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 I have been updating people on updates all updating day and therefore there is no daily update today.
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 I am totally in another procrastination loop, but the house is clean at least? Well, sort of clean. Bits of it are cleaner than they were two days ago. I started out with good intentions about catching up on drafting assignments but then got a phone call about the job application I put in last week for a casual survey assistant gig (interview Monday). Mum is out of hospital tomorrow and told me I should cut down on chocolate. Considering her almost-textbook healthy lifestyle, I don't think cutting out chocolate is going to help me dodge that particular bullet.

Today's thing I made were some sketchbooks from recycled paper and other stuff I had lying around the house, supposedly for sketching in. However I have not actually sketched anything as yet. Tomorrow sister and I are going to start drafting trouser patterns and hit the op shops for sheets for practice fabric.
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So apparently my family is going for some sort of heart attack denial record and my time to beat is 36 hours. Mum added a whole 12 hours to her mother's record and will be in hospital til Sunday. Her stents went in fine, and she's got lots of people to help her and Grandma out while she recovers. Not realising at the time that I now have a family history of heart attacks, I baked these very low production value versions of Hollywood brownies earlier today. They did come in handy for stress-eating.

340g couvature dark chocolate, chopped (aka a parially-nibbled 375g block of Home Brand compound cooking chocolate that I attacked last month when it was the last chocolate in the house and I was desperate)
175g butter, chopped
330g white sugar (typical Hollywood)
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup single cream (substituted yoghurt instead)
110g plain flour
100g chopped nuts (eg. hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts), optional (I opted out due to lack of nuts)
Preheat oven to 170C and butter and line with baking paper a 20x30cm cake tin. Combine the butter and chocolate in a big saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, then add eggs one at a time (crack into a teacup and beat a little with a fork before tipping it in). Then add the vanilla, cream and flour, and the nuts last. Stir until just combined and take care not to over-mix. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for ~40 mins. The top should be crusty and crackly and a skewer inserted should come out with a little crumb and a little batter. Cool in tin. Makes "24" "servings".
And I made a reasonably faithful version of Tessa Kiros's fasolada (here's a sneaky link because I'm lazy) which I was not expecting my household to actually love but when I got home they were raving about how good it was. I used lima beans and it came out looking very much like the picture in the book (love it when that happens).
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I want to set myself a personal challenge of posting once a day for 30 days but so far I've deleted 10 different versions of this post! No wonder it's a challenge. Anyway, I've been kicking it off by making an effort to subscribe to people (hello there, if you're looking at this wondering why I've just subscribed to you on DW) with mutual interests and also familiar names from tumblr (hi tumblr people!) and from livejournal back in the day (hello there!).

Today I popped into the library to pick up the new William Gibson and a Sarah Mayberry I'd reserved and my favourite librarian thanked me for purchase-requesting Ancillary Mercy (he's now second in the queue). He achieved favourite librarian status shortly after I moved to Melbourne for being a huge Doctor Who fan and also showing me the purchase request form, which I promptly used to order the entire Eternal Sky series by Elizabeth Bear.

Despite/in addition to the massive quantities of time I have spent killing my higher brain functions with computer games since 2012, I have still been reading, and I reckon I update Goodreads more than anywhere else. Lately I haven't logged every single thing I've read on Goodreads because I have been re-reading a lot of stuff from my teenage years that I now have in ebook form. Honestly, I could not have survived the commuting on the train this year without the books on my phone.

tl;dr - yay, books!

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 This is probably old news to everyone, but I'm slow...

Belated cut in case of spoiler? )

ETA: My apologies. Next time I claim to have an original thought it's safe to assume it's probably just my subconscious throwing up something I saw somewhere on tumblr.


Apr. 16th, 2012 12:28 pm
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Caution: If you value your time and emotional equilibrium, do not play Mass Effect 3. It will take over your life and then kick your heart out through your teeth. It takes roughly 35 hours to play through in single-player only, and then you'll have to play it through again a second time so you can do stuff differently and/or get a better grip on WTF exactly is going on. And then, as I have discovered, you may have to go back and play ME2, possibly also several times, and import your character with the right decision-base into ME3 and play it through again so that you actually get to snog the character you want to.

BRB, going to shower, clean my house, and then purchase a copy of ME2.

We will return to your regularly scheduled fandom programming a little later this week with my next [ profile] three_settings reccing slot. And don't forget, if you appreciate your adult-rated Doctor Who fanfic, you too can join the comm and sign up to rec your favourites. More reccers, old and new, are always needed!
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First, a word from [ profile] nonelvis, your friendly neighbourhood [ profile] calufrax mod:

"You've all just been waiting for an opportunity to rec on [info]calufrax, haven't you? Well, that time has come: the comm has slots starting on March 26, open to anyone, new and old reccers alike.

All you need to do is pick four to seven of your favorite fics on Teaspoon and tell us why you love these stories. All characters, pairings, genres, eras, and ratings are welcome, as long as the stories are well-written (that is, the author should know how to spell, format and the difference between "it's" and "its") and avoid attacking any particular character or pairing in a malicious way.

If you're interested, please leave a comment on the sign-up post. (You'll need to join the comm to see that post, but membership is open.)"

[original post here]

If you've been debating whether or not to sign up to rec at calufrax - just do it! I had a great time reccing this week. And now I've popped my calufrax cherry I can absolutely give you some pointers on sifting out the Teaspoon's hidden treasures, and maintaining that elusive balance you need when reccing for a general interest comm.

Next, a word from me, on behalf of [ profile] three_settings, the comm for reccing adult-rated Whoniverse fanfiction located anywhere on the web:

Sign up to rec! Sign up now! What are you waiting for? Sign up!

Also, if you haven't checked in to three_settings for a bit, head on over there now and clicky yourself some links to [ profile] stick_poker's carefully curated Best of the Kinkmeme. There's some quality stuff written by anons, and three_settings is the place to find it and/or spruik it.
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As requested by [ profile] nonelvis . I hope I'm doing it right!

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This meme is going around and it's pretty good.

Request any fic of mine and I will provide you with a commentary/annotations, like a DVD extra.

Feel free to rifle through my fic tag here, and there's also a couple of de-anons from the kinkmeme over at Teaspoon that I'd be happy to talk about.

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Have you heard of the Ada Initiative? They're a non-profit organisation aimed at supporting women in open technology and culture. If you're reading this, chances you've made/written/vidded something and given it away for free on the intertubes. If so - guess what? You're involved in open culture! And you're a fabulous human being. But back to the Ada Initiative:

One of the major goals of the Ada Initiative is to organize a series of meetings of women in open technology and culture around the world, which we’re calling AdaCamp. Our very first AdaCamp will be held in Melbourne Australia on Saturday January 14 2012.

AdaCamp will have an exciting, inspiring mix of people from various parts of the “open technology and culture” world, each of whom brings something special to the event. We’re looking for people who:

  • work in open technology and culture: any field involving open/grassroots/community participation and sharing the results of your work for free (see our list of open technology and culture fields for examples) [or scroll down this post to where I've copied the list of fields - Prue]
  • can share information about women’s experiences in that field, including talking about women’s achievements and the challenges they face
  • want to work together and share strategies to support and promote women in the field
  • share the Ada Initiative’s feminist approach to supporting and promoting women in open technology and culture
  • are young and old; students, professionals and hobbyists; from a diverse range of backgrounds; and reflect the breadth of the “open technology and culture” field. [my bold]

AdaCamp attendance will be by invitation: if you would like us to consider you, please apply. Applications are now open: apply to attend AdaCamp. Applications will close Wednesday December 14 2011.

Find out more about AdaCamp at the event webpage.

(copied from the Ada Initiative's blog, here)

What is “open technology and culture”?

Open technology and culture is an umbrella term for a range of projects, movements, and communities including:

  • Open source/Free/Libre software
  • Creative commons, open content, and free culture
  • Wikipedia and other wiki projects
  • Open data, including open government data and data portability
  • Open standards and the “open web”
  • Open education, open access journals
  • Remix, mashup, and creative fan culture [my bold]
  • Grassroots online participation, including online activism
  • Open, decentralized alternatives to Facebook and other social media
(copied from the Ada Initiative's FAQs, here)

Interested? Sign up, or spread the word, or keep an eye out for future AdaCamps closer to you!

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Signal boosting for [ profile] three_settings, "a community dedicated to sharing and recommending adult fiction in the Doctor Who fandom."
This post contains all the details, but basically what you need to know is:
1) Whoniverse smut
2) from anywhere on the internet
3) reccers needed - sign up now!

Hope to see you over there!
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And here's a link if the embed doesn't work properly.

Guys, I think I have done good.
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I absolutely adored this book. Not only is it very different to the episodes with Ten and Martha, being about the Seventh Doctor and Bernice Summerfield instead, but the essential bookness of the novel means there's more than enough new and interesting things to make it worth your while reading the story even if you've seen the episodes. Plus, the book contains 100% more cats!

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In summary: It's great - go read it. Especially if you like beer, cats and creepy monsters.
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I searched for Bjork and Doctor Who and got this. Spoilers for everything up to but not including The Wedding Of River Song.
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FYI, Feedbooks have the following titles available as free ebook downloads.

Doctor Who and the Empire of Glass by Andy Lane
Doctor Who: The Sands of Time by Justin Richards
Doctor Who and the Scales of Injustice by Gary Russell
Doctor Who: Human Nature by Paul Cornell
Doctor Who: Nightshade by Mark Gatiss

I'm reading Human Nature right now and it's fabulous. I'm hopelessly in love with Benny. An excerpt:

[Bernice is at a beer tent, killing some time waiting for the Doctor to return from the market and having just gotten hold of a pint.]

Company is always an issue at this juncture. There's no point, in my view, in being a solitary drinker. You can do that at home, given a certain degree of sadness which I wouldn't dream of sinking to. Usually. Well, three out of ten times. And it's been a difficult time for me lately. Anyway, there were the usual tables of dangerous-looking space pirates, penniless backpackers with their glasses of iced water, and traders waving their hands and complaining that business wasn't what it once was. Most of them were aliens of some sort.

Therefore, it was with a rather xenophobic sort of glee that I came across a table whose occupants were doubly interesting. They were A: human and B: female. They looked like they all came from different places, and had clustered together out of the familiar realisation that internal gonads are best, actually. So I sat down and introduced myself. Professor Bernice Summerfield, FRAS (Fairly Rotten At Scrabble), current occupier of the Proxima University Chair Of Archaeology (it's in my room, by the begonias), holder of the Martian Gallantry Medal (I found one and thought I thoroughly deserved it). They were suitably impressed. They laughed out loud.
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Title: Disbelief Suspension Bridge
Author: [ profile] ms_prue
Rating: PG (one f-word!)
Characters/pairings: Matt, Karen, Arthur, Howard, Vince and Bollo
Genre: crack-RPF-crossover
Summary: Matt borrows the TARDIS to see a gorilla about a hat. (1200 words)

[A/N: This idea has been lurking in my head since January. IDEK. Pretty sure I can't claim credit for the original idea of a Who/Boosh crossover but I can't remember where it came from. Matt really can drive the TARDIS. I know because I read it somewhere on the internet.]

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Title: Tell me what success looks like
Author: [ profile] ms_prue
Rating: G
Characters/pairings: Amy/Rory
Genre: Character study and some gap-filling.
Summary: Set during The Girl Who Waited and also after The God Complex. Success looks quite ginger.

"I'm not going to help you," she told her younger self. "What have you done to deserve it? You can't imagine a life without the Doctor. You've travelled the universe but you haven't actually lived. But I have. And I want to keep on living. If I get out of here I'm not going to waste any more of my life. You think I don't mean it, about hating him, but I do. I remember being blindly in love with him like you are now. The honeymoon that'll never end. It will end. You will change your mind about the Doctor."
"You don't know that."
"Of course I do. Assuming he can pull this off, assuming he can rescue us, then what? Sooner or later he's going to abandon you, accidentally or on purpose, and then what will you do? For heaven's sake Amelia Pond, grow up."

The worst thing about getting lectured by a future-you is they always turn out to be right.

"I'm going to start a shop," she told Rory one night as they settled into bed in their normal house in a normal street on a normal planet where the future extended out in a straight line, unravelling unstoppably before them.
"We've got barely any money, with my A-levels I'd be lucky to get into a hairdressing course, and you're okay with me opening a shop?"
"Yeah," said Rory. "If that's what you want to do. I think you'd be good at it."
"You need money to open a shop."
"I could sell the car. That should give you some cash down for rent and stock and things."
"Oh my god, you're the worst investor ever! You don't even know what I'm going to sell. And how will you get to work?"
"I'll buy a bicycle. What are you going to sell?"
She racked her brain for the silliest thing she could think of.
"Handbags. And perfume."
"Okay then. As long as it's the real stuff and not the shoddy knock-offs."
"Rory Williams," she said, covering her face with her hands, "You are unbelievable!"
"But it's a good idea. You'd have the only handbag and perfume shop in town. You'll make a mint."
"You really think so?"
"And you're willing to bet the car on it?"
"And the house. Well, maybe not the whole house. Half the house. But I do believe you can do anything you set your mind to, Amy."
"Anything? What about my own designer handbag and perfume label?"
She considered that for a moment. Suddenly the future didn't seem so dull and linear after all.
"Thanks," she told him, reaching across the sheets to squeeze his hand. "That means a lot."
"Does this mean you're going to start carrying a handbag when we go out instead of shoving all your stuff in my pockets?"
"Course not."
"G'night, Rory."

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