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Rice Cooker Banana Banana Bread  
10:37pm Jan 19, 2012
 
 
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INGREDIENTS:

* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* Dash of five-spice, dash of cinnamon
* 1/2 cup butter
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

For Rice Cooker:
Pour batter into rice bowl. Run for two cycles, then flip over and run for one more. Make sure to do a chopstick test BEFORE flipping. If center is still liquid, flipping will not be a success. We will never speak of this again.
mood: recumbentrecumbent
tags: nomnomnom
 
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SOPA and PIPA  
05:37pm Jan 18, 2012
 
 
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Dear Senator and Representative,

If no site can link to any other site which is suspected of anywhere containing any copyright-violating link or link to a copyright-violating site, search engines and social networks would shut down. Blogs and forums would go dark. None of the outlets by which I access and participate in the Internet would be legal anymore.

And because of the ease of suspecting copyright violation, discussion and response to popular culture--including the creation of noncommercial derivative works now commonly believed to be protected under Fair Use, such as parody, fanart, fanfiction, and music remixes and covers--would be entirely silenced. Hollywood and other large content producers are going to find it lonely when theirs are the only voices allowed to express love for their works.

In their current form, SOPA and PIPA would use DNS blocking and ISP blacklists to prevent users inside the USA from seeing any foreign site suspected of copyright violation. This means, taken to its logical conclusion, that the United States would secede from the Internet. Even the attempt to do so does not place the USA in good company amid the nations of the world.

The Internet is my culture. If the United States secedes from the Internet, I will find another place to live.

As a voter in your district, I urge you, my Senator, to vote "no" on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. And I urge you, my Representative, to vote "no" on SOPA, the corresponding House bill.

Sincerely,
me
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
tags: en masse
 
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Bad fic, old fic, and a book better than fic  
12:29am Jun 24, 2011
 
 
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I forgot why I enjoy bad fic so much. Because it is so motivating to write better fic, of course! Because you realize that that better story is what you really want to read, and you think about it, let it tantalize you, all while you read the bad fic, yes.
Okay I need to go take a shower now

IN OTHER NEWS--

Fitzwilliam?! (Imagine me blurting that out loud. "Fitzwilliam?!!") No wonder everyone just calls him Darcy!

And Sir Walter Scott? Your drawerfic, did you have to? Your unfinished drawerfic, really? I am not reading your unfinished drawerfic. I need those neurons for trying to remember the characters in stories that have endings. But the anecdote for the novel your brother someday planned to write and never did--that was actually pretty interesting.

Still though, Sir Scott, I had to skim like twelve introductions I-kid-you-not, and your hero is pretty boring so far and rather shallow, and I might dump you at any moment for Frances Hodgson Burnett and her characters who define awesome by their very actions and are thus incapable of being unawesome. In fact I really hope someone has done A Lady of Quality for Yuletide. Wow, but that book would make a good manga.

Ah, I can't help it. Here is a scene.

“What was your message?” demanded the young lady of the chaplain. “You cannot return without delivering it. Tell it to me. I choose it shall be told.”

The chaplain clutched and fumbled with his hat, pale, and dropping his eyes upon the floor, for very fear.

“Pluck up thy courage, man,” said Clorinda. “I will uphold thee. The message?”

“Your pardon, Madam—’twas this,” the chaplain faltered. “My lord commanded me to warn your honoured father—that if he did not beg you to leave off wearing—wearing—”

“Breeches,” said Mistress Clorinda, slapping her knee.

The chaplain blushed with modesty, though he was a man of sallow countenance.

“No gentleman,” he went on, going more lamely at each word—“notwithstanding your great beauty—no gentleman—”

“Would marry me?” the young lady ended for him, with merciful good-humour.

“For if you—if a young lady be permitted to bear herself in such a manner as will cause her to be held lightly, she can make no match that will not be a dishonour to her family—and—and—”

“And may do worse!” quoth Mistress Clo, and laughed until the room rang.

--A Lady of Quality, Frances Hodgson Burnett
 
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Passioncraft books: Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite  
11:49pm Jun 05, 2011
 
 
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So I have been reading some books!

Also I have not been turning the computer on very much. Not sure why. Possibly I developed an allergy to it. I am still away, but possibly I will come back soon--partly because I have read a lot of books and I am now somewhat out of books to read and eyeing GWAddiction hungrily.

But, let's talk about the paper books I've been reading. Liquor and Prime by Poppy Z. Brite: not books about vampires, but books about cooking! (Sadly, unlike Sunshine by Robin McKinley, not about both at once.) In fact these are excellent books about cooking, with a truly sweet relationship between two chefs at the center of the story. Unlike all fic ever, Being Gay causes them no angst. They are too busy running the (*#$&(ing restaurant. (Being filled with chefs, these books have lots of swearing. I was impressed.) Liquor is better than Prime because it has the origin-story advantages, but I will happily read the third book and misc short stories in this series if I ever find them.

And you know--

There are lots of manga that are about finding something you love and learning how to do it really, really well; most sports manga qualify, as do 'career/calling' manga like Hikaru no Go (playing Go), Gaku (mountain climbing), Kami no Shizuku (wine tasting), etc. I hear there was one some years ago that was about a vet practice and caused a huge bump in the number of vet school applicants. I find these stories fascinating. Passion for craft is passion for craft, and this story could be retold a million times and be new every time, because the details of every craft are different, and this story revels in the details. The funny thing, though, is that this story doesn't seem to be told very often in English-language fiction; not in fantasy or scifi anyway. Why? It's so awesome! Am I missing a genre somewhere?

(A quick mental search for passioncraft books just turned up China Mountain Zhang and some Heinlein juveniles. Surely that can't be all!) Maybe a single novel is just too short to tell a passioncraft story properly, compared to manga with thousands of pages to lavish on it. Liquor doesn't attempt to tell the entire story, for sure; it elides a lot and picks up right mid-career for the two protagonists, tossing the reader in with fine disregard. A manga would have started at age 12 to wring every bit out of coming of age and finding the love of the cooking, but Liquor realizes quite well that it has to pick its timespan, and uses good old third-person omni recollection to sneak in the most important early scenes.

Someday I want to write a story about a tower crane operator, set on a tower crane. Man, I really do. There is like nothing on the Internet about tower crane operation. I'm so curious. Immigrant tension on a construction site...mafia graft...amnesia... Okay, so that story was gonna be a Koori no Mamono AU fic and might still be, but it's firmly in "ofic with fandom stamped on" territory, which is fine with me. Gots to write the ofics someday.
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: Right Away, Great Captain! - Down to Your Soul
 
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Austen has nothing to describe  
12:03am Feb 28, 2011
 
 
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So I got one of those small rectangular things that people are always looking at and occasionally talking into as though there's a person on the other end. I like him. I gave him a green font.

I've been reading Austen because she is free, and wow! Pride and Prejudice is written entirely in dialogue! I did not know.

I don't know what any of the people look like, what they wear, what their houses look like, where they live, what the room looks like, what they are doing either between or while talking, or who is in the room. Sometimes I am not sure who is talking! Like with Fruits Basket, I must summon up my nebulous mental list of who might be nearby whatever formless place the speaker is at, and subtract anyone mentioned by name in the speech.

I'm sure this is simply because I'm not paying enough attention? Or perhaps this is why those actors always look vaguely uncomfortable to be physically present with visible characteristics in a definite location, sometimes even doing things, while declaiming the immortal words.

I like Darcy. He has good words. The hero lady has good words too. I hope they talk more soon.
music: OverClocked Remix: Ailsean - Dracula (Castlevania) - A Walk with Death
 
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Soundtracks and their stories  
10:36pm Feb 27, 2011
 
 
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Soundtracks accidental, serendipitous and contrived... To be added to as the fancy strikes me.
Kenshin canon Era (Lucio Battisti) This song is old! Did you know? I listened to it for years before I ever looked it up. -
modern-times AU Maybe Sprout Wings (The Mountain Goats) -
Cyberpunk Kenshin "Blades of Blood," "Witchy Woman" (Vathara) Wires (Athlete) 88 downloads? Someone really likes this song. Or maybe you agree cyberpunk Kenshin is delicious.
→fanart for "Witchy Woman"
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Kingdom Hearts Axel Returning to the Fold (The Thermals) The vast majority of Thermals songs are basically written for Organization XIII -
Sora ++ Stamp (Nishino Kana)
Deep in Your Heart (Doumoto Kouichi)
"Stamp" is clearly Sora+Roxas. "Deep in Your Heart" is Sora+Everyone! Especially Riku. -
Vagrant Story Ashley + Sydney Wood (Second Person) I basically just loop this while I'm playing the game now -
FF7 canon Unless It's Kicks (Okkervil River)
To The Sky (Maps)
One of these broke my heart. Wry u do that, Okkervil River, wry? -
fanon (Particularly fics by ciceqi) Core and Rind (Andrew Bird) Seph on lead vocals and guitar, Cloud on guitar, Zack on drums, Reno on keyboard, Rude on bass, everyone on backup vocals! -
Gundam Wing canon Here's Your Future (The Thermals)
I Let It Go (The Thermals)
The rest of Thermals songs are written for GW -
"Freeport" (Maldoror) St. Rosa and the Swallows (The Thermals) Duo sings most songs for the GW boys, but this song is for himself -
"The Arrangement" (Maldoror) To Destruction (Dolorean) →lyrics I love Wufei so much -
01x02 Half Life (Imogen Heap)
How We Fade (The Thermals)
Damn, and I don't even like this aspect of this pairing! Imogen Heap is made of shiny.
"How We Fade" could work in a zillion places, but 01x02 deserve kickass, so it goes here.
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01 Pulverized (Calla) I knew there was something Heero would sing! Probably! -
05x01 A Stare Like Yours (The Thermals) All Thermals, all the time~
This song would work for 05x02 too, but I say the surly pair gets it.
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psycho 02 For Real (Okkervil River) Ah, the hallowed and venerable "Psycho Duo" subgenre. What, you say? You need an introduction?

I only recently started listening to this album (Black Sheep Boy) with full attention and @_@ I now realize this is just the most obviously crazy psycho song on it. (Yes, I thought "A Glow" was sappy romance for years!)
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02+05 Bastard (Ben Folds) Working on fic for this. Nothin' more to say! -
03 Let Your Earth Quake, Baby (The Thermals) Sorry Trowa... But I'd love to read this story. -
04 Black Sheep Boy (Okkervil River) This song in this context feeds the bunnies so bad... -
05 Help, I'm Alive (Metric) Am I crazy, picking this for Wufei? Yes. But this is pretty much the Ita Vero theme song. (And Ita will get its own soundtrack post, someday) -
Gurren Lagann canon Chances (John Frusciante)
Spirals (Adem)
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szzzt fics Shipverse ("Highwind") Scarecrow (The Pillows)
Down to Your Soul (Right Away, Great Captain!) →fic
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"Made Man" Anthem for the Already Defeated (Rock Plaza Central)
We Will Rock You (Max Raabe & Palast Orchester)
Graceful Ghost Rag (Tom Constanten)
"We Will Rock You" now in the high quality version! -

Last modified: 2011/02/27 Added GW songs.
tags: fic, musics, reccs
 
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'As for an end,' said Martin  
10:31pm Feb 13, 2011
 
 
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'As for an end,' said Martin, 'are endings really so very important? Sterne did quite well without one; and often an unfinished picture is all the more interesting for the bare canvas. I remember Bourville's definition of a novel as a work in which life flows in abundance, swirling without a pause: or as you might say without an end, an organized end. And there is a least one Mozart quartet that stops without the slightest ceremony: most satisfying when you get used to it.'

Stephen said, 'There is another Frenchman whose name escapes me but who is even more to the point: La bêtise c'est de vouloir conclure. The conventional ending, with virtue rewarded and loose ends tied up is often sadly chilling; and its platitude and falsity tend to infect what has gone before, however excellent. Many books would be far better without their last chapter, or at least with no more than a brief, cool, unemotional statement of the outcome.'

'Do you really think so?' asked Paulton, looking from one to the other. 'I am very willing to believe you, particularly as the tale has reached a point where... Nathaniel, may I beg you to read it? If it really will do without any beating of drums, or if you could suggest the first notes of the true closing passage, how happy I should be! I could escape from this cruel, desolate, corrupt and corrupting place.'

'I should like to read it very much,' said Martin. 'I have always liked your pieces.'

--Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, p. 301

What a lovely peek under the hood this is--the moreso in that it's only the second such fourth-wall passage I recall in fourteen books of the Aubreyad. (The first such is also earlier in Nutmeg and consists of Stephen extolling the virtues of the novel as character study, for which potential, he says, it excels any other form.) Unlike Dorothy Sayers, who uses her mystery novels peopled with genre-savvy mystery writers to play racketball off the fourth wall, Patrick O'Brian keeps it close to his chest. Except here.

I did intend to quote less than the entire page, but it's hard to pick and choose from abundance swirling without a pause.
 
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Tarot meme, lonely, and January  
10:04pm Jan 04, 2011
 
 
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You are The TowerCollapse )
I don't know if it's accurate--it's probably more what I want to be than what I am--but I like it. And I must say, that is a beautiful butt.

I was lonely walking home today, because my family is now back in their homes again, but I ate something and I feel better now. That's generally how it goes.

It's January, aieee! You know what ocurred to me most strongly upon that realization? Round about the 20th, it will have been a year for me with Ita Vero.
Here's to a year with a story, and here's to no dwelling nor no refining upon dates.
tags: ita vero, meme
 
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also can't count syllables  
10:35pm Dec 21, 2010
 
 
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I don't give updates
about writing; either I am
writing or thinking

or trying not to
think of writing; to say so
would be tiresome.

But today I wrote
through to THE END (of a scene)
and of the things left

unsaid, those we need
will keep until day two of
stuck elevator.


Edited 2011/01/04 for better counted syllables
mood: amusedamused
 
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GUNDAM WING FANFIC MANIFESTA  
12:26am Oct 09, 2010
 
 
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This is most of my personal GW fic rant, which is not so much a manifesta as a drinking game.

I really only posted this to try out my new icon. Please don't anyone make a voodoo doll of me...When I eventually release some GW fic into the nets, you will see I commit plenty of infelicities of my own. Just not these particular ones.

GEM COLORS: Because eyes are not eyes, but jewels.Collapse )

THE AUTHORITATIVE FANFIC POINTS CALCULATORCollapse )

PHRASES THAT EXISTCollapse )
PHRASES THAT DO NOT EXIST BUT SHOULDCollapse )
mood: amusedamused
 
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