Goulet Pens TWSBI Eco Collection
I'm thinking of getting this set of sample inks to see what I like best before I commit to a bottle.
Also, I'm in need of a storage tray for my pens soon. Uh. Whoops.
In an entirely un-relevant to fountain pens link, I got this from a Facebook friend, and I do love me some food-related links. If it's food and history-related, so much the better. This one is about the history of sugar in Chinese cuisine (and includes several recipes):
Sugar: An Ancient Culinary and Medical Commodity by Jacqueline M. Newman
Speaking of which. Open letter to people who make podcasts:
PLEASE try to keep the volume levels roughly the same. PLEASE. My car is not expensive, thus I hear road noise. If I have to max out my volume just to be able to hear the podcaster introducing the guest for this episode, and then as fast as possible have to set it near zero for the fifteen seconds of theme music or else my eardrums will burst, then set it to about half max when the guest is talking... then hey, I'm just not going to be able to listen to your podcast no matter how good it may be.
(See also: volume KNOBS are a USEFUL USER INTERFACE. I do not know why people keep trying to get rid of them. Clicking up/down twenty times simply cannot be done as quickly as a swirl of a knob.)
If you don't listen to the podcast, it's by Kevin Sonney (Mr. Ursula Vernon, if you don't recognize his name.) It's about people, and how people get their stuff done, and various ways of getting stuff done to try. The usual format is Kevin and Ursula chatting entertainingly for a bit, then they go to an interview, although the current ones don't have the chatty bits because they're traveling in China right now and pre-scheduled these interviews to go up so they're still posting each week.
I haven't listened to mine yet because I have an innate cringe at the idea of hearing my own voice, although I am somewhat curious as to how my mic setup worked.
You guys, I love this game. We decided early on that a thing we all really wanted was a world that was, above all, whimsical - full of wonder and silliness, basically a good children's cartoon. We also decided to dump all the more humanoid races and stick with more fantastical stuff or animal people. So Sean is playing a cleric who is a huge shoebill stork person (a reskinned half-orc but with the ability to use his wings to glide) and I am a wee blue-tailed skink artificer (basically a kobold with a few gnomish traits).
We had a great dungeon crawl where everything we encountered was basically friendly - special shoutout to the flumph who wanted us to listen to his mixtape. I think the only combat encounters we actually had were against a Rug of Smothering (can't talk, not a person) and the hag at the end of the dungeon (had kidnapped and enslaved a beer elemental, clearly a jerk). After about the third chamber, Katie looked at the two of us and said, "I don't know why I thought you guys were going to fight any of these creatures."
NGL, about 60% of the Monster Manual is full of creatures that I would prefer to be friends with.
Now we are 2nd level, we already have our next session scheduled, and my lizard found herself a cool new flowered hat on our dungeon crawl.
This is already the best D&D game I've ever been part of.
1. That WIP? Now 41.9k according to gedit! AO3's wordcount is slightly lower than gedit's, always, but as I will have to fill in the sections that have [finish scene], it'll definitely be over 40k. It's the longest thing I've written, and it's novel-length! Woohoo! Posting will hopefully start during the first week of May.
"The art of cultivation requires a mind open to the world. How can your mind be open if you close your eyes to duty and fill your heart with hubris?" Wei Wuxian asked. "Now, let us sweep the training field. Hurry up and take a broom!"
2. My 520 Day Reverse Exchange Fic has quadrupled in wordcount! \o/ It is over the minimum already. Now I can just sail at the plot points I've planned. In an emergency, such as the plot growing into a 40k monster I cannot finish in time, the first scene sort of stands alone. (There's also another flexion point that could be rewritten into an ending a few scenes further in.) I really want to write the rest of the fic, though, and since this is now my biggest writing priority, it should be doable.
No quotes because this is exchange fic.
( porn )
Ways To Give
merpancake is raising funds to help keep her family in their rental; they are struggling on one income while trying to get disability help for her husband, and they are unexpectedly pregnant. Currently they are trying to make a month's rent and get current on bills; you can read more and help out here.
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Anon linked to a fundraiser for top surgery for Krysta, an agender person whose fundraiser has been stagnant for the last few months. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.
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thewalrus-said's beloved cat was unexpectedly hospitalized recently with as-yet unidentified stomach problems, and they are fundraising to cover vet bills and fees. The upper end of the estimate is $3.4K, not counting whatever treatment she may need once the problem is diagnosed. You can read more and reblog here or give directly through paypal here.
Anon linked to fundraiser for deadcatwithaflamethrower and drougnor, who are fundraising for rent for their family after Droug lost his job. You can read and reblog fundraising links here, see and purchase jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal. They also have a wishlist here, as a couple of family birthdays are coming up.
Katy linked to a fundraiser for grrlcookery and her partner, who need help to keep their home as her partner's business hasn't had any orders or contracts in the past two months and they are currently facing eviction. They're raising $1500 for two months of rent and food, and also to set up a shed for soapmaking to help earn some extra cash. You can read more and reblog here or give through ko-fi here.
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
- Bamboo shoots: If used canned bamboo shoots (as opposed to vacuum-packed), they should be drained, rinsed, and scalded in hot water before use.
- Bracken (AKA fiddlehead ferns or fernbrake): Substitute baby asparagus.
- Chrysanthemum greens: Substitute Chinese celery leaves or watercress.
- Dried chestnuts: "Dried chestnuts are sweeter than fresh roasted chestnuts. They are sold in small cellophane packets and need to be rehydrated by soaking them in water for 30 to 40 minutes before use."
- Dried pollack: If you're substituting salt cod or another dried salted fish, slice the fish, soak it overnight, then squeeze dry to remove as much salt as possible.
- Fish sauce: If using Thai fish sauce, reduce the amount used by about 25%. (Korean fish saucy is less salty and fishy.)
- Korean watercress: Substitute regular watercress of cilantro stems.
- Leeks: If using Asian leeks, slice and soak in cold water for 30 minutes before use.
- Nashi pears: Substitute other light yellow pears. For marinates, regular pears may also be used.
- For wheat noodles (somyeon), substitute buckwheat noodles (soba), somen noodles, or angel hair pasta.
- For fresh wheat noodles, substitute udon or ramen
- Rice wine (makgeolli): For cooking, substitute sake or Chinese rice wine.
Some of these sound kind of questionable, but they could prove useful in a pinch. (Right now I'm fortunate to have a couple of Korean groceries nearby, so hopefully I won't find myself in a pinch often.)
The tip about fish sauce seems likely to be particularly useful - my regular grocery only carried Thai fish sauce. (Once I finish the bottle that I have on hand, I'll probably see what's available at the Korean groceries.)
Interestingly, the one ingredient I was hoping they'd list a substitute for (shiso leaves AKA perilla leaves), there was no substitute listed, just a note that you should be able to find them at a Korean or Japanese grocery.
She handed me a printout of this (not real) LJ post I'd written on the day we had apparently met. That was the present she'd gotten me for this occasion, But this LJ post had apparently, like newspaper articles, acquired links to other ones on similar subjects at the bottom of it, other times I mentioned us.
She had printed out one of them to give me, too, and I can't remember the details now but it was a silly conversation about ranking different types of cheese, some absurd thing that even in the dream neither of us could remember having done.
I can't remember the details of the cheese hierarchy now that I'm awake, but I vividly remember dream-us giggling and laughing a lot and being very glad we're friends. I woke up right after that and I'm still very glad of it now.
Goodness knows of the bonkersness of the people who get grassed-up on Ask A Manager there are, I fear, depths still unsounded, because every time one thinks it can't get any worse, lo and behold, something else comes along, and well, WOT??!!
My boss wants us to go on an all-day rafting trip. There is a new director with (okay, these would always be red flags for me) 'outgoing personality', 'emphasis on team-building events. And during a corporate conference there will be 'an all-day rafting trip as a break-out event'.
(Am I being perhaps too bleak in my thought that this is like the famed Hancock episode 'The Bowmans': 'Oh look, they do all have fallen down the old abandoned mineshaft'?)
The person who has posed the question to AAM has already raised the issue of being a weak swimmer and not comfortable around deep water: the director's response was
what does not kill us makes us stronger 'she’d rather see me focus on how to meet a challenge rather than how to get out of it'.
Do we think that 'With your shield or on it' is really a suitable management strategy for the current era? Or indeed, playing chicken to test people's commitment and dedication?
AAM has pointed out that enquirer is very likely not the only person for whom there may be access/H&S issues.