EARWORM

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:47 am
scaramouche: Aja from Jem and the Holograms (aja)
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I watched Disney Descendants 2 over the weekend, and although on the whole I found it meh with a handful of bright spots, this song is now stuck in my head because the chorus is all PUMPED UP YASSSS LET'S GO PUNCH SOME PEOPLE



Basically, good workout music. :D

The actual choreography is a little awkward in places but it's really the attitudes of the actors that sell it at all. China Anne McLain is SUCH a joy, and such perfect foil for Dove Cameron that I almost wouldn't have thought it possible after Dove's heavy lifting in the first Descendants. (Although, why do they make Dove and Sofia do action/dance sequences in such chunky heels??? At least Dianne gets flats.)

Also I.... probably shouldn't find Harry menacing Ben to be as hot as I do. >.>
scaramouche: Marty McFly from Back to the Future (bttf: marty and the clocktower)
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The fourth collection of IDW's Back to the Future comicbook series, and a great return to form. Where the previous two issues had big adventures with potentially destructive time continuum consequences, this one's a relatively quiet story about Marty's headspace, and explores that paradox first introduced in the first film -- if Marty has arrived in a changed 1985 where his parents are rich and have a great relationship, is he in fact displacing an "other" Marty for whom this 1985 is normal?

This comic doesn't try to fully explain away paradox, which is good, because there is no way you can. BttF's idea of time travel is plot-elastic, and that's fine. Instead it explores the characters' headspaces regarding it -- mainly Marty's (oh my heart), with Doc, Jennifer and George giving in their two cents. It's such a wonderful, self-reflective and occasionally heartwrenching story where Marty struggles with the realization that he may have usurped another Marty's place in the universe, i.e. that our Marty might be the "wrong one". THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF.

Marty and George talking about theoretical alternate timelines. )

Marty's nightmare about Other Marty coming to take back his rightful place. )

Basically this volume cuts down to the emotional core of Marty McFly -- he talks a big game but he's a dork with insecurities and it's not like he was all that assured of his place in the world BEFORE he started time-travelling. I forgot to mention that the first story in the collection is a flashback thing of how Marty and Needles met, which was another bit that had my heart swelling three sizes because Marty's a Good Kid, y'all. Doc isn't as critical a part to this story but he's right there to give Marty the support he needs plus to remind him that hey, he isn't alone in having questions in feeling out of step in the new timeline.

Plus there's also this bit, more easy dialogue between Marty and Doc which I was really missing in the last collection:

It's not exactly banter... )

Good stuff, I'm most pleased.
dorothy1901: Gilda: Put the blame on Mame (Default)
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The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world (first launched in 1797), has been restored. There's a pretty interesting article on the restoration in today's Boston Globe, with photographs and diagrams. (So that's where the orlop deck is!)

Link: A look inside the USS Constitution’s restoration. (Note: the Boston Globe has a paywall, but I believe that non-subscribers can read up to five articles for free.)

Drink Recipe: Barley Twilsley

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:23 pm
taselby: (Manjuice (tall))
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This is a refreshing, nutritious, non-alcoholic drink that's a favorite of my daughter and me. I have a pitcher in my refrigerator right now!

Barley Twilsley

2 1/4 -2 1/2 quarts water (you want 2 quarts left after cooking)
1 cup pearl barley
3 lemons
1/3 cup honey

Put the water and barley in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 min.

While the barley is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white part (the pith). You just want the yellow outer part. Juice the peeled lemons. Put the peels, juice, and honey into a 2 quart pitcher.

When the barley is done cooking, carefully pour the water through a sieve or strainer into the pitcher. Save the barley for other uses! Stir, and chill overnight. Lemony, lightly sweet, and entirely delicious!

Other uses for the barley: use in yogurt in place of granola, make barley and mushrooms (I cut that one down a bit, use 1 onion, 8oz mushrooms, and 2 cups cooked barley), or beef-with-barley soup. It's a great, nutty substitute for rice.

Makes about 2 quarts

1/2 kids approve!

Drabble!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:00 pm
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
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Because it's not a fandom until there's a Highlander crossover...

This is 17776, aka something with some kinda cool space stuff, and absolutely terrible worldbuilding I cannot even express. I was mostly bored by the football stuff, although there were occassional interesting bits to me. But oh my god, guys, the worldbuilding, it burns us, precious. Hey, authors, just a thought, but when you have to lampshade twice how bad the worldbuilding is, maybe you should possibly just revise the thing instead?

Anyway, here's a drabble.


Double Drabble: .Who Wants To Live Forever? (200 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Highlander: The Series, 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future - Jon Bois
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Pioneer 9, Pioneer 10, Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Flash Fic, Crossover, Fusion, Post-The Gathering, 17776's a+++ worldbuilding
Summary:

The Game ends in 2026.

seeking The Martian canon help!

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:42 pm
lannamichaels: Astronaut Dale Gardner holds up For Sale sign after EVA. (Default)
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So I was trying to work out how to make a crack crossover work and I realized I am very not-clear on a vital aspect of The Martian canon. That is: how many surface-to-orbit vessels are there, and how do they work?

The Ares crew took some kind of lander down to the planet, which remained there(?), since Mark uses the jet fuel to make water, yes? He's all happy that Martinez piloted them so well, there's still stuff left. And they took the MAV back to the Hermes, and the MAV had been pre-sent so it could charge itself.

However, the original lander is not good enough for getting back to orbit, since Mark has to go to the other MAV. But is he going there since that would be a good place to meet up with the next mission, or is he going there because there'd be no way for him to go up from his site to meet up with the rest of the new crew on the Hermes? Can the original lander not "charge itself" like the MAVs can? I do not remember if they took it apart to make the Habs/the rovers/anything else, so it's possible it's not even in the correct form to be useful for that purpose anymore.

Anyone remember this off hand? Am I doomed to a deep-dive canon review over this? Basically what I want to be able to do is have Ares 3 go up to the Hermes, wait a couple days, then take the MAV, or something else, down to the planet again.

Drink Recipe: Cranapple Martini

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:01 am
taselby: (Food: apple)
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If Snow White's stepmother had offered me this, I'd be a goner. This makes a lovely, sweet-tart, rose colored martini. A personal favorite.

[hopefully a pic will go here]

Cranapple Martini

Makes two, because sharing is caring!

2oz vodka (I use Costco Kirkland brand American vodka)
2oz apple vodka (I use Skyy Honeycrisp Apple)
2oz Sour Apple Pucker
2oz cranberry juice cocktail

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and serve.
Can also be served on the rocks, but why?

I really need martini glasses, if only for the pics. :)
taselby: (Food: pomegranate)
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link to original recipe at Food52

This is a blatant tweak of a recipe at Food52 -- see link. So, I wandered into this blind. I've only had Ethiopian cuisine once, and had thought the spiciness was a quirk of the restaurant rather than something endemic to the dishes themselves. I had no idea what berbere spice was, and had to order it online (Amazon has a jar for about US$3). But the recipe looked simple enough, and even if I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge investment.

Warning: this is hella fucking spicy, like weaponized spice. BUT! It makes the house smell amazing. It's also super delicious and satisfying, and the heat calms down somewhat the next day (the flavors develop more, too! Yum!), but right out of the pan it was right up to the edge of what I could handle. Please note that I live in a highly Latinx area, and routinely eat spicy traditional Mexican dishes and salsas.

Next time I'll probably toss in some carrots and potato chunks.

USE AN OVENPROOF PAN WITH A LID!

Zighini Beef Stew - this is a one-pan dish, but it will take some time: ~2 to 2.5 hours depending on how fast you are at prep

1 lb beef stew meat in 1" cubes (recipe calls for boneless short ribs, but they're expensive, and the regular stew meat was fine)
salt & pepper
olive oil or other neutral cooking oil
1 onion, about the size of a baseball, chopped
3 Tbsp berbere spice (half this if you don't like the super-spicy)
16oz canned tomato sauce

Preheat your oven to 350*. Coat the bottom of a heavy pot with oil and heat over med-high heat on the stovetop.

Season the beef with a little salt and pepper, and brown the beef in small batches in the oil. The browning gives a nice flavor to the stew. Move the browned beef to a bowl, but do not clean out the pan. Reduce the heat to medium.

Add a little more oil if you need to, and put the onion in the pan, scraping up all the tasty stuck bits in the bottom. Saute the onion until it's translucent, about 10 min. Take your time with this, really.

Add the berbere spice and stir. Cook about 1 min. Stir in the beef and it's juices, the tomato sauce, another pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, cover, and place the covered pot in the oven to keep cooking. Cook until the meat is tender and the stew is thick, about 1.5 hours.

NOTE: I needed to cook mine for closer to 2 hours, and it still wasn't what I'd call "thick." This is where personal taste comes in. Check it often, and listen to your gut.

Serves: recipe claims 4, but probably closer to 2 or 3
Sides: I served it with rice. (Bread, mild veggies, plain yogurt, cucumber -- these would also be good)
Drinks: Something cold and fruity! Peach tea or raspberry lemonade

1/1 kid approved, but begged for milk! (1 kid was out of town)

Regression to the mean

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
lannamichaels: "I have a vague ambition in that direction" (are you good for anything)
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Tonight, for the first time in my life, I made burritos. The tortillas were kinda small, so I had the opportunity to make multiple ones.

The first burrito was perfect. The ones after that, well... I'm gonna blame it on the fact that the tortillas ripped a bit :P

But, seriously, it was hilarious how much beginners luck there was, and how quickly I lost it.

Musings on mum

Jul. 15th, 2017 02:02 am
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Here I am again, almost five months later. Mum died on February 19th, she took her last breath at the hospital, with me and my sister by her side. Life became so much emptier when she left us. She never did regain consciousness after those last words to me in the living-room on the 18th of February - "Det blir bättre" - "det blir bättre".. it's mum in a nutshell, but how can it get better? Time pass, and now it's not everyday that I start crying because I see or hear or find something that reminds me of her, it's not even every week, but then something happens, and the loss is there. The realization that I will never speak with mum again, that she won't answer, even if I will continue to talk to her.. 

I logged on to livejournal for the first time since mum died and went back and read old posts. So very few were tagged "mum" even if she was mentioned in many more. Dad's illness came and took over, he was, and is, always the one that got the most attention. But mum was always there, and she was our steady rock, the one that fixed everything, that made life bearable, that made the house beautiful, the one who got all my literary talk, who finished my sentences, and who had the best laugh ever. How on earth will we be able to celebrate Christmas this year? she was so ill last year, and she didn't really manage to do her usual stuff, but she was THERE, she sat in the sofa, and we got our hugs.. it was terrible to have Easter and Midsummer without her. Mum's and dad's wedding day passed and we could only be happy that they got to celebrate their 40th anniversary last year.All these special days that now will have to be remembered in another way..

In some ways it's been extra good that we still have dad to take care of.  We haven't been able to wallow in sadness, which at least I probably would have done otherwise. Dad misses mum a lot, but I think he was more prepared than we were, since mum apparently talked to him several years ago. In hindsight I can see that some of his anxiety over where mum were probably came from this. But sometimes I think he forgets that she's gone. And it feels terrible to have to tell him she isn't here. 

I haven't been able to write about mum's death until now, and it still feels inadequate and quite strange to make this post. But I think I need to try to write about it a bit more. Mum, and life after mum. The strange sensation I had in the weeks just after her death of someone touching my feet to wake me up in the middle of the night, and then waking up and hearing dad crying. Mum continues to look out for him, and her love is around inside us. Finding old postcards with her handwriting. Bickering with my sister over what to save and what to throw away. Not being able to make those decisions so instead putting quite a lot of mum's stuff in boxes in the attic instead. Crying tonight when we watched Father Brown and they sang Christmas carols, since I realized I'd never visit St Andrew's Anglican church with mum for their carol singing at Christmas again..

So many small things that just won't happen again. 

In mum's obituary we quoted one of her favourite poems by Emily Brontë, it's mum for me in so may ways:

No coward soul is mine
No trembler in the world´s storm-troubled sphere
I see Heaven´s glories shine
And Faith shines equal arming me from Fear

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