Ah, My Town

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:10 pm
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My friends, allow me to illustrate for you how posh my village is.

The bloke and I went out to the theatre tonight to watch some live comedy (Rob Newman; yes yes we are so Radio 4 and also old). We got there a bit early so I could have a glass of wine - my turn for the booze as I'm driving home from the rugby tomorrow night - and it was very quiet.

As we sat enjoying our drinks, a lad entered and uncovered the keyboard on the piano. He started playing, badly. Two of his friends followed. One of them pushed him out of the way and started playing, reasonably well. A few more friends trickled in, teasing him, as he continued to play, much to our amusement.

The theatre manager came over and politely asked to see their tickets to the show, which, being under the age of 35 (and that's me being generous; most of the audience were at least a decade older), they did not have. They left without a fuss.

And that, my friends, is an illustration of a Night Out interrupted by the Yoot in My Town. #cryingwithlaughter
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My dr rdrz will recollect that two weeks ago I went for my free routine NHS checkup, and was praised for the very lovely state of my blood pressure, my BMI was also found in fine order (though I know this is a metric about which doubts have been expressed...)

And last week I went to have my blood samples taken in connection with this.

And this week I had a letter saying that they had found from this that my cholesterol level was somewhat high, not inordinately so, but I might think about dietary changes or more exercise and I am welcome to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss lifestyle changes.

Well, my dearios, I have looked up the dietary recommendations and frankly they do not differ greatly from what I am already eating WOT. The oats, the nuts and seeds, the fruit and veg, the pulses, the healthy oils, etc.

Okay, I have cream in my coffee, but on reflection, I am not consuming vast amounts of dairy products or other saturated fats in the course of the week.

I'd really like to do more exercise, but it's quite hard to find something that doesn't have an adverse impact on the arthritis, because a lot of things that one wouldn't think had a direct effect nonetheless do have some. And I am already doing some exercise, possibly statistically a bit more than the norm for my age-group?

So really, maybe I shouldn't be doing anything, more than what I am already doing?

giving barley soup a chance

Feb. 21st, 2019 04:07 pm
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We made this delicious bean and barley soup last night and I just had some for lunch too. It's so good!

What, you may ask, is significantly different from any other soup with a tomato-thickened broth and a combination of vegetables, legumes and grains in it?

It's not hugely different, but the foundation of a fairly large quantity of sauteed diced onion and fennel bulb is probably it. They pair very well together, and when browned get a bit stronger, and that aroma underlies the crushed tomatoes, beans, spinach, and parmesan which come later. (OTOH, this means it also can't be made entirely out of canned and frozen stuff, but fennel and onions are cheap and quick to sautee; dicing them is actually the fiddly part.)

We made it with chickpeas, as cannellini beans aren't popular here, and with plain crushed canned tomatoes - I've never had the privilege of tasting the fire-roasted ones, but I assume they add smokiness. I also added a bit more seasoning than it called for, because a few teaspoons of dried basil seemed parsimonious for such a large quantity of liquid.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 09:14 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lokifan!

Live From Instagram

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:54 am
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Painting at midnight. #crosspost

Daily Happiness

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:23 pm
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1. We got new phones! Well, we don't actually have them yet, but they are ordered and should get here within a few days to a week. We both got the iPhone XR, which is a major upgrade from what we currently have (I have a 5S and Carla has a 6+). We got these phones almost four years ago, so they've served us well. They're still usable but have various annoying issues that resist attempts to fix them and with our credit cards paid off we can afford the extra $40 a month on our phone bill for two new phones, so we decided it's time.

2. I had been trying to figure out if something was wrong with my ipad, with my comic reader app, with my computer, or what, because suddenly as of a few days ago I couldn't sync comics on it. Tried and tried and nothing worked. Well, today when I went to update my phone software it said I had to have a wifi connection and I was like wtf of course I have a wifi connection...but I didn't. It wasn't connected to the network for some reason. And then I remembered that when I picked up the Switch the other day it wasn't connected, either. So then tonight when I went to read some new manga I'd bought and they weren't showing up in my Kindle app, the lightswitch suddenly went on and I realized I must not be connected to the wifi on my ipad, either (it's not one that has a phone connection, just wifi only). I reconnected and my Kindle ebooks downloaded and then I was like oh hey, maybe that's what was wrong with my other comic app and it was! I don't use wifi for anything other than syncing on the ipad so that's why I didn't notice what was wrong. No idea why all these devices were kicked off the wifi but at least I solved the mystery.

3. Look at this Jasper! He looks so grown up!

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The main interrogation in Smiley's People made me wish Smiley would study me and brilliantly determine the most psychologically effective way to interrogate me.

Not in a kinky way.

I still have plenty of other le Carré and even other Smiley-verse books that I haven't read*, but it was so great that I do feel a little bereft in case none of them are as enjoyable.

Though now I have the two Alec Guinness miniseries (I've never resented "series" for being its own plural before! I should treat it like Finnish maybe: 'seriekset'😐. At least that's fun to say) to look forward to (once we manage to get hold of them).


Though I will read something else first, because I always read at least one other book in between books of a series to minimize how much they blur together in my mind later. If I gulp it all down at once, the details will generally disappear from my memory after a few years.

Star Trek: Discovery S1 + 2x01-05

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:05 am
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*shows up fifteen minutes late with raktajino*

I've been rewatching bits of season 1 of DSC, and keeping up with season 2, and…I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about Star Trek. It's been a while since I've had a lot of feelings about Star Trek. Rewatching the first season now, I find myself having a lot of thoughts about Lorca, and the way that it's increasingly clear that the first two seasons were designed to complement each other.

Thoughts about Lorca, Star Trek, and the mirror universe )
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If you are looking to support charitable work and also receive a fan-something as a thank you for your donation, the offerings community for the 2019 incarnation of Fandom Trumps Hate is live. There's many things in there to suit the tastes and tropes of all sorts of fans.

This is also a shameless self-promotion post, as I am also offering a fanwork on either RWBY, Steven Universe, or Avatar: The Legend of Korra in exchange for the highest donation made on my auction. The good news is that I'm offering some unique fandoms. The bad news is, I'm offering some unique fandoms.

Signal-boosting the thing itself is much appreciated. If you want to boost me specifically, I'm flattered.
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What I read

Finished the Pauline Kael biography: not sure if it's just that somebody whose career was basically sitting in darkened cinemas watching movies and then writing about them is not going to be wildly exciting, and it's by its nature going to be mostly about her critical opinions and spats with other critics, directors she dissed, etc, or whether it's down to Kellow not having got a lot of cooperation from relevant individuals, e.g. Kael's daughter (there does seem to have been a certain amount of drama in her earlier life, resulting in single motherhood). I am not sure I wouldn't have done better to dig out the volumes of her criticism and read those.

Re-read all Martha Wells' Murderbot novellas and the prequel short story: The Future of Work: Compulsory.

Stephanie Burgis, Snowspelled (2017), which I think I saw recommended somewhere and the ebook of which was on offer, and which was very good. It may have the 'not like other girls' going for the protag, but that is just because the other women are differently badass rather than simpering Mean Girls, and the being different is not posited as necessarily at odds with. Have preordered the sequel.

On the go

Stephanie Burgis and Tiffany Trent (eds), The Underwater Ballroom Society (2018), as the prequel to Snowspelled was in this (and it was only slightly dearer than buying it separately, and anyway this had been vaguely on my radar).

Up next

Nothing immediate after that, but next week promises not only the Stephanie Burgis sequel above mentioned, but Amanda Downum's The Poison Court.

cimorene: blue-green tinted monochrome photo of a woman with short curly hair holding one hand to the back of her neck and looking to the side (helen kane)
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It really seems incredibly bizarre that Google Books uses some algorithm to suggest other books to me.

When I simply want to read one of their ebooks I can't even open the reader directly, I have to look at their stupid storefront, which insists on showing only five books, the two last opened and three terrible suggestions from the store. The suggestions aren't even weighted to show the next book in a series - in fact their default book page often doesn't even have that information so you have to know the title of the next and then search their disaster store for it!

Even if I charitably assume they've never heard of series, that's no reason to suggest random authors I have no inclination to read instead of things that could arguably interest me, like other books by the authors I've just bought! Yet at the same time nothing stops them from suggesting books I've already bought or "Top Selling" books based on location detection and hence in a language I've never bought a book in.

ETA at 9 pm: Actually this did inspire me to look harder for sources of DRM-free epubs, and it's not quite as bad as I feared, although I'm far from confident that I can find the specific books I want to read that way.

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Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] dsgood and [personal profile] elekdragon!


Feb. 20th, 2019 09:21 am
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To: privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk , public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Home Secretary,

Apparently you have decided that the British citizenship of a young woman born in Bethnal Green -- and that of her week-old child -- can be revoked because the fact that her parents are of Bangladeshi heritage means she could theoretically apply for citizenship in Bangladesh, a country she has never been to.

Whether one regards Shamima Begum as a groomed child, a criminal, or both, it is profoundly abhorrent to adopt a policy wherein people with immigrant parents have a literal second-class citizenship, which can be revoked where that of others can't.

I have enough Jewish ancestry that I could apply to emigrate to Israel, if I had any desire to do so. Does that mean my British citizenship can be revoked?

yours sincerely,



Daily Happiness

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:08 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I had some dark chocolate/orange sandwich cookies today that I hadn't had in ages and they were so good! I forgot how good they are. (Though now I'll probably be tempted to buy them again and again.)

2. We've been eating a lot of fast food/takeout lately and I'm starting to feel kind of bleh and not great, so hopefully we can break that habit and get back to cooking at home (we've both been sick a lot and not felt up to cooking). Tonight we had steak and potatoes and broccoli and it was both easy and delicious.

3. This sweetie Molly is super sweet!

Trello and Stuff

Feb. 19th, 2019 11:16 pm
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[personal profile] finch
It's sometimes hard to know if something is enough or too much.

I have continued to use my Benebell Wen planner, though not as much as I'd like (and I suppose it's never as much as I'd like, in an ideal world it'd be full of poetry and spell notes and divination records but it is what it is.)

With the upcoming demise of Google Inbox I've migrated a lot of my long-term reminders to Trello, where they're living on a Tickler File board with due date notifications. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good for the stuff I need to know is going to pop up insistently when it matters.

The main problem is I already had a Household board for stuff like my honey dos and my day off planning and things like that. And I have a Finance board where I track bills paid and autopayments and stuff. And some of the boards are shared with [personal profile] p_cocincinus but not all of them. So now there's stuff I'm not entirely sure where to put it and it's throwing me off.

And then the other day one of the super twee housemaking sites I follow had a flash sale for three-day access to their "pro" stuff so I totally signed up and downloaded everything I could in a rush, and one of the things included was access to all of their home-organizing-Trello-boards, so I saved all of the demos and they're hanging around staring at me now too.

Now that I've added what I needed to add I probably should figure out how to consolidate it a bit.

The Friday Five on a Tuesday

Feb. 19th, 2019 09:47 pm
nanila: Will not be surviving the zombie apocalypse (me: braaains)
[personal profile] nanila
As I was away all weekend, I didn’t get a chance to post this on Friday, or indeed, Sunday, as I normally do. It is in fact closer to next week’s FF than it was to last week’s. Taking lateness to new and dizzying heights, wahey!

  1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
    Sometimes. It depends on how busy we are. We usually do a shop at the weekend to prep for the week but more often than we’d like, it involves at least one pizza night, one “yes, you can eat PB&Js in front of the television” night and one “cannot be arsed to cook, TO THE CHIPPY!” night.

  2. Do you make up a shopping list and stick to it when shopping?
    Yes. I have problems concentrating in supermarkets. I’m not sure why. I’ve tried to do the “once up and down every aisle” technique that works for the bloke, but it does not work for me, and I end up getting distracted trying to work out whether a “deal” is actually a savings on a per-unit basis or not, or deciding if I would like to try a new flavour of herb tea, or mourning the out-of-stock status of the kriek lambic, or just pondering my shoes because it is all too much. Lists help me to focus.

  3. What is one thing that you always buy, but never put down on a list?
    If it’s not on the list, it does not get bought. Even if it’s milk or bread or something I literally buy every week.

  4. Is there anything that you always think you are out of and come home with it to discover you already have a year’s supply on hand?
    The 17 tins of tomatoes in our pantry speak for themselves.

  5. Do you get your groceries delivered?
    The occasions on which I have groceries delivered are (1) When the bloke is going to be away for at least five days and (2) Special occasions, like the bloke’s birthday last weekend when I ordered a vast quantity of cheese and wine for our trip to Wales. Otherwise, not on a regular basis, no.
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[personal profile] sciatrix: Biology friending meme?

It occurs to me that I have an awful lot of subscribers and friends who have varying interests and expertises in biology, psychology, and all sorts of related topics and ideas. 'Related' being read broadly here--if it touches on natural or social sciences and you want to share, please do.

Caught in a Cat Romance

Feb. 19th, 2019 08:57 pm
cimorene: scribbly sketch of an orange and white cat in an alert, friendly posture (curious)
[personal profile] cimorene

This is an extremely common sight around here (the cats snuggling together and grooming each other) but made an unusually good looping animation this time.

And about time, some of us say...

Feb. 19th, 2019 03:08 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

Apparently solo dining is becoming A Thing? (scroll down, it's the last thing)

In New York, there’s a rising trend for eating alone and some restaurants have amended their menus and tables to cater for this. The restaurant booking site OpenTable has also reported a rise in solo dining.
That thing that that is that I have been doing, lo, these many years. And I am sure I am by no means the only one, because I still remember with great affection the great Katharine Whitehorn's suggestion of a restaurant, or maybe an entire chain, set up entirely for solo diners, with reading lights and bookstands on the tables. Sign me up with a loyalty card! (and I am so not a loyalty card person.)

Perhaps I am a grumpy ol' misanthrope who has had one or two too many group meals which have involved going, finally, to some place that is nobody's first choice but will fit everybody in and accommodate everybody's dietary requirements/a person turning up late and keeping everyone else from ordering/that person who either takes for ever deciding what to order or is too busy chatting to address the matter/person who takes an inordinate time longer than everybody else to finish a course/ - yes, I am a grumpy ol' misanthrope.

Also, I have my book/e-reader/phone/laptop for company: I do not want a giant teddy-bear vis-a-vis. I should not have to come over all Greta Garbo 'Vant to be alone' at a teddy-bear. At least, one may hope, the bear will not attempt to engage one in lively conversation ('What are you reading/is that a good book?').

rydra_wong: stick figure on an indoor climbing wall -- base image taken from the webcomic xkcd (climbing -- xkcd)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
This is utterly wonderful:

Including: Mission Impossible, Point Break, Star Trek V, Vertical Limit and Cliffhanger.

He's having SO MUCH FUN: "Oh, this is one of the worst scenes in all of Hollywood climbing. Let's turn the volume up."

And incidentally providing very good explanations of various climbing techniques, and what's realistic and what's hilariously absurd if you're an actual climber.

(Content note: contains "spastically" used in a kind of derogatory way but when describing spasming movement, which is ... not entirely inaccurate? Anyway.)

Cross-posting to [community profile] disobey_gravity.


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