So yeah, I'm trying to watch the Elementary S1 finale now, even having been spoiled, just so that I can't get any MORE spoiled.
This is what I get for working too hard this week and not having time to watch TV...
2. I'm still reading Russian & Cold War history and assimilating things into the epic Natalia Romanova story that wants to exist in my head. I just wish I could get someone else to write it, because it's a damned long fic and I don't feel remotely qualified...although I admit, wrapping my brain around her cultural context (aka OMG Stalin WTF??) is helping somewhat. Who knows if this will ever make it out of my brain and onto the page, but I'm enjoying the thought process.
3. Natasha is still my favorite. Also: where is the fic where she, Pepper, and Maria take over the world? That should exist.
4. I've been working on the yarn Space AU all week. I've got 3 aliens done and Turtle is maybe about a quarter of the way finished. He has about a zillion parts, and heavens know if they'll even fit together in the end. We'll see.
5. Beta Request! Can anyone yarn-beta the 3 aliens for me? This involves me sending you lots of photos & you telling me what I should change or add. It helps if you have some familiarity with yarncraft, sculpture, or stuffed animals, but you don't actually need to know how to crochet or anything. Thank you! <3
Day Two: Favorite supporting female character
Day Three: A female character you hated but grew to love
Day Four: A female character you relate to
Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show
Day Six: Favorite female-driven show
Day Seven: A female character that needs more screen time
Day Eight: Favorite female character in a comedy show
Day Nine: Favorite female character in a drama show
Day Ten: Favorite female character in a scifi/supernatural show
Day Eleven: Favorite female character in a children’s show
Day Twelve: Favorite female character in a movie
Day Thirteen: Favorite female character in a book
Day Fourteen: Favorite older female character
Day Fifteen: Favorite female character growth arc
Day Sixteen: Favorite mother character
Day Seventeen: Favorite warrior female character
Day Eighteen: Favorite non-warrior female character
Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character
Day Twenty: Favorite female antagonist
Day Twenty-One: Favorite female character screwed over by canon
Well, the appalling treatment of Donna Noble has already been discussed, and that would really be it, were it not for my distinct sense that the longer a series with a prominent female character or characters runs, so does the probability that that character or those characters will be screwed over by canon approach one. (The speed with which this happens is a function of how expensive to produce/high profile the canon in question is.)
It's partly because of people seeing male as the default, so that women exist to do something gendered, not just to do something that needs doing* which usually involves being fridged.
And I think it's partly for the reasons that Starfleet SOPs apparently, as per the latest movie, require weapons specialists to strip to their bras and knickers before turning to business; that even where the are women characters doing interesting things elsewhere in the plot, TPTB have a core audience in mind whose requirements, they believe, need to be serviced too.
So Donna is a favourite, but honestly I do get to feeling that the default condition of all female characters is being screwed over by canon, and that isn't going to change any time soon.
( Read more... )
*(people complaining about sexism in Sherlock don't seem to acknowledge that on this metric a lot of the "background" characters in Sherlock are female: Ella, Miss Wenceslas, the head of the school from which the children are kidnapped, Dr Stapleton, Dr Mortimer, one of the assassins, half the bombing victims, the Professor of astronomy)
( spoilers, but mostly incoherent squee )
Now I can go read all the posts I bookmarked yesterday morning and take Elementary out of my Tumblr Savior.
(we'll be rendezvousing about an hour before the film, if that affects your decision)
(For some California local definition of 'morning'!)
About 30 minutes ago one of our databases (sb-db03) locked up and stopped serving traffic. This was an active database, so the site quickly stopped when it could no longer serve requests. Alas.
I have failed us over to a backup database and now everything should be working again.
I'm not sure yet what happened to db03, but am currently investigating and will update this post if I come up with a root cause for the problem. Edit: It's back up and doesn't have any visible problems. Disks are fine, data's intact, etc. The graphs and logs show nothing. We'll have to keep an eye on it and see if it manifests further issues.
Sorry for the trouble, please let me know if you still see any problems!
It's really more about being a fan, I suppose, than a sophisticated critique of social media platforms, but... :)
Also? I really liked Elementary's season finale and...I'm as excited for the second season of Elementary as I am for season 3 of Sherlock. I feel like such a traitor. :)
*doing laundry tonight*
( Elementary 1x22/23 )
* Likewise file under Huh? with regard to this Elementary experience: A middle-aged dude next to me on the sofa at Shutters on the Beach tried to hit on me by grinning excessively and bending forward in a rather...forward manner to ask me what it was that I was watching so intently, whether it was that movie (the name of which I have already forgotten). I had to turn 90 degrees and take my headphones out to answer his question. That said, I was German – read: blunt and unimpressed – enough that he backed off, literally. Did he really expect this young lady would relish the chance to talk to his less than inspiring and much older self? Probably. But while privilege -- read: money and societal status – can get you a lot of things a lot of the time, it can't pry me away from Lucy Liu's freckles and Joan Watson's delightful cases.
My biggest problem, honestly, aside from the headache, is that my eyes just don't want to focus. Like I was driving home today and it was *hard* to keep my eyes open and focused on the road, and I mean I made it home okay, but as soon as I got home I went upstairs to lie down so I could keep my eyes closed. I asked Dr. L about that and he said it was because there's just so much pressure in my head, so hopefully it should get better in the next few days.
I also called Dr. S the neurologist and asked if he wanted to see me, and left a message with his awesome assistant T, and she called me back and said he doesn't need to see me unless I have specific concerns, so I told her I'd stick with what my PCP is prescribing/telling me to do for now and if by Monday or Tuesday I'm still having serious issues I'll call him back. She seemed to think this was good, so there we go.
However my iWife is arriving Tuesday afternoon, so I really need to be doing a lot better by like Monday. I mean, if I have to go to the doctor while she's here it's not the worst thing in the world, and I can always give her my car keys and directions on how to get home or whatever, and she has some other people in the area she was going to try and see too, but even still, I'd rather be healthy and not "ugh, augh, my head" while she's here, you know?
What did you guys think? I've avoided (most) spoilers until now, so I don't know what people have been thinking...
ETA: Warning for general-ish, vague-ish spoilers in the comments.
Then, well, life interfered with plans, and I hadn't posted for um years.
A lot of years.
But I'm going to start cleaning up fics and posting this summer, by golly!
Posted a couple tonight as a matter of fact.
Including "Borne Upon a Dark Wind" which I made this icon for back in the day!
Spent a while tonight getting my fanfic into one folder (it was scattered over multiple folders, chronologically organized).
I dream of getting organized....
Fundraising efforts and donations are supporting the Space Camp fees, and another fundraising effort (for her legal defense fund) will go into a trust for legal fees and future education.
ETA: Amadi points out below that the 'good news' is far from the entire story
The entire week has been hectic and I don't think it's going to slow down because now we're two weeks out from the next board meeting, and that always makes things crazy.
I have not yet seen last night's Elementary, because I was busy having my blood pressure raised to unhealthy levels by the Rangers. Every time the puck hit the post I was like, "I am going to throw up now." Ugh. Not how I wanted the series to start. Oh, Henrik, you deserve to have a much better team playing in front of you. Or at least a team who knows how to clear their own zone and also not take stupid penalties in overtime. *quietly weeps into her coffee*
In other news, Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr, which should send a foreboding shiver down your spine, because Yahoo ruins everything. And inevitable (but unfounded?) rumors that Facebook will swoop in and buy it instead, which is horrible in its own special way.
For anyone out there who might be considering applying to the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop, the application period for this year closes on midnight of June 15th. Class size is twenty-four — with eight instructors on-site for the entire week, this makes for a fairly impressive teacher-student ratio (the nautically-minded among us like to think of it as hitting them with a full broadside.)
Viable Paradise is a one-week† residential workshop held annually in the autumn on the island of Martha’s Vineyard; the focus is on fantasy and science fiction, and the students can submit either short stories or an equivalent portion of a novel for workshopping.
†Why one week, rather than six weeks or a month, like some other workshops? Because not everybody out there in the world can free up that much time in one block. Students can, and people who have already committed themselves to some kind of major lifestyle change, but other people have things like families and day jobs. But almost anyone can hack out a single week — take that overdue vacation from the office, or stock the freezer with a week’s worth of pre-made casseroles and indebt yourself to your mother and your mother-in-law and the teenager next door for the necessary babysitting, and come spend a week with people who actually understand why you’re still obsessing about this writing thing.
Update on the Temple Renovation
( Good news: we can go ahead. Any building we do will have to be on the temple side of the street. )
Here is an income and expense report for the Temple Renovation Project. (Yay, transparency!)
This Sunday they're having the web-a-thon to bring in Friends of KPC. They're looking for small regular donors because this project is going to be ongoing for years. I have a $15 a month donation I give to the Amitabha Stupa mortgage as part of the Friends of the Amitabha Stupa in Sedona, AZ.
about two pounds of ground pork
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix the spices together and then mix them thoroughly with the ground pork. The easiest way to do this evenly is with your hands, either scrupulously clean or encased in disposable plastic gloves. The kind EMTs use will work just fine if your grocery store doesn't have the cheapo food service variety.
Either use the sausage within the next day or so, or freeze it for later.
(this is the uncooked Mexican variety, not the cured Spanish kind, which is out of my league completely)
about 1 pound of ground pork
2 ancho chiles
1 large garlic clove
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon each of ground coriander and cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1/16 teaspoon (a pinch) allspice
You'll definitely want the plastic gloves for this one.
Soak the dried chiles in hot water until they're soft. You should probably snip off the stem end with kitchen shears and shake out all the seeds before you do this. Use a blender or a food processor or a mortar and pestle to work the dried chiles, the garlic, the cider vinegar, and about 1/4 cup of the soaking water from the chiles into a thick paste. Then use your gloved hands (seriously, wear gloves on this one!) to mix the chile paste and the other spices into the ground pork.
Once again, use within a day or so, or freeze for later.
So, clearly either the antibiotics are not working or they are working but it's going to take more time or there's something else going on or...really, it could be anything at this point, note I use 'clearly' with sarcasm. I have a follow up appointment with my PCP tomorrow at 11:15 (well, today at this point) and hopefully he will be as helpful as Dr. H in the ER was on Monday night. I'm half expecting to get a referral to an ENT, though.
I had more I was going to say but I'm sitting here staring blankly at the screen so I think it's time to cut my losses and post. What's up with all of you?
Movie-wise, though, the performance of the day -- well, night -- belongs to Chris Pine et al.
I got together three newly master'd friends of mine sci-fi!geeky enough to hit the midnight showing of the new Star Trek late on May 16th: none of us actual Trekkers, mind you, but all enjoying our little outing -- for values of enjoyment; Jose fell asleep in-between, which given that this movie was Michael Bay rather than JJ Abrams surprises a little.
( ST: Into Darkness )
H'okay, I may've been tired after chatting till 6am. My shirt was on inside out.
(Good thing there aren't any witnesses. I hustled off to the bathroom.)
Just to prove it wasn't an aberration, minutes later I reached up to drop some bird treats in the bird's food bowl, to top it off.
Wrong bowl. And I'd just changed that water.
In other news: I may have overwritten that Star Trek: TOS fic I've been trying to resuscitate. I do lots of creative things ... painting, finishing the OAR (Overly Ambitious Rug, yes, I know I finished the sections months ago but I still haven't latched them together)... but I miss writing.
I offered to repair her gutted laptop and purchase it from her.
Me: "I can fix your old laptop, but I need to buy a disk with Windows 7. So fair market value, minus the cost of Win7."
My Aunt: "Oh, I'll just give it to you. I've already replaced it."
Me: "Don't be ridiculous."
My Aunt: "Well, then just give me twenty-five or fifty dollars."
Me: "It's a laptop."
Eventually she bargained me down to seventy-five. No, really. On a $300 laptop. I'm renegotiating the price considering I found my Win7 disc so now don't have to buy it.
I'm probably the only person who's had to raise their own rent.
Me: What's the error message?
Student: I don't know, it said to call you guys or some shit.
Me: Can you read me the specific text of the shit in question?
Student: Hold on, I have to go get my computer.
Me: Wait--you're calling us and you're not even at your computer? Why don't you call us back when you actually have the site up?
Student: It's right here, you don't have to be so rude.
I also, before I ran out of steam, managed to get the soup going in the crockpot for dinner (tonight's is albondigas, aka Mexican meatball, soup, which I cheat at by using pre-made meatballs from the freezer stash), and then I made sausage. Loose sausage, not links; I'm not crazy. How it goes is this: the local IGA will often sell whole pork loins for $1.99/pound, which works out to between 17 and 22 dollars for 9-11 pounds of boneless pork. Usually when I buy one I cut it up into roasts and such myself, but yesterday I decided to find out whether the butchers at the grocery store could cut it for me, and if so, whether they would charge extra. The answers turned out to be yes, they could, and no, they wouldn't -- so I picked out a 9-pound-and-a-bit pork loin, and came home with one roast, two bundles of pork cutlets, and about 3 pounds of ground pork. I set a little under a pound of that aside to make ma po tofu later this week, and made the rest into fresh breakfast sausage and fresh chorizo, two recipe-units each. The whole lot of them are now reposing in the freezer, waiting to be made into yummy meals in the weeks to come.
So I feel at least a little bit virtuous.
(Also, the immersion blender did really well at making soaked ancho chiles into a paste for incorporation into the chorizo.)