Welcome to Night Vale in Oakland?

Apr. 20th, 2015 07:28 pm
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Tomorrow, Welcome To Night Vale is coming to the Fox in Oakland, and I have an extra ticket -- [personal profile] mirabile can't attend, but I would love to.

Ping me? I've screened comments so you can talk freely, but you can also mail my handle at the Big G.

And now, the weather...

Tea Time

Apr. 20th, 2015 07:12 pm
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Café Cup of Tea on My Desk at Work
Café Cup of Tea on My Desk at Work

At work this morning I unpacked my Cafe Cup and indulged in the Peach Brulee tea from the Noir Collection. It was an awfully nice cup of tea!

A rainy day

Apr. 20th, 2015 10:20 pm
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I'm feeling a tad discontent, probably because it chilled down along with the rain (which otherwise I would not mind), but otherwise it was basically a day.

Havva Quote
f___ goes to put it in the Graveyard box, and find out what seventh pokemon she owns. Only /has/ seven total, but doesn't recall what she had stored.
f___ says, “...Derringer, the Zigzagzoon.”
f___ says, “Well.”
f___ says, “He's...”
f___ says, “Well.”
f___ says, “At least he's not a bidoof.”
--From the MUSH. (F___ has a great sense of timing, I think.)


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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...in prep for Avengers 2, which Child and I are going to watch on the thirtieth. He's now six feet tall and can squish anyone who gets in our way. Sure, I already reserved our seats, but that's just for fun.

Technically, I may not need it, but whatever, it's Marvel Time: I am watching all the Iron Mans, Thors, Captain Americas, and Avengers, but not Black Widow because hey, they haven't made her a movie. And Agents of Shield, because it exists.
season one spoilers I guess? )
brief contextual digression )
Back to Other People )

Yes, that was indeed a lot of words.

Okay, I gotta ask: is there any May/Skye fic anyone would recommend? Gen/friendship or romantic or a slow burn starting with the first and going to the second by preference. I have no idea why it appeals to me, but it really, really does.

Spice and Wolf question

Apr. 20th, 2015 08:38 pm
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Explicitly asking for a spoiler:

Does the wolf-girl get a happy ending? I can't watch sad animal stories and this one's already breaking my heart a half dozen eps in. WOLF-GIRL ENDANGERMENT NO. D:
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For all my CSL fanboyism, there are still books by Lewis I have not read, and two massive ones I have yet to finish. This was one of those I had not yet got around to. Now I have.

It consists of fourteen essays, selected and collected by Walter Hooper, who has made it his life's mission to ensure that every thought of Lewis's has found its way between book covers. This is not an entirely bad thing, nor an entirely good thing; it is what it is.

Hooper's selection here, a mere three years after CSL's death, is (by my lights) excellent. There are three general essays on medieval literature; three on Dante; five on Spenser; and one each on Mallory, Tasso, and Milton.

Of these, I found the essays on Dante most congenial and interesing, no doubt because I have read a great deal of Dante. But the second most interesting to me were the large selection on Spenser, and I have read no Spenser at all - a lack which I now see that I must, sooner or later, rectify.

The essays on Mallory and Milton are essentially textual criticism, and a bit dull. The essays on medieval literature are quite enlightening, though, as Hooper points out, the third is almost unnecessary if one has read "The Discarded Image." And the essay on Tasso is interesting, but not enough to make me seek out a copy of his work.

So if, as I have said before, the purpose of good criticism is to give us new insight and possibly send us back to the original works - then, Mr. Lewis, mission largely accomplished.
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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

2/5. Historical about two teenagers – one blind French girl, one German underaged soldier – who intersect briefly in 1944.

So for background, my father-in-law is a darling man who knows I'm a reader and, because he is a darling man, likes to buy me books from Audible. He, however, is not a reader. What he does read is The New Yorker. You can see where this is going.

Sigh. It's not just that World War II stories are easy to find; it's more that good World War II stories have been told and told and told. This one – about radios and cursed diamonds and children sent to war – is aggressively well-written, I'll give it that. But it's also one of those war stories that is supposed to elevate the suffering of the commonplace or whatever, and instead just ends up 95% suffering porn.

The other 5% being a lot of lit fiction symbolism bullshit where a diamond is supposed to metaphorically speak to the sweep of human history or whatever, and it's all just so meaningful, and you can totally see the author daydreaming about the landscape shots in the movie after its optioned for seven figures.

That's lit fiction for you. Set out with the goal of illuminating the suffering of the commonplace, but totally fail to resist trying to make it about OMG the humanity, and in the process lose authenticity and grip on real people, so in the end it's just suffering-suffering-suffering-thematic moment-suffering-suffering.

I swear one day I'm just going to decide that I will henceforth never again read a book subtitled "A Novel," and my life will be instantly improved.
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Man, I'm doing a terrible job blogging this trip! Unlike when we travel on our own, at our own pace and also Geoff enjoys an afternoon siesta which is typing time for me, on this trip they're keeping us really busy dashing here and there, and the hours yesterday in the airport and on the plane, when I had vaguely planned to write some things up, I ended up being exhausted and staring blankly at some very pleasant fic I'd loaded up before leaving instead of putting my brain in gear. But I have twenty minutes now before we have to be in the hotel lobby to catch the bus to whatever we're doing today, so! )

Weirdly, Geoff is having a much harder time getting on line than I am, even though we have essentially the same tech and the same VPN. He can receive mail but not send it; I generally manage to do almost anything I want, though it may take a couple of tries (Nd there was that one time when I could only connect if the VPN was off, wtf).

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Apr. 20th, 2015 08:39 pm
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Photo of the items listed below laid out around a poorly-repaired pair of glasses.

Items needed to sorta-repair my glasses: super glue, scotch tape, paper, little screwdriver, three wooden skewers, needle and thread, microfiber cloth, my sun lamp, annnnnnd Sculpey.

I used the Sculpey to craft a little stand to hold the two halves in place properly while I applied the glue and let it set. I feel quite proud of this.

assorted things

Apr. 20th, 2015 06:55 pm
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CATS: OK, I just put a little bandana on Marshmallow, but upside-down and backwards so that he looked like a little grandmother in a head scarf and then I died laughing and everything was golden.

THE MINDY PROJECT: In other news, I'm watching this? Mindy Kaling is adorable and has an adorable voice?? But I'm not super sure about the show yet. I'm entertained but omg the TRAINWRECKS. Her and the other doctor are SO MEAN to each other!!! I thought it was going to be about her giving up on love/relationship and focusing on HERSELF, but I misread the blurb. HAhahahaHA.

xxxHOLIC: Then I got distracted by xxxHolic. Which is WEIRD and really stylized and kinda funny and I think I love it? the monsters are so strange and the "cases" are pretty depressing but it's well done. And strange!

Assassin's Creed: Pirates was the free Gold game download, I guess? So K has been playing. I like the sea shanties, ngl. Also the insults. Shitbird is amazing. I want a tallship.

Supernatural: Still haven't watched last week's or done tags in AGES (because: Camp Nano, which I am not doing that great at, tbh, but I haven't given up yet)

Kamisama Kiss: The thing I don't like about season 2, in general, is that it's not as episodic as the first season? I rewatched the first season SO MUCH but s2 is like chapters in a book more than episodes in a series. They're not full stories? :/ Maybe it will grow on me, but I think not.. I still love it, but it's no season 1.

Crochet: I crocheted like a madwoman all weekend with all that Mindy Project & xxxHolic. Did 6 washcloths and 2 scrubbbies for camping this summer (IT. WILL. HAPPEN.) and started to work on my interlock project again ..but quickly got frustrated when I kept finding mistakes two lines back. NO! I can't let them rest. >:(

Raven Boys: finished the first book, will have to get the next. I liked this book a lot while not really enjoying any characters in particular? I feel like I was set up to love Blue or Adam but I was mostly ehhh, they're OK. Gansey & Ronan (baby bird!) grew on me a lot, though. Ditto, Noah. Don't remember who said it on my reading page but that ending was not spectacular. Serieses these days. :/

Other CATS: Buddy bit the vet tech last week (old news) because he was afraid, but we were there for his Eye Thing. He's been getting eye goo 3x/day and it's not looking much (any?) better, bluh. Today the health guy for the base came over because they take rabies seriously and even though he knew it was like 99% likely provoked, he still had to take a look at him and chat with us. SIGH. I told him Buddy's going back this week so we'll prob be seeing him again. 9.9 Anyway, Buddy even has an up to date vaccine and everything :-O

DECK NEWS: we have no snow in our yard anymore! We have our bbq out! We made STEAKS and baked potatoes and they were great. :D I've been researching a way to enclose the deck for Sunny & Bud and I think it could work! I want it to be fairly easy to dismantle for when we move, but sturdy enough that Moj can't bulldoze it.

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Today I battled traffic for an hour to find out that I need three to four gum surgeries in the next two months to prevent cavities (or further cavities) and root canals and tooth death and stuff. The gum dentist was all reassuring about pain and my potential concerns about the gum grafts, but honestly after my past experiences + chronic pain I am at "meh" about gum grafts. Like if they don't work and are painful and I have complications that drag on and on, then I will be pissed. But if they are an acute issue that prevents other stuff that's temporarily painful? Whatever. Bring it.

Anyway, this is a roundabout way of saying that I'm getting fed up with moar police shootings or How This Neglected Animal Ended Up in Rescue Horror Story or labor rights being chipped away or the same with reproductive rights and...

...basically, I need a reminder that the world is not a giant pile of shit. Or that if it is, it's like fertile horse manure that can be used to grow roses and tasty fucking vegetables or something. IDK this metaphor may have gotten away from me.

So, uh, if you are also feeling similarly (or have contributions!) here is an open thread to share happy stories, random acts of good things, pretty shiny pictures of things you have made or cute animals (preferably cute animals not being tormented but still looking cute plz), sunsets or sunrises, poetry, whatever.

For some reason Spring always messes with my mood, which is maybe more insulting to me because the world seems to be all, "It's spring motherfucker! Look how sunny and bright and flowery we are! We have stolen your soul to fuel our pollen masses! Now you can only sneeze and not smile!" and it seems so contradictory to feel like a gloom ball when it's like a Disney movie outside (well, maybe that's not actually contradictory), but anyway rambling again.

I am learning though that feeling weird/wonky in Spring is actually not that uncommon, so this is also a post if you just need a spot to go, "Me too! I am also feeling weird/wonky/gloom-ballicious!" However, since trying to share generally soft-and-puppy related themed things, if anything is triggering please place under a warning or maybe if someone else has spoons there can be a separate post for general woe-themed things.

signal-boosting welcome, this is an open thread. please play nice.

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Apr. 20th, 2015 06:48 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3029 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Review: Saga, Volume 3

Apr. 21st, 2015 08:00 am
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Published: March 2014 by Image Comics
Format reviewed: Paperback, 144 pages
Series: Saga #3
Genres: Science fantasy, space opera, speculative fiction, graphic novel
Source: On loan from friends
Available: Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks

Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes.

From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

As you may have gathered by now, I’ve become a bit of a fan of this series and Volume 3 has done nothing to dissuade me. The artwork remains gorgeous and the fast-paced fun makes an excellent foil for some serious material.

The volume opens by introducing readers to two new characters. This surprised me a little (isn’t the cast already big enough?) until I remembered that this was space opera. Sweeping settings and large casts are features of this sub-genre that Saga most definitely utilises. The introduction of new characters also balances the turnover that takes place in previous volumes.

After the introduction, Volume 3 returns its focus to our heroes. The action picks up a few weeks after the death of Marko’s father and grief is a definite theme. Not only do we watch as Marko and his mother, Klara, try to come to terms with their loss, but we also get to see the effects of grief on other characters–such as The Will and Mister Heist. Each grief is a little bit different and dealt with in different ways, allowing some wonderful nuance.

This volume also explores Alana’s background a bit more. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t given as much space as Marko’s, especially when coupled with the return of the sexualised slurs against Alana. I can only hope this treatment is building up to something that pays off later in the series. In the meantime, I found Alana’s stepmum, Even, very entertaining. Her wings were a great clue to her personality, a nice touch from Fiona Staples.

I haven’t yet commented on the diversity of the series, which has been fantastic. There has been a nice balance of races and genders all the way through. This volume introduces the first explicitly gay characters and hints at the discrimination they have faced back on their home planet. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know these characters better.

In my review of the last volume, I mentioned the meta commentary on reading and fandom. Volume 3 continues this entertaining commentary and even expands it to include artists and illustrators. Alana has proven herself to be very much one of my people with her vehement dislike of spoilers.

Now to get my hands on Volume 4…

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

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Photo of a bowl of grain salad with a lot of protein.

This is what I’m eating nearly every meal lately. It’s approximately healthy and filling, and involves only one “cooking-ish” element - putting grain in a rice cooker - which only needs to be done once every few days.

This has become my favorite recipe because the ingredients don’t have time to go bad on me and make me sick when I zone the fuck out, eat nothing but energy bars and pieces of bread for days, and then eat some not remembering how old it is and make myself really sick. That’s a very important consideration! It’s eliminated most of my old staple foods from the rotation.

Required Materials:

* a rice cooker
* grain that won’t get gross in the fridge after a few days:
* * wheat berries or barley = good
* * oat groats or millet = okay but gets dry faster
* * rice = mostly bad
* spinach, collard greens, or some other leafy green, either fresh or frozen loose in a bag (not compressed into a brick)
* olive oil
* vinegar

Other Salad Stuff That Either Has Protein Or Is An Olive (Olives Are Delicious):

* canned beans
* canned tuna or sardines
* crumbly cheese
* nuts
* olives
* whatever

Pre-Salad Process:

* Stick the greens in the freezer immediately even if they’re fresh because I’ll get paranoid that they’ve gone bad and will make me sick otherwise.
* Cook the grain in the rice cooker
* The Hardest Part: Remember to put the grain in the fridge before the rice cooker’s Keep Warm setting dries it out.
* The Other Hardest Part: Remember to actually wash the rice cooker pan so it’ll be ready for the next batch goddamn it.

Salad Process:

* Stick a couple handfuls of the frozen greens in a bowl, then microwave for thirty seconds to wilt them + kill all the e. coli that’s probably on there trying to kill me.
* Dump the other stuff in there and mix it up.
* Eat the salad.

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