Friday, January 20th, 2017 02:55 pm
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


How likely are you to sort your Lego?

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Mean: 4.71 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.78
All jumbled up in a big box 15 (23.8%)
21 (4.8%)
32 (9.5%)
42 (9.5%)
51 (4.8%)
63 (14.3%)
73 (14.3%)
82 (9.5%)
92 (9.5%)
Sealed in a cabinet by The Kragle 100 (0.0%)

If you do sort your Lego, which criteria do you employ for compartmentalising it?

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Colour
2 (11.1%)

Brick type
14 (77.8%)

Set origin
6 (33.3%)

Instructions?

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Chuck 'em immediately
2 (9.1%)

Follow them, then chuck 'em
4 (18.2%)

Save them, just in case
12 (54.5%)

Filed in labelled folder
4 (18.2%)

Preserved in the glass cabinet with The Kragle
0 (0.0%)

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:56 pm
So first trip to Parents after being ill. Yes, the rubbish London Air-Quality is making me worse again but only a little to it's manageable (this is deliberately a short trip)
One day I hope I will stop coughing cos i'm bored of writting about it here (and even more bored of actually doing it!)
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 10:11 am
Hanalei Valley, Kauai
This is me, my mum and my grandma at Hanalei Valley in Kauai, Hawai'i, USA. I believe we have stopped at a Point of View along the road into the valley. Items of special interest in this photo: my mum's glasses, my grandma's flowery dress and my yellow bonnet.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 08:59 pm
[personal profile] firecat reminded me that I really do want to do this most weeks.

Reading )

Listening )

Watching )

Playing )
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
Let's see if I can revive this habit.
There might be spoilers in the comments.
In which firecat rambles about books and TV shows )
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 09:16 pm
This is not a review.

[This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: Rogue One. Do not click the cut if you haven’t watched the film and are sensitive to spoilers.]

I saw Rogue One last week and I'm still dealing with the emotional fallout.

Actually, before I get into this: If you think the film was terrible, want to pick apart plot points, lecture me about how the story isn't deep or meaningful, argue that a having female lead is a pointless gesture in the direction of political correctness, tell me I’m not a “real” fan, or claim that casting a significant proportion of characters of colour is tokenism or that representation doesn’t matter, I have a request. Please, hold your tongue. This post is not for you.

Because the film drew me in completely. Not just because it was, in many ways, the Star Wars film I always wanted. The Force Awakens was good, centering the female lead, providing a nuanced character of colour, connecting beautifully with the characters in the original films (Episodes IV-VI). Rogue One does those things too but I got involved with this story on the level I used to when I was a kid and I'd lose myself completely in a narrative, to the point where I'd have visceral nightmares about it (as I am with Rogue One). This story felt true.

Here be spoilers. )
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 10:36 pm
X and Kit are planning to swap rooms, which means X needs to downsize to a smaller bed. Their bed is only two years old and really nice. If you're in the NYC area and interested in buying a full/double pine captain's bed with an extremely plush mattress, here's the full listing.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 07:08 am
I just got this email from Deray McKesson, and I have found my new project. I hope some of you will join, too.


Today, we launch the Resistance Manual -- an open-source platform to collect information/resources to resist Trump's agenda & to continue making progress towards equity and justice in America.

Explore the manual to learn about the policies the incoming administration plans to pursue, how they'll impact our communities, and what you can do to stop them through federal, state, and local advocacy.

You can also find and contribute essential readings in resistance, learn and contribute information about policy issues in your state, and view a growing list of tools and organizations that can help to strengthen your advocacy efforts.

The manual will grow over time as more and more people contribute updates, facts and resources to it. As such, we encourage you to contribute important information for others to read.

If you would like to assist us in growing the content within the Resistance Manual, please reply to this e-mail directly. [The email came from deray at thisisthemovement dot org, but the wiki recommends info@staywoke.org as a contact address.]

We also urge you to dial (844)-6-RESIST to tell Congress to support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and to vote against Jeff Sessions.

Get educated. Get organized. Take Action.

// DeRay, Netta, Brittany, & Sam

P.S. Shout-out to Chi/Donahoe for assisting with Design.

# of American adults who support the Black Lives Matter movement: 104 million
# of American adults who voted for Donald Trump: 63 million
# of reported incidents of hate since the election: 1094+
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 08:34 am
I've used baking as a form of stress relief - and to keep myself away from back-lit screens - off and on for years.

I received Nadiya’s Kitchen, the cookbook by 2015’s Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein, as a birthday present last year. Apart from admiring the photos of her, her food and her adorable children making and eating the food, I hadn’t really done much with it. So I’ve decided to, you know, spend some time making the recipes. Since she won GBBO for cooking fancy desserts, I’m starting with the easiest baked goods recipes. Here’s what I’ve attempted thus far.

Biscotti: Oh man, these turned out really well. Better than Paul Hollywood's. (His “Bread” book is typically the one we turn to when making, er, bread.) I didn’t have everything in her recipe, so instead of cranberries there were sultanas and instead of currants there were chopped dried apricots. It didn’t matter in the slightest. They are delicious and are being yummed up by the family at an alarming rate.

Grapefruit cat’s tongues: These are a sort of madeleine-like biscuit, except thinner. Butter, icing sugar, egg whites, flour and a bit of salt. No bicarb - all the fluff comes from the egg whites. The biscuits are supposed to be piped onto the baking paper, which I couldn’t be bothered with, so I just treated the dough like I would for a drop-cookie and made little blobs that spread out into circles. Delicious, melt-in the mouth circles. Again, I didn’t have a grapefruit handy so I zested a lemon instead. I suspect any citrus flavouring, or vanilla, could be substituted into this recipe.

Honeycomb: This was my first failure. Honeycomb should be ridiculously easy to make. It is, after all, simply sugar, honey and bicarb. Somehow mine fell flat. I heated the sugar and honey and stirred until it all went golden, but my two teaspoons of bicarb produced only dispirited fizzing and not the vigorous bubbling it ought to have done. The bloke and I puzzled over this and tested the bicarb in some lemon juice, whereupon it behaved as normal. We concluded that perhaps our local Worcestershire honey was simply not acidic enough, and that next time I should add a splash of balsamic or lemon juice to produce the desired air bubbles. What I made is more like very chewy toffee. It still tastes good though.
Monday, January 16th, 2017 09:44 pm
I wish I could bottle whatever's getting me to actually write every day and submit my work. I would be a kajillionaire.
Monday, January 16th, 2017 11:11 pm
Nusa, Broadgate, London EC2

Happy January everyone! This week's featured article is for Nusa Kitchen by Liverpool Street station. If you're looking for a quick lunchtime soup stop, you're in luck! If you're not looking for lunchtime soup however, your options will be limited - unless you are in the market for breakfast soup! (I mean, porridge is technically a soup, right?)

Two new articles on RGL this week: firstly, the rather dimly-lit Flat Iron steak house in Covent Garden, which has good value/quality ratio of steak, but meagre portions compared to somewhere like the Hawksmoor. Secondly we have the Candid Café in Angel, which ironically seems a rather good clandestine meeting spot, tucked away off the beaten track, above an arts space. Alas it stops one letter short of being the best of all possible cafés - keep cultivating that garden!
Monday, January 16th, 2017 01:41 pm
Priority booking for Hamilton in London went on sale at noon today. I was on the priority list, I got all the information last Thursday (including the really interesting stuff about how they are doing "ticketless booking" to combat ticket resales) and did some careful thinking about how much I wanted to spend and on what combination of tickets. The booking period just encompassed my birthday next year, so I decided to go for a Saturday matinee as close as possible to my birthday (because what better way to celebrate staying alive?).

At the weekend I set up a ticketmaster account, and added my payment details, this morning I confirmed I could sign in from work, was able to navigate to the performance I wanted and see how the ticket options would go, but not to order until noon, and waited. I hit reload a few minutes before noon, and got the Ticketmaster "you are in a queue" page, which thankfully cleared not long after I'd tweeted:



For speed purposes, I didn't try to choose seats but just asked for Best Tickets, and am delighted to have got row C stalls!  I think I benefited from being near the end of the booking period, and having as much as possible pre-filled.  Now I just need to wait till next June ....


Sunday, January 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
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Saturday, January 14th, 2017 11:01 pm
Some links about brain fog, via [personal profile] umadoshi

"Life Hacks for Brain Fog: Chronic Illness, Focus and The Professional Artist" and "Brain Fog Life Hacks: Out of Sight is Out of Mind" by Colleen Doran: These basically say (1) Keep your workspace organized and tidy, because disorganization adds stress; and (2) Make sure you can see anything that you need to remember about, because otherwise you'll forget about it. Of course, those are mutually contradictory... But anyway, I did like this clarification about brain fog:
It’s not that we can’t remember things, it’s that we have brain hiccups so we have to reinforce our memory, back it up like an engineer, and add sensation to the experience to make sure information sticks....Brain fog isn’t dementia, it’s misfire. Your deep memories are still there, but your working memory is shot....Organizing your studio so that you can have constant visual and tactile reinforcement for your memories and ideas will take the load off your working memory and give you more than one path in your head for what you need to remember.
And this one: "Brain Fog":
Brain fog isn’t just forgetfulness: it’s living in a bizarre twilight world where you are half in and half out of consciousness. Everything seems grey, and you don’t feel the passage of time. ( I could not remember the month, day or year it was.) You float through life, but it’s not a good feeling. You have an almost complete lack of awareness. You’re there, but you do not process what you’re experiencing. What memories you do manage to internalize seem as if they happened to someone else.
Friday, January 13th, 2017 02:44 pm
Science brain: "This is fascinating!"

Sociology brain: "How many beers did the scientists drink before they came up with this idea?"

Paranoid dystopian thriller brain: "What does it mean that the US National Institutes of Health, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Brazilian government were the ones who supported this research?"

Paranormal fiction brain: "Aha! Here's how the virus that causes vampirism works!"

"Scientists switch on predatory kill instinct in mice" Source: Cell Press
Friday, January 13th, 2017 02:32 pm
365 questions, some of which are thought-provoking in various ways (including "what assumptions does this question carry?")

http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/03/14/365-thought-provoking-questions-to-ask-yourself-this-year/
Friday, January 13th, 2017 03:18 pm
Poll #17879 Androids have feelings too
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


K-2SO (from Star Wars) and Marvin (from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) get into an argument. Who wins?

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K-2SO
10 (43.5%)

Marvin
13 (56.5%)

Kryten (from Red Dwarf) is called in to moderate before things turn violent. What happens?

Thursday, January 12th, 2017 08:32 am
Me & Gram at Kalalau Lookout, Na Pali, Kauai
This is a scanned snapshot of me, aged about one, in my grandmother’s arms. We are at Kalalau Lookout in the Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai in Hawai’i. When I was very small, my parents had a condo on Kauai and we went there for our holidays (from Honolulu). It was wonderful. I have vivid memories of the hike down the cliffs to the fine white sand of the deserted beach below the condo, and of playing for hours in the crystal clear water. My parents always found this surprising as I was, at the time they sold it, only about four years old.