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Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:19 pm
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Marja Vongerichten with Julia Turshen, The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen (2011)
Lauren Chun, The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi (2012)

Read Vongerichten for a fusion tour. Read Chun to distinguish older and newer (she labels). Neither book could have existed without a family member: Vongerichten's three-star chef husband enabled the TV show on which the book rests, and Chun acknowledges the restaurant in which she was raised, though she doesn't trouble herself to credit by name the ajummas who labored in her mother's kitchen.

Both have a great grounding in writing and showing what one knows, however. Vongerichten is admirably matter-of-fact in crossing among the restaurants where she and Jean-Paul dined (thence recreated or adapted a dish), remembrances of her adoptive parents, and remembrances of her birth mother. She lived with the latter till she was three years old, then parted and re-met when she was grown. Chun studied law and worked as a wine buyer before returning to kimchi, the one thing her mother had warned her not to share with non-Koreans, which made me wonder whether we're of similar age; quite a few K Ams from the US West Coast have this story about their childhoods, without Chun's backing (or Roy Choi's) of restaurant-quality food.

(Japanese miso soup and ramen were acceptably exotic, but Japanese anything was protected by the coolness of their electronics during that mini-era. Korean food was nearly unknown even in southern California unless you lived right atop K-town or (where Chun was) Orange County's Garden Grove/Anaheim pocket. Otherwise, you were assumed Chinese, a situation aided by the fact that some Chinese restaurants served pickled cabbage, whether in their own right (northerly tradition) or because they were run by Koreans.)

LoT ablism

Aug. 23rd, 2017 04:46 am
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You know what bugs me?
... it's nearly five in the morning and I haven't slept, many things bug me...

but I was watching Legends of tomorrow
the episode in season one in the asylum
in the 1950s
and they explicitly say it's a bad era to be black, or queer, or a woman
but they don't say word one about mental health.

Read more... )




Now the sky is making interesting loud noises.

So, sleep maybe for later.

Eh, internet forever.

A TUESDAY

Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:16 pm
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Am convincing child to try eating straw wrappers as a mood-improvement thing. (Look, the stuff probably still has hormones from the trees in it, and/or it might provide an interesting roughage for gut bacteria. LET ME HAVE MY PLACEBO OKAY.)

Spent about an hour poking at Copper Leaf Bargains and re-reading stuff and fixing a single small inconsistency, but otherwise not getting any noticeable wordcount, blah.

Trash night.

(Oh, hey, back to December 2016 for the GURPS stuff!)

Havva Quote
arcangel says, "Oh, look, we get A: Jordi (YAY!), and B: the Dominion is getting snarky again... https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zhnd5h1CyqE"
arcangel cannot spell LaForge's first name anymore because In Nomine. Hush.
arcangel then goes to one of the random videos near that and NO. BISHONEN VOLDEMORT IS NO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-xREZXkDpg
arcangel says, "JUST NO."
--Seriously, I'm traumatized here.


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Nice and tidy~ ☆

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:03 pm
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I spent a good portion of Sunday cleaning out my cosmetic drawers. I feel like I have SO MUCH ROOM now.

Cosmetics blathering )

Spontaneity for the Win

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:43 pm
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I was going to do grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner tonight, because Himself would be busking over in Berlin until 8PM, and home about 9, and grilled cheese sandwiches can be slapped together quickly.

At 8PM I got a phone call from Himself.

"I'm heading home," he said. "And I've got lobster."

It's like this: One of the regular booths at the Berlin Farmers Market sells fresh lobster. And lobster is going for less per pound right now than steak, because Maine is having a lobster glut. And Himself had enough cash in his pocket for a pair of 1.5-pound hen lobsters.

So I dug out the lobster-cooking pot that Himself brought up from his ancestral home in Bedford, NY, when he and his siblings broke up the house there after their mom died, and I looked up a recipe for lemon-garlic-cilantro butter, and when Himself got home we had lobster for dinner.

icons: Movies

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:17 pm
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 57 x Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
42 x Painted Skin: The Resurrection
63 x Memories of the Sword

here )

Midnight, Texas 1x05 - Unearthed

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:15 pm
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Still digging this show although it's got some issues that came into focus with this one. I'm starting to think it might be fun to offer it for Yuletide.

spoilers )
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PG-13/T; Pacific Rim (2013) x Angel, 2200 words. For faviconTwistedShorts

Working at the Wall, you hear a lot of things that never make the public newsfeeds. Everyone up there knows a guy who knows a guy who says he's seen Her.

The First and Best Victory )

(x-posted on twistedshorts and on AO3)

t-shirt crossover (not for me)

Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:33 pm
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I was looking at a catalog today and found the most frightening t-shirt I've seen in a while.

The design was meant to be patriotic and comforting -- a kitten looking out from under a draped American flag. I can't fault the idea, though it's not to my taste.

However-- on a shirt? The kitten is all head and it's huge -- the size of a small leopard. And with the shading, it appears to be emerging from the wearer's chest, confidently searching for more food...

Facebook Kittens/Alien.

Not for the win. ewwww.

Links Post

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:08 pm
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I got an extension on my kidlit story but I'm no closer to being done than I was when I asked for it. Where did my writing mojo go?

Texas Tribune is partnering with ProPublica and NPR to explore the systemic reasons behind Texas’ rising maternal mortality rate. They need our help: Help us investigate why Texas moms are dying at alarming rates.

If you are a Texas woman who had severe pregnancy complications, or if you know a Texas woman who died after giving birth, we want to hear from you.

Quartz: Procter and Gamble’s new anti-racism ad is roiling white America. Not this member of white America, obviously, but yes, unfortunately.

The Nation: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy.

The Brookings Institute: Essay - THE WALL | The real costs of a barrier between the United States and Mexico.

NPR: All Songs 24/7 played songs for the North American Total Eclipse all day, meaning every song they own which has "sun" or "moon" in the title. I liked "When the Sun Come Up" by All My Exes Live In Texas, an Australian folk group. Their CD, "When We Fall" is now on my Wish List. Listen to Boundary Road from their first release. Their harmonies are so lush.

New York Times:
How to Take Care of Your Clothes. Maybe it will be useful to someone.
The Case for a Breakfast Feast. Breakfast is my favorite meal so I am all in favor of this advice.

LitHub: Sue Grafton from A to Z. Today is the publication date for Y is for Yesterday. I quit reading her series around V is for Vengeance, I think. I can't remember why. Maybe it's time for a reread.

Did you know that Rosemary Kirstein (The Steerswoman series) was a panelist at Reader Con? Well, now you do. From her blog: My Reading. It sounds like she's still working on books five and six which makes me so happy.
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This book is a fantastic example of why I love Science Fiction: alien cultures, developments over loooong time spans, humans at the very edge and beyond their understanding and horizon. I loved it. It's half fascinating and never dry spider civilization worldbuilding and half about the last humans trying to survive in an ark ship; the way they mirrored and played off each other was great, but the contact moments were the best.

More details with spoilers )

Under Gemini

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:37 pm
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Under GeminiUnder Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Pilcher does two things very well: setting and character. The descriptions of the Scottish coast and Scottish manor homes and a posh London hotel and Cornwall by the sea--all are evocative and lush and beautiful to read. The characters in the novel are complex, interesting, and nuanced, and most of them are warm and kind people I'd love to spend a weekend with drinking tea and walking on the beach.

This is an Old School Romance and a product of its time, so there are some elements I could do without (like the male love interest slapping the female protagonist in the face or the implicit assumptions about what women will do with their lives in terms of occupation, matrimony, and motherhood), but Pilcher is definitely a good storyteller.



View all my reviews

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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Sunday evening, Scott and I had dinner at Saica with the guy who'll be the captain of our team for the Ingress anomaly. Our team is made up of people who either have issues with moving far/fast or with keeping going for the entire four hour event. Cordelia could have come with us, but she said it would be boring and that we should bring her some sushi. Which we did.

Yesterday, Cordelia and I went downtown around noon and bought sandwiches. We took our time because we didn't need to be at the high school until 2:15. I didn't expect that part to take more than half an hour (and it didn't). I spent some time using up some of my Ingress inventory in hopes of clearing space for the things I'm supposed to have for the anomaly. I'm still short on a number of things, and Scott's behind me in that respect.

For about three hours yesterday, Ingress was giving 2.4 times the normal level of points for everything. After that until almost 4:30 this afternoon, they gave 1.7 times the points. Given that yesterday was the one day I was sure I'd be out of the house for a while and able to do Ingress, I was pleased.

We got to the high school about half an hour early, but they sent us on through. It wasn't actually crowded, and we managed everything pretty quickly. Cordelia now has a student ID and three very, very heavy textbooks (which they did not warn us we would need to take home with us). We got home a bit after 3:00, and I more or less fell over.

This morning, Cordelia and I went out for her annual doctor's appointment. That went well enough, but we found out that the dermatologist Cordelia's been seeing has left the practice, so we'll have to deal with someone else when we need to renew those prescriptions. They've still got two female doctors (and two male), so it won't be hard to get Cordelia in to see a woman as she prefers.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:32 pm
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Astronomers Without Borders eclipse glasses donation program

don't throw away your eclipse glasses! mail them to Astronomers Without Borders, or deliver them to the nearest organization (most likely a local school) collecting them for AWB, so that students in South America and Africa can safely watch the next eclipse!

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