This weekend: partial list

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:34 pm
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 The nice thing about posting on DW is that I don't have to look up an image to post.   This weekend, instead of farmer's market, we did the ritual spring plant buy.   I now have three different varieties of tomato, five (I think) of hot pepper, cumin plants (!), a European elderberry, a Bearss lime, a dramatic purple plant whose name I misremember, and two tarragon plants.  Also I watered the front yard when I got home.    The new gardener who was supposed to show up yesterday didn't, and hasn't answered a text.  I fear I shall have to find a new new gardener.  In any case, I'm having an arborist in to look at the condition of some trees I'm worried about, prune the front-yard lemon, evaluate the apples I raised from grafts, and take out the dead peach tree and a volunteer acacia.

I wrote the (quite large) grower of the lime tree and asked about its size; the label says it's a semi-dwarf but not how big it is.  Here's the reply I got:

Citrus can be pruned to your desired height and width. If left unpruned it should reach a larger size planted in the ground. If grown in a pot that will limit to some extent the size.
Well, that's helpful.

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I saw Antitrust on an airplane in the summer of 2001. I didn't leave with a high opinion of it; it seemed campy fun.

I found a used DVD at a local thrift shop last weekend, so last night I watched it with my spouse.

It actually holds up better than I predicted on a technobabble level! We freeze-framed a lot and marvelled at how reasonable (mostly) all the command-line stuff was. And as mainstream fiction movies go, I think there still hasn't been a movie that takes the conflict between proprietary and open source software more seriously than Antitrust (I'd welcome corrections on this point).

details, including spoilers )

At some point in the future I will watch the special features and listen to the commentary. (One of the special features is a music video for the Everclear song that plays at the end of the movie. The music video includes clips from the movie. It's like Everclear made a vid!) I imagine I'll have more thoughts then.

France 2017

Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:29 pm
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Thank god the polls held up. Probably means that they will hold up in the run off too.

I know a lot of people are shocked that LePen is in the run off, but it was like that in all the polls and she was often predicted to win the first round. And anyhow coming from Austria I'm happy if the Putinpuppet isn't 10% above the predictions.

So, well done, France, keep it up.


Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:20 pm
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During the week, a loaf of Khorasan (kamut) flour.

Got in too late on Friday evening to make rolls for Saturday breakfast, so we had toast instead.

Today's lunch: fillets of lemon sole clear-simmered and served with a dipping sauce of soy sauce and ginger paste (these were a little bland and mushy. which may be because previously frozen, rather than fresh?); served with sticky rice with lime leaves, samphire steamed and tossed in butter, sugar snap peas roasted in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with bramble vinegar, and padron peppers (which Waitrose now stock, apparently).

Probably bread-baking during the week.

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This is chore and recoup day after my recent whirlwind of activity: the Del Puerto Canyon trip Wednesday, not a hike but long and exhausting nevertheless; work; Mitchell Canyon, two short naps, a shower, and a concert; Point Reyes, a great lunch, a short nap, and a long but excellent dance. It was all good, but I did realize I was doing it all to make sure I could. Today I woke too nearly, did a load of laundry at 7, hit TJ's at 8, took a nap, ate a big breakfast partly derived from yesterday's lunch leftovers, did another load of laundry, and went back to bed with tumblr. Presently I will go out and buy gas, foray into a distant Goodwill, and hit Grocery Outlet. Then I really can just hang out for the rest of the day, though I should bake brownies and make hummingbird food. Whew!

But first another nap.
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(Much [not all] of my commentary on Episode One ["The Pilot"] I posted to my Tumblr, first)

Spoilers for *The Pilot* all the way down )

Spoilers for *Smile* all the way down )

So Yes: Good. Two strong episodes in a row.

Feeling stressed

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:09 pm
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From last weekend until 8th June is literally the busiest I will be all year: 2 OU courses with exams on 6th and 8th, and a third that just started and will run until September. I knew I was going to be stressed and overloaded and wrung out for about 8 weeks and had basically made my peace with it as the price for getting done this year rather than next.

And now 8th June is a general election, and I have no time to campaign, and have to fight the guilt gremlins that think I should surely be able to carve some time out magically, somehow, and funnily enough being even more stressed does not increase my productivity, or help me sleep.  This has not been the best week!

I've now logged out of Twitter and Facebook on my phone, so I can't take the stress with me everywhere.  I've devoted the weekend to resting and sorting out money (thus removing some other stress).  I'm behind on everything, but Facebook reminded me that I wrote this time last year about being behind on everything. While I'm still perpetually running too close to my limits, those limits have expanded in the last year.  I'm routinely working a 5-day rather than a 4-day week, I'm studying at a higher level, and my fitness has improved a little.

So I'm going to trust that if I take care of myself, I can get through this.  At least by 9th June some of my stressors are guaranteed to be gone.

Cheerful things!

Apr. 24th, 2017 02:49 am
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So! I have been feeling a bit down recently for reasons I'm not going to go into in this post (I have realised that doing so makes me reluctant to read the comments, rather defeating the purpose) and would like some happy, positive human interaction.

So! If the mood strikes you, please comment with happy links, books/movies etc you've enjoyed recently, random cheerful comments about what you've been up to etc. No sympathy comments, I am not in the mood right now.

And to return the favour, here is my swancon costume as well as a mask I made. Also, here is some cute happy fixit art for Rogue One.

Also, while I'm here: hello to everyone who's been coming over to dreamwidth from livejournal!

Facts & figures & such

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:47 am
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Just for fun:

Top 5 stories on AO3 by


The Dirtiest Thing You Know
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Stuck at Three for Days
And the Oscar Goes to...


The Dirtiest Thing You Know
Bon Appetit
Stuck at Three for Days
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Adult Eduction


Enemies Foreign and Domestic
The Dirtiest Thing You Know
Bon Appetit
And the Oscar Goes to...
Adult Education

Also, I will always be amazed that the story with the third most hits is 100% gen. Though it does have the Meat Song.

Trying to round up gumption

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:45 pm
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When I submit my thesis, I'll have three weeks before my defense. I think I will nap every day, zomg.
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     . . . . It's taken three days but now I definitively know why nobody I knew saw the televised White House Tour. It was sort of thing my darling beloved cousins, D and B would have watched and talked about -- a lot -- and their parents were indulgent in contrast with our strict an rigid ones. D wouldn't have missed it if it were at all possible to see it.






Older than me, she was as deeply engaged with the nascent celebrity culture as anyone out there could be, every month bringing home all the magazines focused on movies, pop music, fashion and anything directed to the teen girl market.




We didn't see the Tour because it was broadcast February 14th, which in 1962 was on a Wednesday, during Lent. So all of us were in church, as we were every Wednesday night until after Easter, including D and B. After getting home from church the little bit of time we’d have left before bedtime we’d wouldn’t be watching tv, but doing homework -- or -- in my case, reading a book. 


Broadcast 10-11 PM on Eastern Standard Time, shows did come on an hour earlier out there than on the East Coast. Still, it would have been on too late in the evening to watch this. Except for special occasions like slumber parties and holidays, kids were generally kept on a strict 8 PM / 9 PM bedtime. 


Most adults were in bed by then or 10 at the latest too, in this world where people got up at 5 or 6 AM to deal with livestock chores, and had to ensure the kids were up, breakfasted and ready to be picked up to be taken to the bus at 7 AM to get to school by 8 AM. 






The White House Tour was re-broadcast 4 days later on ABC. But we didn’t get ABC until the fall. I know we had it then, because Dr. Kildare was on NBC (Channel 6) and Dr. Ben Casey was on ABC (Channel 10). All the girls were divided into Kildare – Casey preferences, that era’s team  Team Edward -- Team Jacob. 


Ha. Three days to confirm that we in our rural community generally did not see the televised White House tour. Which proves how necessary it is to fact check one's memories.


Had no idea about any of this though, when I began wondering about it, due to watching Jackie. Serendipity. 


Camp Nano and Mouse

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:13 pm
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Mouse in the sun after running himself silly so it's not a wall-o-text post:

I've almost reached my Camp Nano goal! I can't really express how excited I am by this. I have never finished a first draft before. Yes, it's crap rough but I figure I'll give it a week to simmer and then do a first edit. My goal is to do a full edit during July's camp. Then I can work on a sequel in November.

Anyway, my goal was 40k, which I figured would be a good start to the 60 or 70k I want to have eventually. I'm just 3k short, which I hope to finish up today. If I can stay off the internet.

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Posted in full at: on April 23, 2017 at 11:08AM

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Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

So that was a good idea

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:40 pm
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p.s. mynoise's app is totally worth downloading, particularly if needing/strongly preferring to block out noises or unfuck your brain on the go are Things That Happen in your life. The base set of generators is actually really good, and you can mess around on the site (where basically everything is free) until you figure out which ones you'll actually get solid use of, and then either DL them individually (~1$) or grab the everything-set (~10$).

(It doesn't need connectivity once it's on your phone. That's a big fat advantage, particularly if you'd like to have the things on earphones for meditation or whatever and your comp is either or desktop or not-exactly-a-netbook.)

(I don't bother with reccing individual generators because there's a hundred-odd of those things, and individual tastes and efficacies vary wildly.)

Annual Writing Meme

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:38 pm
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It's that time! Although other people seem to be doing a slightly different one, but that's the internet and memes for you; this one is my regular. Last year's results are here.

Guess which Yuletide fic ate all the kudos? )


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