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Boy Scout

Steve Rogers and Duncan McLeod. He does all the right things, because they are Right. He saves the world on Monday mornings before his first cup of coffee; you may be required to help bandage him. If he thinks you're in danger, he'll break up with you for your own good. He will do a lot of things for your own good, because he is just That Noble and Protective. He is on a pedestal, though, so the only way this will end is with a Noble Death for one of you, or you messing up and a tragic break-up due to your betrayal. Both of these will make him more Noble, though possibly with a period of self-doubt and darkness in the middle.

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time travel: historian edition

Feb. 10th, 2016 03:40 pm
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so random people often ask me what time period I would like to travel to. often internet-friends and I can get into long conversations about preparation via smallpox vaccines and IUDs and how the past sucked in many ways and time travel's many dangers and pitfalls but who would we like to talk to or where would we like to go, and TARDIS vs. another method of travel, etc.

random acquaintances who are NOT huge geeks seem to think I would just like to...I don't know, live in another time because ??? and are mad when I give my "but I'm queer and they did not make medication then plus germs" talk. because obviously times were better in Ye Olden Days because [something something hipsters] or [nationalistic nostalgia aka That One Candidate's "Make America Great Again"] or [idek].

anyway but I finally have an answer thanks to [personal profile] maramcreates :

I want to live in a Star Trek future (TNG def sounds the most comfy) where there are holodecks, and then I can have replicators and space travel and space-almost-socialism all those things AND I can have holodeck programs to visit pretty much wherever the heck I want. I mean sure maybe Moriarty will take over the Holodeck sometimes and possibly cause me to die but like that's still way better than a lot of the other time travel options IMHO.

(and I would totally travel in the TARDIS just not with the Doctor because that dude has issues and uses people COME AT ME.)

So I offer this to you as an answer if anyone at a party or something starts pestering you for Best Time Period to Live In and you can't just leave because they're your boss's kid or something: holodecks.

Stuie's ashes are back.

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:43 pm
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They're at the vet's. I didn't get the call to come get them until after 6 tonight, and the office was already closed by then. I'm going to see if I can get someone to pick them up for me in the morning. I don't have an urn, but I do have a promise from someone that he'll handcraft a "beautiful" wooden box to keep him in...eventually. Yes, please do take your time, not like he's already dead or something.

OK, so I'm pissed. And I'm not sure why, why I expect anyone else to care about him as much as I did. So I'm feel vaguely, quite irrationally guilty, on top of everything else, because outside of my mom, no one did or does care about him as much. No one ever will. With my mom gone (he was her cat before she passed) I'm now completely alone in that.

I probably shouldn't say this because in doing so I'm going to get even more pissed and it's going to show, but when I asked how he was coming back, I was told not to "worry about it" because it's a "beautiful presentation". So I asked for specifics and was told he comes back in a plastic bag inside of a red cardboard box. And I just instantly wanted to kill everyone within a 20 mile radius of that office because by the sound of it (no example pictures were offered nor presented) it's not beautiful enough for my baby, because it's not, and never will be. Oh, my God.... least he's coming back. And I'll deal with the details of that as best as I can. Because I just don't have any other choice.

3 Good Things

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:30 am
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I am sick with a wretched sore throat, and will be without my personal laptop for the next few days while it's getting repaired. Here are some things making me happy at the moment (feel free to share some of your own in the comments):

1. Snow! As I have effectively no control over the weather, I feel free to take great joy in the snowstorms yesterday and Friday that have transformed Boston into a winter wonderland. The wet snow and great gusts of wind have been hard on the trees, but the overall accumulation hasn't been so bad, and it's been strikingly beautiful.

2. My poem Various Kinds of Wolves was published in Apex last month.

3. I made a variant on leek and potato soup yesterday that I'm very pleased with - in lieu of leeks, I caramelized extra onion, doubled the quantity of roasted garlic, added a tray of oven-roasted chopped carrots and turnip, and, after pureeing the lot, threw in a bunch of spinach at the end. Oh! and instead of adding milk or light cream, I added a lump of CSA sour cream at the end. It turned out very nicely.


Feb. 9th, 2016 04:22 am
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Because, seriously. I've always wanted to see what a Yahoo/AOL melding might look like, so reading this (mostly pure speculation fluff piece) almost made me dance for joy.

Also, all the serious intoning about how "the involvement of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong" makes it kapow! a Big Serious Thing? Him and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo's CEO) once worked together at Google. And probably were/still are friends, or at least not outright adversaries. So, of course he's involved. I mean, seriously.

Seriously! I'm probably one of two people in the US excited about this (the other one probably being Tim himself).

Oh, such a wintry night

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:50 am
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ETA3: Don't try the recipe I talk about below unless you read ETAs 1 and 2. Just a friendly heads-up. My luck was not good.

I couldn't write the title without googling to make sure my spelling was right; upon finding it is, my next question was: "Why do we spell it 'wintry'"? As a super-literal left-hander I can't process why we'd possibly drop the second vowel - unless maybe hundreds of years ago someone doubtlessly insane repeatedly swung an ax near someone's head over their pronunciation of 'wintery' until the victim, a guy in his early 30s with little kids to feed, put his hands up in surrender and said, "Fine, fine, I will pronounce it 'wintry' from now on. Will you go away now?" and so yet another ridiculous new word was born.

I mean, forget etymology. That's screwed up enough in the UK and US because our language is just one, big messy portmanteau of every well-known language on Earth besides - for the most part - Indo-Asian languages.

I want to talk dialect. I want to talk dropping a vowel for no obvious reason. It makes no sense, but is expedient: you can say 'wintery' perhaps half a second faster by dropping that vowel, but I can't see "extremely fast-paced life" having been an issue back in Ye Olde Crazy Axe Wielder's Tyme. Then again, people only lived until their early 30s and often died in infancy, childhood or early adulthood, so maybe you simply felt the need to talk as fast as possible while you still could.

I don't know. I do know that it's sometime after my birthday, and I Love February; it's the greatest month of the year. People are cursing the blizzards I love and complaining about the cold I can easily endure because just stay the hell inside already and when you do, how it feels so cozy, so safe from the blustery winds that can just blow you apart out there. And I'm making slow cooker chili to make it feel even cozier. This is the recipe.

It's dead simple. It's been on for seven hours now (my beans and onions are taking their time getting soft or I would've stopped the cooking around midnight). For once I had all the ingredients, so no fudging or McGyvering this time. The sauce tastes good (though I completely blanched at, balked out loud over and almost could not go through with adding the 1/4 cup of chili powder the recipe calls for because my God, that's a lot of chili powder! Surprisingly mild once mixed in, though). I added four times the required amount of garlic and still can't taste it, but I stuck with the recipe amount of cumin because I don't care for cumin, plus isn't that what chili powder is mostly made out of?

I'm hoping it comes out good because, like I said, it's dead simple, it's easy and cheap to make, it cooks itself, it's vegan, which, while I'm not vegan, I do like going meatless now and then - I make an even dead simpler black beans and rice for this very reason that others have raved about - so hopefully the chili's also a winner. I'm going to stir and check it for doneness in a few minutes.

ETA1: The recipe said to cook the chili 6-8 hours but the beans are so hard that when I tasted them just now, I had to spit them out. Guess I'll have to leave a note for someone to check and turn the slow cooker off in the morning (I'm back to that sleep pattern where I can't do mornings, not any mornings, so hand it off I must).

ETA2: Don't make this recipe unless you soak the beans. After cooking it on low for well over 24 hours now, I'm about to toss the whole thing in the trash, as per the first comment exchange seen below. Rating: A complete waste of time (it made a really tasty sauce, though, so someday I'll have to try it again with pre-soaked beans, simply because I'm stubborn like that).

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When X-Files fans think alike. #xfr #thexfiles #mementomonday #downtothesecond
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Things that may have caused your migraine, now or in the future or in the past or in an alternate timeline
(  that you should definitely track in a migraine journal or app )
  • hard cheese
  • dark chocolate
  • trace amounts of chocolate in another form of candy
  • sugar of any kind
  • aspartame or artificial sweetener
  • any form of food that tastes good
  • not eating
  • lack of sleep
  • too much sleep
  • sleeping at the wrong time of day
  • caffeine
  • lack of caffeine
  • high pressure systems
  • low pressure systems
  • Mercury in retrograde
  • your favorite show was cancelled
  • your OTP will never be canon because the producers are just queerbaiting you
  • someone was wrong on the internet
  • you were wrong on the internet and you can't take it back
  • post-modernism
  • capitalism/The System/insurance companies
  • stress because Pluto is no longer a planet and Pluto was your favorite
  • "good stress"
  • the cost of your migraine medication
  • the app does not have a box to let you track your period
  • deep existential questions about why migraines hurt so fucking much
  • maybe your migraines are really caused by something else, like the wrong glasses prescription
  • people telling you how to stop your migraine with yoga
  • migraine journals

That awesome feeling

Feb. 8th, 2016 12:53 pm
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When your friend with food allergies comes over and you cook, and everything is delicious and nothing upsets their stomach.
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The past few months have gone relatively well. My main focus at the moment is diligently studying for the upcoming Vermont Bar exam, a two day exam that will take place at the end of this month. For the past few weeks I've managed to study between four and seven hours (with five being the general average) for six days a week. I take Sundays off to veg a bit. Unlike the last time I went through this process I am feeling far less overwhelmed and my anxiety is largely manageable.

It helps that I am working at my own pace and was able to start the process earlier than I did the last go round. It also helps that I am far more aware of what works well for me and what doesn't, and able to adjust my study plans accordingly. Plus I'm generally in a better place of health than I was several years ago when I was preparing for the Virginia exam. So all very good things.

It has meant that I have not been able to be all that social online or off as I tend to have very little in the way of spoons or brain power at the end of the day. But I have been trying to keep up with all my lovely friends here, even if I'm not able to comment as much as I'd like.

I am very much looking forward to being done with this process. I have a stack of books that I'm eager to dive into (including "Karen Memory" by Elizabeth Bear, "Under the Mink" by Lisa E. Davis, "Three Parts Dead" by Max Gladstone, and "Uprooted" by Naomi Novik). I'd also like to finally get around to finishing "The Martian," which I have enjoyed so far. But for a few weeks more I will continue to imprint as much law on my memory as possible (I rather feel like legal theories are ready to start dribbling out my ears at this point), and do lots of practice questions in prep for the exam. Much love to all.

food food glorious food

Feb. 6th, 2016 08:08 am
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my partner made the bestest food ever and I have to wait for our writing buddies to come over so I can eat it. *flails hands*

you have maybe heard of baba ghanoush? this is NOT that. no. this is much, much MUCH better. because it involves ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses and my mouth basically melting and curling up in a corner and purring.

(also if I eat too much it's bad because of that sliiiight eggplant allergy but I CARE NOT omg omg *flails hands*)

I attempted to make gluten free cookies for our friend who is coming over. they are mostly okay I think. like delicious and full of chocolate but consistency sans flour is hard. anyway, I tried.

also here is a funny comic that accurately depicts my monetary priorities when I have money by Sarah Anderson.
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The sunset was amazing tonight, but even more awe-inspiring was the moment the snow stopped after falling all day, and the sun emerged from behind the clouds. The trees were glowing pink and peach, the light refracting through the branches laden with crystals of snow.
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"I've given you plenty of time," Lily said, licking her paw.

Amelie eyed the small tabby over her bowl of food. She wasn't sure what the protocol was. She never knew how to behave around these other cats. At first Chance had seemed the greater threat with his pacing outside her door and his gifts, but glancing at the self-assured queen now she wasn't quite so sure.

"I'm told he's been finishing your food," the tabby continued.

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Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:23 pm
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This comic makes me feel so vindicated, as I've had a 5 minute argument with a client over whether this was a backslash or a forward slash. It's why I try to say "backslash - the one under the delete/backslash key".

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

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About The Miracle Money

Feb. 2nd, 2016 03:50 pm
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Most poor people are waiting on the Miracle Money. It's always on the way, but until it gets there, all they can do is wait.

The miracle money can be the promotion or better job you're sure one day you'll get, lifting you out of the poverty that mostly runs rampant at the McJobs you hold.

The miracle money can be the one Lotto ticket you buy that's finally The One.

The miracle money can be the 15 years of back child support the other parent is suddenly court-ordered to pay in one lump sum. Except that parent is back in jail on other charges, so...

The miracle money can be getting back the money you gave someone two, 10 or 20 years ago that you never saw - and realistically, know you'll probably never see - again.

The miracle money can be meeting the one man with a steady, well-paying enough factory job to assist in supporting you, so the kids can finally stop eating ramen every night like they've been doing since your last husband left seven years ago.

The miracle money can be finding the lost hundreds or few thousands dropped on the ground by someone certainly better off than you and, knowing how meagerly you get by, having the presence of mind to simply keep it.

The miracle money can be selling your house for $20-30k once it's no longer underwater, and living off that for another two or three years while hoping your McJob morphs into something more.

The miracle money can be your better-off family member dying with no apparent interest in helping you from beyond the grave, but they did happen to leave you a car you can turn around and sell for a few thousand.

The miracle money can be hoping you wake up one day to find the worthless-looking book or ridiculous decorative pie tin you keep having to dust, is, after researching it on eBay before tossing it in the trash, The Valuable One the collectors all vie for.

The miracle money can be waking up each day hoping our country starts properly caring for its own instead of spending its talent and resources on war, NASA, and select countries overseas, until one day, it finally does.

Except it never does.

The Miracle Money is a common dream I suspect most impoverished people have.

For the great majority it never comes true - but that can't stop us from dreaming.

In our minds, the Miracle Money has been around since Day One. We've been living off it in addition to other, more meager income sources since the day it first occurred to us it might exist. And thanks to it, we live well; useful, meaningful lives that don't involve the constant plague of guilt and shame, worry and fear that is living without enough.

A lot of people think the poor deserve nothing. That's why so many want food stamps taken away.

That's why so many want public housing demolished and the people in those buildings put out on the streets.

That's why cash welfare in any useful form ended for most people back in 1996.

That's why your GoFundMe page will rarely, if ever, raise the Miracle Money you need not just a small amount of right away - for the latest emergency you can't solve on your own - but for the rest of your life, because it's just one emergency after another.

Most of us are taught to hate and fear poverty by the use of upper class dog whistles that filter down to signal us that living in poverty speaks to being a much less worthy person than does achieving greater economic prosperity.

As a society we've created Dalits by conflating income level with social place in the pecking order. By assuming Dalits put ourselves inside our own jail cells, drug addictions, shitty housing, substandard education, lack of proper funding and McJobs, society simultaneously washes its hands of any responsibility for those situations or outcomes, and what those outcomes cost it both in untapped potential and actual hard dollars down the road.

Dalitism is the last bastion of acceptable prejudice. It's acceptable to the poor, who not knowing any better believe what society tells them - that we're unworthy, The Untouchables, creating problems we don't deserve to have solved - and it's acceptable to non-Dalits, who cling to the caste system knowing it's the only cushion anyone has against being One Of Them.

But it takes just one good lump of Miracle Money to solve this problem for most of us, and fortunately, it's always on the way.


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