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|Thursday, July 21st, 2016|
|They Were the Footsteps of a Gigantic Termite
Today I could find HGTV on the exercise bike at the gym! That's not a given, sometimes it's at Channel 2, sometimes it isn't. Today I watched an episode of "Flip or Flop," where two real estate brokers who tapped out selling houses now buy and renovate houses for resale. Apparently they buy the houses without an inspection, and sometimes sight unseen. They were shuttling back and forth between two houses. In *both* of them it came as a complete surprise when they knocked down the walls that the plumbing and electricity were clapped out, although I thought that the estimates of the additional cost their contractor (who looks like the guy in American Gothic, although with a sawzall instead of a pitchfork) were implausibly low. I mean, $4,000 to completely repipe a four-bedroom house?
So at first I was yelling at the screen: this just happened to you! How stupid are you guys? And then I realized that they're the Jam Watsons of home rehab. Much of the cozy enjoyment comes from, at any rate, being smarter than THEM, and part of what HGTV pays them for is goofiness.
|Sunday, July 17th, 2016|
HILLARYC LINTON: protagonist of Wuthering Heights sequel
|Monday, July 11th, 2016|
|The Brexit Club
Not sure who's the jock or the princess, everyone in politics is the criminal, no one is a brain, and Britain is the basket case.
|Sunday, June 26th, 2016|
|Brexit Through a Pop Culture Lens
I feel like I need an icon of *that* screencap of Avon in "Blake," because Brexit is indeed a Gauda-Prime level Own Goal. The final of The Great British Fuck-Off, with some very soggy bottoms indeed.
Of course lots of people besides Cameron will be losing their jobs, and they won't deserve it so richly. I could almost think of Po' Cameron as a supporting player in The Fascists Awaken, but that would imply that he's a good guy, and I just can't say that.
Somewhere Jamie and Claire are looking forward to Scotland heading off for Europe and laughing like a drain.
The British Empire is long gone, but the likely reduction of Great Britain to England makes Cameron the anti-Disraeli. As well as the Anti-Christ: it's a miracle to start with the Feeding of the 5,000 and ending up with five loaves and two fishes.
But perhaps the best pop culture analogy is another project about a career at the center of power ended by a completely gratuitous act of stupidity. Rap with me--"Cameron, better known as Hameron..." No immigrants--that gets the job done!
|Tuesday, April 26th, 2016|
|Monday, March 14th, 2016|
|Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016|
|Saturday, December 26th, 2015|
|Stupid Question From a Luddite
I haaate the music at the gym. The exercise bike has connections for hooking up one's own device. I would like to buy something cheap that I can copy CDs of music I already own, using my (Windows) computer. Which is actually legal! I'm much less interested in downloading music. Am I correct that the frammis to do this with is an MP3 player? I actually prefer *not* to watch videos, it's like reading on the exercise bike, I discovered that I don't work anywhere near hard enough if I'm doing something that takes too much attention.
Will I need software or a codec once I have the thing, or will the necessary software be built-in? I assume I can just hook up the device to a USB port, put a CD in the CD-ROM drive and hit "move this thing to the other thing," or is that as unrealistic as telling my wristwatch to teleport me outta here?
|Friday, December 25th, 2015|
|Yuletide Glitch Question
I know there are various indexing problems about various Yuletidey things. I got two lovely comments on treats that I would like to reply to, but when I click to reply it says Comment as Executrix instead of Comment as Unknown Creator. Should I reply to the comments anyway and hope that it'll look OK when it's posted, or wait until reveals (and have the recipients think I'm horribly ungrateful?)
|Thursday, December 17th, 2015|
|I Have Yuletode!
There's always something, isn't there? I usually use Firefox, because IE smells like uselessness, failure, and something uniquely Microsoft (and has done since before W10 was launched). But I couldn't get Firefox to recognize Yuletide2015 as an entity. So I chugged up IE, which did a good imitation of posting all four fics. And since they're all treats, it kind of doesn't matter if they DIDN'T post--I can't have defaulted! And, just like every year, when I look at the allegedly posted version it says "Anonymous (executrix)" which always makes me think I've done something dreadfully wrong to not be anonymous enough.
All four are short, but long enough to be in the main collection. Two het, one slash, one gen. One theater, two TV (fandoms I've written in, but not a lot), one RPF (historical, not contemporary).
|Thursday, December 10th, 2015|
|Yuletide: Hey, It's That Guy!
My quest in life is to be a mensch and not to be That Guy, but I am afraid that sometimes I *am* That Guy, and never more so than around Yuletide.
I just decided to do a third Treat. I feel like a total free rider: my just doing Treats, I get to do only things that appeal to me, and optional details are REALLY optional because it's not even my assignment! So there! And I escape my bete noire, the Yuletide Letter. True, this means that I don't get a fic, but, ummm, I've never been blown away by any exchange fic I ever got.
If anyone reading this actually reads the treats, they'll probably be pretty recognizable as mine, but: fun guessing game. Two of the three are TV fandoms I've written before, but not often. The third is sort of a book fandom, and I've written a lot in the general area but not the specific media item. They're medium-sized for Yuletide, not juggernauts.
I do have a question, though. I know when I'm done I post to the collection. But the people I'm treating have two pseuds. Let's say that my imagination is piqued by this prompt from the pinch hit list:
Request 1 by sudden_danger (sairymoo): I want a really hot slash fic about Elves and Brownies baking brownies!
OK, so do I describe the result as a gift to sudden_danger or to sairymoo?
|Thursday, December 3rd, 2015|
|Drive-By: Imperial Radch
Am now impelled to write an Imperial Radch coffeeshop AU just so that someone can say "Watery Swords handing out tarts is no basis for a system of government."
|Wednesday, November 25th, 2015|
|Om Nom Nom: Beetney
I'm going to be bringing a vegetarian main course to my pan pal Lee's Thanksgiving dinner, and she specifically requested that I bring poached pears.
So! I cored six pears, poached them with ginger tea and chai, apple cider, and rum, with bonus cloves and star anise. I wanted to reduce the sauce, but after boiling it in one of my thin cheap-ass saucepans it didn't reduce, so I said, screw it and poured most of the sauce into a Tupperware container over the pears, which I will refrigerate once they cool down a little.
Then I put the rest of the sauce into a small Le Creuset dutch oven. Which immediately reduced like a boss, the opposite of what I thought--I figured that the heavy pan would take *forever* to reduce the sauce.
Next up, beet/cranberry/tangerine chutney! I hauled out my mouli-julienne (a plastic and metal gadget that's sort of a manual food processor), drained a can of sliced beets, and saved the beet juice for my next batch of seitan--it gives it a strenuously meaty look. Then I ground the beets into large julienne, ground half a package of cranberries (straight out of the freezer), and a tangerine plus the peel of the *other* tangerine I ate for dessert with lunch. Then I jammed the mixture with the leftover pear sauce, some balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice. It makes exactly a pint, although it is so delicious that I suspect the appropriate measure would have been the 55-gallon drum.
Later tonight, I'll make the "beef" Wellington filling and the cashew tarragon bechamel, then all I'll have to do tomorrow is assemble the Wellington and pack everything and get on the train.
|Wednesday, November 18th, 2015|
|Tuesday, October 27th, 2015|
|Drive-By: Truer Words Were Never Spoken
Seen yesterday on fail_fandom_anon: someone saw a network TV version of "Snakes on a Plane" in which the most famous line had been expurgated to "I'm so tired of these monkey-fighting snakes on my Monday-to-Friday plane!"
|Friday, October 23rd, 2015|
|Drive-By: GBBO WWII
Not that I'm actually writing a WWII-era Great British Bake-Off AU, but if I were, then Paul could team up with Lady Peter Wimsey while LPW is doing Secret Work in Europe. And then they'd be Hollywood and Vane.
And Mary and Sue could go see Der Rosenkavalier, and Sue could say that Octavian's is a costume more honored in the breeches than in the observance.
|Friday, October 16th, 2015|
|Drive-By: Some People Say Let's All Be Gay, We're Going Hollywood
A fail_fandom_anon discussion about Paul Hollywood, hotness of was a big NOOOO! for me. Because there's just nothing behind those eyes. And I don't like his shaving-brush beard. And if he was on Orphan Black he would go to the bad-guy lab with a machine gun and shoot everybody: "I asked for 24 clones who are IDENTICAL in shape, size, and hair texture and THIS is what you give me?"
The FFA thread about the "Homeland" graffiti got frozen, so all I can say is, "Water(melon)gate: It's About Ethics in Graffiti!"
|Tuesday, October 6th, 2015|
|Sunday, October 4th, 2015|