x_los: (Four by Toulouse-Lautrec)
* Dried lots of dishes
* Did 3 job applications
* wrote long-ass, 5 page follow up job thing when a recruitment lady emailed me back--going to proofread/cut that and get it back to her in the morning.
* Called (twice) and wrote Narayan's friend about teaching gig--going in for interview (I *think*?) tomorrow at 2:30, but think it's pretty much a sure thing.
* got bad news, sulked
* played AWFUL RftG game, in which my hand suuuuucked
* made English Breakfast for Dinner for 5 people
* talked to Stephanie and Katy re: my dad's travel plans
* played with NetGalley, read up on request protocol, requested and received a review book
* prevaricated over, then rejected a job ap I didn't feel quite qualified for--might come back to it
* wrote and talked to people about council tax
* talked v. briefly to Jon about script
* waited in line hour for Tatty Divine Launch Party to make sure Katy got the goodie bad she wanted--turned out not to be necessary, but still think doing it was the right idea. Rain sucked though. In the end we both got swag bags, containing some things to sell on and some to keep. I discovered I like parma violets, despite Katy's assurances to the contrary.
* listened to Dickens on the bus in/in the queue
* Looked up transport to interview tomorrow.
* Watched 'A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum' while working
* Hung out with Katy's friend, who's in town for the night
* put away Katy's pretty fresh-baked bread
* closed tabs
* took in the post
* gave Becca her book--should return Hunger Games
* asked Jon about lesson plan for Sat--getting it tomorrow.
* responded to Tor comments
* installed Adobe Digital Editions
* downloaded e-ARC
* wrote to Steph about dad's plans
* Wrote to Jo L about E.On
* Wrote LARB about second ARC--sir not appearing in my inbox.

I was a right-wing child star
Secrets of the Muslim bathroom
To Make America Great Again, We Need to Leave the Country
Delia Jacket Potatoes
22 Examples of Etsy Child Abuse
Sad Hipster is Sad
20 Sad Etsy Boyfriends
Georgette Heyer's Top Ten Novels
The Atlantic’s List of Greatest Girl Characters in Literature: Really?
So a Girl Walks into a Comedy Club….
Family of four 'need £36k for decent standard of living'
Alert to Podfic Makers and Fanfic Writers! (Random House SDCC podfic/fanfic competition): "...it is important that fans be well-informed, especially as publishers experiment with new models and sometimes try to assert greater control over fan activities."
Who Reviews What In 2012
How the Logic of "Friendzoning" Would Work If Applied in Other Instances:
Just Let the Shut-Ins Bang Their Virtual Girlfriends in Peace
10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them)
Getting Your Tubes Tied Is a Giant Pain in the Ass
10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America: yes and no. Might well have benefitted from living longer in any one place and gotten to know the more structural differences/worldview issues there? For example, a fair amount of what he thinks about the US is true (some of it seems a bit sexist/creepy), but like, I'd say the US is baseline-friendlier than the UK, and that the UK in turn is reported to be MUCH more baseline-friendly than East Europe by Eastern Europeans I've taught and worked with. I'd also say something the US has going for it is a more ingrained sense of professionalism/efficiency/litigiousness. Some will say that's business culture infiltrating everything, and to an extent that's true. But professionalism is also a way of respecting everyone you're dealing with, getting shit done, and keeping everyone safe and above-board. I'd often prefer that to the murkylurky slop (sometimes nauseatingly dressed up with an over-compensating, twee, faux-professionalism) of ever doing anything with UK organizations, businesses and charities. That said, the UK's more relaxed actual office culture seems like a positive thing, and I think you *could* still accomplish Efficiency while maintaining that.
Comic-Con Bans Strollers Because They Just Completely Spoil the Fragile Illusion: goes weird, nerd-shamey, not... actually very funny in the middle. Don't think much of this fellow's ear for tone/demographic. At least SOME other commenters equally annoyed.
You Know What’s Great About You? You Just Can’t Take (or Give) a Compliment
x_los: (Not My Real Dad)
Really hate how doing a formal, academic-work job ap DEVOURS your day. And god forbid you get behind at all, or it's much worse. And if you let it slide when you're behind, you just don't hold yourself responsible for doing them, b/c they're such day-consuming, pointless ass-munches. There is *nothing* I hate more than applying for things, as a process. So much busywork, and so much of it essentially pointless.

--Spent like 5-6 hours on this BITCH of an overly-formal job ap.
--Had to reuse the form for another job w/ them, and it STILL took like 2 hours
to even ADAPT that first one for this. It's for Admin 101, *naturally*, where the only question should be 'if I give you a computer, will you try to eat it?' '...no?' 'Whelp, okay then.'
--finished Blackpool while doing job aps (don't have a TON to say, but still want to write about it)
--tidied room
--hung, sorted and did loads of laundry
--Finished ALL the dishes
--made a little stir-fry to use up old rice
--changed sheets
--checked up on parents' travel plans
--started to look at Edinburgh program and hotels properly
--got an article posted, checked up on it, read it over
--started Jeremy Irons & Tom Hiddleston's Henry IV while doing chores
--got free books in the mail, wrote to SH about covering them
--did kitchen floor yesterday, forgot to say
--reminded Katy re: dinner tomorrow
--wrote Tu back
--prepped ham for next cooking stage
--packed Katy's lunch

9 Different Types of Depression
Love in the Time of Zombies
Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (Wes Anderson, 2012)
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (Marc Webb, 2012)
On Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC today, actors staged a “re-enactment” of Mitt Romney’s weekend fundraising jaunt in the Hamptons.
A Candid Playgirl Rejection Letter From The 1970s
Absolute Power
Julie d'Aubigny
Pony vs. Ghost
Dress Mez likes which I like bits of
Another Mez deer
Cookie Monster’s Version of ‘Call Me Maybe’ Is Way Better Than the Original: "I know, I know. All of these "Call Me Maybe" libdubs and covers are getting exhausting, but trust us. This Cookie Monster version is entirely worth your time.

FINALLY, a song we can all relate to."
11 Reasons We Still Don’t Have a Babysitter
Top 10 Films of 2011
Texts From Jane Eyre
Sad Etsy Pets: control-F for 'santaland', and weep with me.
x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)
Earlier today, based off a conversation Katy and I had had which kicked it off, Jon and I were trying to think of touchstone British comedy shows. I was trying wondering if there were any big ones I hadn't seen. We expanded the list to 'key UK television programs (with some important radio stuff thrown in)'. There's a danger, in making these, of overly favoring 'shit what you personally like', which we've tried to minimize, but can't really avoid. There's likewise an 'is it too old to be relevant anymore/is it too new to be relevant yet?' element. Sherlock is off for now, but in a hideous future, might have to give it its 'due'. Also, perhaps this should include more of a 'quality' metric? It does a *bit*, but then we moved away from that to a Cultural Relevance focus. PLEASE weigh in. What does this list need/have that it shouldn't?

Keep in mind these are the muddled musings of an immigrant and a man who goes on about not liking television, so v. probably, they're not the whole of it.

I've seen all of
I've seen part of
*comedy* ...I think, this one might be off
Not sure about including this one?

*Only Fools and Horses (apparently only necessary to watch 2 or 3 eps)*
*Dad's Army (at least series 1)*
*'Allo 'Allo*
*Ab Fab*: Only a TOUCH though. (Robin has embarrassment squick here)
*Keeping Up Appearances* (Jon has embarrassment squick here)
*Fast Show*
*Chuckle Brothers*
*Last of the Summer Wine*
Crystal Maze (an episode or two)
Robin of Sherwood?
I, Claudius
East Enders Christmas Special
*Two Ronnies*
Jonathan Creek?
*Open All Hours*
Morkham and Wise
*Hitchikers Guide* (Jon maintains only the original cast radio play should count for this--I've seen it, read it, listened to the audio book, but not done the radio series)
Life on Mars
Dixon of Dock Green
*Black Books*
*Fawlty Towers*
*Father Ted
*Black Adder*
Doctor Who: well, pretty much
Blakes 7?
quatermass experiment
*Red Dwarf*: well, pretty much
All Creatures: well, pretty much
*Fry and Laurie*
*Jeeves and Wooster*
*Flying Circus*
*Goon Show*
*Not the 9 O'Clock News*
*Navy Lark*
Room 401
Million Pound Radio Show
Lark Rise to Candleford
adaptation of period English novel--P&P?
Forsythe Saga?
*French & Saunders Christmas Special*
Sherlock Holmes--version?
*The Young Ones*
University Challenge
Just a Minute
*Upstairs Downstairs*
*Yes, Minister*: well, one ep
*Are you Being Served?*


Day's Links

Jul. 8th, 2012 12:18 pm
x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)
Walmart closes, Community builds a giant library
Recommending Books for Grown-Ups - Cathy Butler
Epic Pool
A man carries on a snarky conversation with himself from 20 years ago, via VHS tape
More Beatonna Teens
Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone
Ron Perlman Visits Child in Full Hellboy Makeup for Make-A-Wish
Brad Pitt's Mother Pens Anti-Gay, Anti-Obama Letter to Local Newspaper: THIS JUST IN, OLDER MISSOURI WOMAN IS CONSERVATIVE!!
Morgan Freeman: Obama Not 'First Black President': The mixed race point again. Though "Traditionally, Americans of mixed racial heritage are allowed to decide for themselves which, if either, of their parental communities with which to identify." ahahahah /what/? America is DEF a 'drop of blood' culture. You'll be treated like what you look like, regardless of whether that's particularly fair.

Someone attempts to draw all neopets from memory--even the shit ones
TNG Season 8
Ex-City boy: 'It's easier to get people to talk about drugs than insider trading'
Great bookshelves
Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
Someone is mad as a box of frogs about Tony and Pepper MAYBE HAVING TOUCHED GENITALS OMFG. I just--I don't really ship it? But I see no real need to like, RETCON THIS HIDEOUS CONSENTING ADULT SEX!! because I'm not... 14. Can't they just decide they're better off as friends or peter out or have a fight or fucking anything textual and sane? Have a relationship... that ends, as otherwise nice relationships with otherwise nice people do more often than not?
Geology of Middle Earth
Katie Holmes 'Biggest Nightmare' in Scientology History, Say Experts
Athletes' fury at Team GB 'farce' sparks selection overhaul for 2016 Olympics
Swimsuit Series, Part 3: Is Today Truly the 66th Anniversary of the First Bikini?: part of the Smithsonian's v. interesting historical fashion blog
Sophie Aldred will brain you will a cricket ball, but she will look v. sorry about it
On not defining cops as a class as enemies: I'd largely agree with the sentiment here, but at the same time it can't be denied that if you're a PoC, lower-class or someone who sometimes engages in constitutional displays of civil disobedience, your experience of whether you can expect a random cop run-in to be helpful or scary may well be altered
weird candy dispenser robot thing
Jhonen Vasquez celebrates Commander Mark art program
REALLY GOOD Iron Man cosplay
An American novel adapts ‘Antigone’ to the Afghanistan war with little success: strong example of a review, should look at her strategies
Etymology of Spunk, Funk and Punk
Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes: v. cute

Firkytoodle: "to indulge in physically intimate endearments, esp. in those provocative caresses which constitute the normal preliminaries to sexual congress." Dictionary of Historical Slang (1972)

Steamy stuff, Dictionary of Historical Slang!
x_los: (Andrae?)
Lots of random Jezebel in the tab closing today. Their new commenting system has REALLY brought all the trolls to the yard. I'm not sure why--are they moderating much less? I don't think it can just be the 'number of responses' sorting algorithm. But why would trolls SUDDENLY be interested? Comments do seem 68% more bullshit than they once were, and I hate the side-scrolly thinggymabob.

Today a friend got a job, which is GREAT for him but threw my sad underemployment into sharp contrast and made me feel like a moron for focusing on housekeeping stuff and articles the past couple of weeks, half-expecting more short-term teaching to come through, just because some employers had pretty much told me to keep July open because it for sure would!!. Like that's ever true. I mean those guys are kind of shadesters anyway, so a special level of incredulity should have been reserved for them, rather than OH THANK YOU FOR THESE WEEKS OF WORK AND THIS RENT MONEY--OH MORE WORK IN RUSSIA? YES PLEASE!!

Feeling blah about it also makes it about meeee and takes away from what should be unfiltered yay for friend/the house/things looking up for the Kitson Mafia.

So I went down to meet Katy, had a too-expensive (but not AWFULLY so) belated 4th of July dinner at the American diner. Not celebrating major US Holidays REALLY depresses me, I find, even if I think RIGHT UP UNTIL JULY 3RD that I do not care, Grandparent's Day or Arbor Day or whatever the fuck means nothing to me--come the actual day I'm crying, clutching the nearest Grandparent/tree in the street, being like DID YOU KNOW IN AMERICA IT'S YOUR DAAAAY?!?!, trying to make a grandparent/tree shaped cookie at 3am and being FURIOUS that it's not right and there were no decent **American** sprinkles in the store and blah blah blaaaaah. Basically I should always plan to do the Holidays, because when I don't, no matter HOW COOL I THINK I AM, I am /never even slightly cool/ and I RUUUUUUUE how I didn't plan, so I should buy a grandparent/tree just in case and prepare a FULL DAY OF EVENTS, lest without this, I descend into holiday madness. Again.

So anyway: belated buffalo wings. Not even slightly hot, what the jolly fuck? Who does spiceless Buffalo wings? ANYWAY.

Then we went to the Cartoon Museum (free with our new ALSO FREE Art Fund cards, omg, and they didn't check the names on the back so Sam can probs use Katy's when he's here). It's worth visiting once, and a nice place/atmosphere, but not, I think, the home of my soul or anything. So then we checked out the Liberty Sale (still SO expensive), and got a coffee b/c I was basically falling asleep standing. Cookies and Cream frappe thinggamabob: idk how I feel about it. Glad that it's essentially a milkshake, pretty much, but sad that we can't just import a Steak n Shake. Or G&Ds from CoMo. Or both FUSED INTO ONE!! ...no, not a Coney Island, why are people from Detroit reading this? Also the cookie chunks at the bottom were kind of weird and hard.

Then we visited Selfridges, which I'd never been to. Kind of weird--like a mall, in a way, with REALLY high end things and some meh low end things, and some awesome store design and some kind of shoddy, rough edges. Wish we'd perused the food court more, because I really like looking at interesting/pretty food. Also it's all one can ever afford in a big destination store. Another time.

On the way back we got food in the John Lewis!Waitrose (living like upper-middle class KINGS!! ...on the reasonably priced Twinings Everyday tea. BUMPER PACK, y'all. Feel the savings!! By this time I was basically falling asleep on Katy and looking longingly at the empty fruit baskets by the queue, wondering whether they were quite big enough to curl up in.

I came home EXHAUSTED but had a bath (and tea and cheesy pasta, made with leftovers and awesomely provided by Katy) and then settled in for another two hours (I'd already dropped at least an hour on it before going out (but after moping about jobs)) applying for a part-time archivist position at QM. I've kind of worked through exhaustion now. Got it in before deadline/the server could void my work (not that it hadn't tried to delete everything in bits several times already, hate these tedious, clunky in-house pieces of shit), but only by 20 min. Since, have done a lot of tab-closing, responded to comments, made a new job spreadsheet and finished the SH-piece edits I got this morning and started before I went out. Hopefully Katy can glance at them tomorrow, since she understood the editor's comments for the last two paragraphs and I really didn't, and tell me whether she thinks the end now makes any more sense. Have been waiting around for Danny to finish the Miss Marple episode we started last night, and for my dad, so we can finish planning his trip, as we said we'd do today. I think he's forgotten/gotten busy (annoying b/c I did remind him at eight-something, and now it's 2am, and if we don't book hotels in the next days there simply won't BE any).

Dragon Castle Dim Sum
Don’t Put Women in Combat, Says Female Combat Veteran
Relining a Coat
some gay Jon Travolta thing Danny sent me with /weird/ comments
Louis from uni's comedy sketches
Ann Romney Thinks Obama Wants to Kill Her Beloved Mitt
How to do a Slip Stitch
Palaces free w/ Art Fund Card
Congressman Invites You to Play Challenging ‘Pick Out the Immigrant’ Game
I Am Obsessed with Vacuum Sealing My Food: wonder if the plastic thing's ever an issue?
Hark A Vagrant teen comics

What are the benefits of writing in a journal or diary?

This Middle Aged Man Would Like Girls to Stop Worrying Their Pretty Little Heads About Photo Retouching
Hotels Offering Fifty Shades of Grey Theme Rooms (B.Y.O. Anal Beads)
Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion
This is what online harassment looks like
‘I Suck’: How Guys Use Self-Deprecation Against You: I particularly enjoy this conflict resolution comment
x_los: (Cleopatra /Look/)
Ablism and Ebooks: tbh, kind of dumb. I mean maybe this is a dimension that should enter the argument more often, but even people who are most stridently against ebooks don't like it as the huge publishing trend it is, or don't like it as an aesthetic experience. I haven't heard anyone, not even the most profound luddites, say 'yea, and take away all of the ebookes, even from thee dis-abeled, who canst reede no other way!!' What smugness there in is the debate--is on both sides. I mean I've heard oozing pretension from both camps. And I don't want to say 'omg disabled people, it's not abooooout yooooou', because that sounds like the cuntiest/aka pretty much what they hear 24/7, but I believe that the Umbrage in this argument is about Tony Stark mudwestling Walter Benjamin circa "Unpacking My Library", and that Benjamin is not saying 'fuck you, disabled people, and fuck your reading experience.'

Tilda as Bowie
People in Glass Closets: Anderson Cooper and Straight Responses to Coming Out
Garth Nix on his novel writing process
Giving Bad Advice To Kings: beginning strong, ending weaker
Fall of a Genius: On the life and death of Alan Turing. Sadly I don't really grasp the discussion of decidability and real numbers. Should read more on this.
Our Billionaire Philanthropists:

In the 1940s, The Rockefeller Foundation launched a drive to develop new high-yield crops in order to improve Mexican agricultural productivity. The subsequent explosion of food production in the developing world in the 1950s and afterward, known as the Green Revolution, is now a textbook illustration of the world-changing breakthroughs that philanthropy can achieve—and of the dangers it courts.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s original motives were not purely altruistic; there were strong geopolitical reasons for fomenting the Green Revolution. The leftist government of Mexico had nationalized Standard Oil’s assets at enormous cost to the firm in the late 1930s; when a far more business-friendly administration came into power in 1941, Rockefeller trustees and the American government were keen to prop it up by preventing increased hunger and unrest: Bread, at least, if not circuses.

Rockefeller Foundation researcher Norman Borlaug won a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in this effort; he developed a high-yield dwarf variety of wheat that boosted production so much and so quickly that by 1956, Mexico had become self-sustaining in wheat.

"Self-sustaining," that is, insofar as domestically-grown crops were now sufficient for the country's requirements. But the skyrocketing need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides merely created a different kind of dependency on imports. "These nations became perilously dependent on foreign input suppliers for their food security," wrote Tom Philpott in Grist. Bumper crops caused prices to collapse, driving family farms out of business. Millions of Mexican farmers were driven out by Big Ag. Philpott: "Since the Mexican manufacturing economy has been nowhere near robust enough to absorb them, a huge portion of one-time Mexican farmers now wash our dishes and harvest our crops."

The immense social and environmental costs of the Mexican agricultural reforms went unmeasured. Western aid authorities exported the Green Revolution to India, with the same detrimental results: a permanent disruption or destruction of local villages and local agricultural practices; a dangerous loss of biodiversity; huge increases in pollution, particularly in tainted water [PPT]. Again, Green Revolution agricultural practices favored larger farmers, with the result that hundreds of thousands of small farmers were driven from the land, in India as in Mexico. The mass suicides among small farmers in the Punjab are widely thought to be directly attributable to these sweeping agricultural reforms. Measurable results, all right—only they measured "output," not the number of displaced small farmers or fishing ruined by toxic runoff.

These problems were evident well before 1971, when the Ford Foundation’s agricultural director, Lowell Hardin, gave a public speech warning that "the green revolution is exerting a destabilizing influence on traditional social and political institutions [...] Increased output is not necessarily associated with positive social change."

And note well that just having enough food doesn’t ensure that the world will be fed. As of 2011, 925 million people were still hungry, according to the World Hunger Organization. Thousands of children in poverty die of hunger in India every day. There is food enough in India to feed their whole population, but not the means of paying for it; the supply side of the equation has been solved, but the demand side has not. Or rather, it has been solved, but in an unintended fashion: Reuters reported last December that India had "sealed deals to export one million tonnes of corn to southeast Asia in the first two months of the season." Put another way: Export markets may come to trump domestic need.

Despite all these metrics, which researchers have collected for more than sixty years, the Gates Foundation has joined forces with Monsanto to bring Green Revolution agricultural practices to Africa. This time, though, the privately financed initiative is meeting with greater public resistance among a target population by now educated to its likely effects. As Mike Ludwig noted recently in Truthout, African opponents of the Gates initiative have latched onto a recent study by the International Assessment of Agricultural Science, Technology and Development, which found that despite its many productive successes, large-scale industrial agriculture "has caused environmental degradation and deforestation that disproportionately affects small farmers and poorer nations. … Massive irrigation projects now account for 70 percent of water withdrawal globally and approximately 1.6 billion people live in water-scarce basins."

There is also increasing evidence that sustainable farming practices that do not rely on patented Monsanto products can boost farming output without polluting the environment and without the social disruptions that have unsettled poor communities in India and Mexico. But Monsanto will presumably resist attempts to amend Green Revolution practices in favor of its own profit motive.

The metrics that guide great foundation crusades are very effective when it comes to persuading us that business, and business-trained philanthropists, can do better—but it appears that metrics don’t matter when they conflict with ideology.

I asked Kavita N. Ramdas, a scholar at Stanford, to explain to me why, in light of what we already know about the effects of these reforms in India and elsewhere, the Gates Foundation is still pursuing a new, Monsanto-driven Green Revolution in Africa.

Her response was striking. "I do not believe that the Green Revolution was an unmitigated success for India, given what we now know about the impact of these high yield seeds and intensive agriculture on topsoil, the dependence on fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and the social effects on small farmers and landless labor in Punjab," she said. "On this, I clearly disagreed with my colleagues at the Gates Foundation, who argued that the benefits of the Green Revolution in addressing hunger outweighed the costs."

Still, she notes, the foundation’s new Africa alliance with Monsanto came about due to the culture of the metric return rather than via any malicious design. "The Gates Foundation is far from being a caricature of an evil empire. In fact, it is a foundation with extremely good intentions. I see these as the natural inclinations of a foundation so closely affiliated with a tech company that believes in the importance of measurable impacts."

Ramdas went on to suggest that the econometric model of philanthropic activity may come with dangerous blinders. "At the root of the difference in approach is what we believe causes hunger or poverty. If you think that people are poor because there is not enough food, then you will concentrate on making measurable gains, in growing more food, and more nutritious food, more efficiently. But if you think that people are poor because of problems with equality, with access, with education, then developing a concrete strategy is far more difficult; these things are not readily measurable."

Def. an article worth reading!

There’s no oversight in the spending of foundation money. The communities and individuals affected by foundation spending typically have no influence on it at all. This isn’t especially surprising, when you consider that the modern entrepreneurs who establish foundations have typically acquired an allergy to transparency; the best known philanthropists in our age, after all, are Bill Gates, a ruthless monopolist, and George Soros, a hedge fund manager. According to the cult of the alpha executive, the effective business leader makes decisions unilaterally and brooks no opposition. This model of decision-making may pose few real threats when it comes to peddling a terrible Web browser, or inflicting Mr. Paperclip Man on the hapless user of Word. But the public should take note when a billionaire philanthropist‘s tough-guy decision-making effectively sets social policy in ways that can alter the life chances of millions of other people.

Yoda's Attractive Gallifreyan Guide
Cultural relationship between the Welsh and the English
The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, by Beatrix Potter

From conversation with Katy:

beatrix potter uses a semicolon whenever she damn well pleases
she doesn't wait for it to make sense
oh no
that would just limit her
Peter; Rabbit
awh yeah, that's the stuff

Also: "Sage and thyme, and mint and two onions, and some parsley."--dear fox, wtf do you think you're going to do with the mint and parsley? You are cooking this sentient duck. Are you also providing mojitos and a garnish? #foxescan'tcook

"Unfortunately the puppies rushed in and gobbled up all the eggs before he could stop them.

He had a bite on his ear and both the puppies were limping." WHAT THE CRAP

Predictive Policing: What Can We Learn from Wal-Mart and Amazon about Fighting Crime in a Recession?: despite the title, v. not about the recession. Interesting, if creepy that they're very unembarrassed about associating themselves with v. corporate bodies. Predictive policing would seem best accomplished by attaching underlying stratification issues, and those might merit a mention in re: community policing, but otherwise, the concept doesn't seem terrible (though I'm uneasy with the thought of a hyper-effective police force in general, because I don't really trust or like US law enforcement--who does?). What the article lacks is concrete examples of how they'll use analytics (other than as an extension of racial profiling).
x_los: (Four by Toulouse-Lautrec)
Status Anxiety: I am living proof that ‘two-tier’ exams work
Captain America: The First Avenger Rifftrax: Has anyone seen this? I'd rather not invest unless I know it's worth watching.
The Sonnets [Paperback]: sounds either interesting or awful
Poll results on 'canceled TV shows people would most like to bring back': meh, agree with a couple, Firefly so over-rated it's not true
Paradises Lost: opera in two acts, based on the novella by Ursula K. Le Guin
How The Taste Of Tomatoes Went Bad (And Kept On Going)
The English Girls' School Story: Subversion and Challenge in a Traditional Conservative Literary Genre: "Girls school stories are dangerous; they change lives. So claims Judith Humphrey, who combines wry wit and rigorous scholarship in her wide-ranging exploration of the phenomenon of the English girls' school story and its continuing popularity with adult women. She argues convincingly that this seemingly innocuous and conformist genre bristles with subversive messages that normalise strong, proactive and intelligent women in a society that has preferred them to be quite otherwise. In this female world, women, framed by society as lacking and incomplete without men, quietly assume themselves to be whole and slip without question or contest into all positions of authority, even, as Dr Humphrey persuasively argues in the chapter on spirituality, that of the all powerful godhead. Replete with examples and quotations from the school stories themselves, this book, though academically challenging, is often funny. Crucially, it portrays a world in which girls and women are happy, loving and free a world that is still evolving in the Internet fan fiction that reworks its themes and recreates its community. Girls school stories have long been dismissed as formulaic third-rate literature. Judith Humphrey claims that, on the contrary, they are sites of empowerment, and this book explains their significance in the body of children's literature as well as their importance in the lives of many women."

Should read that for charm.

25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore
The Amazing Spider-Man is So Good I Don’t Know What to Say About It
Hilariously shirty review of the John Campbell Memorial Award winner
The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty
BBC's Summer Shakespeare Season Guide
McEvedy's Agent
Top 10 Non-Dickens Books for Dickens Fans
Amon, stand-up comic
36 Terrible Sex Tips for Men: "27. "81 percent of women do not want you to attempt anal sex without asking."
A unexpected loss for Team Surprise Anal."
The Avengers in Fifteen Minutes
Avengers Eating Schwarma: not thrilling, but I didn't know it happened
Catullus is FIERCE
Willow Smith Declares ‘I Am Me’ in New Video, as If We Could Ask for Anything More: meh, not v. fun
Donatella Versace Says Feminism Is Dead
Fast Roast Pork with Rosemary and Caramelised Apples: made tonight, sans sauce. Nice flavors, but not tender enough!
Literary Maps of USA and Britain
Lavie Tidhar meta short story on sf
god-awful review of Prometheus, what the actual fuck
'Derechos'/Land Hurricanes: American weather is always weirder than English weather, and way more interested in seeing you dead
Revealed: the scale of sexual abuse by police officers: horrible subject, obviously, but I kind of love the strange, detached archaism of the Guardian's language here
x_los: (The Books One)
I'm starting to worry that my favorite Dickens novel is going to be David Copperfield after all. It's superior to Tale of Two Cities, obviously, and to the mawkish and over-read Christmas Carol--I was fine with that. But now I think it might be superior, from a narrative construction standpoint, to Bleak House, even with DC's awful LOTR films-style embarrassment of conclusion. I also have doubts about Our Mutual Friend and Hard Times, halfway through both. The last three have strong individual elements, but there are things I dislike about them, or find poorly handled, and I don't remember having as severe problems with Copperfield. Perhaps there's a different in reading vs. being read to, because Our Mutual and Bleak House I'm coming to as audio books, and I've seen a miniseries of Our Mutual already, whereas I knew v. v. little about Copperfield before reading it (as a paper book).

I need to properly review BH and The Pursuit of Love before I forget them...

re: RL!BDSM and 50 Shades: could be better written, but good points
watching genre shows: the cycle
Gujarat: Narendra Modi in company of Bollywood vamps in new posters
“5,000 Hours of Painstaking Research”
Edith Wharton and the problem of sympathy
Lady Gaga Bought Some Of Daphne Guinness’s Old Clothes
This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Jezebel’s New Discussion System
How to Freeze Rhubarb
Adele Is Pregnant, You Guys! Adele Is Pregnant!
Women’s Ten Biggest Complaints About Men’s Ten Biggest Complaints About Women
Leicestershire battered by storms and torrential rain
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Cat recovering from neutering--still drugged to hell and walking with difficulty. :( Poor thing.

Had to take his food and water away last night, so when I gave a shake of the treat box this morning (feeling like Judas clinking coins together) he came running. I scooped him into my arms--he didn't make a whine of annoyance at that, he often does--and then shoved him into the box, which lay assembled, in wait for him. He started to really scrabble then, testing the black plastic portcullis, but then slumped into an eerie, soundless defeat. The outside, which he'd seemed to passionately want to get out into for solid week about a fortnight ago, terrified him. No amount of soothing and chatting, tapping patterns he likes on the box, offering him my fingers to sniff or stroking him made it better. He was surprisingly heavy in the box--perhaps getting too big for it, now--and the bus ride and walk seemed interminable. I passed the street I needed and had to double back. The vet's office was nice--very old-fashioned, in a residential street, but the vet and receptionist were difficult to understand (one old, the other not very good with people). I was a bit creeped out by how easily Sasa submitted to this stranger prodding him. I'd not seen him so totally resigned and petrified since he first came to our house.

I spent the day around the vet, not wanting to spend money on two more bus rides, to take a long walk back with the bulky carrier, or to be far away whenever they needed me to take him home. Something of a false economy, as I bought two sodas and a cheap lunch, which all told cost more than the bus. I read 150 pages of my review book and took breaks to walk, exploring the library, charity shops and the gentrified strip with the nice bookshop (called Review). Didn't buy anything, though amused by the charity shop with all the Star Trek novelizations, including one where Q and Luxanna apparently almost get hitched. What even.

Peckham library's smaller than I thought, but seems to have a great comic selection, and a fine general selection, with a good curatorial/organizational impulse behind it. Had lunch at a cheap, old-fashioned pie shop which only served pies, mash, and jellied eels. Not quite brave enough yet to try the last.

Did some shopping at Lidl. Katy despises the notion of it, but it seemed like a Gerbs or Aldis with some weirdly good deals/European luxury items (cheeses, cooked snails, etc.)/random good produce thrown in. I've not found decent rhubarb-looking at an honest price anywhere else. Some crap prices though--so Lidl isn't necessarily across the board great for cheapness. Olive oil can be got at much better prices, and for better quality, I think, at Olis. I got Sasa some nice-looking wet food for his recovery.

Picked up the cat and had weird interval with the vet. Despite me calling and making sure they did the free scheme for students and people on benefits and obviously hanging around the area rather than going home in the interval, did a whole 'oh can you donate anything?' 'er, I don't really--' 'OH WHAT NOT EVEN 5p?!' thing. Look, I don't *want* to be poor. It's not like if you're sufficiently guilting/sarky the recession will fuck off and my bajillionty applications will land on their feet. Fuck's sake, I understand the scheme wanting some donation, but if you'd just said it didn't apply to students, or was only a reduced price for students or something, I wouldn't have had to stand there pulling out all the cash I had on me--a meager £7 that was supposed to go towards groceries--and forking it over.

The amount of money's not really important, just--the attitude was so 'oh I've been a student missy and I know you don't have no money!!' and, like, your baby-boomer ass school experience is not my 'not even eligible for benefits, 20 min ago deciding whether to spend £1.19 for peanut butter I hate or an extra 13p for the kind I DON'T hate--can I really justify this decision?!' po. I mean I get where that attitude comes from? I thought I was po /as an undergrad/. Ahahahah. Ha. Haaaaaa. Point being: there's a certain Not Getting It that only comes from people who just don't grok the money concern because they've never been there?

Like, if this had been a set, half-price fee or whatever, I'd have consulted with Katy, we'd have paid it. If there'd been no program, I'd have cross-referenced customer reviews with prices and transport options, made a spreadsheet, etc. We took in a Gumtree cat that might otherwise have gone on the street (though his owner was v. kind and conscientious, he hadn't neutered him and couldn't take care of him any more), looked up a program in place to promote public health and sanitation (true, it benefitted us and our pet, but that's its main purpose), and took advantage of it. And now I feel like an awkward jackass for doing so/being poor. Aaaas usual.

Back at home the cat stumbled drunkenly, unable to walk a few steps or bend to lick himself without falling over. Climbing the stairs was a challenge for him. I petted him a bit, and sat near him but apart when he seemed to want space. He threw up 5 times, coughing pathetically, moving his paws as if trying to get something cottony and choking out of his throat. Thin, yellow ichor--a somehow especially pathetic liquid. I cleaned it up, throwing a cushion cover he'd soiled in the wash. When he wanted to go upstairs to have a nap alone in the cool quiet, I carried him. When he was allowed to eat again, I asked Katy to clean his bowl and feed him a little--dry food, the unfamiliar wet treats can wait until he's steadier. I talked to him and sat near him almost all evening, continually checking to make sure his breathing was okay, and his eyes were tracking movement responsively. I think he may hate me, a bit. Early to tell.

I feel like I inflicted pain on this poor, uncomprehending little thing for insufficiently good reasons. He's an indoor cat, the risks weren't SO bad. I know why we did it, but it doesn't seem good enough. Yet it's done now, and we'd thought we should for a long time. I don't know.

Katy and I were supposed to go out to a quasi-work thing at a vintage clothing store, but then Cat. So instead made dinner with stuff we had to use up before it went off. Remembered I don't like guacamole after making some. Had a bath to get the grime of an especially hot day with a lot of walking off. Had a migraine and felt pretty ill. Wrote to Eon w/ Katy, and to the plumber, the contractors, Parmar and Lucy about flat issues. Need to do more w/ Parmar and Lucy tomorrow. Eon tried to be cute on twitter about me asking other people for energy company recs, after casually trying to coerce over a thousand extra pounds out of us. By reiterating a joke I had just made--poorly. What utter incompetent, uncaring fucks.

Read a law article and some news, talked to my dad briefly. Responded to my Tor comments. That's about it. Hope to finish the book tomorrow, and crank a review out.

On Bombing as a comedienne
Candied Sweet Potatoes
EL James, Author Of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', Convinces Husband To Write Novel - And Now He Has A Book Deal
Mama Bear Cleverly Rescues Her Cub After It Gets Stuck in a Garage
Regarding Steampunk
Nora Ephron: Everyone’s Arch and Insightful New Best Friend
Chicken liver & pineau pâté
Self-Absorbed Is the New Normal: whiny, kind of meaningless
Monte Cristo Sandwich - the Real One
No One ‘Has It All,’ Because ‘Having It All’ Doesn’t Exist: kind of misses or sidelines the strong points of the article it discusses
Placebo album cover boy sues band for 'ruining his life'
Hillary Clinton Bake Cookies 1992 ElectionWallDotOrg.flv
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney Duke It Out Over Who Has the Better Cookie Recipe
Presence of ‘Gatsbabies’ Requires Mandatory Gatsbortions
Starbucks to Take a More Active Role in Ruining the Way You Enjoy Tea
How You Can Have a Bunch of Great Ideas but Still Fuck Up Real Bad: A Korra Essay: the problems this person has are not exactly the problems I had, but I still feel this is really interesting and insightful. Kel's rec.
Some polite Daleks left this on somebody’s door
The great myth of urban Britain


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Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, by Anne Marie Slaughter.

Really excellent. Not just another muse on a much-mused-on topic, but a move towards questioning our core gendered assumptions about work on a practical level, and a strong assertion that flexibility and plurality in work will improve both organizations and lives.

She comes off as somewhat insulated from the ways the recession has caused incredible economic vulnerability in the young--vulnerability which has caused at the least a time-lag in her proposed career progressions. But that's somewhat understandable (though kind of worrying because as a professor she must have a LOT of contact with university-aged people), and I get a good sense of her overall awareness of the class dimensions of the problems under discussion. On the whole very impressed, specifically by the argument this quote highlights:

"If women are ever to achieve real equality as leaders, then we have to stop accepting male behavior and male choices as the default and the ideal. We must insist on changing social policies and bending career tracks to accommodate our choices, too. We have the power to do it if we decide to, and we have many men standing beside us."

Unfuck Your Habitat
Lithuanian Cuisine
Pretty tea drawing
Peckham Plex: Films in London for £5, £2.50 on Orange Wednesdays
Ekster Antiques: good design pinboards
REALLY good Doctor Who blogs/reviews
DIY Anthropologie Tables
Tree Cake: I really want to try baking the flat, home-oven, no-spit version
furnishing my home!: DIY/home decor stuff
DIY Projects: 9 Easy(ish) IKEA Hacks
Places to look up, according to an old Vogue Nippon

Sunday Up Market

“And Then…” is a collaborative photography project between photographer Jo Metson Scott and artist/set designer Nicola Yeoman. Each photograph depicts an open narrative set in a wooded scene, whether it be a ghostly horse drawn carriage or a downed hot air balloon — the series is ethereal, beautiful and thoughtful.

Prep School Teacher Admits He Had Sex With Students, Doesn’t See What the Big Deal Is
‘Write Something Nice,’ Aaron Sorkin Tells ‘Internet Girl’ Reporter
Good Show Sir: Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
I see Steampunk as “Fascism for nice people”: I think you could argue this better
Lunch: An Urban Invention
Young people are sick of being pushed around
The Great Abdication
The Most Totally Closed Mind (The Celestial Toymaker): meh. Only kind of agree.
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So disappointed in the Korra series. It's *okay*, but just embarrassing next to the original Avatar.
x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)

WARNING: I finished this at 3am and I'm sure it's rambling and mad, but will edit later. When less... headed to bed.

**EDIT** Cleaned it up a little now, so all shitiness is my own.

On Horatio Hornblower (the Hornblower series), Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek), the Fifth Doctor (Doctor Who) and Kerr Avon (Blakes 7). )
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I got a short term TEFL job with a mixed group of Russians (14-18, different abilities and interest levels, seemingly REALLY uneven general education/functional skills levels). It pays nicely, but is some of the hardest work I've ever done. Getting easier as it goes along, though--I'm REALLY learning a lot about teaching and dealing with educational infrastructure (baaaaad).

So I pulled full days (up at 7:30, on the bus by 8, an hour and then some across town on series of busses, printing materials and copying by 9:15 or 9:30, teaching 10 to 5 with an hour's lunch and no breaks, then busses home, then working on reviews/the domestic chores I can catch/ALL the Scheme of Work planning in the world b/c I have no curriculum design experience AT ALL) until I pass out, and falling behind grossly on some things in an effort to keep up with the things I red-hot MUST do. Last thursday, friday and saturday: work. Saturday night and Sunday: guests from out of town. Sunday: Katy's mother and brother were over, lots of food prep, some overdue cleaning, figuring out how the sewing machine worked. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week: work, same tomorrow. Friday's a weird half day of proctoring speaking and listening exams. The TEFL institution's organizers are painfully bad at communicating/plans, so we'll see how this all goes.

So I've been painfully, exhaustingly busy, in a fighting-to-keep-head-above-water oh-god-wtf-am-I-doing sort of way, and my one day off really wasn't, but I'm looking forward to just COLLAPSING on Saturday, until the next job comes along with these guys. Rent's paid for the next couple of months on this alone (I live pretty frugal, it's paid pretty decently). It's GOOD CV fodder.

Also, back to aps Saturday. My paraprofessional librarian interview two weeks ago didn't succeed, apparently by a narrow margin. I wasn't good enough at predicting and practicing for their questions I feel, ultimately. They caught me off guard by asking how I'd deal with a vocational school environment. Er, by treating the pupils with the respect and dignity I hope to afford to everyone because going to proper Uni doesn't magically make you a Real Person, I guess? Idfk. I said something along the lines of coming from a family with an entirely vocational background and being very used to that (which is true: of the family I was raised believing I was a member of (bio doesn't really count on this one as he entered in the late stages of my life) I'm the first lady with a degree, and the first anything with a postgraduate degree. So yeah, all my family: jewelers, computer techs, tinkerers, salespeople. Vocational learning: down with it. But I think that sounded rather 'some of my best friends'. In the moment I couldn't really swing it around and make it work without having... thought about that as an objection they might have to me ahead of time.

WHY IS LITERARY FAME SO UNPREDICTABLE?: man lots of this is just stupid bullshit
Cheerio freelance writers
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census
Gay superheroes: Holy cow! Why is everyone in a hurry to out Batman?
Watch Nate Smith's Hilarious "Hot Rom Comedy White Guy" Impressions
8 words that may not mean what you think they mean: meh--corrective linguistics not aimed at the preservation of the greatest possible flexibility/utility of the language is always balls-out stupid. Like, *France* stupid (their attempts to police and ossify their language: lulzy forever).
Free To Be... Straight White Males
D’Angelo Learns How It Feels to be Objectified, and It Doesn’t Feel Good
Ha ha, boys – nature wants you to chase the short, dopy ones
Hairy English
Counting Down Dickens' Greatest Novels. Number 5: Our Mutual Friend
x_los: (The Books One)
Dirty books reveal secret lives of people living in mediaeval times
The old Irish pound or punt is back in the shops of an Ulster town.
Cult burger restaurant MEATmarket opens
The Superhero Men Don't See: Evidence
Meanwhile Connect: Property Search
Meanwhile Use: Benefits to Landlords
Finding Empty Space for your Project
make use of the increasing number of empty shops
Wilesden Meanwhile Project
Crayon Dragon, Student Film
Creative Space: London
WritingPlan: Empty Shops Network
Doom and Lady Loki: weirdly shippy?
Nigella's White Bean Mash
Children's shows to leave BBC One
When publishing goes wrong…Starring Undead Press
10 Times the Doctor Acted Like a Total Bastard on Doctor Who: Some good points, some not-very-factual statements, some whining
Rise in tuition fees 'did not boost teaching time'
Kate Beaton comic
Kenneth Townsend Robin Hood Series
Paper Towels: You’re Using ‘Em All Wrong
Open a Banana like a Monkey
Frank Miller and the Legion of Whores
Watch Zooey Deschanel’s Hilarious Brother Jooey Push All of Siri’s Buttons
Choose a Board Game Flowchart
Cardboard, Cardboard, Cardboard!
Designing Cardboard Furniture
Lady Loki & Leah
How Do You Get Started: Meanwhile Project
London Pop-ups, Advice & Resources: 2 - Retail Design
The Place Station
Meanwhile Connect Property Search
Interesting snippet of earlier draft of Thor script
SEVERAL reworkings of chunks of the Thor script
Shops on Camberwell Road such as Carnell Motorbikes and part of Butterfly Walk remain empty for as much as eight years.
Properties to Let-->talk to them about the Portas Review/High Street Innovation Fund?
popupspace blog
Check Out the Horrifically Inappropriate Outfit That Got a 14-Year-Old Sent to the Principal’s Office
How To Embellish Any T-Shirt (With Designer Natalie Chanin!)
Portas review ignites Government innovation fund for high street: "offering a ‘Portas Plus’ deal with a range of measures designed to “help local people turn their high streets into the beating hearts of their communities once again.”"
Happy Anniversary: 10 Magical Moments of Courtney Stodden & Doug Hutchison’s Marriage

Megan Ellison Embodies All You Think You Hate About Lena Dunham’s Privilege
Mark Zuckerberg Added a Life Event to May 19, 2012 on His Timeline
Moscow metro station (lovely)
other Moscow metro station, also awesome
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace: review of a cookbook I'm interested in
inside Angers tram, nice design
exterior Angers rainbow tram
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Track Coach Fired After She Went to Prom With a 17-Year-Old Student
Our Obsession with Longevity is Making our Lives Miserable
The Religious Fanatics Who Want to Protect Men From Women Online
Sentiment in Avengers: meh
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I am loving Bleak House and half way through and making with the tears and shit but god YET ANOTHER WOMAN is like OH ESTHER I LOVE YOU--is Bleak House a porn? Because it seems like everyone's just here to deliver pizza or whatever, and suddenly, for no reason all. over. the main. female. Debbie Does Dallas was more believable/less obsessed with everyone being into Debbie/the Cheerleaders. I'm listening to it on audio and I just want a BOW CHIKKA BOW WOOOOOOW when the ACTUAL 'sexy french maid who used to be in love with your mom!! until your mom ditched her for a hot younger woman' rolls in to be like OH ESTHER--YOU DO IT FOR ME.

Eugh--this job, with this ap that took FOR FUCKING EVER (it was like, 5 essay questions, 2 forms, a special for-them cv with like 1000 words extra and a cover letter, all edited by Katy, and then by the QM job lady who was nice enough to look over them, then me again, then Katy again), closed today. I turned my ap in on time, and like two hours later--"sorry, we already filled this vacancy." Dude, like, take your ad down when you fill that shit. Don't waste my time. Also--why select someone before your official closing day? You clearly didn't fill it like an hour ago. Whatevs. Waste of tiiiiime. Also why the fuck is that like, acceptable to ask someone to do for a basic admin position? Or even helpful for you to know as an employer? But the academic admin positions are /all like that/, and not copy and pastable, for the most part, really--not without serious rewriting, anyway.

Also migraine.

The Bachelorette is Racist Against Interesting People
Queen Latifah and the Case for Not Coming Out
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
The Dictator: Rape Jokes Are The New Rape Jokes
Plots from the unaired 8th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "TNG Season 8 ‏ @TNG_S8
Worf is trapped in a holodeck version of The Odyssey. Data & Geordi throw an epic party, have to hide the evidence before Picard gets home."

"TNG Season 8 ‏ @TNG_S8
Wesley's dino experiment mistakenly mixes with Riker's beard DNA, creating the sexy-but-dangerous Velociriker. Troi's mom tries to marry it."--totally true plot of a star trek episode

"TNG Season 8 ‏ @TNG_S8
Wes gets trapped in a bunker with an obnoxious child king. Riker wakes up on Risa with a lower back tattoo and no memory of his last 3 days."--and that

China Mieville: Punchable?
Matthew Norman: Blame the Greeks. They invented democracy
America’s Finest Educators Dance Bomb Their Students
Tig Notaro - Taylor Dayne
x_los: (On A Ship)
Spent today mostly rereading/editing episode one, narrowly avoiding a Racist Moment because I didn't know enough about a character's black hair. Worked a dropped joke back in, made final corrections, made pronunciation notes with the help of a documentary and someone with a UK accent, so I could 'transliterate' to RP.

* Showed house a final time, and at last secured a new tenant!
* Looked over bank statement, marked discrepancies, and reminded everyone to pay me council tax.
* Called Tamara's employers and gave her a reference.
* TRIED to chase a company for more info about a position, but to no avail. Finally just emailed the parent company that's bought out their UK division. Maybe that will do something. :/
* Cleaned up emails.
* Made plans to go with Jon to the Victoriana/Sentimentality lecture Thursday night (possibly valuable for PhD in September), and
* researched SH's MASSIVE new booklist, identifying the sequels and the things I'm interested in. Wrote Abigail to that effect.
* Did a fair amount of cleaning/related house chores.

Beryl & Betty: the golden girls of local radio: At a combined age of 175 years old, the Radio Humberside hosts have become the Sony awards' oldest ever nominees
why you don't insult Tony Stark apparently
cool rind with hidden messages
Marvel Adventures Presents... The Avengers! in "Frog-napped!": "“My friends,” Thor says, addressing the Avengers assembled in Tony’s suite, a row of dogs, pigs, bears, two people, and a few whatevers standing behind him, “I’m afraid that I am the bearer sad tidings.”

He pauses dramatically before continuing, because the God of Thunder is nothing if not dramatic.

“My friends,” he says, “Kermit the Frog has disappeared.”"

Soap Operas Have Died on TV but Live On in Movies
Proust playing air guitar, and other "Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Writers"
Muppets&Thor Crossover Cartoon
Upcoming Late Nights at Museums
Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking
Diet Slurpees for Women: For When You Hate Being Fat but Love Icy Diarrhea
History of England (Enhanced) by Jane Austen "This eBookTreasures facsimile edition contains transcription throughout as well as audio narration."
Levi Roots' sweet potatoes with spicy sausage recipe
All Retired Ben and Jerry's Flavors


Hark! A Vagrant! Mother's Day Comic: AWH ;_;
Don't look too closely at the picture of Fury carrying baby!Loki and you will probs be fine.: "Unluckily Tony's reaction to babies coming towards him was to run away really fast and call a lawyer."--very, very true.
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Badger was over all weekend. Watched most of A:EMH S1, which largely holds up on rewatch. Never sure if Wakanda is doing something cool in imagining an isolationist G8-bitch-slapping world-power African nation that challenges viewers' basic colonialist assumptions, or if Wakanda is simply a weird amalgam of African stereotypes that's simultaneously doing positive and racist things. I think a bit of both, though obviously the second possibility sort of admits the first.

Lost a lot of games, which disappoints me a bit. Normally Katy and I do about equally well, and this weekend we did about equally poorly, both in Carcassone and Tigris and Euphrates. Kind of want to play a game I know I'm fine at to regain mojo and feel generally better. Haven't won anything since Trivial Pursuit like two weeks ago, I don't think, despite since playing 3 games of Carcassone, a game of London, and a game of T&E. This is unusual and more annoying than it should be, given am grown ass woman and, like Dar Williams says, cooler than this. Wish I were generally less twitchy and neurotic about feeling dumb. On the plus side, getting more used to T&E, and may not actually hate it! Still don't know about that Caylus (the game, not the founder of the Klingon warrior code). It seems crap, but might /not/ be, if we played with an additional person.

Cleaned up all the lingering photos on my computer, deleted what I didn't need, and popped anything potentially relevant onto fb. If by relevant you mean 'a picture of Sasa looking unspeakable stupid'.

Made pizzas with Robin. She did nice bases, but must remember these take longer to cook through than plain Morrisons cardboard wafers, and as such need like 18 min, perhaps. Also made meatloaf with roastinis and optional mushroom gravy on the side, combining Nigella's technique with the Joy of Cooking 'making it actually taste of anything'. For Nigella's bacon wrap, I have GOT to remember to use more bacon than I did, and to actually swaddle it around the sides/top it generously, so things don't curl up in this niggardly fashion.

Today I applied for like 6 McDonald's level food service jobs. Modified my food!CV and wrote individual cover letters. Created a profile on a childcare site and addressed a question to a specific job-poster. Doing half and half hours-long academic admin and quicker basic NEED SOME MONEY TO LIVE!! job aps now.

Also finished edits for P4 and asked Katy to shift scenes around according to her editoral whim. Reading it through tomorrow, so she can do the same, I can make last changes, and hopefully we can have the draft out to people late Monday night, so they'll have some time/two days before the readthrough to look it over.

Showed the house Friday and today. Have another person tomorrow. Put up everything possible for ebay free listings. Cleaned the hell out of the house Friday, and did some more today.

I listened to all the music mock-ups the composing staff have done for the radio plays last night, and some of it was awesomely good. One of the main character themes sounds sooomewhat like American McGee's Alice's soundtrack. I'm on the whole really impressed with the professionalism, and with the sort of--reality of the project? Composers!! We met with them, I gave feedback, they worked MAGIC!! with scores and bullshit, I gave feedback, music baby was formed. It's part power and also like, part kind of--awe? It's a fanproject, I know, but there's something awesome
about like, a total thing coming together, and being made where there was nothing, and developing it cradle to grave.

Wrote people about council tax, job ap writing (the QM job centre), the Jubilee event (which Cambridge House no longer wants to do, so I'm left with THREE WEEKS to hook up with other people, plan my own from scratch, or find something else good to go to--thanks a /lot/, guys), book requests for Tor, the music, upcoming social plans, etc. Updated calendar and flatmates spreadsheet, cleaned out emails, etc. Kind of productive weekend despite the heavy social aspect.
x_los: (Xena Could Be More Sconic)
Nick Fury is sick and tired
A Pintrest for Book Reviews
Cream Cheese Brownies
Two-Thirds of the U.S. Hikers Jailed in Iran Are Now Married
Prairie oyster (cocktail)
On Bearded Men
Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? – a meta post on concessions
Birthday Custard Sponge
THE AVENGERS: The Future Of A Certain Fan Favorite Character

Reasons Bleak House should be a fandom
Costs spreadsheet for an Online Zine
On manners, etiquette, and the white man’s rules
Millenials Are a Bunch of Entitled Trustafarians With Enabling Parents, Says Cranky Coot of a Survey
Dickens' longest novels
Cheese-only restaurant opens in London (just don't expect Cheddar)
Edible Cinema
Coulson: King of the Con
Sleeps With Monsters: Failure to Communicate (An Ongoing Problem): having trouble articulating what I find kind of annoying about this
Getting Pregnant After 35: The truth about age and women's fertility
When Motherhood Never Happens
How to Fix Our Compost
Female Indian Grads Aren’t Necessarily Keen on Working
How to Survive a Nuclear Attack
Nicole Richie Finds Her Mixed-Race Hair to Be a Pain in the Ass
Putin Brings Sexy Back
What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Hillary Clinton Without Make-Up
Best London Burgers
The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in
Slatkin hopes Kid Rock's fans, dedication to city create awareness for DSO
Timorous Beasties Fabrics
Lag BaOmer
Child's Own Studio: custom making soft toys with children
Cute Three and Sarah Jane pic
DIY Arched Bookshelves
Bristol Palin Blames Glee for President Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance
Adele Walks Around London in her Pajamas to Avoid Detection
My Weekend In America’s So-Called ‘Rape Capital’
The Titanic theme played on the recorder.
Coming-Of-Age Stories About Girls? ‘Creepy,’ Says Some Old Dude
How Do You Protect Your Daughter from Your Mother’s Bullshit?
Real Alcazar
Rediscover (or discover for the first time) the works of Diana Wynne Jones — in audio
Masada Shall Not Fall Again: Faux-Realism, Parallel Histories, and the Fiction of Israel


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