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Jun. 28th, 2017 11:58 am
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Not so random food thoughts.


  1. I think I had the best cauliflower gratin ever on Monday. I was at our largest hospital for a day-long HR course so finally got to eat at the cafeteria there (I regularly browse the menus, they're that delicious-looking). I should have had two orders. Made me think of all the times I've been in England and gone to museum cafes--quite often I'd find some kind of cauliflower gratin dish on the menu and always got it. But man, this one was good, melting soft inside and crispy cheesy crust.
  2. Today is Indian cauliflower soup day! One bowl for lunch and one bowl ready to take home for dinner tonight.
  3. Badge pay is down, but our cafe people are so awesome they're letting us write down our badge numbers with our charges and they're going to batch enter them later.
  4. I finally found Rainier cherries at the grocery store! Seems late this year.
  5. It was biscuits with gravy breakfast today. I've been eating too many carbs and junk lately (puts my fasting BGs usually between 110 and 120, which is still OK but it's top of the OK range). So I spent the drive in to work discussing with myself how I was not going to have biscuits and gravy. Apparently not in the mood to listen to myself today but I did only eat a half a biscuit, which is actually my norm.
  6. I have been doing a comparison of Vegemite and Marmite the past week. I usually eat Vegemite but when I went to World Market a few weeks ago to get a jar, they were all out on account of a big sale on Vegemite so I had to get Marmite. Vegemite is now back in stock and I decided I'd better analyze them scientifically. Results below.


Vegemite Vs. Marmite
Color: Vegemite is quite a bit darker than Marmite. Marmite takes on a bit of a golden brown color after you spread it on your buttered toast.
Consistency: Marmite is thinner and melts more nicely. Vegemite maintains its dark color and is a little less melty.
Smell: Vegemite smells darker though both are rather sharp, salty smells, which makes sense since it's fermented yeast products.
Taste: I'm thinking the Vegemite tastes a little more intense than the Marmite.
Comparison of flavor when adding jam to the butter/yeast extract mix: TBD
Conclusion: Both are delicious though Marmite is prettier. Spread Vegemite on one half of my English muffin and Marmite on the other half.

And tomorrow is my Friday since I have actual Friday off :-)
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My offering for this round of Holmestice:
Nostoi, by [personal profile] sanguinity for [tumblr.com profile] disheveledcurls
Шерлок Холмс (New Russian Holmes) x The Lost World
Holmes & Watson
Post-Reichenbach, Crossover, Action/Adventure, Hurt/Comfort, Happy Ending
Teen; No Archive Warnings Apply
approx 21,000 words

Holmes wants to see the last European pterodactyl safely home. Watson just wants to see Holmes happy again.

Comprehensive spoilers for the final episode of New Russian Holmes; light spoilers for Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. No specific knowledge of the novel is required.

Copious thanks to [personal profile] language_escapes and [personal profile] grrlpup for beta, and to [personal profile] smallhobbit for Britpick.


…or as I've been referring to it: Two Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Pterodactyl.

(Two men in many boats! Oh, but I regret that I couldn't squeeze in a joke about Hélène sailing a thousand ships. Watson's FML would have been epic.)

Commentary: The Last European Pterodactyl )

~ ~ ~


Back when I was still poking around for a story idea, I put a bunch of Challenger-related books on reserve. I used essentially none of it, but it was fairly entertaining reading. Spoilers for everything!

Professor Challenger stories, plus a few Challenger-adjacent things )

Oh, one last item from Prothero's book: Doyle wrote the South American tepuis as capable of sheltering their ecosystems from the ravages of climate change. In fact, the situation is exactly the opposite: the unique ecosystems on the top of the tepuis are incredibly vulnerable to climate change. In many other places in the world, threatened species can attempt to flee to adjacent regions, chasing their preferred conditions, but the tepuis are so climatologically discontinuous with their surroundings that there's nowhere to flee to. So yeah, there's a lot of cool shit up on top of these South American plateaus, but it's all getting hit mega-hard by climate change. :-(

Reading Wednesday 28/06

Jun. 28th, 2017 01:42 pm
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
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Recently read: Too like the lightning by Ada Palmer. I borrowed [personal profile] jack's copy to read this for the Hugos. It's thinky and original, but also rather unpleasant.

detailed review )

Currently reading: All the birds in the sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Partly because it's Hugo nominated and partly cos several of my friends were enthusiastic about it. I'm a bit more than halfway through and finding it very readable and enjoyable. Patricia and Laurence are really well drawn as outcast characters and their interaction is great. It feels very Zeitgeisty, very carefully calculated to appeal to the current generation of geeks. The style is sort of magic realist, in that a bunch of completely weird fantasy-ish things happen and nobody much remarks on them. I find that sort of approach to magic a bit difficult to get on with, because it appears completely arbitrary what is possible and what isn't, so the plot seems a bit shapeless.

Up next: I'm a bit minded to pick up Dzur by Steven Brust, because I was enjoying the series but very slowly, and it's been really quite a few years since I made progress with it.

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Jun. 27th, 2017 01:53 pm
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*blows raspberry at Mitch McConnell*

Ficlet: First Steps (Raven Cycle)

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:06 pm
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My word processor of choice, FocusWriter, reopens with all the documents I had open last time I closed it, which occasionally leads to me discovering things I have no memory of writing.

Most recently, I found one scene and about 6 disconnected lines from a Raven Cycle fic idea I'd noted down after listening to books 1-3 on audio book a few weeks back. The scene was 218 words, so I hacked out 18 of them and posted it as a double drabble.

First Steps (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III
Characters: Noah Czerny, Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Sadness, Ghosts, Double Drabble, Pre-Canon
Summary: Noah becomes Richard Gansey III's friend outside the gates of Aglionby on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon.
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- Remember: they can't ban abortion, they can only ban safe abortion. This shouldn't be news in 2017 but the BMA, which is the trade union for doctors in the UK, has voted to lobby for the decriminalisation of abortion in the UK, in addition to restating their support for the general 24 week limit under current regulation with exceptions for later abortions (usually when the woman's "health" is at risk but this is interpreted widely to include mental health, and the consequences of rape and/or domestic abuse), because we can have regulation without criminalisation. I note that no common men's healthcare procedure is criminalised in law.

- For want of a comma the husband was lost: "The novel features the author's minor series character the ex-Empress Irene, who has by this time abdicated her throne and Benjamin Trafford." /lol, wikipedia

- Reading, books 2017: 51. Having moaned about my inability to read, due to both disability (seasonal and relapsing) and my inability to pick reading material that suited my mood (which was as irritable as my eyes, lol), I then had enforced extra indoor time because I was under the weather, LITERALLY, and am now on course for my goal of 104 books in 2017. ::wryface::

40. Assassination Classroom 5, by Yusei Matsui, 2015, comic. Good, boysy, not hooking enough for me to spend £100+ on the whole story though. :-) (4/5)

42. Hellcat!, vol.2, Don't Stop Me-ow, by Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams, 2017, comic. Good scripting from Kate Leth and perfect art from Brittney Williams but this volume didn't do much for me as it consists of what seemed a rushed conclusion to the Hedy frenemy storyline (although I presume she'll recur), an interruption for the tedious Civil War event (although Leth does her best and delivers an episode centring on female friendship), the obligatory supervillain ex-boyfriends plot (trying to mock the tropes, I suspect, but without enough depth to pull it off imo), then part of a Black Cat girl gang story that didn't grab me enough to care about the ending. There were two small continuity fails, one in which Hellcat forgets she applied to be Jessica Jones' babysitter (a job that eventually went to Squirrel Girl, lol), and one in which Bailey (and the writer) seems to have forgotten she can use her magic bag to escape by teleporting as she does in the first volume to escape Hellcat and mall security. Although I did like the deliberate ret-con explaining Patsy's mom trying to sell her soul. I've bought Ms Leth's Spell on Wheels trade too [ ↓ see below]. (4/5)

43. Reread
44. Reread

46. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, vol. 2, Cosmic Cooties, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, and Marco Failla, 2017, comic. ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5)

• Now a mealtime catchphrase :-D : "Enough! We will not discuss this at the feasting vestibule."

50. Spell on Wheels, by Kate Leth, Megan Levans, and Marissa Louise, 2017, comic, is basically a road trip version of Practical Magic but with a more diverse cast. As ever Kate Leth excels at writing comedy and light adventure, and Megan Levens' art is perfect for the story. The subplot about drugs and alcohol at a party being used against a woman was well done and solidly blamed the perpetrator (not the victim). I did have two small quibbles but only one worth mentioning: this is at least the fourth ex-boyfriend revenge plot I've read in only three trades by Ms Leth and although she does them well, with nuances, and I recognise this is an aspect of women's lives that's been underrepresented in most mediums and genres of fiction (with the honourable exception being chicklit, obv), I hope she'll expand her storytelling repertoire before it becomes too repetitive. I did like the implication that our heroines' team raison d'etre is finding new magic users, which is necessary because power isn't (and shouldn't be) hereditary. (4/5)

Entitlement Boy, the (not at all super) villain of Spell on Wheels, by Kate Leth and Megan Levens, 2017

My ancient scanner and the flickr resizing don't do the art any favours so my apologies to Ms Levens but that panel was too funny not to post! Good lettering too, lol. :-D

Music meme: day 10 of 30

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:43 pm
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A song that makes you sad. It's hard to find anything sadder than one of my friends who posted a video of a scratch orchestra playing the European anthem Ode to Joy the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. But the song most likely to make me cry, personally, is the aria Voi che sapete from Mozart's The marriage of Figaro.

break-up sadness, plus video )

today is my birthday!

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:34 pm
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It's been a lovely day. I slept in, for moderate values of "sleeping in," and then had as brief exchange with the person at the press who is managing my current editing job, which ended up with me basically being told to take the rest of the week off while they try to catch up to the work I've already done on the manuscript. Okay then!

Then I had a long phone call with my best friend, whom I hadn't had a chance to catch up with in a while. I got on the treadmill for half an hour of the first real exercise I've gotten in weeks; I'm just getting over a wicked cold that settled in my lungs, and before that I was crazy busy for a couple of weeks.

And then Geoff and I went round to the local independent canoe and kayak and general boating outdoorsiness store and picked up our new kayaks! Geoff's been wanting to get them for a couple of years; he grew up sailing, and we went kayaking when we visited his brother and brother-in-law a couple of years ago, who live on a waterway. Now we have kayaks and life jackets and paddles and a roof rack for the car, and we took them all down to the edge of Lac Saint Louis (which is really just a wide spot in the Saint Lawrence River near us) and launched them! We spent about an hour paddling around, seeing ducks and making jokes about playing pirate on the occasional sailboat and just rocking gently in the waves. I expect my shoulders will be achy tomorrow, but we calculated we have to go out about twenty times before buying becomes cheaper than renting, so we will keep it up!

We came home, figured out how to get the kayaks off the roof rack and into the back yard, and -- after showering the river water off -- went out to dinner, because by that time it was almost seven. And when we came home I sacked out on the couch while Geoff made a loaf of banana bread with not only extra bananas but a good half cup or more of rum. It is hot and moist and delicious and we may eat the entire loaf before we get to bed, I'm just saying. (Not all the alcohol seems to have cooked out, but since Star Trek: The Final Frontier is on TV, that may be a good thing.)

So far, this year of my life is going pretty well!

Music meme and gaming

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Day 9 of the (in my case very slow-running) music meme asks for a song that makes you happy. And I have quite a lot of those, making me happy is a big reason I have a music collection at all. I think I'm going to go for Complex person by The Pretenders. The lyrics are not all that cheerful in some ways, but I love the bouncy tune and I always hear this as a song about determination and not letting things get you down.

video embed, actually audio only )

Also I've had a good week for playing games: mostly list with short comments )

Ah, summer

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:09 pm
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That time when a young-ish woman's thoughts turn to superheroes and X-Men comics and Latin rock. (This is not a joke, my interests really are seasonal like this, and those really are my regular summer obsessions.) Right now the nostalgia for last summer's MCU femslash spiral is hitting me HARD. And lo and behold, I have a new GotG movie's worth of femslash to look for!

If you've got fic recs for either of those, btw, I'm all years. (Haven't seen AoU, Civil War, Agents of Shield, or the Netflix shows, though.)

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