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Today was a lazy day...which for vacation-time seems appropriate. Occasionally. I SUPPOSE.

After sleeping in post-South Shore sojourn, we ate breakfast with fresh pineapple, ran errands in Hanalei, and finally! got our hands on some poi. Poi! )

Then, dear reader, we tried the Kalalau Trail. Emphasis on trying, alas. The idea was to go just for two miles, from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai Beach along the Na Pali Coast on Kaua'i, and of course back. Kalalau Trail Cautionary Tale )

Right now, we are roasting breadfruit in the oven. If you've seen my Instagram per the last post (and you really don't have to), then you will have seen our Allerton/McBryde Garden shots; it's a National Tropical Botanical Garden and well worth seeing. Bob & breadfruit )

And thus, Sally and I are having stir-fry tonight, with her adding her chicken-leftover, me frying some eggs, and both us roasting breadfruit in the oven, per the original National Tropical Botanical Gardens recipe.

Comic for May 23, 2017

May. 23rd, 2017 11:59 pm
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Box o books cont'd

May. 22nd, 2017 10:50 pm
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Last call for cheap books, kind of an eclectic lot, Shakespeare and Beatles and random SFF anthologies. Most of these are pretty well used, cover wear, etc. Let me know your zip code and I'll calculate media rate shipping from that and book weight.

Let me know before Friday night if you want any of these, because on Saturday they're going to Good Will.

For the Shakespeare, I am including publisher/edition for those who care; most of them are perfectly readable modern editions but I feel I should note that the "new hudson" editions were printed circa 1910 and while they have the same kinds of notes I tend to expect, they are visibly old. Merrills is 1910 as well, and Arden is good gracious, 1898.

Hardcover - $2
Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock (1983, so no current or prequels)
Aliens from Analog (anthology, contents)
Reel Future (anthology, contents)
Pendragon Chronicles (anthology, contents)
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, books 1-3 (this is actually comb bound not hardcover, but it also includes CDs, so I'm tossing it in this list for pricing.)
America, the book, from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
I Me Mine by George Harrison
Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano
McCartney: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz
The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand

Trade Paperback (or larger) - $1.50
Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting you'll ever need by Blake Snyder
How to Write for Television by Madeline DiMaggio
Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love by Katherine Atwell Herbert
Science Fiction: a historical anthology (contents)
Henry the Fourth, Part I, Shakespeare, Norton
King Lear, Shakespeare, Kittredge
Hamlet, Shakespeare, St Martin's Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism
Classical Mythology by Mark Morford and Robert Lenardon
Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine
MAD about the Eighties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Seventies: the best of the decade
MAD about the Sixties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Movies
The Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women by Alexa Albert
Dante, the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Italian, English translation by John Sinclair
Star Trek: Q's Guide to the Continuum
Cowboy Slang by Edgar R. "Frosty" Potter
All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek by Dave marinaccio
Quotable Star Trek by Jill Sherwin

Paperbacks - $1
Teach Yourself Film Studies by Warren Buckland
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, signet
Othello, Shakespeare, folger
Tempest, Shakespeare, new hudson
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, folger
Anthony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Kittredge
As You Like It, Shakespeare, new hudson
Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, Arden
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Merrill's
Macbeth, Shakespeare, folger
Midsummer night's dream, Shakespeare, folger
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, folger
Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare, bantam
Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare, signet
Second Shepherd's play
The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Curses (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Ghosts (anthology, contents)
50 Short Science Fiction Tales (anthology, and with nothing so tidy as a table of contents, here's the list of reprint permissions)
UFOs: A Manual for the Millennium by Phil Cousineau
Anne Frank's Tales From the Secret Annex
Dutchman and the Slave: Two Plays by LeRoi Jones
House of Desires in a new translation by Catherine Boyle
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
Life is a Dream, Calderon
Beowulf, trans Burton Raffel
I Owe Russian $1200 by Bob Hope (resisting urge to make political joke here)
Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek by Daniel Cohen
Separated at Birth? (Meme of a bygone era, this is a collection of photographs of celebrities that look like other celebrities)

I have been desktopping

May. 22nd, 2017 11:41 pm
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Since my new screen is ginormous. I've been using Pixlr, as my ancient photoshop will not work on this computer. Sadness.

Anyway, some of these are better than others, and I am to lazy to do preview images. Lots of reds.

Women of SG: Atlantis
Liz and Teyla, and a bit of Sam (a variation of the above)
Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) Because those covers were fucking amazing, ok.
Multiple Marvel women Natasha Romanov, Carol Danvers, Bobbi Morse.
Natasha Desktop 1
Natasha Desktop 2 Art by Phil Noto
Natasha Desktop 3 Art by Phil Noto
Kara Thrace and Sam Anders
River Song, the many faces of

Sits Up

May. 22nd, 2017 09:27 pm
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Penguins or Senators vs. Predators for Stanley Cup final.
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Posted by Chuck Barney

A new season of “The Bachelorette” is upon us, people, and you know what that means: Host Chris Harrison is about to get all gushy.

Plenty of Bachelors and Bachelorettes have come and gone over the years, he informs us, but NEVER have “we seen anything like the love and support” America has bestowed upon our new leading lady, Rachel Lindsay! Whoo-hoo!

What Harrison fails to mention is that Rachel is also making history. She’s the first black star the franchise has cast. On one hand, that’s admirable: Let’s not make race an issue here. Then again, Chris probably doesn’t want to call too much attention to to the fact that the show’s producers have taken WAY too long to make this happen. And it still may not have happened had not ABC’s entertainment chief Channing Dungey — a black woman — had not applied some pressure.

OK, now, let’s move onto Rachel’s quest for a soulmate. If you’re new to all this, long story short: She’s a 31-year-old Texas attorney who had a long ride on last season’s edition of “The Bachelor,” but was ultimately dumped by Nick Viall. Now, she’s ready to call the shots and she’s what we like to call a triple-threat — possessing beauty, brains and a great, down-to-earth personality. You can’t help but root for her.

“I’m sweet, but also sour, sassy, yet classy,” she says, flashing a 200-watt smile.

Take Our PollTonight’s opener follows the typical playbook: We see a few clips of Rachel in action (Hey, she can play hoops! She can present a court argument!). Then she has a summit meeting with some past contestants to get their advice on how to approach this adventure. Bottom line: “Ease up on the lawyer side of your personality and give yourself over to the process.” (Oh, and as one elderly lady she meets on the street says, “Don’t sleep with all of them.”).

Now it’s time to meet all the guys — a record 31!

There’s the usual array of personalities and occupations (and more black dudes than usual). We meet a pro wrestler and father of a 10-year-old girl … A San Francisco resident who is into Bollywood dancing, a guy nicknamed Diggy who is really into fashion (he owns 575 pairs of sneakers) and some lunkhead who brags about “the amazingness of my penis.”

And as usual, many of the suitors attempt to make a mind-blowing first impression by trotting out props and gimmicks. Among the admirable competitors are a guy (Brian) who speaks Spanish and boldly kisses Rachel; a dude who arrives accompanied by a marching band; and a guy who tries out some dance moves with the woman who looks “like a Disney princess.”

But the majority of the attempts are sadly lame. One guy is toting a big block of ice and a sledge hammer (Break the ice! Get it?) Another arrives in a penguin costume and another brings along a look-a-like doll that creeps everyone out, including Rachel.

But hands-down, the biggest idiot of the night is Lucas, who likes to make wildly frenetic facial gyrations and, for some inexplicable reason, yell “Wa-booooooo!” Obnoxious and pathetically unfunny, he instantly gets on everyone’s nerves.

But someone has to get the First Impression rose, right? Apparently, it’s not going to Fred, who has a bit of history with Rachel. They went to the same school as kids and, as a third-grader Fred attended a camp where Rachel — an eighth-grader — was a counselor. And unfortunately for Fred, she recalls him being a bad little boy.

Nope. That First Impression rose goes instead to the suave Brian, who caught Rachel’s eye the moment he stepped out of the limo (“I felt something unexplainable.”). Fred lady accepts the rose and then gets something even better: The season’s first really-truly, hot-and-heavy passionate kiss.

On differing standards

May. 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
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Have got back one of the assignments, with marks. (this is one of the older ones).

This is one where at the top of one of the questions I basically put a 'have half arsed this' note which read something along the lines of 'due to unexpected commitments, have been unable to do this justice, thus there are no references', as my sop to pointing out that I know that some of the things that I'm saying aren't new, but I haven't bothered to look for real references, because all that I know has come out of the textbook and out of the unit notes (oh, and some bits where I've no idea where I know that from). And it has come back with 'no penalty for no references'. And I'm all "no, that isn't right! What are you thinking letting me get away with that. Now I'll know to just half arse the next one!"

And I really don't know what to feel about this. On the one hand, I was writing a response to a situation, and so just presenting the relevant information in a logical manner probably makes sense. But on the other hand *no references or attributions*. Who does that?*

* in this case, mathematicians. But still!!

(also: dammit, what is it that I keep mistyping that causes autocarrot to remove the 'un' from so many words. It really messes up the sentence structure and meaning.)


May. 23rd, 2017 11:42 am
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I don't post much about our backyard chickens - mostly because I don't remember their existence as much as I used to when I was out there every day caring for them ('tis now Eldest's job). But today, I'm sitting in bed, listening to one of the chickens peck at the en suite door frame. I'm guessing it is the same one that usually does it, although I can't see from here. And it is making me realise that I should at least keep *some* notes on the state of the flock.

Right now, we have 7 chickens. This is down from the peak of 10, not all that long ago (a year?). There are none of the original set that were bought from a factory farm, but we still have the pair of Arucanas and one of the Barnevelders remaining. Of the semi-hand reared chooks that we got at the point of having about half their feathers, we have three of the original seven -- three were identified as probably roosters and then returned from whence they came, and one of them has mysteriously vanished (we suspect it went over a fence. However, because that age of chook has a habit of going missing and then strutting out from somewhere they can't possibly have been hiding after a few weeks, we didn't worry for a while). And of the old three that I acquired from someone who was moving and wasn't able to keep them, we have one (the pale brown/cream) remaining.

Of these, six of them happily return to the pen at night. The last one insists on sleeping in the mulberry tree, which is fine, but not as sheltered as I might like, and there aren't any good perching spots out of the rain elsewhere in the garden either. Between them, they are keeping the back garden free of weeds, which is great, but also free of several other things I've tried planting (even though I do put old wire baskets over the plants in hope that that will protect them). I've mostly not been paying attention to this in recent years, with all the energy I have going elsewhere, but I have Plans! to be going on with once my next two uni deadlines have been hit, seeing as the rains seem to have well and truly come for the year. Which means I'm going to have to work out some chook proofing that actually works (the original chook proofing was completely fine with the original chooks, who were completely unwilling to consider flight at all). Plus, given the fact that the cubby seems to get no love, and should probably go on to a family who can make use of it, I probably need to discuss with family what we want to do in terms of chook enclosures, and how we want to handle them. But that is a thought for another day.

Oh, and the last detail - eggs. Egg production has slowed down. There was a recent(ish) discovery of a stash, but I'm guessing either that a new stash location has been found, or they are laying where the ravens can get the eggs (this is another thing that is prompting planning for the new enclosure. If I set things up with a bit more space, and a bit better food provision arrangement, and nicer nesting boxes, we might only let the chooks out after a set number of eggs are seen, and then maybe the ravens will get fewer).
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(From here.)

DEAR CAROLYN: My 11-year-old daughter is going through a phase right now of extreme, black-and-white thinking. Right is right and wrong is wrong. This is challenging sometimes.

My mother-in-law loves to host but it’s pretty obvious she buys entire meals pre-packaged from a grocery store chain and passes them off as hers. The adults just pretend we don’t know.

Earlier this week my sister-in-law brought this up in a joking way and she, my husband, and I had a laugh about it. Well, my daughter heard this and confronted us about Grandma’s cooking. We tried to explain to her that it’s a kindness not to say, “You didn’t take the garbage out so I saw the takeout containers.” My daughter replied with, “So when you told Grandma her potatoes tasted good, it was a lie?”

She is right, really. We all sort of lie, and so does Grandma.

My daughter told us in no uncertain terms that she will not pretend that Grandma cooked the meal. She is also rather frosty toward us for our willing participation in this, her word, charade, and asked, “What else has Grandma been lying about?”

My husband thinks we should just let this play out, and that our daughter will not be able to look her grandmother in the eye and actually say this stuff. I am almost positive our daughter will say this stuff, and maybe we should warn his mother. Any advice?

We All Sort of Lie

DEAR WE ALL SORT OF LIE: Off the record, please don’t correct your future journalist/scientist/prosecutor too successfully.

On the record, the most important thing here is your daughter’s socialization. You can accomplish that whether you warn Grandma or not — because the consequences of not warning her just aren’t that dire, and because your mission is unchanged regardless. Your daughter has forced you to defend beliefs you probably haven’t examined for a long time, if ever, as kids do so mind-blowingly well.

So find a way to justify your approach to honesty that withstands scrutiny … or admit your daughter is right. “It’s a kindness” is fine as far as it goes, but where specifically are the lines between cruelty and kindness, and kindness and deceit?

Whether you tip off Grandma or let her startled face be part of your daughter’s education, the next dinner will be instructive for your daughter.

So, yeah, I’m giving you nothing. Tell us how it went!

Iz curious

May. 22nd, 2017 08:09 pm
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Can someone tell me why Sasha Roiz was at JIB? Asking for a friend.

Capitalism Will Eat Your Children

May. 22nd, 2017 10:32 pm
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Most of my playlists get their names from a song lyric or phrase in a book. This one is an exception.

This is my revolution playlist's older, slightly more jaded sister. But despite the name and the sentiment I don't think it's terribly depressing. Just crabby. And couldn't we all use some crabby every now and then? This is also longer than most of my playlists: 26 songs or an hour and forty four minutes of music.

Capitalism Will Eat Your Children
Zip file on dropbox (146MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

There's A War Going On For Your Mind - Flobots
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - My Chemical Romance
Walking Down Madison - Kirsty MacColl Feat. Aniff Cousins
Bankrobber - The Clash
Dance or Die - Janelle Monáe Feat. Saul Williams
How Long? - Wild Strawberries
The Trouble With Normal - Bruce Cockburn
Death To My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen
Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name) - Chumbawamba
16 Tons - Tom Morello
Save This House - Spirit Of The West
The Economy Is Suffering...Let It Die - Anti-Flag
(Antichrist Television Blues) - Arcade Fire
Burundi - Saul Williams Feat. Emily Kokal
Weight of the World - Martyn Joseph
Wings - Josh Ritter
Oh My God - Michael Franti & Spearhead
Reject All American - Bikini Kill
Pink White House - PRIESTS
Jam Tomorrow - Oysterband
Little Boxes - Walk Off The Earth
The Kids Are Ready To Die - The Airborne Toxic Event
The Sound of Silence - Disturbed
Come On Forest Fire (CPI Mix) - Rae Spoon
Waiting For The Great Leap Forward - Billy Bragg
This Is Why We Fight - The Decemberists

I'd appreciate a comment if you download, just so I can know how much interest there is :)

Thick As Thieves

May. 22nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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I have at least four posts I want to make before we leave for Wisconsin Wednesday morning, so let's start with the shortest and easiest one!


I just want ALL the fic RIGHT NOW. It doesn't matter that it's a tiny book fandom and the Thick As Thieves hasn't been out long enough for much fic to be written yet. Rationality has no place in my desires, and my desire is for ALL the fic, ESPECIALLY if it's slashy.

Presume spoilers in comments. At least, I hope there will be spoilers in comments ;)

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