semyaza: (Green mushrooms)
I'm roasting cherry tomatoes in Greek olive oil and they smell so gooooooood.
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semyaza: (Green mushrooms)
My lol of the day. It makes a change from Hitler's medical problems which interest no one but me. I might have done this before, or something like it, during the Racefail frenzy on LJ. I won't tell you my score but my result is:

"You're not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You've had your fair share of struggles, and you've worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help."

The link is here.

I feel a vast relief about not having to educate anyone.
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semyaza: (Demon)
I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.
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sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
The bad part about living on the coast: having to constantly hit mute on the freaking weather radio because of all of the damned small craft advisories when the weather turns nasty.  I have the stupid thing for tsunami warnings, but I'm getting tempted to unplug it and take out the batteries just because we've had 17 small craft advisories today.  >_<
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semyaza: (Demon)
Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.
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nightdog_barks: (Happy Pink Stove)
Put together this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake today (from the Washington Post). Followed the instructions except for sifting the flour and spices together -- just took it out of the oven and it smells delicious. :D

We must have an opossum in residence close by -- Layla treed a youngster both last night and this morning in the backyard, scaring the bejeebers out of the little guy both times.

Currently reading Jay McInerney's The Good Life, sequel to Brightness Falls and the middle book in his "New York trilogy" (I've noticed some people calling it his "Yuppie trilogy," heh). It's a good read, but omg these characters do not talk like normal people talk. Before this I read Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I had read it once, years and years ago, but I heard Gaiman had restored something like 12K words to a new edition. It was interesting to see how the book did or did not follow the first season of the TV show, and how a few scenes had been transferred to TV virtually unchanged. I enjoyed it a lot -- two thumbs up, would recommend.
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sulien: My silly catkin, Rocky. (WTF Rocky)
Cut for kvetching about health issues. )
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nonesane: (Mr Medicine Seller from Mononoke)
Stupid infection, making me all ineffective and lethargic. Now I've got _so much stuff_ to do, and I'm still sick. Damn.

Things I need to do )
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semyaza: (Veidt)
Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.
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semyaza: (Demon)
GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2

Abstract

This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.
semyaza: (Discontented Lobster)
Fwah! Wildfire smoke from Washington state. The visibility is better than it was in early August when we were getting smoke from the interior but the smell is much stronger. Build a wall!
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semyaza: (Gay Johnny)
Are cats liquid or solid?

"That’s the kind of question that could win a scientist an Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize that honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” But it wasn’t with this in mind that Marc-Antoine Fardin, a physicist at Paris Diderot University, set out to find out whether house cats flow.

Fardin noticed that these furry pets can adapt to the shape of the container they sit in — think of a cat in a vase — similarly to what fluids such as water do. So he used the principles of rheology, the branch of physics that deals with the deformation of matter, to calculate cats’ relaxation time, or the time it takes for them to take up the space of a vase or bathroom sink.

The conclusion? Cats can be either liquid or solid, depending on the circumstances, Fardin reported in the Rheology Bulletin in 2014.... A cat in a small box will behave like a fluid, filling up all the space, but a cat in a bathtub full of water will try to minimize its contact with it and behave very much like a solid. For this achievement, Fardin was awarded this year’s Ig Nobel Physics Prize before an audience of more than 1000 people, including genuine Nobel laureates, during a ceremony here at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre."
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nonesane: (What the f...)
Should never go to another dentist than my own. Got some "relaxation exercises" from the temporary one I went to here in Uppsala, because clearly the reason I haven't been able to chew using the right side of my mouth is that I'm tense.

I was skeptical, but did the exercises. That was Monday. Today, my throat is swollen shut, my sinuses are on fire and my face muscles on the right side of my face hate me. I've talked to my actual dentist, who's clearly worried and has ordered me complete rest until I can see her in two weeks. I'm on a soup and smoothie diet, and am not allowed even to chew gum.

Yup. Never going to that other dentist, ever again.
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nonesane: (Playing some chess.)
Another week, another list! Got some things left from last week, but that's life. At least I'm getting some stuff done :)

To do this week )
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sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
Just ate dinner and figured I'd share what I had, since it turned out pretty damn tasty if I say so myself.  This is a sort-of-recipe, since I seldom, if ever, measure anything unless I'm baking.

 

Preheat oven to 500F (260C).  Set aside several thick cut pork chops or boneless country style ribs (enough to cover the bottom of the pan, leaving about 1/3 to 1/2 inch between each piece) and allow them to approach room temperature for an hour or so.  

Dump into a bowl: smoked Spanish sweet paprika, smoked Spanish hot paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, white onion powder (lots of all of the previous), allspice (a pretty good amount), cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes, ground cumin, fresh ground black peppercorns and some hickory smoke powder (a little of that last goes a long way).  Proportions are in order, more of the earlier ones, a bit less of the later ones, what I dumped into the bowl wound up being fairly close to 1/3 of a cup.  

Line a baking pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil and put the pork in the pan, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch space between pieces.  Sprinkle with salt, then liberally sprinkle to coat with spice mix, then sprinkle a bit of evaporated cane juice (or raw sugar, but evaporated cane juice is better because the granules are finer).  Flip pork chops and repeat.  Make sure both sides are well coated with the mixture and the smidge of sugar, don't worry about the spices & sugar that are in the pan instead of on the pork chops, they help make the sauce.  

Carefully pour water (add a tipple of rum to the water, if you've got it) into the pan to come about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the pork chops, being careful not to rinse any of the spice mix off the pork (make sure to put the water in last).  Place in preheated 500F (260C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.  Reduce oven temp to 375F (190C, give or take) and continue baking for 40 to 60 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the pork, then test doneness.  

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.  The initial high temp in the oven will brown the meat and caramelize the sugar while the water keeps the meat from drying out while cooking.  The spices, water and meat juices turn into their own sauce, just remove the pork chops and scrape everything into a lidded container to store the leftovers.  Serve drizzled with the pan sauce, some chopped fresh cilantro and a sprinkle of lime juice over brown Basmati rice with whatever veggies you like.


Trust me, you want to use a sheet of aluminum foil to line the pan, because you'll never get the pan clean if you don't, even if you oil it.  

For spices, check out
 www.thespicehouse.com, just watch the total in the cart, it adds up fast!  And don't worry about getting the glass jars, their little zip topped plastic bags they package the spices in keep them as well or better than jars.

Edited to add in the chipotle chili powder.  Like I said, I tend to grab related spices and spices that go well together and start concocting.

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semyaza: (Groke)
Munich, 1938: Chamberlain's Finest Hour.

"Chamberlain regarded Hitler as 'a gangster' — 'the commonest little dog you ever saw' was how he described him to the cabinet (a phrase cleaned up in the minutes to read 'there was nothing out of the common about Herr Hitler’s features”'). Hitler’s antipathy was equally strong. In private he called Chamberlain der alte Arschloch — 'the old arsehole'."


"Chamberlain arrived in Munich on September 29 the hero of the world. It was the climax of Oktoberfest, the annual beer-and-folk festival, a local holiday. The weather was unseasonably warm. Outside Chamberlain’s hotel the crowds were 10 deep, held back by brownshirts. An oompah band played The Lambeth Walk. The New York Times reported 'real cheers, like the kind one hears in an American football stadium, whenever the slim, black-coated Chamberlain, with a smile and a careful walk, came out'.

The fact that Chamberlain received louder applause than Hitler — and in Munich of all places — only worsened the Führer’s mood. 'That Chamberlain!' he complained to Mussolini. 'He has haggled over every village and petty interest like a market-place stallkeeper, far worse than the Czechs would have been! What has he got to lose in Bohemia? What’s it to do with him? He keeps talking about ­fishing at weekends. I never have weekends — and I hate fishing!'"
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semyaza: (Groke)
This guy is becoming famous on Twitter. As one tweeter said, signing like a mob boss.


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nonesane: (The games is always afoot!)
As always, I'm super excited for Yuletide~!

I'm nominating Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells, the Syfy show Killjoys, and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Anyone else nominating?

Oh, and in case anyone else is nominating these fandoms, the characters I've picked are:

Books of the Raksura:
- Chime
- Jade
- Moon
- Stone

Killjoys:
- Alvis Akari
- Dutch
- Fancy Lee
- Johnny Jaqobis

The Goblin Emperor:
- Csethiro Ceredin
- Csevet Aisava
- Maia Drazhar
- Shaleän Sevraseched

Edit 2017-09-11: Seems some of my Killjoys characters are overlapping with other nominations. We'll see how the noms end up :)
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semyaza: (Demon)
I made myself popular at the grocery store checkout by buying a book on spiders of western Canada. The cashier and I exchanged stories about black widows and the conversation might have continued for some time if the woman behind me had been willing to take part but when the cashier showed her the book she said 'I hate them' and that was that.

I didn't know there was a Jesus spider or a cup and doily spider. However, I can attest to the fact that the house wanderer is aptly named.
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