Story update: "Small Hands"

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:39 am
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As my offering for the Baggins Birthdays today... here is chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. I hope you enjoy it! Only one more chapter is planned.

"Small Hands"
Chapter 4: "Wax On, Wax Off"

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/4/Small-Hands

Oh, Sam!

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:08 pm
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This is the 80th anniversary of The Hobbit!

Elsewhere on my feed:

Britain's Head Gardeners.

I got nuthin'

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:53 am
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This goes way beyond a Lol of the Day. This is a Lol of the Month.

Read more... )

Vagueness seeps...

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:56 pm
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I have to give the HuffPo points for this. Drat.

What Should Have Happened in Hillary Clinton's Useless Book.

I must add his blog to my feed.

It's a birthday!

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:01 am
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A big, happy, loving birthday wish to [personal profile] lbilover! I hope your vacation is being very good to you, you totally deserve it. Can't wait to see you and the pups this weekend!

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Food glorious food

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I'm roasting cherry tomatoes in Greek olive oil and they smell so gooooooood.

I'm intersectional

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:46 pm
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My lol of the day. It makes a change from Hitler's medical problems which interest no one but me. I might have done this before, or something like it, during the Racefail frenzy on LJ. I won't tell you my score but my result is:

"You're not privileged at all. You grew up with an intersectional, complicated identity, and life never let you forget it. You've had your fair share of struggles, and you've worked hard to overcome them. We do not live in an ideal world and you had to learn that the hard way. It is not your responsibility to educate those with more advantages than you, but if you decide you want to, go ahead and send them this quiz. Hopefully it will help."

The link is here.

I feel a vast relief about not having to educate anyone.

Tuesday bits n' bobs

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm
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Uh oh, I discovered a big patch of poison ivy behind the front bushes. I hate to attack plants, but I bought a spray-bottle of weed killer and sprayed every leaf I could see. (Some of it is winding its way up the inside of a fat bush which may, sadly, become a casualty of the spraying.) Shiremom, Shiredad, and I are VERY allergic to poison ivy. We'll see how things look out there over the next week.

Shiremom and I both really enjoyed "August Rush". Thank you to everyone who recommended it!

In happy-happy news, I sat myself down yesterday, refused to be distracted, and wrote chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. Hooray! Now it just needs some polishing.

Pippin's been extra alert today, listening to the high winds whip the trees around, but it finally seems to be nap time. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Orinoco Flow

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 pm
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I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.

Return to Innocence

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.

Goodbye, Fuchsl

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm
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GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2

Abstract

This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.

One Thing or Another

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm
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Fwah! Wildfire smoke from Washington state. The visibility is better than it was in early August when we were getting smoke from the interior but the smell is much stronger. Build a wall!

Ig Nobel

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:35 pm
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Are cats liquid or solid?

"That’s the kind of question that could win a scientist an Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize that honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” But it wasn’t with this in mind that Marc-Antoine Fardin, a physicist at Paris Diderot University, set out to find out whether house cats flow.

Fardin noticed that these furry pets can adapt to the shape of the container they sit in — think of a cat in a vase — similarly to what fluids such as water do. So he used the principles of rheology, the branch of physics that deals with the deformation of matter, to calculate cats’ relaxation time, or the time it takes for them to take up the space of a vase or bathroom sink.

The conclusion? Cats can be either liquid or solid, depending on the circumstances, Fardin reported in the Rheology Bulletin in 2014.... A cat in a small box will behave like a fluid, filling up all the space, but a cat in a bathtub full of water will try to minimize its contact with it and behave very much like a solid. For this achievement, Fardin was awarded this year’s Ig Nobel Physics Prize before an audience of more than 1000 people, including genuine Nobel laureates, during a ceremony here at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre."

It's a birthday!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:46 am
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] dawn_felagund! I hope it's a wonderful day!

Party!

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Hardy!

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It's a birthday!

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:28 am
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Happy Birthday to [personal profile] lindahoyland! I hope the lads brought you breakfast in bed (or at least extra snuggles), and that you enjoy your special day. You have so many friends who love you and your fur-family!

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