x_los: (Alice)

This mug, guys. You could drink earl grey out of it. I am just saying. This is a rare prototype, worth £200 or some shit (though it didn't sell for that, so maybe not), but if you said the proper run was £5 on ebay... I could find myself tempted.

Yesterday I bent the wire whisk of my kitchenaid on some frozen butter whilst trying to make oatmeal cookies as a way of bribing a boss I don't like into hiring me for more freelance contracts. I then *actually cried* over having broken this treasure possession, not having used it enough, how much it HURT to bend it back into shape, and the passing of all worldly things, especially anything I particularly love. Because that is the level of HYPER-EMO I reach when furious with myself. It's like, a film!Loki-level of self-pity.

I also cursed my stupidity for having not used the paddle attachment, or realized that just because the floor mixer at the bakery could handle frozen butter, that didn't mean my beloved Kitchenaid could. I *think* it's back to near-perfect working order again--though it looks sliiightly wonky--and I could buy a new whisk for a not insignificant but reasonable cost. But these are the sort of thoughts I have now, when the emo has passed over us. At the time I cradled a whisk to my chest like a baby for no less than half an hour. Yep. *Maturity*.

Also, has anyone ever beheld the work of Clarice Cliff? Because it is the UGLIEST SHIT KNOWN TO HUMANITY. Seriously, what the hell is this? There is literally none of it I wouldn't bin, and I can see *exactly* how much it's worth. It would simply be a service to people with eyes.

today: )

MUSIC and Links )
x_los: (Russian Church)
* made a spreadsheet of things to do in/around London and went through it with Sam, ranking his preferences
* responded to my mother's email
* Took Sam to and all around the Tower of London--normally I just do the beefeater tour, the crown jewels and a bit of the white tower, but we pulled out stops and did the white tower COMPLETELY, did the torture mini-exhibit, looked at the ravens properly, looked at the Bloody Tower, looked at the medieval palace and the wall, etc. Not EVERYTHING (it's a big complex, with a lot of shit going on), but a hell of a lot.
* Took sam to Borough market, got him English things--pork pie, custard tart, some... juice, which is not English, but he was thirsty
* atm run
* send Sam out for pizza ingredients
* tidied living room
* did laundry
* hung up the jumpers which had lingered on the chair forever
* called mom re: Sam's school: no response
* tidied kitchen sliiiiiiiiightly
* tried to teach Sam to make tea--may be a WIP
* froze lard
* tidied bedroom
* took out catpoo
* talked to Sam a lot
* called my mother to prompt her to book Edinburgh flatshare thing, got into dumb fight with her
* talked to Katy and Danny to calm down
* wrote annoyed post
* wrote mom a polite note, nicely telling her how she could do this herself, what my concerns were with her alternate plan, and asking yet again for Sam's school info
* confirmed Kim's transfer
* emailed Kim
* prompted Sam to email Kim
* prompted invigilation people about promised work
* wrote Cham Cheering Email (tm)
* prompted Katy re: her script
* emailed Jon re: his edits, prompting
* editing huge, nasty, poorly-written legal doc for dad
* wrote to his comptroller about the doc
* called potential window repair man
* wrote Parmar to say I'd done it
* wrote and posted another ad asking for window bids
* edited and rechecked kitchen CV
* wrote draft letter to accompany kitchen CV, sent to Katy for inspection
* wrote housemates about energy company situation, proposing various solutions
* reminded housemates about council tax payment
* listened to voice samples, read others' thoughts, and weighed in on big audio editing question
* cleaned by inbox from over 150 to 38
* spoke to Jon about a thing Sam wanted to do
* wrote dad to confirm receipt of the settlement letter I re-wrote

STILL SO SO SO SO FUCKING MUCH TO DO. SO BEHIND. Blame mother and her redonk drama and FRENZY and pointlessness, and saddling me with baby bro with NOTHING TO DO for a month. Love Sam, want him here, but kind of have some shit of my own, and his dad's allowance for him (and thus his ability to Do Tourist Shit 24/7)/his patience for endless 'Erin Does Landmark Tours, Tells You How To Identify Historical Things, Walking for Entire Day' affairs is naturally limited.
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: (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.


May. 4th, 2012 02:16 am
x_los: (Russian Church)
Sleep schedule has gotten weird. This bed at four, up at noon business is just stupid. Must try to do better today.

Regular work was pretty impossible today: I needed help I didn't have at hand for job aps and to finish D2, and then a metric ton URGENT SHIT TO DO re: the house fell on me from above. Going to work on house things (feel behind on laundry, dishes) and Tor content tomorrow until Katy gets home and we can bang through P4 and the jobs shit. Thai tomorrow for dinner. MUST remember to make perishable ingredients into a pie!


--helped move Lucy out
--helped move Jon and Robin upstairs (HOURS of hard work)
--made butternut squash salad
--looked over job ap info with Jon, discussed how to implement
--talked to Katy about our plan of action for P4 and job aps
--emailed prospective tenant
--rescheduled showing
--checked up on Tor comments, wrote responses
--w/ Kel’s help, researched Avatar production breakdowns for Tor
--discussed a good Tor content idea w/ Katy
--discussed house stuff w/ Katy
--edited HG review again, returned to Abigail
--moved Phil’s old bed into our room
--moved Lucy’s mattress down for new person
--reorganized our linens/ebay boxes
--some tab-closing
--packed Katy's lunch

Maybe the best song I have heard this evening about killing cannibal!Shia Labeouf.
And the music video!
The Influence of Japanese Animation on Avatar: The Last Airbender
Something about Nick's history of releasing things out of order
Introduction to Web Design Summer 2012
n. k. jemisin on the unexotic exotic
Cry-Baby Cameron Diaz Loses Her Shit After a Bad Haircut
The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook: (from [livejournal.com profile] black_rider)

Tuna Casserole
Ingredients: 1 large casserole dish
Place the casserole dish in a cold oven. Place a chair facing the oven and sit in it forever. Think about how hungry you are. When night falls, do not turn on the light.

images from an unmade animated film of The Master and Margarita.
x_los: (Four by Toulouse-Lautrec)
As always, no order

--contacted Student Loan people re: deferral
--cleaned out big fridge with Robin
--cleaned out little fridge
--tidied bedroom slightly
--made house calendar
--asked Amy academic q for Jon--couldn’t help
--made to-do
--emailed Abigail
--wrote Senate House
--finished ep 1 of Sapphire and Steel while doing stuff
--300 emails to 13
--fixed Fulbright job ap materials
--emailed those to QM
--helped Katy<3 tidy kitchen
--emailed Warner at Essex
--answered fuckton of comments
--signed anti-CISPA protest
--finished listening to The Readers podcast
--applied to complex and irksome UCL job (well, the *ap* was bad)
--spoke to dad
--started listening to Bleak House (since have had no time to read it on paper lately)
x_los: (OMG)
Some tasks from the week before this last one--have been rather occupied this week and have lost track of stuff what I've done )

What's your favorite color/X-RAY!

Mihir S Sharma: Our creamy layer: Stratification in India

THE FUTURE OF US is a “Like” sign slapping the face of humanity, forever
Dan Lepard's jam tart recipes
A particularly strong ""Why are you voting for Obama?
Ann Romney’s Birthday Party to Be Hosted by a Dude Arrested for Barbecuing a Dog
The novel saved by a police forensic team
THE LANGUAGE OF FANTASY: AN INTRODUCTION: lulz, that was nothingy and I have low expectations for this cluster of posts
Muslim woman's bra photo sparks controversy, University condemns staff member's actions: the Saudi Education Centre in Kamloops seems to be talking shit?
Big Box Stores Are Ruining Everything and Filling Us All With Hate
In 1913, London bon vivant Upton Uxbridge Underwood published his masterpiece of Edwardian esoterica, The Language of the Beard, offering it by subscription to fashionable men of leisure. This prized bit of ephemera has attained a legendary reputation among bibliophiles and beard lovers around the world.

A handful of entries from the glossary:

Barbognosis—among primitive peoples, attribution of all wisdom to “beard power”

Barbophilia—unnatural practice of tugging, stroking or fondling beards for erotic gratification

Bartigfreude—sense of pure delight at the sight of a beard

Bartigschlag or bartigfurchterlich—sense of abject horror at the sight of a beard

Beard Age—a gaslamp-era beard magazine

Gullet-awning—any drooping or full-bodied beard

Jaw-moss—muttonchop sideburns

Lip Lettuce—a moustache; a "prelude to a beard"

The Pogonosophist—a ponderous Edwardian beard journal

"Toy" beards—any of the exquisite, miniature beards manufactured by the Deuce Novelty Company as costume attire for small pets such as mice, hamsters, or parakeets

REVIEW: A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan
The Quest for e-Weird concludes Bedtime Stories for Children You Hate by Antoinette Bergin sounds good. Why do I keep reading this annoying man?
The Multilingual Geniuses of Rwanda
Illiberal Democrats: this coalition, which promised to do away with Labour's ugly authoritarian approach to the law, proposes to introduce a number of changes to the legal system. These changes are illiberal, unjust and unworkable, and they are part of a wide streak of instinctive control freakery which runs through this government.
Ethical reading, ethical publishing: I think I was supposed to come away from this thinking something other than "HOLY CRAP publishers make a ludicrously inflated percentage of that, and it is weird that we're willing to financially support/be understanding about the officy needs of the publishing profession and not those of the authors." I understand it's not JUST 'people working directly on this title' that are part of that infrastructure, but EVEN 20% of the available monies going to publishers (not counting physical production and distribution costs) would seem high--and actually it's ONLY 10% of an RRP book price to the writer. £3 to a publisher for £0.65 to the writer? *Really?* That--seems wack. Granted the extent to which a book is produced by publishes vs. by authors varies dramatically from title to title, but why do we think it's *generally* vital to pay Penguin Org or whatever full-time living wages and then some, and not like, idk, "I have a second job which is full time" novelists? Maybe there could be a sliding scale based on the level to which publishers contributed to the content production? Shit, why *aren't* there legit better options than this?
Ben Romney Insists that His Mom Did Too Work Raising Five Little Romneys All on Her Own Skimmed. Improper use of 'constitute'.
why YA is useless as a category, and “getting kids to read” isn’t necessarily worthy Yes and no... as almost always with her.
Derweze, aka 'the door to hell'
Women, Men, SFF part deux
We must hone our lap-dancing skills: We are hosting the Olympics, foreign guests are coming and look at the state of this place
From the reading while brown chronicles
Photoshopped Venus
One Million Moms in Danger of Crushing Their Pearls Over Urban Outfitters Catalogue
Black Widow in ridiculous sexy poese
Seitsema's Counter Culture
Hey, Everyone — Stop Taking This Picture! (No, I Mean It.)
How Long Can You Listen to this Men’s Rights Anthem Before You Tear Your Ears Off?
Awards, Panels, Public Votes
Kensington Palace and the Artsy Shenanigans
Priest on the Clarke-crit backlash
Iain Gray on being a politician who likes scifi
Calming Manatee
Mediocre carrot cake
The 2012 Arthur Clarke Shortlist and the Critical Response from Christopher Priest (by Liviu Suciu)
Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator
Generation Y Collectively Squirms at the Truths in Lena Dunham’s Girls: Meh--that Doug Berry can't really write
Writer, with Kids: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Forty years in solitary: two men mark sombre anniversary in Louisiana prison
Here’s The Depressing List of Crap You Could Buy if the Wage Gap Didn’t Exist
Elspeth Cooper on Disability in Fantasy
alt.fiction and EasterCon
On broadening the fanbase
Dear daughter…
Information Science Antelope
Star Wars Nerd Porn – Now in Russian!
Homi Bhabha + Katy Perry
Africans shocked by uncivilized antics of European savages: mocking Spain for being lazy might be kind of cheap given the European racism against their South
Retirement may be mission impossible for Gen X
Tropical Chocolate Cake
World Fantasy: Passing For Lit
Why We Need to Keep Talking About the White Girls on Girls
Vanessa Williams Is an Unapologetic Badass When Talking About Her Abortion
‘It’s Not You, It’s Me,’ We Tell Our Clothes
Vera Wang’s Dad Wrote An Epically Nasty CEFAD To His 30-Year Mistress
Why Guys Really Hate Being Called ‘Creepy’
Curvy asari ladies!
Bloodbath: a good and gory poem about period sex
Comiket today
Children’s Book Teaches Kids That Hamburgers Are ‘Violent and Sad’
Ann Romney: “Why should women be paid equal to men?”
Guess Who's Joining the Cast of Iron Man 3? Plus, Five Other Rad Things We Know About the Sequel
How to get rid of that annoying shit that tries to force you to join something to read articles ob fb and the like
Steak House or Gay Bar?
Is Your Work Commercially Viable?
What Mrs Beeton did to us
American Nuns Busted for Being a Crazy Bunch of Radical Feminists
Court dismisses case against Abhisit
Giant Queen Portraits To Light Up Buckingham Palace
The Readers podcast--a panel I was on was mentioned in I think the second newest (now) one
Coming out of the closet iiiinteresting. Not sure what I think.
Macaroni and Four Cheese with Apples and Bacon Breadcrumbs
Baci di Ricotta

Some flavoured polentas



Oh, Russia

Mar. 9th, 2012 02:11 am
x_los: (Russian Church)
What Type of Nipple Are You?
Start Shrieking, Ladies: Boy Bands Are Back
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Review
Spider Web Forest Is Beautiful And Terrifying Sticking with FUCKING TERRIFYING, thanks.
Purim Foods

"On Purim, triangular pastries called Hamantaschen ("Haman's pockets") or Oznei Haman ("Haman's ears") are served. A sweet pastry dough is rolled out, cut into circles, and traditionally filled with prune or mun, a sweet poppy seed filling, then wrapped up into a triangular shape with the filling either hidden or showing. Among Sephardi a thin dough called Fazuelos are eaten as well as a range of baked or fried pastries called Orejas de Haman (Haman's Ears) or Hojuelas de Haman are eaten. These pastries are also known as Oznei Haman.

Seeds and nuts are customarily eaten on Purim, as the Talmud relates that Queen Esther ate only these foodstuffs in the palace of Ahasuerus, since she had no access to kosher food. More recently, prunes, dates, apricots, and chocolate fillings have been introduced. This pastry belongs to the Ashkenazi cuisine.

Kreplach, a kind of dumpling filled with cooked meat, chicken or liver and served in soup, are also traditionally served by Ashkenazi Jews on Purim. 'Hiding' the meat inside serves as another reminder of the story of Esther – the only book of Hebrew Scriptures that does not contain a single reference to God who seems to hide behind the scenes.

Aranygaluska, a dessert consisting of fried dough balls and vanilla custard, is traditional for Jews of Hungarian and Romanian descent.

Special breads are also baked among various communities. In Moroccan Jewish communities, a Purim bread called Ojos de Haman or Eyes of Haman is sometimes baked in the shape of Haman's head, and the eyes which are made of eggs are plucked out to demonstrate the destruction of Haman. Among the Polish Jews, Koilitch, a raisin Purim challah which is baked in a long twisted ring and topped with small colorful candies is meant to evoke the colorful nature of the holiday."

Tolkein Aryan Letter (reread)
Alexander McQueen, for Aphrodites in Search of Clam Shells
Reprieve For Camberwell Orchard As Council Backs Down Over Library
The Tomb of Ay
Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)
Rihanna’s Daddy Dearest Says His ‘Fat’ Daughter Should Get Back With Chris Brown
Our Favorite Mortician Does Not Care for Zombies!
Comic Recipe: Pecan Sandies/Crack Cookies
Kids’ Birthday Party Gift Bags Are Getting Completely Out of Control
Eurovision 2012: 'Buranovo Grannies' to represent Russia "In 2010, they came third in the Russian Eurovision qualifying contest with their song Dlinnaya-dlinnaya beresta i kak sdelat' iz neyo aishon, which translates as "long, long birch bark and how to make a hat of it"."--oh /Russia/
that sounds exactly like what you're up to right now
Mslexia, the magazine for women who write
The Comment Section for Every Article Ever Written About PETA
Concessions, by CATE BAILEY
How to Win a Short Story Competition, BY DEBBIE TAYLOR I REALLY don't know about that first person advice
WIGGY, by Beda Higgins
LOVE: A PAINTING, Sarah Klenbort

Today )
x_los: (OMG)
I have got to stop reading so much fucking news, it's such a time!sinkhole.

Casserole dish I invented today to get rid of leftovers, based looooosely on a Nigella pasta bake:

roughly 250g pasta, cooked (measurement related to dry pasta, though)
some lardons
a few strips bacon
couple mushrooms
a red onion
few cloves garlic
Béchamel sort of sauce, with cheese

For the Béchamel thing, start with a roux: do that by taking a tablespoon or two of butter, and a tablespoon or two of flour, and cooking them in a frying pan, whisking/stirring together to integrate. Let that paste cook a bit, get golden. Add milk gradually, stirring to incorporate--make sure the frying pan is a decent size or this will get fucking annoying quick. Add a pinch of nutmeg (sounds weird, but do it for form's sake) and a little bit or herbs de Provence (or other green shit, idk, you probs have oregano). Add some grated cheese (cheddar, parm, mozarella, something). Sea-salt (or regular, whatever) and pepper to taste. Keep adjusting consistency and have this on loooooow while you do other crap, or do it last. One of those little circles that distributes heat that pops under pans like my grandma has might be useful here, if you opt for the former.

Cook lardons and half-strips of bacon (cut) a bit--not all the way, but juuuuust enough so they're not like, RAW? This will prevent nasty-ass diseases. Pig diseases are the worst, did you see the awful pilot of House (seriously what was Wilson doing with his End Moral, and why the fuck did he assume all modern American Jews keep Kosher, does he not go here or something)? So that was awful and made me want to be kosher. Pig worms. Honestly, I ask you.

Anyway, put the pasta in a buttered over-proof casserole dish and then stir your DISEASE FREE pig products in there--dice the bacon. If you're a pussy who can't take the intensity of full-frontal bacon goodness. Or, you know, you like well proportioned bites.

Pop a little butter in the skilled that still has the disease-free bacon grease. Add sliced mushrooms, diced red onions, garlic. Cook, but not ALL THE WAY!!1, just, y'know, a bit. You want the onions to be semi-translucent and the mushrooms to be lightly browned, but not crispy like crispy!Master, because you're going to cook it further, and ew. I read a porn fic like that once.

...and here it is! http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=28680

So put those in with pasta and DELICIOUS BACON. Stir. Sensuously. Oh yes.

Leeks might also be good in here, or green onion? Or some white wine in the sauce? Portobello mushrooms? Maybe? Not sure. Anyway.

Is your oven preheated to 200? Um. Probably should have warned you to doooooo that...

So! Now your oven! Preheated! Well done, friend. Put your casserole in there form like 15, 20 min? It'll need to sit for like 10 min when done, but other than that, there you go. It's a bit saucy rather than SET, but you can cook it longer or reduce the sauce initially. And everything in here's super malleable so, idk, GO WITH GOD/WHAT LEFTOVERS YOU YOURSELF NEED TO GET RID OF.

Today )

TSA Forces Woman to Use Her Breast Pump Before She Can Take It Through Security
Elisabeth Moss Would Like You to Stop Asking When Don and Peggy Will Finally Sleep Together
Meet the Transgender Indonesian Nanny Who Took Care of Young Barack Obama
10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature Kinda balls.
Rick Santorum Makes the Bizarre Promise to Never Speak the Name of Any Former President
For Lasting Romance, Find Out Why She’s Sad
The Ten Weirdest Allegations From Paula Deen’s Home-Cooked Sexual Harassment Complaint
China’s Version of Gossip Girl Might Be Slightly Less Exciting
Wesley Crusher, Teenage Fuck Machine What?! What. What.
First Listen: Krzysztof Penderecki And Jonny Greenwood


Jon Stewart Smacks Down Rush Limbaugh Over His Sandra Fluke Comments
Stephen Colbert: Rush Limbaugh Is A Prostitute
Interviewer Position (find out if it pays)
Paypal Pressured To Play Morality Cop And Forces Smashwords To Censor Authors
Who Cares If Piracy Is 'Wrong' If Stopping It Is Impossible And Innovating Provides Better Solutions?
Look into Foundation subs and the Student Essay Prize
‘Millionaire Madam’ Just Your Ordinary Suburban Mom
Paris Fashion Week, Where Eccentricity Means ‘Weird With Money’
Marc Jacobs Didn’t Always Refuse to Pay His Models
Marc Jacobs Didn’t Always Refuse to Pay His Models
Rush Limbaugh Seriously Loses His Shit, Randomly Attacks Another Young Woman
Did Slut Comments Actually Win Rush a Sponsor?
Pregnancy Prevention and the Taxpayer
Barnard, Columbia at War Over Obama, Feminazis, and Cum Dumpsters
Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs
x_los: (Russian Church)
Productivity Shit )

cool design mock-up for Nigella foods
Better lard-rendering method
Billingsgate Fish Market, and how to get there
Lobster Substitutes
The Greenpeace Sustainable Fish List
Poor Man's Lobster Recipes
Lobster Rolls
Senate Women Maintain Civility with Regular Dinner Parties
The Future of the Book Business: A Classicist’s View
Cool Japanese trailer for Brave
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors - Episode 3 is easily the most embarrassing thing that's happened to me since "Doctor in Distress"
E-Books on Tablets Fight Digital Distraction
The Story of Leah and Vanessa
‘I Am Sure in Your Mind That This Was Some Big Step for Girl Power’
China bear bile farms stir anger among campaigners
‘I Am Sure in Your Mind That This Was Some Big Step for Girl Power’
Curate's egg
Model Would Just Like To Say She Really Enjoyed Working Unpaid For Marc Jacobs
Worth It: Jeans That Actually Are Good How daaaaare someone else buy a single expensive pair of pants!! Lol, Judgeabel.
Marc Jacobs Responds to Allegations of Non-Payment: ‘If Models Don’t Want To Work With Us, They Don’t Have To’
On Purim, Women Should Be Neither Seen Nor Heard
13-Year-Old Iranian Girl Sings Stunningly Beautiful Adele Cover
This Is What Happens When You Try to Steal a Girl Scout’s Cookie Money
Zillionaire Ann Romney Doesn’t Consider Herself Rich

Let me change your life
it's the little 'let me play you the song of my people' on top that makes it
the expression of undying hate

x_los: (OMG)
Yesterday I:

* got a letter back out my deferred Ombudsman interview (postponed, not canceled),
* read and sent emails about my Shakespeare Eastercon panel,
* pulled out some middle-length coats for the changing weather,
* found dresses to wear to the wedding this weekend,
* did a lot of dishes and laundry,
* took out cat litter,
* cleaned the bedroom and the living room,
* made a loaf of rosemary garlic bread,
* made a lot of sweet bread dough (we have yeast to use up before it goes off),
* tab-closed,
* listened up to the latest British History Podcast while cleaning (now current!),
* went to a Let's Enhance! seminar about copyright that might be very useful for the Cam PhD (I find out if I have an interview there in the next few days), took a lot of notes,
* bitched about Let's Enhance! to friends--I think the group leader either dislikes me/I'm doing things she doesn't like, or that's just her manner? Difficult to say, may just stop going? Danny says divide and conquer--befriend one or two of the nice attendees, I say my increasing shut-in grumpiness/inability to befriend the English will cause me to die sad and alone and be eaten by Alsatians--tomayto, tomahto,
* played a game with Katy and friend who was over for dinner, and
* had a bit of a headache, so took drugs and read in bedroom.

Via sparrowmorgan on twitter:
Paypal and Erotica

Some of the other news I read today:
Lucy Liu Watson Casting Drama
check out the last awesome princess dress
weird compelling chart re: Metal fans
Panel Parity
Puking Fee
Some stories about Japan here: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/01/13/no-sex-please-were-young-japanese-men/ and here: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/11/25/latest-imperial-headache-all-the-single-ladies/?f
Meh article about initial publication: http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2012/02/qualities-of-wood-author-spotlight.html
When Women Don’t Want Daughters
Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis

I SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST--just when you thought our time had passed, too (HAT TIP TO AN FOR NEWS):

So NATO forces and the Taliban have twitter accounts and tweet one another to bitch. IT IS ACTUALLY THEM. THAT IS A THING. I. I do not even. Who the fuck taught the Taliban to tweet... like 20something hipsters? Have they just found: a kid from Brooklyn? Is he their intern? This just makes me think I am living in the film Street Fighter.
x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)

Okay--I prefer the Tool version, for Lovesong covers.

AMAZING vocal performance.

Web Developers in Publishing
Fry on Twitter Politics
Big Problems £1
Ways to use up the chapati flour
What can I say, I love Dr. Ruth


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