Tasty foods

Aug. 21st, 2017 18:27
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Tonight's dinner is vaguely adapted from Mario Batali, and it's simple and tasty and should feed me for several days, so I'm saving the recipe here.

If you keep kosher and do not regard chicken as pareve, or if you don't do dairy, you won't want to add the goat cheese. (In that case you might add some olive oil, for mixing purposes.) And if you are gluten-free, you'll want to use gf pasta. But aside from those things, this recipe ought to work for most folks, I think, assuming that you eat pasta in the first place. Clean-up is also easy: one skillet, one pasta pot.

Pasta with broccolini, chicken sausage, and goat cheese )

Gratitudes

Aug. 21st, 2017 17:05
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[personal profile] kass
1. My friends. Even those whom I don't get to see often enough.

2. The place where I live, which is mine, and is filled with art and photographs and things that are meaningful to me.

3. The glorious green world. I always want summer to last forever, and it won't, but I'm doing my best to enjoy it while it's here.

4. I got to take two and a half days of vacation last week, and they were really lovely.

5. There is rosé chilling in my fridge even now. :-)

How are y'all?

Partial Eclipse

Aug. 21st, 2017 16:57
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I took this photo at 3:53pm today:



From my house, this is as covered as the sun got during the solar eclipse. My dad has a special sun filter that he uses for surveying, so I took a bunch of video and pics during the event today. Though not a total eclipse, it was really cool to look up in the sky and see this in real time. :)
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You know, if I had known that viewing the eclipse via the selfie camera was okay, I might have done that rather than watched it via the NASA livestream on youtube, but I only just found that out. Boss3 got a cool picture that way.

Anyway, we had it set up on a screen here in the conference room, so people could wander in and out, rather than having 400 people trying to stream it individually. I was outside in the beginning of it, but it didn't seem to be getting darker or anything (we didn't get the totality here), and I had no glasses or pinhole viewer, so I just came back inside and ate my bagel.

The only real downside is that I have had "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in my head for at least a week. Even listening it to a few times hasn't cured the damn earworm. That video remains super creepy.

In other news, last night, I finally watched Lego Batman, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I'm always a sucker for Bruce learning to be a good Batdad to his Batkid(s). The one thing I didn't care for was the Bruce/Babs insinuations, but at least she didn't seem into it, so that was fine. (Also, yay for Rosario Dawson, bridging that MCU/DCU divide!)

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Perfect morning: Iced tea, bowl of cereal, cat, back deck lounge chair, nearly total eclipse of the sun. We had 92% totality in Seattle, and I could just sit on my lounger and watch. It was amazing. I guess a lot of people in my area got fog, but it was clear as a bell at my house.

I'd been so focused on the cancer stuff that I missed the opportunity to get glasses--the last time we had an eclipse visible here, there was no such thing as fancy glasses, and when they started posting about places you could get them it was too late to do mail order (also they were fakes) for me, and people on our local blog were driving around and calling, desperately trying to track more down. I wasted a lot of time, and mentioned it on the thread--that I'd been so busy with my health I hadn't thought about the eclipse at all and was bummed I couldn't get the glasses (I've done pinhole viewers, but…they're not as cool).

A really nice guy told me he had some spares, and his wife, who works at the Y where I'm a member, brought them with her and I picked them up last week. I'm so grateful to them, so grateful. It was amazing to be able to watch through the glasses. I stayed till every last piece of the moon was gone. Even with sunscreen I'm sure I'll be burned. It was totally worth it.

I've seen two other solar eclipses, but was too young for the first one to really appreciate it, and like I said, the pinhole boxes don't have the same view. I feel like if I croak in surgery next week or afterwards, I'm good. Got to see a big one, and it was wonderful.

I can see why ancient people were spooked by these: the shadows got really long, the sky was dimmer while at the same time the sun was pouring down, the temperature dropped by a few degrees. Blues was definitely confused--he could tell something was going on, and he ended up under the bed for a while. It was eerily silent, too, at totality. This is garbage day in my area, there is always construction going on around here in summer, there are usually people walking dogs and cars driving by. At peak time, it was utterly silent: no noisy, smelly trucks, no people walking, no construction noise. Everyone was watching the eclipse.

Eclipsepocalypse 2017

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:24
runpunkrun: jamie hyneman holding a radio transmitter, adam savage standing behind him with his arms in the air, triumphant (science: it works)
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As promised, I've got a slight limp from slamming my knee into the table last night while making my pinhole viewer.

9:03 — Go out to test my magic box before the eclipse starts at 9:06 am, and it works; there's a full circle of light inside my box, though the circle is more of a...square? I attempt to round out the pinhole with the tip of a pen, and now it's larger and more of an octagon. It's okay, I have time to fix it if necessary. It's a bright sunny day with no clouds.

9:10 — Already hearing sirens in the distance. Have to assume it's eclipse related.

9:18 — Try again. Light from pinhole now rounder. No visible slice of sun missing. Do I have it aimed in the correct direction? I can't turn around to look or I'll burn my eyes out.

9:23 — The internet goes down.

9:30 — Two neighbors stop in front of my house to stare directly at the sun through their cardboard eclipse glasses. I hope they don't go blind.

9:31 — Refresh the router. Go back to browsing Tumblr.

9:49 — Try the magic box again. Now seeing two round dots of light, one full, one with a chunk out of it. Science, or just a random hole in the corner of my box? No one knows. Still bright outside, but with a grey tone.

9:52 — Dad borrows a look through neighbor's eclipse glasses. Says there's a dark thing going across the sun, covering about a third.

9:59 — Box totally has two spots of light in, but one is definitely science. Now occluded by more than half. Still bright and greyish out, but flat. I get that silver nitrate feeling that Annie Dillard talked about.

10:11 — Getting dim out. Not a lot of confidence in my magic box. Too many holes. Who knows what I'm looking at.

10:15 — Ditch my pinhole viewer for a piece of stiff paper with a hole punched in it with a pen. Works much better, can see the crescent of the sun projected on the driveway in front of me. Weird waves of shadow buffet the asphalt, like water vapor, or wind made visible. I feel a chill, and get goosebumps on my legs. The light shining through the trees acts like hundreds of pinholes, projecting nested crescents of light on the house and garage. My dad has a pasta colander and achieves the same effect, hundreds of little crescent suns shining on a white piece of paper held at arm's length. The cat is staring at us through the window. The neighbors introduce themselves in the street. It gets darker as it nears 10:18, a few crickets start up, the streetlights come on. It's dim, muted, shadowy, but not dark.

10:20 — Starts to brighten.

10:21 — Assholes setting off fireworks.

10:30 — Still limping. Blame the eclipse for my injury.

{also posted to Tumblr}
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Wish Fulfillment (1427 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates, Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers (Ultimates), Tony Stark (Ultimates)
Additional Tags: Multiverse, Fix-It of Sorts, Hydra Steve Rogers, Secret Empire (Marvel), Cosmic Cube, Angst, Avengers Vol. 7 (2017), Community: cap_ironman, Cap-Ironman Bingo
Summary: When Steve hears that Tony is alive again, he does what any Supreme Hydra would do: he captures Tony. Unfortunately for him, it's not the right Tony.

For my Cap-IM Bingo card, the square of Tony breaking free from chains. Spoilers for Secret Empire #8 and Ultimates 2 #100. My goal here is clearly to write all the Hydra Cap while he's still canon.

This one's a fix-it. If you enjoy the thought of Hydra Steve being punched in the face, this may be your kind of story.
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1. Every day, there is sunshine. (Okay, 256 days out of 365, but still. Come at me, sis.)

2. When I open the front garden blinds, there's hummingbirds fluttering away. HUMMINGBIRDS! They're the fairies of the bird world. Magical.

2. When I walk outside in my -- low-key wealthy -- neighborhood in what is esseeeeeentially pajamas, no one comments, or even spares me a second glance. This is brought to you by the girl who for the one short outside stint planned did not bother putting anything on beyond house-pants and a Nevertheless She Persisted shirt.

4. When I walk outside in the City on a workday, however, people throw me appreciative glances. European-style attire isn't common on the West Coast, and even if people wouldn't wear it they seem to agree it's interesting, or maybe even daring ("How is she going to explain that to her startup CEO in his ratty, IRONIC Status Quo band t-shirt?")

5. People are nice. I do mean that in an occasional nice-guy kind of way, but for 99% of interactions that suits me perfectly well. Germans are forthright, and you will know where you stand with them. Just, in 75% of interactions, you won't LIKE knowing where you stand with them.

Beach | Eclipse | The Defenders

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:41
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  1. Beach

    Since my mom's abroad right now, I took my dad to the beach this weekend, with a couple other relatives for company. Saturday was a wonderful, sunny day, driving through the rainforest mountain. I was a bit worried during the week, since a tropical storm was headed to the Caribbean and there'd been a landslide on road along the coastline. But luckily, the storm missed us entirely and went further north. Also the effects of the landslide were mostly taken care of, so the road was clear.

    Here's a pic I took on Saturday, of the view from the house. As you can see, we got lovely, clear skies.



    And at nightfall it was just amazing to see thousands of stars per square inch in the sky. I mean, I know they're always there, but where I live we never see them all, due to the bright lights.

    On Sunday, the weather was a bit more overcast, but it was nice being warm and dry, while still having that lovely view despite the rain. I did a little bit of sketching of the rain falling on the deck. It was oddly mesmerizing watching the raindrops making circular patterns in the pool.

    Pencil Sketch: Raindrops )

    Glad the skies cleared up in the afternoon for the long drive in our return journey back home. Here's one more pic of the coastline on that part of the island. Gorgeous as usual. *___* Photo )

  2. Eclipse

    Hey, I hear there's gonna be a complete solar eclipse over the U.S. today. I think here in the Caribbean we'll be able to see a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm, a few hours from now. So I'm looking forward to that. :)

  3. The Defenders

    EEE! I didn't realised the series came out over the weekend. I see everyone on Tumblr and DW seems to have seen in. EVen my own *brother* has seen it. Where was I? At the beach. lol. Need to watch before I get spoiled somehow. /o\

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    Aug. 21st, 2017 08:17
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    I watched an episode of Hawaii Five-0 on Friday evening for want of anything else to do. I haven't watched the show in a couple of years because its traffic in stereotypes and jingoism just made it too hard to watch, but Friday I figured I'd give it a go.

    Holy moley, it's still the gayest show on TV that thinks it's not gay at all.

    Steve and Danny's storyline was the B-plot (or was the case the B-plot? Hard to say). It was Valetine's Day weekend, and Steve and his girlfriend were headed to a hotel to spend a romantic weekend together. Steve cracks open a beer and wanders onto the hotel balcony . . . and discovers Danny already drinking a beer on the next balcony over.

    Danny stares at him for a long time and says, "Why?"

    INDEED, DANNY. INDEED.

    Ends up Danny and Steve's gfs have decided they all need to hang out together, so they got adjoining rooms at the hotel. Danny is particularly perturbed by this as he doesn't think his romantic game is strong and it'll be particularly hard with Steve there with his "judgey" face. So they bicker and then have a conversation about . . . safe words. I kid you not.

    *hands*

    The rest of the S/D storyline includes:

    * Everyone playing volleyball (not gay, right? Their gfs are there!) . . . to the Kenny Loggins song that played during the volleyball scene in Top Gun (aka THE GAYEST)

    * Steve and Danny going out for a swim together and wading back from the water together

    * Steve and Danny breaking and entering into someone's hotel room in search of Danny's sunglasses

    * Steve and Danny having facials in the spa. The camera eventually widens to show the gfs are there, but then Danny decides he can't stand spa-ing a moment longer and leaves, and Steve goes after him to check he's okay.

    * A romantic dinner on the beach for the four of them, but Steve and Danny sit beside each other, and Steve throws his arm around Danny and caresses his ear.

    I just . . . are the writers trying to send a message? Do they all have secret RL crushes on their friends? Who puts the volleyball music from Top Gun to a scene where Steve and Danny (or for that matter their gfs) are playing a game and thinks "that will read straight"?

    I am so looking into the camera like Ben Wyatt right now.

    My day has gone a bit cockammie. I was supposed to see my psychiatrist at 9.20 but there are storms the whole way between there and here (an hours drive) and I just cannot. So now I have to squeeze it in next week between various work things. Fun! It frees up some time for me to do other things, but I'm so flummoxed by the order of my day being thrown out of whack that I don't exactly know what other things I want to do. Brains.

    A program I've been working on all summer starts up this Wednesday with training days for everyone involved, and then our participants arrive on Saturday. I usually look forward to the participants arriving, but I am so utterly over this program after working on it the past three months that I feel no anticipation. It was supposed to be a program run by me and one of my bosses, but then she left, and everyone assumed I would just pick up the slack. But it is a two-person job, and there is only one of me, so I am left very tired, frustrated, and out of fucks for the whole thing. It'll get done, but oy. I have an email in to my other boss about extra compensation for all my work, so I hope they come through on that.

    I guess I'm feeling frustrated overall that I never got a chance to have a summer. I did some very cool things - I loved getting a glimpse of Boston; my conference in Virginia last week was amazing - but save for four hours on a Michigan beach, I've had no real time off, and no time to take time off at that. So today I'm feeling very grumpy.

    Boo on that. Perhaps I should bribe myself to do work and go to the coffeeshop? That would be a fun place to be even if the work I'm doing is not fun itself. Sounds like a plan.

    midnight science

    Aug. 20th, 2017 23:08
    runpunkrun: jamie hyneman holding a radio transmitter, adam savage standing behind him with his arms in the air, triumphant (science: it works)
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    Okay, so I was sitting here, exhausted, thinking, "Fuck, I have to force myself to care about the fucking eclipse tomorrow."

    Except I do care. So I found an old shoebox and made a pinhole viewer with these instructions (pdf) my pal kormantic sent me. And I even wrote ECLIPSEPOCALYPSE 2017 on the side, so it's super official. And I REALLY banged my knee on the table when I sat down to make it, so that'll be a nice memory.

    I guess I'll go stand out in the yard around ten o'clock with my shoebox and see what happens.

    Hair update

    Aug. 20th, 2017 23:32
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    Okay, since I was chatting with folks about it and we were working on house projects all day, I went ahead and washed my hair today! This is the first time in 6 weeks (ish). See this post for context.

    I used about a quarter cup of baking soda mixed with a quarter cup of water for the cleaning of the hair. The baking soda, like on your stove, gets rid of grease, and after using it, did indeed leave my hair with that squeaky, lots of friction feeling that you get if you've ever used bar soap to wash your hair. The process itself I think I'll have to get used to. It doesn't foam or lather, and the mixture has low viscosity because of the water. I poured it over my head in bits, trying to mostly keep it on my scalp and get at the different parts. Then there was a bunch of baking soda not in solution that I just plopped on.

    I think the water is mostly to be a conveyance rather than needing to dilute the baking soda at all. It's a buffer, so I'm not really worried about concentration, and you're in the shower so there's going to be more water everywhere. I think next time I might just have the powder with him and scoop it on mushy rather than with too much water. (I didn't actually go back and look up what I was supposed to do...)

    After the baking soda was rinsed out I put on a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with a quarter cup of water. The reason for this I've read is that it neutralize the baking soda to keep you scalp in pH balance and also kills bacteria and stuff growing on your scalp, since it's an acid. Also it's supposed to be a natural natural something because it "removes build up and seals your hair cuticle." I'm not sure of the science, but it did work, making my hair feel smooth and clean again as if I'd used a conditioner. So all in all very good results. I used apple cider vinegar because I read somewhere that it's a little less acidic than white vinegar, and also because it doesn't smell as strong. I used what I had in my kitchen, so nothing special. It doesn't smell like vinegar to me at all, though my husband who can smell my head says it's faintly there. I certainly won't be knocking anyone over with it.

    All in all, I'm pleased with the results. It's like I washed my hair or something. The real test will be how often I need it. The goal is less frequently than I had been needing to wash my hair with shampoo - ideally once a week or once every two weeks. That was the whole point of not washing my hair for six weeks, to make it so my scalp doesn't instantly produce grease as soon as it's cleaned. Keeping the pH balance to neutral with the base then acid rinse is supposed to help with that.

    What I’m writing, 8/20

    Aug. 21st, 2017 02:23
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    …Some weeks just not starting more ginormous WIPs is the real success, okay? I expended a lot of focus on absolutely positively not starting SEVERAL things this week (and… yep, that is definitely the only thing that was using up brain processing cycles this week at an unusual rate, YEP, TOTALLY).

    Anyway. 

    WIPs currently active: 5, because I bumped All Eternals Deck #2 off the list until I figure out what happens after the beginning.

    Words written this week: 4,041

    WIPs that got no words this week: 0

    WIPs that did get words this week:

    Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 883, and I started writing Chapter 47 and then abruptly discovered where the floating point on the outline labeled [particular sex act redacted]? should go in the story, so. Whee!

    Born in the Blood: 276, chugging along toward [more sex acts redacted]!!

    Slavefic #6: 104. Okay, that looks bad? I’m at the point where I outlined things for this part of the series literally almost two years ago and now have to figure out how to hook them up with the stories that I’ve actually written, so there’s a bit of frantically-jury-rigging-a-round-CO2-filter-from-square-components going on. Hopefully none of which will be apparent from the end result. :)

    Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 661

    Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 2,117

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    Aug. 20th, 2017 18:05
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    What a week! Good golly. I'm afraid to open my laptop for fear what I'll learn has happened now. However, I did learn something really helpful from Jason Kottke's blog, the paradox of tolerance. Had you heard of that? Why hadn't I? More evidence that it's always right to punch a Nazi.

    Tomorrow is Fanfiction Writer Appreciation Day, according to my Tumblr dashboard, so I'm gonna hit that kudos button hard. I'm terrible at commenting, so I promise to try, but . . . Commenting is hard. And I love getting kudos SO MUCH that I assume others do as well.

    And tomorrow is also the eclipse! Here are three links about that:

    First, to see exactly what time and how much of an eclipse you'll witness wherever you are in the US, enter your zip code and watch.

    Via Kottke and by the Weather Channel, a simulated play-by-play of tomorrow's eclipse. We won't see totality here in Phoenix (62.2%), but I'm still ridiculously excited about witnessing it.

    Also eclipse related, a youtube video of the March 2016 eclipse, Alaska Airlines Solar Eclipse Flight #870. Be sure to turn down the volume; the guy filming it was SO EXCITED!

    Let's see, what's been happening chez Mira? Not a bad week personally, but I really need to keep off Twitter and not read Wapo for a while. So fucking distressing and I feel so helpless. And Tuesday Trump will be in Phoenix to announce a pardon for former sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the most blatant racists since George Wallace. Just fuck.

    In happier news, on Thursday, Webster and I took Mother to lunch (at the Cheesecake Factory again, which we all enjoyed) and then to the Chandler Museum. It's a tiny thing but we all found the story behind the building, and the city of Chandler, pretty interesting. What was most moving, though, was a fairly good sized exhibit about the Japanese internment camp that existed nearby. It was built on the Gila River Indian Reservation (how's that for irony) and at one time was Arizona's fourth largest city. Webster and I have visited Manzanar so I knew what to expect, but a lot of this was new to Mother. She especially loved the paper cranes that were everywhere -- 16,655 of them, one for every resident of the internment camp. Beautiful and touching, and terrifying to see so many of them. So many people.

    Also on Thursday I attended the bi-monthly (by which I mean every other month) dinner meeting for families of the residents of Mother's assisted living facility. They always have a yummy dinner, lots of wine (which alas I can't drink since I'm driving), and a delicious dessert, and then a discussion of personnel or procedural changes, plus the managers and supervisors answer questions. More than that, they take notes and things change. Mother selected this facility and it's wonderful. The more I learn and observe, the more grateful I am that Mother did her due diligence and found such a wonderful, caring, safe place to live.

    One of the remodeling projects in our home is replacing the door knobs with levers, and we're almost finished. Webster told me today that he only did it for me, but now that he's seen how much better they look, he's really pleased. He says they look "elegant," and I do, too, plus they're so much easier to open, especially when your hands are full. We chose the Kwikset Tustin in Venetian Bronze (don't look at the price -- we didn't pay anything like that).

    Today I slept late and then swam my laps. I also made two loaves of sourdough bread and sourdough waffle starter. And I started reading Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw. I'm only a few chapters in, but so far I love it. Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice -- and her life. And yes, she's part of that Helsing family.

    Now, on to some misc. links:
    Almost a decade ago, I bought my first bra from Bravissimo (the Covent Garden branch) and I've never looked back. I thought I hated bras until I was properly fitted. Here's a useful website all about bras for larger breasted people: D Cup or Bigger. Lots of good info.

    Project Subway NYC: X-Ray maps looking at some of NYC's subways. I've never been to NYC, but I love the idea of subways and trains and trams and these x-ray maps are fascinating to study. I wish they had some similar maps of London's tube system.

    Trump v. the Statue of Liberty: From the Guardian, A senior Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, sparked a furor last week when he dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. In response, we asked 21 poets: what type of poem would Trump like to see at the statue? I found some of these poems deeply moving, but my favorite is "Twelve Reasons A Woman Might Hold Up One Arm."

    In general, I am not a fan of The Economist, but they nailed this: The e-mail Larry Page should have written to James Damore -- Larry Page runs Google and James Damore is the fool who wrote that memo about why diversity is so very wrong. Your chain of reasoning had so many missing links that it hardly mattered what your argument was based on. We try to hire people who are willing to follow where the facts lead, whatever their preconceptions. In your case we clearly made a mistake.

    Someone should turn this into a movie! (In fact, I wonder if the Coens'* Hail, Caesar! was based on the story?) This Undercover Spy Operation Helped Foil a Nazi Plot in 1930s L.A..

    [*Where does the apostrophe go? There are two Coens, which has two syllables, and it was their movie, so I finally chose Coens'. ???]

    Finally, I love this artist's work! Illustrator Perfectly Captures the Overlooked Joys of Living Alone. Included is a link to the artist's online shop; I am planning to buy one of her prints for my sister for Christmas, and one just for me.

    Hello, dear friends! Let's stay safe and sane in these terrible times!
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    I ended up marathoning all 8 episodes of Defenders last night. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the same thematic cohesiveness that Jessica Jones does and the fights aren't as good as they were in the first season of Daredevil, but it's a fun ride if you enjoy the characters, and it helps that everyone else finds Danny Rand as annoying as the audience does. *hands*

    spoilers )

    So it was a good way to spend 7-ish hours, and it didn't leave me in a state of existential dread the way JJ did.

    the other day, in anticipation of this show, I was making a list of ladies with robot arms, and I couldn't come up with many - Misty Knight, Nina Sharp, Lirael, Furiosa... who else is there?

    ***
    monanotlisa: (Astrid sitting - Fringe)
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    :: I understand other people have social Saturdays, bing-watch The Defenders*, or combine the two; go, y'all! Me, I write a brief article for work. When I say "brief" I mean it's supposed to be two pages. I didn't write it briefly -- more like five hours for the baseline -- nor is it brief at the moment (though there's always changing the font back to Times New Roman. Which is, let me put it like that, better than Courier New).

    * I ask whether to watch The Defenders on Twitter; two threads (the more Yay) here and (the more Nay) here.

    :: Well, at least I can claim I had a social Friday -- my naturalized friend in Cole Valley took me in after the Worst Day Ever, got us and his two other flatmates a close-to-perfect gluten-free dinner, and I found out first-hand that Archer really is only funny to some people. I didn't want to aggravate my friend, who is extremely loving to me, always (without, I stress, wanting to sleep with me -- he has a relatively quick succession of girlfriends at all times). But Men Behaving Badly is basically my bullet-proof squick.

    Too bad that...well, let's not get into that here.

    :: The good thing that I consumed lately was the latest installment of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- "Magic for Nothing". Finally, finally I really connected with a character of hers; Antimony Price is the first of the Price siblings I genuinely like. At first I was wondering whether the voice actress put me off (audiobook listener because of the lack of sit-down free time). But no; the same voice actress voices Magic For Nothing, and I wanted to hug Annie all the time. Or maybe shoulder-bump. She's not a physically affectionate character. Perhaps not incidentally, this was also the first book of the six where I spoilered )

    :: What I have just started AND almost finished is one of those cheap offers on Audible**, namely a book called Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I enjoy it a lot -- much more than I expected. It's grouped as "cozy mystery", which I personally take to read, "Did you like Miss Marple and her village? Try this!" There is very little cozy about characters or plot, which is really for the better. As you know, I like dragons and spaceships and ladies who kick ass...not all at the same time, necessarily. But this book made me grin, a lot. For one, it's funny. Second, in the Atomic Blonde age, I cannot but picture Charlize Theron in the main role of a basically-benched CIA field agent ending up in a Louisiana bayou. It's an enormously Bechdel-passing book, and while I can already tell the solution to one of the B plots (and you will too), I haven't solved the A Plot yet; I think the straight-up murder has to be misdirection. Weakness: Where the fuck are all the Black people? This is LA; we're talking 33% of the population. I can see small towns self-selecting, especially Sinful, LA, but not to that degree.

    ** I do give too much money to Jeff Bezos.

    lifely update

    Aug. 20th, 2017 12:35
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    Right. So I've been having the same log in problems to DW that others seem to be experiencing. Firefox logins were not working, and I followed advice I saw on someone's DW about shutting down, restarting, and not using a bookmark to get to my page. The the log in worked. Safari was working but I use FB on Safari so I try not to cross the browser streams. I submitted a support ticket, and for anyone who didn't now you can do that without being logged in by email: support@dreamwidth.org

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    Hey there's an eclipse tomorrow!

    I haven't heard anything about that at work or anything /sarcasm.

    But I am excited for it, though I'm in the 80 percent zone, so not a total for me. For the 2024 eclipse, I'll make the effort to get somewhere to see totality.

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    Life experiments I am currently conducting:
    1. Can I really go without washing my hair? I'm almost at the end of week 6, and it's been more of a trial than I was expecting. Backstory: I don't like showers. Don't ask. I don't know why. It's always been a thing. I tend to shower twice a week, often after exercising, and so my pattern for a long time has been to wash my hair twice a week. But then I got it in my head to try to transition away from shampoo, and the first step is to not wash your hair for 4-6 weeks to let your scalp's grease production stop being in overdrive. And I definitely turned a corner last weekend, when for the first time when I rinsed my hair it did not feel nearly as greasy as it had for the first five weeks. (To clarify: I still shower, I just am abstaining from hairwashing and only rinse with water.) It's still a little greasy but nowhere near where it was, and now that I've gotten this far I'm going to try the baking soda and vinegar this week to see how that goes.

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    I continue to read lots of Dragon Age fanfic. As you can probably tell by my lack of recs, none of the ones from the last two weeks or so have been good enough to rec. The one I finished yesterday which was an insane amount words, I should have stopped reading 100,000 words before the end. But I finished it. Because I just want to read DA fic and I'm in the dregs of my pairing so.. Yeah.

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    I'm really liking season 7 of Game of Thrones. I'm rewatching the first season since I have access to HBO for the moment, the good parts version, by which I mean Jon, Dany, Arya, Cersei, Jaime, Bran, and judicious skipping through Ned and Catlyn.

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    There are so many shows I want to catch up on... but not enough to stop reading DA fic.

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    Writing is still a chore and feels like I'm not getting anywhere.

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    I'm judiciously blocking out the real world news for certain blocks of time each day.

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    Aug. 20th, 2017 15:19
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    Productivity is a distant dream today. So instead, I'm going to start documenting my London trip, which was amazing (A-M-A-Z-I-N-G).

    3 days )

    BH: II pt. iv

    Aug. 20th, 2017 11:34
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    [personal profile] sealie
    continues directly from the previous post.

    all warning continue to apply.

    The Defenders (Review)

    Aug. 20th, 2017 10:41
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    Reader, I marathoned it. It being shorter than any previous Marvel Netflix series, this didn’t take that long. (No filler episodes.) Above cut judgment: overall plot meh, worth watching for the character interaction, with my particular highlights being Jessica & Matt, Luke & Jessica, Luke & Danny (I haven’t watched Iron Fist, nor do I intend to watch it now, but the scenes with Luke were the occasions when Danny shook off blandness and became an entertaining character), and all four spending an entire episode stuck in a Chinese Restaurant. Also Matt & Spoilery character, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver’s character) & Madame Gao, Alexandra & Spoilery character.

    heavy spoilers beneath the cut )

    it's the drunks singing 'my way'

    Aug. 19th, 2017 15:45
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    I am intending to start watching The Defenders, but my internet has been dropping intermittently, which is fine if I'm reading fic but annoying when trying to watch Netflix. Who knows if this will even post? Not me!

    eta: it did not post at 2:10 when I wrote it, but the internet seems to be working now at 3:45.

    In other news, I was originally supposed to go my lawyer's office sign the contract on the coop on Thursday, but then he was like, "it's no different from the first contract for the other purchase, so I can see if they'll accept an electronic signature, or I can overnight the copies to you and you can send them on to the seller's attorney with the deposit check when you've signed." And I said, "great!" because it's not really convenient for me to get to his office. But the seller hasn't forwarded some of the documents he needs to review before I can sign, so that hasn't happened yet. Arrgh. So annoying. Because I need to forward copies of all of that to the loan officer as well, so she can proceed.

    It's always something. Sigh. I'm still not sure I believe anything will ever actually happen, so I guess I'm more zen about it this time? Last time it went so smoothly right up until it didn't. Maybe this one going in fits and starts is more realistic and will have a better outcome? Idek.

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    Linkspam on a Saturday morning

    Aug. 19th, 2017 09:00
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    What a week, huh? So exhausting. I swear, this regime is going to ruin my liver.

    Remember that guy at Google with the memo? (Seems like months ago, doesn't it?) Well, one of the MetaFilter gang decided to do a comprehensive discussion/analysis of his arguments, complete with citations. The Truth Has Got Its Boots On, which is a lovely Pratchett reference.

    Here's a resource for people confused about the Trump/Russia scandal. Amidst all the racism and Nazis, there are still questions about Trump's history with Russia.

    This New Yorker article also asks some questions about Wall Street Raider Carl Icahn and his relationship with the Trump regime. Conflicts of interest? Pish.

    This article looks at environmental justice from the perspective of the community rather than the regulator or government. It's both devastating and hopeful.

    This article from Pro Publica gives a solid historical overview of attempts to incorporate principles of environmental justice at the federal level, and how they have failed. I do love Pro Publica: they do solid investigative journalism.

    Politics can make strange bedfellows, as we know: hunters are on the front lines protecting the public lands.

    This Lawfare article about private military groups hints at some legal tools that can be used against the Neo-Nazis.

    The New York Review of Books has dropped the paywall on James M. McPherson's take-down of the myth of the Lost Cause.

    Here's a blackly funny report of a call to a Georgia Congressman's office.

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    Alton Brown's fruitcake recipe. It looks tasty, but the volume is far too small. Why make only one fruitcake at a time?!

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    I am working on my NFE story, but argh, just realized that book club is this coming Wednesday, and I haven't read the book yet! Argh. Also it took me 4 tries to get started on the story, and then I had to do some background research and realized that I had [redacted] wrong, and also [redacted], and now I have to research [redacted]. I'm not sure if I'm going to get done in time...

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    In other news, Help!. Is anyone else using Chrome and having trouble logging into DW? I turned off HTTPS Everywhere, but that didn't make any difference. I simply cannot log in.

    And now off to dog class where once again we will fail on the weave poles...
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    Lo these many years ago, American History was one of my special interests.  My undergrad degree was in it (well, not technically, but like 90% of my classes--including Historical Methods and stuff like that--focused on US history).  I still love it, but I'm not focused enough on it to call it a special interest any more.

    But you guys, there is SO MUCH interesting stuff about early American history that, if it were taught properly, would REALLY change peoples' perspectives on the "brave, gallant, noble" men of the Confederacy.  And I'm not talking just the racism stuff, like 90% of them were whiny pissbabies and THAT is why the Civil War even existed in the first place.  I shit you not.  The modern Conservative Christian persecution complex has NOTHING on the antebellum Southern elite.  Sure, a lot of those guys were personally brave in battle.  But on a political or moral level, they were ... most five-year-olds are more mature.  (I'm simplifying things a lot here and painting with a really broad brush, but it's not inaccurate.)

    This meta is going to take as read that slavery=EVIL and that there is no such thing as a "good" slaveowner and that racism is horribly, horribly evil and nothing good can ever come of it and white supremacy twists and mutilates everything good it comes in contact with.  You all know that, or you should, and you can find lots of places talking about that with a quick google search.  Also, Blacks and poor Whites had vibrant cultures during this time period that I'm going to largely ignore because while all that is awesome, I want you to truly understand ALL the reasons why it's stupid and pathetic to glamorize the Southern elite, which means focusing on them.  The South was (and is!) REALLY AWFUL AND SCREWED UP and racism is part of that but not the only part.  But we will start a bit by talking about racism, because it's the root of so much other evil.

    I'm sure you've heard that "race is a social construct!"  Let's look at how that construct got constructed, shall we?

    How Black And White People Came To Be )

    Economic Differences And Political Boondoggles, or, How The South Learns That Temper Tantrums Are A Viable Political tool. )

    The South's Persecution Complex vs. the North's Manifest Destiny )

    Taking Their Marbles And Going Home, Then They'll Be Sorry: Civil War Edition )

    More Delusions Of Grandeur: The Whole Lost Cause Romantic Bullshit )

    And I look at this and shake my head at the triumph of propaganda over reality, and also at the fact that ANYBODY, even a racist, could POSSIBLY think that those idiotic inbred delusional cretinous whiny pissbabies were cool or worthy of adoration.
    white woman side eying someone.

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