all and all it's been a good day.

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:47 pm
fahrbotdrusilla: I love her almost as much as she lost to marry Paul. Which is a lot. ([dune] Irulan <3 Butterflies)
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Today was my birthday, it fell on the first true day of fall where i am, so cozy out.

I ordered a pizza and a soda (apparently i got a discount due to my birthday week/month), didn't actually leave the house despite how nice it is out... and i listened (i almost said 'watched') The Silver Turk Big Finish Audio with Eight'n'Irulan Mary Shelley! which i'd ordered myself for my birthday, and saved until today.

Was gonna finish up the book I'm reading, probably will before i go to bed... i'm thinking about rereading Frankenstein. I'd always wanted to reread it after I read Paradise Lost but i feel like i'm never gonna "finish" it, since i've been reading it (& rereading the bits i'd read over again) since i'd finished Frankenstein the first time.
havocthecat: amy pond of doctor who with a magnifying glass (dw amy pond investigates)
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I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.

Holly Poly

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:14 pm
settiai: (Numinous World -- settiai)
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Whoever nominated all of the Numinous World relationships for Holly Poly, I love you. ♥

(If it's not someone reading this, I'm going to be very surprised. Impressed, but surprised.)

Tooting No Award's horn

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:02 am
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The proper grown-up blog I share with [personal profile] yiduiqie has been linked from some amazing places in the last month, and I just want to document it for posterity and ego boosting:
  • The New Yorker linked to our 2015 post about the sinister subtext of Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, that New Yorker. Ain't no thang. *hairflip*
  • (That article was then shared at BoingBoing, where the comments were filled with nerds taking our silly post very seriously indeed.)
  • BookRiot's crime fiction podcast discussed our post on why we're not supporting the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries film Kickstarter, and our earlier post (linked in our recent one) about the racism in the books and TV series, and how it's something that non-Australians seem to overlook.
  • The podcast included a wonderful bit where the hosts were like, "Well, these Australian ladies say the books are problematic, but we wanted to make up our own mind, so we read one each." But they chose the books at random, and had the misfortune to end up with Blood and Circuses, The One With The Infamous Clown Sex. (If you watched the series -- which I really love, when it's not being incredibly racist -- you should take a moment to appreciate the lack of clown sex. Really.) Anyway, they concluded that, yes, the books are very bad in terms of exotifying and othering people of non-Anglo backgrounds, but they're also just not well-written and ... bad. Which is fair. 
  • And The Monthly, an Australian publication whose essays and articles appeal to flat white-sipping inner-city lefties (so, me), linked to our first Discovery post in an article about angry, racist nerds complaining that Trek is "suddenly" appealing to an "SJW" agenda.
  • (I am extremely proud to get the word "feelpinions" into The Monthly, BUT I also wonder if my use isn't a bit defensive, ie, no one can accuse me of being emotional, irrational or otherwise a silly lady fan if I say it first. Am I putting myself at a disadvantage by emphasising that my posts are reactions, not reviews, and that my opinions derive from my emotions? On the other hand, what is television for but to elicit an emotional reaction?)
Finally, here is this week's Discovery post, which I almost didn't share because it wasn't wholly positive and ... IDK, I guess I've become protective of this ridiculous show, and don't want to play into the narrative of it being The Worst. On the other hand, it made some Bad Choices this week, along with some better ones. (And I note that the dude reviewers who have decried it as being The Worst really liked this episode, which only reassures me that I'm on the right track.)

Virtual Garage Sale

Oct. 14th, 2017 02:24 pm
settiai: (Garrus -- bleeding_muse)
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I know that most of you are probably getting sick of seeing me mention it, but I promise that this will be the last time that I post a link to my virtual garage sale post. That said, if any of you know someone who might potentially be interested in anything listed there, please feel free to pass along the link. I'd really appreciate it.

Also, if anyone knows someone who might be interested in a Roomba (which is listed on that post), please let me know. I'm very much willing to haggle on the price since it's used, but selling it would help me immensely since it's basically the only "big ticket" (so to speak) item that I have left to try selling.

I'm less than $200 away from having enough to cover all of the various bills that will come out of my checking account on November 1st, and from that point forward my finances should be in a much better state. I get three paychecks in November, which is ridiculously helpful all on its own, and I should be getting both a holiday bonus and a raise in December. Add in the tax refund that I should be getting at the beginning of 2018, and for the first time in ages I'm actually not completely panicking about the state of my life in general.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 10th, 2017 07:36 am
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Request 1 by hhertzof
We Bare Bears (TV)

I love all the bears equally so I'd really like ensemble slice-of-life stories. Alternately feel free to pick a random AU or have them meet some famous bears of history/literature/etc.

I love the bears best when they're playing off each other (and Chloe the awesome). I don't know what else to say but moar #bearstack please.


Request 2 by hhertzof
Milo Murphy's Law
Milo Murphy

I'm happy with just about anything here as long as Milo's in the center of things being his usual calm self. Time travel hijinks? Bring on Cavendish and Dakota. Pre-show backstory with either Sara or Melissa? Go for it. Zack's past coming back to haunt him again? Why not? Or maybe a school story or just a wild adventure, or a glimpse of that Phineas & Ferb crossover they keep teasing us with.


Request 3 by hhertzof
Wynd Family Series - Stephen Krensky

I'd love to see the Wynds meet another magical family. Crossovers welcome or just expand on the magic in their world.

Alison, Edward, Jamie, Jennifer and Perry are the kids in a family with hereditary magical powers. The books are light magical adventures/mysteries in which the kids have to band together to save the day. I just love the entire family so I'd love to see either an ensemble adventure or focus on any member or members of the family.

The series is out-of-print but cheap used copies are available and all three books are available on Amazon Kindle.


Request 4 by hhertzof
My Two Dads
Nicole Bradford, Michael Taylor, Joey Harris

Yes, I ship it. Michael/Joey, I mean. I'd love to see either Nicole playing matchmaker or maybe having a bet with the Judge about how long it would take them to figure it out. Or any other plot in tone with the series.

On the off chance that you don't ship it, I'd be perfectly happy with a sitcom-esque plot with Nicole at the center. I'd appreciate it if you avoided some of the 80s gender stereotyping (especially relationship-wise) of the original, and keep it in tone with the original intended audience, but otherwise go wild.


Request 5 by hhertzof
Kitty Telefair Series - Florence Stevenson
Kitty Telefair

A long out-of-print "gothic" series - 1970s urban fantasy before it was called that. Kitty is a member of a family of occultists, and does occasional stints on a television talk show. Mostly though, she deals with occult menaces of various sorts.

This is my long-shot fandom but I'd be happy with another case set in the 70s, what happened to her after the series, or maybe a time travel adventure to the present.

Yuletide Letter

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:52 am
biichan: (misc: kamikaze girls are go!)
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Hi! It's been a while since I've done this. A long, long while since I've done this. I have a terrible tendency to blank on Yuletide happening until the sign-up box closes, but this time I got reminded about it the evening of! Still too late to nominate any fandoms but OH WELL. There were ones that I wanted in the already nominated anyway.

In terms of my general preferences, I am equally good with slash, het, and gen. Same thing with plotted fic and character studies. I'm also good with pretty much the entire spectrum of fanfic ratings, from E to M. As far as smut goes, I do kind of like a little plot or character study with my porn over pwp? That's pretty much my main preference as these things go. And if you want to experiment with form, I am totally up for that.

Anyway. Right. Onto the fandom specific stuff. Of course, everything I request in here is totally non-binding. You have to do absolutely none of this. But if it helps you narrow down your ideas to have things to write around, you're in the right place. There's probably going to be some spoilers but I'll try to be vague.

Fandom bits cut for length )

Like I said above, this is all spit-balling ideas in case you're stuck. You don't have to do any of this. I'm happy just to be a part of Yuletide again.

Good luck,
bii
havocthecat: two vampire goth girls kissing (random goth girls kissing)
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The Perfect Wife - How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

Because sometimes you (and by "you" I mean "I") need to remember that the world isn't a huge trash fire, here's a beautiful (and sometimes sad) article about the case declaring DOMA unconstitutional. Even though we're dealing with the backlash now (and there's always backlash, but we'll get through it together), I am still so glad and so relieved that we all in the United States have the ability to get married, regardless of gender.

(I've had a pretty horrific 2017, so this is not the post to leave pessimistic comments about how terrible things are now. If you feel the desire to be pessimistic, please be understanding of my needs for positivity and take it to your own space.)
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