- Finished my two-week employment marking papers for a National Exam for Visual Arts. It was a good experience to gain as an Educator in the field, but not one I'll be repeating any time soon. Way too tedious having to mark the same couple questions over and over for what felt like THOUSANDS of students. Plus it took up the entire first two weeks of summer vacation. So glad I am done! \o/ And now my vacation can truly begin! \o/
- I've been avidly following the SDCC tag on Tumblr since Thursday, and it's amazing seeing so many fandoms converging in one spot. The superstars are all there, the new trailers are out, the fans are delighted like kids at Christmas, and there seems to be so much *JOY* everywhere. It's been such a treat, waking up the past couple days wondering what new delights await. :D
- I also noted (via Tumblr) that in the midst of all the glee, the Supergirl fandom is going through an Actors-related Thing. Which, my sympathies, Supergirl slash fans. More than anything, I know that it's the disrespect and disregard for what you hold dear that hurts. The complicated relationship between Kara and Lena, and their chemistry, was one of the few things to pique my interest in the show. Apparently I have a type. :b As a longtime Super-Luthor shipper from the olden days of Smallville, I feel your pain of loving your ship even when knowing it's never ever gonna be validated or respected by TPTB. It brings back so many memories... *___* Hey, at least they're honest and don't falsely pander and queerbait like some. *side-eyes a certain wolfy show*
- Anyway, speaking of Lena Luthor, and Katie McGrath (who I adore ♥)... I'm thinking of doing some BBC Merlin fanart for this week's drawing challenge at drawesome. We're supposed to draw an object from two different perspectives, and I'm thinking some kind of important artefact, like King Arthur's Excalibur.
There are a *LOT* of Significant Objects in fandom to choose from. Stuff like weapons - Thor's hammer Mjolnir, Cap's Shield, Harry Potter's wand, Wonder Woman's lasso, the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, Wynonna Earp's colt. And then there's vehicles, like Stile's jeep and Dean's Impala, and every sci-fi spaceship ever... *g*
I know exactly why I walk and talk like a machine (24327 words) by terminally_underwhelmed
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Minor or Background Relationship(s), Pre-Harry/Draco - Relationship
Characaters: Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Black Malfoy, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Blaise Zabini, Luna Lovegood, Arthur Weasley, Astoria Greengrass, more like ace-storia amirite, various OCs, Minor Characters
Additional Tags: Epilogue What Epilogue, War Aftermath, Emotional Growth, Bureaucracy, Pre-Slash, Friendship, headcanon dump
Series: Part 1 of Solitaire/Mercenary
They're together when the Dark Lord falls.
Draco is barely aware of his own senses, half-blind and exhausted from months upon months of corrosive fear, and whatever shred of reality is still allotted to him is in his father’s urgent grip on his shoulder and his mother’s hands around his and the way he leans on both of them.
2 1/4 -2 1/2 quarts water (you want 2 quarts left after cooking)
1 cup pearl barley
1/3 cup honey
Put the water and barley in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 min.
While the barley is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white part (the pith). You just want the yellow outer part. Juice the peeled lemons. Put the peels, juice, and honey into a 2 quart pitcher.
When the barley is done cooking, carefully pour the water through a sieve or strainer into the pitcher. Save the barley for other uses! Stir, and chill overnight. Lemony, lightly sweet, and entirely delicious!
Other uses for the barley: use in yogurt in place of granola, make barley and mushrooms (I cut that one down a bit, use 1 onion, 8oz mushrooms, and 2 cups cooked barley), or beef-with-barley soup. It's a great, nutty substitute for rice.
Makes about 2 quarts
1/2 kids approve!
Basically July 19 is just a terrible horrible no good very bad day.
I'm trying to get things done in anticipation of the surgery and whatnot, but it's really hard. Not only is there a lot to do, the bills are starting to come in, and I'm getting really depressed about it. I haven't had enough work so far this year, but even though I suddenly have a bunch of stuff coming in, it's not going to be paid for a while yet. Even with the ACA still hanging on, this country is majorly fucked up about health care costs, and it's pretty easy to go bankrupt even with insurance.
Last night we went to see the documentary Score, about composing music for films, at this teeeny local theatre that was the first art house in Seattle way back in the '60s. I hadn't known it was still in business--it's run by vounteers now, and the lobby is now a restaurant so the actual theatre is about one-tenth the size it used to be. The movie was great--if you have a chance to watch it, you should: there were some really good reminiscences by directors and other composers about some of the legends, and interviews with all kinds of fascinating film composers, plus a glimpse into the process of recording film scores.
My only complaints were one I shared with feochadn, which was that a guy went on and on about King Kong (the first real movie score) being cheesy and stupid, and that the music was the only thing that helped audiences get over the cheesy and stupid, which is utterly, patently false and doesn't understand the audience dynamic at the time the original King Kong was released. And my second gripe was that as they talked about modern scores and unique or avant garde approaches, they interviewed and spent quite a bit of time following the guy who did the utterly forgettable Age of Ultron score instead of spending any time with Henry Jackman, who did the Winter Soldier score, which most people I know still talk about with a certain amount of awe. Especially because I think it would have dovetailed nicely with talking about the "game-changing" soundtrack for the Social Network by Trent Reznor (I'm not one of the people who think it was game-changing, but whatever), and they did talk to Henry Jackman, but only for a microscopically short time. Plus, they didn't list Winter Soldier in his credits, and that was…weird to me. And it's not my own blind prejudice for anything related to Winter Soldier--I've read so many people talking about the amazing things he did with that score, especially regarding the Soldier himself, and it just seems like a huge missed opportunity in the modern section…and instead we got fucking Ultron. I'd defy anyone to remember anything unique or special about the music in that movie. But I still definitely recommend seeing Score if you can, and stay for the credits and James Cameron's dicussion of James Horner's score for Titanic. (It's in a couple cities right now, and rolling around other parts of the country for the next few months--you can find out where on the web site linked above.)
I wish I knew how you find a therapist. I am very lonely and depressed, and there's no one to talk to here, but I just don't know how you go about finding someone you mesh with, and who's competent, and one you can afford (the importance of either can be switched). I mean, I've met some truly shitty people in RL who I find out later are therapists and it's like O.o so the idea of going into this cold doesn't thrill me.
Fandom: DCU, Wonder Woman (2017)
Content Notes: This is a quick one, sketched with pencil. Don't have the time to do a proper watercolour painting job as yet. So in the mean time, I've added some digital tinting in Photoshop, as well as played around with the lighting. I actually like the results. ^___^
Created for the drawesome Weekly Challenge #3: Song Lyric Prompt. Inspired by Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia (Ricochet, you take your aim, fire away...).
( Click here for entire artwork )
Star Trek TNG: "The Price" is such a god-awful episode that when it leaves those two Ferengi in their shuttlecraft stranded in the Delta Quadrant and doesn't bother to tell us what became of them, that's not even the worst of its crimes. (The worst of its crimes is probably what Crusher and Troi wear to do aerobics.) Anyhow, yes, the Ferengi were acting like jerks, but they didn't deserve to die the kind of death that you'd die stranded in a shuttlecraft 30,000 light-years from home. I think either they should reappear as part of the Borg collective, or the Voyager crew should find them.
Due South: More Ray&Ray. Doesn't everyone want more Ray&Ray? Make RayK go to meet a new informant and discover that it's the Bookman.
The Princess Bride 2: the story of how Buttercup wound up being the Dread Pirate Roberts.
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Makes two, because sharing is caring!
2oz vodka (I use Costco Kirkland brand American vodka)
2oz apple vodka (I use Skyy Honeycrisp Apple)
2oz Sour Apple Pucker
2oz cranberry juice cocktail
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and serve.
Can also be served on the rocks, but why?
I really need martini glasses, if only for the pics. :)
- Traditionally, about a third of it was worthless due to sentimentality.
- More recently, another third of it is worthless because capitalism endlessly churns it out in identical shiny plastic pieces.
- When it's bad, there's nothing worse.
- When it's good, it captures the human spirit so well that it brings tears to your eyes.
I was fiddling with the RPF pages on Fanlore, and it occurred to me that certain science fiction fandom practices might also have had an influence on Star Trek RPF, since Star Trek fandom was so indebted to sf fandom. SF fandom had faanfiction, where fans wrote stories about each other (I've never read one, so I don't know what these stories read like). Some pro authors did this too. Recently, I read a short story collection by Philip K. Dick that included a story about Poul Anderson getting kidnapped from a convention by people from the future. On the other hand, these practices may have more in common with self-insertion fic than RPF. I have no data to back this up beyond the plot of Visit to a Weird Planet. Has anyone ever written about this?
"Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places"
Julian is really invested in the state of O'Brien's marriage, to the point of eavesdropping. That's weird, Julian. As is the idea that Kira is now some kind of pseudo-wife, because she's carrying the baby. We're supposed to be concerned that they're developing feelings for each other, but the complete lack of chemistry torpedoes that. (Poor Keiko. She does not have much to do in this episode.)
Ah, Quark's Klingon ex-wife returns. Not really a storyline I needed follow-up to, but I suppose it's interesting, given the hostilities between the Klingons and the Federation. Or, it's interesting for about 10 seconds, and then the rest of the episode is Worf playing Cyrano for Quark, in between moaning about Klingon opera and Klingon mating traditions.
I guess it accomplishes the main goal, which is getting Worf and Dax together.
"...Nor the Battle to the Strong"
It's a good idea to pair Jake with Bashir in a situation where Bashir is practicing medicine on the front lines. Julian was kind of the baby of the adults when the show started, idealistic about "frontier medicine". Now he's aged into some maturity, while Jake is 18 and still learning how to be an adult. One minute he's fantasizing about something terrible happening so he can write an interesting article, and the next minute he has to confront the reality of that situation.
I am circling back to my theme of DS9 being a show where sometimes, there are no good answers. Bashir's decision to go help means putting Jake in mortal danger. Jake judges a man for injuring himself to get out of battle, but then Jake does something equally as bad, if not worse. These are the wages of war.
The episode title is from the Bible. The verse says that sometimes the fastest person doesn't win a race, or the strongest person win a battle. Sometimes it's just chance, and there's nothing you can do about it.
This is a blatant tweak of a recipe at Food52 -- see link. So, I wandered into this blind. I've only had Ethiopian cuisine once, and had thought the spiciness was a quirk of the restaurant rather than something endemic to the dishes themselves. I had no idea what berbere spice was, and had to order it online (Amazon has a jar for about US$3). But the recipe looked simple enough, and even if I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge investment.
Warning: this is hella fucking spicy, like weaponized spice. BUT! It makes the house smell amazing. It's also super delicious and satisfying, and the heat calms down somewhat the next day (the flavors develop more, too! Yum!), but right out of the pan it was right up to the edge of what I could handle. Please note that I live in a highly Latinx area, and routinely eat spicy traditional Mexican dishes and salsas.
Next time I'll probably toss in some carrots and potato chunks.
USE AN OVENPROOF PAN WITH A LID!
Zighini Beef Stew - this is a one-pan dish, but it will take some time: ~2 to 2.5 hours depending on how fast you are at prep
1 lb beef stew meat in 1" cubes (recipe calls for boneless short ribs, but they're expensive, and the regular stew meat was fine)
salt & pepper
olive oil or other neutral cooking oil
1 onion, about the size of a baseball, chopped
3 Tbsp berbere spice (half this if you don't like the super-spicy)
16oz canned tomato sauce
Preheat your oven to 350*. Coat the bottom of a heavy pot with oil and heat over med-high heat on the stovetop.
Season the beef with a little salt and pepper, and brown the beef in small batches in the oil. The browning gives a nice flavor to the stew. Move the browned beef to a bowl, but do not clean out the pan. Reduce the heat to medium.
Add a little more oil if you need to, and put the onion in the pan, scraping up all the tasty stuck bits in the bottom. Saute the onion until it's translucent, about 10 min. Take your time with this, really.
Add the berbere spice and stir. Cook about 1 min. Stir in the beef and it's juices, the tomato sauce, another pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, cover, and place the covered pot in the oven to keep cooking. Cook until the meat is tender and the stew is thick, about 1.5 hours.
NOTE: I needed to cook mine for closer to 2 hours, and it still wasn't what I'd call "thick." This is where personal taste comes in. Check it often, and listen to your gut.
Serves: recipe claims 4, but probably closer to 2 or 3
Sides: I served it with rice. (Bread, mild veggies, plain yogurt, cucumber -- these would also be good)
Drinks: Something cold and fruity! Peach tea or raspberry lemonade
1/1 kid approved, but begged for milk! (1 kid was out of town)
Music: S.O.B by Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats
Summary: A celebration of Dean's four favorite words. And one of his favorite leisure activities...
Notes: This has been a long time coming. Like, two years. And I finally decided to buckle down a couple months ago and do it! So, I did! And now it's here! This premiered this past weekend at the Supernatural Chicago Con and now it has been released into the world! Enjoy!!
Watch it here!
Fandom: MCU (The Avengers / Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Characters: Steve Rogers
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (no plot spoilers). Set about two months after The Avengers.
Notes: My inspiration for this story is a bit spoilery for Homecoming, so I'll put my notes behind the cut.
( Here are the spoilers )
Summary: Next time, Steve Rogers will be more careful when he agrees to lend his name and likeness to a project.
Also on AO3
( Several hours into filming, Steve Rogers had to admit that this job wasn't the worst he'd ever done. )
Those of you who have attended VividCon in the past will recall that our con suite abounds not only with soda, candy, and other store-bought items but with delicious homemade baked goods. We try to provide a wide range of treats to meet as many dietary needs as possible, including vegan, dairy free, gluten free, nut free, and diabetic-friendly options.
For the first decade-plus of the con's history, we had dedicated bakers who supplied all the homemade baked goods. In more recent years, we've relied on a Many Hands Make Light Work approach: several people bake something at home and bring it with them, and together we feed the con!
The con can help defray ingredient costs and toss in one extra copy of the con DVD for each baking team member. The best compensation, of course, will be overhearing people talk about how delicious your contribution is.
If you think you could make a couple of loaves of your favorite vegan banana bread or a double batch of rice krispie treats, chocolate chip bar cookies, or that intriguing gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe you've been meaning to try, please comment on this entry (comments are screened) or email me directly at heresluck at gmail dot com. We'll use a shared Google spreadsheet to coordinate who's bringing what and check that we're accommodating as many dietary restrictions as we can.
Thanks in advance for considering whether you can fit a container of cookies into your luggage! ♥