LARP day

Feb. 25th, 2017 11:55 pm
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I LARPed!

It was fun! I mostly didn't feel like socially awkward penguin out of game! It was frickin' cold! It snowed a bunch - just flurries, but pretty intense ones at times. Now I am totally wrecked and will sleep forever @_@

Confusion of meaning

Feb. 25th, 2017 03:31 pm
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Something to do while waiting for your flight instead of browsing the duty-free?

Helsinki airport is decorated with stuffed hares and wolverine, and much of its rich animal life – beavers, lynx, bears – can be shot under a strict licence system.

Enquiring minds wish to know whether licences may be obtained in the departure lounge and whether guns may be hired there as well... though my own thought would be, and are these large predators any threat to travellers who just want to sit and have a drink and try to log on to the airport wifi?

Okay, that garbled sentence, in an article about wolf culling in Finland does follow on from this one: 'Finland has 300,000 amateur hunters, more than 5% of its population.'

But I would consider this serious punctuation fail, no? Do people not read over their text, and are there not editors?

Am somewhat reminded of my speculations about suburban foxhunts of suburban foxes, with concomittent suburban sabs.

Plan for the day: plan for the week.

Feb. 25th, 2017 08:38 am
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I woke up early enough today to watch the sun burning off some thick fog right now. It is a lovely, lovely feeling to wake up early and super rested and just lie in bed, feeling happy! This week has been busy but really quite good. [twitter.com profile] oliviacirce is coming to hang out at my apartment for the first time in the nearly two and a half (!!) years I've lived here. I have a new fern (I really like ferns) and can repot my poor spider plant that's gotten way too big for its pot as soon as I'm sure I have enough new soil. I've had two 10K-plus walking days in a row. I had an amazing massage from a former construction worker who's not only great at massage but has that dry, nerdy geek humor (we got along at once!). I kind of accidentally bought some real expensive shoes that I'm wildly going back and forth on. (I worry that my general "bombshell" curviness, calves included, is at odds with how delicate they make my feet look. But like!! They're Fryes, and I could probably wear them forever! And I'm sure they look great from outside my own head, you know?) I finished transcribing an interview that had been kind of torturing me since before Christmas. I'm feeling optimistic about so many things! Antidepressants work, friends! Three cheers for mood stabilizers!

One thing I wanted to put to you all: Anyone here have thoughts on IUDs? The nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood recommended I think about getting one in a few months. Yea? Nay? I feel like I've heard several of you rave happily about them. I'm mostly looking in the context of mood swings, to be honest, since my worst moments tend to happen in the week before my period hits.

Some links:
  • My links! Things I’m Verbing: Rebel librarians, CEO presidents and lost boys who need to wander back, as always, includes things that will make you smile as well as shake your head.
  • Broadly, Vice's women's site, wins for headline of the week: "Study: Straight Women Are Having Fewer Orgasms Because of Their Useless Partners." Speak that truth!
  • You know how aggressively bored I am by dudeslash, but this writeup of Jewish gangsters and Meyer Lansky in particular suddenly has me wanting epic stories of gangsters in love: So a Nazi Walks Into an Iron Bar.
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    Feb. 25th, 2017 11:25 am
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    Happy birthday, [personal profile] brigid, [personal profile] choirwoman, [personal profile] tigerflower and [personal profile] toft!
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    I just had a stress dream about some non-local friends. They had bet and been befriended by this person who was just completely taking advantage of their kindness and generosity in ways that seemed subtle but were really glaring from the outside, and I just didn't know what to do. I have no idea were this dream came from!

    Dream! )

    Despite saying I have no idea where this dream came from, I can probably piece together a few things. My friends have been dealing with family health stuff and not around much, so I am concerned about them being isolated. I'm worried about my own ability to fit in to new communities and make friends. And of course I've just been reading a lot about, basically, radicalization of young white dudes into the alt-right. Apparently these things are not a good mix for my imagination.
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    (Guess what, it's all more complicated.)

    I was at a meeting at former workplace this pm because just because I am no longer professionally associated with [particular archive], I am still widely considered A Nexpert in the matter.

    So anyway, I was at this meeting, and something set me thinking about the Broad Street Pump.

    And how this gets boiled down into a metaphor about removing the handle of the pump as being the dramatic and appropriate action to stop [Bad Thing].

    Incidentally we note from that account that John Snow did not himself go and dramatically wrench the handle off the pump but pursued proper channels, take that, mavericks!

    But what it's actually about is:

    a) meticulous gathering and mapping of data to identify the problem.

    b) beyond the emergency intervention: how about we do something to prevent cholera getting into the water-supply, huh?

    But people do love the dramatic iconic story. And while I doubt John Snow is exactly a household name, we do note that he gets a pub named after him, as well as there being memorials to the pump itself. Whereas Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who did a whole lot more to provide sanitation for London, doesn't, though he does have a memorial on the Victoria Embankment.

    I'm doing it again!

    Feb. 24th, 2017 01:07 am
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    I've barely been online enough to answer comments from yesterday, and I'm writing this on my phone. Whoops!

    More of the same as yesterday, though. Tomorrow I'm home, but I need to start getting stuff together for LARP on Saturday. And people are coming over for boardgames in the evening. No rest for the wicked, or suckers addicted to cooking shows, I guess!

    Bedtime - I sleep now.

    my usual question

    Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:46 pm
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    I've watched about half of the first episode of The Man in the High Castle. Have any of you seen the series? Is it worth continuing? So far the show hasn't managed to make me care about the US being ruled by fascists, much less about its deeply boring straight white protagonists. But that could just be a case of the first episode being made as insipid as possible in order, in the minds of showrunners, to appeal to a broad audience.

    Sidetracks - February 23, 2017

    Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:05 pm
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    Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


    Read more... )
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    I have read SO MUCH prose this time around! Honestly, I forgot how long it takes, it feels like I spent forever with the same books, even if GoodReads tells me it was only a couple of days with each. People who read prose exclusively: how do you do this all the time?! Are you all wizards?!

    (ALSO I am bringing back "*" on the book list as a marker for "This book contains rape/discussion of rape," so please bear that in mind and look after yourselves, okay?)


    1. The Convergence of Fairy Tales by Octavia Cade [Jump] *

    2. Hunter's Way by Gerri Hill [Jump] *

    3. In The Name of the Father by Gerri Hill [Jump] *

    4. Partners by Gerri Hill [Jump]

    5. Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens [Jump]

    6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson [Jump]

    7. Gangsta:Cursed Volume One by Kohske and Syuhei Kamo [Jump]

    8. Dogs Disco by Joe Decie [Jump]


    Read more... )

    Reading Goals


    Reading goal: 16/150 (8 new this post) Prose: 7/50 (6 new this post)
    New-to-me female authors: 4/75 (3 new this post: Octavia Cade, Gerri Hill, Noelle Stevenson)
    #getouttamydamnhouse: 9/90 (4 gone this post)
    #unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 4/16 (4 new this post; Hunter's Way, In The Name of the Father, Partners and Nimona)

    How to make awesome granola

    Feb. 23rd, 2017 04:01 pm
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    It is very easy to make homemade granola. I've been doing it for over 15 years, basing my recipe on one in the Quick & Easy cookbook edited by Shelly Melvin. It tastes way better (I think) than commercial granola, plus it gives you control over the ingredients and their quantities, in case you're trying to avoid certain foods or food types. The recipe is infinitely adjustable, but here's my basic procedure:

    4-5.5 cups of grains - I use mostly thick rolled oats (4 cups), plus optional rolled triticale, rolled spelt, millet, amaranth, buckwheat groats (kashi), and recently I accidentally put raw quinoa in the mix thinking it was millet, and it was good!

    1/4 cup liquid sweetener - I usually use honey, but have used mixes of brown rice syrup, maple syrup and molasses. All maple syrup is too sweet/maple-y for me, all brown rice syrup is distinctively less sweet.

    1/4 cup oil - I use safflower or canola usually, sometimes coconut oil, especially if I'll be adding coconut.

    Spices to taste - this is optional, but recommended. I usually use a goodly amount of cinnamon, plus one or more of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, cardamom.

    0.5-1.5 cups of coconut and/or seeds - also optional. Unsweetened coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and so on.

    1-2 tsp vanilla or almond or orange extract - also optional.

    Nuts and/or dried fruit - in any amount and combination you desire, to be added after the baking process. I always use raisins and some nut (pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut) plus usually either dried cherries or dried sweetened cranberries; sometimes I add date pieces, dried apple pieces, dried mango pieces, other nuts. If I use cashews I like to add them with the seeds rather than afterward because they taste better slightly sweetened and toasted.

    Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix grains, seeds, and spices in a large bowl. Mix sweetener and oil in a microwave-safe container (I use my Pyrex measuring cup) and heat 30 sec or so and stir to combine, then add to the grain mix and stir until everything is evenly distributed. (A silicone tool works well for this.) Spread evenly on a silicone sheet (like a silpat) on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let it cool and harden in the pan, then peel it off the sheet and crumble into a container, adding the nuts and/or dried fruit and mixing thoroughly.

    If you don't have a silicone baking sheet you can still do this, but you will need to stand over the granola and mix it frequently as it cools. Otherwise it will stick to the baking sheet and you will be unhappy. You can rescue this situation by returning the sheet to the warm oven for a while.

    If you don't want to heat your kitchen (like, in summer) you can make a half-batch or so in a large skillet. You can just add the oil and sweetener to the pan directly, then pour in the grain mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes - you'll see the grains change color as they toast. Continue stirring as the mixture cools off the heat, so it doesn't stick to the pan.

    Granola bars are also fairly easy to make. I riff off this basic recipe from the Smitten Kitchen: I use the lower amount of sugar, I don't use the extra corn syrup, I often substitute oil for butter (and use 1/4 cup, that is, 4 Tbsp, rather than 6 Tbsp), I never use nut butter, I don't add a Tbsp of water, and I usually use regular wheat flour rather than grinding oats for oat flour. I also rarely use raisins in them because raisins tend to puff up in the oven. Mostly I make oat-seed-nut bars (I love sesame seeds in these) and cut them in squares. I use a silicone 9x9 pan so I don't do the pan lining, it just turns out in one big hunk when I invert it onto a cutting board.

    internet can haz

    Feb. 23rd, 2017 11:39 am
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    I'm back! With real internet that doesn't rely on stupid unreliable hotspots. Or using my phone's data allowance.

    *hugs all of you*

    *hugs Netflix streaming as well*
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    I was given to think, if not very much, by this article which floated past my attention lately: If you want to get smarter, speed-reading is worse than not reading at all.

    I assume he's talking about people who follow some programme that is intended to increase their natural reading speed, rather than people whose natural speed of reading is fairly quick (Frankie Howerd voice going 'Don't Mock' at his boast of reading 100 books in a year).

    It is unlikely that readers will be able to double or triple their reading speeds (e.g., from around 250 to 500–750 words per minute) while still being able to understand the text as well as if they read at normal speed.”

    If you’re reading fast, you’re not engaging in critical thinking. You’re not making connections between Infinite Jest and other post-modern texts; you’re not challenging a historian’s version of the American Revolution. You’re not having a conversation with the author. And if you’re not doing the work, you’re only walking away with surface knowledge.

    Oh no? Begging to differ there. There is no 'normal' speed across the board: there is the speed that is normal for the individual reader.

    Related, at least by a rather random process of association, In praise of readability, which is engaging with this rather problematic piece Against Readability (query: are not invocations of 'soap-opera' and 'middlebrow' gendered dog-whistles?), which is one of those 'god forbid readers should enjoy themselves' pieces.

    Hmmm, why am I doing this?

    Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:35 pm
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    So, keeping a journal up to date that is basically a record of the monotony of my life - is that interesting? Is it useful? Is it just my mood tonight? I feel like it is the easiest way to have something to say every day, and that if I don't make an attempt at a habit I'll fall back to hardly posting ever. But it is also making me wonder if I couldn't have something more interesting to talk about. But since I'm not really sure what that would be, I guess I'll stick with this. It just feels like the easy way out - like maybe if I did have something more to say, I would make an effort? I dunno! Since it is still before midnight, I think I'll do a chocolate box reveals post. So - watch this space?

    ...It's here! Chocolate Box Reveals!

    wednesday reads

    Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:32 pm
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    What I've recently finished reading: Caliban's War, the second book in the Expanse series by "James S.A. Corey". It's a worthy follow-up to the first book, although there's a bit of a weird sense of recycled plot as much of it is driven by a character who wants to find a missing girl, although at least here she's his daughter so his obsession is a bit more rational. Of course we already know about the protomolecule and its evil goo, so there is less novelty, but I think this is made up for by greater depth in the overall story and the interesting new characters. The two (new) women who have POV chapters are wonderful: the foul-mouthed old lady UN official who might not understand military tactics or spacecraft, but has diplomatic tactics down cold, and the Martian Marine sergeant who is the sole survivor of a protomolecule attack that killed all her friends.

    The writing is solid and easy to get absorbed in. The relationship stuff is pretty eye-rolly and my least favorite part. But the overall theme is the same as in the first book, that humans are so tribal that we will only stop fighting each other when convinced of a common threat, and also, so venal that we will risk the destruction of humanity just to become even more fabulously wealthy than we already are.

    What I'm currently reading: I decided I had enough brain to tackle it, so I started in on Tom Toner's The Weight of the World, the sequel to The Promise of the Child, which I wrote about last week. As it's the second book in the series, the in media res with no explanation is a little less opaque than in the first, though it's still not yet clear where all the threads in this one will be going.

    What I'm reading next: NetGalley approved me to read the e-ARC of City of Miracles, the conclusion to Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy, so EEEEEE I AM SO EXCITED. Ahem. (But seriously, EEEEEE! The first two books in this series are some of the best fiction I've ever read.)
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