Aug. 20th, 2014 05:07 pm
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So I was considering making chocolate truffles because I have too much free time and a fair amount of cooking supplies. Only it turns out that I'd be making a batch of like, 15 dozen, so uh, does anyone want homemade truffles?

potential flavors:
--fair warning all the nut ones would probably be made with some form of alcohol
--am willing to take requests if i can figure out how to do a flavor neatly

Ping if interested with requested flavors, I'll probably figure out the 4-6 favorite flavors that will cause me the least pain and suffering and send out like, a dozen to everyone who wants.

Recipe includes condensed milk and butter, so sadly not for my vegan or dairy-free friends.

Wednesday, August 20

Aug. 20th, 2014 11:48 pm
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Aug. 20th, 2014 05:55 pm
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I can't do a book post because I haven't finished anything this week. Um. Oops? I've been too busy watching TV. I am midway through The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum and enjoying it so far, and I'll probably finish it quickly now that I have no more Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries to watch.

On that note, I have no more Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries to watch, because I have watched it all. There are some things about the show that make me *facepalm* a lot (although there seemed to be less of that in S2), but I really adore the characters and their relationships. They're why the show is so fun.

i'm not in the mood to talk about things i don't like, so i am only going to talk about things i do like. )
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If you are following me on Tumblr I am very sorry and am apparently going to continue to have New Avengers feelings over here too. My feels are too vast to be contained merely by reblogging things. Because, see, now I own a copy of NA #23. And a free-with-purchase glow-in-the-dark Original Sin rubber ball shaped like the Watcher's disembodied eye, which upon reflection is rather macabre. Also I am wearing my shiny new "beaten shield" Cap shield, which while I am continuing to reflect on things I have realized is also sad.

I have an embarrassing quantity of Tony Stark feels today. I am very sorry. No, wait. I am kind of embarrassed, but actually not sorry.


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Aug. 20th, 2014 06:31 pm
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Some recently aired shows:

Dallas 3x09
Teen Wolf 4x09
The Fosters 2x10
Under the Dome
Covert Affairs 5x09
Pretty Little Liars 5x11
Rizzoli & Isles

Unfortunately these are shows either don't watch or am a season (or many) behind in.
I still haven't watched Sunday's shows either.

Feel free to talk about any of the current shows you are watching.

Try and keep things non-spoilery unless you want to do spoiler text by turning the text white.

How to do spoiler text on DW:

Use white text. Remember to include beginning/closing brackets and/or other demarcations, so people will know there's a spoiler there, not just a bunch of random white space.

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[Spoiler:your spoilery text]

Possible topics:

Specific episode discussion
General discussion on how this season is going on a particular show.
Just talk about what current shows you've been watching this summer if you'd like.
Do you have any favorites amongst the summer shows that are airing right now?

Oh, and here's a bit of renewal news:

* Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex have been renewed for third seasons.

* Halt and Catch Fire will be getting a second season.

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What, I answered comments instead of starting this report right away, I'm losing steam now. (The sangria's probably worn off, though.)

So today we tramped around Dublin and saw All the Old Things. We started at Trinity College, to see the Book of Kells and the Long Room.

Now, I have been to see these things before, in 1997 with [ profile] rysmiel and possibly also [ profile] papersky. And it might be just my terrible memory (I have a journal from this era, but it's in a format and possibly a location I can't read right now), but what I remember is looking at a couple gospels from the Book of Kells, open to whatever page they decided for that time period, and then looking down the Long Room and saying "yup. Long."

Things have become considerably more informative since then. There is a couple rooms worth of displays before the Book of Kells about the history, what materials were used to make it and what the illustrations meant, the scholarly theories on how many people worked on it, what they did about errors, all kinds of things. My favorite tidbits were two: (1) there's a whole page that was copied twice, which in a remarkable show of restraint is merely marked with red crosses in the margins; and (2) the illustrations sometimes went out of their way to emphasize the Latin meaning "he (Jesus) said", including once drawing a lion, which formed the first two letters, with its paws held to its mouth, which was surprisingly adorable.

Also, because the exhibit blows up all the illustrations so you can see the detail, it's all the more impressive to see the actual thing, which is bigger than a standard hardcover these days but not that much bigger, and all the exquisite artwork is tiny.

The Long Room had a display about Brian Boru which was told with text banners on one side and the most amazing art banners on the other: you can see all of them at the exhibit's webpage, and I highly recommend looking (they're by Cartoon Saloon, a local animation studio). It also had relevant original documents and artifacts as well as other pop-culture things about Brian, like a Mexican comic book.

And, of course, it's a really long room filled with books. And the very narrow ladders needed to reach the top shelves.

(It was very crowded even pretty much first thing on a week-day morning, but with some patience and willingness to maneuver, you can read and see everything. And they send you through the gift shop on the way back out too, not just on the way in, though weirdly I was prepared to buy a big pack of postcards with images from the Book of Kells (I was going to rotate through them with the diptychs from Bath), but the gift shop would only sell me individual ones, and only 7 different ones at that.)

Before we left, we saw workers restoring the cobblestones, which involved re-laying the stones themselves and then pouring asphalt or suchlike around them with what looked all the world like gravy boats.

Then we walked over to Dublin Castle, which I was also at in 1997—I went to the Eurocon, which was held in the convention-center part of the complex. Have some pictures:

On the way: stained glass over the Olympia Theatre

An example of the conglomeration that is Dublin Castle: a medieval tower joined to a more modern building, electricity included.

Two bits of the Royal Chapel (which dates from about 1814): how you did ventilation back then, and child(-like?) faces judging you from the ceiling.

One of a set of cool sand sculptures.

Did I mention, conglomeration?

The accompanying gardens are not very interesting in the center (flat grass laid out in a circle with spiraling brick paths to look nice from above), but in each of the four corners around the circle was something hidden: a memorial, a glass snake, another sculpture, and an overlook with garden and more statuary. It was pretty great.

There was also a free exhibit on the Ulysses Cylinders, which doubtless would have been more meaningful to me if I'd read Ulysses, but the process of making the glass cylinders themselves was pretty neat: a painter sketched designs, glassworkers recreated them in very thin rods of glass, and that glass design was then impressed on the hot unblown glass that would become the cylinders. (This involved a big team of people, none of whom are credited at the opening of the exhibit, but which are mentioned in the second room, which has the details on how it was done.)

After that we had an undistinguished lunch at the first place that appeared to be open (though it was serving drinks but not food for another fifteen minutes), and then we went Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Christ Church was not as interesting to me, and I can't put my finger on why? I mean, both of them have needed heavy repairs over time, and Christ Church has actual crypts, but St. Patrick's must play on some prejudice of mine regarding what "old" looks like. Also, it has better stained glass and is well-supplied with anecdotes about Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there for over thirty years.

I don't have a lot of pictures, because they're dark inside and the cameraphone can't cope with stained glass, alas, but here's a few:

Flying buttresses at Christ Church—I can't remember if this is the side that's 18 inches off plumb? It's incredibly disorienting.

A well-loved cat outside Christ Church.

A rare face on the exterior of St. Patrick's: no gargoyles, no statues, just this little face and, on the window below, two looking inward at the end of the surrounding direction, which are not nearly as prominent (and not in this picture). If anyone knows more, please chime in.

Anyway, we stomped around those, and then we stomped around by the river, and then we came back to the hotel and took a short nap before dinner, being thoroughly stomped-out.

We had tapas at Zaragoza for dinner, which was very tasty and a great value—we were there just before 6:30 and thus got their early bird special, which was a plate of 6 dishes for €17 and which would have been more than enough for just me. Chad & I split one of those and also had a single extra dish, and it was all delicious. (It was often difficult to get a server's attention, but when we did, they were pretty prompt.) Recommended if you're in the area.

Tomorrow, Newgrange and Tara.

sono io la morte e porto corona

Aug. 21st, 2014 01:19 am
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last outdoors show this yesterday, i think, and stars overhead, and girls in flaring skirts dancing around the fire to the danse macabre, and cigarette smoke, and this specific feeling of here-and-now: blink and miss the song. feast in time of plague: good way to begin the week, all in one.

this week's reading wednesday, and off i am to write even more ridiculous fic than the previous one (so. excited.)

finished reading:
falcon by emma bull. a delicate and narratively shameless two-parter about niki falcon, nee glyndwr, a prince in exile turned a dying space pilot. first part is about a failed revolution and court intrigue niki is completely unsuited to deal with; second is about dying just when you've decided you actually want to live. it's a bold book, both in pov and structure choices, it throws away the transition and lets you figure the character progression - happening mostly off-screen - by yourself, and thus builds up unexpectedly and beautifully. i was a bit disappointed by the final reveal because, imho, it wasn't grand enough for all the build-up, but otherwise found no fault with the structure.

(on the side note, niki is a classic hurt/comfort gary stu, in a sense that neither narrative nor any given character would pass a chance to comment on his tragic paleness, tragic addiction, tragic past or tragic pain in frankly pornographic terms - just like i love it, mind - but he's so appealing that you don't actually mind. this is how you do it! for how not to do it, see: fitz. oh, robin hobb).

harpy's flight by megan lindholm (aka robin hobb, early years). speaking of! a lovely, subtly creepy, understated fantasy book about a widowed roma ("romni") woman helping a starving, freezing wanderer, and finding - with his help, but mostly by herself - her way back to her life. two intertwining storylines, fascinating worldbuilding (fantasy with aliens, of sorts), slow and delicate exploration of grief, precious platonic friendship. the characters are likeable, the only people to ominously withold information are creepy fundie cultists, there's no bloat: i'm practically hard-pressed to believe that it's hobb. what happened to her between these books and fool/liveships series, i do not know.

guardians of the galaxy (marvel NOW!) vol. 1-4 by michael bendis and assorted artists - lo and behold, i've dipped my toes into marvel, and mostly came to realize that me and mainstream superhero comics format are not made for each other. i went by the way of least resistance and picked up most self-contained, easy run i could find, but no! every issue starts in media res, ends on a cliffhanger and doesn't continue from the same place, the assorted marvel characters drop in and out with no rhyme or reason (SUDDENLY, x-men! no tony! no captain marvel! no venom! whyyyy), and for a lot of sturm and drang not much actually happened. i vaguely understand that things would've much more sense if i was reading a handful of parallel-timelined marvel issues alongside, but just the idea of it makes my head hurt. me and comics are going to tip each other's hats to each other on tumblr from now.

i've liked individual bits though: gamora and angela's homicidal friendship, tony and peter having awkward culture reference standoff, rocket's disturbing battle cry, peter's daddy issues, groot's everything. if you take things panel by panel, some of them are pretty and/or funny and/or exciting, but the sum total of the story went past me.

currently reading:
the windslingers by megan lindholm: continued adventures of ki and vandien. stalled in the middle because i don't find it as appealing when ki and vandien split up; but i've loved the easy, comfortable settled-in friendship they shared in the beginning, and the way they both obviously progressed from the first book.

the lost steersman by rosemary kirstein - god, i love these books. slow and lovely and so clever - to share the details of worldbuilding is to spoil the best part of the enjoyment, but just watching rowan figure things out, building up from false axioms to correct conclusions, is lovely. there's a scene mid-book where rowan figures out the guarding spell, and it's one of the most viscerally satisfying scenes i've read ever.

plot-wise, rowan and bel are tragically separated by the whole world-saving business (hopefully not for long), and rowan faces the scariest (for me) challenge yet: life in small, gossipy town. give me outskirts and crepy monsters over it every day, all i'm saying.

with that, off to continuing adventures of guardians of the galaxy i go. who would've thought?

Schiarazula marazula
la lusigne, la cracule,
la piciule si niciule
di polvar a si tacule
O schiarazule maraciule
cu la rucule e la cocule
la fantate jè une trapule
il fantat un trapolon.

2 fic + 1 vid rec

Aug. 20th, 2014 02:20 am
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A rec post (I've been meaning to make more for ages) because the alternative is to think/write about all the terrifying things happening around the world right now and I don't want to.

Nightfall (144189 words) by Leletha
Fandom: How to Train Your Dragon (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: Canon-divergent: 20 years after Chief Stoick’s wife and son were lost in a dragon raid, the Vikings of Berk shoot down a Night Fury…and its rider, a feral youth who believes he is a dragon.
Why I loved it: I loved how it portrayed dragon society, how it dealt with Hiccup's identity, I loved the strong strong friendship between Hiccup and Toothless. I loved Astrid here, growing up in a village without Hiccup and learning how to be a leader. There's also plot, Stoick having to face his fears, and Terrible Terrors. I followed this story as a WIP, eagerly awaiting every update and was never disappointed.

Aral Vorkosigan's Dog (76355 words) by Philomytha
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Rape/Non-Con
Summary: Illyan is assigned to watch Aral Vorkosigan during the Escobaran war. Soon he has to choose between his duty and his conscience, and the consequences rapidly get beyond him.
Why I loved it: This is a minor character PoV from a canon adventure; since I didn't know canon all cliffhangers actually worked for me, but other commenters said that it also works if one has read the book. The fic was recced on f_fa when someone requested loyalty kink and it definitely delivered, yum.

Happy, "Cosmos" vid by [ profile] bradcpu
Science! Space! That feeling of wonder and joy at discovery.

In other news, I think I've given up on completing my marvel_bang story on time. I appear to be writing a Tommy Shepherd primer instead (no idea what I'm doing, I've never written a primer before.)

Fug City 2: Rosario Dawson

Aug. 20th, 2014 09:00 pm
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Rosario Dawson at Sin City 2 premiere 
My first reaction was to hate this, and then I thought, “Maybe I’m being crabby,” but you know what? Who cares. I’m crabby, and hate it. Her head just deserves better than what looks like a cheap pleather slip. Especially one where, somehow, the light is still glinting off her belly-button, which itself is FRAMED Read More ...

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Fug or Fab: Jessica Alba

Aug. 20th, 2014 08:00 pm
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Posted by Heather

Jessica Alba at Sin City 2 premiere 
Well, I don’t dislike the shoes, which is good because her footwear taste and I were in a bit of a fight. And she certainly looks pretty, and has on a bracelet. Two nice check marks. But why can’t I muster up any feelings about this? I think it’s because she’s at a premiere of Read More ...


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