December 2nd, 2013
|12:47 pm - Phone Messages and other Tumblrness|
First off, for the many, many friends who have never called me (evil eye). You have not experienced the joy that is my phone message. And now I will share a few of the adoring responses.
As wonderful as it has been to have this on my phone for the last year, or so, I am contemplating changing it. Perhaps to the wonderful phone message presented in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. "Greetings, greetings, greetings. Well I seem to stuck in the sodding time vortex, again; so I can’t assist you. Just one of the many regrets of my life. Goodbye my dears." And if you have yet to see this production do yourself a favor and watch it!
Ironychan (of Get Medieval fame) had this witty thing to quote:
“Most people, in fact, will not take trouble in finding out the truth, but are much more inclined to accept the first story they hear.” — Thucydides, apparently describing tumblr in 420 BCE.
Aliens: The Other Green Meat
Also discussed yesterday after the Thanksgiving eating (some people said they were surprised we were polite enough not to do this during the meal), “How would you cook a Xenomorph from Aliens?” First thoughts were along the ideas of roasting. I suggested packing the eggs in hot salt after another attendee said that they would be perfect party food. Just think; it would open up very dramatically when cooked to reveal a tasty facehugger, which undoubtedly would be like soft shelled crab. Boiling alien heads was suggested and neutralizing the acid with lye or bakingsoda.
Then we starting thinking about trying to cook an actual alien themed feast. Perhaps making some sort of black-glazed stoneware that could be packed with a white fleshed fish and some form of pesto. Cooked spinach might also give a nicely alien mess. Asparagus would also work, potentially, but at a higher cost. I also thought that poppy seed pastry filling could work for making a dessert that had the right look. Personally I object to using food coloring because that feels like cheating.
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November 25th, 2013
|10:37 am - Dr Horrible is, Actually, a Bad Guy|
Through the power of the internet and having geeky friends I was recently inspired to rewatch Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog and because of this I have thoughts. Being that skulls can only contain so much pressure before they explode I am writing this down.
Both Captain Hammer and Dr Horrible were failing to see Penny as a real human being rather than what they wanted in a girl. When two villains collide (and Captain Hammer is a villain, of that I have no doubt, just a villain who mostly follows the rules) in a battle it seems a fairly likely outcome that they would harm people close to them. Dr Horrible is much beloved of geeks because he is cute, has big puppydog eyes, and is a stand in for their travails with jocks. The thing is when the geek picks up a gun and goes to kill the jock he is on course for the moral event horizon. That he killed an unintentional target is also a pretty normal outcome of real world examples of geeks going to get revenge on their tormentors.
The only other way it could have ended with a somewhat plausible(ish) happy ending was for Dr Horrible to surrender and go to jail. Penny was a good person who would not have joined Dr Horrible in attempting to overthrow the world, there was no possibility of Penny 'seeing the evil me, not a joke, not a failure' because though lightened with comedy this play was still about villainy. If the death ray had not exploded or Penny had been luckily missed there would have been a scene of her confronting the man she thought was a good, kind, and thoughtful person. There is no 'off into the sunset' for Billy with the girl. At best she convinces him to surrender and after a stretch in jail maybe he renounces horribleness and they get together at last because she is willing to see the good in him if he reformed. More likely, because he is the kind of geek who always sees himself in the right, he still goes off to be a villain without the girl after being told off by her. He probably says something sexist about the girls always going for the jocks when really it is his own personality and actions that are the problem.
I love Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog. It is a well made production and shows what can be done with a limited budget with good acting/writing, but do not be too much fans of Dr Horrible. He is, after all, trying to join the Evil League of Evil by murdering a person in cold blood. While I will cheerfully sing the songs just as I will sing the Ballad of Sweeney Todd, he is not the good guy. The good guy died tragically.
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November 22nd, 2013
|11:01 pm - Hot Drinks|
Gin in hot cocoa is awesome! More later.
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November 12th, 2013
|02:02 am - Night Notes|
November 12, nonsensical anti-meridian time. I woke up with a most unpleasant crick in my neck after trying to get to bed early. I then checked my email in defiance of what I normally permit myself to do while in bed and found that I missed the sci-fi readers meet yesterday. Crap. Also the internet informs me that life is full of misery, death, and Joss Whedon is being an idiot (again). So now I am going to try to go back to sleep. I am so pleased.
Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/591026.html.
November 4th, 2013
|09:00 am - A Computer Rant|
Well, Apple has convinced me not to by a Mac. Perhaps this is crazy, but I liked being able to directly sync with a computer and not using any service or server outside my control. Now with OSX Mavericks this is no longer allowed. Now you have to use iCloud to sync calendars, address books, etc. Passwords and pain in the ass. I will just buy a cheap PC and keep dealing with Microsoft’s stupidity if that is how Apple is going. The whole reason I wanted (past tense) a mac was that it would make syncing easy and they took it away. I hate having to depend on outside services because they go down, disappear, and change at the whim of the owner. If I buy a computer I want to be able to freeze it at a moment in time and not have to change for years on end. I suppose that I will finally have to be one of the crazy people who learn linux or something so I can be a proper old man shouting at clouds and complaining about young people today.
Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/590614.html.
October 25th, 2013
|11:51 am - Washing Inside Parts|
I woke up today and I am still ill. If I do not make it you better send Schmendrick to fool me with an empty bottle or something because I will want some ale when I am undead.
I need to get up now because there is no kind person to bring me anything that I desire from tea to small rhinos. Also I need to wash out my sinuses so that blocked up mucus does not putrefy (or possibly petrify) in the head’s secret places. It really is not hard to wash out these passages and crevices, it is just somewhat fiddly. Boil the water to sterilize (there are some water creatures you do NOT want near your brain) out in the exact right amount of salt to make it neutral on mucus membranes (too much and it is like putting salt on a snail, too little and you feel weird and uncomfortable the other way) and the gently pour through head in contravention of instincts regarding water.
Right. Tea and sinus washing. Wish I had some celery for soup.
Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/590404.html.
October 21st, 2013
|04:22 pm - Best of the MileHiCon|
Listening to Catherine M. Valenti read from a western (as in The West of the United States) mythological apocalypse. The Wizard of New York vs the Wizard of Los Angeles for all the marbles (whatever they might be). I took a video, but I think I should not post it without permission.
Homebrew from Meg and Chris. Drinking mead and eating rambutans at the Dasfa party.
The 4th Doctor costume. The Mabel and Dipper Pines costumes. The "I do not know what they were" bird warrior costumes.
Blowing condensed vapor from my mouth using a nitrogen infused Cheeto (use caution). The exciting and fun panel about geek going mainstream. Seeing the Bubonicon crew outside their convention. (Alas I did not get to break bread with them.)
Next year I shall see what can be done about a larger room or some sort of fannish round table discussion.
And using a vodka bottle as water bottle was hilarious. I shall do it again.
Crossposted from Mishalak on Dreamwidth. This entry was originally posted at http://mishalak.dreamwidth.org/589886.html.
October 3rd, 2013
|06:56 pm - Health Eating?|
I am suspicious of health food. Because breakfast cereal had its start as a healthy alternative to a breakfast of leftover meats.
So I wonder about my 'healthy' creamed vegetable soups. By putting my carrots, onions, and broth through a blender am I turning good food into corn flakes?
Self doubt thy name is...
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September 27th, 2013
|11:15 pm - Small Victory!!!|
By the dark powers I got it to work!!! I am copying from the drive of my dead computer to a folder on a nice reliable and big external drive. Doing a little jig here!
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September 23rd, 2013
|07:38 pm - Almost a Review: The Darksword|
The unexamined world building that occurs in older books is sometimes nothing short of amazing. I happen to be reading The Darksword Trilogy by Weis and Hickman* and there is a sort of shoggoth in the corner**. In a world (cue deep voiced friend) where the population for some reason has decided to forgo sex for procreation as in Demolition Man there apparently is not a single homosexual relationship. Living in the 21st century I keep on seeing the remarks about deep friendship between two male characters*** and going, "Yes! Now we get to the good bit." Also I am going to say that the outlawing of sex is... crazy unrealistic for lack of a more graceful term. I have actually read short stories where the end of sex was a part of the story that did not seem totally crazy. Or at least the story was short enough that the cables in my suspension of disbelief bridge were not excessively strained.
I seemed to have strayed from my point. Right. If males and females are not having sex why the devil are the same sex relationships not all over the place like in Ethan of Athos? The real answer is that this was a poorly designed world is not particularly satisfying. I am also considering just jumping to the end rather than reading the book and a half remaining.
* I have no excuses as to why other than the book was part of a pile I am attempting to deal with. This is a poor excuse, I know, so do not ask for a better one unless you are prepared to pay for it.
** A shoggoth in the corner is, of course, when a person is not acknowledging the giant amount of racism present in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I invented this term at the Discussion of Cuthulu portion of the Dasfa New Member Greet & Chit Chat last Saturday. I think everyone should adopt it.
*** Also, there is just one female in the books other than as background characters until the middle of book two. The one female who appear earlier? A crazy controlling mother who kept her son imprisoned in her ramshackle house brushing his long curly black hair in a sort of gender reversed Rapunzel until she was killed setting the boy on his path towards vengeance. Really, I was seeing so many gay stereotypes there it was not even funny. The long hair, crazy mother the only one he's close to, keeping secrets from everyone... It is a sorcerous Norman Bates!
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