Posted by markb

City Council picks Abel Pacheco Jr. to rep NE Seattle — and help lead city zoning conversations
Abel Pacheco is sworn in to Seattle City Council on April 22, 2019.
markb Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:17
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Funny Bunny

Apr. 22nd, 2019 04:45 pm[personal profile] kevin_standlee
On Sunday morning, as I walked to the Wigwam for breakfast, I saw that being out early (to avoid the rush of people coming for breakfast on Easter morning) got me a look at our local rabbits again.

Don't See Any Eggs, Through )

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Durkan’s pick to lead homelessness response withdraws nomination amid council tension
markb Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:15
Three new songs today, all of which I think are worthy of being song of the day.

First is "Fancy," the new song by Twice.  I think it's the best thing they've done since "What Is Love" - certainly the most memorable.  Even after listening to both of the other songs of the day, it's still stuck in my head.

Next us is "Beatiful" from Target.  They're a relatively new group, having debuted in January 2018, and they not as popular as Twice.  Still, they've got a good sound and it's fun to watch them dance.

And now for something completely different.  Son Dongwoon's "In the Silence" is heartfelt and touching.  If there's not at least one K-drama producer out there plotting how they're going to get this song into one of their shows, then an entire industry is sleeping on the job.

From Authentic Recipes from Korea by Injoo Chun.
  • Bamboo shoots:  If used canned bamboo shoots (as opposed to vacuum-packed), they should be drained, rinsed, and scalded in hot water before use.
  • Bracken (AKA fiddlehead ferns or fernbrake):  Substitute baby asparagus.
  • Chrysanthemum greens:  Substitute Chinese celery leaves or watercress.
  • Dried chestnuts:  "Dried chestnuts are sweeter than fresh roasted chestnuts.  They are sold in small cellophane packets and need to be rehydrated by soaking them in water for 30 to 40 minutes before use."
  • Dried pollack:  If you're substituting salt cod or another dried salted fish, slice the fish, soak it overnight, then squeeze dry to remove as much salt as possible.
  • Fish sauce:  If using Thai fish sauce, reduce the amount used by about 25%.  (Korean fish saucy is less salty and fishy.)
  • Korean watercress:  Substitute regular watercress of cilantro stems.
  • Leeks:  If using Asian leeks, slice and soak in cold water for 30 minutes before use.
  • Nashi pears:  Substitute other light yellow pears.  For marinates, regular pears may also be used.
  • Noodles
    • For wheat noodles (somyeon), substitute buckwheat noodles (soba), somen noodles, or angel hair pasta.
    • For fresh wheat noodles, substitute udon or ramen
  • Rice wine (makgeolli):  For cooking, substitute sake or Chinese rice wine.

Some of these sound kind of questionable, but they could prove useful in a pinch.  (Right now I'm fortunate to have a couple of Korean groceries nearby, so hopefully I won't find myself in a pinch often.)

The tip about fish sauce seems likely to be particularly useful - my regular grocery only carried Thai fish sauce.  (Once I finish the bottle that I have on hand, I'll probably see what's available at the Korean groceries.)

Interestingly, the one ingredient I was hoping they'd list a substitute for (shiso leaves AKA perilla leaves), there was no substitute listed, just a note that you should be able to find them at a Korean or Japanese grocery.

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[112/365] dream

Apr. 22nd, 2019 06:42 pm[personal profile] hollymath
I had a dream that, for my birthday or something, [personal profile] mother_bones had looked up when we first met and then asked me if I knew when it was. I gave what I thought was the actual answer, but in the dream she told me I was wrong.

She handed me a printout of this (not real) LJ post I'd written on the day we had apparently met. That was the present she'd gotten me for this occasion, But this LJ post had apparently, like newspaper articles, acquired links to other ones on similar subjects at the bottom of it, other times I mentioned us.

She had printed out one of them to give me, too, and I can't remember the details now but it was a silly conversation about ranking different types of cheese, some absurd thing that even in the dream neither of us could remember having done.

I can't remember the details of the cheese hierarchy now that I'm awake, but I vividly remember dream-us giggling and laughing a lot and being very glad we're friends. I woke up right after that and I'm still very glad of it now.
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Spoiler Policy

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:00 am[personal profile] gettinggreyer posting in [community profile] she_ra_fandom
Since She-Ra S2 is coming out this week, here is a reminder:

For the first month after the release of a new season, all discussion, spoilers, etc. of it must be placed under a cut with a spoiler warning. This is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to watch new seasons before getting spoilers about it. Please do your best to keep all spoilers under a cut for the benefit of this community. Spoilers may be freely posted after a month.

Please take care to follow this policy to make sure that everyone is able to watch S2 spoiler-free

Posted by croth

How a wildfire ecologist left the rural South to fight fires in the PNW
croth Mon, 04/22/2019 - 05:00

Posted by jcopeland

Why we need history majors to understand our future
jcopeland Mon, 04/22/2019 - 04:58

Posted by talvarez

Will limits on fishing free up salmon for starving orcas?
talvarez Mon, 04/22/2019 - 04:56
Wow, the wank about this ship is something else. I've shipped Isobel/Maria* ever since they interacted early in the series, which was long before there were any hints of Michael/Maria. Yes, I prefer Michael/Alex over Michael/Maria. But I don't ship Maria with Isobel to "get her out of the way" of Michael/Alex. I ship her with Isobel because that's the kind of f/f ship I love. Shipping Maria/Isobel is, as Cam would say, right on brand.

I like it because they're fucking hot I love blonde/brunette enemy ships and they would have amazing hate sex. And while I wanted to write that hate sex, I didn't want to write Isobel cheating on her husband, since she seemed to have a good relationship with him. Now we know what we know about Noah, though, I'm 100% back on board with Isobel/Maria.

That said, first and foremost I wish Maria had an actual character arc. She's one of the few characters on the show who don't know that aliens exist, and she isn't part of the main narrative. She's a fun character, but she's defined by her relationships to other characters. She's more of a foil than a three dimensional character. So I'd like to see more development before I ship her with Isobel in a serious, more-than-just-amazing-hate-sex capacity.

On a more positive note, according to the actresses there'll be more Isobel/Maria in the second series (if there is one). If that's true, I'm seriously excited.

Anyway, here's a good gifset. Ship and let ship.

*I refuse to say Mabel. I do not like ship names. Some day I'll do a post about that.

Washing the dishes after a holiday meal made me miss my mom.

The details were all different for me today at work when I was cleaning up a Pesach seder, but my mom spends much of every family gathering in the kitchen and from the time I was old enough to be trusted drying the good dishes, I've helped out. So there was something very familiar about it even in its novelty (I know shamefully little about Judaism; I'm grateful to the increased time I've spent with these Jewish friends now that I'm employed by one of them having exposed me to a lot more conversations and information about it, but still everything is new to me).

Washing and drying and stacking and storing made me miss my mom, but also sheesh now I appreciate how much project managing she does in dealing with the aftermath of a big meal for a bunch of people. What gets washed in what order, where clean things can be put, she's better at all of that than me. This is the kind of skill that gets so associated with women it is not even recognized as existing; soddevalued that even I who'd witnessed it for a couple decades didn't consciously think about it until now.

Maybe I shouldn't be too hard on myself for not being as good at this as my mom. She has a thirty-year head start on me, but she also had no doubt done this more before she was my age than I have. My life looks very different from hers, but still there are these echoes.
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Nun dines with wyvern.

Apr. 21st, 2019 04:51 pm[personal profile] sistawendy
I had dinner with [profile] rigel_p, just the two of us, at a pretty good Indian place near Southcenter mall. She didn't make it up here at all over the winter holidays because she had pneumonia. (!) We talked SCIENCE and dating and Santa Fe and solar energy and my mom and her parents and a bunch of the people up here who she knows better than I do. Let's just say I'm glad no one else was sitting too close. She seems to be kicking ass and taking names in every aspect of life worth mentioning, to the point where I'm a little jealous of her - not for the first time. It was one of those dinners that I didn't want to end, even after I ran out of things to say.

And from the Dept. of People Observation, there was a table of four or five remarkably elegant-looking hijabi ladies there while we were there. I wonder if they noticed Rigel's now partly anime-colored hair - she's a boss lady now - and my Pride-and-stars-n-stripes leggings. There was hardly anyone there in a big restaurant on a Saturday night, and the food was right on. Puzzling.
On Friday evening, Lisa suggested that we go for a little drive around town and go have a look at something that we see all the time here in Fernley.

To the Manor Driven )

It's a great view from up there, but even if we had the $1.6 million (I know, cheap by Bay Area standards), I don't think Lisa and I would want to live here. Maybe we'd buy it, hire a caretaker, and set it up as an place to hold retreats for SF/F convention runners.
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Home From Conglomeration

Apr. 21st, 2019 12:20 pm[personal profile] stickmaker
Just got my car unloaded will unpack in a bit. Had good time but tired. Will announce posting of photos when I get them on Flickr. 

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Spring Swing

Apr. 20th, 2019 09:26 pm[personal profile] kevin_standlee
What a week. On Monday I had a fire built in the fireplace because it was so cold, and on Friday, I had the windows open for the first time this year. Today, we heard the first ice cream truck of the year roll down the street. Then the clouds moved in and the wind started blowing. It didn't rain here, but it sure looked like it wanted to do so.
 Review: Ms. Marvel Vol. 10, Time and Again

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 10 by G. Willow Wilson

This is the end of an era, as these are the last issues written by series creator G. Willow Wilson. Which is sad, but this is a good way for Wilson to bow out. A large part of this is due to the fact that Bruno has returned from Wakanda; his relationship with Kamala was a highlight of the series' earlier volumes. This volume feels more grounded as a whole, focusing to Kamala's relationships with her family and friends (she admits to being Ms. Marvel to the latter, only to discover they've known this for a long time). Aside from an odd little trip to 1257 A.D. to show Kamala's purportedly Inhuman ancestor, and an equally strange aside in the final issue revealing some kind of "quest game" wormhole (if it does end up reinforcing Kamala's ties to her friends), this volume feels back on track.
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Apr. 20th, 2019 09:11 pm[personal profile] hollymath
Today was a good day. I managed to sleep in, get some stuff done that I've been procrastinating on (laundry and essay work, both taking advantage of the nice weather; I hung the laundry outside and bribed myself to look at the essay by letting myself sit in the garden to do it) and then had a date with Stuart.

We determined earlier this week that we wanted to go to the movies or have a picnic or something, go out in the car some place. So he picked me up and he'd come up with a good idea: we went to the viewing park at the airport. It's a big field where you can see planes land, also see a few they have on display. There's also "British people in a field" stuff like ice cream vans and fairground rides for tiny children. It was really busy today, a sunny warm day in the middle of a long weekend. Nice to see kids running around, people admiring the planes. We had ice cream and sat in the sunshine.

And we went back to his place and watched a movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me, which I'd seen but he hadn't because it does look like it should be terrible but luckily he agreed with me that it's great. We laughed so much.


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