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Sunday, October 4th, 2015 15:21
[livejournal.com profile] daniel_saunders commented on my review of The Crusade, that he'd not managed to get hold of a copy of the novelisation. I'm not actually sure that any of the illustrations in the novelisation are from telesnaps, though some are closer to the televised episode than others. Under the cut are three from scenes that definitely didn't take place in the actual show.

Images not appearing in The Crusade )
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 01:07
post-tags: instagram, crosspost "How old are you?" "I'm 40." "… you mean you're TEN TIMES OLDER than me!!!" Happy birthday, D.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 13:32
(And I do mean FIRST.)

The game box contained a smaller box that looked like a typical LEGO construction set, so we opened that and built it first. Then we loaded the game disc into the console, which took another half an hour to download necessary system updates. Don't make the same mistake we did - let the updates download while you build the portal.

The construction set comes with three bags of pieces. Bag 1 is the minifigures, Bag 2 is the portal, and Bag 3 is the vehicle. But the paper instructions only cover the first two. The third set of instructions is inside the game itself.

So we built the portal, then waited for the updates to install, then watched the introduction and about ten minutes of cutscenes introducing the three main characters. Once we finally got to an area where action was required, it was very dark and hard to figure out what to do. Eventually all three characters completed their simple tasks, and the game prompted us to build the portal... which we had already done. But it's nice to know the instructions for the portal are also in the game, in case the pamphlet gets lost.

Then we got the in-game instructions for the first vehicle model. Once we finally built that... it was time to quit, because we had places to go.

As first impressions go, I am underwhelmed, but on the bright side, all the quirky character humor is intact, and I'm interested to see what possibilities are opened up by the new components of the game. With three of us playing together, we were all kept busy: I controlled the game pad, Will took charge of building things, and Connor was responsible for positioning items around the portal - which has color-changing LEDs and looks really nifty.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 01:10
1. I got to a point in Super Mario 3D Land where I was just stuck and not having fun anymore, so I put it away and picked up Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, which I had set aside halfway through for some reason. I ended up playing that for like an hour and a half tonight, so that was fun. I already have the next one, as I got it last Christmas but never got around to playing it yet, so I will be ready when I finish this one. :)

2. I forgot to mention it the other day when I watched it, but Sunday's Bob's Burgers was SO GREAT. Seriously one of the best episodes ever. I was laughing so hard.

3. I've got some really cute kitties.

They've been playing in the bathroom so much lately. Between their newly discovered love of the bathmat and their newly discovered ability to jump up into the window there, it's just a super fun place to be (they already loved playing in the bathtub/with the shower curtain).
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 00:03
Thursday night: poodle. He's malfunctioning slightly (being 10 by now) and is now on 4x daily pills.
In the middle of the night I woke up with sensory hell due to my hands itching, enough so that I went home to get a pair of gloves to deal with it.

Work was somewhat surreal. lb got the new IRC server set up under his desk, and a few of us poked around on it and made sure it was stable before inviting everyone over. He sent messages in all the channels about what was up, and prepared to do the swap after lunch.

Since I'd been in early, I opted for earlier lunch, and with lb's table. I advised Purple of my plans, and he thought that sounded like a good idea, and decided to join as well.

Mr. Wizard Beard had been at lunch also; afterwards, he offered to show Purple some hardware in his server room, and asked if I'd like to come see as well.

This was my first time inside a full-blown server room. I'd peeked into a room in which there were a few racks which housed some of archive.org before, but that was a room with a couple racks. This is a room with rows and aisles and at least three ginormous cabinet air conditioning units. Mr. Wizard Beard explained some of the provenance of the servers: this one is from that vendor, the other one is from the other one, and they wanted to do X but then plans changed, and now they're doing Y, and we had to do something else with X hardware...

The door has a sign on the outside: NO FOOD. NO LIQUIDS. Read more... )
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 17:30
Today's Captain Awkward has a) prompted me to make myself scrambled eggs and toast, and b) reminded me that a few years ago I actually discovered a great response to men who proposition me as a unicorn, saying, "My wife and I are polyamorous." I look at them with wide eyes and say, "Wow, you must really like talking about relationships and feelings."

No man I've tried it on has yet failed to flinch and quail before that, and so I travel on toward spinsterhood. (Being able to deal with intense feelings dissections is basically a prerequisite of being my friend, let alone lover.)


Thursday's interview was so-so; I chatted on well with the interviewer but she admitted at the end that I was the third-choice of three final candidates, so I probably won't get it. TBH I'm not that broken up about it partly because the org was so... White, and affluent, so Happy Families Doing Happy Things, that I felt bizzarrely out of place. Like, it was the kind of org I could imagine my realtor brother's family joining if they fell into its population, going to their Thursday night social group. And I'm used to grit and trauma and the things you say when you know nothing you say can adequately address what somebody's just shared with you. So. It would be good money, but... I'll be a bit relieved if I don't get it.

I'm a bit discouraged with my writing right now, and struggling to find the will to write even when I do feel crappy about it. I lose faith a lot in whether the things I'm writing are worthwhile, even when I intellectually know that I mostly think they are.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 21:02
As someone who basically grew up with the Target novelisations of Doctor Who, The Crusade is a very weird experience*. The Crusade is one of early Who's high-concept historicals, before the concept of a purely historical Doctor Who story was, essentially, cast aside. In The Crusade the Doctor and his companions must master the complex politics of the third Cruade in which Richard I faced off against Saladin. What is strange about it is that this is also one of the very early Doctor Who novelisations and I hadn't realised quite how much freedom David Whitaker had taken with the plot.

More under the cut )

I'm glad I saw this. It is a piece of Doctor Who that is attempting to do something that has not been attempted since the show abandoned its interest to educating about history. That said it is, in a way, more educational about the limits of studio-bound Doctor Who in the 1960s, and 1960s attitudes to race and class, than it is about the third Crusade itself. For a reader of the novelisations it is also weirdly different to expectations. Like at lot of Hartnell's shows, it is more interesting as a view upon avenues that have subsequently closed, than it is in and of itself.

*also I'm quite drunk, please attribute spelling errors accordingly.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 08:34
Heather and I went to see The Intern last weekend, which was a fun, frivolous, feel-good movie. While we both enjoyed it immensely, it was only upon further reflection that I realized the main character (Ben, played by Robert de Niro) is basically me.

Follow along: after a traumatic life event (him: retiring and losing his wife; me: moving across the country and dealing with new parenthood), our hero seeks a new community and new purpose in life. Upon receiving an invitation to join up with a new outfit, our hero quietly observes the goings-on and tries to find ways to feel useful and valued. Once that usefulness and value is recognized, our hero is tirelessly loyal and giving to their new comrades.

Well, I do get tired sometimes, I guess. But yeah. He's probably also INFP.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 11:43
So, like many (?) I have recently been enjoying a lot of excellent Hannibal fic. I've actually been reading Hannibal almost since the the beginning of the fandom - when so many SPN writers migrated en masse to Hannibal and AO3 was flooded with "not-a-cannibal!AU"s. I am, however, unable to watch the show because my tolerance for horror is zero and even watching a few graphic scenes would probably give me nightmares for a week. (I'm someone who doesn't mind the actual content, but the intent. For example, Chuck Palahniuk's early books are full of horror-like imagery, gore and dark humor. I loved them! But once he switched to writing horror, the same exact content became impossible for me to read. I quit the very first book halfway through.)

Anyway, at this point I've seen fanvids, clips, read fanfic, read ACTUAL EPISODE SCRIPS, looked at sketches and interviews and other behind-the-scenes stuff, enjoyed fanart. I don't know what the cutoff point for being in a fandom is - even I, who's always read liberally in canons I knew nothing about, feel like "being in a fandom" when you have no intention of ever watching the canon is stretching it a bit. But, consuming so much material has given me Thoughts, so, here we are. Meta about fic for a show I will never watch.

what's interesting to me about the gender dynamics of the main pairing )

The other thing I've found fascinating is how much tension there is in the Hannibal fics I've read. Let me make a grand statement: I've never been in a fandom where generation tension between the two leads was so easy. Never. Hannibal fic can, in a universe without homophobia, make Will and Hannibal's first kiss seem more intense than "finally doing it after 50k of pining" sex in other fandoms. That is absolutely remarkable to me, and I've spent some time trying to analyze why.

On narrative tension )

Anyway, if you don't care about any of this, let me just share this amazing fanvid with you (it doesn't trigger my horror issues at all, though it does contain graphic imagery), which I've been rewatching over and over again lately. Mostly it accentuates the amazing nuances of Hugh Dancy's acting - his casting was brilliant, I think, not only because no matter how much you slow down his performance in gifs he' still doing something fascinating with his face in every frame, but also because his features lend themselves so well to built-in vulnerability.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 00:35
1. That paypal transfer for last month's translation and tomorrow's paycheck just hit my bank and wow, there's a lot of money in there. (Which will all be gone in a couple days when I pay bills, but is still nice to see.)

2. I went over to my mom's today to help them with some computer stuff, which was thankfully all minor issues that were fixed pretty quickly.

3. Alexander came over this afternoon and we went to Walmart. They have the same kitty treats at this one that Carla got when she was back at her folks', which is good because we're down to just one and the babies love these sooooo much.

4. I'm so glad we got the pet-proof screens!

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 02:13
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Night blooms and decays. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #HelgaViking #Otto
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 20:07
Apparently I read no books in September. I attribute this to a) work being stressful and b) knitting a ton, and I do read while I knit but it's almost universally fanfic as it's on my computer and I can flip to a file with the pattern and back easily, blah blah blah. So this list is pretty short.

books what i read july august sept )
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 18:24

The forums over at track-chinapost.com offer some fascinating sociological observations.

(~500 words) )
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 13:57
I didn't get very much dev work done in the month of September. Apologies to anyone who missed my virtual presence - my mom, dad, and best friend are all dealing with various ailments and one of my kids unexpectedly decided to join the Cub Scouts. I think I spent more time in my car than at home. In fact I am actually in a hospital waiting room as I write this entry. Tethering FTW!

I will try to get all the recent pull requests reviewed in the next few days. It's about time for me to do a new Current Contributors list as well. However, I don't anticipate doing another code push until the end of the month at the earliest - most likely I will wait until after [personal profile] kaberett's London contributor event, which is scheduled for November 7th.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 17:41
The list... )

Linear extrapolation says 136 works. This may or may not pan out, due to Reasons. Part of those reasons are "there's a fair few short works here. Anyway, seevral new authors this month, in no small part thanks to the recommendations on the "stuff I have read and liked" thread on Making Light. So that may be worth having a look at.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 16:41
Every Thursday, I share with you one or two songs that caught my ear this week, tell you what album they are from and how to obtain them (if applicable), and invite you to do the same in comments.

"How Fortunate The Man With None" (german: "Salomonsong"), written by german playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956).

Dead Can Dance's version, from the album Into The Labyrinth (1993).

Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh's cover version, from the DCD tribute album The Lotus Eaters (2004).

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 14:50
[personal profile] enigel and I were going to go to a show in London, by John Finnemore of Cabin Pressure fame. Unfortunately she has a clash, so we're selling our tickets on GetMeIn. It's Wednesday night next week.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 09:09
Early this year, I created a profile on codementor.io. I wasn't sure if I would actually get paid, but I figured I had nothing to lose! I had plenty of time, as I was searching for a job, and I like helping people.

I was a bit nervous at first -- "What if I can't figure it out?" -- so I only offered to help with requests well within my expertise. It can be a challenge to get started on a reputation-based site like codementor, and I wasn't getting many responses yet, so I started altering my strategy. What I suggest, based on my experience:
  1. Select the "15 minutes free" option on your profile -- it really helps get new clients.
  2. Start out with a relatively low hourly rate and increase it slowly as you get more clients.
  3. Connect your github, linkedin, stackoverflow, etc. to your codementor profile. Try to answer at least a few questions on stackoverflow, and have a few interesting projects on github. At this point I have many starter and sample apps, most based off session work.
  4. Be willing to chat with people for a few minutes to get a sense of their issue, and only start a paid session if you think you can help. If the issue is very simple, just give the person the answer for free. They are more likely to give you a good review and to come back to you later, and they might even tip you!
  5. Stay logged into the site, and watch incoming requests. Often, the quickest person to say "I can help" gets the session.
  6. When you offer to help, give some of your advice or insight into the problem -- this lets people know you understand and have something to offer. If that is enough for them to solve the issue themselves, great! Again, they are more likely to come back to you in future and to write a good review, plus they might even tip!
  7. It's often helpful to ask more questions, either on their request or in chat.
  8. Sometimes people's requests do not give a good idea of what they actually need. If you begin the session and realize it's not something you can help with, I recommend letting them know immediately, apologize for the misunderstanding, and let them seek someone more qualified.
  9. Offer to help even if you don't know the technologies in question. Be totally up front about your level of expertise, and let them know you can take a look. So often all that's required is a second set of eyes, and there might not be a mentor online with experience in those exact technologies.
  10. Sometimes you won't know the answer or it will take longer than you expected, and that is ok. Check in with the client about timing and whether they want to continue. Interestingly, some of my best reviews are from session where I didn't know the answer off the top of my head. Clients really appreciate watching me go through debugging and other problem solving processes.
  11. Go slower than you think you should, unless the client really wants you to rush. Take the time to explain to people what you are doing and why.
  12. Decide how long you are willing to wait if client doesn't show up for a scheduled session. I generally wait 10-15 minutes if there are other people asking for help, longer if I have nothing else pressing.
  13. Take on long-term mentoring if you can. The rate is less but it's a great opportunity to hone your skills and get some reviews.
It's now been over 6 months, and often people message me with questions before I can even offer to help. I've had days when I was mentoring non-stop from dawn until dusk! I'm very happy to finally be doing work that is useful, appreciated, in line with my ethics and social goals, fun, and well paid. :D
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 00:16
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. I did indeed come home and take a nap today and it was very nice. (Though I felt kinda groggy afterwards.)

3. I finally got paid for that big translation job last month! The payment was via paypal, so I have to wait for it to transfer to my bank, but I'm pretty excited about paying off some credit cards with that.

4. We got pizza for dinner. :)

5. Carla has taken so many cute kitty pictures lately but I've slacked on posting them online. Here's a couple close-ups I posted tonight, though.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 02:44
if any of you feel like telling me I'm not awful for having called the Met on an attempted burglary I'd be very grateful (violent in that we've a smashed window but bars on all the doors etc)

(I know it's dodgy as fuck to call the Met at any point for any reason and I'm feeling awful about it)

(we're all okay, and the police have two suspects in custody with plausible forensics on them once forensics have been by)
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 19:43
Well, I had an interesting interview today, and then I picked up another one for tomorrow (from a resume I sent out last night, whaaat).

Today's interview was a group interview--there were supposed to be five of us, but it ended up being just four. Since there are five positions open we didn't have to stress too much about competition. We had to do some group activities like making words out of scrabble tiles together, as well as individual parts where they asked things like, "A 13-year-old girl you are working with shows you this video, how do you respond?" and played Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke performing "Blurred Lines" together, and we had to write a paragraph answer.

They also asked us to take two handpuppets and improvise a skit as if for a child we were working with on a given theme, like "homework" or "cleaning your room". I feel like I did pretty well on that, actually, as Procrastinator Coyote was haunted by the spectre of Homework Raven.

Anyway, they seem like a good place to work (By now my response is very, 'You look like you have a good HR department, EXCELLENT.') I hope I get the job. But even more, I hope it's one of several offers that I get to choose between.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 22:51
post-tags: instagram, crosspost The journey of buying + cooking with your senses. @ruthreichl #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Foxy #DC
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 21:59
Recipe in fact by John Meecham, one of his chefs; features in the book Jerusalem, which actually made me cry a bit when I read through it at [personal profile] aella_irene's earlier this week (because homefood, and because unity, and because all sorts of things).

I in fact had been craving rice pudding for a little while, long enough at least that I bought some pudding rice a few weeks ago and hadn't got around to doing anything with it; and we had some double cream in the fridge from my profiterfails a week or so ago, and a four-pint flagon of milk that needed using up. Ergo.

Read more... )
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 11:02
The guys came and fixed my stove while I was at work yesterday.

Caller: Azure Lunatic
Priority: High
OK to enter? YES
Category: Appliance
Access notes: I'm unlikely to be awake before 10 or 11 am.
Problem description: The breaker for my stove tripped while I was baking.

Technician Notes
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: 9-29-15
Material: Replaced bad oven receptacle light (shorted) and reset breaker

The weird thing is, this exact same stove had this exact same problem several Novembers ago.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 14:44
tada )
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 13:04
Overview of my emotional response to the book; no spoilers, I don't think.

Read more... )
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 01:12
I have advanced from a little shaky to tired and somewhat headachey, but!

I am yet again the person who stuck their neck out about infrastructure stuff. As the somewhat inevitable result, I have been voluntold as the person who is now responsible for the workplace IRC server.

Mr. Wizard Beard has been involved, to find a corner on a box. (Mr. Wizard Beard is the person who will stab you if you drop one crumb in the server room that lives in the back corner of the office building that lb, Purple, and radius are all in.)

There are several retired IRC admins who spend time on the server, who might be bribed out of retirement with chocolate and/or jellybeans.

The existing VM has been up for nearly 2 years now with scarcely a bobble, so that aspect of it seems least likely to attract trouble.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 01:02
1. Tomorrow's my early day. Due to various stuff, I did not have to go in early the last two Wednesdays and it was so nice! Tonight I stayed up later than I wanted (I'm about to go to bed now, but it's already after one) and I'm sure I'll regret it tomorrow, but at least I can come home and take a nap if I want, and I have the next day off. I'm kind of already looking forward to a nap tomorrow afternoon. XD

2. We are experimenting with letting the kittens in the bedroom at night and so far it's going okay? This morning I woke up with Chloe sleeping by my pillow. :)
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 22:10
1. Sometimes thrashing out my crazy, even though I don't know what I'm doing at the time, has seriously positive affects. Like freeing me up to joy.

2. I remembered that my meds ran out last Thursday and got more! (Not-great thing: I need to make phonecalls and wrangle to get the right people to pay for them. Good thing: My pharmacist knows me and advanced me this week's meds without making me pay)

3. I HAVE A JOB INTERVIEW TOMORROW. With a place I've applied to four times this year, and they finally deigned the notice me.

4. And I hammered out a bunch more job applications tonight.

5. While eating raspberry white/chocolate cake
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 01:54

I’m beginning prep work for Clow (2.0, The Real Deal This Time, etc) and that in turn begins with - research! Because even though CLAMP likes designing improbable (and occasionally impossible) BS, I like trying inject a bit of reality into all my costumes. This involves some headcanoning, because we have so few facts about Clow’s life. Given his house in Tomoeda, I assume he died somewhere in the 1910s or 1920s - as the series points out, it’s very Taishou. And then if we take Kero’s statement that he’s hundreds of years old at face value (well, and the translation at face value, I don’t have a copy of the original Japanese or the effor to get that nitpicky) and assume that we’re not dealing with like, ridiculous Bleach ages, that puts his birth somewhere towards the end of the Ming Dynasty or beginning of the Qing. Which works nicely, because the Ming Dynasty was when contact between China and Europe started and then intensified, making a British man and a Chinese woman having a kid together a lot more probable.

This in turn puts his clothing pretty solidly into Qing territory with the possibility of other influence. Which is actually a little tricky, because I haven’t had much luck finding a lot of information specifically about the Qing dynasty and fashion - Tang is waaaaay more popular, even with SCAers who tend to focus several centuries later with European affairs. I can think of a bunch of possible reasons, but I’m not enough of a history scholar to know for sure, and either way it leaves me with broad-scope books (these two out of a list focused on the Tang dynasty care of a friend of a friend) and museum pieces to try and backtrack construction techniques.

(I’m seriously considering submitting a request to the MFA or the Met to get a closer look at one of their dragon robes because the photography and display they do for the general public doesn’t focus on the bits I’m interested in)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 10:04
Previously unread.

This came recommended as "similar to The Invisible Library" and, well, I can vaguely see that, in that they share narrative elements. However, I find it a fair bit grimmer and darker (mostly, in TIL, it is inanimate objects that are compelled, in ADSOF it is mostly humans). It was, however, an interesting read and I an intending to track down at least one more work by Schwab.

So, back to the book. We chiefly follow either Kell, a young man who can walk between worlds or Lila, a young woman, who lives a hard life on the street (essentially) in one of the four Londons. I said four, idn't I? Ah, yes, the Londons are what, somehow, enables the walking between worlds. They're colloquially referred to as "black", "white", "red" and "grey" London, based on something or other. And using magic available to, at the point of the book starting, Kell and Holland, temporary doors can be opened between them.

That's all fine and good, until things start going, well, I guess "wrong" is a strong word. Actually, no, "disastrously wrong" is more appropriate. And then unfortunate events feed on each other in a vicious cycle of mayhem and bloody disaster. Which makes for rather riveting reading, I must say.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 01:18
1. I had a pretty nice relaxing day off. I would have slept in more if the gardener hadn't come, but I did still sleep in until like ten.

2. We took a nice walk today. Haven't been taking walks much lately, partially due to the heat, but even though it was hot, it wasn't too awful, and there was a nice breeze.

3. I had some tasty mango sorbet a bit ago. (And Chloe didn't notice I was eating it until I was almost done, so I got to eat in peace!)

4. I didn't do much manga translation today, but I finished up translating a handful of songs for my lyrics site.

5. This was actually a great food day altogether. In addition to the mango sorbet, there were also roast beef sandwiches for lunch and a salmon salad for dinner.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 19:06

This! This is the heraldic mace beginnings! I have a chair leg, a couple of leg feet, a bottle of wood glue, a can of white primer/paint and a can of polyurethane. Let's get cracking.

I also have a shower curtain up in the hall bathroom! Todd gave us the shower curtain when he moved himself. His new house has glass shower doors! So we now have a shower curtain in the hall bathroom.

This is my Pelican and my belt sisters! From left to right: Baroness Jaq, Lady Sarah, Master Cormac, Lady Sula, Lady Skaia and Lady Catina. (I'm the one with the temple rings.)

This is Ferdinand! Isn't he getting big?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 00:29
So, I recently finally got to watch Girlhood, a French film I've been dying to see for like 2 years.

Here's a gorgeous teaser trailer:

Before I get into details below the cut, please consider this a rec to see this movie. I don't know another movie that talks about immigrants and adolescence and has a cast made up entirely of young Black women. The movie is currently available on Netflix US, for those of you that's relevant for.

very mild spoilers )
Monday, September 28th, 2015 22:26
One of the things that Brits seem to find surprising or weird about how I go about managing a kitchen (other examples include vanilla sugar) is the Jar Of Breadcrumbs.

If you're baking your own bread, or buying non-sliced stuff, you'll be generating a lot of breadcrumbs. Let them go stale (sweep them onto a tray and leave them out for a day or so if you're that way inclined), then pop them in a jar.

Or ends of bread that are going stale before you can finish them: stick them through a food processor, or grate them, or let them go proper hard then put them in a bag and whack it with a rolling pin, and then pop them in a jar.

Or if you find you have bread that goes mouldy before it goes stale (this is more likely if you're keeping it in plastic, or in metal breadbins, or if it's longer-life stuff generally), before the point at which it goes mouldy, slice it up and toast it very lightly or bake it in an oven gently similarly, then apply the steps previous and stick it in a jar.

Okay, Alex, you may at this point very well be saying, but why? So! Herewith the list of things I use breadcrumbs for, probably to be added to as I remember:
  • Apfelstrudel
  • topping pasta bakes
  • crumbing thing to fry in general (coat with flour, coat with beaten egg, coat with breadcrumbs, drop in hot oil; or in the case of sweet dumplings, fry them with butter and sugar then roll the cooked dumplings in the breadcrumbs)
  • thickener in sauces/stews/dumplings

& you? & so on!
Monday, September 28th, 2015 18:09
just dropped the parentals off at the airport. they were very concerned that they were imposing on me, or in the way, or whatever. they weren't, for the most part. however. there are a few things i am looking forward to now that they are gone.
-leaving my shoes and socks wherever I want.
-taking my bra off as soon as I get home.
-wearing shorts (or no socks) that show my ankles.
-checking tumblr [when/where]ever i want.
-watching tv at a reasonable volume.
-and with the words on.
-sleeping, showering and using the bathroom with the door open.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 20:11
The Angels Take Manhattan is Amy and Rory's last story in which the Weeping Angels have taken over all the statues in Manhattan and have, in particular, occupied an apartment block. They then trap people in time loops, someone enters the apartment, witnesses their own death of old age, and is then sent back in time. The episode is mostly very good with, sadly, a massive makes no sense at the end.

More under the Cut )

With some reservations, I think that the run of stories from Asylum of the Daleks through to The Angels take Manhattan is one of the most consistently good in Moffat's tenure, if not the whole of Nu Who. I think the Ponds' story, towards the end, could have used a little more space, in particular to allow the break up and reconciliation to happen more slowly, and to give them more time travelling with the Doctor after deciding that this really was the life they wanted but given, if memory serves, the stories in the next half of the season are mostly rather disappointing, I'm glad they got the one's they did.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 17:53
Today, I had my first coffee in 6 weeks. And my stomach doesn't seem to hate me.

Also, there's flowing water on Mars. How cool is that?
Monday, September 28th, 2015 14:24
I use Atora vegetable suet, which means that it's presumably possible to do this with butter or oil or solid vegetable fat instead of faffing about buying suet, but I haven't got around to working out how yet. (Executive dysfunction, rather than expecting it to be hard.)

half suet (or suet+cheese, if making cheese dumplings) to flour (e.g. 50g suet, 100g flour)
flour (plain, wholemeal, SR, a mixture, your call)
~1tsp baking powder (omit if using SR flour)
seasonings (salt, pepper, rosemary, ...)

Dumplings, like pastry, will be happier the colder everything involved in making them is, and the less they're handled. They come together very quickly: you can make them at the point at which you're about to add liquid to the stew.

In a bowl, combine the suet, grated cheese (if using), flour (I am currently on a 1:1 plain:wholemeal kick), baking powder (if using), and seasoning. Mix to combine.

Gradually add cold water, stirring with a cold knife. When the mixture starts to clump, you're there. With cold hands (if possible, and this is somewhere where I can recommend Reynaud's syndrome), press it into a single ball, then pull off small lumps (~1" diameter spheres), roll quickly between hands to give a smoothish surface, and then add to the top of the stewpot as soon as you put liquid in, cover, and simmer until the root veg in your stew are done. It's important to simmer not boil: boiling is prone to breaking the dumplings up. Be careful not to stir them too vigorously when making sure things aren't burning to the bottom of the pan, likewise.

As with most cooking, you've actually got a lot of leeway in terms of proportions; I've got the hang of the texture I'm aiming for (and I think I actually tend to go slightly over double the weight of flour to fat) and never bother weighing out these days.
Monday, September 28th, 2015 01:53
1. It's my day off tomorrow, and aside from maybe some vacuuming and other house stuff, I'm looking forward to not doing anything but relaxing and getting some translating done.

2. Supposedly by next weekend it's supposed to be getting cooler. I've got my fingers crossed! I'm really sick of this heat! D:

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Simpsons and Bob's Burgers were back tonight!
Monday, September 28th, 2015 02:42
Mondays, 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!)