Jul. 29th, 2014 10:26 pm
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Good Worldcon meeting. Drunk now! Wondering whether I should make cake. Why should I not make cake? Justify yourselves.

30 mins: 3.4 km

Jul. 29th, 2014 08:26 pm
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At the weekend I went on a glorious hike across the Shropshire hills, and being fit meant that just about all of it was fun and very little of it was a grind. It's nice to have a tangible reward for making myself get out and run three times a week.

I took yesterday as a rest day after that intense hike, and set out for my run today. For no reason I know of, my lungs decided to kick up a fuss. So I went slowly, taking care not to set off asthma. 3.4 km in 30 minutes.

Well, they always say not to over-analyse bad runs. So, on to the next.

House todo

Jul. 29th, 2014 08:28 pm
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todo )

tada )

Well that was a pleasant surprise!

Jul. 29th, 2014 07:49 pm
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Having last week attained the dubious heights of 'able to complete the week 1 workout on two consecutive occasions', after much struggle and fail along the way, I am pleasantly surprised to report that week 2's allocated workout was comfortably within my capacity!

Shock. I might even manage that three times in a week.

Flight booked - Aug. 4th!

Jul. 29th, 2014 12:22 pm
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I'll be arriving in Seattle just after 9:00 on Monday the 4th. I have a friend to stay with for that night, and I'll be leaving for Bellingham a little after 4:00.

So, Seattle people: if you would like to meet up on Aug. 5th before 4:00 PM, please let me know and we can try to work something out! Anon comments screened if you'd rather talk privately.

(hsgfgahhhh one of these days I really will move with more than a couple days notice.)

More Hugo stuff

Jul. 29th, 2014 01:42 pm
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Can't imagine I'm going to get any of the other categories read before the deadline, so this + Best Novel (previous post) is probably where we're at (unless I get my act together to the portfolios of fan artists).

Which does raise a point - I remain curious about my apparent intense reluctance to read anthologies/collection on ereader. I suspect it in part has to do with having it be difficult to tell in the moment how much of the particular thing you're reading there is left to go, and therefore whether to stick with it for completionism's sake or not; I suspect it also has to do with feeling simultaneously like a whole thing and like fragments, and that particular combination doing my how-do-I-approach-this decision-making process in.

The Not-A-Hugo )

Best Novella )

Best Novelette )

Best Short Story )
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After a monstrously slow day at work, I came home and went for a tiny 1.25 mile run, followed by 15 minutes of walking. During that I finished listening to The Book Thief, which was just wonderful - it's my first ever audiobook (well, since childhood), and the story-telling style of the novel just suits it so well in audio. Allan Corduner’s voice is just amazing here. I cannot recommend it enough. It is lovely and sad and yet very full.

Last night I'd prepared a meal for the crockpot (an African-style peanut stew) and refrigerated it overnight, so today I just called L. at noon and kindly asked him to plop the ceramic bowl into the crockpot, such that I only had to add a little spinach and cook a little couscous when I got home. It was a pretty good meal, and not having to cut up vegetables = priceless. Win!

I've been working on collecting a number of canning/old sauce jars of various sizes to store my bulk-bought items in the pantry. I've been having some trouble with a pantry moth infestation (double ick), and so tonight I set out to clean up the top two shelves of the pantry (which hold all the flours, sugars, grains, and legumes). I moved almost everything that I could into a tightly sealed glass jar, with the exception of a few things that are in sealable bags, and I threw a lot of crap away. I also found a few things, like that giant bag of hemp seed that I did not know existed.

I am too ashamed to show you the bottom shelf, which is full of spices and is a gorram mess. I hope to tackle that one tomorrow night.

I really need some gallon-jars to house the larger bags of flours (those are on the top right at the back, behind the oils), but the last time I went in to buy some I dropped one and it shattered everywhere, which left me too mortified to buy one.

I also cleaned out another half-cabinet that houses the dried fruits, nuts, and seeds in smaller jars - most of my nuts/seeds are in the fridge because of spoilage concerns, and that's a huge mess because they are mostly kept in the paper bags they are bought in.

Also, I hate pasta boxes with the fury of a thousand burning suns. They just *barely* fit into my cabinet standing upright, and they never, ever stay closed, even if I tape or band them. I swear half of tonight's cleaning was brushing away broken pasta shells. *grump*
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I put my amaryllis out for dead on the back porch a few weeks ago with mournful ceremony. It recently sprouted three new leaves. Annuals.


Little known hazard of studying microscopy: temptation to evangelize. Have you heard of confocal microscopy? Are you ready to accept confocal microscopy into your life as your primary imaging system? Oh hey, I just happen to have a copy of the Imaging Processing Handbook on hand, want to take quick look? etc. etc.


I got a call from the department secretary the other day. Read more... )


At an institution that shall remain nameless, you cannot just walk in the front door of the T- building. Instead, the route is as follows: Read more... )

Interlude: Hot weekend

Jul. 28th, 2014 08:29 pm
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Space School blogging on hold because reasons )

And now, the happy stuff.

This weekend was rather warm. We spent a large portion of it in our garden, either in the paddling pool or next to it at the picnic table.

Humuhumu is enjoying the new set of paints that the bloke bought for her. The warm weather means we don't have to worry about her tendency to decorate herself as extensively as her canvases.

First, select tool.

More painting + paddling pool )

Gaza III

Jul. 28th, 2014 10:18 pm
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Well of course reports about a misfiring Hamas rocket that killed Palestinian children must be propaganda. What else could it be, Hamas rockets have in-built protection against killing their own people, and are infallible.

I'm so very sick of this.

I get their pain and outrage (do I?), but not even considering for one moment it could be true is so purposefully ignorant.

Sorry to use DW for venting, but I can't argue with all of them, and since some are losing relatives and friends, I don't think I should.

Mehr Links

Jul. 28th, 2014 10:30 am
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Bildblog: 'Kein Platz für Judenhass! Für Moslemhass aber schon'. Über die plakative Einseitigkeit der Bild.
Stefan Niggemeier: 'Islam-hassender "BamS"-Vize erschreibt sich "herrlichen Shitstorm" und eine Art Abmahnung'. Dasselbe.

Dazu passend: "How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic" (danke, [personal profile] feuervogel ) - wobei ich persönlich finde, dass das Konzept des Zionismus doch etwas zu vereinfacht ist.

"'No more deaths': Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war"
"Friedenszeichen aus der Friedensstadt" (Palästinenser und Israelis riefen in Deutschland zu gemeinsamen friedlichen Protesten)

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Jul. 27th, 2014 07:15 pm
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I've made it to New Haven, and so far, Yale is a pretty daunting place with a lot of locked gates and little information about what's going on, although the fact that I have yet to eat or drink anything since a muffin and coffee on the train instead of lunch might have something to do with that impression. In any case, I'm sitting in the courtyard of the college where I'm staying, waiting for campus security to come and turn off the alarm I set off by stupidly opening my room's rattling fire escape door. And the door really was rattling. My official story is that I was checking to see if it was closed, although that's not strictly true. The sign was ambiguous!

I'm an idiot, and I'm sure campus security is not going to rush themselves to deal with the problem, meaning even longer until supper for me - and even longer until I can get started on the course assignments that I haven't quite finished yet (because I had to spend yesterday shopping for pants to wear this week).

I'm sure I'll feel better about manuscripts once the squealing stops, I get something to eat, and I finish the work. I can't say I feel very interested in manuscripts at the moment.

moment by moment

Jul. 27th, 2014 11:30 pm
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On Friday evening we sat on a fifth-floor balcony under darkening skies with cheese and bread and fig jam and alcohol. I dangled my legs through the railings and admired the railings across the way. We talked and talked and talked some more. I gave him the selected works of Neruda I'd picked up in the branch of Foyles at St Pancras on my way over; I note with sadness that it shuts at the end of the month. (Still in England, barely outside London, the train passed a field of red double-decker buses that had been put out to pasture.)

On Saturday we ate at an intriguing vegetarian restaurant recommended by a friend (welcome to identify yourself in comments, just wasn't sure whether you'd be okay w/ naming <3) who was very kind about texting back & forth enthusiastically over the course of the morning. The afternoon we spent at the Louvre, where I was very fond of dragons and the cuticles/lines on a Nisus&Euryalis; and there was a tiny gallery of watches about which I was very excited because there was actually a set-up I'd never seen before -- watches with inbuilt sundials + compasses, presumably so that when they wound down/went too badly out you could establish the time in order to correct them! (Really, really excited - I've visited enough horology galleries to be genuinely surprised to come across styles of timepiece I haven't met before.) Said gallery also featured a very nice implementation of the hourglasses-displaying-subdivisions thing -- instead of a rack of 3-4 hourglasses to be turned simultaneously, it was a column of glass blobs that (one infers) emptied sequentially on the quarter hour. AND there was a gallery of scientific instruments and tiny portable armillary spheres, which always make me happy.

In addition there's currently a formal-gardens competition going on -- Notre Dame and a few other associated places seem to have decided on a theme of "The Illusion", by which they mean they've dumped a bunch of 5' tall mirrors in flowerbeds, which is fascinating if slightly creepy.

AND in the EVENING, after a route home via the confusingly-named Luxembourg park that to its credit contained an excellent brass band, we had EIERSCHWAMMERL. I was staggeringly excited to find them at the shop round the corner from P's, because they are very difficult to get hold of in any appropriate form at any appropriate price in the UK, but I got to do all the appropriate things with respect to frying them in butter with garlic and then drowning them in parsley, and lo it was good :-) (At same said stall I was delighted to find that at least in some parts of France the thing I would call Zwetschke is a questche! Not sure which way the etymology goes but will have a go at hunting it down.)

And then TODAY I slept a lot and then feasted well for breakfast (both mornings P popped to the bakery around the corner and returned with a bag of fresh croissant & pain au chocolat while I murbled around still being asleep in bed; it was great) and eventually we left the house; we walked past bookshops & coffee shops & through parks & the Musee d'Armee (nice dome!) & paused to eat fresh bread & fig jam & Selles-sur-Cher, which is my favourite goat cheese and much more readily available in France than in the UK; and ended up at the Musee d'Orsay, where I fell in love with the giant clock faces as architectural features on the top floor and also suddenly got the point of art galleries in front of le jardin de Monet, les iris -- or at least, I suddenly understood why someone might want to just sit and stare at a painting for hours. Additionally: lots of very nice stuff in the Art Nouveau exhibits, and once we got chucked out we hung around on the bank of the Seine to see the Tour de France go past -- P sort of felt he ought to, and so did I, as I'd ignored it in both Cambridge and London and it was right there and due to go by pretty much as the museum was closing...

... and that, having skipped over a fair amount of the intervening raspberry-and-pistachio-ice-cream, was that; I waved at the Centre Pompidou, managed through cunning overscheduling to fail to make it to Etat Libre d'Orange's flagship shop, for which my wallet no doubt thanks me, exclaimed with delight over a very great deal of architecture and a large number of flowerbeds, was delighted to come face-to-face with ponies, swore a lot about how much I hate people, was very glad I'd taken the wheelchair with me, and ate cherries. I continue impressed by how thoroughly pleasant it is to travel by Eurostar with chair - flat rate gets you business lounge & business premier & actually genuinely tasty food on board, so! I was happy and will do the thing again in the future.

Yes. Good weekend. No work, lots of reading of books, good company. Good.

Recipe - Spinach monster

Jul. 27th, 2014 04:58 pm
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Inspired by I had half a package of frozen spinach and half a package of sweet italian sausage tortellini languishing in the fridge after Thursday's mediocre frittata and Friday's IDGAF pasta with olive oil & oh-shit-I-am-ignoring-the blue-bits-on-my-parmesan.

This is so simple it's really more of a method than a recipe. I doubled what I actually did and came out with 2 servings of ~15 tortellini each.


Serves 3-4.

1 lb chopped frozen spinach, fully thawed and squeezed mostly dry
1 lb frozen peas
1 tbsp (~3 cloves) minced garlic
1/4-1/2 c olive oil, divided
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 "family size" package of fresh/refrigerated filled pasta or gnocchi
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional - 2 Tbsp parmesan or crushed/ground nuts/breadcrumbs for sprinkling on top. (a chiffonade of sweet basil would not go amiss here, either).

1. Cook the spinach and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of oil until they begin to brown. Remove from heat.

2. Mix the peas into spinach. Add enough oil to moisten & the vinegar.

3. Cook the pasta through. Toss to coat with the "sauce", or serve over rice/polenta with a side of protein.

Dietary notes:

As written, vegan/vegetarian-friendliness depends entirely on the pasta filling and topping you choose.

As written, not gluten free. Sub GF pasta or rice/polenta.
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Apparently, Russia has sent geckos in a satellite into space to observe their mating-habits. No, I'm not kidding. And they've lost control over the satellite.

If one day we get invaded by a super intelligent mutant lizard species, I'll know who to blame.

Quick hits, actual posts to follow

Jul. 27th, 2014 12:32 pm
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  • I returned from the Canadas. That was a while ago, whoops.
  • I am two decades old as of yesterday! Le Dad and I went canoeing in the Kankakee River and had sushi, and this morning I had the taaaastiest mushroom+asparagus crepe. No longer am I technically a teenager!1 I can feel less awkward about revealing my age!
  • I seem to be on track to move in the beginning of August. I finally got the right documents together to open a bank account, I'm in talks with a couple of people about rooms for August, and I haven't got too much packing to do.
  • Kinda stressed. Definitely under time pressure. Waiting for a bunch of stuff I can't control to come together.
  • I will now pack a box. Packing a box is a thing I can control.
  • I wish the weather was cool enough for me to want tea.

1 In base 10. Fuck, in dozenal I've got four more years to go.

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Today's poem comes from Issue 55 of Apex Magazine. If it moves you, please do leave a comment at the publication post.

Amal El-Mohtar

These are the days of silver, and of gold —
the panting cold, the burst of bright on black
as coins sprout from trees, shiver, fall,
pave the streets with change.
Strange is the turn and tilt of day,
when stray, streaming, fingerling light
gleams slant against the eyes — the scold
of crows, magpies, jackdaws, gulls,
shouting the season in.

We count our birds. We read their wings. We script
stories in the scrim of puddled ice, tell tales
to ease the winter in. We sing

/we had a lady, tall and fair/ )


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