Bits and pieces

Mar. 29th, 2015 09:19 pm
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1. I have MORE FEELINGS about Jupiter Ascending, and Jupiter's agency, and biology-as-theology, and learning to trust yourself. Would any of you have any interest in me typing them up here?

2. Poaching stonefruit in spiced white wine syrup continues pretty much my favourite thing. (The deal is: you dump misc spices - I tend towards some mixture of cardamom, allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, occasionally bay - and sugar, preferably vanilla, and white wine, and halved stone-fruit, and their pits, in an ovenproof dish; and then you bake 'em covered at 180ish for as long as you can be bothered with, and they are delicious.)

3. ... facesfriend keeps insisting on buying me pretty much any foodstuff I look at briefly in a shop and then move on from because it's not a thing I feel comfortable getting into the habit of buying, from an augh-my-finances point of view, and. I just feel ridiculously spoiled. (I mean, it means that yesterday for dinner he got kale chips + peas-and-carrot-curry-ish + lemon rice + poached peaches, and today he got kale chips + wine-braised-fennel quiche + boiled potatoes + steamed broccoli + poached plums, so he asserts he's doing pretty well out of the deal, but hey. Spoiled. Yes.)

4. I have caved and am borrowing the first six MCU films from facesfriend, the better to understand your blue-eyed boys & related works. (This led to me having a very earnest discussion over breakfast about all of the bits of MCU trivia I have acquired via tumblr-catalysed osmotic processes).

5. ... in related "domestic bliss" news, I spent some of this afternoon very happily singing along to the Indelicates while turning dried rosemary branches into a more useful-for-storage form factor.

6. Sunshine. I am so enjoying the evenings getting longer.

7. Hot beverages in general; hot chocolate in specific. (My current favourite, as I believe I have mentioned: hazelnut milk, dark chocolate/cocoa of some description, allspice, cinnamon.) Relatedly: milk pans. (I wants one, precious.)

8. I am doing a very, very relaxing comfort-reread of some pulpy urban fantasy that is full of chosen family kicking arse and looking out for each other. Yes Good basically.

9. I finished the Möbius scarf! Photographs to follow when I get my act together. It's a simple reversible lace that I more-or-less made up as I went along; it is big and snuggly and very adjustable for whether I'm on the tube or in an ICY BLAST and hurrah.

10. I have spent the weekend mostly actually having a breathing space from work, and it has been utterly lovely.

Lo, US Tax Season (ugh)

Mar. 29th, 2015 03:35 pm
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This year I decided to break it down into teeny tiny steps; doing one step did not imply commitment to any of the others.

1) Open the program. (I happen to use H&R Block's electronic tax filing thingy, which has the main advantage to me of storing my return from last year and already having most of my details.) Simply remembering the password to log in is a Thing.

2) Enter my W2 information and save it.

3) Add up the tiny interest from my savings account to see what I need to do about it.

4) Go through the steps.

5) Transmit the taxes to the federal and state government.

I even set due dates for the early stages, a week apart. Naturally I blew past the first three... but today I decided to just add up my interest and log in. And what do you know -- I'm ahead of my final deadline of April 14th to transmit (just to be safe). Yay! And I'm getting a bit of a refund too!

Anybody else have taxes or bills that could use some gentle examination, logging in to websites, checking balances, stuff of that nature?

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Mar. 29th, 2015 05:38 pm
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  1. sleeping in
  2. clean laundry
  3. sunny walk up to the coffee shop to drink some tea and read a mediocre mystery novel
  4. Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, which is 100% comfort music for me
  5. I just thought of a brilliant way to handle my boss's desire to display team bonding

i can't contain and still complain

Mar. 29th, 2015 03:25 pm
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Happy Palm Sunday, those who celebrate. (At least for those of us on the Gregorian Calendar. For those of you still on the Julian Calendar, it's coming. Soon, there will be Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Pascha!)

I go to the early service at Main Street UMC so I missed the 'palmesque leaves' this morning. I did get to see a picture later, though, that was nice.
In one week is Easter/Pascha! Brent and I are staying home this year instead of going to my parents' house. I'd like to see my dad again, but I really don't want to do the whole family thing. I spent quite a lot of time with my mother's family in Oxford. There's a lot of them and most of them are very ... extroverted. I'm extroverted but even I need some time not ... extroverting.

I made frittatas today for breakfast for the rest of the week. I am going to get better about eating a real food breakfast as opposed to getting a pint of milk and adding an Instant Breakfast packet to it. I have begun that process with making some very garlicky mini frittatas wrapped in prosciutto. I have to remember that they're for tomorrow, not now. omnomnom.

I have fallen in love with a pair of purple leather oxfords. These, in fact. Aren't they gorgeous? I wants them. So I'm going to pay off my Perkins loan and buy them. I have $1380 left to pay on my Perkins loan and then I'm done with it. I think I can pay it off in a year. I may pin that photo of the purple shoes to the bathroom mirror (laminated, of course), the back of the apartment door, the area above the sink and maybe even a wallet photo instead of my debit card. I just hope the shop is still around in a year.

Oh yeah, speaking of money. pecuniary affairs )

I joined a Walk to Mordor group through Nerd Fitness. It starts 1 April and I'm looking forward to it! I walk to work anyway, might as well get some nerdy goodness out of it. I tried listening to podcasts on the way to work, but most podcasts are longer than my walking commute. (They frown on headphones at work.) It's through and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. It syncs up to my Misfit Shine. As long as I remember to sync my Shine, I can keep up with the rest of the perambulators.

Kitchen Recipe Log: Moar Pizza

Mar. 29th, 2015 02:30 pm
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Same dough recipe as before, with repeat of the butternut squash pizza and two new pizza combos.

For one, we used a hummus base, and a lightly pickled apple cabbage slaw for the top. Last minute inclusion of half-baked beet slices into the slaw dyed the whole thing a very vivid purple-pink!

For the other, BBQ sauce-marinated tempeh, sauteed mushrooms, and caramelized onions on a tomato sauce base with heaping handfuls of arugula on top. (This turned out brilliantly; n.b. to self, repeat again!)


Speaking of tempeh, some further recipes to try: Hosta Hill > Collected Tempeh Recipes! or as the email from Red Fire put it... )

OTW Fannews: Fanficcers for Hire

Mar. 29th, 2015 12:01 pm
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Banner by Erin of a series of graph bars and the OTW logo

Fanfic isn’t just being sold after the fact by online giants -- some are hiring fans to write-on-demand:
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I'm running a history-themed vidshow for this year's VidUKon, and I'm currently looking for recs!

I'm after any and all vids with historical settings, but I'm especially keen to hear ideas about less popular historical eras, non-Western history and marginalised people in history, since I figure those will probably be harder to track down and I want to have a broad variety of things!

You are very much encouraged to self-rec if you have something you think might fit the bill! :D

Poem: "March"

Mar. 29th, 2015 10:18 am
jjhunter: Sketch of stork + woman beneath the text "apparently doing an impression of a lame stork attempting a mating dance" (Lame Stork Mating Dance)
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With thanks to Ginsberg's America.

March you promised me spring and gave me snow.
March take your mud and give me April.
I'm ready to start biking again.
I don't want to bike I want to ride the train and read science in the dimness to and fro.
My bike needs repairs before I can ride it safely.
March when will my mind be repaired?
March when will sunlight be enough to center me?
I don't deserve the light leave me alone.
Bury the sun burn every emerging green tip stop hoping I will bloom again.
I want to bloom like blooming is going out of style.
I want bees to come crawl on my face and catch my wonder on their legs and carry it everywhere.
I won't be only human you can't make me.
I carry worlds in my guts.
I worry about my microbiome maybe I need a fecal transplant.
March is there something fetal in me?
March when will you kill my fetalness and make me a woman?
Let me stay still I can't move like this.
If I don't start moving I will be as good as dead.
March why are you so violent in your growth? )

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Mar. 29th, 2015 10:16 am
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todo )

tada )
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As reported by, among others, John Wenz in Popular Mechanics, Screenwriter Max Landis Wrote This Crazy Fan Fiction Treatment of 'Ghostbusters 3'.

Apple Watch Fan Fiction Is Magnificent according to Kenzie Bryant on racked.

From Elizabeth Minkel in The Millions: From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom.

One Direction, 50SoG, Carmilla, Girls, Bill O’Reilly, Glee, Neil Diamond, furries )

From USA Today’s Hoai-Tran Bui: Sophie Turner (aka Sansa Stark) makes up some steamy 'Game of Thrones' fanfiction for Vanity Fair.

For Grantland, Wesley Morris wrote that, if the characters Cookie [(Empire)] and Olivia [(Scandal)] switched cities, it’d make for fascinating, funny television, but neither world could remain intact for long. Cookie would expose a whole city’s skeletons and be immediately out of a job. Olivia would provide withering scrutiny of the record label’s business plan, then disinfect all the tabletops, desktops, and backseats. That such a hypothetical, fan-fiction switch would fail indicates the diversity of blackness currently on dramatic television. There’s a relative wealth where 30 years ago there was only impoverishment.

For the LA Times, Carolyn Kellogg wrote that among the sessions scheduled for an upcoming conference at CalArts is "Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction and Conceptualism".

In South-Central PA town-on-town smackdown news, York Daily Record’s Mike Argento wrote that, during a recent visit, he noticed that Lancaster’s coffee shops, which all had pretentious names, were full of hipsters poking at their Mac Books, writing screenplays based on Superman fanfic, or something like that.

Finally, in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, Steven Moffat told James Hibberd that A load of [Sherlock fanfic] has been superb. There’s a tendency to disparage it. I don’t agree. Even the slash fiction, that’s a great way to learn to work. No one really does three-act structure, but just trying to put words that make somebody else turned on, that’s going to teach you more about writing than any writing college you can go to. It’s creative and exciting. I refuse to mock it—because I’m a man who writes Sherlock Holmes fan fiction for a living!
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via at March 29, 2015 at 03:00AM:
“Until I started taking my antidepressants, though, I didn’t actually know that I was depressed. I thought the dark staticky corners were part of who I was. It was the same way I felt before I put on my first pair of glasses at age 14 and suddenly realized that trees weren’t green blobs but intricate filigrees of thousands of individual leaves; I hadn’t known, before, that I couldn’t see the leaves, because I didn’t realize that seeing leaves was a possibility at all. And it wasn’t until I started using tools to counterbalance my depression that I even realized there was depression there to need counterbalancing. I had no idea that not everyone felt the gravitational pull of nothingness, the ongoing, slow-as-molasses feeling of melting down into a lump of clay. I had no way of knowing that what I thought were just my ingrained bad habits — not being able to deposit checks on time, not replying to totally pleasant emails for long enough that friendships were ruined, having silent meltdowns over getting dressed in the morning, even not going to the bathroom despite really, really, really having to pee — weren’t actually my habits at all. They were the habits of depression, which whoa, holy shit, it turns out I had a raging case of.”
- Not Everyone Feels This Way — The Archipelago — Medium (via brutereason)
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via at March 29, 2015 at 02:00AM:

okay, I lied. I don’t have my license to kill, but I do have my learner’s permit. as soon as my mom gets here, you’re toast.
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About three hours ago I decided I wanted to finally upload all my [ profile] dogdaysofsummer stories to AO3 (I've been nostalgic for them lately; I can't believe that was ten years ago!), and I was checking to make sure I hadn't already done some of them, and noticed a whole bunch of other R/S stories I hadn't uploaded, and here we are three hours later and I have uploaded a bunch, but not yet any of the dogdays ficlets. I'm so slow at uploading because I've been stopping to reread. Man, I used to be pretty good at this writing thing. I don't know what happened. *hands*

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

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


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Mar. 28th, 2015 07:35 pm
watersword: Keira Knightley in Bend in like Beckham, wearing a sports bra (Stock: sports bra)
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oh my god that was a day. I don't want to talk about it.

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

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Mar. 28th, 2015 10:57 pm
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VAMPIRE 1(looks up from the pool table): Hey. Hey. Isn't that...?
VAMPIRE 2: Yeah.
ANGELUS: That's right, brothers and sisters. The rumors are true. Angel has left the building, and I am back.
CROWD(claps) Welcome back!
ANGELUS: But hey, I'm no different than the next guy. I put my victims' skin on one leg at a time.


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

anyway here is some grump for you, DW.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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