Boy, I've forgotten that I've had a dreamwidth account. Time to dust it off. Summer has been keeping me busy. If I wasn't working summer school in June through mid July I was spending time with my dogs and my family and catching up on some reading and tv shows. Just a quick update for now. Going to try to poke in a bit more often.
I love the farm. I just love how quiet and peaceful and gorgeous it is.
The adolescent guineas and pheasants in the shed get meal worms as a treat. Meal worms are the BEST, according to them. The internet says that pheasants are wild and won't tame down, but apparently these sites don't know about meal worms. Anyways, today I picked up the bucket where they are stored, and one of the guineas was so excited that she Flew At Me, hit my chest, bounced off and ran away.
Abbie had a couple of good sprints down to the barn and back.
Today I saw:
A hummingbird feeding off the cannas
A Monarch butterfly
A female cardinal
A woodpecker (I just heard this)
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1) This story
is a prime example of why I get so angry when people throw away their right to vote. A common argument is that it makes no difference who is in office, that nothing ever changes. There has never been a clearer example of how untrue that statement is and how downright dangerous
it is to assume that. There is sanity and competence and there are mental disorders and deliberate ignorance. We are clearly living during the latter time. ( Read more... )
2) A bunch of shows have ended or are ending soon. Certainly Orphan Black was the most fan-oriented, though it is Broadchurch I will miss the most as I am ready to declare DI Hardy and DI Miller as one of my favorite teams ever. ( Read more... )
3) Then there was TURN. ( Read more... )
4) I noticed High Rise was on Netflix and as a friend had read the book, I thought I'd give it a try. Wow, what a messy bore. ( Read more... )
5) And people wonder why Hawkeye is on the Avengers team.
What I'm Reading:
Spider Robinson's Mindkiller. One of the reasons I like Robinson's work is that despite some flaws, at it's core, his work skews toward humanism and empathy. Mindkiller originated as the short story "God is an Iron". This is a re-read for me, the first since I originally purchased the book in 1982. Here's hoping it goes well.
What I've Read:
Deadly Virtues (Gabriel Ash and Hazel Best #1)by Jo Bannister. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. First book in a long while that I finished in one day. I am looking forward to reading more in this mystery series feature Hazel Best, a newish cop and Gabriel Ash. I was uncomfortable with the instant dismissal of Gabriel as a reliable source because he is recovering from a deeply traumatic loss, and receiving counselling as a result. This is written so that the reader relates more with Gabriel and views the prejudice against someone with mental health issues as unfair even as Gabriel seems to accept it as reasonable. The writing is excellent, the mystery pretty straight-forward and the characters engaging. I am very intested in following this series. Recommended.
A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah. An odd story, I'm honestly not sure I liked it, but I didn't not like it. I ran hot and cold on it, the entire time I was reading it. One of the weirdest reactions I've had to a book. I ended up giving the book two stars because I was less than enthused on the ending.
The Ashes of Eden and The Return by William Shatner. Capable writing, imaginative plot and true to form for the characters.
Telempath by Spider Robinson. First book by the author. The first third of the novel was originally published as "By Any Other Name", which won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1977 tied with James Tiptree's "Houston, Houson Do You Read?". It's dated and to be honest it was when it was first released. It has Spider's stamp all over it, his unique voice and style,and I am very fond of this book for just that reason.
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King. Classic fantasy. I'd forgotten about Michael Whalen's great artwork.
Rose Madder by Stephen King Rosie McClendon is one of King's rare strong women who is not mentally ill or flat out evil. She is any woman. She suffers, she endures and she adapts and changes. It starts off with an abused woman who finally after fourteen years leaves her abusive cop husband. It's as mainstream a novel as it can be until King introduces a painting - and then things get much more Stephen King-like. I liked it a lot.
The Postman by David Brin. Post apocalyse book set about 15 years after The End. The struggle to survive sets the population of the late great US back to times when life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". In short, everything is really shitty and awful until our hero Gordon comes up with a crazy personal survival plan when he finds a dead postee with his mail truck. Things escalate, and suddenly Norman is trying to save the Willamette Valley from the successors of the survivalist movement.
Captain American vol 2 by Ed Brubaker. Okay, all my knowlege of Capt America is based on Chris Evan's movie version. So this was an experiment and it was really different from what I expected. Pretty though.
I have River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey that I plan on reading next. Probably.
, who will be very understanding when she gets into work this morning and sees that saying "ground beef" and "spaghetti" in combination to me has prompted a 400+ word essay touching on the basics of on my personal theory of what goes into a good red sauce (the various types of meats or lack thereof), how and why why I learned to cook the way I do based on my mother and maternal grandmother's food and personal histories and theories of economizing, food history back into the Roman Empire, and food science. Which I don't go into depth on, because it's early and also it's work email, but still.
Also she has prompted my meal planning for a bastardized primavera sauce for later this week, which is an entirely different
type of pasta sauce. Though it does have mushrooms in it, and parmesan, which will contribute nicely to the umami. (I really can't stop myself.)
(Also it might be time to try another run at that delicious fresh fava bean and parmesan salad
, even though fresh fava beans are a gigantic pain to peel. But it was SO GOOD. I just need to remember to get a loaf of good sourdough or French bread to toast first to soak up the sauce.)
Also she will forgive me for not ending a nested parenthetical properly.
Though she will laugh at me. Probably a lot. (I will deserve it.)
But the nice thing about pasta sauce is that I can cook it gluten-free and she can still come over and eat it ANY TIME. We can have a GF pot and a gluten pot of pasta. Which she knows. This is the joy of pasta. The pots wash and the gluten comes off. It's not like flour, which gets in the nooks and crannies of the KitchenAid and stays EVERYWHERE.
Though I do have a nifty recipe for GF peanut butter cookies from Smitten Kitchen
if we ever want to get together and bake something. I could use a hand mixer or a wooden spoon instead of the KitchenAid. Also you do the GF stuff first, before you get the flour in the air, so that you don't cross-contaminate.
1) I've been posting various recs to recs
, but wanted to single out Stamina
by runawaynun. It's an inspiring vid about female athletes with a really awesome set of notes about all the women in the video.
2) HT to Paula for these book related words
, mostly because I think Angsticipation and Readgret could be used more widely.
3) The legal brief defending John Oliver has a wonderfully fun table of contents
4) Of all the (many) stories of women being discriminated against, I think this one has to take the cake when it comes to the entertainment industry
. And it was simply straight up misogyny, not even cloaked.
5) Some things seem like they ought to be connected to a fandom, even when they aren't. Case in point: "Apocalypse Dreams" by Tame Impala.
Sometimes I forget that I'm actually LGBTQ+.
Not because of any personal experience of acephobia/being ostracized but just because being defined as such always seemed so ... sex-centric? Almost always, I see people defining their "LGBTQ+"-ness via the metric of, "Who am I (sexually) attracted to," and for asexual me, that never helped me connect with the umbrella identity.
A Tale of Two Sisters (6/10) → A bit too slow for my tastes. I didn't like Su-Mi at all and it wasn't nearly as scary as I'd hoped it would be. Though I do like the fact that you end up going, "Oh, shit," when you look back at the rest of the movie after the twist was revealed.
Oculus (7/10) → Very much enjoyed the build-up of the movie but it kinda fell flat for me in the climax; it ... didn't really feel like it had a climax? But the way the past and the future timelines progressively blended together throughout the entire movie was really good. ( Spoilers? )
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Given the state of the world and events in the U.S. in particular, an emergency fluff rec list was called for today. There's a lot of soul-destroying images floating around right now and while these words and sentiments aren't new
, we're all getting it thrown in our faces and need some good stuff to refuel our souls. So I've tossed together a dozen recs for fic, art, and vids that are sweet, fluffy, uplifting, and otherwise happy making. If anyone feels inspired to do something similar - whether it's a happy making collection of your own work or other folks - then this would be an excellent time to do so.
Fandoms below the cut include Avengers, Hawkeye (Matt Fraction run), Spider-Man, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Harry Potter, Yuri on Ice, Leverage, The Martian, the Tumblr phenomenon of Wacky Human Shenanigans in Space, and an short but adorable original fic. ( Recs! )
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