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I attempted quiche again this morning, which much neater results. I used a recipe that makes a lot less filling, first of all (caramelized onion quiche), and I didn't break the crust (much - the bottom required a little repairing halfway through the pre-baking). It tastes fantastic. Lunch will be good this week! (pic)

Meanwhile, I think the reason the lemon sour cream pie doesn't use a graham cracker crust is that it doesn't hold up under the filling. Whoops. Tasty, but not neatly sliceable.

In between, I had to call Time Warner because my internet was out again, but it eventually came back, so I will probably cancel the appointment they made for me on Friday afternoon.

And I also did the August recs update:

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for August 2015 with 20 recs in 7 fandoms:

* 9 Avengers
* 1 Daredevil, 1 Avengers/Narnia crossover
* 3 Harry Potter
* 2 Check, Please!
* 1 The 100, 1 Arrow, 1 Big Hero 6, and 1 Raven Cycle

Read, love, comment!

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Also, I see the Sunday Six is making a comeback, so here's a bit from the VMars/MCU crossover that I wrote last night:
Veronica looks at the pictures on the file cabinet--Weevil and his wife on their wedding day, Weevil and his wife and daughter at her christening, Weevil and a couple of guys in coveralls raising the gate on the garage.

Veronica doesn't have any pictures documenting the years she spent at SHIELD. SHIELD agents tended to be camera-shy, even after a few rounds during happy hour, and she'd never become close with any of them. She hadn't had a team; she'd worked regularly with some analysts but that was mostly over conference calls and email. She'd been sociable, not friendly, and she thinks most of them were the same. No use getting too close to someone who might disappear on the next mission. Maybe there'd been people having barbecues and softball games, but Veronica hadn't known any of them. She's glad in a way, because it would have meant even more loss and betrayal, and she's not sure she could have taken it if it was personal.

So I think I'm like 3/4 of the way done with this, though last night I realized I was missing one character who definitely needs to cameo. (I may have texted [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing in all caps: "CLIFF!")

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Aug. 30th, 2015 12:54 pm
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I just packed an entire box of nothing but saran wrap and ziploc bags. And then when I thought I had packed all the plastics, I found more. (My mother-in-law went through a phase a few years ago where she brought massive CostCo quantities of disposable food storage things and then hid them in various places in the kitchen. I keep reminding myself that I got lucky in the in-laws lottery, as mine are loving and mostly harmless despite their odd fixations.)

I have found a great many things to sell/give away. Will be updating this post throughout the day. Things small enough to mail will go in the mail tomorrow because neither M nor I want to haul them across town on Tuesday. Larger things locals can come pick up now. All of this will be put on the curb and posted to craigslist tomorrow morning.

1 Kate Spade bangle, silver colored, no idea of it's real silver, reads "THIS IS THE YEAR TOO..." on the inside and "learn a language start something new see and be seen travel live the hotel life meet new people" on the outside. Yeah, I don't know either. Gift from a well meaning family member who was trying very hard.

1 60GB solid state drive and enclosure

Wiscon Chronicles Vol 4

Wiscon Chronicles Vol 6

The Physics of Solar Cells
by Jenny Nelson
 
Principles of Power Electronics Kassakian, Schlect, Verghese

approx 50 handmade stitch markers (I don't have the wherewithal to split this into multiple lots)

Several Sassafras kickstarter reward posters (with apologies for Sassafras members reading this; I backed the kickstarter mainly to support y'all and because I wanted the songbooks; I don't really "do" posters)

1 bottle lovecraftian themed perfume oil

A couple of Puzz-3D brand jigsaw puzzles

1 5x5 Ikea Expedit (the older, heavier model)

1 window A/C unit

1 pair vintage pierced earrings, gold and green, probably paste and not real stone, definitely not real gold

About twelve reams of very nice Savoy cream colored paper. I will split this up into lots.

A passel of bamboo knitting needles, 12-14" long sizes US 6-10-ish I think?

A Good Girl's Guide to Bad Girl Sex by Barbara Keesling (I was very confused in my early 20s, okay?)





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Posted by rss4twitter

On one hand, it's not all bad. On the other hand wait where did the deadly spider on our other hand go? It was here just a second ago.

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Aug. 30th, 2015 05:37 pm
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OK - blame [personal profile] naraht and [personal profile] toujours_nigel

Sunday snippet:

"No, no, no, NO! Of course the friend from uni isn't the killer. Haven't you seen his backpack? Don't touch anything. I'm coming over right now."

Sherlock stabbed his finger down on the phone's "off" button, cutting off Lestrade in mid sentence.

"So, a large number of people brutally murdered in unusual ways, then?" John put a tick next to the photograph of the "secluded villa with swimming pool" on the printout Mary had given him this morning, thought for a moment, re-read the blurb, and converted the tick into a question mark.

"Christmas, John. Christmas. Nothing above a five for three whole months. Now, unless this is Scotland Yard being incompetent beyond the dreams of Anderson, this is at least a nine-and-a-half."

"Splendid. And how many dead?"

"Five. At least." Sherlock began ticking off enthusiastically on his fingers. "First, there's Elsindustries' CEO. His wife: two. His wife's son -- Claude's stepson -- three. The Polonskya boy: four. Those are the bodies they found this morning. But --"

The phone rang again. Sherlock picked it up.

"Yes, of course you need to exhume old Hamnetsson; I told you so two months ago. Even those idiots can't say you don't have probable cause now. And get me the files on Edwin Polonskya and his daughter. Everything there is. I'll collect it when I arrive. And whatever else they do, make sure none of your morons touches the fencing foils. Even Anderson, amusing though it might be."
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nostalgebraist:

Weirdest mental fallout from that Yudkowksy thread on reddit: I now have the song “Season of the Witch” going through my head, except with the phrase “season of the witch” replaced by “people of the sneer”

Must be the people of the sneeeeeer, yeah –

Yes, well, I was reading something about So You Want To Be A Wizard, and now I keep hearing that title to the tune of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”

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 Our party split up once we got back to Athens: two flying to the UK, two to Munich and two staying in the apartment one of them owns. Meanwhile I caught a taxi to my second hotel. No problem with check-in, but then I came to use the lift - and my chair was wider than the door. The receptionist was convinced it should fit, but the edges of the doors were hitting wheels, never mind pushrims, so I have to climb out and half-collapse the chair every time I want to use the lift.
 
The room is great, even the accessible bathroom (mostly) makes sense, but the arrangement of furniture means you can't get the chair into the window half of the room, I'm not even certain it would be possible without taking at least the coffee table out and probably the drawers as well. That isn't too much of a problem as the room looks out on Vassilious Sofias Ave, which combines being the road past parliament, embassy row, and a six lane motorway (eight lane for the more adventurous). Glad I brought a good pair of earplugs!

Breakfast today was good, also leisurely, then I headed out to meet my friend Julia, and decided to be adventurous by wheeling all the way. Considering the whole embassy row/road past parliament thing, accessibility is pretty dire. If you find a good kerb-cut then 50% of the time it either has a dumpster in it or someone is using it for parking. Half the kerb-cuts don't have matching kerb-cuts on the other side of the road and I only saw one traffic island with kerb-cuts to match those on the pavement. Even the Hilton didn't have kerb-cuts.  By the time I was half way there I was muttering dark threats against whoever is in charge of pavement maintenance, there's a man who needs to spend a few days in a wheelchair trying to navigate his city.

Julia and I met at the Benaki museum at about 1pm, but only got about half of it done before it closed at 3pm (Jules had already done the Parthenon, the jewellery museum and part of the open-top bus ride before we met up), then we wandered past Parliament to take pictures with the Efzones on guard, through Syntagma Square, then down Emlou, the main shopping street (mostly closed given it's Sunday), finishing of with a meal in a streetwise cafe (moussaka for Jules, a chicken and pork gyros for me, which had so much meat it beat me). And then I caught a taxi back to the hotel as I was pretty knackered - and it's up hill all the way (fare 7 euros, I pay nearly as much for the 5 minute ride between the station and my house - and more on Sundays!).

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Posted by Mark Liberman

Charles Pierce, "Hillary Clinton Has Run Out of F*cks to Give", Esquire 8/28/2015:

My goodness, the special snowflakes of the elite political media are all a'quiver because Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is running for president of the United States, has decided to talk like somebody who wants to be president of the United States, which is to say, she's started to talk like someone whose big bag of fcks to give is running very, very low.

Some politico-linguistic background:

"The number of fucks you need to not give" (2/11/2015)
"Hyperbolic scalar indifference" (7/14/2015)
"Expletive deficits" (2/18/2015)

Escape foiled

Aug. 30th, 2015 05:24 pm
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The nurse came to tell me that the consultant overruled the registrar and said no I don't get to go home after all.

I don't have words for how gutted I feel right now. (also deeply unimpressed by who gets landed with giving the bad news)

GAH )

Post Tour Thoughts, etc

Aug. 30th, 2015 03:47 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Quick thoughts on touring and etc. 

* First, here’s a video of me and Tad Williams doing our thing at the stop at Kepler’s, in Menlo Park. This was two days after the Hugos, and if you’re curious to hear my thoughts on that event, they start at at 28:42. But most of it is about writing and kids and not being a goth in high school, and other such things. It’s atypical of most of my tour stops, because I don’t do a reading, but it was a lot of fun, and I think you’ll enjoy it. It was recorded by Deborah Beale, Tad’s wife. The first two minutes are a little blurry but then it focuses up (visually, I mean. I and Tad are all over the place).

Also, if you get a chance to have a conversation with Tad Williams, do it. He’s a lovely guy and a great conversationalist.

* I technically have two stops left in my tour — Dayton and Columbus — but inasmuch as they’re drivable and I’ll be back at home when I’m done with them, my brain thinks of them as “one-offs” and that the tour ended on Thursday, when Krissy picked me up from the airport. I’ve spent most of the last several days sleeping (although I did record an audiobook, but that was easy and fun and I did each chapter in a single take in any event).

This was my sixth book tour and by now it’s not surprising to me how wiped out I am at the end of it. Tours are draining experiences — you travel in the morning, arrive in the early afternoon, do interviews or other work until the event, do an event which lasts three hours from the arrival to the bookstore until the last book is signed, go to your hotel, order room service, go to sleep and repeat another sixteen or seventeen times. It’s (mostly) fun and it’s great to see fans and friends on the road. But it’s a lot of work, and it’s also performance; I have to be “up” whenever I see people. So: Draining. Enjoyable and worth doing, but draining.

* I used to say I wasn’t sure how musicians do it because they’re constantly touring, but then it occurred to me that at this point in my career I’m on the road almost as much as a touring musician. This last tour was three weeks long, but I also did another three week stint last April, when I was in Australia for two weeks followed by a week in Los Angeles, doing business meetings, interviews and the LA Times Festival of Books. This October I’m doing events three weekends out of the month (The Iowa Book Festival, Nerdcon:Stories, and a workshop event in Tacoma). So, at this point, I think I get it just a little bit.

The one difference between tour as a writer and touring as a musician, I suspect, is that musicians always understood touring and appearances are part of the gig. For writers, I don’t know if it’s always in their worldview. And true enough, not every writer does as much of this stuff as I do (and not every writer should; super-introverts, for example, are not the people to put on tour). But at this point I make sure that when I speak to writers coming up, I let them know that touring and appearances are part of the gig, and that the should be prepared for it — or if the idea fills them with horror, that they should find a publicity/marketing angle that works for them and do that instead.

* One of the things I do like about touring is that it gives me a chance to “workshop” new material — in the case of this last tour, I read from “The Dispatcher,” which is the upcoming novella I wrote for Audible. Reading the first chapter was useful for a few reasons. One, it got people excited for upcoming work, which is never a bad thing. Two, I got to sense from an audience what was working about it and what wasn’t, which is important because this is meant to be an audiobook, and the listening experience is key.

Third, in the particular chapter I read, I made a few errors of fact and people in the audience would come up to me or email and say “Uh, the reading was great, but there’s this one thing…” And then I would fix it before the next stop. So, yes! Reading new stuff is useful.

* Whilst on tour I spent two days at Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, and aside from the fires in Washington turning the sky a pale hickory-smoked gray, it was a very nice time. My panels went very well, my reading was very nicely attended, and I got to see a bunch of friends and members of my tribe who I don’t always get to see anywhere else but the Worldcon.

I also went to the Hugo ceremony, which I thought was generally very well done considering the potential for a lot of drama. And, well. There was a lot of drama, but it didn’t come from the ceremony itself. The ceremony was upbeat and inclusive, thanks to the work done by David Gerrold and Tananarive Due as the cohosts. I’ll note that David told me I’d be the punchline to a number of jokes at the ceremony, and I told him I would be delighted to be so. It’s always fun to get namechecked at the Hugos.

Finally, I had the good fortune to attend George RR Martin’s post-Hugo party, which was doubtless one of the best parties I have been to in my life. George gave away “Alfie” awards to certain people he thought deserved them in the wake of the Puppy nonsense, including to Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos, who had removed themselves from the ballot this year for their own reasons. It was a big-hearted gesture on the part of George, who continues to show himself to be a person of class and kindness. I genuinely admire him.

* So what will I do now? Well, first I will do the final two events of the tour (Dayton on Tuesday and Columbus on Thursday), make some edits to “The Dispatcher” and do some work on the new novel — the first on the new contract — which will be a big ol’ space opera-y thing that I think you’ll enjoy. But mostly, continue to catch up on sleep. Yes, sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep.


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Aug. 30th, 2015 12:04 pm
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It's too bad we can't get political rock songs from various fandoms. Think of the Sentinal/Guide AU's or the A/B/O. Think of the coffeeshop AU's.

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Aug. 30th, 2015 04:00 pm
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Posted by Vlad

You can call me… Azoraa Tre’lok

I identify as… gender non-conforming

As far as third-person pronouns go, … Zhe / Zhim / Zher (possessive)

I’m attracted to… girl-boy

When people talk about me, I want them to… be intrigued.

I want people to understand… that I do not seek their approval.

About Azoraa Tre’lok
Have always been how I am & becoming more aware of how it fits.

» Define yourself. «

boy anachronism

Aug. 30th, 2015 08:49 am
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It occurred to me the other day that Captain America would smoke like a freaking chimney.




(yes I have been keeping myself calm over the past week by drawing Captain America chain smoking)
(it's very soothing)
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Avengers

and all the lines we cast will bring us home by [archiveofourown.org profile] glitteratiglue
Lovely Bucky-recovery story.

Devil's Backbone by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sidara
Melancholy look at Steve's search for Bucky and Bucky's ultimate return.

I'll build a house inside of you by [archiveofourown.org profile] magdaliny
AU where Natasha is still raised in the Red Room and trained by the Winter Soldier, but he's a father figure for her. He breaks his programming enough to escape with her to America, where they start over again. Lovely. Highly recommended.

Like the Air We Breathe (I Need You) by [archiveofourown.org profile] InitialA
Excellent fix-it for Steve and Natasha's relationship in AoU.

our golden age by [archiveofourown.org profile] augustbird
Long AU where Bucky is a prince and Steve is still his BFF. Full of pining (SUCH DELICIOUS PINING) and angst and takes the long way around to include some canon events. I enjoyed it a lot.

Peace behind your eyes by [archiveofourown.org profile] rohkeutta
Bucky's sure he's not going to live to see 30. Sad, sharp look at Bucky through the years.

To Stop My Mind From Wandering by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lynchy8
While Steve is out looking for him, Bucky moves into his old apartment and starts making some improvements. Oh heart.

To The Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] kyburg
Kamala has an unexpected and quiet encounter with some Avengers. Lovely.

What If I Told You by [archiveofourown.org profile] DeadWalker
It takes Bucky a few tries to tell Steve that he loves him. Aw boys.

~*~
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Crossovers

Avengers/Narnia

The Queen, in Exile by [archiveofourown.org profile] scribblemyname
Bucky Barnes and Susan Pevensie. It doesn't seem like it should work but it does. Sharp and melancholy.

~*~

Daredevil

Small Talk, Stitches, and Beer by [archiveofourown.org profile] weekend_conspiracy_theorist
"How did you recognize me?" he demands again.

Marci tears open an alcohol wipe, wonders if she needs something stronger, and rolls her eyes at him. "I've been dating your best friend on and- ah-" she winces at the sting-"off for six years, Murdock. I know what you look like, the way you move. Just because you've got a stupid ass mask on that covers your damn cheekbones doesn't mean I won't recognize you." She pauses, adds, "Asshole."
I really enjoyed this story of Marci and Matt being bros.

~*~

rebuild what's gone unsteady

Aug. 30th, 2015 11:40 am
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Harry Potter

Advent by [archiveofourown.org profile] coyotesuspect
Lovely Marauder era James/Lily and Remus/Sirius, featuring student organizer Lily and co-conspirator James.

the time has come (let us be brave) by [archiveofourown.org profile] misandrywitch
In which Lily places a bet, does some investigating, gets in a fight, fixes a broken nose and learns a few things about her friends, that idiot James Potter, and herself. Three very complicated weeks towards the end of the year, because that's the only time anything actually happens at Hogwarts right? I really enjoyed this.

Three Card Monte by [archiveofourown.org profile] enjambament
Really interesting HP/O11 fusion, with Sirius and Remus as Danny and Rusty.

~*~
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Check, Please!

i'll be your candle, i'll be your statuette by [archiveofourown.org profile] misandrywitch
Shitty takes Lardo as his fake date to a family wedding. Lardo decides it's time to finally act on her feelings. Oh heart.

You'll Think of Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] alcatraz
"So when you said," Bitty says breathlessly, cutting Jack off mid-sentence, "that you wouldn't mind taking me to Winter Screw…"

"Bitty," Jack tells him in a low voice, "Eric. I would take you anywhere."
Hilarious and happily heart-clenchy Jack/Bitty from Shitty's POV.

~*~

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