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Sep. 2nd, 2014 08:44 pm
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Hay guize, I spent all day (STILL ON MOTHERFUCKING DEADLINE) listening to my collection of female emcees so I can share music with you tomorrow. Forgive me?

Everything is waiting on this damn deadline. Starting running again now that my summer cold is mostly gone. Cleaning the house. A social life. Reading or listening to or watching anything new. But whatever I have by COB Thursday is whatever I'm gonna have, so the good news is that the end is in sight.


Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:45 pm
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Just a quick note that much of my blogging this month is taking place over at Peas and Compassion for the 2014 Vegan Month of Food (VeganMoFo). You're welcome to read along there, or if not, that's totally cool, too. :P

(There's an outlet for my vegan blabbering now... you should be thankful!)


Sep. 3rd, 2014 09:17 am
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Posted by mugumogu

Hey Maru&Hana, I fetched this grass for you.

Maru:[Yes, I get the grass!]

Maru:[I love this!!!]

Hey Maru, watch Hana's face.

Maru:[I want more grasses!]

Sorry, Hana. This became very short.

Hana:[What is this?]

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Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:38 pm
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I'm loving reading everybody's answers to this, so ... I'm stealing it from [personal profile] heresluck and [personal profile] rhoboat, and you should, too. Though keep in mind it took me over a month to answer the last meme.

Give me a number -- or a few! -- and I'll answer in a separate post.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

Quick review: 10 Greek Street

Sep. 3rd, 2014 02:31 am
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We like this place. They have a no booking policy, which meant we had to go to a mediocre cocktail bar whilst waiting for a table to become free, but whilst the cocktails were fine, the company was superlative, so I recommend you all go there with someone as fabulous as [livejournal.com profile] borusa

Once we got our table they quickly brought us some very nice bread, and there was oil on the table, so that worked quite well. We both had fish starters - Robert had the squid and chorizo, and I had the clams with chilli and vermicelli. Mine was very good, but Robert's was excellent. We paired them with a Riesling which was perhaps a little too spicy for either dish, but was pleasant enough.

For our main course we shared the duck with, oh, all the things. There were potatoes and beatroot and leaves and all the other things. The thing that stood out most was the the banana shallots, which it took a while to figure out what they were, but they were really really good even without knowing what they were. The breast meat was very good - it had taken on lots and lots of flavours from something. I felt that the leg meat on the duck could have been a bit more interesting in both taste and texture., and that ajus on the side would have pushed this course from very good indeed to outstanding.

For pudding Robert had a cheesecake which he didn't give me a taste of, and I had a chocolate beetroot cake which was really very good indeed (and he had one more taste of my cake than he cares to admit. So there.)

Three courses, a bottle and a half of wine, and service came in at about £125 for two. I'm fairly sure we'll be going back.

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Sep. 2nd, 2014 05:16 pm
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[personal profile] sholio
Here's an esoteric historical question for you: what did WWII-era soldiers in the field do with the packaging from c-rations and other trash of that nature? My intuitive feeling is that they'd just drop it wherever they happened to be, because a) carrying useless weight is highly impractical when you're tired and underfed and people are trying to kill you, and b) our modern-day cultural value regarding "littering is bad" had yet to take hold, and wasn't really something most people thought about, so just chucking a can into the bushes was a perfectly valid way of dealing with it, if you didn't have an immediate use for it.

(For that matter, my general experience has been that there's still sort of an urban/rural divide about it, with a lot of rural/semi-rural people not really thinking too much about dealing with trash in the old-fashioned "just drop it wherever" style. We're always having to clean up after hunters and picnickers in the gravel pit. Read a book not too long ago on Montana ranching that describes how one ranch where the writer worked as a ranch hand would just bulldoze the bodies of dead cows off a handy nearby cliff. Out of sight, out of mind!)

It's a strangely difficult detail to find via googling, though.

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Sep. 2nd, 2014 08:39 pm
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Why did I feel compelled to read Death of a Schoolgirl, aka Jane Eyre Solves Mysteries v. 1? Well, I will tell you why:

1. the mystery involved Jane going to help Adele in boarding school and I have always been vaguely resentful that Adele did not show up at the end of the book
2. the back description seemed to indicate that Mr. Rochester was basically not in it AT ALL because Jane was gallivanting around solving mysteries and had no time for him, which is perfect as a concept for a Jane Eyre sequel. All that should ever happen in Jane Eyre sequels is Jane running around doing a million useful things while Rochester stays home and pines. A+, completely true to the spirit of the book.
3. the idea of Jane Eyre using her accomplished sketching skills for the purpose of CRIMINAL FORENSICS is, like, the best thing ever. Let's not lie. It's amazing.

...unfortunately, despite all these points in its favor, the book was not particularly good at capturing any kind of sense of Jane Eyre-ness. I feel bad saying that because the introduction explains that Jane Eyre is very personally meaningful to the author. Jane Eyre is personally meaningful to me too! I just do not think Joanna Campbell Slan's personal Jane is much like my personal Jane. This Jane, well....

JANE: Oh look, a letter from Adele! Who has been stuck at school without seeing anyone for over a year due to FIRE AND DOOM plus new baby! ... I am pretty seriously offended she hasn't congratulated me yet on the baby, I cannot IMAGINE why she wouldn't be happy about this.
JANE: This is mildly concerning, but probably no big deal? Everyone knows Adele is basically a dramallama.

However even though Adele is PROBABLY just being a dramallama, Jane wanders up to London anyway, where she promptly sees the body of a schoolgirl being carried out of Adele's school.

ADELE'S TEACHER: Heyyyyy yeah so Adele was freaked out about the dead girl so we gave her some laudanum and she's been passed out most of a day? It's cool, it's cool, kids get hysterical about this kind of thing!
JANE, whose backstory trauma is literally ALL ABOUT DEAD SCHOOLGIRLS: Well, all this is startling, but, I mean, you know the French and all! Definitely still not ruling out a plain case of dramallama!

So Jane wanders off again. She makes a new society lady friend. She thinks about pretty clothes, because clothes descriptions are obligatory in historical mysteries. She ponders her new social responsibilities as mistress of the manor and decides she needs to do more charity. Eventually she gets convinced to go undercover as a German teacher to solve the mystery of the dead schoolgirl, so she does that, and then does solve the mystery, which mostly consists of discovering that the victim was a horrible monster that everybody hated, because having us feel sorry for a dead teenager would be too easy, I guess.

At no point in time does she do anything that particularly reminds me of Jane Eyre. But, like, I'm trying not to judge, Jane Eyre fanfiction is super hard to write. I don't think I could pull off the quality of Jane Eyre-ness either! The thing about Jane Eyre -- or at least Jane Eyre as she is meaningful to me -- is that she's fierce and difficult and self-reliant and weird, like, HELLA weird. And how do you throw all that fierce weirdness at the Standard Historical Mystery London and make them interact? It's an interesting question but sadly I do not buy this book as an answer.

word help?

Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:22 pm
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What's the least offensive label for panhandlers? Sometimes I want to talk about an interesting interaction I had with someone panhandling, but I don't know if there's an unloaded / self-claimed / non-classist / non-asshole term. Person who panhandles? People-first language is not helping me, here. "Beggar" is downright awful.

I'd like a floor, please...

Sep. 2nd, 2014 09:12 pm
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Well, life is nothing if not filled with a little excitement. The floor is scheduled, the floor is not scheduled. The floor is scheduled! I'm sorry; we couldn't tell if the floor was scheduled or cancelled so we cancelled the floor. The floor is scheduled! for tomorrow... (a work day, of course; this was yesterday that they very excitedly told me this). The floor is not scheduled... You will schedule the floor for Saturday! First thing! And so the manager told the shipping people. However, I don't look that good in blue so you will forgive me if I don't hold my breath... though the window for getting the hardwood in is narrowing as it really does want several days in the space getting accustomed to the place before installation (which starts the 15th -- though presumably with leveling the floor and such so there's a couple days in there maybe).

The cork, I am very happy to acknowledge looks beautiful in its box. Exactly what I wanted, in fact. I really hope the hardwood is the same; they seem to have changed it since I looked at it initially (which leads me to think they're not actually finishing a hardwood; they're just calling this wood they've found something exotic and hope people want it... even though they say it's a "prefinished hardwood"... which would explain why the grain now looks completely different??), and not just the grain... but the color is now more brown... at least that's what the bits I have of mouldings and such appear to be.

So I will simply keep my fingers crossed that it is much gorgeous when it comes in... and, in the meantime, I hunt for slightly different variants on white... the one I thought I wanted is drifting more pink than I might want, though with gray it will be pretty (uh, present color scheme, anyone? Which would be what I'd like to get AWAY from!)... but light purple and light grey is, also, so I'm hoping for a somewhat purple white that will work.

These renovations may just kill me yet.
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Title: Cold Realizations
Author: Settiai
Rated: R
Word Count: ~750 words
Characters: Female Shepard [Cora]
Notes: Also posted on the AO3.
Summary: Shepard couldn't sleep the night that they got back from Noveria.

Fic )

The Almighty Johnsons

Sep. 2nd, 2014 07:48 pm
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[personal profile] loligo
I would never have thought to check this show out if [personal profile] vaznetti hadn't mentioned it when it started airing on Syfy (ugh, however many years later, I *still* hate spelling it that way). It's quite a lot of fun.

The premise of the show is that back in the 19th century, the Norse gods were feeling pretty sulky about all the Christianity in Norway, so they emigrated en masse to New Zealand. They've been slowly fading away there, having greatly reduced powers and living almost mortal lifespans. When they die, they are eventually reborn as a descendent of the original immigrants, but they don't gain their powers or learn their godly identities until they turn 21. The show follows the four Johnson brothers, the youngest of whom has just discovered he's Odin.

I've only seen 8 episodes so far, and the show is mostly racy comedy (I'm assuming the dick pun in the title is intentional, because it certainly fits) with a side order of soapy drama. But along the way the show is also questioning various versions of masculinity and exploring power and gender relations.

With lots of beer and nudity.

It's fun!

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Sep. 3rd, 2014 08:43 am
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[personal profile] jhameia
- Bummed around a lot yesterday

- Went to have some curry mee for lunch

- Also went to the office/distribution center for Supermodel's Secrets, an online beauty store. Did not know it was online until they explained it to me! They have the cute tagline of "Get Gorgeous, No Surgery!" and also they had a bra ball in stock, which is what I wanted. For my mom. So now she can stop blaming the maids for her bras going out of shape.

- Today, I'm going for LASIK surgery! Wish me luck.
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Posted by kumquat_of_doom

TidBITS, a site which bills itself as presenting the highlights of coverage of Apple products including their iBooks, hosts a mildly amusing and, actually, not particularly negative review of what seems to be a self-published mystery novel called Venice Under Glass, by one Stephan J Harper.

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