The deadline is fast approaching!

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 06:39 pm
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As a reminder, assignments and all currently assigned pinch hits are due tomorrow, May 28, at 11:59 PM EST.

Pinch hits: I had intended to send out one group of pinch hits tomorrow morning, but as there have only been a handful, and most of those are (oddly enough) for people who are double assigned, I am now inclined to just send out all of them on Monday morning. That said, I'll make a decision on that based on what comes in overnight, and edit this post accordingly when I get up tomorrow. If I do post some pinch hits tomorrow morning, it will likely be around 8 AM EST.

Garden is in

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 05:35 pm
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I spent the day putting in the garden: tomatoes, basil, green peppers, broccoli, parsley, cilantro (first time I'd tried it) and marigolds. All in containers, except the marigolds. I'm using the containers as a sort of quick "raised bed" so I don't have to do so much bending to weed and cultivate, and in the hopes that it will confuse the rabbits and squirrels. Marigolds I'm not worried about. Nothing eats marigolds, including me. They are just for decoration. And I watered everything using am empty gallon jug; containers need to be watered more. I have to find the garden hose - I know it's in the basement, somewhere.

It is now officially summer.

Doctor Who - Extremis

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 05:06 pm
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[Have a dinner date with Uhurua around 7, who I haven't seen in a while. We considered a movie. But Wonder Woman isn't out yet. And U didn't see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, sort of impossible to see 2, without 1. U did ask if I wanted to see...Alien: Covenant.

Me: I'm not sure I want to see a horror movie...and I thought you hated horror movies?
U: Well if it's sci-fi and not Nightmare on Elm Street...I can usually do it....Never mind, lets' keep it simple and just do dinner.

LOL. I don't know. I think of the Alien movies as full fledged horror films. But then I also think of Doctor Who as horror, so what do I know?

Anyhow, we'll see if I can write this in under two hours. ]

So, I finally saw the Doctor Who episode "Extremis" which apparently revealed who was in the vault and why. Feel sort of silly for thinking it could have been anyone else. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar or the simplest choice is the right one.

I liked the episode. I could tell Moffat wrote it, has the intricacies of plot that Moffat is famous for. With some good dialogue throughout. Particularly liked Bill's exchanges with the Doctor and Nardole

If an episode has good dialogue, I'll usually enjoy it. (And no, not all the episodes have good dialogue, at least three did not. I'm picky about dialogue. Some people are picky about plot, some about moral messages, some about theme, some world-building, some consistencies, for me? It's dialogue. (Well, dialogue and character development, which often go hand in hand). Which you'd think wouldn't be a problem in a medium that is basically 98% dialogue, is.)

I also agree with the people who said River Song's tale is far from over. There were numerous allusions to River Song, in particular the whole idea of a simulation world where people were data feeds, set up in a manner similar to the Library. Maybe one of the reasons I liked this episode is in some respects it reminded me of Silence in the Library?

spoilers although I think everyone but me has seen it by now )

Overall I enjoyed the episode. (just the one quibble about the villain). It has a big of a chinese puzzle box of a plot, but that's Moffat and why I enjoy his writing.

Ranking of episodes?

1. Pilot
2. Extremis
3. Knock Knock
4. Smile
5. Thin Ice
6. Oxygen.

[Sigh. The Opera Singer is back. It sounds like a Russian Opera singer, singing in Hebrew...So a Russian Jewish Opera Singer? I live in an interesting place. Today I bought earrings at an African Street fair, which was packed. And the only white people there were possibly me and ten other people spread throughout. All the vendors and 90% of the customers were African-American or Carribbean-American descent, ie. black. The earrings are gorgeous. They'd bussed people in. This was in Fort Greene, which otherwise is wall to wall yuppie or hipster in today's lingo. Under 40, hip, white, and pretty. They all look a like. All thin. All active. Guys wear beards. Women long hair. I
feel like I'm looking at the cast of one of those shows on Freeform.]

Winners : Challenge 58 (blue)

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 09:54 am
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First Place: [personal profile] lifeistoobrevis
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Congrats everyone!!

London ComicCon

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 09:35 pm
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We've lived here for four and a half years, and today was the first time we actually went down to London for one of the biannual MCM ComicCons down there. Why now? Two words: Donnie Yen!

Darling [personal profile] doctorskuld is pretty much a lifelong fan, and of course she accidentally fell really deep into the Baze/Chirrut corner of Rogue One fandom so.

It was an interesting experience! I've only been to cons in Japan before (JumpFesta, Comiket and other doujinshi events), and this was definitely different. Most like JumpFesta than anything else, with the stages and goods booths and whatnot?

But Japanese cons don't have (or haven't had - who knows what's changing) bag checks - and having them sadly felt good after the week we've had here in the UK. There were also sniffer dogs both outside and wandering the exhibition centre, and as you can see they were GOOD DOGS who kept us all very safe. ♥

The crowd control wasn't bad, either - like, not Japanese standards, because these weren't Comiket level crowds, but serious kudos to Transport London for their work outside the event and staff for everything they did inside to direct people, keep lines manageable and generally be helpful and attentive.

Once inside I found myself still operating mostly on Japanese con protocol, which includes stuff like NO PICTURES of anything ever - I took a few snapshots, but I kept waiting for there to be some kind of cosplay area where pics were welcome? Which is obviously not how this con worked - lots of people were stopping cosplayers and asking for pics wherever they happened to come across them! But I never quite worked up the courage to do the same...

There were lots of really good cosplays though! Some of my favorites were Yotsuba's carboard robot, an Al from FMA with glowing red eyes, a Victor & Yuuri couple where Yuuri was pantsless and had his tie around his head, a lava-flowing Akainu, Jedi!Ariel (yes, the mermaid), Stormtroopers in helmets with stormtrooper-pattern suits carrying clipboards reading IMPERIAL (TORY) MANIFESTO, an inflatable t-rex, Jesus, and a little group of Gintama cosplayers that I loved just because Gintama.

And I think I caught a glimpse of someone cosplaying a Jaran rider from the Kate Elliot series I've been reading?? I mean I could be wrong - they were heading up some stairs and when I followed them they were lost in the crowd so I didn't get a chance to ask which I totally regret. But they fit the description of one of the main characters exactly, which is so weird?! Is there some other show/film/manga that features someone in a red silk shirt with embroidered hems and sleeves, black trousers, black boots and a close-cropped black beard? Like. It was a full-on cosplay beard. I am so curious now - I wish I'd called out to them, but I was so busy thinking I must be missing something because surely nobody would be cosplaying Ilya Bakhtiian...? But maybe they did. Missed connection sadness!

My least favorite costume of the day was a grown-ass dude in a t-shirt that read "Breast cancer awareness week: we stare because we care" UGH GROSS BAN MEN.

We got good spots for Donnie Yen's Q&A (here at 48:29), and Skuld got a lovely photo off the assembly line photo shoot. Not too much queuing - well. Maybe an hour for the photo shoot? And then we were supposed to walk out and grab the prints, but there'd been some kind of glitch so there was a whole crowd milling about outside the photo print place. When they finally fixed it and ended up with a bunch ready there might've been as many as a hundred people waiting, meaning they couldn't just slap the prints down on a table without causing chaos... What ended up happening was the staff literally holding photos up over their heads and yelling vague descriptions:

"Rogue One T-Shirt!"
"Pink Shorts With Child!"
"Guy with, uh, glasses? Wait that's all of you I can't use that.."

It definitely broke the annoyed sort of tension that had been brewing, and sent us off smiling, so good work staff!

We had some overpriced and underwhelming Japanese festival food for lunch, eaten on the floor, but I'm not complaining because it's been ages since I've had takoyaki and the floor was kept tidy by attentive staff.

I didn't think we'd buy anything, but OOPS. There were Bandai figures on sale (a £10 Chopper and a £5 Barto Club ship are both steals), and we happened across the last copy of the most recent One Piece art book that we've been meaning to get... and then I found the next volumes of both Princess Jellyfish and Vinland Saga and they had Junji Ito's Cat Diary which we've been wanting for ages because it's THE BEST... and then there were a bunch of Scandinavia and the World books including ENGLAND so we snatched that one (the booth seller was Swedish and we were both so excited to speak Swedish and both like "...wait it's been so long how does this language work?!") and Skuld had a fandom friend selling original stuff there so of course we had to get some annnnnnnnd then we got some cute stationary stuff because hey why not but that's really it.


Everyone else is doing it-- links

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Stashing the open tabs I still have open, days later, on my Nook, while I'm waiting for the new laptop hard drive to show up.

The Real Reasons For Marvel Comic's Woes | The Atlantic

Yup, this is every reason why I haven't brought a book from either of the Big Two in years. They haven't learned a damn thing since the nineties, and they love to blame their customers for their deficiencies. It's a shame, because this is such an amazing medium.

My Family's Slave | The Atlantic

The Phillipino-American writer's experiences being raised by their family house slave, Lola.

When Your Child Is A Psychopath | The Atlantic

There's a lot here about the work done by the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center.

Scary Realities - Working With Actual Psychopaths | Cracked

Story about a neuroscientist who discovers he is a psychopath.

(..I don't remember why I followed this thread, to be honest. I have a lot of characters with atypical brain wirings, and a horrifically broken cluster-B-fuck deity, but nothing that fits the parameters of fullblown psychopathy in humans.)

I Don't Think The Words In Thessalonians 3:10 Mean What You Think They Mean

Twice, at Easter dinner, I heard the words "not my money" from the mouths of so-called Christians. I was already furious when Dad compounded the issue by stating "If you don't work, you don't eat." He couldn't show me the verse when I challenged him, so I looked it up myself. If they'd actually bothered to read the whole verse, it's pretty obvious that it's being misapplied. ANYWAY, I had to walk away before I ate their faces and ruined Easter, oh noes, leaving my husband the atheist to painstakingly remind my parents what Jesus requires of them. I doubt it did much good, but I appreciate him very much.

Anyway, linked, because I was amused by seeing another atheist running into and poking at this usage (and 2 more thoughts--1. Nice to have confirmation my parents didn't come up with it themselves, and 2. I'm thinking y'know the thing I like about w is he doesn't come at anyone with the presumption that he's somehow better/more evolved 'cause he didn't have the luxury of believing in something he saw no evidence of in his horrible crapsack life.). And also linked because there actually is some civil discussion and experience swapping in the comments and how often does that happen?

Swapping The Moon

Concept, process, and finished work. A ton of preperation went into this work, and it's flawless. Beautiful piece.

Dept. of Union Stuff

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 02:52 pm
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Day Two of Vacation: A Request

After my brief, but heartfelt, snarl about one of the awful people with whom I'm forced to negotiate, I realized I haven't told anyone about the miserable news we folks at my immediate company heard concerning Chicago news. Michael Ferro, who bought the Chicago Sun-Times several years ago, drove it even further into the ground than Conrad Black had left it; who gave the Sun-Times holding company the ridiculous name Wrapports;who sold all the Sun-Times suburban publications to the Chicago Tribune Publishing Company, thereby freeing the suburban properties - we thought - from his bizarre, self-aggrandizing, and supremely anti-journalistic ass;  who then jumped ship so that he could become majority shareholder at Chicago Tribune Publishing, ensuring that we couldn't be free of the bastard; who proceeded to rename the Tribune after the sound a flatulent goose makes when trod upon (and even the Trib didn't deserve "tronc") - has now turned around and plans to buy the Chicago Sun-Times, which he ensured would be barely breathing by the time he did so. 

We believe he plans to kill the Sun-Times, somewhere between 18 and 24 months from the time he gets his claws on it. He's a mean, vicious creature, and we believe that -  not content with having used the Sun-Times as the platform from which he could reach his real goal, the Trib and it's network (the L.A. Times, Hartford Courant and others) not content with having sucked the lifeblood out of the Sun-Times in his quest - he actually wants to kill it, so that Chicago become a one-paper town, like too many major markets in the United States. As I said; mean and vicious.

Thus far the Department of Justice's antitrust division appears to be paving the way for Ferro to do this; here are a couple of stories about the proposed sale. You be the judge when it comes to how carefully the antitrust boys are looking at this. 

The NewsGuild is trying to stop this, or at least slow it down so that other potential buyers could be found to save the Sun-Times. Part of our strategy is this petition. Consider signing it; no matter where you live, the continuing health of news outlets should be a concern. If you decide to sign, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Requiescat in Pace

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:48 pm
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On Saturday, too.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to President Carter and father to Mika (TV reporter)
  • Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher (perfect game) and (*sigh*) conservative Senator from Kentucky
  • Gregg Allman, musician (Allman Brothers Band). Full story as it unravels.
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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.
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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.

[ SECRET POST #3797 ]

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:47 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3797 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #544.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.


Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:42 pm
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 3rd.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

recipe weekend

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Something I've cooked recently: I finally got around to making the potato salad with anchovies and olives that I kept mentioning. It's delicious and as simple as can be: boil some waxy potatoes until tender, dress them with anchovy vinaigrette, add a few olives (pitted and chopped if you like, or whole) and maybe some parsley. I made the vinaigrette with one 2-ounce tin of anchovies (drained), a medium-sized minced shallot, a clove of minced garlic, a generous teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a substantial amount of olive oil (maybe 3/4 cup?), and red wine vinegar until it tasted right. There was of course quite a lot of vinaigrette left over, which I used during the week on various salads. It turns out that arugula with anchovy vinaigrette is fantastic. Keep the vinaigrette refrigerated and use it up within a week, though, because oil + raw garlic + storage can equal botulism.

Also last week I finished the last steps for the pickled cherries. The process is that you soak the cherries overnight in vinegar, then add spices and sugar to the vinegar and boil it and then soak the cherries in it at room temperature for three days, then boil the liquid yet again and pack it and the cherries into sterilized jars and refrigerate for at least a month. The leftover vinegar solution tasted really good, so I'm optimistic. If they taste good in a month I'll post the recipe.

I've started using the brandied cherries that I made a week or so ago. I can report that they are delicious with chocolate ice cream. You can also make a tasty spritzer by putting a few cherries and a good glug of the brandy into the bottom of a tall glass and topping it off with a 12 oz can of cherry-flavored unsweetened sparkling water. Lime flavored would probably be good too. ETA: No, definitely use cherry flavored.

Today I made a farro salad with roasted vegetables and arugula. I roasted a bag of mini-peppers, cored and quartered lengthwise, and a thickly sliced large onion in some olive oil at 400 F until everything was tender and sweet and just slightly charred at the edges. While the vegetables roasted and cooled I cooked about a cup and a half of farro in lots of boiling water--the same way you'd cook pasta--and drained it when it was tender but chewy. I added two minced cloves of garlic and the juice of a lemon to the hot farro, then mixed in the veg and let it cool down to room temperature. At that point I added a nice bunch of roughly chopped arugula and a few finely chopped mint leaves along with just a splash of oil, and then mixed in a couple of ounces of crumbled feta. The result is both pretty and delicious, though if you like lemon as much as I do you might want to use two, and don't forget to add the zest as well. Here, have a picture. )

Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: I've got chickpeas in the slow cooker, some to become hummus and some to be frozen for future use as who knows what? And later today I'm going to cook Amalfi-style zucchini/courgettes based on Marcella Hazan's recipe. It's basically fried zucchini dressed with garlic, wine vinegar, and mint. Hazan's recipe calls for the zucchini slices to almost deep-fry in a lot of oil, but I'm going to saute them in olive oil instead, because I have never had a good experience deep-frying at home and anyway I feel, with apologies to the doyenne of Italian cooking for Anglophone audiences, that they'll taste better that way.

I also have a hami melon I bought on sale. Depending on how it tastes I may eat it plain or dress it up a bit with lime juice, honey, and yet more mint. Actually the dressed-up option is extremely tempting regardless, because I recently bought some Turkish honey from Trader Joe's and it is so good that I went back and bought a second bottle just in case TJ's suddenly stops carrying it, as is their wont with many of my favorite products.

Something I vaguely plan to cook someday: I have no immediate plans to bake, because my freezer is still crammed with rhubarb coffee cake, orange and almond polenta cake, and half a recipe of uncooked dough for digestive biscuits. And yet I am longing to bake J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, and now-ish is the time to do it so I can use up my chocolate before the weather gets too hot. Otherwise I seem to have switched into summer eating mode. I've got little multicolored tomatoes that aren't bad for out of season, and some ricotta to eat them with, and various salady things, and tons of pasta because whenever I see decent pasta on sale I buy multiple packages. I still have a piece of Spanish-style chorizo to use in something, and some calf's liver in the freezer, and chicken bones that should go into stock, and etc. etc. I want to try as much as possible to just do vegetables + pantry and freezer supplies for a while.

I would quite like to eat some Indian food, but cooking it is so labor-intensive that I don't know if a mere craving is sufficient motivation. Hopefully one of these days I'll have a weekend where I want to cook elaborate things, as opposed to one where I want to cook easy things and then watch cooking shows on Netflix and YouTube.

at WisCon

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 02:39 pm
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I'm at WisCon right now, and leaving early Monday morning! Right now I'm preparing for the Tiptree Auction, which is tonight, about 7:30pm-9:15pm. I am not on any panels this year. Please feel free to say hi if you see me!

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