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Nittany apples, potomac, magness, and bartlett pears, head of cabbage, celeriac, snacking peppers, and a chicken empanada.

I also picked up a quart of vegan mulligatawny soup, caramelized onion and mushroom sandwiches, and pretzel challah from Soupergirl! because [personal profile] fabrisse came over to watch movies with me. We got most of the way through Too Late for Tears before my DVD player started glitching. I think I may finally have to get a new one, as this one is literally decades old -- anyone have a recommendation for an affordable model I can get locally or get from Amazon?

I was hoping to have a watching party for Over the Garden Wall and other Halloween-themed media next weekend, but I'll have to see.

Also, I'm almost finished with [personal profile] fabrisse's Kraken Knuckles, and need to decide what to do next. Probably Anneal (I have some sparkly green yarn for it), but maybe the Wonder Woman wrap (knit? or crochet?), or maybe one of the Morehouse Merino critter scarfs for the Knit-Along (giant alligator? school of fish? pile of lab rats)?
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I went to see The Killing (1956) on Wednesday by myself, and the double feature The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) and Charley Varrick with A (person to be pseudonymed later).

The Killing was excellent noir, full of chiascuro and dutch angles, with a tight tight script, including the final escape with the money being foiled by airline safety regulations!

For the double feature, Eddie Mueller, who hosts Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies if you have that on cable, was there to introduce both movies. Since the theme of Noir City this year is "The Big Knockover: Heists, Hold-ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong", the Noir Foundation included several movies that are strictly speaking outside of the classic Noir genre, but are classics demonstrating the evolution of heist movies. Thus, we had 'Walter Matthau night' with the double feature.

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) )

Charley Varrick )

And tonight, because I wanted to, I made Flemish Waffles from Everyone Eats Well In Belgium. I omitted the cognac, because making waffles taste of alcohol is pretty much a Do-Not-Want for me, but they were pretty tasty nevertheless, and I have a stack of waffles for breakfast for the week; I'm still getting used to my waffle iron, and it's a bit tricky to get it adjusted to be Just Crispy Enough. The waffle was especially good with the salted brown sugar peach jam I put up several weeks ago, and tomorrow I might try it with the rest of the black raspberry preserve I have open, or the pear compote. Maybe someday I'll get some pearl sugar and try the recipe for Leige waffles -- though I think I'd need a different waffle iron to actually get them perfectly right.

postcards from the edge (of the year)

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Dear Author: Holly Poly

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:53 am
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Dear author,

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] holly_poly, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

WORK IN PROGRESS

holly_poly: still working things out )

Marvel Is Marvel exchange

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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The idea here is to organize a gift exchange designed for Marvel and its many branched runs, authors, related and unrelated fandoms. The idea is to include the X-Men side and the Avengers side and every other side that non-Marvel fans don't realize is Marvel. The idea is to include any timeline you want, any world you want, any character you want, so long as it's Marvel.

NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

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  • Nominations: Sunday, September 24 - Saturday, October 14
  • Sign Ups: Tuesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 29
  • Assignments Out: Monday, November 6
  • Works Due: Saturday, December 9
  • Works Revealed: Sunday, December 17
  • Authors Revealed: Sunday, December 24

Adulthood is hard and busy.

Oct. 18th, 2017 04:56 pm
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I am so tired y'all. I want to go home and go to bed, but I have at least 50 pages of reading to do for tomorrow's class. I won't get to go home until after 9 tomorrow, and Friday (which I am taking off) is going to be super long because I have a dr. appt out in the suburbs. Plus, I am meeting up with one of my group project members and we're going to try and get some reading/work done for that.

Honestly, the thing I'm finding hardest about grad school right now is how social and OUT OF MY HOME it's forcing me to be. It's probably good for me (?), but I am suffering. I haven't worked out in a few weeks - which I don't so much miss as know I need to do it but really don't want to, and this is handholding that desire - and I pretty much feel like I've abandoned my poor cat.

Seriously, anyone local who wants to come hang out with my cat, lmk, I will get you keys.

(So tired.)

I am ABSOLUTELY going to yoga when the semester ends. SO MUCH YOGA.

(no subject)

Oct. 18th, 2017 03:08 pm
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Curious question: do they teach 'show don't tell' anymore?

I seem to be reading a disproportionate number of stories lately where I've been told everything that's going on, using a character's headspace and thoughts, rather than being shown it in a character's interaction with other people and the universe around her. And it kind of makes me want to rewrite the story to be better...

--

I have eaten an awful lot in the last week, thanks to Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, which is full of amazing Asian-esque food.

Granted, I went with a couple of friends on Monday, and am going again with a couple more friends on Thursday, and I went and bought some last night (taking it home in a takeaway container)

a list of foods )

I went for a walk, but the wind proved problematic for my skirts, so I ended up taking the elevator to the floor six below the one I work on (also owned by the client) and walking up. It was a good walk; I must do that more often...for the seven days that I have left working here.

on red lipstick.

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:22 am
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A ranking of bright red liquid lipsticks that I own:

1. Nars PowerMatte, Starwoman
2. Kat Von D, Outlaw
3. Beauty Bakerie, Cranberry Stiletto

Which is to say that these are all infinitely more fit for my purposes than the DHC or tube lipstick I grew up watching my mother use, where it's off and on my teeth in under 15 minutes, or where I don't want to eat or drink anything because it'll take the lip color off. If I'm going to wear a big vibrant fun red lip, I want to be able to, y'know, actually have fun with it on, right? Without worrying it'll come off on every water glass and pastry, right?

In that respect, Beauty Bakerie hits it the fuck out of the park. There is zeeeeeeeero transfer with that bad boy. None. Like, eat a floating island with concomittant custard and press your mouth with a full-on white napkin and see n o t h i n g. Not even a speck of red. The downside is that it's pretty drying, that it's fucking balls to get off the mouth at the end of the day, and worst of all, the formula is super-thin, which means that a klutz-hander like me always has problems, because I can't get it on in a single layer. I have to go back and patch it up and smooth out lines, which leaves me with bits that are darker and bits that are lighter. In nail polish terms, we'd say it was bad at leveling, and on the mouth, it's not a great look. It also dries down to a somewhat darker red than I'd like.

The liquid in the Kat Von D, on the other hand, goes on like a dream. It self-levels beautifully and has aaaaaaaaaaalmost the same level of staying power as the Beauty Bakerie, but comes off a lot more easily. It gets dinged because the application wand is awkwardly long and not quite as nicely shaped as the other two lipsticks on the list (there's a reason why the Kat Von D Glimmerveils have a much shorter application wand), and because if you do eat something like a super-buttery pastry and drink tea, you'll end up with ye olde butthole mouth, which is when the lipstick wears away in the ring where your mouth is wettest, but stays at the edges and, y'know. I'd suggest googling "butthole lips", but you'll end up with a lot of pictures of Donald Trump.

NARS Powermatte is, I think, my favorite right now. Yeah, it does have the most transfer of the three, and it takes BALLS LONG TO DRY. On the other hand, the applicator may be my platonic ideal of a liquid lipstick applicator, it goes on like a dream and doesn't feel drying at all, and since it's both a stain and a liquid lipstick, when it does come off, it comes off evenly, so I didn't get butthole lips, even when I put it through basically the lipstick version of the Inquisition -- a four hour appearance at a gala* during which I ate passed hors d'oevures and a four course dinner that was really actually six courses, as the last two courses of which were really four courses (cheese AND salad, omelette norvegienn AND petits fours) and the first course of which was freaking lobster thermidor, served in lobster bisque that you fucking better believe I mopped up with the entire mini-baguette it came with.

End of the night, I still had enough pigment left over that when I smooched Mr. Rhod on the shoulder, I left a big ol' mark. So the good! And also the bad! Though I'm trying to resist buying more NARS Power Matte because they're no longer cruelty-free.

* My life is not that fancy. Except when it is!

Direct Benefit

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:12 am
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Now, I don't know how the people reading this feel about direct cash transfers to those in need, but in the wake of Harvey, Give Directly will be running a small operation in Texas.

Blog Post at Give Directly

I realise that we're more comfortable generally with donating to relief organisations, but, frankly, sometimes it's more direct to hand over the money and let people work out what their priorities are instead of making them jump to the requirements of relief organisations.

(For those of you who object to religious charity - a.k.a. giving that asks for someone to fit religious requirements or to listen to a talk in exchange for food; direct giving also bypasses such hoops.

For those of you who object to 'enabling the poor to by beer and prostitutes', this post is not for you, carry on.)

Is it still a handout? Yes. But it's one that's intended to give people the chance to work out what they need, rather than presuming comfortable, middle-upper class know what they and their families need, or elongating the chain of 'is this something that we think they really need?' Does it rely on good supply chains that then provide the things which people need? Yes. But America has those supply chains and enough people to make it reasonably worthwhile to maintain them.

Could be interesting. Also in the execution of it, how many non-white families get the direct cash transfer as compared to white ones.

Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.

Well, that's a bummer,,,

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:22 am
tielan: (SGA - what?)
[personal profile] tielan
Client I'm working at had a bad financial year - no rain out in the fields, budgets slashed. Come November, there won't be space in the budget at this client for me. Several people are being put on part time, but they're employees of the contracting company so they get priority.

the good, the bad, and the ugly )

In other news, my chooks (Aussie slang for "chickens" for all you sad cases living beyond our borders) are arriving in the next week! (After hearing nothing from the company for far, far too long.) Hopefully just in time to keep the fruit flies down...

(no subject)

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Last day of holidays (vacation). I feel like I've either done nothing or packed a lot into the last week. Sometimes I feel like I've done both nothing at all and packed a lot into the last week.

Crossovering is live, my stories are in there, neither are particularly good, nor particularly popular.

For the rest of the year, the exchange plan is:
Trick or Treat
Marvel Is Marvel
Holly Poly
Yuletide

If someone else runs a Captain Hill exchange, I'll participate, but I doubt it. Pacific Rim might get a resurgence, but either way I don't plan to join in. Other than that, I still have sedoretu to finish, as well as all the others.

I can probably get three Trope Bingo entries done in the next two weeks before the end of October. Probably. But it's gonna be a bit difficult to hold off posting stuff until the 12 Days of Ficmas...
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.

(no subject)

Oct. 11th, 2017 09:46 pm
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it's all feeling a bit apocalyptic right now...

BPAL scents: a few reviews

Oct. 12th, 2017 08:46 am
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The Sun's Treasure: incenses, myrrhs, ambers to start with - it's pretty good in the wet phase, although it's fading fast. Developed into a lovely warm ambery-musk scent, but not very strong. Barely a residual scent 2 hours later.

The Carousel: too thin, turns out kind of herbal and sickly green on my skin. Also fading fast. Barely there in twenty minutes, residual in 2 hours. - SWAP

Nasty Woman: black fig and patchouli, filthy bourbon vanilla, honeyed amber oud, and loukhoum.
Immediately amber, then swiftly a strong tobacco scent. That might be the patchouli? Doesn't last very long, residual scent in 2 hours.

Bast: A desert wind alight with myrrh and golden amber, cardamom and honey, bourbon vanilla and cacao.
Amber and myrrh to start with, the honey hits strong on this one, even in drydown. However it's gone in a couple of hours, only residual scent.

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