Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 07:20 pm
Oh my, why have I never thought to put sage in pasta sauce before? So good. This is adapted from Budget Byte's mushroom herb pasta.

Diet and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 11:34 am

Meme from [ profile] reynardo here

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016 09:40 pm
For my birthday way back a month, Fiance got tickets to a Neil deGasse Tyson thing, which happened last night. neither one of us knew what the topic was, but it didn't matter because it was Neil de fucking Grasse Tyson and you don't say no to that.

Anyway, the show was incredible. It was Neil dGT goes to the Movies, and basically he talked for two hours on short bits about movies and science and science in movies (and beer comercials) -- both the ones that get it right and the ones that get it wrong and some of his twitter storms that he didn't mean to be twitter storms.

I already knew what a great speaker he was, and I'd seen him before at an impromptu thing at my work which was great, but the show was so worth everything. He's hilarious, he explains the science bits so clearly, he's so enthusiastic, he had a running conversation with the crowd, he didn't hold back his opinions but he did them in a considerate way, especially when questions came up about religion, and just so many other things.

As a science nerd crowd, we got to be in on science jokes/movie faux pas and he explained others that we didn't know about. I laughed a lot. It was so much fun, and at the end he took questions.

The last one was from a 9-year-old who asked who his hero was (he was hers), and he had a really great answer that started with how every human on Earth is related to every other human on Earth. You go back far enough and we have a common ancestor. He doesn't have one hero, but he tries to model himself and aspires to be like aspects of humans past and present, finding the good, and trying to keep that going.... Okay, I'm tearing up again writing this (it's been a bit of a day for me), but just... the context for this question, the subtext that was in that theater last night that Neil didn't shy away from was that we were there while Hillary Clinton was on stage debating Donald Trump. While one of the vilest human beings runs for our presidency, who has legitimized neo-nazis and hate crimes, has glorified sexual assualt, has demonized immigrants and Muslims and ... well, you all know. Amidst this year, 2016, that so often has felt like it will never end, and that the whole world is just waiting to throw itself on a burning fire... Here is Neil de Grasse Tyson reminding us that there's a lot of good in this world. That there are people who have followed their curiosity, who have done things that have brought us forward, and that we are all related, that we're all together in this. The good in people hasn't gone away. And doing it much more eloquently than I am now.

It made me think not just of the science greats that he cited, but also Michelle Obama, and Hillary, who over the course of this election cycle, I've gone from not knowing a whole lot about except the headlines, to admiring a hell of a lot.

Friday, October 21st, 2016 08:54 am
While many of my 'how much of this can I get dealt with this year' tasks appear to be going more slowly than I would like, the 'get all that email dealt with or deleted' project is going pretty well. Of the seven inboxes*/folders I'm tracking, 5 are well ahead of schedule (I'm using iOS app 'Strides' which allows tracking of numbers for 10 things in the free version), and the other two contain emails that need significant amounts of time or emotional energy invested (one of these is the DW inbox mentioned yesterday). 

There are a further two inboxes that I'm not tracking, which are the 'temporary' inboxes on the work computer for my home email addresses. Once the emails are downloaded on to the home machine, I'm supposed to go through and delete everything I don't need as a record, but I've not been consistent on that. 

Today, I got one of those below 10 emails! I is so pleased with myself!

* the home machine auto-sorts the email coming in so that if the source is dreamwidth, facebook, or any of my email addresses, then those go into their own inboxes, as the responses methodology is email type specific. 
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 04:14 pm
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016 02:57 pm
There once was a man from Tuscany
Who went home to his Dad seeking money
He was studying the law
but wanted books more
His pa didn't find this at all funny.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 01:15 pm
There once was a student presenting
The Green Knight's poetic beheading
From experience he knew
it's a hard thing to do
to cut off a head without hewing

There are poems like cats, a prof said,
that are pretty too look at, or read,
but more complex by far
when you take them apart -
but then cats, unlike poems, are dead.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 06:35 pm
 I'm back on the course of getting my dw comment notifications (email) folder cleared out. Some of the comments have been replied to, and I've just failed to file them. Some though, are there because I had something to say. So, if you get a somewhat random comment out of nowhere, that is why. Today's oldest one replied to was about 6 months old (I think. or 18 months old, if I misread the date).

The are comments in that file dating back to 2013, and the oldest dozen or so all have flags on them that say 'don't file this just yet!!'. Maybe I'll get back to them in the near future, but probably not before I've dealt with a thousand or so others (there are 1819 items in that folder as of tonight. When I started tracking, about a month ago, there were 2126. I've mostly been filing ones previously commented on, which was why it is only tonight that this message has gone out).

The saddest bit was getting to a notification from 2013 from an acquaintance who has passed on. It wasn't anything that needed reply, just encouragement in a support community. But I realised that there were probably several from that person (when I filtered for there, it turned out that there were nearly 50, over three years), and that I really dreaded having to deal with each of those as they came up. So I sorted through, and filed them all, whether I've read/dealt with them or not. And now I'm done for the night. 
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 10:33 pm
Wow, so Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku = Chef (jdrama, 2016) stars Amami Yuki as the titular Michelin-approved chef who experiences a sudden change in path---after an insecure man arranges a scandal to discredit her because she's a self-assured, extremely competent woman in her field.

That her subsequent placement involves failing to make school lunches is amusing but definitely secondary.

Since only ep. 1 + Eng subs exist so far, I don't know whether I'll have access to the whole thing, never mind time . . . but resources permitting, I am so there. (Unless it turns out to be solely about punishing her for her arrogance.)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 09:46 pm
since I was the one who was all, 'hey, let us do a thing, look, I have ideas!' and all she had to do was express some cautious interest and provide the scans that I would have searched for anyway, and I must have rolled a ONE on my saving throw versus new muse, because old west Tony Stark moved in and immediately started raising plot rabbits (or thin-veneer-of-plot rabbits, it is mostly just a metric fucktonne of tropey h/c tropefic ideas in which Tony is a sad drunk and Sheriff Rogers cajoles him to bed, but not like that (at least not at first)), and I'm totally sitting here highjacking the Masaki/Teshimine soundtrack because it has all the right songs for tender hair-petting and 'why are you wasting time on someone like me?' angst.

Also, just about everyone we're supposed to like in the 1872 universe is SO PRETTY, wow. Steve Rogers isn't normally my type at all, but damn, the longer hair looks good on him. Even DEADPOOL is kinda hot, wut.

Also also, that ending, sporfle. I would read so much 1872, and I don't even get half of the references to 616. (But it really needs Steve back.)
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 10:32 pm
Jem and the Holograms #20 :/ )

Space Battle Lunchtime #5 :D )

So, it's been announced that A-Force #10 is the last issue, and a lot of people are sad, and I'm really sort of shrug about it. I'm sad for Kelly that she's lost a gig, but she also has gigs and is on track to get more, I think. And I never really connected with the material? I don't know, maybe the cast was too big. I liked the Secret Wars book, but the ANAD one just didn't grab me. Partly, I sat on the last 2? 3? issues because I didn't want to read Civil War II stuff. I can't wait for that to be over, it's so dumb and it made Carol such an asshole.

Also got into a long, weird Twitter discussion with someone about the cover art they're slinging around for Ironheart/Riri Williams. Like, I get that there are actual fifteen year olds with very mature bodies who walk around with exposed midriffs a lot, but can we not let this black girl just be a teenage girl instead of ~sexy~? I feel it's offbrand with so much of the great stuff they've been doing with female heroes and for female audiences. Not sure if it's so out of step because it's Bendis or because it's Iron Man? Possibly both.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 12:17 pm
...or at least Ravelry famous.

So, okay: there has been this gigantic tempest in a teapot about sheep designs. Item A: a cute hat design with sheep, which became fairly popular. Item B: a different designer made a matching cowl, with an added alpaca but mostly very similar because matching, and released it as a pattern. Cue indignation because designer B didn't get designer A's permission and therefore stole her work. (It would have been apparently okay to have done it as a personal project but how dare she release the instructions!) Not helping was the fact that Designer A was working on her own cowl. Also not helping was the fact that designer B released the pattern and headed off to Rhinebeck, thus allowing for indignant "it's been a while DAY how have you not taken this down yet". As well as "I'm buying the cowl from the REAL designer" when Item C, designer A's matching cowl, got released. (It's worth pointing out that A started out free but changed to paid; item C is a paid pattern; item B was released for free.)

Relatedly, Designer A released a sheepy Christmas ornament pattern and, when someone pointed out a similar pre-existing pattern, designer A made a fuss about taking her pattern down to respect copyright.

Some of us watching this whole thing got kind of eye-rolly about how much fuss was being made. So I commented, in one of my forums, that I was tempted to do my own design with (sheep)(sheep)(tall alpaca)(sheep), in the approximate shape of a hand with the middle finger raised. A Paint-drawn mockup ensued.

Then someone pointed out that I should make the pair of sheep loop like boobs, and the alpaca like a penis, just because lol. So I did a Paint mockup of that. And then charted it out. And then wrote up a PDF. And then added it to rav. Explicitly under a Creative Commons Atteibution license allowing for unlimited use, distribution, modification, imitation, etc.

Now: Ravelry has a "hot right now" ranking of patterns that are being looked at right now. I was curious to see if I could get my design in the top 20 list.

So I watched as it climbed... third page of hot-right-now sorting ... second page ... first page ... top 20 ... past the Item A hat ... past the Item C cowl ... into the top 5 ...

Right now, it is the top fucking pattern in the HRN list.


(Link for posterity, image NSFW: )
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 09:26 am
Kate Carlisle, The Lies That Bind (2010), Brooklyn Wainwright #3
ibid., Books of a Feather (2016), #10

I've also bounced off #2, If Books Could Kill. So, Brooklyn is a bookbinder who takes commissions, presents at conferences, and teaches workshops, which is obviously what piqued my interest. Murder seems to follow her, and she sort of solves mysteries with some help from her friends. #3 centers upon a workshop stint and Brooklyn's passive regret that someone who paid her to repair an early edition of Dickens's Oliver Twist has passed it off as a first printing; #10 involves the Audubon Society. TBH, I've read perhaps two-fifths of #3---the first fifth and the last---and the first and last 10% of #10. Enough to be right about how both books wrap.

Despite being a sought-after professional, Brooklyn's knowledge of preservation and book history has her author's unevenness (I mean, I know little but can pick out rough bits). More to the point, she is trapped for volumes upon volumes in sort of boringly swishy romance arcs with alpha men, a boring number of things and people that are "petite," and Brooklyn's own use of "females" (noun) to refer to her friends. Good night. I mean, I know well that there are readers who love this sort of narrative uncritically, but I can't be one of them. In #10, the love interest's tall "Asian" friend (Chinese descent, educated at Eton and Cambridge, with C19 ancestor who also attended Cambridge) says, "As you might expect, my interests are mainly in Asian art." My eyes roll forever.

Such a small thing to look up---San Francisco does not face "Richmond County" to the east. The city of Richmond is in Contra Costa county, on the coast across from it. I can nearly get behind Brooklyn's San Francisco, which is of 1998 at most despite Carlisle's attempts at the current decade; the idea that one would drive from south of Market St to Pacific Heights is nearly laughable now. MUNI bus/rail, taxi, Uber/Lyft/similar, one's own feet---but not a car that one must park.

In conclusion, public libraries are awesome.