the day before the revolution

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:54 pm
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I really liked this Ursula LeGuin short story, currently available for free as a PDF. I've really been having a lot of trouble concentrating and just focusing, and reading LeGuin reminded me of why I love her work so much. It's not just about the sci-fi/fantasy ideas, which are fun/fine in and of themselves, but also how beautifully she uses and chooses her words. Contemporary sci-fi often seems a little on the overly dry, descriptive, and plain side.

I think this part was my favorite, for what it evokes:


The toes, compressed by a lifetime of cheap shoes, were al-
most square where they touched each other, and bulged out
above in corns; the nails were discolored and shapeless. Be-
tween the knob-like anklebones ran fine, dry wrinkles. The
brief little plain at the base of the toes had kept its delicacy, but
the skin was the color of mud, and knotted veins crossed the
instep. Disgusting. Sad, depressing. Mean. Pitiful. She tried on
all the words, and they all fit, like hideous little hats. Hideous:
yes, that one too. To look at oneself and find it hideous, what
a job!

i can't

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:31 pm
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I just tried watching Mark Zuckerberg's apology video, and sorry, man, I can't. He looks creepy and totally insincere, and like someone who's taken a lot of classes in how to act like a leader, complete with authoritative hand gestures and he's still a complete failure at it.

Defenders drive-by review

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:22 pm
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On a more trivial note (yes, yes, the world is ending, and I'm blogging about telly), I really enjoyed hate-watching Defenders. Which is to say that it was nearly all shit except for the scene where Luke Cage teaches Iron Fist about white privilege. I mean, I can't believe I wasted like 8 hours of my life but in the same way, it made me feel like a better writer because I didn't write it.

spoilers )

Mmmmmm coffee scented candle love

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:57 am
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 Gah!! This candle smells soooo yummy.😍😍 I love it! I haven’t even lit it yet, and it smells amazing.

Of course… that it smells so yum means they’ve totally sold out for now at Bath & Body Works online shop.
 
I also have one now called ‘Hot Cocoa and Cream’ that smells yummy as well, but in a baked brownie way almost. It too is sold out now.  harumph.
 
 
So there will be no stocking up on them for this lady, dang it. ☕ I hope they at least restock a few times before it gets discontinued.  I would totally buy a couple more to save for later.
Honestly, I wish they’d stop discontinuing the scents I love. *lol*
 
When they occasionally do bring back a discontinued one I find it never really smells quite the same though. I’m not sure if it’s a change in ingredients, or in the amount of scent they use the second time round when bringing a scent back. Never quite the same candle though.
 
 
I do still have their yummy Italy Espresso Cafe candle (that came out a year or so back).
It had sold out and then got discontinued (naturally) … and so, even though I love how yummy it smells, I use it very sparingly so I can have it longer.
 
 
I tell you what though.
It’ll be a sad candle day when I finally use up the Italy Espresso candle, but at least I have the Coffee one and Cocoa one to take it’s place now.
 
 
It smells so good.

Food! Glorious Food!

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:11 am
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Celene da Silva and her daughter Sabrina delivering Nestlé products in Fortaleza, Brazil.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.
By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL

Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and OLIVER STRAND
The deal highlights the continued hot streak of artisanal coffee, whose rapid growth and fanatical customer base have continued to draw big business.

Nadine Malouf making kibbe in “Oh My Sweet Land,” written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Dinner Is Served. Don’t Come Hungry.
Set in a real home, an unnamed woman cooks while she relates piercing tales about the horrors in Syria.
By ALEXIS SOLOSKI

SQUARE FEET
The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall
Food halls — typically a mix of local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques — are becoming popular as consumers demand more options.
By JOE GOSE

After a day spent hauling flood-soaked belongings from their home in the Nottingham Forest of Houston, Linda and Jon Fabian sit on their lawn with a few glasses of wine.
Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.
America has never lost so many stoves and pantries at once, but home cooks are intent on finding a way — any way — to make meals.
By KIM SEVERSON

Yotam Ottolenghi on Creating Recipes and His Cookbook ‘Sweet’
For the British chef, author and self-described baking nerd, there is no limit to the number of times you can make a cake in order to get it right.


The world’s best chocolate cake? Maybe so.


Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake
By YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
Recipes: Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake | World’s Best Chocolate Cake

At her home in Tanana, Alaska, Cynthia Erickson and some young volunteers decorate a lemon-blueberry cake from a mix that she jazzes up.
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix


The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”
By JULIA O'MALLEY
Recipe: Mom’s Famous Rum Cake

These zucchini and tomato tartlets with a Cheddar crust, which call for turning up the oven to roast the vegetables, are perfectly timed for autumn’s arrival.
Roasted Summer Vegetables Tucked Into Tartlets


September’s cooler weather means it’s the perfect time to bake with late summer zucchini and tomatoes.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Zucchini and Tomato Tartlets With a Cheddar Crust

CITY KITCHEN
Fresh sardines, are delightful, and well worth knowing. For an extra flourish, it’s fun to cook sardines on large fig leaves.
Canned Are Grand, but Fresh Sardines Are Deliciously Simple


These small fish are healthy, sustainable and easy to grill at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Simple Grilled Sardines

INSIDE THE LIST
Alice Waters
Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine
In her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.
By GREGORY COWLES

Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.


With climate change, jellyfish are booming in the Mediterranean, to the point that researchers say there may be little to do but to live with them.
By JASON HOROWITZ

Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former journalist covering ecological issues, opened NA/NA in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris in 2015.
A Life’s Many Acts Culminate in the Kitchen at NA/NA in Paris
The chef Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former ecological journalist, serves dishes like ganache with black sesame miso to adventurous Parisians.
By MELISSA CLARK

EAT
The Secret to Amazing Mango Kulfi Comes in a Can


Quick mango kulfi.
The idea that fresh is always better is both simple and false.
By TEJAL RAO
Recipe: Quick Mango Kulfi

ON DESSERT
The salt in the chocolate bits is the surprise, and it’s also the great reconciler.
An Ideal Sundae


Like many of life’s great things, ice cream concoctions are best when governed by rules.
By DORIE GREENSPAN
Recipe: Hot Fudge and Salted Chocolate Bits Sundae

Pinot noir grapes ripen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The Oregon Trail
The latest winemakers to settle in the region are bringing new perspectives, fresh energy and heartfelt enthusiasm to the country’s most exciting wine area.
By ERIC ASIMOV

Much of the same ol' same ol'

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:14 pm
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 Life has been doing it’s usual puttering along at it’s zoomie speed. Daily routines and everyday usuals have been the norm for a while.

I find that when days vastly resembled each other I forget to come here and write. To be fair, during the same ol’ same ol’ weeks it probably would seem like someone just went wacky and hit the re-post button over and over if I did. No one wants that.

So I will attempt to catch you all up in my daily ho-hums in this post….

Let’s see (I’ll just skip past the usual household chore rambles for this, shall I):

  • Oh! I can’t recall if I mentioned in older posts or not, but my car is totally paid off now (as of July 14th). So no more monthly car payments for us. Aaron’s car was paid off the year prior, so…  now we just need to figure out the best way to smush the mortgage with out lots of penalties …. smush smush
  • Aaron’s mom was supposed to be over for a two week visit at the beginning of September because she had time scheduled off at work, but caught a nasty flu and couldn’t make it. And so she’ll be over mid October for a weeks visit instead.
  • So far the deer are staying out of the fenced area I made. So I actually have a few tall Canna plants growing in there right now, as well as gladiolus and mini roses!! In a last ditch effort to get ‘something’ to grow a while back (when the fence bits first went up) I had scattered some left over tomato and pepper seeds any where/every where. One pepper seed seems to have germinated next to the big Canna, and has flowers on it. I am staggered. That, to me, is amazingly cool.
  • I seem to have killed off my poor iceland poppy plant. But I think the seeds from it have sprouted in a few spots, so maybe all is not lost?
  • This year has been pretty smokey and miserable outside due to all of the fires around the US and here, and so for once I can honestly say I am looking forward to the rainy days of Fall.

 

  • Inside the house I have been continuing the downsize of useless clutter.
  • It’s going well, although I’ve pretty much given up on the donation place I used to use. They have been a no-show at least four times (Probably more than that, but I am feeling generous). And so now I just post things to the local FB group when I want to get rid of it. More of a hassle, as things take several days (or more) to be gone, and not everyone who says they will show up does. But hey, it get’s the stuff gone sooner than that donation truck, so at this point I’ll take it.
  • We upgraded the TV in the bedroom to a 55″ one.  I’m the only one that really watches TV in the house, so no beaking about how TV’s shouldn’t be in the bedroom because blah blah blah please. Aaron’s not a big TV watching person, period.  We generally don’t watch TV when we are hanging out together, unless we have decided to watch a film, and so there is no intimacy issue there. =P
  • The old TV from our bedroom has been moved to the guestroom now, and the old guestroom TV will be donated some time soon.
  • I’ve also been rearranging most of the rooms in the house. Aaron’s office and the exercise room still need a bit of a reorganize. But the rabbits live down there with him, and we don’t want to really change their space just yet. So that will be left alone for the time being.
  • I’ve been taking various barely used shelves and stands, ones where the sole use seemed to be as a clutter catcher, and tried to find them a more useful spot in the house. If I couldn’t find a spot where they were more than a clutter catcher, then I posted them on the FB group to get rid of.  I also went through the damn clutter piles and got rid of what was just a waste of space.
  • I got a few small profile comfy chairs for the downstairs front room, moved around a couple of the larger comfy chairs so that there is seating in Aaron’s office, and one more place to sit in the upstairs livingroom now. It’s funny, we had lots of shelves/bookcases scattered about the house .. but very few places to actually sit and read. I don’t know what that was about, but it’s been remedied now.
  • I downsized my nail polish collection, and made some local ladies on FB very happy in the process. My collection is now half the size, which is still quite massive. I also went through all of the makeup and passed most of those on to them as well.
  • I’m winding down a bit more on the whole go crazy and decorate everything outside on holidays thing, too. We’re at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, most of the neighbors before us don’t decorate, and so decorating to the nines is just too much for too few views. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ll still do it. The people across the street do enjoy it. But I won’t be going as crazy as I would have if we still lived on a busier road.  I will be going through the boxes of that stuff and getting rid of what ever has not been used in years of holidays (I’m looking at you ‘skinnier me’ halloween costumes.. time to go bye bye.)

 

  • Bongo kitty is still reacting well to the pills that keep him alive. One and a half pills every day. So he may see another couple years through with us. Knock wood. He’s more of a cuddle bug these days. He will play with his toys for a bit, but it wears him out pretty fast, and so he doesn’t bother most times. As the weather changes his joints get a bit more creaky, and so there are some failed jump attempts here and there. We just lift him up to whatever chair he was trying for, and he happily nestles down for a nap.
  • Our lop rabbits have become slobs of sorts. And so they keep us on their toes more than a few times daily as they potty wherever they please and proceed to lay in it if we are not quick enough to catch it. Bunny baths are becoming a regular thing. Cocoa Banana is still a sweet gentleman dwarf bunny, and we have no such troubles with him.

 

  • Since moving here we’ve gotten at least six new families moving into the neighborhood. So far we’ve been lucky and they’ve been pretty nice people (even the bear ignorant ones are nice, they just are not used to living near wildlife yet is all). Just recently a house a few doors down just sold, but we have no idea who has purchased it yet. Fingers crossed it’s more good people.
  • Oh, The people who purchased the empty lot beside us have been visiting there and spending the day there every now and again. Trying to get a feel for the space as they plan their new home setup, I assume. They recently brought their camp trailer and set it up, and so we’re getting a mini preview of what it’ll be like with neighbors there. Still have lots of deer that go through there, even when the new neighbors are hanging out, and so at least for now that isn’t changing.

I can’t think of anything else at the moment to add, and so I best post this. I can always continue on page 2, as it were, if I think of more.

Murder Murder & Manslaughter

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:24 am
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It's hard getting into new music when you're old.

There's various reasons, cultural and perhaps biological, that make it harder to passionately love bands that you hear in your 30s and 40s as much as bands that you encountered in your teens and 20s. I do try to listen to new bands—and support them financially—as much as I can, but I often find that even when I fall in love with a new-to-me band, half the time it turns out they they've been around for 30 years and I'd just never heard of them. I just don't bond with new artists as much as I'd like to.

So when there is a band that's new and hits all of my musical buttons, I get evangelical. I'm gonna do that for a bit. About a year and a half ago, I clicked on a semi-random link (someone complaining about a thing) and accidentally heard a single from a Sudbury band called Murder Murder who described themselves as "bloodgrass" and played nothing but murder ballads.


How do I describe this band beyond that they're a phenomenally talented bluegrass band with a morbid streak as deep as a 19th gold vein on your rival's stake? If your favourite Nick Cave & the Bad Seed albums are Murder Ballads and Kicking Against the Pricks, you think Deadwood was criminally underrated, and you find goth-hipster-cowboy a compelling aesthetic, you will dig them.

One of the things about them is that after hearing all their stuff, I knew that they would be fantastic live. Of course, the main problem is that, in the short time I've been obsessed with them, they have played everywhere but Toronto. They have in the past, but they mainly seem to do folk festivals in towns I've never heard of. I mean, they're big in Sudbury, but that is a bit far to go for a gig.

They finally announced a Toronto show, the launch party for their third album. By the way, their publicity is terrible. It took some actual digging for me to find out things like "when" and "where" and "is this a thing that is happening for sure?" It appeared to only be advertised on FB, with no advance tickets, and some initial uncertainty as to where the venue was. But! Found all that out, dragged my mother, who does not like country music at all but enjoyed this almost as much as I did, and at last got to see them live.

I was nearly as excited for the opening act, based on the description alone. Manslaughter are an all-female collective outlaw band. I would love to link you to their stuff, but this was only their second gig. You can add them on Facebook, though, which has links to all the members' other projects.


manslaughter



They did not disappoint. They're a bit like Neko Case except that there are 4-6 of them (depending on the song/show) and I am in love. Their best song is called "Murder Murder" and is completely adorable and I just hope they release an album soon so that I can play it for you all.

Murder Murder, as predicted, were phenomenal. Intense, rowdy, punk as fuck, and just a joy to listen to. Their new album, which I am currently listening to, is as excellent as their last two. Beyond the novelty concept (which, don't get me wrong, I adore), they are just really, really musically talented. You should check them out so that I do not obsess alone.

murder murder
Crappy cell pictures are a Sabs concert tradition.

Anyway here's their latest single: And have two more for the road, just because they're two of my favourites and they played both last night.



ETA: Why is formatting in DW such bullshit? Can I not just embed videos and move on with my life?
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Rat Film


This documentary-essay about Baltimore reveals its relationship between infestations and economic inequity.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Theo Anthony
Writer Theo Anthony
Stars Theo Anthony, Dan Deacon
Running Time 1h 22m
Genre Documentary

Woodpeckers


José María Cabral’s drama concerns a male and female convict in adjacent penitentiaries who use a sign language — “woodpecking” — in order to connect.
By ANDY WEBSTER
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director José María Cabral
Writer José María Cabral
Stars Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero, Jose Cruz, Gilberto Hernández
Running Time 1h 46m
Genre Drama

Indivisible


In Edoardo De Angelis’s ‘Indivisible,’ Italian twins, their bodies joined, try to go their separate ways.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Edoardo De Angelis
Writers Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Edoardo De Angelis
Stars Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Toni Laudadio, Peppe Servillo
Running Time 1h 40m
Genre Drama

The Future Perfect


A young Chinese immigrant in Buenos Aires picks up more than grammar when she learns Spanish.
By GLENN KENNY

Ex Libris: New York Public Library


In his magnificent documentary, “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the halls where people read, learn and seek a perfect union.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Frederick Wiseman
Running Time 3h 17m
Genre Documentary


-- Of Possible Interest --

Review: Love of Il Maestro Drives ‘In Search of Fellini’


IN SEARCH OF FELLINI
By MONICA CASTILLO
Director Taron Lexton
Writers Nancy Cartwright, Peter Kjenaas
Stars Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, Beth Riesgraf, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Evans
Rating R
Running Time 1h 33m
Genres Adventure, Drama

Celebrities in Sooke

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:10 pm
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 Although I am through and through an introvert… but a curious one, I’ve been following the goings ons from the comfort of car windows and computer screens. Honestly, throw in a dash of being leery about actually meeting the people behind the curtain (to misquote a line from the Wizard of Oz).

Regardless, I still am quite giddy that they are filming a movie here in our little town right at this very moment.

The crews have been set up in the area for a few days now, and have just been quietly filming in various areas in the town core. We’ve even passed their set-ups a few times as we went to get groceries or pet supplies, and it’s all fairly quiet and laid back. No Parker Posey or Ken Jeong sightings for me, but that is to be expected when you prefer holing up at home. XD

I am looking forward to the photo’s others who are more outgoing may share… but Canadians are mostly a polite sort, and so there may not be a whole lot of impromptu star pics being strewn about the internets after this all has wrapped up.

There is a cute spot on the news with Parker Posey being interviewed with an adorable puppers in her arms. She is standing near the Evergreen mall, which is walking distance from our place. –

Actress Parker Posey gushes about Sooke while shooting new film

So that is pretty cool. I love that she usually has her dog with her in the photos I have seen so far. Such a cutie.

#Repost 2 @hximenez ❤️ @itsparkerposey @adenyoung @chrisacole@jtodd_branded @jackietohn @rayabruzzo #elsewherethefilmpic.twitter.com/CuutfUjkeA

I’m not sure when they will be wrapping up the filming, but it’s been pretty neat having them here, even if I am living vicariously through others experiences.

Added Thursday, Sept 14th :

Latest I've heard, now they have moved on to the 17 mile pub heading out of town, so they may be done wandering the streets of Sooke already *lol*

Bears are back in town

Sep. 13th, 2017 01:07 pm
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 Looks like we’ve made it to that time of year again folks. I woke this morning to garbage strewn about the side of the neighbors house, our front lawn, and the next door lot.

It looks like it was out and about raiding the neighbors can at about 3am, and went back and forth with it’s pillages.

 

At around 5am the camera’s show our raccoon babies rooting around in the messes a bit. And not long after that we were waking up for the morning. When I did my usual glance out the window I saw the mess the had left us over night.

I couldn’t stand seeing the mess all over, and so I donned some disposable gloves and grabbed a garbage bag and cleaned up the mess once I’d had a cuppa.

The neighbors, whose garbage it was, were not awake yet. And since it was garbage day, I tried to bundle up everything the best I could. Then I just propped their garbage can and kitchen scrap bucket back up. I threw what I could back into it, and then taped a note to the remaining big bag I had filled saying what had happened so they’d see it when they went outside to bring the trash can to the curb.

Hopefully they will start storing the garbage bags in their garage until garbage day (which is what we do) after this. It’s quite gross cleaning up old decaying trash. bleh

reading list

Sep. 8th, 2017 09:12 pm
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  • Donald Trump Is the First White President, excerpt from Ta-Nehisi Coates' latest book, We Were Eight Years In Power - argues that race trumped everything for his supporters/voters. Whenever I read critiques of Coates, there's always people arguing that he never has solutions. Like, since when does a writer have to be prescriptive? He's a writer describing a problem that few people want to acknowledge, or at least the people who should be confronting it head-on, are too cowardly to. It's not his job to solve racism and white supremacy.
  • What the Rich Won't Tell You, NYT article by Rachel Sherman. Striking how the privileged, whether it's via class/race and/or both, live in denial in order to cope with the large inequalities in their daily lives. That denialism is going to kill all of us.
  • The Drone King, newly discovered short story by Kurt Vonnegut

NYT Critic’s Pick Movies

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:50 am
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Trophy


This thoughtful documentary raises tough questions about big-game hunting and wildlife conservation.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz
Running Time 1h 48m
Genre Documentary

The Unknown Girl


A young doctor struggles with her conscience in this latest film from the Dardenne brothers.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Stars Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella, Christelle Cornil
Running Time 1h 53m
Genres Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Nobody's Watching


An Argentine actor, played by Guillermo Pfening, pins his hopes on a movie career in America.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Julia Solomonoff
Writer Julia Solomonoff
Stars Pascal Yen-Pfister, Elena Roger, Rafael Ferro, Michael Patrick Nicholson, Brian Leider
Running Time 1h 42m
Genre Drama

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