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[personal profile] havocthecat
Sometimes people make suggestions that would be really helpful if the people involved weren't hella toxic and that's all I'll say in an unlocked post, so instead of that I'm going to talk about the fact that I want some damn sheening fountain pen ink and a new TWSBI Eco to use it with.

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

Podcasts

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 01:25 pm
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I have recently started attempting to listen to podcasts on my morning commute. Oh MAN can I see some big differences. Already I'm categorizing: Big Business (thirty minutes or longer, of which 10% is sponsored verbiage), Short Episodes (ten minutes or less), Good Production Values...

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.)

I kept meaning to post this...

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 03:09 pm
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If you listen to the podcast Productivity Alchemy, I'm the interview subject this week, as my (er, misspelled) cover artist/designer alter ego. :)

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.
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[personal profile] brainwane
When I feel like "why in the world am I trying to put on an arts festival" I need to reread this piece.

I'm so vain, I think this blog is about me.

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 12:38 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Me at Passover/Easter/Game of Thrones viewing last night. We dubbed it Passeaster, which sounds like something Helena from Orphan Black would celebrate.



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Monday, April 22nd, 2019 12:00 pm
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[personal profile] darchildre
So, my sister, her husband and I have started what I hope will be a regular and continuing D&D game. We had a world-and-character-building session a couple weeks ago and our first game on Saturday.

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.

"Sunday" Six

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:09 pm
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[personal profile] extrapenguin
Easter Monday counts as a Sunday, right? *g* I'm finally picking my way through the Space Swap collection that revealed (I know, bad mod), and I have some writing updates to share. I do not quite have six fics to share updates from, but ideas count as things, right?

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 )

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Monday, April 22nd, 2019 01:42 pm
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday! I managed to get it done today!

Ways To Give

[tumblr.com profile] 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.

[tumblr.com profile] iamshadow21 linked to a fundraiser for Bill Mantlo, a comic book writer and co-creator of Rocket Raccoon and Cloak and Dagger, who has been in care since a hit and run left him with a permanent brain injury nearly thirty years ago. His younger brother, who has been the primary supporter of his care, is retired and would like to bring Bill home from the institution he has been in for a decade; unfortunately he is in nearly $100K of debt and needs funding to help out. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] typewrittenwolf is fundraising to save their house from code enforcement liens and possible issues with the bank; both they and their parents are disabled, making earning the money difficult. You can give through ko-fi here or purchase off their amazon wishlist here.

[tumblr.com profile] ellie-elizabeth21 is a disabled, nonbinary person fundraising to leave an unsafe household where they are being harassed by their landlord and dealing with an abusive parent. You can read more, reblog, and find a link to donate here.

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.

[tumblr.com profile] ravenreyamidala linked to a fundraiser the Magicians fandom created after a controversial death of a character in the most recent season finale. They are raising awareness about harmful television tropes and also raising money for LGBTQ+ youth support foundation The Trevor Project, including holding an online auction. You can get more information and see all the latest updates at [tumblr.com profile] thankqforthehope or give directly through their Trevor Project fundraising page.

[tumblr.com profile] 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 [tumblr.com profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower and [tumblr.com profile] 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 [tumblr.com profile] 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.

Korean ingredient substitution

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 10:50 am
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From Authentic Recipes from Korea by Injoo Chun.
  • 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.
  • Noodles
    • 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.

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Monday, April 22nd, 2019 02:00 pm
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Two of my tall triangle women were accepted for the "Sacred Feminine" show at Del Ray Artisans!

Three polymer clay figurines inspired by pottery decoration of the Hallstatt era.

Of the image above, the figure in back, along with one I'm not posting online yet, is one of the ones for the show. The other two are a bit smaller, although they don't look so from this angle.

[112/365] dream

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 06:42 pm
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[personal profile] hollymath
I had a dream that, for my birthday or something, [personal profile] mother_bones had looked up when we first met and then asked me if I knew when it was. I gave what I thought was the actual answer, but in the dream she told me I was wrong.

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.

Goldfinches

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I have two male goldfinches in the forest garden right now, one on the hopper feeder and one on the thistle feeder, both in their summer coats.  :D  In winter they are a drab olive, but in summer their bodies are brilliant yellow. They still have some smudges on their shoulders, but they're mostly changed over.  So cute! 

Unless there's some way to push her off the raft...

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 05:54 pm
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[personal profile] oursin

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.

I can't, you guys --

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 09:29 am
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
As for Avengers: Endgame, you need to tell me two spoilers, and nothing else:

Does Steve die? Does Natasha die? )

Restoration

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 03:21 pm
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I didn't realise how much I needed this four-day weekend (and, specifically, a four-day weekend spent at home in Cambridge with very little socialising involved) until the week immediately leading up to it, when I started having panic attacks, trouble sleeping, and developed coughing fits every morning. I guess I was a lot more tired — physically and emotionally — than I had realised.

As I am neither Christian nor Jewish, this weekend did not involve any religious festivities, but was simply a break from work and a chance to both relax, and get stuff done. So I did.

Lists and links behind the cut )

Dream; One Man Show

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 06:39 am
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[personal profile] finch
Dreamed I went to see a one man show starring Jesus. I don't remember anything about the show itself but before it started I remember for some reason Jesus needed to borrow my underwear before it started. It was basically dinner theater so before it started Jesus brought us in to sit in small groups at tables, and I was telling elaborate lies to the folks I was sitting with.

I sort of wish I remembered the performance itself. Afterwards when I went to see him in his office he returned my underwear and suggested a plot for Empty Sky that at the time seemed perfect for solving some problem but the suggestion was basically to have Robin locked in a magical hope chest that drained him to strengthen his doppelganger.

Upon waking I have no idea what problems that was meant to be a solution for, nor do I remember why Jesus needed my underwear.

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