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Figs (oh nom nom nom!), yellow nectarines, red bell peppers, tiny sweet peppers, quart of kimchi, pork belly, pita, spanakopita, peach-and-ricotta pie, and 8.5 lbs of tomatoes.

I'm making ketchup! Locals and relatives might get one of the jars, depending on how many I actually wind up up with after the canning is finished.

Linkspam on a Saturday morning

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:00 am
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What a week, huh? So exhausting. I swear, this regime is going to ruin my liver.

Remember that guy at Google with the memo? (Seems like months ago, doesn't it?) Well, one of the MetaFilter gang decided to do a comprehensive discussion/analysis of his arguments, complete with citations. The Truth Has Got Its Boots On, which is a lovely Pratchett reference.

Here's a resource for people confused about the Trump/Russia scandal. Amidst all the racism and Nazis, there are still questions about Trump's history with Russia.

This New Yorker article also asks some questions about Wall Street Raider Carl Icahn and his relationship with the Trump regime. Conflicts of interest? Pish.

This article looks at environmental justice from the perspective of the community rather than the regulator or government. It's both devastating and hopeful.

This article from Pro Publica gives a solid historical overview of attempts to incorporate principles of environmental justice at the federal level, and how they have failed. I do love Pro Publica: they do solid investigative journalism.

Politics can make strange bedfellows, as we know: hunters are on the front lines protecting the public lands.

This Lawfare article about private military groups hints at some legal tools that can be used against the Neo-Nazis.

The New York Review of Books has dropped the paywall on James M. McPherson's take-down of the myth of the Lost Cause.

Here's a blackly funny report of a call to a Georgia Congressman's office.

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Alton Brown's fruitcake recipe. It looks tasty, but the volume is far too small. Why make only one fruitcake at a time?!

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I am working on my NFE story, but argh, just realized that book club is this coming Wednesday, and I haven't read the book yet! Argh. Also it took me 4 tries to get started on the story, and then I had to do some background research and realized that I had [redacted] wrong, and also [redacted], and now I have to research [redacted]. I'm not sure if I'm going to get done in time...

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In other news, Help!. Is anyone else using Chrome and having trouble logging into DW? I turned off HTTPS Everywhere, but that didn't make any difference. I simply cannot log in.

And now off to dog class where once again we will fail on the weave poles...

Well.

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:50 pm
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I've had a Week. It's better than it could have been (by far), but yikes. Luckily, my classes don't start until the week after next, but I need to seriously get my ducks in a row with school supplies and organizing my reading and just outright collecting my reading materials.

In a very me-specific annoyance, part of my 501 class is locating all of the class readings via full-text searches and/or ordering it from somewhere. This is actually a really good teaching tactic so that all the future baby librarians will learn how to find full-text material quickly and easily. I'm annoyed by it because that's my main #1 task at the job I've worked for the last 8 years and for which I obtain money that pays my bills. I KNOW how much of a pain this is/is going to be. There are gonna be 40+ of THAT STUDENT coming at the library downstate. :\ Hands to the sky for my ILL sestras and bretheren.

I did get my book for my second class. I know considerably less about that one as the teacher won't post the class module until next week. I need to start reading that thing.

So tired.
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I've been craving blue crab on and off all summer...

Anyone want to go with me to a crab shack before the end of the season? I'm sure we can find a place locally.
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Dozen eggs, chicken empanada, corn tamale, donut peaches, yellow-fleshed plums, blueberries, batard of country white bread, bag of mixed greens.

if you're reading this

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:28 am
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The world is a trash fire right now. And even if you stay out of the flames, the smoke is still pretty deadly.

Stay safe and don't forget to self-care.

(This may include limiting news intake and taking meds. By all means decide on what news intake you can handle, but from someone who lives with a med-taker, seriously, TAKE YOUR MEDS.)

like I need more bunnies

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:54 pm
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
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...I really want to write a Bruce/Diana/Lois/Clark sedoretu, dammit...

Or I want someone to write it for me. But I am not the kind of person that people write things for, so I end up writing it myself.

ahahaha

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:52 am
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Apparently I am more Australian than our Deputy Prime Minister, who has automatic NZ citizenship thanks to his parentage and some very flexible NZ citizenship laws.

In breathtaking irony, he's the kind of person who thinks people like me are "the problem with racism in Australia".

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

A clip by SBS Viceland played on this so hard, it was wonderful: A Message From Australians Who Look A Bit Foreign.

weekend and monday

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:36 am
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I ended up staying home today as well. Sat in the sun. Snoozed for a couple of hours in the middle of the day. Surfed the internet in the afternoon. Finished an assignment.

Read up quite a lot about Charlottesville and the responses from Christian leaders who haven't sold their soul to nationalism over evangelism:

Two from the Auburn Seminary:
Will Christian America Pick Up Its Cross?
Every word of every book in the scripture was written by a person who was colonized or under threat of colonization by empire. The good news of The Bible must be considered good news to the colonized!

What I Saw In Charlottesville
The courage of the clergy present inspired me. In public gatherings and in private conversations before Saturday, participating clergy were warned that there was a high possibility of suffering bodily harm. A group of clergy (pictured below) walked arm-in-arm into the very center of the storm, so to speak, delaying entry to the park as they stood, sang, and kneeled. (Lisa Sharon Harper shares her reflections here.) This symbolic act took a great deal of courage, and many who did so were spat on, subjected to slurs and insults, and exposed to tear gas. I hold them in the highest regard.


Even Tim Keller has something to say:
Race, The Gospel, and the Moment
First, Christians should look at the energized and emboldened white nationalism movement, and at its fascist slogans, and condemn it—full stop. No, “But on the other hand.”


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In Australia, the government has decided to waste $122million (estimated) on a survey of whether same-sex marriage should be legal. It's a survey because it's non-binding and non-mandatory vote. (A 'plebiscite' is a non-binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter, and a 'referendum' is a binding, mandatory vote on a constitutional matter. Aren't you glad I told you?)

*facepalm*

The most godly Christian response to the whole situation that I have yet seen has been given by someone who wasn't even on my radar in Australian Christianity. But it encapsulates everything that I wanted to say about what's going on and how Christians are reacting/behaving.

Hey Christians, Watch Out For That Plebiscite

As per usual, it is advisable not to read the comments.

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In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored... by Harry Leslie Smith, survivor and soldier of WWII.

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I know most of you are here for the fic and the giggles, and I imagine that you're a little pissed off that I'm putting up links about politics and faith. Fair enough.

Truthfully, I'm just having a perfect storm of real-world issues relevant to my interests as a Christian, as an Australian-born Australian of Chinese descent, as the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants and refugees, and as a woman.

on writing, photography, and books.

Aug. 14th, 2017 03:53 pm
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Guys! I've been writing again! I managed 742, count 'em, 742 words on a fic this week because Mr. Rhod went to his table-top gaming session, and I'd finally figured out how to tackle this section I've been stuck on for MONTHS, and well, I finally wrote it. It felt like pulling teeth, and now that I'm going back and reading the 100K+ words I've already read, I'm not sure it's as good as what I wrote before?

But by God, writing is literally nothing but putting one word down, and then putting another word after that, and then a word after that, and there is nobody who is going to write this fucking trainwreck except for me. So we're going to forge ahead. I think I have another 3,000-4,000 words to write, and then I think I can put this monstrosity to bed.

...

In no particular order, since it's been a while:

  • I shot a friend's wedding! I wasn't as good as a professional, but I did a decent job -- the only egregious fuckup was that I got the white balance wrong on some pretty key family group shots, and since I shot in JPG rather than RAW, it meant the software white balance correction wasn't as good as it would have been. But other than that, I did pretty well, and the bride was happy, and I feel like I really pushed my camera body to the limit of what it could do. Like, I have camera body that was released moer than a decade ago, and the main issue I ran into was that the ISO performance was limited, even on the goooooooooooooooorgeous 20-70mm 2.8 lens that I rented.


  • I wore lipstick in public! I've never really worn much makeup in my life, mostly because I spent a lot of time as a teenager feeling emotionally crushed by my father/society's demands about how cis women should perform femininity, so I came to being performatively femme late, you know? But I realized that there some really WEIRD perfumes, and then I found out that nail polish could be GLITTERY, and around the time everything went to shit in 2015, I was starting to poke around wearing makeup on my face. And when I went back to work after giving birth, I had some pretty significant gray undertones, and had giant fucking bags under my eyes, so I started wearing a little concealer, and a little low-key lipstick. And then I realized that they made the lipstick of my girly girly girly seven year old glitterface dreams. And then I realized that I actually liked the way that super-vivid lipstick looks. And then I fell down a hole that involved a lot of expensive purchases at Sephora.

    But I've mostly been wearing my super-vivid lipstick at night -- work has been super busy, and I end up working after dinner for two or three hours. So to make work a little more """fun""", and to also keep myself from eating out of boredom, I'd put on some Bite Prismatic in the BALLER FUCK YOU IN THE EYE GOLD and do documents. When it came time to shoot the wedding mentioned up above, I tried to put on some of my big shiny vivid lipstick, but chickened the fuck out and ended up scrubbing my lips off, like, twice, in the bathroom, which is no joke if you've seen what it takes to get Kat Von D liquid lipstick off.

    Worry not, though, friends! This past weekend, I wore Beauty Bakerie's Cranberry Stiletto Lip Whip to take the kiddo to the museum, and it lasted through the eating of one grasy-ass danish, a lot of tea, some cheese, and almonds, which isn't bad at all. And the world did not end.

  • My sister used all the data allocation for the family plan, and I have been without cell data for LIKE LITERALLY ELEVEN DAYS including at WORK BECAUSE OUR BUILDING HAS METAL FRAMES AROUND THE DOORS and the WIFI DOES NOT PENETRATE NITO THEM and IT IS AWFUL. But our long family nightmare is at an end soon because our data allocation renews tomorrow. Hurray!

  • Books!

    1. The Shadow Isle by Katharine Kerr
    2. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
    3. The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
    4. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
    5. Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith
    6. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.

    Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency is the first and best and most beautiful cozy mystery series, and I will fight everyone about this. I'm saving the books to savor because the author is balls old, and who knows which one will be the last one? And every time I get disappointed by another series (I'm lookin' at you, Inspector Gamache, which I gave ANOTHER shot again, but I just who gives a fuckkkkkkkk), I go back to it for comfort and joy. And it helps that my library has all of them in Kindle to lend.

Shelving! Also, Toshiro Mifune

Aug. 12th, 2017 08:31 pm
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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I met [personal profile] greenygal to see Rashomon today, which is one of Kuraoawa's more famous films and a seminal role for Toshiro Mifune. There's a documentary on Mifune on Tuesday night that I might go to.

Walking back to my place, I was bothered by a man who complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it, but then asked if I wanted to make a friend. Given that this indicated he was either trying to pick me up or try to talk to me about Jesus, I told him I was full up on friends and walked away from him faster. Further home, another man tried to get my attention and when I ignored him, called me 'a fat bitch'. I turned around and called him out; his only come-back was 'fat bitch' again.

I'm really tired of men, and it's almost always men, that think a woman being out in public is required to give them the attention they want. It was really annoying because I was obviously walking with someone, but I guess they think that because I was with another woman, that doesn't count.

Anyway, we got both my Kallax units put together, with only a minor mishap. I'll get things moved around tomorrow and during the rest of the week. Hopefully having that much more shelf space will help with the de-cluttering!
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Tiropita, mini-spanakopita, seasonal olive oil lemon cake, bougatsa, pita. I'm meeting [personal profile] fabrisse at the Takoma market tomorrow, so I'll buy fruit then.

I looked at the various wineries and breweries for gift ideas -- my parents' 75th birthdays are next month, and food or alcohol is generally a reliable gift. One of the the brewers pressed when I wouldn't try their samples and just wanted their suggestions based on what their popular items are and my parents tastes (Mom likes Negra Modelo and cafe con leche -- so coffee liqueor made with caramel syrup? maybe?) -- so he got the blunt explanation that all alcohol tastes like cat piss to me -- though next time, I might say 'tastes like soap'; it's similarly inaccurate, but viscerally repulsive to most people so might get my distaste across better. It did make me less inclined to buy his products, that's for sure.

Huh... my sister's 50th birthday is also next month. Maybe I should get her a bottle or two of the fancy vinegar. They had Wild Rose, Wisteria, and Chamomile vinegars today, and while I didn't like the taste of the first, the other two were interesting. Maybe one sweet vinegar and one savory, like Ramp or Heirloom Pepper?
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observations from a tipless restaurant (part 1)
A certain small number of very vocal men (and it was always men who were vocal about it) resented that we were not letting them try to exercise additional control over our team members. This was true even though compelling research has shown that servers do not adjust quality of service as a result of tips; instead the idea that the restaurant was not offering our servers up as objects of control, was heresy. For these people, the primary service they wanted from the restaurant was the opportunity to pay for favors from the server — much like the patron at a strip club pays the club for the opportunity to dangle bills in front a dancer for individual attention. The idea that a restaurant could legitimately want to be in a different business than a strip club, was not an idea these guests could countenance.
You should read through all the parts and the postscript, because it's really an insight into the American psyche as well as an exploration of the illogicity of tipping.

Now I want a study about tipping in Australia vs. tipping in America, what it means and how it operates in comparison to the things that he looked at in his article...

I am That Student.

Aug. 8th, 2017 04:51 pm
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Ugh. I couldn't even stay away for a few days before I caved and explored the recently posted module for my 501 fall course. There's going to be even MORE reading for this and it's over 16 weeks. Huzzah. I really need to dust off my skimming skills from my old school days and stat. I also did the thing where I Challenged Myself to learn as much as I could and signed up for (in order) the group project: folklore, datasets, maps, and institutional records.

I work in a medical library and my best work buds are data librarians. I would like to know more about the subject! I just. Sigh. Daring myself is going to require a lot of consequences on my end.

I still haven't received grades from this summer's class, but they're not due until the 10th, so no harm, no foul. I did my best, and honestly believe it, so that's that.

Work is getting busy again. Ugh, the ramp up for Fall is NEVER FUN EVER. We also had a bit of an informational meeting about a new work software we're migrating to in a couple years. It's going to be a massive pain in the backside, but hey. Y'all want CLOUD BASED STORAGE. *eye rolls* This is such a bad fucking idea, but ok.

My gym is closed this week, so I get to go home tonight! It's super exciting.

i hate work

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:24 am
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I spent all of yesterday trying to debug a program that wasn't working the way it should - wasn't even getting me to the preliminary stage, after which i could do some code adjustments.

This morning, I realised that, because of the way the system is set up, the customer's buyer details may be different to the shipping destination details may be different from the billing department details, and the program that I've been trying to get working is trying to send an email to the billing department of a company which doesn't have an email address for that billing department, although the company itself has a contact email address...

Sometimes the job is sisyphean; sometimes it's just torturous. Either way, today is going to be long and unpleasant.

GUYS. GUYS.

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:49 am
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[personal profile] aj
Class is finished! I feel like I should start to chill out about that because I've known other friends who have done grad programs and they were all super chill. But I am Boring and therefore gonna bounce about this for a bit more. \o/

In other news, a new to-do list:

1. Finish up website corrections for the thing.
2. Train student worker twice once.
3. Clean litter box five three times.
4. Cook a meal.
5. Go to the gym three times. Gym closed for maintenance until next week.
6. Finish reading my book.
7. Go to acupuncture.
8. Pick up marble block.
9. Go to bed by 11 every night.
10. Buy paper so as to print out readings for fall class.

In other news my cat is very cute and affectionate.
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Ugh. Too many things to write, not even half enough time to do them...

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