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“Captain on the Bridge!” First Look at Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca!
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Matthew Lewis Teases Character Details for Season 5 of “Ripper Street”
Emma Watson’s ‘Essential Feminist Bookshelf’
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Experiencing the Magic Again: An Analysis of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – Part One
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Jun. 26th, 2017 09:28 pm[personal profile] cupcake_goth
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I have turned into some sort of ridiculous food hipster. Well, only a little bit? Maybe?

  • Because I am a lazy cook AND I am kinda-sorta following a ketogenic diet, I am perfectly willing to keep my freezer stocked with bags of pre-made cauliflower "rice". Tonight it meant I could make a faux mac 'n cheese. The cauliflower rice made a good binder/vehicle for ALL THE CHEESE (and bacon).

  • Speaking of cheese, I Have Opinions about what brand of the puffed cheese bites are the best. (They're ... baked puffs of cheese. That's it. Om nom nom.) For the record, Trader Joe's makes the best ones.

  • Did you know that there are organic, non-gmo pork rinds and pork cracklings? I bet you didn't. Not gonna lie tho', they're delicious. And fill that need salty crunchy snack NOW craving that I still get.

  • But you want really ridiculous food hipster? There's a store in PDX I may have mentioned before: The Meadow. They sell cocktail bitters, fancy chocolate, and fancy salt. That's it. I just mail-ordered cocoa nib and vanilla sea salts. (To be fair, it's one of my favorite stores in PDX, and I try to go there when I'm in town. But still. I just mail-ordered fancy salt.)

... and that's not even getting into how our household only buys coffee from a local artisan coffee roaster and uses a cult favorite coffee press every day.
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New DW Communities

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Fannish/Geeky Things

Neat Twitter thread on Wonder Woman costuming, written by a costume designer.

"Wonder Woman Actor Says Chief Is Actually a Demi-God". [io9]

"Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women".

"More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells". []


"Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers". "The main idea was to portray the relationship between a true mother and daughter as the same princesses a generation apart to show the similarities, the features that are alike." (Related ~10-minute YouTube video, which I haven't watched.)

"Report Finds Diverse Movies Outperform White Ones At Every Level".

"Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way".

"Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps". [Book Riot]

"Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve".

"Invention Saves Wildlife From Drowning in Swimming Pools".

"Sitka artist designs slinky dress from 20,000 salmon bones".

"How I use comic books as a learning tool in my social studies classroom". [March 2016]

On Atlas Obscura:

--"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company".

--"Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought".

--"Laurel Dinosaur Park: This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs".

--"The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool".
elf: Petalwing, singing (Petalwing Singing)
Ok, we're back to lists. Not that I have a lot of options here; I don't listen to a bunch of loud music, and most of the songs I like aren't loud. But there are a few. I'm including songs that I don't think need to be loud all the way through, but have a section that I prefer to be at top volume so I can scream along with it and not year my own voice.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go | Ballroom Blitz | Shut Up and Dance | It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) | Cum On Feel The Noize | We're Not Gonna Take It | I Wanna Be Sedated | Immigrant Song | Fat Bottomed Girls

...okay, maybe I do have a lot of options. Not as many as some of the others, but I'm not running out.

I have no idea what show or movie this was made from, but it's awesome )

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Work was very quiet, no school which is silly cause the last day of school isn't until the 28th, so why have a day off on the 26th? But that's what they did. So we were very quiet indeed.

After work the FWiB called, and while we talked I made my way to 20th Ave, where I met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. We went to the Broadway Mall, somewhere on Long Island, first eating dinner at Blazes, a pizza place, and then shopping in the mall. I got two pairs of shoes, one for the wedding and one just because. I'll probably use them for that trip too. I also got an Old Navy flag tee shirt.

Then came home and found that Bjorn has managed to get his collar off somewhere in the apartment and I don't know where. Grr.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends, including on-line friends, because it's Herschel's birthday.

3. Pizza.

4. Shoes gotten.

5. No school.

6. Wildflowers on the way to work.


Jun. 26th, 2017 08:40 pm[personal profile] yhlee
yhlee: Shuos Jedao (Hellspin Fortress) (hxx Jedao 1x10^6)
Jenna Black's Replica is a YA sf novel that I picked up from the library one-cent-a-book discard sale along with its sequel Resistance. I have just finished Replica and have not yet read Resistance, although I plan on getting to it soon. My verdict is that this is a good novel, but it could have been so much better.

I was attracted to Replica because clones and faux!amnesia are bulletproof narrative kinks for me. You have to work to foul those up for me. Here's the back cover copy:
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake's marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in the Corporate States. She lives a life of privilege, even if she has to put up with paparazzi tracking her every move, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image--no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.

Nathaniel Hayes is the heir to the company that pioneered human replication: a technology that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Except he's more interested in sneaking around the seedy underbelly of the state formerly known as New York than he is in learning to run his future company or courting his bride-to-be. She's not exactly his type...not that he can tell anyone that.

But then Nate turns up dead, and Nadia was the last person to see him alive.

When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn't know what--or rather, who--killed him.

Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.

What's good: there's a lot packed into the premise. Nadia is genteelly raised, but far from spineless, and easy to sympathize with. Nate is a closeted gay man in a social class of a future society that strongly discourages homosexuality, and one of his major motivations is to protect his lower-class lover. And Nadia and Nate's friendship with its ups and downs is believable.

Neutral: the Executive class of elites allows women to inherit, but there's a behavioral double standard as to what men and women can get away with, which is why Nadia has to watch her every move so she doesn't cause scandals while Nate can act out all he wants. The narrative states that this is some kind of throwback to the nineteenth century (Western, presumably?). There isn't much explanation given for how this developed, but I've seen sillier setups in sf so I was willing to go along with it.

What's less good, without going into spoilers: As far as I can tell, the entire named cast minus one character (Chloe, a friend of Nadia's) is white. There is lip-service paid to Chloe feeling like an outcast because she's black, and then Chloe is very rapidly shuffled off-stage and we never hear from her again.

That's not actually my biggest complaint about the novel. My biggest complaint about the novel is that it has a lot of tense action and still never manages to punch hard enough. And I don't mean this in the social justice sense of punching down or sideways or diagonally or whateverthehell. I mean this in terms of narrative impact on the reader.

I can't discuss further without spoiling the whole thing, and I am really frustrated by the fact that this fairly good novel could have taken my favorite tropes and done them even better, so let's have a spoiler cut: Read more... )

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Jun. 26th, 2017 10:34 pm[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
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Mosque approved despite pleas to think of the little turtles and an odd assertion that the mosque would produce more sewage than "normal " spiritual use.
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Ibid has a ... troubled history with Nigel so we're holding off on that.

No histrionics but somehow Rufus established himself as a cat Fig needs not to annoy, whereas Nigel is someone Fig will happily follow around.

Also, Fig made himself sick eating daisies, then tried to eat one again.
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I've made some icons, and since some of them are Harry Potter icons, I figured what better day to post them than Harry Potter day?

10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
8 Kingsman: The Secret Service
7 Star Trek Beyond

 photo 04_zpsogmeuh9f.png  photo HP 05_zps17njaybi.png  photo STB 03_zps8bvozv8k.png

Icons Can Be Found Here @ [personal profile] cpt_kirk

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Jun. 26th, 2017 07:29 pm[personal profile] zesty_pinto
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Docked the old SSD (thank god for the full tower coming with it built in) and didn't even need to install the files to the drive. Windows 10 will take some getting used to, and that's saying it lightly. It implements a lot of features that I have honestly taken a less ergonomic step towards handling, so I'll see if this helps. Windows 10 license will come in tomorrow, so it can wait in the meantime.

Before I called it a night, I ended up getting the drivers from the old boot drive to activate my wifi router properly. Then installed GE Experience so I can see about getting my drivers installed. I'll put money down for Capture One later today. This will be a whole new world of things to learn! I'm so used to Photoshop that even Lightroom seemed a bit tricky for me, but I'd rather use something that emphasizes maximizing images and Capture One's noise software is supposed to be among the best out there. Not entirely looking forward to all the work that's going to be involved but at least for now my boot disk is 1TB of memory. I'll still want to switch it out with a true SSD later on and memory's always getting cheaper, so I'll have to add that to my "investment goals" later this year.

I'm tempted to get a pirated version of CS6 just to do manual work regardless though. For comfort sake, you know? I should feel bad about even considering it, but Adobe's tech support is terrible anyway and I'm just too used to understanding its functions, so I want to think of it as a crutch of sorts.

So yeah, that was last night. That, and a few episodes of Clarence (because it's a really fun and surprisingly progressive show, that's why).

Nearly a year and Mr. Robot is still so god damned relevant despite its roots in a field that is constantly being developed in terms of knowledge and politics. The references to Comey every other episode is so oddly now, as are the concepts of a two-faced Chinese government/hacker collective, and all-black anarchists assaulting officials. What things that didn't hold the same grip was because of their relevance with an Obama administration and I can't help but see that next season is going to go apeshit over Anjit Prat and the Net Neutrality debate and Trump because Trump.

What is most amazing is all I'm doing is talking about the background noise. The meat and bones of Season 2 is not so much of a high-stakes thriller as much as a character study of a man questioning his madness and it's still amazing. I'm glad we waited on watching this for when we had time to really digest what we were watching, and I can't believe we managed to hold off for so long, but getting to watch the show so long after its release lets me appreciate how much they thought ahead of some of these things. God help me, I hope season 3 will keep this up. I'm already curious to see their Alex Jones proxy becoming either part of the administration or as some backhanded remark on Jones' decisions.

We were told the weather was going to be terrible on Sunday, so we decided to make a trip out of Saturday with some hiking while the weather was good; it was pristine, by the way; mid-70's from the relentless storms.

Along the way, we stopped at one of those gardening/hardware/farm stores to find hay. Yes, believe it or not, hay is not a common thing to find here for sale. I mean, short of going to a farm and asking personally. We ended up getting a twenty pound bag of chopped hay and I found some bamboo poles for those bean poles. They had these adorable chicks they popped their heads out to peep out and eat some feed out of their cages. I wanted to pat one on the head, even at the threat of salmonella.

Further East, we took a trip to Groton state park, which we did come by during off season. The roads are paved, and RVs reside the park. Our mission: to take a 3 mile loop around a pond. As we left the car and were greeted with gnats, I took a photo of a black and white butterfly that sunbathed on the pavement, not far away baked a dragonfly with a similar agenda.

Our trail cut short after a view of the boat loading area and then it was off to a trail! that was soaked in like a moat. After her new shoes were soaked in twice from too many parts of the trail that lacked dry spots and stepping stones, we decided to head back to the entrance. What few fellow hikers we saw either wore sandals or bore the squeaks of soggy footwear wringing out with each step.

So we instead went to an easier trail called Owl's head. Short trip up, overlook at the top. Sure enough... it was wet. The paths bore the saturation of several days of storms, now "dry" of running water but saturated. As we wended through the dry plots, I took photos of moss dripping still, and fought cowflies and mosquitoes hiding among the gnats that lapped up our sweat. Not long after though, we see the light in the canopy of trees and are treated to an observation tower and a glorious view.

A constant breeze wicked our faces, and flies fought the wind; life was rampant. A couple and their baby and a dog also met us around the same time and Michelle took their photo for them. But like all trips ending, we went back down... and soon found ourselves back to the parking lot. It was remarkably short, but we already felt it in our legs. Just more proof: we need to get out more.

I didn't think we got enough movement, so we drove from there, explored. We found this infamous 24 hour diner that's built into a truck stop; like one of the old school truck stops that offers showers for truckers and everything. You don't normally find that around my overdeveloped parts of the New England area. This station is more or less an oasis in a very rural area.

We finished with a trip to a minimall. I did not do the flea market dance, sadly. Wandered through a supermarket where I realized how much I missed this one roast beef sandwich we get in New York and I want to remake my own version of it. Then we walked into TJ Maxx where we compared bedsheets (is this what being old is about?), and then to PetSmart, where I realized that reef fish are getting better in selection these days and that the designer betta breeds I'd have to order overseas from Thailand are coming over. I told Michelle that I would like to get back into aquaria, but I know that we can't do that yet; plus, if we did, then I'd want to go all out on it so would want a nice fifty gallon minimum to build a landscape of planted bliss in that case.

Also, we saw ferrets; they were the only rodent (okay, fine, non-cat nor dog) I ever saw Michelle react positively to as they immediately lit up when we acknowledged them and they started to approach us as though they wanted to climb all over us like the little cuteys they were.

Then she saw the pile of poo they made in a corner. I told her that that means they can be litter trained, but I think it ruined the moment for her. Regardless, the walking helped round out the rest of the day for us. Got home, made measurements of the base frame again for the screen door, before we finished out Mr. Robot and called it a night.

Woke up late. Weather is still pristine. Later on, we would realize that the rain we were scheduled to be hit by passed us completely. Good; gardening!

Michelle came out and helped me out this time. I used three of the six poles and tied the lines to the new crops. Then weeding. Michelle opened the hay packet and spread it around. One of the bean sprouts wilted and I found a tiny caterpillar-like thing that I am not sure if it's a worm of some kind of other crawling insect. One of the stems I found them on does include a wilting bean plant whose stem is lopsided, so I'm tempted to think it's a cutworm of some type. Aside from that, the plants seem to be holding up decently enough.

I transplanted three tomato plants as well. The ones inside seemed to have grown much better than the current batch there. I feel like plants grown inside are not adapting well to the outside, much to my annoyance.

Trip to the hardware store, got spline, and then we debated over finding a proper item to lock the bug screen into the door. I couldn't help but feel frustrated at how haphazard some of these installations are and asked Michelle:

"Do you ever feel like everything the people here have worked on is..." I want to say a certain blue term, but as though she read my mind, Michelle finishes my sentence.

"-half assed! Everything here feels so half-assed."

I blink, surprised and relieved she said it for me. How the hell did I manage to find someone like her?

But it's true, this apartment is stocked with relatively decent things, but installed incorrectly. The fridge has a rail that is cracking. The patio door has damage that prevents it from closing correctly. The toilet only had half its gaskets installed. Some things I feel like were added as an afterthought, like the sink that has rubber pipes clamped in to make it easier to extract things that fall in there, but it's ridiculous sometimes. I told Michelle the same thing that I told [personal profile] rocket_to_neptune--that I'm willing to do these repairs short of replacing the water heater--and she agrees and admits that if it ever does reach that point, then she's going to talk to the Board here about it.

Anyway, Home Depot got us a more robust spline and I'll work on that once we get the chance, but for now, I managed to pry out the bad frame with a screwdriver and then a butter knife. A lot of it was jabbing and twisting to pull it out, which made me wonder who originally installed this frame. Then I got the dremel out and a cutting wheel and sized it out, marked with a pencil and grind baby grind!

Then I installed this generic Home Depot replacement with Gorilla Glue. I'm inclined to use wood screws too to reinforce but we don't have any. Press it in, slide the screen door into it, and smile with satisfaction as the door snaps into place. That provided enough pressure to make sure the chemical glue reacts properly, and actually offers a better seal than the original frame since I could overlap this into some gaps that old frame could not. As a result, there's an inch of space that is not accommodated for on the bottom, but Michelle said I could add a bottom inch and people won't notice anyway.

This helped me to realize as well that the screen door has a gap between the patio door that is large enough to make me understand that a spider really could sneak in despite the fact. Next time we go to the hardware store, we'll see about getting a sweep or something we can DIY. It's a quarter inch gap at most, so it'll keep larger bugs and mosquitoes out regardless, guaranteed. In the meantime, while we find a sweep we should also find a new handle: the current one doesn't work well for this more pressure-intensive seal.

Fried rice for dinner. It made me realize how much I missed a good chahan. Borrowed some techniques from the pad thai, but most of the flavor came from that chinese roast peanut pepper oil. If it's 80 percent MSG, I would not be surprised because it's such an awesome umami bomb.

Just realized how messy asking for time off on a popular four day weekend was going to be, especially when I made it five to accommodate travel. I just spent most of my work day trying to figure out finding someone to watch my account while I'm out. There's a chance Michelle might need to drive me to work after we drop off all our bags.

Four days until vacation.

Reminder as well: we need to figure out our gear specs tonight between dinner. Seeing ranch pasta salad mixes gave me some ideas for tonight, but also still need to buy Capture One and get all my programs properly installed. No rest for the... Whatever the hell I'm supposed to be.

Four days...

a little brag

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:30 pm[personal profile] kindkit
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I now have a 100 day streak on Duolingo!

I find that gratifying in two different directions. First, of course, it's good to feel that I've stuck with my German, practiced regularly and not given up. On the other hand, 100 days is only a little over three months, so when I feel frustrated with my progress I can remind myself how little time it's actually been.

30 day music meme, day 19

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:44 pm[personal profile] kindkit
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
19. A song that makes you think about life

"Thinking about life" seems to me a fundamentally adolescent thing. I don't mean that as an insult; it's just that in my experience, as people get older, the questions become more specific. There's a loss of ambition, or arrogance, or energy; "life" is just too big a topic.

So here's a song about adolescence and (I think) about the looming spectre of adulthood.

The Mountain Goats, "Damn These Vampires"

All the prompts )


Jun. 26th, 2017 03:00 pm[personal profile] yhlee
yhlee: recreational (peaceful) tank (recreational tank)
The moment where you see Microsoft Word's wordcount for the current story in progress saying "1701 Words" and think, Why is it 5:01 p.m.? I thought it was only 3 p.m.
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I finally found out where I misshelved this.

(no idea what review series I can fit it into)

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I can see my Kobo has about 300 more titles on it than my laptop Calibre does (because I got the Kobo well before the laptop). How do I move the titles that are on the Kobo to Calibre?

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