Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 08:48 am
Sherwood Smith, The Spy Princess (2012): fetched a copy after all---I don't believe lone-dissenter reviews for other items unless there's something to support them---and this story was worth the time. Lilah decides to have an adventure outside the manor where her father tries his best to shut reality out---and then her real adventures begin when he requires her to visit her uncle the king and gain a fiancé. Lilah decides to foment rebellion with others, including her brother and the nurse who has ± raised them.

I rather appreciate having read Atan's quietly grand adventure before Lilah's bumpier, somewhat grittier one. What some of the disgruntled reviews have overlooked is that both books are compatible with younger readers on average than Crown Duel. (When I realized that they kept comparing Lilah's story to Duel, well, at least they didn't try to measure it against Banner of the Damned. The next book an author puts forth is not necessarily Yet Another Story in the Same Mold As Before; it's great that they liked that mold, but come on.) That compatibility means that certain difficulties are barely raised, then continued past, because they don't impinge directly upon the focal characters. Even over-concerned and over-responsible Atan misses things.

I admit that I'm kind of waiting for one of the youngish characters who chooses the postpone-puberty spell to realize that though others do tend to treat you more even-handedly when you and they aren't fretting about lust, love, and adult-caliber relationships, and though you can get some things done beneath the noses of officious adults while masquerading as a child, sometimes important things aren't told or conveyed to you because someone else believes you to be a child and the children around you don't know to adjust for it. Just one. Perhaps Dtheldevor knows it---I haven't read the mirrored Barefoot Pirate, nor indeed any Wren, IIRC---or perhaps I have missed something obvious.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 09:51 am
Brent has discovered that it's cheaper to scrap or sell Coppurr (his little
Mercury Cougar) than to fix her.

I have to figure out where to get another car payment from. He wants a
bike or a small truck. That's fine.

Where's the money going to come from?
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 08:09 am
via at October 01, 2014 at 03:00AM:


Be the villain you were born to be. Stop waiting for someone to come along and corrupt you. Succumb to the darkness yourself.

This is surprisingly motivating.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 07:07 am
via at October 01, 2014 at 02:00AM:





I’ll use this if I ever try to watch Agents of SHIELD again. 

I really wouldn’t watch Captain America: The First Avenger first. I know 99% of it takes place during WWII but the ending is going to be confusing if you watch it first.

Technically the ending takes place within a busy couple of weeks for Fury. It’s set up in Iron Man 2 that Fury has bigger concerns in Southwest than he does with Stark, then Coulson leaves for New Mexico to set up for Thor. The reason in the comics that Fury isn’t there in New Mexico is because they found something in the Arctic which happens to be Captain America. Then setting up Avengers, it’s not specifically said how long but it’s assumed at least a year since Stark Tower was built and wasn’t mentioned at all during Iron Man 2.

Also when Fury says he’s been asleep for 70 years, that would put it ending in 2011.

I recommend watching everything up to where Steve crashes into the ocean, then skip to IM1, then watch the end of CA:tFA right before the Avengers.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 08:57 pm
I have passed 400 days in Duolingo. (Which I keep typing wrong. Oops.)
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 08:59 pm
A coworker told me about a new CSA with a location near my work: you place your order online during the week and pick it up Saturday through Monday. I tried it for the first time this week, with much excitement. It's been years since I've done a CSA-style grab bag of produce.

This week's $35 variety bag included eggs, apple cider, apples, green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potatoes, and both a butternut and spaghetti squash. Due to conflicting sleep schedules, I was on my own for dinner tonight, so I dug out my much-adored Vegetables Every Day cookbook and went to the cauliflower chapter.

I've never actually started a dish from a whole, leafy cauliflower before, but Bishop didn't fail me. After quick jaunt to the grocery store for some fresh basil, this here:

fresh head of cauliflower

Became this curried cauliflower with spinach:

curried cauliflower & spinach

Recipe here at our [community profile] faultlessrecipes journal.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 08:21 pm
Well I survived the family reunion this past weekend. Came down with an annoying cold though from it. They rented two houses right off the beach in Oregon and it was neat to see the differences between the two coasts. Oregon definitely had more waves, but Florida was much warmer. I do love the mountains and it was neat seeing the sun setting over the ocean instead of rising.

I also remembered why I don't do big groups of people like that. I arrived friday completely exhausted, which did make getting to sleep earlier easier, but by Sunday night I was just as exhausted this time though from just dealing with the number of people around and trying to be personable. For some reason it didn't feel like I could just leave for a walk or a drive, yet I could have. We did go as a group for a walk to see the tide pools.

It was good seeing everyone though and all the babies are getting so big!
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 09:26 am
Keizoku 2: SPEC (jdrama (renzoku), 2010: 1-10 of 10 eps.): indirect rec from several of you on account of Tōma Saya, Toda Erika's character, who is simultaneously wackily ill-mannered and a savvy, keenly intelligent investigator employed by a neglected police unit. Previously I wasn't impressed by her acting, but she does manage to have a slightly different odd expression each time the camera cuts to her for a reaction shot . . . and I like the backstory of her, uh, manpain. The basic story is that this unit of three---Tōma, awkwardly serious Sebumi Takeru, and a boss uneasily enamored of a woman nearly young enough to be his granddaughter---is assigned cases that the regular police force don't want. These indefinitely pending cases end up requiring detection and involving ESP abilities in some way; the potential grimness of some is forestalled by slapstick, though the humor often plays into how the cases are raveled, too. The premise of this show and its predecessor appears to have spun off a handful of films, in which I'm not interested, though the show has entertained me well.

I am probably missing a few macrons, btw. For "Tōma" it's obvious because people keep drawing it out.

The discussions I've seen say that the plot goes wholly off the rails. I disagree respectfully. Reading Miyabe's Crossfire and R.P.G. has contextualized SPEC somewhat, though the show isn't obviously derivative. That is, given that x was set, there had to be y, and it's always necessary when having y to set w and z as well as a, b, and c.... I didn't predict all of Bloody Monday's reveals, but here I could see the capstones early. To that extent the narrative is backed by logic.

Are certain jdramas one long callback after another? Tōma is a stronger faster better version of Toda's hacker character in BOSS; a fortuneteller is played by the father in Bloody Monday, the lecherous unit head here is Minister of Justice there, and a mother here and police officer there share an actress, too; a youngish but highly ranked administrator presages a similarly obtuse-seeming, plastic-faced character in Tenchū. Perhaps I have invented patterns where none exist, this time.

Incidentally, my mother ended up passing my query about 真逆 to a Chinese-speaking friend. I'm told that 真 and 逆 aren't used together in Korean or putonghua, only in Japanese.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 10:58 am

Kerbal Space Program continues to be a lot of fun. [personal profile] woggy is being of immense help. I just have to ignore my instinct to over-engineer. I've only killed one Kerbal! I feel terrible about this, but he's an orange suit and will come back eventually. So I'm told.

Brent and I are not going to Coronation this weekend, despite a desire to. The site ran out of cabins almost a month and a half ago. I wish all the best to Their Majesties Uther and Brigit and hope for a long reign for Their heirs, Caillen and Danielle!

We're visiting Linda this weekend. But Friday I'm going with Elise to see Hocus Pocus at the Saenger downtown. I am so excited about it. Bette Midler! Singing! And being one of the Sanderson sisters! What's not to like?

It's very quiet today at work. I have to leave at 12:30 for a dental appointment. It's a rough spot from the decalcifcation from braces, so they're going to smooth it over a bit so that nothing gets a hook into it. That would be the big problem with braces and bands - the chance of decalcification. No matter how well you brush, you're going to have problems. Ugh.

[community profile] alternity continues in its glory. Such a good game to watch and read.

I have to pick up a game for Brent when I get out of the dentist. He's getting Shadows of Mordor. I know I am going to be so numbed up for this dental procedure that I am going to sound absolutely not myself and it's going to be weird. Usually I go home and wait for the numbing to wear off, but Brent really wants this game. After that's done, I'll have to go pick him up from work. I am so ready for his tires to be here and on his car. I want his car to drive the fifty seven miles round trip each day, not mine.

I admit that sounds a little selfish, but I want this car to last a good long while. Marlowe lasted a decent amount of time and I'd like this one to as well. But that means not driving fifty seven miles every day.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 08:14 am
via at September 30, 2014 at 03:00AM:


David Bowie Is, an exhibit about the remarkable career of a musician who changed our culture, opens Tuesday at the MCA Chicago—the only American stop of this show organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Read Sarah Harper’s review, and see more photos by Evan Hanover.

may all the gods rain blessings down upon you and yours for reblogging that, byzantienne
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 12:06 am
Purple's lunch call has gone out of sync with his old group's lunch schedule. This occasioned a bit of hilarity when Lennon Glasses Guy said an apparently-sincere thank-you to Purple for making the lunch call -- except that the old group was just finishing up as he and I were just sitting down.

We both got the grill special, which was a very sauce-covered sandwich. I had mine wrapped in a napkin. His dripped sauce all over his plate. Hilarity ensued.

The replacement headset arrived. This was good.

My Overlady made delicious cookies. They were shortbread and preserves and very good. I gave one of mine to Purple, who went into raptures. Apparently jam is good and baked jam is better.

I forgot caffeine, and was exhausted until I remembered it.

I forgot my headset at my desk. I realized in the parking lot. We turned around so I could get it. Purple teased me about it. Purple and I talked cats. Gabrielle became Hellion; Shammash became Mosh.


* There's some stuff in the fridge.
* Flu shot early.