Pulling The Puzzles Apart

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart...
Fri, Aug 12th, 2016 -- 01:05 pm
Today's Specials:I was skeptical about the butterfly, it seemed kind of...

I was skeptical about the butterfly, it seemed kind of simplistic, but I actually really like the fold that created the lower wings in step 7 (DW/LJ users, click through the IFTTT link to see the instructions). It’s a smart little way of pivoting a lot of paper downwards in a short space – I’m surprised it’s not used more often. Something to play around with, maybe.

In my opinion the boat base is underutilized anyway, but then I have an unreasonable affection for it that defies logic. IT’S JUST A SHAPE, how come I find it superior to other SHAPES.

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Thu, Aug 11th, 2016 -- 12:37 pm
Today's Specials:The instructions for the “spiked

The instructions for the “spiked tray” are a bit opaque in places (J Cole is so fond of the Book Fold) but I have to admit the outcome is pretty. And very appropriate for holding my push-pins. :D

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Thu, Aug 11th, 2016 -- 10:29 am
Today's Specials:It’s 79F out and with humidity feels like 83. I

It’s 79F out and with humidity feels like 83. I am one enormous anime sweat drop.

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Wed, Aug 10th, 2016 -- 10:34 pm
Today's Specials:Fanfic Reccs Time!

Man, IFTTT crossposting this makes it so much easier. That said, links don’t transfer, so for the benefit of DW/LJ, I’m including the straight URLs, which should (I hope) convert to links in the post. We’ll see if that works, and if not I’ll try something else next time. 

Tumblr users can click on the fic title to go to the fic!

My organizational system is like none other on earth. Sorry. Enjoy? Everything but the “Non Marvel” list is Marvel. 

Gen:

The God of Badass Secret Agents by TardisIsTheOnlyWaytoTravel; Mature, Gen. Phil Coulson experiences a genuine Apotheosis and becomes the god of SHIELD. Clever, funny, and quite charming.http://ift.tt/1RzLObj

Congratulations on an Excellent Kill by igrockspock; Teen and Up, Gen. Natasha tries applying Normal People Rules to her life, and kind of succeeds. Super funny and a nice feature on Natasha, who doesn’t get a lot of that.http://ift.tt/1p3X9G3

In ‘n Out by PaxieAmor; Teen and Up, Gen. Inspired by a conversation Sci and I had about how Sci has trained her cats; super funny and a great take on our initial conversation. http://ift.tt/1Na6XEK

Multiship/Poly: 

Happy (Christmas) Lights by ladyshadowdrake; Teen and Up, Steve/Tony, Steve/Tony/Bucky, Clint/Coulson/Natasha, Jane/Thor. The newest installment in the Happy Lights series, featuring Colony, an amorphous assemblage of tentacles that adopts the Avengers. The entire series is great; this is just the latest installment. http://ift.tt/2aX4uS9

A Winning Hand by sara_holmes; Explicit, Bucky/Steve/Clint. Steve is REALLY TRYING not to be overly affectionate with Bucky or Clint, but they’re not making it easy. A pretty lovely example of well-resolved angst. http://ift.tt/2bhm9YP

Star Spangled Meat in the Room by JustAWritingAmateur: Teen and Up, Steve/Tony, Sam/Bucky. Steve decides to run for president, inspired by my Leaderverse. Very entertaining. http://ift.tt/2a3TWEL

When I Lay Low by matchsticks_p; Teen and Up, Bucky/Sam, Steve/Tony Implied. Bucky sometimes forgets he’s not HBIC anymore, and the Avengers don’t spoil him the way Hydra did. Really funny, but with a hefty dose of emotional hurt/comfort as well, as Bucky reconciles his experiences with Hydra. http://ift.tt/1Ntbm9q

All Is Good That Is Desired by Archwrites; Explicit, Bucky/Peggy/Steve. Steve is drugged with a truth serum that may really be the best thing for all concerned, since it means both people he loves are now talking to each other, as well. A really nice take on this threesome with some extra points for lots of negotiation.http://ift.tt/29LTIjK

Steve/Tony: 

This is Halloween by SciFiGrl47; General, Steve/Tony. Written for me! The story of Tony trying to give his son DJ a normal Halloween. DJ’s not all that interested in Normal. :D Sci’s usual blend of very funny and very sweet. Have you ever read a fanfic employing the phrase “the superballs are loose”? You will have, after this.http://ift.tt/2aX4aDd

Weekend at Barton’s also by SciFiGrl47; Teen and Up, Steve/Tony. Steve and Tony go away for the weekend; Clint and Darcy are left babysitting DJ. Adventures abound for everyone. :D http://ift.tt/2aX4kKF

Subtle Clues and Context Clues by galwednesday; Mature, Steve/Tony. Steve and Tony’s wooing involves a lot of other people, and some cosplay. Entertaining and with a really spot-on Tony. http://ift.tt/1SuChD6

Captain Stark/Iron Steve by AvocadoLove; General through Mature, Steve/Tony. A really interesting series where Tony Stark was Captain America and Steve Rogers is Iron Man. They still manage to end up together, in very entertaining ways. http://ift.tt/1eYg09R

Assemble, Disassemble, Reassemble by thyrza; Explicit, Steve/Tony. A series of entertaining Steve/Tony shorts set specifically during the events of the Avengers Assemble cartoon. Well worth reading even if you don’t watch AA. http://ift.tt/1nujgR1

Steve/Peggy:

Post-War Economy by cassievalentine; General audiences, Steve/Peggy. My Steggy Secret Santa gift, WOEFULLY overdue for a recc. I loved everything about it, from Peggy being independent and finding her way through her life post-Steve and post-war to the very satisfying conclusion. http://ift.tt/2aX4lOV

In Private by archwrites; Explicit, Peggy/Steve. A gorgeous look at Peggy and Steve on the night before project Rebirth. http://ift.tt/25APLGA

Steve/Bucky: 

Unusual Weather by novembersmith; Explicit, Steve/Bucky. Tony drugs Bucky so that he can finally fix his arm; under the influence of the drug, Bucky’s a lot handsier than usual. Funny and sweet, and I especially liked poor Tony’s reactions. http://ift.tt/1vCOJ5z

Non-Marvel: 

The Private Life of the Cougar by Arsenic; Teen and Up, The Losers, Cougar/Jensen. Cougar’s hard life before the Losers and leading up to them, as he tries to reconcile his sexuality with the rest of the world’s hostility to it. A really nice character study with some great Cougar/Jensen into the bargain.http://ift.tt/1ONVGdk

Arm Candy and Empty Graves by Unpretty; both Teen and Up, Gen. Arm Candy is an interesting indepth study of the Bruce Wayne side of Batman’s character; Empty Graves is about all the time-travelers Martha Kent has murdered to protect her son, and how they changed the way she raised him. Both well worth a read. http://ift.tt/1WnoCl1http://ift.tt/1V3tZFr

And here are some fanworks related to my fics!

Logo Art for the Foodieverse, by Monobuuhttp://ift.tt/2aX4cLm

Cover for Ironsides, by PeggyStarkkhttp://ift.tt/2bhnlLw

Podfic of The Immortal Hawkeye, by the Federal Fandom Congress. (Marvel fanfic)http://ift.tt/1U63WIa

Podfic of Film Studies, by RsCreighton. (Marvel fanfic)http://ift.tt/1Vsn9Xb

Podfic of Three Hires, by RsCreighton. (House MD fanfic)http://ift.tt/2aX4amM

Podfic of Ages of Ink, by Xandria Nirvana. (Harry Potter fanfic)http://ift.tt/2bhm1bA

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Tue, Aug 9th, 2016 -- 11:58 pm
Today's Specials:Caramelized onion cornbread, adapted from a recipe idea a friend...

Caramelized onion cornbread, adapted from a recipe idea a friend at work sent me. Oh my god you guys, it’s AMAZING. 

Onion “Topping”: 
3 tsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 medium-sized sweet or vidalia onion, chopped

Cornbread:
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free or 2% Greek yogurt
½ cup skim milk
3 Tbsp oil or butter
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup yellow cornmeal
¼ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

You will need a cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have one, use a saucepan for the onions and then spread them in a pie tin or smallish baking pan before adding the batter. 

In a cast-iron skillet, sprinkle sugar and heat until most of the sugar is clear. Add chopped onion and stir to “coat” (the sugar will probably form solid shards, this is fine, it’ll re-melt) and then add butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions just begin to turn golden (10-20 minutes). Remove from heat. 

(At this point you should probably turn the oven on to 425F.)

While the onions are cooking, combine the wet ingredients (egg, yogurt, milk, oil, syrup). Sift the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda) into the wet mixture and stir just until moistened.

If you want to stir in terrible things like jalapenos or whole corn, or nice things like crumbled bacon or a bit of shredded cheese, now’s the time to do it.

Make sure the onions are evenly spread throughout the bottom of the pan and that the sides are a little oily. Pour the batter over the onions. It’s ok if the pan’s not cold, it’s going into the oven anyway.

Pop the skillet (or baking pan) into the oven and bake at 425F for 20-25 minutes or until the cornbread is firm to the touch in the center. (It should be golden and spotted brown here and there.)

Remove and let cool for 5 minutes or so, then invert onto a plate. Tadaaa! 

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Tue, Aug 9th, 2016 -- 08:08 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] yohjideranged and their spouse have been forced to deplete their savings to cover bills while their spouse is out of work, and need to cover groceries, utilities, and possibly rent for the coming month. They are accepting donations, but are also selling books (including a ton of Manga), tarot cards, CD roms, and other items (plushes, wigs, yarn, etc). You can read more, donate, or purchase items here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the Albatross Task Force, who are crowdfunding to test Hookpods and reusable LED lights in the Brazilian longline pelagic fishery -- they're aiming to reduce the number of seabirds harmed by the fishing industry, as well as pollution, basically. They're in competition with several other projects for the most backers to receive an extra $1K grant towards their work. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

a_phoenixdragon and her husband have now found jobs and are in a better situation, but still need to make it to the first paycheck, and they have two large bills looming. You can read more and support their fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, or support Starcat Books by purchasing here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] blowup1sun linked to [tumblr.com profile] bronxcheer, who is trying to rehome their cat Esme because they are moving from Chicago to New York. They're looking for someone in chicago who can take a social cat with a bit of anxiety. You can read more and get in touch here.


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Mon, Aug 8th, 2016 -- 09:53 pm
Today's Specials:SO I did some stuff today.DMVIt took me 90 minutes, but

SO I did some stuff today.

DMV

It took me 90 minutes, but I got my new Illinois driver’s license. And really, an hour and a half is pretty reasonable for the DMV. Even if I was apparently studying all weekend on an outdated DMV guidebook/test, so I got the test and immediately began SWEATING BULLETS. But I got a perfect score, so there’s that anyway. 

Best part was going into the photo office and the guy launching into his clearly memorized speech, then looking up at me and LOSING IT halfway through.

Guy: I just noticed your hair.
Me: Yeah, I didn’t think about how I was coming here this morning when I dyed it over the weekend.
Guy: Are…you okay with blue hair on your license photo?
Me: Well, it’s a little late now, unless you’ve got photoshop on that computer. 

Shopping

I got a new running shirt, also a super awesome peacoat for a Bucky Barnes cosplay. I had a SUPER AWKWARD encounter with a woman in Crate & Barrel who did not seem to understand that I, an affluent-looking young fellow who was apparently not working in the middle of a Monday, was only there to buy $5 worth of glass jars for my apple butter and was not interested in investing in $5K worth of lawn furniture. 

Groceries

Woman I am looking at the maple syrup and you don’t even want maple syrup just go the hell around me oh my god I need ten seconds to consider whether I want to pay more for light Grade A. 

Doctor’s Office

So I have basically had a headache for the past eight to ten days. I went to the sinus doctor and he said no, I didn’t need to have my sinus passages dilated again, I was just all inflamed. He thought probably it was from the flight to Nashville two weeks ago, and that the stress of being in pain since has been keeping everything all fucked up. He used a little hand held device to blow air up my nose and “repressurize” my sinus cavity and my eustacian tubes, which felt like the worst ear pop you’ve ever had. But before he did that he sprayed some industrial grade decongestant up my nose, and I didn’t think I was even congested until after I left his office. 

I was feeling amazing because basically it was the first time I’d been pain-free in several days, but then I realized I really had to blow my nose, so I ducked into a McDonalds and grabbed some napkins and blew and – oh my god, I don’t know how it came out of my face but there was this GIANT blood clot, like a huge long slug of snotty blood emerged like Cthulu, and of course it having shaken loose I started bleeding like crazy. 

So I’m trying to staunch the blood pouring out of my nose and the McDonalds cashiers were like “Do we need to…call an ambulance? Maybe the police?” and I was like PLEASE I PROMISE I’M NOT DYING THIS IS TOTALLY NORMAL WILL BUY AN ICE CREAM JUST LET ME STOP HEMORRHAGING FROM MY FACE FIRST. 

So finally I managed to stop the bleeding and wash my face and then I bought a soft-serve swirl cone, the end. 

Home again

I AM HOME NOW AND VERY TIRED. RFM may have to wait until tomorrow. 

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Mon, Aug 8th, 2016 -- 01:02 pm
Today's Specials:RFM delay

Hey kids, I just took off for a full day of errands away from the computer and forgot to do Radio Free Monday first. I hopefully will be home in the afternoon, so I’ll be posting this evening instead of my usual morning post. My apologies!

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Sun, Aug 7th, 2016 -- 12:41 pm
Today's Specials:On Thursday, I put in for Monday off to go to the DMV to finally change my license over from Texas..

On Thursday, I put in for Monday off to go to the DMV to finally change my license over from Texas to Illinois, and yesterday morning, without considering consequences, I dyed my hair blue. It did not occur to me that if your hair is blue in real life, it will be blue in your driver’s license photograph. 

I wonder if I can convince them to scan in my relatively normal passport photo where I just look like Alton Brown’s younger brother’s mug shot.

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Sat, Aug 6th, 2016 -- 08:47 pm
Today's Specials:It’s National Mustard Day! I made apple mustard.

It’s National Mustard Day! I made apple mustard. A LOT of apple mustard.

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Fri, Aug 5th, 2016 -- 11:11 am
Today's Specials:I actually did 3.7 miles this morning but at least

I actually did 3.7 miles this morning but at least we’ve got the errors down to a tenth of a mile now, that’s acceptable. And frankly I’m pleased that my run routine is now consistently over three miles. 

But oh my god running this morning was horrible. I am sore everywhere and I suspect I have either some kind of significant sinus issue or an ear infection. 

When you’re out early in the morning often enough you realize that the empty streets of Chicago allow for a sort of invulnerability, in that you can basically be as weird as you like and nobody’s there to give a shit because everyone else who’s out on the streets of Chicago at four in the morning is already super weird. 

This morning I ran past a woman heading to work who was just like, JAMMIN’ OUT as she walked along, arms waving, feet kicking, face all scrunched up as she sang along to whatever was on her headphones. She was a woman with no fucks to give, it was fantastic. She saw me and was like HEY WHAT UP and I gave her a thumbs up and she kept rockin’ along on her way while I tried not to die of heavy breathing. 

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Tue, Aug 2nd, 2016 -- 01:50 pm
Today's Specials:Book Review: Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb

A Daily Journal headline offered an eleven-word precis of Leo’s methods: LAMBS SOUGHT OUT KORETZ AND BEGGED FOR A SHEARING; GOT IT. –p. 123

Someone – I believe it was @minkr0se but I can’t find my notes to confirm – recommended I read Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb. It was a very accurate recommendation, because Empire of Deception is an awesome nonfiction account of the greatest swindler of the early 20th century, Leo Koretz, who spent twenty years running a Ponzi scheme in Chicago. It is *kisses fingers* spectacular, especially if you’re a fan of Chicago history or of con men.

Even the gangster Al Capone, who made his money with threats and guns, was impressed: “It’s a racket,” he said. “Those stock market guys are crooked.” –p.80

Jobb manages to walk a really fine line when he talks about Koretz, because when you’re obsessively researching one thing it becomes really easy to obsessively regurgitate everything you’ve learned, even when it’s not relevant (and barely interesting). So I enjoyed in a conscious way that Jobb provided some historical context but not so much that he or I got distracted. You know just enough about the way Chicago was, and the way finance was handled, to understand the magnitude of what Koretz got up to with his crimes. And he managed to slip in a lot of great little slices of the sociology of the con man and also his cultural position with pop media of the time:

One scholar has discerned something quintessentially American about the con man, who reinvents himself to each new victim in the same way that America’s early settlers reinvented themselves in a newl and. The confidence man, argued Gary Lindberg, “is a covert cultural hero,” an ingenious and enterprising figure who exposes the gap between “our stated ethics and our tolerated practices.” –p. 84

Chicago editors, John McPhaul observed, subscribed to a time-honored axiom of journalism: “You can do well with a good crime story, but you can do better if you garnish it with sex.”

–p.132

Empire of Deception can be a little hard to read, because while Koretz cuts a mostly-sympathetic figure as a guy who got in over his head and also a guy who mostly “sheared” wealthy people who could well afford to eat a loss, he also really fucked up his entire family, and as a serial philanderer he humiliated his wife and brought the attention of the public down on several of his other partners who, being women, weren’t exactly treated with decorum by the police or media.

Jobb also doesn’t pull back from the way that Koretz’s identity as a Jewish man affected how he was portrayed in the media and in police reports. While there’s no denying Koretz was an affinity predator (someone who uses their relationships within their own tightly-knit minority group to scam other members) Jobb is capable and willing to call out anti-Semitism when he sees it in the historical record.

If you’re into true crime, con men, Chicago history, or early 20th century American history in general, I think it’s a great book. It starts out a little slow but it’s really rolling along by the end, and it’s got some nice Wealth Porn for anyone who likes to read about people shopping, too.

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Mon, Aug 1st, 2016 -- 01:28 pm
Today's Specials:This is meant to be a moose head and I suppose

This is meant to be a moose head and I suppose it’s quite evocative, but if you don’t know what it should be it looks very…abstract.

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Mon, Aug 1st, 2016 -- 08:50 am
Today's Specials:

Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] bendamneron linked to a fundraiser for Sarah, who recently had all of her art prints stolen from a convention they worked. Sarah was selling prints to raise money to leave an abusive household, and is now out money she had to borrow to get the prints done in the first place. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] ariaste linked to a fundraiser for Allan, who is unemployed and currently trying to escape an abusive living situation; he has found a new place but needs funds to move by the end of August, when his lease runs out. You can read more and support his fundraiser here. While he has met his goal, moving is always more expensive than we think, and every bit helps.

[tumblr.com profile] quinfirefrorefiddle linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] normanosbornofficial, whose mother has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer that is proving difficult to pin down; they're also facing other medical and legal issues. They're asking for help to cover basic bills and medical costs; you can read more and find their paypal information here.

a_phoenixdragon and her husband, who I linked to last week, have now found jobs and are in a better situation, but still need to make it to the first paycheck, including paying insurance and buying gas, plus school supplies for their kids. You can read more and support their fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, or support Starcat Books by purchasing here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

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Sun, Jul 31st, 2016 -- 07:28 pm
Today's Specials:Also baking some bread this afternoon. #food #crosspost #bread

Also baking some bread this afternoon. #food #crosspost #bread

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Sun, Jul 31st, 2016 -- 07:03 pm
Today's Specials:I make extremely poor good decisions. It’s

I make extremely poor good decisions. It’s practically my specialty. In latest Poor Good Decisions news, I’m trying to eat more whole fresh fruit*, which has resulted in the almond butter and sliced-strawberry sandwich. The textural contrast is…piquant. 

 For dinner, smoked salmon, cheese, and sliced strawberry on a pita. Stay tuned. 

* Being honest, a major part of eating “more” whole fresh fruit is buying strawberries and then having to eat an entire pint of them before they go off. Success so far has been middling; I tend to have half to a quarter of a pint left when they start to get squishy, and I just convert them to agua fresca. My strategic agua fresca reserves at this point are semi-impressive. 

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Sat, Jul 30th, 2016 -- 11:34 pm
Today's Specials:I am home from Nashville! I may never wash off all the honkey tonk. On the other hand, Lollapalooza.

I am home from Nashville! I may never wash off all the honkey tonk. On the other hand, Lollapalooza is happening basically UNDER MY LIVING ROOM WINDOW, so maybe that will help. So far it has just made me really hate whoever invented music festivals. 

I am done with people for at least ten years. Unfortunately I have a home viewing tomorrow and work on Monday. Curse this human society in which we live.  

But people did invent pizza, which is pretty great and on its way to me now (I have a big tip ready for the poor delivery guy who has to drive around Lolla) so there’s that, I guess.

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Thu, Jul 28th, 2016 -- 11:09 am
Today's Specials:I’ve adopted a new meme/slogan, which is whenev

I’ve adopted a new meme/slogan, which is whenever we see something unbelievable at this conference, I turn to an imaginary camera and deadpan say, “Nashville.” I had a mental “Nashville.” moment when I saw the military cargo jeep retrofitted as a barbecue catering truck. Like, I want it to cater the next party I throw, but…Nashville.

I also saw a genuine Trump bumper sticker on a van this morning. You don’t see those in Chicago and I had a moment of horror before I thought to myself, oh my god, it’s a TRUMPER STICKER.

We’re headed for a fascist nationalist state, but at least I got one good pun out of it.

I scouted out a run trail for myself yesterday, which I had hoped would take me down to the river and let me run along it, but no such luck; instead I just had to run along one side of a cement retaining wall the whole way. I had also hoped to run across the river where googlemaps showed a bridge, but the bridge turned out to be a freeway, and I feel like I am not yet ready to go running on the freeway, even at four in the morning.

Anyway, don’t listen to FitBit; it says I ran 2.94 but I know I did 3.16, which is what it was telling me I did before I told it I was running. I thought I’d tweaked my stride but apparently not?

High humidity also fucks with the Fitbit’s stair counter, so it thinks I climbed like 30 flights of stairs. Oh Fitbit, you poor confused baby.

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Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 -- 10:56 pm
Today's Specials:Paprika Baby no.1 is starting to ripen! #sam-gardens #crosspost

Paprika Baby no.1 is starting to ripen! #sam-gardens #crosspost

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Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 -- 01:37 pm
Today's Specials:okay admittedly this fold is a little insane but the resulting...

okay admittedly this fold is a little insane but the resulting Swimming Turtle is pretty charming. (DW/LJ users, you can follow the link to tumblr for the diagram.)

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Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
-- Daniel Burnham

The Egotists' Club is one of the most genial places in London. It is a place to which you may go when you want to tell that odd dream you had last night, or to announce what a good dentist you have discovered. You must not mention golf or fish, however...as Lord Peter Wimsey said when the matter was mooted the other day in the smoking-room, those are things you can talk about anywhere.
-- Dorothy Sayers, The Man With The Copper Fingers

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all, I know that just to be alive is a grand thing."
-- Agatha Christie

The line between actually very serious and actually very funny is actually very thin.
-- Anon

All over Hollywood, they are continually advising me 'Oh, you mustn't say that. That will get you in a lot of trouble' when I remark that some picture or writer or director or producer is no good. I don't get it. If he isn't any good, why can't you say so? If more people would mention it, pretty soon it might start having some effect.
-- Humphrey Bogart

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid."
-— Friedrich Nietzsche

Abby: Is that a guess, or do you actually know where I'm going with this?
Gibbs: What do you think?
Abby: Well, I don't know. That's why I ask you.
Gibbs: Why don't you just tell me?
Abby: So, you don't know!
Gibbs: I want to make sure you know.
Abby: Hmm.
Gibbs: Hmm.
Abby: We should play poker sometime.
Gibbs: Yeah we should!
-- NCIS 1.14, "The Good Samaritan"

I am as idle as idle can be: one of the causes you have hit on, viz irresolution, the other being made fully aware that my noddle is not capacious enough to retain or comprehend Mathematics. Beetle hunting & such things I grieve to say is my proper sphere.
-- Charles Darwin

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Can I read books? Yes. Have I visited every star in the universe? No.
-- Stephen Fry

'I'm sure we can pull together, sir.'
Lord Vetinari raised his eyebrows. 'Oh, I do hope not, I really do hope not. Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.'
-- Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
-- HG Wells

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
-- James Michener

It always seemed to me that those who claim to know that others are going to hell must already be very familiar with the way to get there.
--Mark Landers

I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.
-- Garrison Keillor

Information is the currency of democracy.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Up to the age of 40, I don't think there was a science-fiction book I hadn't read. I love them because they're a marvelous way — and a safe way, I might add — of saying nasty things about our own society.
-- Sydney Newman

You must believe in it and play it for real. If you don't do that how can you expect anyone else to?
-- Verity Lambert

You need more than a key to get into my ship. You need knowledge.
-- The Doctor

Maintaining integrity as a private detective is difficult; to preserve it for the hundred thousand words of a book would be impossible for me, as it has been for so many others. Nothing corrupts a man so deeply as writing a book; the myriad temptations are overpowering.
-- Rex Stout, The Mother Hunt

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.
-- Studs Terkel

I feel good when I am doing it and better than when I am not.
-- John Steinbeck, in response to the question "Why do you write?"

I dunno, this is a really hard job, I gotta come up with five opinions a week.
-- Cheers