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([personal profile] graycardinal Mar. 19th, 2017 11:06 pm)
 I  had originally planned to see Skull Island today, but matinee showtimes worked out to make Beauty & the Beast a better fit. (I definitely recommend the new version, but this is not that post.)

No, this is the post about the trip home again on the bus, and the trio of teenagers who occupied  the seats across from  mine. There were two girls, one with dark hair and washed-to-almost-white denim jeans, the other not quite blonde with a black skirt  and top plus white sweater.  Their companion was a young man with neatly waved wheaten hair and pale grey jeans. All in all, not quite clean-cut enough to be Mormons on mission, but considerably more tame of dress than one tends to see in the weekend bus-riding teen population out here in the burbs....

...except that one of them was carrying  a small rectangular shopping bag clearly labeled and striped as coming from...

...wait for  it...

Victoria's Secret.

And it wasn't either of the girls.

And what I realized only just now: there is no Victoria's Secret  in the shopping center where we all boarded that bus.

Clearly there's a story here, but I am not at all sure what it is.
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([staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm)
Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses p.dreamwidth.org.

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...
Not because I'm upset at anyone, and not because of any negativity in any recent online conversations, but because occasionally people get kind of weird about my cooking abilities. I brought bread to work and got several surprised comments from the newbies in my department about my being able to bake and how early I learned how to cook.

Just because I learned to cook and bake from my Mom the ex-hippie (who learned from my Grandmother the ex-farm girl who grew up in the rural wilds of the Midwest during the Great Depression) when I was in the young single digits doesn't mean I think ANY LESS of anyone learning to cook or bake at twenty, thirty, or seventy. Or who never learned to cook or bake. Or who never wanted or cared to.

Or anyone who uses boxed brownie mix instead of busting out the Dutch process cocoa or painstakingly chopping baking chocolate. (So do I sometimes!)

Or anyone who orders Blue Apron or some other meal service and cooks with prepackaged ingredients and directions. (That's what it's there for!)

Or who's getting a list of ingredients and learning to cook on their own via YouTube or with a cheap cookbook. (Good for you! I'm impressed!)

Or who buys a bag of tasty-looking sauce and dumps it in a slow cooker with a hunk of meat that was on sale at the store. (That's what they sell it for. Go for it!)

Or who nukes a frozen dinner in the microwave. (Microwaves are useful.) Or slaps some peanut butter and jelly on two slices of bread. (PB&J is a staple in many places for a reason.)

Or who just calls for carryout and/or opens a bag of chips for dinner. (I've done it. Some days we all do it.)

Or whatever works for you.

I enjoy cooking and baking, and feeding other people is my way of sharing something I derive pleasure from. It's a creative art that's meant to be shared with as many people as possible, and cooking and baking things from (some variety of) scratch* is what I've decided works best and is most healthy for me and my family.

But that's me.

You make the choice that's best for you, based on your history and your current needs! I'm perfectly happy for you to do that! My talking about what I like for me is not a judgment upon your decisions. :)



*I mean, let's be realistic, I'm not a professional chef who stands around and gets paid to do this sort of thing, I'm a full time working and commuting woman who doesn't pay someone to clean her house, tutor her child, or do her laundry, and who would also like to have hobbies and a social life. I don't have fucking time to painstakingly process and peel tomatoes for 100%-from-scratch pasta sauce or to make clam chowder with actual clams that need to be cooked and shucked (those being the last two dishes I made), or stir, stir, stir, STIR the risotto (it's a holiday dish for a reason) because I don't have an extra ten hours in my day, and, let's face it, if I did, I'd probably spend at least 80% of it reading or dancing or writing, not cooking or getting shit done around the house.
Did you ever watch Forever Knight, the tale of an 800 year old vampire police detective seeking redemption for his previous sins and looking to regain his lost humanity?

If you haven't, and you've enjoyed all those angsty vampire stories that have shown up in the media since the 90s, what's stopping you? You can join the fun and the fandom, to watch along with the, okay, kind of over the top plots at times and 90s special effects, but also the top notch historical research and costuming, alongside breathtaking characterization and the kind of acting that made any flaws fall to the side as we watched these actors sell every. single. moment.

Do you like stories of excessively Catholic former Crusaders and those around them? How about 1100 year old French women with a soft spot for the downtrodden of the world, but who will never admit it?

Or terrifyingly vulnerable mortal coroners who stand up to vampires that can break them like toothpicks?

How about human cops that doggedly and ruggedly solve crimes in a slightly less fashionable yet no less goodhearted way than the aforementioned nigh-invulnerable protagonist? There are many of them of varied ranks and backgrounds, some of whome have wives and children at home, one who has a husband and child, and others of whom have Daddy issues like you wouldn't believe. All are wonderful and just as good - if not better - at their jobs than the aforementioned former Crusader, who loves to be around these people who put themselves in harm's way and don't have his advantages.

How about 2000 year old Roman generals who creep and stalk on their objects of obsession for their own good? (He promises, and you wouldn't distrust a Roman patrician, would you?)

Or 500 year old ex-Conquistadors who, uh, maybe have a thing for adorble blonde cops with Daddy issues? (Also adorable blondes in general. This is the fandom that had a pairing name for every possible permutation of pairings, after all, and fans of every single character. We love them all, and we love our fellow fans.)

Or even a whole host of secondary characters, many of whom ended up on the Stargates, in a richly populated world of Canadian television filmed in Toronto and actually set in Canada, for once! No generically-named "Seacouver" for this show.

Would you like to revisit that lost era of 90s television? (You would, wouldn't you?)

You too can be a part of this fandom, if you would like follow the link to provide either art or fiction based on a slate of prompts you sign up to receive. Your mod, [personal profile] brightknightie, spends plenty of time hand-matching participants and eagerly awaits your response to her invitation to join her in fictional, vampire cop-themed 1990s Toronto.

You could do so if you sign up for [community profile] fkficfest! The 2017 Rules and Sign-ups Post: "You will watch life begin, and end, and begin anew."
Daylight savings is why it's taken me four days to write this post. Ugh. I haven't been posting much because I've been ridiculously busy with work, parenting, gaming, belly dance, and other hobbies. But mostly work and parenting.

Also I got the kidlet's cold this weekend, right in time for Daylight Savings Time, so my circadian rhythms have been fucked on top of me being exhausted from illness. Goddamn, I'm tired. Which makes me glad I'm prepping to step down from my LARP ST unpaid job, because the paid work is exhausting enough as it is.

There's also this absolutely fascinating story by Martin Schneider about the time he switched names with a female co-worker for a couple of weeks and what happened, as well as the counterpart story from Nicole Hallberg, the woman he switched names with. It's like my entire professional and hobbyist experience distilled down into two blog stories. I've been trying to figure out how to talk about it and-- I mean, I just can't. Not right now.

Well. Not in an unlocked post, anyway. If you're over here from Facebook and you know me from gaming, and you want to hear most of my gaming thoughts, create a Dreamwidth account and drop me a line so I know who you are. I'll give you access to the locked post I'm going to make on the matter. There are ways to set it up so you can just get an email when I post about gaming stuff. That way you don't have to see all the personal cruft.

So I hear tell The Vampire Diaries ended. Which does not make me sad, because it's well past time. It stopped being a show about Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline a long while ago, and I wasn't interested in a show about Stefan and Damon and their unending struggle to maintain their brotherly relationship. The Vampire Diaries, for me, was always about the women and their friendship.

I am...not talking about politics. Fuck me, I'm not talking about politics. Mostly because of the unendingly nauseated feeling I get when I think about them these days. Good grief.

If you would like to get a slightly more distanced view of politics, you can read about archaeology:
Slaughter at the bridge: Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle. Apparently this era marks a huge turning point in the social organization of Europe and the battle is one of the first pieces of hard physical evidence of that. There's also a fascinating story of a Bronze Age inferno in the UK that's giving archaeologists fits of glee because of the information they're going to get out of it.)

Also, it's killer research for Highlander fanfic. (One of the chief draws of Highlander fanfic in the 90s was the amazing research that was done on the historical side of things. That hasn't changed for me.)

In further evidence that scientists have terrible senses of humor, archaeologists have found evidence of the elusive Higgs bison. Yes, the Higgs bison. Oh, scientists.
Either tomorrow after work or Thursday after work, I will be getting a new phone, as the Telus loyalty department have offered me a fantabulous deal, and only just in time. The bloody phone only just started getting wonky, but I'm sure it will affect my trade-in credit.

I have already ordered a new Otterbox Defender case from Amazon.ca, as it was about $20 to $25 cheaper there than at any other Canadian supplier. However, I made a terrible discovery today, thanks to a geeky guy at work. You can get "skins" which are basically decals you put on top of your Otterbox, and they are designed to fit over top of your heavy-duty case. You can get Captain America skins, people! I am not made of money, but I'm not made of stone, either.

Sadly, the coolest designs at Zazzle are all for the Otterbox Symmetry case, not the Otterbox Defender. I am a butterfingers. I need the bloody Defender case, as the Symmetry is much more fragile. It just has really fucking cool art.

But the skins available for the Defender are pretty decent. Please tell me, which of these 2 skins do I want decorating my phone? Bearing in mind that I only have 1 phone, and therefore can only pick 1.

1. the classic heroic Cap pose

OR

2. the shield, distressed

Edited to add: and we have 4 votes in favour of the distressed shield, to 0 against. I'm ordering the shield.
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([personal profile] raincitygirl Mar. 11th, 2017 10:54 am)
North American folks, please don't forget the clocks go forward TONIGHT!

And I started my period this morning. I'm 40 and have never had the slightest use for my uterus or ovaries, so why do i have periods? And more importantly, how many sleeps until menopause? Don't get me wrong, I hear menopause is horrible, but I know several post-menopausal women who think being post-menopausal is the best thing ever.

I have 2 links to share. First up is Homeopathic A&E by a British comedy duo called Mitchell & Webb. I must investigate Mitchell & Webb further. Um, if you are a big believer in homeopathy, probably DON'T watch the video. I'm not a believer, so I thought it was hilarious rather than offensive.

A really fascinating and well-written article (link stolen from someone on my f-list/dwircle, I don't remember who. If you comment, I'll give you credit) about Farscape in general and Aeryn Sun's feminist journey in particular. And the best part is the interview features a NEW interview with Claudia Black, who played Aeryn. The show ended over a decade ago, so the old interviews with the actors and other creative types have all been picked over long ago. But somehow a reporter convinced Ms. Black to revisit Aeryn.

Apparently Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now 20 years old. Fuck it, I'm suddenly feeling ancient! But then [personal profile] musesfool pointed out that Bucky Barnes turned 100 years old yesterday, and suddenly I feel youthful.
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([personal profile] raincitygirl Mar. 10th, 2017 06:29 am)
I hate my insomnia. I woke up around 2 am, and got back to sleep, but then woke up again around 3 am, and couldn't get back to sleep then. Grrrrrr. The alarm is going to go off in 3 minutes, I've been up (but not lively or energetic) for hours, and all I want to do is go back to sleep.

I got to skip-40 on my f-list and dwircle, and then went, "Fuck it," because I have barely glanced at LJ/DW for about 7 weeks, and I don't think I can catch up.

I have John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers' For the Beauty of the Earth stuck in my head, and have for 4 days. As ear worms go, it's very pleasant and soothing, but after 4 days, it's starting to pall. The YouTube video I linked to seems to have been posted by someone who is...intensely Christian. Just ignore the comments below the video and focus on the beautiful music, if that's not your scene.

Where the FUCK am I going to find a diabetic-friendly Easter bunny (or egg) for my godson? The only website I found is based out of Ohio, and charges about the bunny's weight in gold for cross-border shipping. Does Ohio have a lot of diabetics or something? Why Ohio? Inquiring minds want to know.

Justice Robin Camp has resigned from the judiciary, oh happy day, halloo hallay. The judicial council had already ruled that he had to be removed, so it was a last-ditch resignation, probably to save his pension, as opposed to him "doing the decent thing." I am agreeably surprised. I was pretty sure the old boys club would hang together and find a way not to remove him, despite his horrible misconduct and apparent gross lack of knowledge of the actual laws on sexual assault in his own jurisdiction leading to a rapist being acquitted. The judicial council of Canada virtually NEVER recommends that judges be fired, to my knowledge.

Of course, it's like a game of Whack a Mole. Robin Camp is forced to resign in Alberta, but oh look, in Nova Scotia, another judge similar to EX-Justice Camp has popped up. According to Justice Gregory Lenehan, if there's any possibility that a woman who's passed out from drinking MIGHT just possibly have consented to sex prior to losing consciousness, the guy assaulting her can't possibly be convicted. I'm paraphrasing, and possibly hyperbolizing (is that even a word?) but just read the fucking newspaper article, and you'll see that I'm not paraphrasing nearly as much as I wish I were.

I'm sorry, I'm not being very coherent, between the blind rage and the lack of sleep. And now the alarm HAS gone off, so I guess I should get dressed and go to the bloody office. It's fucking fiscal year end (forgive my language, but I love alliteration) on March 31, and March 31 is coming up FAST. I have a hot stone massage booked for April 8. I'll need it by then.
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([personal profile] raincitygirl Mar. 9th, 2017 06:09 pm)
So, say you wanted to send someone in the UK a very special gift. VERY special, and you know they like good chocolate when they can get it. Would you go with Leonidas or Hotel Chocolat?

Amazon UK has a 500 gram box of Leonidas chocolates for 23.95 plus free delivery. It contains 30 chocolates. Alternately, Hotel Chocolat has a 350 gram box containing 27 chocolates for 22.50 plus 3.95 delivery, so 26.45 for the box. Given that the Hotel Chocolat "sleekster" box only has 3 fewer chocolates in it than the Leonidas "ballotin" box, I'm guessing that there's a lot more packaging weighing down the Leonidas box. Yes, I agree that sleekster and ballotin are pretentious words to describe boxes, but I live with it.

Yes, all the above is in pounds, not Canadian dollars. Yes, it's very fucking expensive, but it's also a very special occasion. Would you go with Leonidas or Hotel Chocolat?
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