Edit: Yeah, the nod to a certain government official — we thought we were being cute, and now, I find myself longing for George Bush, wishing we could have George Bush back in the White House and remembering him fondly.
Yeah, Rob, you and me both. Never ever dreamed I'd be nostalgic for those days.
Americans who can find North and South Korea on a map are more likely to prefer diplomacy to war.
Which country is our strongest ally? After dumping (on) Britain and Europe, Republicans are leaning toward Australia.
Being forgetful may mean your brain is working properly. Do I really have to remember the essay I wrote for the NYS English Regents exam?
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer's dissent warns that the US is turning into a prison state. She's not wrong. Read this.
Body shape analysis with kittens.
Obama on the Trumplackofcare bill. Ignore the grandiosity of the webpage and drop down to the speech. And the Congressional Budget Office's crunched numbers show 22 million would lose health care. Essentially, it is the cynical and uncaring RetroRepublicans trading lives for tax cuts.
And an editorial on why people are in politics, and how this week will define them. Quoting ( behind the cut: )
( May 2017's stats and top posts behind the cut. )
When you see millions of the mouthless dead
edit: I have just run into the section of WW1 poems about Pierrot. Bizarre.
A year ago in Carnival,
Anyway, on Sunday I don't think I did anything in particular, aside from finally finishing the edits and extensions to "Second Chances." No, wait -- Dad, Mom, and I collectively walked down to the east portage and then I peeled off to come home via the woods while they continued on to the south portage and walked home from there.
On Monday, we had pancakes and sausage for breakfast. Mom has also been feeding me clementines, which is nice; they are just about exactly the right size for the amount of fruit I want in the morning. I went down to the dock to get some reading done -- still working through Religion in the Japanese Experience: Sources and Interpretations -- after which I took a nap. Then I took the big hedge-clippers and did some trail maintenance along the east portage loop trail I'd walked the day before. It still needs a LOT of work, but it's slightly less dire so I feel I got something accomplished. And I got home in time for us to have steak (grilled out in the back yard) for dinner, so that was nice.
I also wrote and posted another installment of "Edmund and Ginny Go to Harfang," because why not.
Today we had soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, accompanied by the leftover apple-bran muffins from Friday. Then we walked all the way around Lake Windigo (the lake in the center of Star Island). That is a fairly decent walk, though we stopped several times to admire various views, and also to chat with two of our neighbors up at the north portage. (The portages are all from Cass Lake in to Lake Windigo, in case that was not obvious. The north portage is suitable for anything; it is very short, wide, and sandy. The east portage is suitable for canoes. And the south portage is not really a portage -- it is just a regular woodland trail -- though I suppose you could carry a canoe along it in a pinch.) The trail needs a bunch of clipping, though, and a few places really will need to be rerouted over the next few years because they are in danger of collapsing right into the lake.
When we got back, I took a nap (longer than I meant to, but I suppose that makes up for staying up later on Monday night than I meant to -- Dad and I were talking about this and that, got really into our conversation, and mutually lost track of time), and then went down to the dock to finish Religion in the Japanese Experience: Sources and Interpretations. So that's two reading projects knocked off, go me!
(I have signally failed to start reading Don Quixote, though. *sigh*)
I also picked a starship design for the Amber Lotus -- the Red Cross ship in "Intervention," aka my WIP Big Bang fic -- since my artist wanted a visual reference. That was a little annoying/embarrassing, since I had actually picked a starship type a year or two back... and then forgotten to write my choice down, so I had to recreate it from scratch today. *headdesk*
Hmm. Other things, other things...
I do most of the table-clearing and dish-washing at the cabin, since I find it meditative and also I don't help much with the cooking. I have obviously been doing a bunch of that.
Mom and I have also been working through a book of crossword puzzles I bought a few years ago for use on trips (sometimes crosswords are more my speed than a book; sometimes it's the other way around) and while most of them are pretty reasonable, there was one that had straight-up terrible clues -- hopelessly non-specific, and not even any clever jokes to resolve ambiguities. We had to cheat repeatedly to get anywhere, which is annoying since we have done harder-rated crosswords with much less difficulty.
And now I think I will go to bed, since I want to get through tomorrow without collapsing for a two-hour nap. *wry*
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates
Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?
Chapter Summary: Hino is now convinced he's a rugby prodigy, but not everyone agrees.
Chapter 4: Hino's True Ability
So I worked a half-day from home yesterday and saw a physio, and I'm working from home again today because it's still twinging a little.
Down side: all the testing and over-the-shoulder help I could use right now is not available. And there's quite a lot of it.
Up side: I can pick up my Sydney Transport card which I dropped on a bus the other week and which someone kindly picked up and turned in.
A little background: I want to eat more veggies. I've no plans on becoming a vegan or even a vegetarian. I'm an omnivore, but I'm an omnivore who happens to really like a lot of vegetarian dishes. The problem? The WBH is not going to cook them. Well, he might, if I whined, but I can cook, it's just that I don't really enjoy the process.
On FB a week or so ago, I asked for recommendations for books/websites. One of those was for www.thugkitchen.com/. As well as the website, there are three cookbooks. My library system has "Thug Kitchen Eat Like You Give a F*ck." How could I not ask for a book like that?
Tonight was my first trial run, spiced chickpea wraps with tahini dressing.
The dressing includes 1/4cup tahini, 3 TBS warm water, 1.5 TBS lemon juice, 1 TBS olive oil, 1 TSP soy sauce/tamari and 2 cloves of garlic, minced (which I appear to have omitted. oops)
The main has 1TBS olive oil, three cups of cooked chickpeas/two fifteen-ounce cans (I used cans), 2 TBS lemon juice, 1tsp maple syrup, 1 TSP soy sauce/tamari, 2 TSPs smoked paprika, 2 TSPs ground cumin, 1 TSP garlic powder, and 1/4 to 1/2 TSP cayenne.
I have never opened a can of tahini before today. My first impression was of milky gunk, until I stuck a spoon into and found clumps of goo. I mixed and mixed and mixed and mixed until some of it was smooth enough to spoon into the measuring cup. The rest of the dressing went together just fine, if you ignore the fact that I hadn't noticed the garlic cloves.
I heated a large frying pan over medium-high heat, added the olive oil, dumped in the drained chickpeas, and cooked for at least ten minutes to get the golden hue and popping that the book said would take three to five minutes. I mixed the lemon juice, maple syrup and tamari together, dumping the liquid onto the chickpeas when they had finally arrived at the golden and popping stage. It evaporated immediately. The spice mixture was added and turned into a thick paste that stuck to the spatula. I worked the spice glob free and spread it around the pan while stirring.
This is supposed to go into a wrap. During the cooking process, I cut up carrots and a cucumber into what passes (for me) for matchsticks. I am not a whiz with a knife. The sticks on the cutting board, which looked small enough to me, turned out to be way too big. Oh, well. I scooped chickpeas onto a tortilla, arranged the carrots and cucumbers, and then dumped enough sauce onto it until it looked right.
It was tasty enough, but I think I need to try this again sometime later. I suspect that this would be better prepared in a wok, rather than a large frying pan. A wok would hold the liquid at the bottom, instead of instantly drying up. I also think I would mix the spices into the liquids before the dump, in hopes that there would be less spice sludge and more "spices sizzling onto chickpeas" reaction.
No fear, no doubt
Till they pulled me out
So that's my refrain.
I live in Hell
'Cause I've been expelled
I think I was in Heaven
So give me something to sing about.
Give me something...
~~Once More, with Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 7)~~
[Drabbles & Short Fiction]
- Wrong (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by kasumi_EFP
- Lessons (Giles, Buffy, General Audiences) by kiss_me_cassie
- In Your Arms (Willow/Spike, Mature) by angelus2hot
- Phone Sex (Willow/Spike, Explicit) by angelus2hot
- Turned (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by kasumi_EFP
- In the Enemy's Body (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by kasumi_EFP
- Light (Tara/Willow, General Audiences) by CapturetheFinnick
- Book Two: The Sword and the Fist (Faith/Robin Wood, Teen) by ReverendKilljoy
- After the End (Spike/Buffy, Mature) by EllieRose101
- A Sad Soul (Spike/OC, Not Rated) by Vivid Nightmares (wingsovermyhead)
- A New Way (Angel/Buffy, Mature) by SecondFromTheRight
- Wishing, Hoping and Dreaming (Crossover, Not Rated) by nurseygirl
- God Is Real and She's American (Xander/Anya, Mature) by mabus101
- Something Unexpected (Angel/Buffy, Teen) by SecondFromTheRight
- The Perks of The Job (Spike/Buffy, Not Rated) by DestinyFreeReally
- Harbingers of Beatrice (Spike/Buffy, Explicit) by HollyDB
- Secrets Kept (Crossover, General Audiences) by Mirrored_Illusions
- You Are A Great Deal of Trouble, Miss Lehane. (Cordelia, Faith, Teen) by steeleye
- Lost Angels (Xander/Spike, Explicit) by StillRose
- Heaven Sent (Spike/Buffy, Explicit) by sunalso
- 610. Wrecked by Tiny Fences: A Buffy Podcast
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying Fan Event by DreadCentral
- Coming Soon: Buffy Rock Candy! by Funco.com
The rainy spring has caused mold smells to begin in the basement a good month ahead of time. Can no longer hang clothes there, and must leave door closed. This may also account for the chronic sore throat and general malaise, but my acupuncturist has it too, so it might be universal allergies.
Copped a translation of the Lais of Marie de France from the Wee Free across the street. Shall probably give it The Decameron in return. The translation of both books is uninspired, but I've had it with Boccaccio's dweeby lovers and am ready for something nobler.
EDIT 6-27-17: Someone has thoughtfully posted a copycat recipe. This will be useful after the special concludes in August. Meanwhile go throw money at the people who invented this, in hopes they will make more awesome food.
I mean, I know to do it on hot days, but when it's 70 and sunny,I just sit outside, enjoying it all until someone says "you look a little pink" and by the time that happens, it's too late and I'm burnt.
And of course I wore a top with a nice deep V neck so the burn is just all down my poor chest. And just one arm got it.
I signed up for duolingo to brush up on my español so I can continue to help Sylvia with her homework. It's pretty addictive and I'm excited to work towards enough gems to by the flirting phrases pack lol.
- Mutants and Masterminds
- Wraith: The Oblivion
- Aeon limited edition
- Star Wars Core Rulebook (dhampyresa, do you want this? I'm happy to send it to you--it's Wizards of the Coast's d20 system)
- Mage: The Ascension (we may already have this BUT I DON'T CARE)
- Changeling Storyteller's Guide (now I just have to find the core book for Changeling)
- Wraith Player's Guide
- Battlefleet Gothic 2002 Annual (I looooooooove the aesthetic of the Battlefleet Gothic miniatures and am sorry I only own one, which is still unassembled in its blister pack)
- Earthdawn (I used to own this before my stepmother threw it out)
- Ars Magica (ditto)
- and a stray issue of Playboy July 1995 because it was sitting there lonely and I am easily amused
PLEASE, VAN, CONTINUE ACQUIRING AND SELLING USED RPGs. I WILL COME BUY THEM!!!
This is like Christmas.
Hey! I’m going to Denver Comic Con this weekend! I’ll be on panels and signing books! Here is my schedule!
Laughter in the Face of Disaster (Friday 6/30 11AM Room 407),
Military Scifi an Institution (Friday 6/30 3PM DCCP4 – Keystone City Room),
Fight the Power! Fiction for Political Change (Friday 6/30 4:30PM Room 402),
The Writing Process of Best Sellers (Saturday 7/1 12PM Room 407),
The Hardness Scale – Is Fiction Better Squishy or Solid? (Saturday 7/1 3PM Room 407),
Economics, Value and Motivating Your Character (Sunday 7/2 11AM Room 407).
Friday 6/30 from 1PM-2:50PM at Tattered Cover Signing Booth 2,
Saturday 7/1 from 10:30AM-11:50PM at the Tattered Cover Signing Booth,
Sunday 7/2 from 2PM-4PM at Tattered Cover Signing Booth 2.
Come see me!
Also, thanks to Sisters in Geek, who collected up this information in this article on my and other authors’ schedules, so I didn’t have to. You’re the best, Sisters in Geek!
Different types of exercise affect different parts of the brain.
A disillusioned Reaganite explains why he's not a Democrat. Read this one.
Nobel-winning economists oppose Trumpcareless.
Ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid.
Kentuckians are represented in the Senate by McConnell and Rand Paul. They have a lot to lose if Trumpuncare passes, and they're letting McConnell know that.
Salvatore Dali's body is being exhumed for a paternity test that may give a lot of his estate to someone nobody expected.
How much traffic on Eclipse Day, Aug. 21?
Gay Pride marchers carrying a Star of David were kicked out of the Chicago parade.
Russia has recalled the ambassador at the center of the Trump investigation.
A review of the status of TrumpnoIdontcare, from The Slatest.
How Harry Potter enchanted the world.
How Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and some Christians dress for worship.
America's 11 most interesting mayors.
Technology catches up with tech workers in India.
How gay should a gay bar be?
Congress, Amartya Sen and the Saudi-imposed famine in Yemen.
Dogs calming cheetahs.
(Though I'll really need an ACD icon, or at least a more general Sherlock Holmes one. Not that I haven't been looking ...)
But first, here's the story I wrote for this round:
Title: The Question
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - ACD
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty (with appearances by Lestrade, Watson, and Moran)
Summary: Of all the unanswered questions I had collected over the course of my career, none weighed upon me as much as that posed by the inexplicable inaction of Professor Moriarty.
A/N: Written for graycardinal during the Holmestice 2017 Summer Round. Many thanks to fluffyllama and wojelah for all their help!
Originally posted at the Holmestice comm and at AO3.
( The Question )
EDIT 6/27/17: Round 2, I watered plants. Then I hauled 4 garden carts full of brush from previous projects to the brush pile in the ritual meadow. I have not yet picked up the giant ring of trimmings around the purple-and-white garden though.
EDIT 6/27/17: Round 3, I sprayed week killer in the old raspberry patch and in the streetside yard. In some places there is poison ivy as far as the eye can see. >_< I expected that, because it is a "bandage" plant that appeared in disturbed earth, but I do not want it here. I have firmly suggested that Gaia patch the ground with something else, such as the grass I spent two weeks planting there. Some of the grass has grown in beautifully, but other areas remain stubbornly bare dirt or noxious weeds. Ah well, it's a work in progress.
Since then I have made a point of reading books on game design when I can find them, and the occasional article on the web. While I have released a couple of small interactive fiction games (IFs) and the narrative game Winterstrike (Failbetter Games), I don't really consider myself a game designer. It's more in the nature of something I do on the side because I find it illuminating to consider alternate ways to approaching narrative; I think primarily as a writer of static fiction. And for the purposes of the hexarchate, it's research because I decided that one of the factions (the Shuos) abuses game design techniques in their pedagogy, and one of the characters (Jedao) is a gamer.
The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design, ed. Mike Selinker, is a collection of essays by various designers. I was originally going to read the book through and do a report on the book overall, but I liked the essays enough to do individual reports on some of them. ( cut for length )
Thank you to the person who donated this book!
Freelancer! From the distant future the Factions bring you our Mutant Chronicles Bundle featuring the 2015 Third Edition of Mutant Chronicles, the dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG of future darkness from Modiphius Entertainment. With its fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire), Mutant Chronicles 3E is a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force.