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the memory of flesh

Dec. 15th, 2016 | 07:36 pm

I keep accidentally ordering foods and forgetting to ask people to leave out the one small meat part that makes them alterable-to-be-vegetarian on the menu but not actually vegetarian. And then I gamely take a bite because hey, shouldn't waste food. And then I'm reminded again that meat is nowhere near as good as the memory of meat, including the memory expressed in various fake meat products.

Going to need more vital wheat gluten in case of apocalypse -- cannibalism will not be an option.

Strangely I really don't have this problem with fish. Which is funny. I didn't used to even like fish, back when I decided to go vegetarian in 2001.

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urban skills to admire

Jul. 30th, 2015 | 04:51 pm

Space your children far enough apart that when you wheel your baby's stroller up to the steps in the subway station, your little daughter is big enough and competent enough to smoothly pick the baby up out of the stroller and confidently carry them up the steps for you while you wrangle the folding stroller up just behind her. Or I guess you could switch it and take the baby while the kid takes the stroller. Top of the steps, unfold the stroller, put the baby back, proceed on your way, without missing a beat.

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awkward urban truths

Jul. 9th, 2015 | 05:30 pm

[personal profile] ccommack: The PPA works on vampire rules. They only enforce the laws in an area after the district councillor invites them in.

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deaths in fiction

Jun. 14th, 2015 | 03:23 pm

So I read World War Z, The Summer Prince, and The Fault in Our Stars in a short period of time. Lots of similarities among them, the kind you probably wouldn't notice if you didn't read them in close succession like that.

And now I'm wondering what it says about me as a person that I was moved but not crushed by the role of death in The Fault in Our Stars, but I was lying awake haunted by its role in The Summer Prince. So much for being unmemorable as cyberpunk, I guess?

Has anybody else read this book?

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summer reading

Jun. 13th, 2015 | 05:20 pm

If I keep going through ebooks at this rate, it's going to get pretty expensive pretty fast. Although at present I still haven't quite worked through the backlog of books I impulse-downloaded at Wiscon to make sure I would remember to read them.

Today's book was Alaya Dawn Johnson's The Summer Prince, which is set in cyberpunk future Brazil and read sort of like it was written for the same prompt as The Hunger Games. Vague but might be spoilersCollapse ) And nobody is white, and there's a lot more graffiti and capoeira and language and food and color. So really it's not derivative of Hunger Games at all; maybe those themes about stability and equality and change are just the themes that science fiction needs to address right now, techno-future Brazil that is so obviously addressed to today's America. And teenagers are of course destined to save the world, the genre agrees about that one. I enjoyed it a lot, but cyberpunk never quite lingers with me; I'm not sure how much of it I'll remember next week.

The book introduced me to the concept of saudade, which is a particularly Portuguese/Brazilian kind of national longing, or something like that at any rate. I'm probably mangling it. I've previously encountered the Korean concept of han, which is a more Korean type of national sadness/bitterness. (I'm probably mangling that too.) I don't think I've encountered any words for any national sadnesses or longings of my own, but they seem to be a thing outside of mainstream white American culture. Are there others I should know about? Is there some kind of uniquely American sentiment that does fill this role for us somehow? I feel like at the very least there should be something in yiddish about a Jewish kind of sadness, but I don't even know enough to know if there is.

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current DW friending meme

May. 31st, 2015 | 09:55 am

2015 DW friending meme is happening here, hosted by [personal profile] jadelennox.

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anybody at Wiscon?

May. 25th, 2015 | 07:09 am

We're doing a roundsing at Wiscon at 10, probably in the hallway outside the art show unless that ends up being too crowded/annoying.

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idle demographic question

May. 16th, 2015 | 09:40 pm

Is Ingress more male-dominated out in the suburbs, or just these specific suburbs?

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geography poll for the geographically impaired

Apr. 1st, 2015 | 07:17 am



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decaffeinated cocoa powder

Jan. 18th, 2015 | 05:52 pm

Is this a thing? This should totally be a thing. Speaking for my household, we would eat so much more chocolate stuff if this were a thing. And then we would be happier.

A few minutes of internet-searching have turned up a cocoa powder which may or may not have reduced caffeine, a 2013 food science paper about decaffeinating cocoa powder, recommendations for a Hershey's beverage mix they don't make any more, recommendations for other drink mixes like Ovaltine, and lots of horrible people saying to just eat carob or white chocolate.

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word of the day: hebdomad

Jan. 12th, 2015 | 08:02 am

Apparently this is actually a word in English, too — the French aren't just making it up.

(Like triad, but with seven.)
(Don't tell tenrith: they already know too many words.)

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by the by

Nov. 1st, 2014 | 08:44 am

When did everyone start saying "by the by" when they mean "by the way"? I've been seeing and hearing it everywhere in the past couple months. Is this actually a thing in English? Where did it come from? I have this feeling it doesn't actually mean what they think it means.

More importantly, HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP.

η: I looked it up and it's archaic. Why is it coming back? These are not people who would deliberately use archaisms.

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livejournal question

Oct. 19th, 2014 | 04:08 pm

In Livejournal's continued efforts to remove useful functionality streamline its appearance, the LJ default friends page seems to have removed the ability to display text for an <lj-cut>. Does this actually affect people who care about it? Should I be taking care to describe what I'm doing in the text before the cut, instead of relying on cut-text to do it? It wouldn't be hard to do, but Dreamwidth hasn't eliminated the functionality and I kind of like it.

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wedding

Jun. 22nd, 2014 | 04:44 pm

The short version is: everything worked. Our friends are amazing. Our families are amazing. [personal profile] ccommack is amazing. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" is apparently a great tune for Scottish quicktime dancing. This is also amazing, and a thing of rare beauty to see demonstrated. And we seem to be married.

Longer version will probably come at some point.

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this week is surreal

Jun. 19th, 2014 | 06:45 pm

This thing where every time the doorbell rings I think it's my mom coming back but actually it's another delivery guy with another package is very strange. Today's second one was LightningShip. The first one was USPS, I think, but vanished too fast for me to be sure.

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the only advantage of the elliptical machine is I wouldn't have to deal with you...

May. 3rd, 2014 | 11:52 am

I think that was the first time I was running the neighborhood and some asshole actually told me I was doing it wrong and shouldn't be running. WTF. Spent the whole remaining mile fuming witty comebacks I hadn't had a chance to deliver.

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hair

Apr. 17th, 2014 | 05:30 pm

I am twenty-nine-and-a-half years old and never figured out how everyone else does their hair.Collapse )

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win

Apr. 14th, 2014 | 08:56 pm

SEPTA announces the return of all-night Friday-Saturday subway service, commencing mid-June, which I have to say is extremely convenient timing for, um, me.

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apropos of exactly what you would expect

Apr. 12th, 2014 | 09:27 pm



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here we go again

Feb. 18th, 2014 | 05:13 am

...and it's snowing. How is it snowing? Shouldn't we be out of snow by now?
Oh well at least now we have a shovel.

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question for the internet

Feb. 16th, 2014 | 01:35 pm

Please respond before Googling. Not that Googling really helped me...



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It came from Microsoft

Jan. 12th, 2014 | 08:27 am

My big fat Micro$oft wedding... which I am not having.Collapse )

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Actually this went up on Tuesday

Dec. 27th, 2013 | 10:29 am

Silence, by Lydia Waldman

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becoming part of the problem

Oct. 24th, 2013 | 06:48 pm

So we ordered these rings on the internet...



Also there was a long and interesting dinner with our pastor and his boyfriend.

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Random soup factoid

Oct. 5th, 2013 | 08:13 am

Fun fact: if you make cornstarch-thickened egg drop soup and put red cabbage in it, it will start out purple and slowly turn blue if you refrigerate the leftovers. Really strikingly disturbingly hydrangea-blue. Or at least, it happened to our soup made with veggie broth; maybe chicken is more acidic.

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