Huh.

Feb. 21st, 2019 04:30 am
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I was cleaning my glasses and I guess I put too much pressure on the hinge because they just... broke. In a not really reparable way. Happily, I still have my old pair (same prescription) as a backup, but unhappily the reason I had the new pair was that the old pair was pretty scratched up, so I still need to replace them. Ugh.

(Also, reading along what everybody stocks in their pantries. Haven't forgotten to reply!)

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I urgently need to get new containers (jars! jars! more jars!) but I'm also wondering... what sort of staples do other people have? I know what I always have stocked no matter what (smoked paprika, smoked salt, fennel seeds...) but what about everybody else?

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Not the taste, the word. I've seen the original Japanese glossed as "tastiness", "deliciousness" and "pleasant savory taste" (which seems to be what it means in English today anyway) but for some reason I don't often see it glossed as "yumminess", which means about the same thing and has the advantage of sounding intuitively similar.

This irks me a little.

Speaking of umami, I made spinach with raisins and anchovies yesterday. I'd made a test batch of an old bag of random heirloom beans to see if they would cook properly (they did!), so I made this dish with polenta, as suggested, because that was the first recipe to pop up where I had everything in the house already. Except I used smoked salt. And then I made my spinach using a recipe I'm sure I cribbed from the NY Times once, and I'll shove it under this cut: Read more... )
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Gosh, I sure hope nobody has done anything particularly newsworthy! Particularly not something that is going to make me see red!

Boy, bialys sure are delicious, especially when I can eat them secure in the knowledge that absolutely nobody in power is overstepping their authority for silly reasons.

Lemme just take a quick glance....
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I got one half of her nails clipped, and now she thinks her ordeal is over. It's not.

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Except that what I want to do is selectively re-watch Steven Universe. NOT the whole series, just specific episodes, only I don't know which ones. Which would you all pick?

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I think I was burned out on watching TV or something?

As episodes, everything was fairly well-plotted and laid out... well, excluding Steven's sojourn as a watermelon, which was a bit self-indulgent and pointless. Don't get me wrong, I like the watermelons... even the watermelon shark, I guess... but I like them over there. Way over there, that is, not anywhere near the camera.

As the conclusion of a major arc - or, god forbid, the series - it's entirely too rapid, too pat, and too complete.

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and getting smacked in the face with a gratuitous racial/ethnic slur.

Kid's book, public domain, naturally.

This right here is the reason that I almost never recommend books older than myself to people for their kids, and seriously de-emphasized "classic children's literature" with the nieces when they were young. Contemporary kidlit might still be problematic, sometimes very much so, but the author and publisher have usually considered that some of their readers might be put off by being blatantly told that people in whatever group all have whatever bad trait, or seeing certain words bandied about.

Of course, very nearly everybody else who recommends books for kids - including too many teachers and librarians - has a bad tendency to reach into their own childhood memories, and they get really defensive if you say that their cherished favorites just aren't all that. Published booklists are slowly getting better on this front, but personal recommendations really aren't. You'd think children's librarians, at least, would be better about this, but too often I've seen that they really aren't.
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is that three times a day, without fail, I jolt alert because Snowager. I don't think I'm ever going to get over that reflex.

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Also, incidentally, thinking about Ender's Game, some. At one point in the book, Ender breaks the unbeatable computer game by using lateral thinking and a surprising, even for Battle School, penchant for utterly unnecessary viciousness. Nobody had ever done this before or since, and unlike real world games this one doesn't merely glitch out, it ascends to a higher plane.

Back to Zelda, here's a YouTube video of somebody who has very determinedly gotten to Zora Domain without meeting the Zora prince - the devs anticipated that somebody might try this, and adapted the dialog to account for this improbable feat.

There are videos of people luring Hinoxes, not found near water, all the way out to water to see if they can swim (yes), of dragging Cuccos around so that monsters get swarmed by flocks, and of luring Bokoblins into disturbing maze traps. (Some of the people on the last group belong on some sort of watchlist, I swear.) People have patiently induced Guardians to fight Lynels, snuck weapons into a weaponless challenge, and generally done everything they could to break this game, as I'm sure they habitually try to break all games they play.

There is a lot you can say about Ender's Game, much of it critical. I think, however, that the most important takeaway here is that OSC clearly didn't know the sort of people who played video games.
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Fandom for Robots

I kept bracing myself for an unhappy ending, or at least an unhappy middle, but it never happened, so yay!
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Apparently there isn't any school today? I was not expecting that.

On the subject of school, only one more month-ish until we know where Eva goes next year!

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though I recognize that's a silly term for a still seasonably cold day. But I could wear my jacket instead of my coat, and I like this new jacket a bit more.

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Woman Found Kitten with Very Large Eyes on Her Porch and Discovered How Special He is

And on that note, glancing over the two used hypermobility scales I score approximately zip on one and on the other one I score "yes, I can touch my heel to my butt, can't everybody?"

Now, various members of my family are soon seeing various specialists for various conditions that can be related, and they've dutifully agreed not to roll their eyes too much when they bring it up as a just-in-case, but....
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Even telling them what I really think wasn't all that fun.

No, I will not be donating $2,700 every month to you, Donald freaking Trump.
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What are your favorite combinations of fruit to go in them? Best to avoid pineapple - some of us can't eat it (something I keep on forgetting because I, for one, love pineapple.)
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Mostly Jenn's game because I'm scared of Guardians. And Lynels. Spent a good portion of today running around parts of Hyrule she hadn't fully explored finding Koroks for her and taking pictures of all sorts of things to go into the Compendium. (I could tell she hadn't fully explored them because there were pretty much no Korok symbols on her map in those areas.) Bumped into some Bokoblins on bears. You stasis the Bokos, get them off the bears, but are the bears grateful for the rescue? No, of course not, they run up and attack you anyway!

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because, after all, I can just shove whatever I'm keeping on the porch.

Better do it fast - next week we're back in the 50s. Despite what you may have heard, the polar vortex is probably worsened by climate change, so it's hardly surprising that we'll be in unseasonably warm weather again.
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Scavenger's paw got totally ruined by blue therapy putty - which, by the way, is the best thing ever - so Eva gave him a transplant. She cut the leg off a toy Dalmatian she doesn't like and replaced it. She does some nice stitching!

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And for the life of me I can't remember a single detail. I'll have to re-read them sooner or later, I suppose.

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Not as bad as it was, but still.

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Do you know how easy it is to go jumping right off the deep end into medical paranoia?

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I haven't had a case of hives in ages - I think the last one came after I carried a cold bottle of soda home a year ago, but I think I haven't had any others since then. I don't know why hiveyness comes and goes, but I'm sure not complaining. (I mean, my best hypothesis is "stress", but if that's so then this week I should be itching up a storm and I'm definitely not. One of these years I'll take the time to have a professional medical person figure it out.)

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1. When I was a child, my knee used to lock up sometimes if I had my leg bent. I couldn't open it, and it felt like it had slid out of joint. I still get twitchy if I have to crouch down for more than a few seconds. The last such incident probably occurred in my 20s.

2. I've always had weak ankles, prone to twisting.

3. A few years ago I sat down in the Bronx Zoo and when I stood up again I popped my hip, causing periodic recurring pain and aches - notably this week, where even sitting still on the bus was too much.

4. My sister used to be able to clasp her hands behind her back and bring them above her head to her front without letting go.

5. Yesterday I witnessed my mother casually bringing her foot up to her face to demonstrate that she could. She does that periodically, and at this point I suddenly put together points 1 - 4 and realized - THIS IS ALL HER FAULT! She's got some sort of freaky hypermobility genes, and she passed them on to us, and she and Jenn got the fun parts* while all I got were the twisted ankles and the hip pain! That's utterly unfair, and I told her so right then and there, too. I got completely cheated somewhere.

Edit: I'd forgotten, but well into my teens I used to enjoy sitting with my legs in a W because it was fun, and likewise I can still catch my foot in my hand behind my back while leaning over. (Though not right now, because my hip is owie.)

* Jenn's flexibility isn't all fun and games, but I'm fairly certain that our mother hasn't suffered one day over this. She doesn't even appear to have any arthritis, and I know that runs in her family.
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Literally nothing has gone right this past week, it seems.

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I'm deeply curious as to whether or not you're familiar with veggie misters in the produce section. (Do click over to read the comments/answer the poll, at least.)

On a related grocery + environmentalism note, in NYC dairy products in grocery stores are most often sold from open refrigerated sections. I sometimes wonder why they don't all have doors or, as some stores do, clear plastic flaps to keep some of the cool in. Wouldn't that save the store money in the long run? (Our store used to, when I was a kid, sell all the eggs and milk from a refrigerated room. Brr! It was good to go in there on a very hot day, just stand there for a while.)
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If I come in from a walk with him, he'll go upstairs without waiting for me, when he got tired snuggling with me earlier today he went up to my bed, that sort of thing.

This is a huge step that's literally a year and a half in development. Simply enormous!

What a good doggie he is!

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It is blue. I didn't even know they came in colors!

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Which yay! but it turned out it was the Broadway Newsies not the movie Newsies.

After watching it, I don't think I like it as much, though admittedly it has been quite a while since I've seen the original full-out. I should do that so I can compare properly.

(Also, historical note, while fictional characters who happen to be involved in based-on-a-true stories is one thing, I'm really uncomfortable with fictional characters who have real world parents/families. I didn't know until last night that I felt this way, but now I do! If we can prove a certain person didn't exist, they shouldn't be there.)

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He'd be 75. It's been just about a quarter century since he died, and I still miss him, though it's probably just as well he's not around to see the current geopolitical clusterfuck.
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Happily, they have a single makeup on the 15th. Wagner is pretty far down on our list, being a big school, but it's fairly well regarded on the Island so we'll try to make it out there next week. I don't know why taking two buses seems like such a great hardship compared to taking a bus AND a boat AND a train or more for the same amount of time, but it does.

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that I really, really, really need all my sleep?

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Specifically, she was rescuing Yunobo. That is one catchy tune!

But very noticeable and not entirely like the rest of the atmospheric background music I've heard in this game. As we came around to the gongs* again, I asked "So... what's up with this music?"

Jenn: It's abandoned mine music.
Me: That explains it.
Eva: I love how you're pretending that makes sense.
Me: What are you talking about? I'm not pretending.

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Anyway, then she went and helped build Tarrytown for a while, fetching lots of people (all with names ending in -son...) and wood and organizing a wedding. Because this is the important thing to do. The big boss will just spin his wheels while you do all the petty side quests, right? Definitely won't take over the world until you get there, because he just has to see the look on your face! (Besides, that wouldn't be playing fair, now would it?)

* Bells? Deep chimes? Not sure what to call it, honestly.
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This is a great relief. Previously, whenever her horse died she'd immediately kill herself before the game could save. Now she doesn't have to do that anymore! (No joke, once when she stranded a horse in a valley she spent ages trying to figure a way to rescue it. She was really upset! Eventually we googled and found out that stables will automatically retrieve a living horse no matter what dire peril you left it in. Truly, they're the real heroes of this game.)

Anyway, in order to show off the horse god's prowess she immediately set a horse on fire. Because she can do that now. No regrets!

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