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Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
===

I don't fall in love
I leap — like faith, unknown if
loved one leaps for me

Recipe Log: Jazzing Up Brownie Mix

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:31 pm
jjhunter: Watercolor purple ruffled monster with mouthful of raw vegetables looks exceedingly self-pleased (veggie monster)
[personal profile] jjhunter
For future reference, the following improvised additions to fudge brownie mix work together beautifully:

- ~3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 1/2 tsp orange juice concentrate (I would have gone for a generous half of that in orange peel instead if I'd had it, but microwaved frozen concentrate worked just fine)
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp molasses

baked in 9x9 pan, and some chocolate frosting out of a can added on top.

*om nom nom*

"Mrs Icarus", Carol Ann Duffy

Apr. 15th, 2014 05:40 pm
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
[personal profile] alexseanchai
I'm not the first or last
to stand on a hillock,
watching the man she married
prove to the world
he's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock.



(I'm also stuck on Duffy's "Frau Freud". I think I should not try to brain when sick.)

fuck yeah experimental baking

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:11 pm
kaberett: a watercolour of a pale gold/salmon honeysuckle blossom against a background of green leaves (honeysuckle)
[personal profile] kaberett
250g butter
250g sugar
3 eggs
50g sachet coconut cream powder
250g self-raising flour
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lime

Mix together in the obvious order; bake at ~180degC until done. Fills a standard loaf tin nicely.

For an experiment designed to use up the sad citrus in the fridge, I am really pleased with this. To my astonishment it's great even without the lemon-lime-mint drizzle I was planning I kind of got distracted by the new Debian install on my main machine and forgot I was boiling syrup and it er

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:03 am
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

=

Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Haikai Fest: "Perseverance"

Apr. 15th, 2014 06:34 am
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
===

how can I give up
when I've the example of
scarlet runner beans?


illustrative images behind the cut )

Here comes the sun

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:16 am
kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
[personal profile] kaberett
It is light outside when I wake up for early starts. It is light while I eat breakfast, when I walk over the road to the station. I sit on the District line with sunshine through the windows: it's above ground between home and work. There's some clematis and - a plant I know only as "abominable potato weed", sorry[1] - growing enthusiastically in a garden that backs onto the platforms.

Breakfast was apple-and-pear juice, a beautifully ripe satsuma, and a pear and hazelnut muffin made for me by CN Lester because of the boything.

I finished reading Saladin Ahmed's Engraved on the Eye (free collection of short stories; it's fantastic). I turned to [personal profile] alexconall's poetry collection Lavender Blue (and other poems) (also available for free), discovered it's dedicated to me, and promptly burst into happy tears on the tube at 7am.

I got in to work in good time, via the gingko coming out outside the Royal Albert Hall and a string of beautiful I-believe-military horses being trotted down Exhibition Road. I've started my columns, and so far they're running nicely. I'm wearing Fils de Dieu and continuing to adore it. I'm reading Audre Lorde's The Black Unicorn in lab, and it's fantastic.

Today is pretty brilliant so far.


[1] It's not Lycianthes rantonnetii or Solanum rantonnetti ("Royal Robe"). Hmm. Looks like this var. "blue potato bush", but none of the other photos for that search term are quite right - it's definitely got the pointier petals that point back upwards, and the flower clusters. - ah ha! Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', there we go. [ETA for interest -- my initial search term was "potato weed purple flowers" and that was the chain of results I followed to get an answer. :-) ]
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I'm reading Kate Bornstein's My New Gender Workbook for Transgender Politics class. One of the exercises therein is "Ask three different people how they would define for themselves the five components listed above. How do their answers compare to (a) your perception of each person and (b) your own answers to those questions as they apply to you?"

The five components are "gender assignment", "gender role", "gender identity", "gender expression", "gender attribution".

I r too lazy to pick out three people to bug about this. So: lazywebs! Without looking at the comments, anybody who wants to, please define those five terms for me in the comments! First comment is going to be me defining them for myself, for the record.

ETA: Fascinating comparing people's responses. Thank you all!

wherein Liz experiments with cilantro

Apr. 14th, 2014 07:59 pm
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I just made myself some scrambled eggs on toast and topped one of the slices with a little fresh cilantro, to see what on earth it tastes like to me.

Conclusion: I do not taste soap or mud, which I think are the two most common negative reactions, but I can't say I particularly like the flavor. It's kind of like... well, there's a hint of dandelion and/or plantain -- sort of mixed-field-greens -- but mostly I think it tastes like non-bitter parsley. And I don't much care for parsley either, so there you go. I have tried it; it's not my thing.

I have removed the cilantro and am now eating the eggs on toast. Because eggs on toast. Mmmmm. :-)

This is genuinely a bit ridiculous

Apr. 14th, 2014 06:52 pm
kaberett: A stylised potato as background, overlaid with a list of its applications. (potatifesto)
[personal profile] kaberett
Things the tiny corner shops just over the road from my flat carry, apparently routinely:
  • garlic Lurpak
  • a flavour of innocent fruit juice that neither of the enormous 24-hour supermarkets on my way home does
  • Kidderton Ash
  • Little Black Bomber (not wildly over the odds)
  • live yoghurt
  • Swedish crispbread
  • rose water (ditto at neither of the big supermarkets)
  • string
  • sink plungers
ET CETERA.

I am not entirely sure I understand London.

{scribbles}

Apr. 14th, 2014 04:31 pm
kaberett: A drawing of a black woman holding her right hand, minus a ring finger, in front of her face. "Oh, that. I cut it  off." (molly - cut it off)
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I think my absolute-necessaries list for GPs is:
  • not actively prejudiced about LGBT+ folk
  • willing to respect that I'm a scientist with a strong background in pharmacology
  • willing to genuinely collaborate with me on my healthcare, with the levels of trust (both ways) that that implies
  • not phased by medically complex patients
... and basically I just wish there was a mechanism by which I could interview GPs in the same way that I interview prospective counsellors -- the key point, of course, being that I want an NHS GP and have a private counsellor. Also, I really miss my old gynae.
jjhunter: Serene person of color with shaved head against abstract background half blue half brown (scientific sage)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
===

many syllables
in 'accountability'—
but 'blame' lacks way forth

wherein Liz pays her taxes

Apr. 13th, 2014 10:54 pm
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[personal profile] edenfalling
I finally got around to doing my taxes today. Yes, I know, I am a terrible procrastinator. They're not even very complicated. I can't use the 1040EZ, but I can easily get away with the 1040A because while I own a few stocks and whatnot, the amount they pay me in dividends and capital gains is piddling and its only practical effect is that I have to use the Capital Gains worksheet to calculate my taxes instead of the more standard tax table approach. Which is five minutes of easy arithmetic, so whatever. And I always take standard deductions, I am way too poor to get caught by the alternative minimum tax, and yet I earn just a little too much to qualify for the earned income credit, so it's all really very simple.

I do my taxes by hand, with a dinky free souvenir calculator I picked up at a Cornell dining hall twelve years ago. Hey, it works. :-)

The upshot of all this is that the federal government owes me about $920, and the state of New York owes me $15. (NY would owe me $25, but I chipped in some money to a few voluntary charitable causes, because on occasion I like to pretend I am a kind and generous person.) This is nice, since the combined refunds should just about cover the cost of my new laptop and Microsoft Office suite.

I am by and large okay with giving the government an interest-free loan each year, because I know myself and I'm quite sure I'd fritter away the money on stupid things if I had it in my possession all year. This way I can generally make a contribution to my IRA, or, as with this year, use the refund to cover an unexpected large expense. (Last year's refund basically covered my ambulance bill from my bout of norovirus in late 2012. Blegh.)

Haikai Fest: "Epic of the Liminal"

Apr. 13th, 2014 08:33 pm
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
===

when counter cleaning
takes on Hero's Journey twists
it is time to sleep

100 college things 60

Apr. 13th, 2014 06:09 pm
alexseanchai: quill, ink bottle, and calligraphy (Default)
[personal profile] alexseanchai
I just registered for Communication and Culture in Cyberspace and for Marketing. I am holding off deciding on Money and Banking (I don't really want to take it) till I hear back from someone about whether Sociology I credit from community college counts as the prerequisite for Leisure and Culture (which I really want to take); the system doesn't think so, but that might be 'the system needs to be overridden here' as easily as 'the credit I have doesn't count for this purpose'. I decided against summer of Spanish on the grounds that I still haven't heard from the Spanish department about whether I can take Spanish 111 when I have credit for Spanish I from community college.

[poetry] Audre Lorde

Apr. 13th, 2014 07:01 pm
kaberett: a watercolour painting of an oak leaf floating on calm water (leaf-on-water)
[personal profile] kaberett
Huh, apparently I haven't actually recced A Litany for Survival here, at least not any place I can find it readily? So let's start with that.

A Litany for Survival )

from Walking Our Boundaries

The sun is watery warm
our voices
seem too loud for this small yard
too tentative for women
so in love
the siding has come loose in spots
our footsteps hold this place
together
as our place
our joint decisions make the possible
whole.
I do not know when
we shall laugh again
but next week
we will spade up another plot
for this spring's seeding.


from Eulogy for Alvin Frost )

100 college things 59

Apr. 12th, 2014 10:25 pm
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[personal profile] alexseanchai
oh crap summer registration starts tomorrow and I don't know whether I'm doing summer of Spanish or fix-my-Fs or what

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