September 21st, 2017
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September 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara at 11:46pm on 20/09/2017
i'shanah tovah, my fellow hebs! may you be inscribed in the book of life for a good year. :D

in sort of the same vein, you can get kosher pot products from a canadian medical marijuana company. i love that there's such a thing as kosher pot buds.

in sort of other news, my meringues came out well except they are VERY SWEET. O.O (not surprising considering they have a cup of sugar and almost nothing else in them.) they're easy to make: first, preheat the oven to 350ยบ. then beat three egg whites (i used four but i was told three) until stiff, then slowly add a cup of sugar and a tsp of vanilla extract while still beating. when that's all mixed, fold in 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and drop by spoonfuls onto a tinfoil-lined cookie sheet. stick the cookie sheet in the oven, turn the oven off, and leave it there at least overnight. don't open the oven. don't peek. i made the meringues last night and took them out of the oven after i got home tonight, so they were in there almost twenty-four hours. and now they're nice and crisp on the outside and light on the inside and did i mention they're REALLY SWEET? but also full of mini chocolate chips. next time i'm going to use peppermint extract instead of vanilla.

i have to get up early tomorrow because my sister and i are going to the early service for rosh hashanah, and i'm not looking forward to it. well, i'm looking forward to the holiday, just not getting up early.
Music:: ocean's 11
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the honey cake is slightly overbaked. >.< i think i'm going to cut off the ends and sides and (if i can) the top, so at least it doesn't have the tough bits still on when i slice it for company. the recipe says you can bake it in a loaf pan but i'm not sure. at least i know for next time not to bake it so long. but! it doesn't taste like coffee. :D

now i have meringues in the oven, and can i just say, egg whites+sugar+vanilla tastes a lot like marshmallow fluff. i put tiny chocolate chips in the batter and am now wondering if i should have used peppermint extract instead of vanilla. minty!

at work i'm learning how to organize the weekly "how many hours do you have scheduled for clients" emails, which entails figuring out who exactly gets the aforementioned emails and then, you know, sending them out. the application we use to track which team is working on which client (and which returns have gone out/been extended and which haven't) is not totally forthcoming with the names i need. it's a tch frustrating. just a tch. on the other hand, i'm learning how to do something new and i've gotten a new responsibility, and i'm certainly not going to complain about that. i'm not 100% sure what i'm doing, tho.

i'm watching lawless (the perks of suddenly getting a bunch of starz channels plus the sundance channel) and i can't get over tom hardy's nose. it's a nice nose.

the business of fandom - an interesting article about how teenage girls' fannish pursuits can be predictors of the next big thing, and how girls use fandom as a way to socialize with other girls. (that second part is not going to be a surprise to anyone who's spent any time in a fandom. i mean, of course girls use fandom to socialize with people. "i love this thing! who else loves it?" that seems pretty obvious.)

(posted this to lj last night and totally forgot to copy it over. >.< )
Mood:: working!
Music:: people typing
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posted by [personal profile] mabiana at 12:45pm on 20/09/2017 under
I finished yet another shawl (I wear one daily in spring and autumn, so there is reason to my mass production ;-) ):

TuchOzean

I used the lace pattern from the Holden Shawlette pattern.
September 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] othercat at 05:01am on 19/09/2017 under , ,
Mood:: 'amused' amused
Music:: Creata--Homestuck Vol. 10
September 18th, 2017
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my sister and i saw wind river last night and while i can't say i really enjoyed it (it's a harsh, sad movie), i thought it was well-done and well-acted and i'm glad i saw it. because it starts with jeremy renner's character finding a dead native american girl in the snow, it made me think of the beginning of louise erdrich's love medicine - "the snow fell deeper that easter than it had in forty years, but june walked over it like water and came home". totally different circumstances, but the end result is the same. it's a good movie and apparently based on true events, which is one of the things that makes it so sad.

today i helped [livejournal.com profile] tamalinn and [livejournal.com profile] lbmango put together tamalinn's new bed. we celebrated our successful furniture-building by going out for nachos and beer. (they had beer, i had a ginger ale.) and tonight i baked a honey cake - technically two, because i made it in a loaf pan and there's more batter than there is pan - it's my grandma's honey cake and because it calls for a cup of coffee, and i don't have a coffeemaker because i don't drink it, i went across the street to the dunkin' donuts for a black coffee. of course that made my kitchen smell overwhelmingly of strong black caffeine.... and then the honey cake smelled kind of coffee-y while it was baking. it's not pretty but i don't think it's overbaked and mostly i hope it tastes like honey cake and not, you know, coffee. (my sister is having people over for dinner after rosh hashanah, which is thursday. one of her friends has celiac's so i'm also going to make meringue cookies because we need a non-gluten option.) if it comes out ok i'll share the recipe.

last friday, a week ago, i went to a combination housewarming (for tamalinn who'd just moved in upstairs)/housecooling (for lbmango who was about to move out downstairs) - it was a house homeostasis party - and saturday i spent walking the freedom trail because that's how one of the girls in my writing group wanted to spend her birthday. i had a parfait for lunch and it was delicious. last sunday i went to a greek festival put on by a local church and stuffed my face with pastitsio and baklava and, uh, rice pudding. fun was had! it was a very social weekend, so the fact that i didn't have anything to do or anywhere to be (besides the movie and i guess tamalinn's house) this weekend was really nice.

in totally other news, the preacher season finale made me go "THEY CAN'T DO THAT" and "THAT'S NOT FAIR". i hate cliffhangers. cm ended on a cliffhanger too, but it always does.
Music:: serenity
September 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] othercat at 01:46pm on 17/09/2017 under , , ,
Mood:: 'awake' awake
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klgaffney: (tail twitch.)
At least it is here in these Northeastern United States. You may recall from previous adventures that this home is fuckin' full of arachnids. Do not fear, there will be no photos in this post. I am cutting it ANYWAY. )

So...yeah. I have used up all my tolerance. I have nearly dropped two writers from my reading circle over uncut spider photos. I am back to alternately Staring at everything in an obnoxiously hypervigilant fashion or carefully not looking at Anything, because I think if I find another fucking spider Where There Must Not Be A Fucking Spider I will lose my last shit, punch everyone, kick all the tables over, set shit on fire, grab my rum and move to the gods-fucking-damned Moon, where I will drink rum and give Earth the fucking finger for the next decade, until some grizzled old Earthling Commander informs me that I have to come back and destroy a gang of evil terrorist spiders because apparently I am the only one who draws them out.

Fuck you, spiders.
Mood:: 'aggravated' aggravated
September 16th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara at 02:32am on 16/09/2017
first fall busy season successfully survived. my brain is tired. i made some overtime, tho. :D i feel like it's been a week, but mostly it's been a week of staying late at work. wednesday was the worst, and today was a lot of "hurry up, wait", and "WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING" and we had pizza for lunch.

also today the cassini spacecraft came to the end of its cruise around saturn, after almost twenty years of exploration and data collection and some fabulous photos. yesterday was the anniversary of giovanni cassini's death, and today the spacecraft named after him took a swan dive into saturn. (it did that so as not to potentially crash into one of saturn's moons and potentially contaminate it when it could potentially support life.) its mission was only supposed to be four years but it was so tough and the science it discovered was so fantastic that it stayed out for almost twenty years.

have some vintage style nasa posters in honor of voyager. speaking of spacecraft.

in other science news, the natural history museum and the science museum in london had a super cute fight on twitter and it was fabulous. who would win in a staff battle? anyone reading twitter. :D

i know this is old news, but my parents survived hurricane irma (they spent the night with friends who had hurricane shutters on their house) and so did the house and apparently the whole subdivision. the power came back on after about a day. jacksonville however is probably still half underwater and the keys were mostly destroyed. hemingway's house and the descendants of his polydactyl cats on key west are all fine, tho.

the bahamas, not so much.

there's a nun with a chainsaw down in miami cutting down fallen branches and generally being helpful and kind of badass. roosters were evacuated from key west wrapped in paper like rooster burritos so they wouldn't attack each other. roosterritos?

a southwest flight saved a bunch of shelter dogs and cats after hurricane harvey. i wonder if anyone did that after irma. because you know a lot of pets were separated from their people, and animal shelters in evacuation zones would have to be evacuated too.

so many free stock photos.

did anyone else read strangers in paradise? there's going to be a movie and i'm not sure how i feel about it. on the one hand, i really loved sip. and one of the leads is queer, and one of the objects of her affection is a (totally adorable) japanese american guy. on the other, the story turned into a convoluted mess. and i don't remember it being a "comedy of errors" or about katchoo having to choose between david and francine as her two suitors as the article says. i'm curious about it, anyway.
September 15th, 2017
klgaffney: young black punk rock girl with shaved head, green devilock and guitar. (punk's not dead.)
More bad news, so I'm indulging in wine and escapism via fic.

Stone & Fen/pre-Z-Corp (reboot 'verse): "Davy Meets The DisOrganization Pt 1" - Stone, Adavidarian, various members of The DisOrganisation. [community profile] origfic_bingo prompt: Adventures. 544 wds. Gen.

Context: It is 1979 and Stone had previously agreed to do a job for Mark because he's bored and misses his old life (just not enough to go back to it), teenage pre-Z-Corp Adavidarian (Davy) wants to know what they're doing but his big brother has already said he's not to be involved and Stone likes living, despite all evidence to the contrary. Davy is determined to pry it out of him regardless and has, as literally nobody is shocked to discover, resorted to becoming annoyingly stalkery about it because adolescent faery humanoid dragon-boys are not known for their social skills even when they don't happen to be the legendary Aggirach.

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klgaffney: a cropped picture of an old fashioned typewriter's keys. (this thing of ours.)
Am alternating back and forth between the [community profile] origfic_bingo card and the [community profile] ladiesbingo card. Hopefully there's not too much evidence of the ongoing battle with words and lack of experience with these particular characters.

Stone & Fen/Indirect Force: "The Investigator" - Lindy Hop, Soloni, mentions of Luce. [community profile] ladiesbingo prompt: Early Morning. 1903 wds. Flashback fic of reboot character. Completely Gen.

Summary/Context: Aliases are a complex matter for sidhe. Back in 1971, Indagatrix (Investigator) Lindy Hop has a chat with Soloni right before leaving Faerie for a historic UC mission involving a long-term stay in an industrialized city in the human world in order to track a particularly persistent and frustrating rumor of a sidhe unsub involved with Organized Crime (think federal levels of deep undercover work, but at the International Space Station, if the ISS was a city. Or the Mars, for that matter.). Soloni previously appeared in Random Exercises Featuring The Indirect Use of Force: The Lady Liar. When she not playing the grifter in a faery Leverage team, she is a high-ranking operative of the Sgathan, the Rian's shadowy, mirror-wielding left hand.

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posted by [personal profile] klgaffney at 09:41am on 15/09/2017 under
Cassini has completed its mission at Saturn. As predicted, the spacecraft lost contact with Earth at 4:55 a.m. PDT (7:55 a.m. EDT).

Cassini was launched back in '97 (I was in college); it was the first spacecraft to enter Saturn's orbit back in 2004 (We'd moved back to Jersey from Sacramento and Mousie started school).

Back in April, Cassini provided one of my new favorite space images--Earth as a bright little dot between Saturn's rings.

There was one taken in July that they processed as a natural color image and it is spectacular (and if I can locate one without the annoying intrusive "we are here" arrow it will be my new desktop).

There are certainly more spectacular, rare and dramatic finds in Cassini's photo gallery, but that's what struck me on a particularly rough day, and the images lingered in my imagination after.

Cassini lacked the power to return, and there were concerns of it crashing into and contaminating either one or more of Saturn's moons (which might possibly have conditions that could support life) and/or damaging Saturn's delicate ring system, so the safest and most reasonable solution was to let the craft burn up in Saturn's atmosphere. So long Cassini, and thanks for all the pics.

[edit: The original sans arrow is in the photo journal, but it's not a good format for desktop, unfortunately. It might work for my Nook tho.]
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September 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] othercat at 09:33am on 14/09/2017 under ,
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished

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