25 July 2017 @ 06:05 pm
 
Three damn days on one article that refuses to process properly. Still playing catchup.

Podcasts
Oh god, Lindy West on The Sporkful on being fat and food and basically our cultural fat shaming. It's amazing because I love her confidence and she's very charismatic.

What I love is how the topic even goes to her husband, who is tall, skinny, what people associate with hot (at the time it was recorded, it was even pointed out he had to bulk up for a role on file), and she's not despite how they work out together. I can't recommend this episode enough.

But there's also some amusing tidbits, like making paninis in the Qantas lounge, which makes me only envy her because there is nothing more amazing than having the privilege of flying first class.

I also know it sounds like I listen to endless Sporkful, but I don't, honest! Their content is just that good.

Now that I think about it, there was a Cracked podcast on 17 Movies that were total disasters behind the scenes. It helped emphasize that:
-Marlon Brando was a farting maniac that read his lines off babies
-The Godfather was never supposed to actually work
-Italians actually were still a minority in the 70's
-You don't really want to be an actor under Stanley Kubrick

Recipes
Jeon episode 2
This time it was mix of slaw, julienned parilla, green onions, corn, and clams. Less water this time. I think it lacks the crispy greatness, so I need it to be soupy, or I need to use more oil at high heat.

High Heat?


I can't stop it, I love this commercial!

Also worked on lotus root for the first time. Simple recipe.
-peel lotus root
-chop lotus root sideways, quarter to half-inch slices
-dip in mixture of rice flour with salt
-dip in egg
-sautee in high heathot pan with oil and fry until golden brown

I did the same with tofu.

The thing about both is to use a good sauce to absorb with the texture. I used soy with a bit of vinegar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, pepper flakes, and chopped green onions. Everything came out like I remember and it was like taking a taste of nostalgia. The best thing about lotus root is the crunch, it's like a potato chip/water chestnut kind of crunch to it but with a much better flavor retention.

Today I'll make use of the rest of the perilla by wrapping salisbury steak morsels with it and then doing another batter fry. I think it'll be fine, but I'm running out of olive oil quickly at this rate.

I'll add more to say if I have time. Still no time for photos! No rest for the weary.
 
 
DIY
IT IS DONE. THE HANDLE IS DONE AND I CAN FINALLY GET ON WITH OTHER THINGS.

Computer
Moving content from the dying drive is slow and tortuous. I can't even get it to repair properly. I need to get it to safe mode and get it working. Ran out of canned air. Two cans to make up for it!

Podcasts
Latest Sporkful: Roald Dahl's cookbook. They interviewed Dahl's children and the foods that he made for them and the stories he'd invent just to add magical whimsy while encouraging them to eat healthy. Imagine it was like eating dinner with Dr. Seuss; some of the recipe ideas seem to be built around being playful with the concepts and (minor spoiler) they feel that Willy Wonka was an analogue for Mr. Dahl himself--given how much I feared Gene Wilder as a candy murderer, I don't know how to feel about that, but I think he would have liked knowing that too, hah.

He also makes recipes with someone on Youtube (Binging with Babish) who is known for making recipes as seen in famous tv and movie shows, along with some trivia from "Matilda."

Gardening
Vines still thriving, no flowers yet beyond a bud from a young squash. Took some photos to catch some of the bugs around, to some limited effect. One I wish I got a photo of was a six spotted tiger beetle which was gorgeous. I also found out it was quite a helpful little buddy in clearing my plot of pests along with the occasional spring peeper that hops on by on wetter days.

Cooking

JEON!

I was inspired from this short and decided that it would make for a nice experiment since there's a birthday coming by the end of this week. It's quick! It's easy! It's finger food (sort of), and I tried to make it at home.

-Mix 1 cup cake flour with 1/2 cup rice flour and 2 tbsp salt
-Add two eggs
-Add water, 1 1/2 cups (maybe less is better?). Mix to battery goodness
-Throw in julienned potatoes, green onions, jalapenos, littleneck clams, and shelled tiny shrimp. Mix.
-Grease and heat skillet to high heat

-Using a ladle, dollop some in, try to distro the contents as you cook.
-One the edges look like they are darkening into crispness, flip.
-Once finished, place on cutting board, using knife and cut into squares. Serve with soy and vinegar.

I think I used too much water as it was difficult to flip, but it still came off really well. The rice flour and the cake flour adds to the crispness of the experience which is what I wanted especially. Michelle approved, so it's good!

Traveling
Thinking about it further, it made me realize as well that I was missing a few other things I wanted to do if I was doing the traditional party food, so I asked Michelle if she wanted to take a trip to Boston. H-Mart is next to a Cheesecake Factory, so I think that was all we needed to get going! To Burlington (er, MA) we go!

The trip wasn't too bad. The beautiful weather guaranteed that everyone else was going out of the state rather than into MA. In Burlington, we dined on salad and buffalo blasts (she missed salad. SHE MISSED SALAD! I'M SO HAPPY THAT WE HAD AN EXCUSE TO EAT SALAD!!!) and then we went to H-Mart where I acted like a dog in a butcher shop.

"HEY LOOK THEY HAVE LYCHEES! HEY HEY LOOK THERE'S SAMPLES OF MEAT WE CAN TRY! HEY HEY I THINK WE NEED THIS! CAN WE GET THIS OH WAIT I HAVE THE SHOPPING BAGS SO YES WE ARE GETTING THEM! WHOAH LOOK LOOK AT THIS WE CAN'T GET THIS HERE, I SHOULD MARK THIS SPOT SO I NEVER FORGET WE WERE HERE"

...okay, so maybe not *entirely* like a dog. point is, I got the things that we needed for my ingredients list (lotus roots and perilla) and they were all freaking cheap.

Parents
My dad wants to push his acupuncture business deeper and wants to get his website updated as well as his photos, so is asking me to come down and do this. He said he'll pay. I feel kind of like we don't really get to meet them much these days anyway, and I honestly wish we had more time in VT, but since it's for my dad's business, sure I'll go (I doubt I can get him to do this gratis though, but I can't really disapprove of getting more money in our wallets).

So I'm taking Friday off to fit with his schedule.

-Which is when that birthday is. I guess I'll make some on Wednesday and then bring it on Thursday and tell them it's for them for Friday?

Anyway, backlog is backlogging, so I'll get back to work. So much more to say, but I'm tired and a bit too silly right now to elaborate. Hope everyone's good!
 
 
23 July 2017 @ 07:54 pm
 
Two of my cats were run over by a car today.

They're dead.

They had feline AIDS.

THIS POST IS PUBLIC.
 
 
 
 
23 July 2017 @ 05:14 pm
 

I'm a 33 year old Scottish woman, trying to get my journal groove back. I'm a mum of three boys from teen to newborn, and work in healthcare but (thankfully) I'm on maternity leave just now. I mainly write about daily life, the struggles and highlights of attempting to adult and parent and be healthy as a highly strung, stressed over-thinker who doesn't like herself most of the time.  

Wow, I sound fun.  Should I mention that there will be wine, gin and chocolate?

I was obsessed with my Livejournal back in the day - I started it back in 2003 and even though I've only dipped in and out of it in recent years, writing is still very much how I make sense of my life and my mind. That's why I'm trying to reignite that obsession I once had...though it's difficult with increasing grown up responsibilities and shrinking time of my own to put pen to paper fingers to keyboard.  But I know I need the chance to record snatches of life as it flies past, and an outlet for when my mental health takes a dive. 

I swear and I like to write no-holds-barred.  I'm very liberal and support choice - be that choice of who you love, choice over your reproductive options, or just the freedom to chose what you're going to watch on telly tonight. I'm doing my Masters in weight management so I try to live healthily through fitness (like dancing and weight training, albeit on a very beginner level) and healthy eating, but more often than not find myself alone amongst the crumbs at the bottom of a packet of biscuits. I'm book obsessed (mainly literary fiction and never fantasy, chick-lit, or much sci-fi), love a good tv series (Mr Robot, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, OITNB, Top of the Lake and Homeland have been recent highlights), and sometimes I even get out to see friends.  Some or none of this may come out in my writing.

Along with a lack of time, I guess part of why I've lost touch with my journal has been my shrinking friends list.  It's hard to make time to update when it feels increasingly like you're just shouting into a void. So I'd love it if anyone out there who is in a similar place in life or who is into similar things would like to take a punt on my journal.  I wont promise a very active journal but I am going to try, and I'm also going to try and be a good friend in return.

It's a good job I've been with my husband for ten years, because I'd suck at filling out a dating profile.  Feel free to swipe left (or is it right...? I'm not on Tinder).
 
 
22 July 2017 @ 12:32 pm
 I've been keeping myself busy with my writing, got to about 23.5k out of a current quota of about 35k (which increases by every day) so at least I'm getting something done. I have the problem that I don't write anything on weekends. I mean I've got video games and anime in front of me, whereas I would usually write it at work instead. But if Miss days at the weekend, I fall behind by another 3k.

Started getting back into reading Berserk.
Got to, uh, the "turning point" in the manga, and anyone who's read Berserk will know exactly what that means.
I wasn't so into it when I first started reading it, but now I'm really enjoying it. Reading a volume a day.

It's probably not something I would recommend to many people though, despite it being very good - it's very violent, *very* gory, and...uh, it has some pretty explicit scenes, and not necessarily in a nice way. It does fit the dark setting though.
Tbh, I enjoy action manga and all the fight scenes in Berserk are starting to bore me. Lol. I mean it's this mad swordsman wielding a sword that's three times as big as his body, he goes around cleaving demons in two and...?

Well, anyway.
I'm gonna start watching Hellsing today!
It's next on my anime schedule and I've heard some good things about it - but I'm perplexed that it's only 13 episodes? I thought it was really popular so how come it's got barely any episodes.

Gaming: I've started using a random retro game generator which helps me play all these retro games I haven't played yet.
Found some nice gems out there, especially on N64 and NeoGeo. 

Hope everyone is doing okay.
 
 
 
 
20 July 2017 @ 12:12 pm
 
Michael Susanno, his brother Anthony Susanno, and Michael's Mexican Prostitute Whore were all summarily executed recently.

They threatened my life, my father's life, and my brother's life.

They murdered some of my family members.

Now they're dead.

I don't forgive and forget.

I let karma take the motherfuckers out. And they were taken out.

THIS POST IS PUBLIC.
 
 
 
 
19 July 2017 @ 09:39 pm
 
MICHAEL SUSANNO HAS AIDS. THIS POST IS PUBLIC.
 
 
 
 
19 July 2017 @ 09:38 pm
 
MICHAEL SUSANNO HAS SYPHILLIS. THIS POST IS PUBLIC.
 
 
 
 
19 July 2017 @ 09:07 pm
 
Renee Susanno, your husband faked his death. Anthony Susanno is still alive. He used you for your cars and house and when he got a lottery ticket he went to town to live it up. ORDER A HIT ON HIM.

THIS POST IS PUBLIC.
 
 
 
 
19 July 2017 @ 02:38 pm
 
I'm kind of idling, but partially because I have a major deadline for an issue and I'm waiting for feedback on some articles for a particular piece. It's been a busy as hell week and yesterday was (as you could tell from the previous post), me running my hands through the innards of a computer to troubleshoot why some parts were not operating properly.

Note to self: get another can of compressed air.

Cooking
So, ever heard of a dish called bibimbap? I think it's trendier these days more than it used to be since protein bowls are a big thing, but it's something I grew up with and for that birthday, I made it. The nice thing about it is that it's like an interchangeable dish of mixed vegetables on rice. The annoying thing is that it means I need several dishes made out to allow it to be interchangable.
-Blanched spinach for five minutes, drained, mixed with sesame oil, then mixed with soy and sugar, add sesame seeds
-stir fried kohlrabi sticks in oil, add onions, ten minute tenderization
-"quick" kimchee made of salted cucumber quarter slices, pepper flakes given time to drain, added fish sauce, minced ginger, celery
-Blanched mung beans, drained, mixed with sesame oil and seeds, garnished with green onions
-Fried extra firm tofu in sticks, hard heat, then mingled in sauce with miso paste and honey and sesame oil, garnished with green onions
-Stir fried ground beef with sesame oil, soy sauce, syrup, garlic powder, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions
-Stir fried mushrooms with onions and garlic powder
-scrambled ten eggs to a runny consistency since I can't guarantee ten fried eggs handling transit properly.
-Cooked two whole cookers of rice

They loved it. It was an all night project (we didn't even have any for dinner, we ended up having chicken tenders and fries), but the results were worth it. I didn't finish all the sides I would have used normally though, as I also had a bag of slaw I was going to make into a sour slaw, a daikon I was also going to turn into kimchee, and two zucchinis I was going to julienne before stir frying with butter.

Oh well, more for us!! I might brine the daikon instead now that I have the chance anyway.

Gardening
We found more beans growing on the window vines. I think they're fertilizing through the wind of the fan that I run as I sweat into my rig. This is looking good, as good as the vines that I will check on today if we have time. I'm predicting that the beans will climb the top of the twine by the end of this week. I'm really hoping the tomatoes will start to flower along the way. Also want to check on the squash.

DIY
We took a last minute trip to the hardware store last night, got some screws and of course I get the wrong thread. Go me. If everything comes in in time, then we'll try again? Just need to remember that it's podcast night, so I'm going to be busy. I got some extension cords for the audio equipment, so I'll see how this goes.

Random
I scraped my finger against the handrail at my complex and it wedged against a tapering part of the board and tore off a thick chunk of skin from my index finger. I can see the blood outside the bandage, so it must be deep.

Okay, things have been quiet for awhile, so BACK TO WORK.
 
 
18 July 2017 @ 11:28 pm
 
Troubleshooting a computer is no fun, and it's even less easier when you're using Windows 10 and even less so when you're doing all this just so you can extract raws from a card.

If you need me, I'll be swearing into a piece of hardware.
 
 
17 July 2017 @ 03:52 pm
 
no caffeine. Phone app no work. Sadness. Eternal sadness of the Mondays.

It's 3pm?

Momentary sadness of the Mondays.

Accounting for past sins in terms of how I mishandled my accounts, but I was encouraged about how I'm running the account decently enough. I actually proposed an email to our client that didn't require editing, so that alone is a boon!

Pretzels
I ordered some as thanks to the person who has been mentoring me and it went to the wrong address. She's thankful I sent them, and she went far enough to visit the address to see if they're there. Huh.

She said it wasn't necessary, but I reordered a new batch for her. If she gets them, then she will have double the pretz. I'll live with the sin of spoiling.

Birthdays
Not mine, someone here has a birthday in my team. Thinking it's going to be protein bowls tomorrow. That's the problem though, it's for tomorrow. Good thing I have mason jars, I'm going to need to set them up to cook a bunch of bibimbap ingredients, then a bunch of eggs, then beef, then tofu, then some quick kimchi, then I get to pretend I'm a good person for doing all this.

DIY
Did I mention that I punched a hole in the wall?

Did I mention that it was for a replacement for the phone box?

Did I also mention that the wiring is giving me problems?

How about that I had to unscrew the damn thing and expand the hole so that it can all fit without letting the wires interfere with each other?

My vacuum is full of drywall, but I think it fits now and the connection has been giving us errors, but it seems to be more associated with things like power outages and Game of Thrones, so I think we're good.

We got cabinet handles to install to the plastic rail. Looks like Don's gonna be a-drilling some holes with his dremel!

Photos
Those will likely be on delay, because my card reader is busted or my USB front case is failing on me. My case has a reader too, but for some reason it's not operating properly. I may need to dig into the innards and try to tweak the parts around again. I can say that I have yet to find a BSOD once I cleaned the memory slots, so at least that's no longer an issue. I may need to devote a day just to checking and cleaning and restoring function to some of the parts of my case.

Gardening
I am seeing the beans grow out and vine and they're climbing. They are actually climbing in leaps and bounds! Oh my god, it is fantastic!!

I also have a bean indoors! A window bean!! I'm a proud parent! A proud, somewhat cannibalistic parent!! I'll have a photo of it, it's a somewhat sickly looking thing, but just seeing me get away with it is what surprises me the most. Hopefully, it'll grow into a single, sexy twelve inch long bean (#nobeanmo)

The squash in the patio seems to be growing, at least one of them is. Just planted two more seeds in that planter to see what happens.

Another squash was planted in the garden as well, and it looks like it's going decently enough. We'll see, I think the indoor growing made some of these plants really frail, so I'm very skeptical, but again, we'll see.

Hiking
So this weekend, we visited Shelburne Farms! I took photos! Michelle took mosquito bites! I PETTED CHICKENS!!! I will share this travail once the photos are working properly.

Television
As I mentioned before, Game of Thrones. Yes, I watched it. Yes, I enjoyed it. It's been a long time for me, I honestly forgot what Dragonstone was until she got there and then I was like, "Oh yeah... *that* place!"

Did that spoil too much? Hopefully not. Either way, I know the first episodes are more or less to establish what's going on before they actually push, so I think I'll look forward to next week, when we are treated to Peter Dinklage actually opening his mouth and saying something this time.

We started getting into American Gods. Cinematography-wise, it's a beautiful show. Most of the time, I have no idea what is going on. I mean, I have a gist, but I can't see the grand scheme of it all. To be fair, I'm only three episodes in, but I can see and I think the concept of the mythos that it's pushing out expresses itself decently enough. There's a lot of references to mythology that I would google just to see what they reference and then I'd be like, "this doesn't explain much" and then it would be reference to something else in the show and I'd keep googling. It is its own thing, I guess, and I will keep at it, but I have to admit that it would be nice to know what I'm watching once we get later in.

Also, that opening? It's one sexy art piece that was made for this show.

Finally, got to add: Gillian Anderson can do a fantastic Lucille Ball. Like I didn't even realize it was her until I kept noticing "Guest Actor - Gillian Anderson" in the credit. I'm still trying to identify some of the old gods in the series too, while some like the jinn are obvious, others like the Irishman are too obscure for me.

Gaming
Michelle got that LEGO game for Switch and she tried out the Splatoon 2 beta release. I think she has a poor reaction/compensation time when it comes to games, but despite that I think she was starting to really get into it and was picking up some tactics aside from charging. Good for her! I still suck at it, though tbf, I think the controls need better tweaking, otherwise I could probably do decently as a sniper build in that game. Michelle keeps offering to get more controllers, but I'm okay with doing nothing.

Comics
Yes, of course I pick up comics.

Just want to point out that Marvano's version of The Forever War was back in release. I found it amazing because I grew up wanting to get the whole collection, but the second and third parts of the trilogy were really freaking rare to find. Don't believe me? Look up eBay: the second and third parts usually sell for 100 or more.

Now that I found out Titan reprinted them, I can get a second chance! I'll look forward to getting a new version, maybe get to keep my third copy in better condition now, too.

Finally
Reading this entry back made me realize I've been relatively busy this weekend, huh. Well good!
 
 
17 July 2017 @ 12:25 pm
 
Location: US
Timezone: EST
Languages: English

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm extremely new to DW but I have been roleplaying for years. This is awkward because I really don't like to talk about myself. I much prefer to immerse myself in whatever I'm writing and keep things mostly IC unless we need to plot. Bandom/celeb RP is my jam and often played Travis McCoy on Livejournal, as well as William Beckett and Justin Bieber. Check out my journal for more info.

Top 5 Fandoms:
2006 Bandom RP Era Music (if that counts as a fandom and yikes that sounds old)
Anime
Harry Potter
True Blood
Tie between Pokemon and Final Fantasy X


I mostly post about: Until I get comfortable here, I may not post about much. I am so used to only using journals IC that I often forget that I can have one for myself.

I rarely post about: Eh I'm an open book once you get to know me OOC. I just prefer to keep posts IC.

My last three posts were about: RP, reconnecting with long lost writing partners, and storylines for my Travie McCoy muse.

How often do you post?: In my personal journal? As needed. If I join a RP community, probably weekly.

How about commenting?: I love commenting and interacting, for sure.
 
 
17 July 2017 @ 10:44 am
 
Hello! Like many people, I'm a longtime Livejournaler who's working on making the switch over to Dreamwidth. But I've had my journal there since 2001--that's pretty much my entire adult life! Change is hard! In order to help me shift my focus over here instead of over there, I'd like to see if I can establish a more active group of DW-friends. Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my journal.

About me:
My name is Katie, I'm 38, I'm queer, and I'm female. I'm a writer and writing tutor by profession (I write fiction and book reviews; I tutor high school students and beginning creative writers). I grew up in the Hudson Valley in New York State, and currently live in Philadelphia. I live in a very old house with my girlfriend of eighteen years and our two cats. I love to read (favorite writers include E.M. Forster, Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, Pat Barker, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Saunders, etc). I also like cooking, baking, canning, and food preservation of all kinds; hiking and bird watching; gardening; swimming; watching baseball.... I'm a rather typical introvert and lead a fairly quiet life. I drink entirely too much tea.

About my journal:
I began my LJ as a reading journal, and still often post informal book reviews and thoughts on whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. In addition to writing about books, I often post about food and the projects I undertake in the kitchen. Sometimes I use my journal to track goals. Sometimes I write about the things that are going on in my life. Rarely (very rarely) I share my writing. Sometimes I post about art, or the creative process, or a quotation that caught my attention. I tend to post about once or twice a week. There are often photos. I keep my journal friends-only, but if any of this sounds interesting to you I will be happy to add you so you can check it out. No harm done if it turns out to not be your style after all!

What I'm Looking For:
Like I said, I'm transitioning from using LJ as my main online home, and am looking for a more active friends list here on DW. I like genuine connections and interesting conversations. I'd love to meet people who share my interests, especially fellow book-nerds who want to geek out about literature with me. Outdoorsy folks, creative folks, thinkers, makers, teachers, learners.... I can't promise to be the world's greatest commenter and I don't expect you to be either, but I would like to talk to each other at least occasionally.

Say hello! Let's get to know each other!
 
 
15 July 2017 @ 05:58 pm
  Name: Bones
Age: 21 (almost 22)
Location: Boston, MA
Gender: Female
Languages: English and a little Spanish

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm fairly new here, but not new to fandom. I write fanfiction and I fandom-hop without rhyme or reason. I'm currently in a lot of small fandoms, and I love to add more, so feel free to try to get me obsessed with your favorite fandom. IRL, I'm a sleep scientist who doesn't sleep enough. I talk about my girlfriend a lot.

Top 5 Fandoms: 
I'm going to cheat, but in my defense, I am in so many fandoms...
Small video game fandoms (Oxenfree, Stardew Valley, and Primordia)
Boku No Hero Academia
The Goblin Emperor
Harry Potter (always... never hop away from this one)
Haikyuu!!


I mostly post about: Fanfiction, logic puzzles, fandom things. I'll probably start posting about my life at some point, but those won't be public

I rarely post about: politics, specifics about my work.

My last three posts were about: A logic puzzle and some fanfiction exchange/challenge stuff.

How often do you post?: Not much right now - I'm new here. But I imagine I'll be posting at least once every week, if not more.

How about commenting?: I'm good about commenting when I'm feeling social, but sometimes I don't have the energy. I like making friends and being friendly though, so I try. 
 
 
14 July 2017 @ 05:22 pm
 
WOOOOOCAFFEINEOOOOOOOOOOOOO
So much caffeine. I drank a can of Pepsi aaand caffeine WOOOO! WOOO! I haven't had this much caffeine in awhile! I should check if I did this or maybe if I work on this first oh wait, I already did those so I better go back to checking other things WOOOOOOOOOOO CAFFEINE!!!

Actually,
^My head right now. Seriously, not used to this much caffeine in one sitting and it's a can so I can't parcel it out like I can with a bottle, bah!

One of the coworkers here offered to let me check out a copy of Dr. McNinja that she wanted me to look into. It was in reference to coming to work on Friday in a "KNIFE EYE ATTACK!!" shirt. It's neat because they got it signed, too!

So I just found out that a gift I sent to someone who basically helped me out during some of the rough parts of the transition to a new account did not receive the gift I sent them! Bah! She seemed thankful, but maybe next week with my paycheck I will try again. I will keep trying again (unless my paycheck breaks me in two)!!

DIY and a gift?
So softbox came in along with a new paper lantern, 18 inch diameter. We've been wanting one of these for awhile because our bedroom is lit with a 10" paper lantern covering an LED bulb. The larger lamp is giving a more even light, but also emphasizes how much power you might want to expect out of it. It's a 9V LED, which is equivalent to 80W incandescent, which is still pretty damn bright and more than enough for a bedroom, but I'm not the biggest fan of how much weaker the light feels now.

We did actually get a 15W LED as well from IKEA and we tried it out. It's really bright, but it's also a warm light. Since the house uses a lot of whites and blues, a warm tone doesn't really work with the house, so I didn't think it worked. Michelle was in agreement, you can't do warm lights and blues at the same time unless you like everything to look more brown.

The softbox was tested out with the lamp frame and it looks good. I can clamp the umbrella to one of the unused arms and the rest might have enough room to handle adding the light equivalence. My only concern is if it burns too hot and smoulders the softbox, but we'll see about this. LEDs are known to gather less heat, but four bulbs is still iffy; I'm aware that LEDs are mostly heat sinks for a reason.


EDIT: Wait a moment... maybe I can see about rewiring a clear plastic computer fan into a metal bulb? Might need to see how much I can get away with that without turning it into a fire hazard. I might need to figure out a proper exhaust port too. I am very skeptical about this though as I know computer fans are moderated by a motherboard so this might be a great way to burn out a fan motor really quickly.

EDIT 2: Just looked into it, yeah, I would need a transformer of sorts. Might be able to break down a USB cord to convert, but that means two plugs which just guarantees more of a mess. Plus, I still need to do something about setting up a vent, so I'll just see if force of will will be enough, maybe remove the white screen or separate it instead to allow air flow.

while I was checking out the quality of the softbox, Michelle noticed something on the bed where I unpacked the softbox. A wire with a rounded knob at the end, kind of looks like a wireless charging port?

Sure enough, we plug it (if it infects my computer, at least it's a new version of Windows 10 on it?) and...

it lights up.

It lights up?

Googling lead us to stuff like this!

In fact, it lead to a lot of them! Whether it was a knockoff or not, the thing was dirty and looked like it had been gathering dust, so my take is that it might have been pushed into the bag without realizing it. So yay, free thing! That we can't really use, but yay free thing!

Weekend
No idea again. We got a ton of laundry to do though, so there's that. I might see if we can get a hike if the weather stays cool, but if not then maybe we'll explore the land bridge, or try to walk around the lake again! At least I have repellent, so I'll look forward to that.

I might ask to visit Re:Home again to check on that treadmill.

Also
Speaking of spending garish amounts of money, Kickstarter is annoying me because it keeps pointing me to stuff I'm interested in. Case in point, a super thin jacket that could potentially be gotten for 100 (okay likely 120 with shipping). I love wind shells just because they guarantee protection from bug bites, and something thin like this that also provides warmth sounds amazing to me. I'll see if it's worth it later on. Even if it doesn't provide much in the way of warmth, I like the ergonomics put into it.

I should do maintenance on the garden, so I'll try to take photos!
 
 
13 July 2017 @ 12:12 pm
 
One issue dealt with, now to work on another account.

Had to use the credit card at the supermarket today since meat day yielded some decent deals. If your bag is too heavy to carry normally and you spent less than 30 to do it, I consider that a good day. I found it oddly appropriate since we found a sale on burgers, which Michelle definitely needs to make up for the period.

I moved a pair of constantly wilting squash plants to a hanging planter that I removed the plastic liner from since they crumbled instantly. Broke down the soil and mixed it with plant food. I don't see it getting far, but it's likely better than watching these plants live and die off time and time again.

Television
So we got into The GLOW.

Is it wrong that I find it awesome when you have a cast full of unconventional body types taking more regular roles? I have to admit that hearing Jenji getting her influence in making this show does show as it has a bit of an OITNB style of focus with the cast and their storylines.

The storyline itself isn't amazing; the establishment of the story is itself nothing new, but some of the interactions annoyed me, especially regarding a protagonist's partner (which also seems to be an OITNB theme, ha). The background on the documentary noted how this was a show that walked the line between women's lib and pandering to men's needs, and this show does seem to emphasize it since it shows more skin than I really wanted.

Also going to mildly spoil that one of the characters is desi so of course is shown as the terrorist and the reaction to her is too volatile for me to believe that this is the 80's. Back then, we didn't associate The Iron Sheik with the triggers of terrorism like we do in a post-9/11 world and I think they did it just to make a point, but it cheapened the experience for me. If the documentary points out this was a thing even back then, then I'll concede the point, but it feels too modern to convince me.

I'd recommend also being warned that there are some nudity scenes that get extensive and a little too exploitative for me (I mean, I think Allison is adorable, but I never wanted to see her naked, thanks), while other actors feel underutilized. I mean, I respect Marc Maron, but I felt like he didn't bring anything too exciting to the table beyond a reveal late in the season.

Despite all this, it's the ladies themselves who make this watchable as you see them pull off some fun lines and watch them grow into their parts as terrible actors who can sell great techniques. More importantly, it's short; ten 30 minute episodes translates to a one day binge, so it doesn't take much time to watch through. Plus, after looking up some of the history of the people involved in the actual Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, there is a lot of potential for things to happen in later seasons, so I'll look forward to getting some more details on the cast's roles as they fill them in.


Also, Adam Ruins Everything came back and it reminded me how great the show is.

They started the season off by talking about pregnancy and childcare. One particularly shocking bit of knowledge was on how the data for pregnancy past 35 was based on data compiled from the 16th to mid-18th century from France. Most significant about this though was him now including a segue where he talks to some of the specialists he invited to get a little more in-depth on the subject in a serious light, not unlike his podcast where you can pick up some great details on the subject that just couldn't fit the format of the show. I personally like that he's putting more emphasis on the knowledge at the cost of the fun of the show, but I think it works.

I find it a bit more of a relief because me and Michelle are getting older, but we can't really guarantee having the money to really put to giving the child everything they need to grow up happy and well. Maybe once our combined income hits six digits, sigh...

Recipes
I made congee! Do you know how easy it is to make congee when you have rice flour? Of course you do! It's super easy!

-Boil water
-Throw in chicken base
-Take some of the soup, let cool
-Mix rice flour with the soup
-Drop it into the soup, mix until fully integrated
-Add shaved ginger, green onions, edamame, and corn (because texture, note peanuts are more traditional)
-When boiling, add thinly sliced protein, serve a few minutes later until the meat is cooked from the scalding hot heat of something that you could get serious burns from
-Enjoy!