ritalin/day—which led to a 30-year refusal to try again, and also, probably to my benefit, a life-long wariness of recreational drugs, on the grounds that if my experience of speed was so very very different from what other people described, I was not interested in finding out what happened if I took, say, psychedelics.

an actually very nice ukranian pysanka, with a technicolour bighorn sheep
This is my brain on drugs, probably. If this were a spinning .gif with the saturation hiked up and the goat sheep invoking ancient gods.

"...[G]irls’ symptoms include:

a tendency toward daydreaming
trouble following instructions
making careless mistakes on homework and tests."

Oh man, so you know how I turned into such a good proofreader? ABJECT TERROR. Which is NOT the way to develop a life skill, really.

Most of the things I'm really good at I acquired through a combination of a) hyperfocus and b) fear of being screamed at.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 11:07
As you may recall:

Senior Cat: Sovay. Calico. Rescue. Mildly psycho.

Junior Cat: Dreadful. Tuxedo. Diabetic, after a nasty bout of pancreatitis a few years ago. On a carefully restricted and timed diet.

Inevitably, they have a tumblr.


We're currently feeding Sovay in my room, on top of my dressing table. This allows us to free-feed her, which is good as she's a nibbler, and Dreadful can't get to the dressing table so he can't steal her kibble.

EXCEPT Miss Sovay has taken to expressing her distaste for kibble which is insufficiently recent or otherwise does not meet her exacting standards by pushing her food plate off of the dressing table. (or, possibly, Dreads is paying her.)

And that is why I woke up in the middle of the night last night to the sight of the back half of Dreadful, protruding from the drawer where I keep my hair product, yowling pitiably and need of rescue.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 14:11
For Fran, the profanely more accurate version of today's #weather.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 14:07
For Fran: the polite (and probably inflated) version of the #weather today.
Friday, February 12th, 2016 00:09
Well...we own a car! Originally we had been thinking about getting a much older car that would be very cheap and perhaps our $2600 down could pay all or most of it. But in the end we decided to go ahead and get a newer car and just finance it. I'm not super thrilled about having a car payment again, and of course a newer car means higher insurance, but so it goes. We had wanted to try and cut back on excess spending anyway, so this will kind of force us to. :p

We went to a CarMax out in the valley, which had a huge lot, but pretty much everything was starting at around $10,000. The one car we tried out which was under that was way too small for Carla to fit comfortably.

What we ended up getting was a couple-year-old Chevy Cruze. A newer car will be reliable enough for Carla to drive out and see her folks, which she had really been hoping to do, and it has cruise control as well, which will be helpful for a cross-country trip like that. It's also plenty roomy for her.

It also has bluetooth, which we're both excited about. Neither of us like listening to the radio, and we don't really use CDs much anymore (I have no CDs at all), but a lot of old-but-not-too-old cars don't have anything but a CD player. With a tape deck, you can pop in an adapter and play your phone through that, but you can't do a damn thing with a CD player but play CDs. This car does have a CD player, but I doubt I'll ever use it.

One thing that was really exciting for me is that the dealership is taking care of all the DMV stuff. I had been thinking I would have to use my next day off to go to the DMV, and make sure I have money set aside for fees, but it turns out the DMV fees are all included in the price of the car, and they submit everything so we don't have to go in person at all! And considering my next day off is Monday, which also happens to be Presidents Day, which I just realised on the way home means the DMV will be closed anyway, who knows when I would have been able to get there?

Anyway, here's a pic Carla took at the dealership )

It feels so weird to have a car again. It's been seven and a half years!
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 19:21
The question of whether "male" means something different from "man", and whether "female" means something different from "woman", has come up in two different situations for me in the past few weeks. I like being able to hand people a link rather than restating the same thing over and over, so here's a quick rundown of why I think it's best to treat "male" as the adjectival form of "man" and "female" as the adjectival form of "woman".

I prioritize bodily autonomy and self-definition. Bodily autonomy means people get to relate to their bodies in the way that they choose; if we're to take bodily autonomy seriously, respecting self-definition is imperative. If you use language for someone else's body or parts thereof that that person wouldn't use for themselves, you are saying that you know better than they do how they should relate to their body.

For example: I have a uterus, ovaries, and vagina, and they are male body parts, because I'm male. Having been coercively assigned female at birth doesn't change the fact that I've always been male. Having an XX karyotype doesn't make me female (I'm one of the minority of people that actually knows their karyotype, because I've had my DNA sequenced). Those are male chromosomes for me, because they're part of me and I'm male. If I ever get pregnant and give birth, I'll be doing that as a male gestator.

I don't know too many people who would want to be referred to as a male woman or a female man, so i'm personally going to stick to using language that doesn't define people by parts of their bodies that are private. And no, you can't claim parts of my body are "female" without claiming I am - if they're female, whose are they? Not mine.

If someone does identify as a male woman or as a female man, cool. The important thing is that we use those words to describe them because those are the words they use to describe themself rather than because of what sociopolitical categories we place them in based on their body parts.

For extra credit, explain why the widespread acceptance of the sex-vs.-gender binary is the worst thing that ever happened to transsexual people.

Further reading: [personal profile] kaberett, Terms you don't get to describe me in, #2: female-bodied.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2016 19:47
no but look at this Korra/Asami vid I got for the [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year Exchange

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 10:41
Whoever heard of an English class with 150 students? It is clearly ridic. I need a cinnamon bun.

Nice that they haven't all submitted, or maybe some dropped. I've done 11/141.

I'd like to do 15/day? I think? But the deadline was Tuesday and I'm out of town tomorrow, so I'm already behind. I'm never going to get to 60 today, yikes. Well, we continue.
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 15:36
[personal profile] havocthecat has interesting dreams:

Apparently my psyche combined "knitting groups" and "postapocalyptic society" and I was dreaming about yarnbombing sticks topped with the skulls of our enemies. All right, then.
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 15:20
The Graun is running a livestream of the LIGO press conference due to start in ten minutes, expected to make some exciting announcements about gravitational waves...

eta and the livestream on youtube
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 22:35
1. I ended up staying a couple hours late today at work, but on the plus side that meant it was already cooling off a lot by the time I left (and I went in to work at 6am, so it wasn't hot yet then, either).

2. We took a walk this evening after I got home. Between the heat or one or both of us not wanting to go out or Alexander being over or various other things, we haven't taken walks much lately, so it was nice.

3. Stopped in at Pollo Loco for dinner. I got the poblano avocado chicken burrito which is my favorite lately. (I say lately but they've had it for a few years now. I'll be sad if they discontinue it someday!)

4. I was on the Kaiser website looking for something else when I happened to find that they are opening a location in Santa Monica sometime soon! The website just says Spring 2016, so no idea when it will actually be open, but this is so awesome. My one complaint about Kaiser as a healthcare provider is that they don't have any locations really convenient to me. That won't be such a big problem once we have a car, but I also don't want to rely on the car overmuch and will still be biking most places, so yay. It's not a hospital, so I would still have to go across town for the endocrinologist, but it says it will have a lab and pharmacy, which are the main things I use, and I might even consider switching my GP there as well.
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 05:33



Refer Madness spotlights strange, intriguing, or otherwise noteworthy questions I encounter at the library reference desk.

During an otherwise quiet evening on the desk, someone messaged my co-librarian on our library’s chat service with a specific, but not quite specific enough, request. She wanted the title and author of a book in a murder mystery series, published post-2000. She then provided a some 200-word synopsis of the plots and characters in the series, which involved a young girl in rural postwar England who solves crimes in her village “using her bicycle and chemistry skills.”

She’d tried book-related listservs and message boards, to no avail. Since our go-to fiction RA librarian was gone for the evening, we were on our own. But not quite alone: I jaunted over to NoveList Plus, that magical database beloved by librarians and bookish folks everywhere, and entered keywords from the patron’s description—and which serve as this post’s title.

Boom. First result:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is the first of five books in Alan Bradley’s Flavia De Luce mysteries series. Since NoveList’s plot description was surprisingly sparse, and I wanted to make sure I got the right book in the series, I cross-checked it with its Amazon page and sure enough, NoveList was right on target.

Putting the same search terms into Google yields nothing close to what I was looking for. Google can do many other things well, but its wide generalist’s net can miss what a targeted niche search like NoveList will catch every time.

Which, of course, reminds me of the Neil Gaiman quote you can find on every corner of the librarian internet: “In a world where Google can bring you back 100,000 answers [or in this case 6 million], a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

Thanks to the life-changing magic of NoveList, we got it right tonight.

All hail librarians and their resources.


Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 19:40
+ The prof I asked to be on my committee said he'd be willing to be on my committee!

- His email said lots of scary intelligent things about my project that makes it sound like he knows a lot more than I do and will have very high expectations that will be difficult to meet!

+ But that will be good for the project, and I can/have met high expectations in the past. Besides, the profs are supposed to know more than the students, that's kind of the point.

- This means I have to break it to my least-wanted committee member that I don't want him at all any more!

+ But he's leaving the uni! So maybe he is secretly hoping to dump grad students where possible so as not to stay bound to old responsibilities.

- To find out, I will have to write another scary email and have another scary meeting.

+ I had a good idea about my diss!

- It will be a challenge to implement.

+ I wrote thousands of words this week!

- I think most of them will have to be cut--the story is already unwieldy at its current length

+ I am excited about coding again!

- Which reminds me I am not very good at coding.

+ But I am excellent at learning!

- Oh man all my deadlines are zooming towards me.

+ But in an exciting way. I hope.

- Gulp!
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 00:11
I haven't done much except walk and review spamreports recently.

What have you all been up to?
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 00:09
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 18:07
  • 4 types of placement in syntactic space: topographical (literal), abstract (most common - e.g. choosing between two things, place them in space); hierarchical (top-down; indicates power/status; used to indicate e.g. family structures, or conversations with superiors/inferiors, via where sign/eyeline/etc are placed); numerical
  • proforms and classifiers (placing things within space; types of thing; the evolution of the sign for "telephone"!)

Politics. Mostly about sign song: it's of necessity SSE rather than BSL, and ends up being incredibly unidiomatic (SSE of "cross the river" is CROSS [the generic object]-RIVER rather than RIVER-CROSS [the proform/topographic placement]. Not of any particular interest to d/Deaf culture, and sometimes seen as patronising/appropriative in addition to irrelevant; but can be a very useful practice tool for people learning BSL because it makes you sign faster (than you think you can), learn a lot of vocab, and helps cement vocab (in the same way that learning words to music is generally easier than learning words in isolation). We did also watch a brief video clip about the youngest child of two very-famous-in-UK-d/Deaf-culture people (at least one of whom is involved in Deafinitely Theatre IIRC), whose name is given on her birth certificate both as it would be written/spoken and in the notation used for transcribing signs.

Vocabulary )

  • sign along to Abba's I have a dream every other day or so
  • pick a song to sign along to; work out as much of it as possible, and bring it along next time
  • practise describing things on a table (record self to make sure using eyeline/getting consistent surface)
  • practise describing a picture (ditto)
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 07:01
This tweet mentions that FogCon is coming up in Walnut Creek. As my eyes moved past it I briefly misread it and imagined a world in which there is a fan convention celebrating my old employer, Fog Creek Software. That was a strange half-second.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 01:29
I've just finished four days at work in a row. There's a position posted currently that's the same job, full time over weekday evenings, but I'm not applying for it, no matter if it's more money, because I honestly don't think I can do the job that much. Especially during the week, the job is so hectic and full of details that I can't cope with it. I need the option to pick up extra shifts, or turn them down (and for now I'm going to turn them down as much as I can).

Work is full of enough bullshit drama that if I can get the same money and work anywhere else, I'll leave. One coworker is super annoying and I've gone to my supervisor about her (and making me resent someone enough to take action against them is not trivial) and the management have started doing things that are explicitly forbidden by union rules. I got another coworker hooked on Call the Midwife and she loves it and its sense of being hectically busy with meaningful work... but we both sighed longingly over the idea of a workplace where you get adequate support and training, and when you screw up you're treated with understanding and respect.

Now I faceplant and sleep for twelve hours.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 23:30
1. Kinda hectic at work today, but nowhere near as bad as this weekend, thankfully.

2. This week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine was (unsurprisingly) pretty great. Seeing Damon Wayans Jr. on there made me want to rewatch Happy Endings, though. (I miss that show!)

3. It was definitely cooler today than yesterday.

4. Got the state tax refund, too! We're planning to go look for cars on Thursday, so I'm hoping we find something.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 19:06

In which your author prioritizes

[personal profile] cnoocy: "I bought the Hamilton soundtrack!"
[personal profile] jadelennox: "Ooh!"
[personal profile] cnoocy: "Oh, and both Galavant season soundtracks."
[personal profile] jadelennox: dopplers away at top speed to play Galavant soundtracks endlessly
[personal profile] jadelennox: wakes up having earwormed "Finally" while sleeping

In which your author wishes Samuel Whittemore were fictionalized in musicals, television, and space opera blockbusters as he truly deserves

I finally switched to Hamilton this morning because I was running late, and I needed music with a high BPM to make me walk faster. And it worked brilliantly, but it was a little surreal when I passed one of the several monuments I usually ignore on my brief walk, which corresponds with a chunk of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride.

In which your author discovers the true location of her lines for overwhelming disgust

This is the story where [personal profile] jadelennox:

Hears Donald Trump bloviating in the background of the loudly playing news on the public-space television.
Shrugs, tunes him out.
Hears Wolf Blitzer's dulcet tones in the background.
Shrieks quietly in despair, turns on music as fast as possible.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 11:20
I do a general updatery with cute baby pictures once a month, and sometimes other little posts, either positive or WAAAAH, in between. It's on my baby filter. If you aren't on the filter but would like to be, just let me know. If you are on the filter and would rather not, you can let me know that too! I will make changes accordingly.

ETA: Argh, and I was just doing some edits to (what I thought was) a different filter, and I think I may have added a bunch of people to the baby filter by accident? I don't mind if you don't, but if you happen to see posts about babies and you wonder, WHY? SUDDENLY? SO CUTE?, that might be why. Again, happy to take you off, apologies for any weirdness.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 15:22
1. Two days ago I spent about 5 hours dealing with a dead car battery. FIVE. HOURS. There was no real reason for this, except for the fact that I am an immigrant from a family of immigrants and everyone I'm related to is inexperienced with this and terrible at handling a crisis. (I'm a little comforted that my biological father in NYC is in fact really good at handling a crisis, so at least I know I got those genes somewhere.)

But this included several hours of being stranded on a busy road with a dead car battery and a dead cell phone, freezing and starving. The cops came by! A dead car was pushed uphill in the rain! Good times.

2. I've caught up on Agent Carter. I have nothing to say, really, except that Dominic Cooper is still a horrendous actor and this show still does AMAZING, AMAZING things with Peggy's character while being repugnant to me for many other reasons.

3. I've started playing Neko Atsume. See you next millennium.

4. I've started watching Person of Interest because there was nothing else to watch, it's on netflix, and an IRL friend recently told me that it wasn't terrible. (Tumblr showed me way too many white middle aged straight dudes on that show previously for me to bother, even with a f/f ship in the background.)

spoilers? )
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 00:08
Birchbox January 2016

I mentioned that I was using my $10 coupon to buy adorable kbeauty things. This is the best one: a little aloe eye stick in an adorable panda container. It is greenish, makes my eyes feel cool for a minute, and serves basically no purpose in my life except that it looks adorable beside my sink. I'm ok with that. :)
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 00:00
1. My mom brought some of her recycling and we went over to the recycling center with whatever of our cans could fit in her car, which was only about half of what we have piling up in the garage, but it was still enough to get $35 for it!

2. It was really hot today and that kind of made me feel blah and like I didn't want to do anything, but I did enough up doing a fair bit of translation, even if not anywhere near the amount I had wanted to do.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 21:57
Unsurprisingly, the Birchbox for January is new year's resolution themed. Here's the eye-searing outside:
Birchbox January 2016

And the contents:

Birchbox January 2016

So let's talk about 'em!

Birchbox January 2016

Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser

I know, I know, more lather doesn't equal more clean, but I love how this lathers up and it's so easy to see to rinse clean even if I'm exhausted when I head to bed. I normally don't think much about my cleanser, but this one feels like a treat. The person who described it as smelling like pina colada mix isn't wrong, but I like it.

I've tried a billion cleansers thanks to birchbox and most of them make very little impression on me. Since it's sometimes a struggle for me to remember to wash my face as much as I should, I figure anything that makes me actually happy about doing it is a good thing. I'm putting the full-sized version in my next birchbox order!

Birchbox January 2016
Birchbox January 2016
0.2 Meet Your Destiny® 0.2 Eau de Parfum - 50 ml

It's a perfume. While I don't immediately hate it, I also don't love it or even care about it. It's a grand meh on the perfume scale. The nicest thing I can say about it is that the incredibly meh "0.2" name goes well with the meh scent and the meh packaging.

update: okay, after putting it on my wrist and leaving it there while I wrote the rest of these reviews, I care about it enough to wash it off. bleh.

Birchbox January 2016
Ciaté® Nail Polish

I love getting nail polish samples and I'd never tried out Ciaté so I was pretty excited. It looks pretty neat on my nails, fairly different from the way it looks in the bottle. But unfortunately, that's where the fun ends for me: it's a fairly thick, textured polish (not a personal favourite) and it chips pretty easily so my mani only lasted two days. Maybe fun for a special event, but certainly not a daily wear for me. Alas!

It did look pretty for a day, though:
Birchbox January 2016

Birchbox January 2016
TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint

Using this feels like I'm staining my lips with strawberries -- it's got that berry scent and a light liquid formula. I kind of love it! It's quickly become a favourite of mine because of the easy-to-pocket small curvy sample container. Do be careful on chapped lips: it can stain dry edges a bit more than other places and leave you uneven, but I've used this as motivation to remember to put on lip balm overnight so that I can use this in the morning.

Definitely nicer and easier to use than the benefit stain, maybe a bit less easy to use than the stainiac one, similar to the one I have from Sephora but the scent is more fun.

Birchbox January 2016

Birchbox January 2016
Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner

This seems like a perfectly nice liquid liner, but I just can't seem to get the hang of using it even in a nice big easy-to-hold pen. I did manage to get some thinner lines without much difficulty, but I still end up with mis-matched eyes half the time I try. I guess at least there's lots of sample for me to practice with?

Birchbox January 2016

In conclusion...

I guess if I had to pick one of those stickers, I'd go with creativity, since when I thought about resolutions, I realized most of what I had were craft/maker goals. I think honestly, though, that it's less about creativity and more about refinement. My goals are mostly based on learning new techniques that complement what I know and using the skills I have more effectively, and about tackling bigger projects. That's honestly true across non-maker goals too.

I think this carries over to makeup: I'm feeling less like it's a fully creative endeavour and more like I'm in a slow skill-building phase. And this is good, because tuning the looks I can use at work is super useful, and also means I have a sense of subtle tweaks that make a difference in my continuing use of makeup as a social engineering tool. (everyone uses makeup that way, I'm just more intentional about it than some, I guess.)

Anyhow, overall, this was a good box for me: I loved the cleaner and the lip tint. While I didn't love the nail polish or eye liner, they were both products I'd considered paying for and I'm glad to know not to spend money on them. A few dollars of sample continues to be a much better investment for me than most full-sized products, even if I wind up with perfume samples every other box.

I've been wondering if I should give up my birchbox subscription when it comes up for renewal this summer since I've gotten myself into another yarn subscription and honestly, how many boxes does one gal need? But given the way I use makeup, it's still looking like a reasonable investment especially because it encourages me to keep my makeup fresh and toss old samples so I don't have bacteria-filled tubes of mascara around. Plus, I like the points system. I'll make a decision when the subscription comes due, though.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 22:32
Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 00:52
When X-Files fans think alike. #xfr #thexfiles #mementomonday #downtothesecond
Monday, February 8th, 2016 15:06
Bunnies in wine glasses!

(from [ profile] xxdaybreak)

Now that I've got your attention: my friend Erica is raising money for much-needed trauma therapy and could use your help. I've known her IRL for ten years and can vouch for her as much as I can for anyone in the world; she's a real person and the money will go to do what it says on the tin. Erica is someone who's supported me in a myriad of ways, and I'm not the only one, so if you help her, you'll be helping me. She just needs $145 more in order to meet her goal.

If you have a couple bucks to spare: do it to support an intersectional social justice writer, do it to support a disabled queer trans woman of color, do it to redistribute wealth, or just do it because that would make me happy. Here's the link to her fundraiser. I reserve the right to keep nagging you all until she meets her goal.

Edit: Erica reached her goal! Thanks to those who donated.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 20:28
The Idylls of the Queen is one of my favourite Arthurian novels, so I was interested to learn that its author, Phyllis Ann Kerr, had written a fantasy sequence (or at least duology) with rather pretty titles (do not underestimate a the power of a pretty title). I obviously wasn't paying enough attention however and so ended up with Frostflower and Windbourne (the second in the sequence) rather than Frostflower and Thorn (the first).

More Under the Cut )

I appreciate intellectually what this book is trying to do, presenting a different take on a medieval society with magic, which focuses on the small scale and has distinct characters but I found it an oddly unsatisfying read. I feel it would get a fairer hearing from me if I had read the first book but, on the other hand, I didn't really enjoy it enough to want to make the effort of tracking the first down.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 20:37
What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♣ I have decided to throw overboard my self-imposed restriction on how many books I am allowed to acquire per month. I have cut back - or given up completely - on a lot of the things that give me an addictive high (you know what I mean - the "shiny things!" accomplished feeling, or caffeine+sugar rushes, also chocolate) and I felt it was overly harsh to limit my book intake on top of that. Thus, four books have arrived/are on their way to me.
♣ Speaking of books, I received a PDF copy of Apex Magazine's ebook anthology through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers group.
♣ Don't have to go back to work before Thursday.
♣ I made delicious sweet cinnamon apple-jelly cake, with a cookie-crumble base, a thin layer of sliced apples, and a cheesecake-ish top layer (its main ingredients are self-made apple jelly and some soy yoghurt). The best thing is that I made it from scratch, without a recipe. *is proud*
♣ I have friends online and offline ♥
♣ Decided to get rid of my microwave. It feels oddly freeing.
Monday, February 8th, 2016 11:41
1. Yesterday got much, much better.

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Monday, February 8th, 2016 00:40
1. Well, I was looking forward to catching up on stuff at work today that I didn't get to yesterday, but haha, joke's on me, two cashiers called out again today. >_< It actually was less hectic than yesterday, though, and I got everything urgent that needed to be done done, so there's that at least.

2. Carla got some strawberries that were actually really tasty for being out of season. :D

3. I just checked the weather and the heat spell we're having is supposed to continue for another week! D: At least it's supposed to be back down in the high 70s by Wednesday... The only good thing is that the high doesn't last long and it's pretty cool at night. (I still would rather have actual winter weather, though.)

4. Trader Joe's has these Swedish Fish-esque gummies called Scandinavian Swimmers that are so good! Much better than Swedish Fish (and they have multiple flavors). Since it's Trader Joe's they'll probably disappear soon, but we're enjoying them while they're there.

5. Day off tomorrow! After the hecticness of yesterday and today I'm really looking forward to it.
Sunday, February 7th, 2016 00:49
1. Two cashiers called out sick, so we were super short-handed this evening, but I made it through!

2. I didn't really feel like doing any translating tonight after getting home, but I'd done some in the morning before work, so at least I didn't get nothing at all done.

3. I made a new default icon using this icon maker.
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 18:28
Vidders and Viddees, Partiers and Partees, Enthusiasts of SF/F and Remix! We merrily present:

"The Party Of Our Lives"
a filk, sung to the tune of "The Story of Tonight"...

I may not fly to see the party!*
You may not drive to see the party!

But I will gladly vid the night!
But you should gladly vid the night!

And when the fangirls link our premieres…
And when the fangirls fave our premieres…

They’ll squee for shiny new delight!

Let’s have another vid tonight!
Let’s have another vid tonight!
Let’s have another vid tonight!

Raise a Vid to WisCon!
A Party that will live on year to year
No matter how chaotic
Raise a vid to the sing-a-long

Even if we get the lyrics wrong!
Singing the story of our night

Please vid a story for this night

Raise a glass to WisCon!
I think the show gets longer every year

Our squee will fight exhaustion

Let’s have another vid tonight!

Raise a vid to the Vid Party!

Even if this filk is weak
We’ll Vid the Party of our lives

Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Raise a vid to WisCon
Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Raise a vid to WisCon
Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Please vid a story for —



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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 14:04
We get nurturingly attached to fish. I mean, not that fish aren't WORTHY or anything, but in terms of "animals that do not have any kind of body-language we can relate to, nor any signals that you'd EXPECT to make them resemble human babies or troop-mates", I give you: fish.

Go and read the whole thing, it's gold. (And also informative!)
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 16:26
creme brulee
Caramelising the sugar on top of creme brulee using a butane-fired soldering iron.

(With no apologies at all for the quality of the photo, but mild apologies for the lack of apologies.)

I have also, I informed my counsellor yesterday afternoon, Engaged in a Hobby.

... you have Engaged in a Hobby, my counsellor repeated, looking slightly mystified.

I have made Custard, I said. (And did not add "look at it! it's got anxiety!")

... you know, I really do look forward to our sessions, he said, while wearing his the-NHS-is-actually-and-for-realsies-paying-me-for-this-shit face.

All of which being as it may, turns out that the butane-fired soldering iron does an excellent job of bruleeing creme, at least when wielded by A as I look on suspiciously (the suspicion being in large part because it's his soldering iron and What If I Break It). Lessons for next time (we have another two ramekins of custard in the fridge!) are "use a thinner layer of sugar"; and something a little perplexing happened to the texture (it was grainy until reheated and then... stopped... being... grainy?), but that at least is going to have to wait until the next batch gets made for further Experimentation.

("Okay but what in fact is the Hobby to which you were referring," sed A, "because it's clearly not actually cooking, you do that a lot." "Pointless culinary one-upmanship contests against myself. OBVIOUSLY.")
Saturday, February 6th, 2016 07:49
The student I mentor has an urgent need for info about humanitarian visas from Mexico to the U.S. Her family is dealing with a violent relative and they're divided by a border that only my student can cross. Any help/advice super-welcome. Am googling, as well.