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6/30/14 04:02 pm

An excellent guest post on Captain Awkward: Breaking the Low Mood Cycle.

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6/30/14 02:58 pm

Do any of you have suggestions for finding a copy of this Japanese artbook by Taiwanese artists Pin Fan and Chen Shufen? Used is perfectly fine--the amazon.co.jp site lists a number of used copies, but none of the ones I've added to my cart so far will ship outside of the country.

(ETA: Searching Amazon by ISBN pulls it up from a Marketplace vendor! Yay! h/t batwrangler )

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6/29/14 05:23 pm - What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Well, I'm not on vacation, and it only took one day, but at least it's summer.

I have been making a Momofuku Milk Bar-style layer cake. MMB is the bakery part of Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC, and they have a cookbook out. Their cakes are assembled in several layers, then frozen to make it all incorporate into one big mass. You can read a short article and page trhough a slideshow about assembling one over on Serious Eats.

I'm not using one of their recipes, but something I cobbled together.

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6/26/14 05:09 pm - OH EM GEE

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Toby emailed me today, annoyed at the lawn guys because he'd looked out the window on that side of the house and saw "5-foot sunflowers," and the lawn guys--who came by this morning--are supposed to be weeding as well as mowing. And when I got home, we went out to the sunflowers and rather revised that estimate up. And up. And up. YOU'D THINK THEY WOULD HAVE NOTICED.

They knocked some money off the cost of this week's mowing and said they could get them sunflowers next week, but as the HOA has likely already made a note to send us a postcard about it, we figured we need to get it down tonight. I mean, I like sunflowers, but volunteer monster sunflowers visible from the street is a bit iffy even for me. Much smaller sunflowers in the backyard is more my style. (And forests of sunflowers growing in vacant lots is also my style!)

Now, if only we had a chainsaw...

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6/25/14 04:26 pm

Generate a random annoyed footballer.. FIFA recorded all the players at the World Cup folding their arms and turning, to use in VFX. With this website, now you can learn why they're annoyed with you!

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6/25/14 09:33 am

What's old is new again. (Also, this. XD)

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6/24/14 12:37 pm - Also...

...I need a punny name for this dragon who looks a bit like Iron Man:

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His current name is Cabernet, but I think Snappers (the breed this guy is) have way too much humor for that. :)

Limitations: the name has to be 16 or fewer characters, cannot contain spaces (i.e., "Tony Stark" is a no-no, but "TonyStark" is fine), and must be alphanumeric.

eta:: and the winner, which nobody came up with, but that y'alls suggestions made me think of: TinyStark! Because Snappers are so damn big! Hahahahahahahaha I slay myself.

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6/24/14 12:32 pm - Arg...

...I don't really want to be the adult in this situation, but I can hear a girl talking at full volume outside my office, and this is technically the Quiet Study Section, so I really should go out there and ask her to keep it down.

What's making it harder for me is that nobody else is this area, so there's nobody to disturb. Well, except me, but I"m going through an online course at the moment, so I'm watching a video and she's really not bothering me.

...

Ah, I see my delaying tactic of posting to the internets instead of going out of m office and confronting her has paid off and it is now silent out there.

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6/23/14 04:50 pm

Unsplash.com: free-to-use high-res photos. They release 10 new photos every 10 days, and the prior photos stay on the site, as far as I can tell.

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6/23/14 11:08 am

Found via Metafilter: This is what passed for TV entertainment in 1978. Donny and Marie singing an inexplicably peppy cover of Steely Dan's "Reelin' In the Years" on their show, accompanied by singing ice skaters. I could not make it more than halfway through the video before the smiling, happy people singing about a bitter breakup got to me and I had to leave.

I (vaguely) remember being a kid in the late 1970s and at the time, Donny and Marie were cool. But that was before I grasped the concept of TV schedules*, so I never knew what night or time the show was on, and relied on the old concept of turning on the TV and just hoping that the thing I wanted to see was airing, which means that I saw maybe two episodes of Donny and Marie during the time it was on.


* It was something that came late to me. I blame living in Africa without TV for that.

ETA: Head over to the Metafilter comment thread for other clips including one from The Lawrence Welk Show where Gale & Dale sang "One Toke Over the Line" which leads one to wonder how on earth they didn't realize (or figured their audience wouldn't realize) what it was about...they didn't even change it to "one toe over the line," which I'd think would be de rigueur for The Lawrence Welk Show.

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