ironymaiden: Animated gif of baby Groot and detonator (blow it up)
i've been staying away from facebook, which is great for my mental health but cuts off a major communication channel for my friends with kids. that blows. it also means that i don't see posts from my niece and nephew, who are awesome young adults.

one of my friends has been trying to get me to use Facebook Purity but since it's a browser extension and i'm more likely to look at facebook on mobile, it's not useful to me. which is too bad, because i need keyword blocking.

but i found the best thing: Friendly. (or at least it's the best thing as of today.) for my purposes it's definitely worth slipping them a couple bucks. basically they take the facebook mobile page designed for developing countries and customize the display. it even includes messaging.

here's my preliminary keyword list: trump, homeless, clinton, hillary, congress, share, 45, copy, white house, breitbart, bannon

i probably don't need "homeless", it's just instinct from NextDoor. i added "45" and "white house" after my first browse.

i can still see topical stuff and news that doesn't mention the forbidden words. i can't see earnest "copy don't share" memes, i can't see rage posts about political stuff. i'll probably need to shape some keywords for the left-leaning fake news sites (the people who used to share the right-leaning ones have mostly unfriended me) but they need to slip though first.

that said, check out a not-atypical screen:


Edited to add: i use the Make America Kittens Again extension. apparently the T-word in this post triggers replacement of the above screenshot with sweet kitties. took me a couple attempted edits before i realized there was nothing wrong with my photo hosting 😆
ironymaiden: (AB)
i've been involved in a series of dinners inspired by historic menus. (this started with King Midas' funerary feast a few years ago and has spiraled out of control from there.)

this one was based on the dinner menu for Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural (an annotated reference).

the damn thing is basically half meat and half desserts. by the time i had time to think about a dish (since i spent most of the last month+ in and out of movie theaters) the desserts were well-represented, so i decided to rep the "en geléé" portion of the menu. we also had oyster stew, chicken salad, chicken fricassee, tongue, fruit tarts, poundcake, and a charlotte. we watched a couple hours of Gettysburg, ate the savories, watched the rest, ate dessert.

i made this meat aspic recipe with beef.

mods:

  • i did the initial beef boiling in the crock pot on low during the work day, lifted out the (disintegrating) meat, then poured the liquid into a pot through a colander lined with coffee filters.


  • then i added the beef to the pot and i basically followed the recipe on the stove top from the adding of the aromatics point on. if i had to do it again, i would have bagged up the aromatics in cheese cloth like a bouquet garni - picking hot floppy onion and peppercorns out of a pile of hot meat is not super fun. if i had been home on the day i made it, i would have done the aromatic stage in the crock as well.


  • i was surprised at how little food a couple pounds of chuck roast turned into - one loaf pan plus one small dessert dish (my tester).


  • i was afraid that the amount of gelatin it called for was excessive, but it was perfect - a set soft enough to melt in the mouth, but firm enough to unmold neatly. i embedded flat leaf parsley on the top and the bottom, in case the tester tasted good but didn't unmold well.


  • i had nothing to fear:
    loaf of meat in clear gel with embedded parsley on top

    you eat it in slices (it takes a very sharp knife, cleaned between slices, to cut the meat neatly) with a bit of grainy mustard. i was surprised at how much i liked it, and it was a hit with everyone but C (who couldn't overcome the texture of the gelatin).
ironymaiden: (yoga)
This week i missed my bi-weekly D&D game and my thursday knitting group. i am back in the intro series at the local yoga studio, for the second week. my return is long overdue.

it's been interesting to go back to the beginning, when I feel out of shape but seem to have certain reserves and balance that I didn't have years ago. i also have less fear, as proven by my bloody nose and fat lip.

we were working on crow pose, which i never have mastered. tonight i was able to take the full pose for a moment. surprised, i immediately collapsed and fell on my face. then I laughed. i laughed and got right back up. the assistant had to get me to stop to clean up- i didn't realize that my nose was dripping.

i never got hit like that doing martial arts; it wasn't something practiced or conscious to keep going. i'm a little surprised in retrospect that it didn't scare or embarass me. (Hella endorphins. Barely felt it.)

anyway, yoga feels good.
ironymaiden: (Daria)
is it May yet?
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is it May yet?
ironymaiden: (AB)
i had a little biomechanical breakthrough in class tonight, getting the hip turn/foot pivot/fist rotation together in the right way. i got praise for my power, more than once. and then i was called on to demo the move for C. and i didn't screw it up.

the pork shoulder i put in the crockpot before work was ready to shred with a fork when we got home. after shredding, the sauce. very simple, very tasty. and there is plenty left for lunches.

i licked my plate clean.
ironymaiden: (AB)
i had a little biomechanical breakthrough in class tonight, getting the hip turn/foot pivot/fist rotation together in the right way. i got praise for my power, more than once. and then i was called on to demo the move for C. and i didn't screw it up.

the pork shoulder i put in the crockpot before work was ready to shred with a fork when we got home. after shredding, the sauce. very simple, very tasty. and there is plenty left for lunches.

i licked my plate clean.
ironymaiden: (cookie!)
after more discussion on the book thing, i found something that will bring me great pleasure and help with the load balancing: Bookstore Guide.

there's at least one English-language specialty store in all but one of my destination towns. they all buy/sell/trade. so i need to cover the plane trip out and a few nights, and then i get to trade books at places full of random expats and people who really want to practice their English.

and check out the "Top 5: Impressive Appearance". this is book porn: pan to see the ceiling and the tracks on the parquet floor for the book carts. i now have a reason to go to Portugal.
ironymaiden: (cookie!)
after more discussion on the book thing, i found something that will bring me great pleasure and help with the load balancing: Bookstore Guide.

there's at least one English-language specialty store in all but one of my destination towns. they all buy/sell/trade. so i need to cover the plane trip out and a few nights, and then i get to trade books at places full of random expats and people who really want to practice their English.

and check out the "Top 5: Impressive Appearance". this is book porn: pan to see the ceiling and the tracks on the parquet floor for the book carts. i now have a reason to go to Portugal.
ironymaiden: (AB)
so i went downstairs to the cafe (because i won't have time to go home before i have to be elsewhere tonight) seeking a light meal. and i did get a pack of fruit and cheese, which is ideal.

but i also got a cookie.

because those bastards have them on some kind of warming thing, on a cookie sheet, with a spatula. warm cookies. i am powerless.

this does not bode well for the future.
ironymaiden: (AB)
so i went downstairs to the cafe (because i won't have time to go home before i have to be elsewhere tonight) seeking a light meal. and i did get a pack of fruit and cheese, which is ideal.

but i also got a cookie.

because those bastards have them on some kind of warming thing, on a cookie sheet, with a spatula. warm cookies. i am powerless.

this does not bode well for the future.
ironymaiden: (photo)
the Library of Congress is doing a pilot project with Flickr, encouraging community tagging and hoping to find more info about unidentified people and places in the pictures. they've posted two sets that add up to over 3000 very cool photos with no known copyright restrictions.

Library of Congress explains.

the Flickr Commons landing page.
ironymaiden: (photo)
the Library of Congress is doing a pilot project with Flickr, encouraging community tagging and hoping to find more info about unidentified people and places in the pictures. they've posted two sets that add up to over 3000 very cool photos with no known copyright restrictions.

Library of Congress explains.

the Flickr Commons landing page.
ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
C said "i can see the livejournal post now", so i feel obligated.

C has allowed me to trickle gifts to him the past few days, and i am grateful.

i handed him the certificate for this last night, and he did a little dance. there was also something akin to squeeing and a more-bonecrushing-than-usual hug. (if you have not met him, he is a taciturn man.)
ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
C said "i can see the livejournal post now", so i feel obligated.

C has allowed me to trickle gifts to him the past few days, and i am grateful.

i handed him the certificate for this last night, and he did a little dance. there was also something akin to squeeing and a more-bonecrushing-than-usual hug. (if you have not met him, he is a taciturn man.)
ironymaiden: (banana)
i was getting spam in my gmail account - all filtered into the spam folder, because gmail is damn good, but still annoying. not annoying enough for me to do any research about fixing it, though.

about ten days ago i read a mention in a locked post of spam coming through eljay paid account email forwarding. so i turned it off. in the last week i've received only two pieces of spam, and one was a false positive from a mailing list. previously i was getting 30 or more a day. victory!
ironymaiden: (banana)
i was getting spam in my gmail account - all filtered into the spam folder, because gmail is damn good, but still annoying. not annoying enough for me to do any research about fixing it, though.

about ten days ago i read a mention in a locked post of spam coming through eljay paid account email forwarding. so i turned it off. in the last week i've received only two pieces of spam, and one was a false positive from a mailing list. previously i was getting 30 or more a day. victory!

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