Booksale pile

May. 28th, 2017 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] katherine
I got a satisfying stack of books at a recent booksale.

I've already started one of the many Harlequin romances in the stack, The Beast Within (published in 2007) and two pages in been rewarded by the sentence "Grief choked him along with noxious fumes." Yay, science-experiment-gone-wrong werewolf!

Also Sex, Power and Pleasure, which is an ostensibly nonfiction book from 1985, solely because it fell open to the declaration:
Apart from being potentially versatile, lesbian sex can be tremendously powerful. It is of course true that any strong love, or any strong sexual urge, unleashes a powerful force in human beings. But without entering into competition for the Olympic sex medal, one can claim that the unique power of lesbian eroticism is one of the strongest forces in human existence.


Ironic that for both of these I'm linking to listings of ebook editions.

Sunday Yardening

May. 28th, 2017 01:22 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
It's beautiful outside: sunny, breezy, and cool.  :D  Perfect yardening weather, for however long it lasts.

Round 1, I planted a ruby sweetspire in the forest garden and a witch hazel along the fence. 

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 2, we picked up several piles of grass that Doug had raked up.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 3, I cut grass in three places in the blackberry patch to plant new canes.  Next task will be digging holes and actually planting those.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 4, I dug three holes and planted the darrow blackberries in the patch at the edge of the prairie garden. Older blackberries are currently blooming.

EDIT 5/28/17: Round 5, I put covers over the new blackberries, watered, and mulched them.

Heat and vanity

May. 28th, 2017 04:29 pm
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[personal profile] rmc28
The temperature went over 20 degrees C this week, at which point I discovered all the things in my wardrobe that aren't really suitable for hot weather. One of my favourite Svaha dresses is too lowcut for me to wear without something underneath, unless I can figure out some kind of insert to the neckline. (Or possibly go to a professional alterations place and get them to do so.)  Another of my staple dresses (from Evans) is beginning to wear out. I have had a spendy month and ordered a bunch more Svaha dresses, which will turn up at some point when shipping and customs get around to it.

cut for mention of weight + body image )

The weather also prompted me to actually get my hair cut.  It was getting increasingly shaggy and annoying me; while it was just long enough to tie up off my neck, I really wanted to get it tidier.  The post-chemo curls were also a constant reminder of having had chemo. The more recent growth seemed straighter, but I wasn't sure if it was just being pulled straight by the weight of hair below.  Spoiler: nope, my hair seems to be straight again (photos at Twitter).  I am quietly delighted and enjoying having my hair back again.

(I promptly spoiled the lovely blow-dried effect by letting C persuade me to go swimming yesterday afternoon, but my hair seems to still be straight.  Woohoo.)

Doctor Who 10.07

May. 28th, 2017 08:22 am
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This was the first Doctor Who episode since "The Caretaker" I disliked thoroughly, albeit for different reasons.

Read more... )

Evgeni Malkin: The Russian Penguin

May. 27th, 2017 09:12 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
I assume by now most of you have seen this awesome hour-long Geno documentary from last year, but since Imzy is shutting down, I'm copying over a handful of things I posted there that seemed worth copy, and this list of highlights is one.

Anyway, this documentary is SO FULL OF GOODIES.
  • He talks to his sticks! If things aren't going well, he says you have to tell the stick to score.
  • He goes on for quite a while about how he doesn't like people manhandling his stick. /cough
  • His house in Pittsburgh is cool. He has a POND. I am definitely working that into a fic somewhere.
  • There was a lot of neat stuff about his pre-game routine, cutting and taping his sticks, that kind of thing. I hadn't seen some of that stuff in that much detail before.
  • His wife Anna calls him 'Tiger,' possibly because of his sign in the Chinese astrological calendar. She told him her sign was a mouse, so he started calling her Jerry.
  • A lot of stuff about how private he is, and how he doesn't go out much and spends most of his off time at home.
  • Shots of the players' parking and the door they use to get in, via keycard
  • Geno talking about how shy and lonely and awkward he felt the first couple of years in Pittsburgh, because of the language barrier
  • Geno talking about how serious concussions are, and how he thinks the real issue is people coming back from them too soon. I am not at all used to seeing the average hockey player talking frankly about this stuff.
  • He used to cry after every game he lost, whether it was an important one or not.
  • He had some stuff to say about how important he feels sports are for unifying a country. Not sure I agree with him, but it's certainly the most philosophical I've ever heard a hockey player get about it.

First Fireflies

May. 27th, 2017 10:13 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D
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The first episode of the season which hasn't thrilled me, but I liked it better than some.

'I got your spoilers cheap.' )

5 good things

May. 27th, 2017 06:41 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
1. Yesterday, a meeting I stressed over all week was cancelled, and instead I treated myself to a nice lunch and a long afternoon nap.

2. My house is mostly clean, and the new vacuum cleaner works well.

3. The dog's medication is working, which means she no longer pees in her sleep. (Yes, really. Sigh.)

4. I had a lovely lunch (with gelato!) and a long walk in the redwoods with [personal profile] laurashapiro and [personal profile] shrift.

5. There are still 2 more days of the weekend, and I have no obligations whatsoever. This is kind of awesome.

X-Men recs?

May. 27th, 2017 06:53 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
If I wanted to read X-Men with an emphasis on Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost (not necessarily all at once--for example, I'd love to read about Emma all by herself), where are good places to look? Comics continuity confuses me. I read New X-Men a long time ago but that's pretty much where my knowledge begins and ends (unless you count the MMO, which I haven't played for some time because I don't have time to play computer games these days :p).

I prefer things I can get as trade collections because there's pretty much zero chance I can afford to chase down individual comics. XD

(This has been brought to you by wasting time by reading Cyclops' TV Tropes page.)

Saturday Yardening

May. 27th, 2017 06:24 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Today we went to Champaign for shopping.  The weather was mostly cool and pleasant.  Now it is warm, damp, and full of bugs.  >_<

Round 1, I planted two wave petunias, one in a pot and one in the barrel garden; plus a packet of chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 2, my partner Doug raked grass and I helped haul it away.

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 3, I trimmed grass around about half of the wildflower garden.
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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.

Tuskless Elephants

May. 27th, 2017 02:10 am
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This made me laugh, because people are surprised  by it.  Guys, this is nothing more than natural selection of a typically varied population.  It's what always happens when predators whack the individuals with a certain trait -- it drops out.  Like the silent crickets of Kauai.

Custom Keyboards

May. 27th, 2017 02:07 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
What you get when geeks are really into the typing experience.

LOL yes, Dvorak would bang these boys like a screen door in a hurricane.
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Went to see Synetic Theater's Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight with [personal profile] greenygal as her treat.

This one was a wordless production, but fairly true to the book, including the 'everyone's dead' end.

The use of masks in the production was fantastic, especially with Frollo. There are several scenes where he seems to be fighting his mask -- his real feelings against what he should present to the world -- and in the finale it is Quasimodo against Frollo's mask, to the point where Frollo was killed when Quasimodo broke his mask into two.

Actually, some of the best sequences were of Frollo against himself, generally protrayed by Frollo, a dance troupe of six gargoyles mimicing his every move, and his fevered image of Esmerelda, portrayed in a change of dress and a concealing full-face mask to show this was Frollo's image of her, and not actually her, as Esmerelda wore lighter colors and was one of the few actors not wearing a mask as at all, though she did have make-up making a partial mask across her forehead, as did many of the 'beggar' characters. Phoebus and the guard were portrayed in shiny, military-style gasmasks, which emphasized their authority and also allowed several members of the ensemble to play soldiers (gasmask), gargoyle (plague-doctor mask), or beggar (domino make-up) as the scene required.

The next and final production of the season is going to be Mark of Cain, an original (instead of adapted) peice. I'm not sure if I'll go see it, but generally Synetic doesn't disappoint me.

Next season is already available for subscription, being: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial (Kafka), Titus Andronicus, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a bit of an odd mix, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on my employment status when next season rolls around.

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