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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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19th-Dec-2011 12:21 pm
Happy birthday to ioianthe, qemorio, and tbclone47!

Hello to new readers crazy_book_lady and seekerofspace!

State of the 'Song
Oof. Physically mostly okay, just drained; we ended up not getting out of the house at all on Saturday, to any of our planned things. Which makes me a bit argh, but clearly we needed the break.

* I have decided that Monday is Get-Shit-Done day. If I start to get distracted from settling down to write by, say, the messiness of my office-supply drawer? I can turn that off by saying "I will handle that Monday." This worked last week! We'll see how it goes. This way, hopefully, I can focus on writing without feeling like I'm slacking on everything else. I am not not doing my chores. I am doing them on Monday.
* The holiday knitting is done! Elayna's cape isn't really done until I have ribbon for it and have sewn it in, but it's as done as it's going to get without a trip to the craft store.

Link Soup
* Gluten-free latkes.
* Padlock trees! I've seen this on fences, but not trees. Love spontaneous rituals.
* Also love this article about "Fairytale of New York".
* Eleven thoughts about Lisbeth Salander.
* Epic fantastic essay about victim-blaming.
* Anatomy of an idea.

BPAL Reviews
Brood XIX: Tree sap, hay, almond blossoms, moss, hemp, corn stalks, acorn, sweet amber, and rice milk.
In bottle: Sweet and outdoorsy.
On me: On me it goes even sweeter; I swear there's brown sugar in here somewhere. The moss note is gorgeous, as usual. It smells like honey feels.

Io: Red musk, pomegranate, cranberry, blackberry, mango, purple sage, thyme, and angelica root.
In bottle: Hard red candy.
On me: Hard red candy. Like from a grandmother's glass dish. Really, really strong. Fairly unpleasant.

Daily Science
An international team of astronomers has identified a candidate for the smallest-known black hole using data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE).

Do All The Things! Seriously, too many small-to-medium tasks to bother naming. Tonight we're having crockpot coq au vin, so I get to smell that all day, nom.

How's by you?
19th-Dec-2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I like that victim blaming piece.

The Lisbeth Slander piece I get, but don't know the books well enough to know if it is a good reading on it. (Wouldn't surprise me.) From what someone else told me about the books, some of it sounds off. It does seem that the Lisbeth Slander that's cementing into the public consciousness is this, though.

(I might just be sensitive to this because I'm re-reading Peter Pan for the first time in ages and I'm in awe of how much the author is clearly painting him as a dangerous psychopath who is harmful to the Lost Boys and Wendy.)
19th-Dec-2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Weird. I was coming back to post this because LJ clearly told me it had failed to post.
20th-Dec-2011 12:18 am (UTC)
I have missed your updates.

Good to hear about the way to turn off distractions by giving them their own day.

Yay, gluten-free latkes! I have bookmarked.

I have survived the worst of the retail season at the store. This week's shoppers are looking for impulse items, not Main Event Gifts That Have To Be Shipped To The Farthest Corners of the Earth.

I am looking forward to Arisia and Boskone as gifts to myself, even though cons are still work.
20th-Dec-2011 01:10 am (UTC)
It doesn't sound like whoever wrote the Lisbeth Salander list actually read the books. It sounds like she's getting all her information from the marketing of the American movie and maybe the Swedish films. Also, a lot of those are inaccurate, some are downright false. Blomkvist isn't her savior. She's her own savior, and at times, Mimi. He isn't the only one who sees her worth. He seems to see her as a person not a "girl". There are several men and women in the books who treat her decently and value her. She has her hacker nickname tattoo behind her ear and some others, not just the dragon tattoo.

I have some issues with the books, but whoever wrote that list needs to re-read them.
20th-Dec-2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
If you'd like a Chanukah story that should be good for kids (and adults), I wrote one today. It's about 900 words. Maybe the PJ Library will like it too.
20th-Dec-2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Proper latkes are always gluten-free because adding flour just makes them heavy and icky. The recipe-writer has the secret: wringing out as much moisture as possible. However, coarse shreds are not latkes but hash browns; true latkes are grated fine. Also, while the ratio of one part onion to four parts potato is about right, it's most effective to grate in the onion (note: grate, not dice) after about half the potato, because the onion itself will keep the potato from oxidizing.

As they are grated to a batter-like consistency, there is no forming into patties by hand. You just drop them from a spoon, and the egg plus the retained potato starch helps them stick together into patties as they fry.

Yes, I am a Latke Presciptivist!
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