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2016-12-19 10:13 pm

Does anyone know what happened to

I haven't been able to get to my bookmarks at for several days. Does anyone know what is going on with them? Did they go under while I wasn't watching?
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2015-12-31 07:46 pm

Book Poll

I was too busy or distracted last New Year to post a book poll, so this one covers two years.
Read more... )
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2014-01-05 12:52 pm
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Book poll for 2013

Another relatively short list this year. I have a smartphone now and I tend to read blogs or downloaded fanfic on it more than real ebooks. I should try to do something about that. I have been listening to a lot of short fiction via the Escape Pod podcase, which I recommed for daily commutes.

The poll is late this year because I spent the week between Christmas and new year working of my first (and likely only) fanvid. That also probably cost me a book or two for 2013, since I often try to finish up books-in-progress before the new year. My only real resolution this year is to get more and more regular sleep, but I'm going to try to read more, too.

Here is the poll )
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2014-01-01 12:16 am
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My first fanvid!

For the past two years I've been hoping someone would make a Sherlock video to the song "Aha!" by The Backyardigans. This weekend I decided to try doing it myself. Here is the result:

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2013-01-01 01:56 pm

End of year book poll

In 2012 I read (or listened to) just over half as many books as in 2011. I attribute that to reading too much fan fiction and political commentary (it was an election year) and to switching mostly to podcasts in preference to audio books. escape pod has some very good short fiction, but I haven't been tracking what I've listened to.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was my favorite book this year. I also particularly enjoyed The Scottish Prisoner and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. I hope Bujold finds more stories in the Vorkosigan universe as I much prefer those to her fantasy works.

My favorite non-fiction was Ben Behind His Voices, which in addition to being a moving book, led me to the National Alliance on Mental Illness which proved to be an invaluable resource for someone with an affected family member.

2012 Book Poll )
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2012-09-24 01:09 pm
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Meme from [ profile] nwhyte:

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I don't have a lot that I don't use, although a few just barely make the once a year cutoff. I've gotten lazy and used bottled garlic for a while, but with what I have leftover from my CSA I may have to dig out the garlic press. It's possible I gave away the tortilla press. It was a gift I think I tried using just once.

Not on this list, but just used once a year, is our trifle dish. But that's because chocolate trifle at Christmas is a necessity!
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2012-03-18 01:18 pm

I feel a new fandom comiong on ...

Unfortunately, I don't have the original source for this:

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2011-12-31 10:09 pm

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This year I read 115 books. Only fifteen were nonfiction, fewer than the nineteen Doctor Who related works I read. The best fiction were The Kite Runner and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Zombies vs. Unicorns was a close runner up, but, much as I liked the stories, I found the intra-story fake-rivalry annoying.

Life After High School: A Guide for Students With Disabilities and Their Families was probably the best nonfiction I read. It will be handy in the next few years.

2011 book poll )
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2011-01-05 11:44 am

Fun with google ngram

Google has a new toy that lets you compare the frequencies of words and phrases in the millions of books they have digitized.

Some interesting results: )
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2010-12-31 01:34 pm

End of year Book Poll

This year I read 70 books (15 nonfiction, 55 nonfiction) and listened to 29 Doctor who audios (lots of long walks and commutes). The most memorable works of fiction were My Most Excellent Year of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park and Julian Comstock. My favorite works of nonfiction were The King's Best Highway and Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years with honorable mentions to We've Got Issues and How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming.

Below is the list of all the books I read in 2010, roughly in reverse order of reading and split by category. I also ask for recommendations from the list of books on my shelf and those I don't have but have tagged as interesting.

Here's the poll! )
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2010-09-06 11:54 am

Alternate drwho season 5

I enjoyed season 5 and the eleventh doctor, but this thematically cleaned up version would have been really cool.
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2010-07-13 05:06 pm

I write like who???

I really don't write very much. I had to go back to 2004 to find a sample of any length, just to find out that

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I am so uninspired.
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2010-03-31 02:04 pm

Time Agent Accessories

I guess we should be glad Captain Jack skipped the cargo hat!
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2010-01-29 10:40 am
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Scale of the universe

This is a really cool interactive graphic showing the different scales things large and small in the universe.
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2010-01-16 04:18 pm

Auctions to support Partners In Health for Haiti

Following the example of [ profile] invisible_lift I am putting up most of my Torchwood and John Barrowman related items on eBay with the proceeds to go Partners in Health which has been working in Haiti for 20 years.

The items listed include hardback copies of Anything Goes and I Am What I Am by John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowman, The 2009 Torchwood Yearbook, and Torchwood novels Slow Decay, Into the Silence, Bay of the Dead, The House That Jack Built, Consequences and The Undertaker's Gift.

More information can be found here.
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2009-12-28 05:07 pm

End of year book post

This year I read 72 books and listened to another 12. They comprised 65 fiction (including 35 sf, 10 historical, 8 fantasy), 18 nonfiction (including 5 parenting, 4 science, 3 memoirs), and 13 young adult.

Einstein's Telescope was probably the best of the nonfiction, though The Writer's Tale was the most fun. The City & The City was the best fiction, with Far North a close second.

Poll under cut )
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2009-12-08 12:15 am

Torchwood rec (post COE AU)

This is the perfect Christmas fic. You should probably read the rest of the rabbit hole stories first, but they are wonderful, too, so that is no hardship.
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2009-11-26 12:00 pm
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Healthy Thanksgiving Pancakes

I tried making cranberry orange relish for the first time, knowing that I'm probably the only one in my family who will eat it. The recipe made nearly a quart, so I decide to get inventive. And I was hungry.

Cranberry Relish Pancakes

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (regular wheat or white is ok)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/5 teaspoon baking soda

1T ground flaxseed (optional)

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon butter, melted

3/4 c cranberry orange relish

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Mix dry ingredients. Mix egg, milk, and butter, then pour into dry ingredients. Add relish and nuts. Mix just enough to combine all ingredients. Cook on griddle.

Makes about 10 pancakes. Leftovers can be frozen if your kids don't like the pancakes any more than the plain relish.

I ate these plain, but I bet they'd be really good with orange syrup or orange marmalade.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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2009-07-16 12:32 am
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Still Alive

This song gets a lot of play in our house, so it's often in my head. Suprisingly, I only had to tweak the lyrics a bit to make the following:

Children of Earth Spoilers )
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2009-07-11 11:26 pm
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Writing is cathartic.

Five Things That Didn't Happen in The Children of Earth

Spoilers  )