marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

This was week 1 of the summer CSA, so I now have to figure out what to do with all these veggies. Today’s project is making “refrigerator pickles.” I’m not really sure what else to do with what are clearly pickling cucumbers.

So after a quick google search (tip: always include the word “easy” in recipe searches) I’m ready to go. I just haven’t actually started yet. (I’m already using the 2-cup liquid measure to make hummingbird food, and it hasn’t cooled down yet — a perfect excuse!)

[The recipe I’m starting with is Quick Pickled Cucumbers, by Melissa Griffiths. Despite the obvious lie of “total time: 5 minutes” — I have already spent more than that trying to figure out what container to put them in — I like this one because it includes sugar and I am a disaster of a person who likes sugar with everything. Also it says at the bottom that I can’t mess it up. Here’s hoping!]

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marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

Not even sure what to make of this one. We typically have a team meeting every Wednesday, which is great, fine, good plan. Gets everyone on the same page. I’m for it.

And once a month or so that meeting includes a guest speaker who makes more money than us talking about whether or not the company is making money. (Spoiler alert: the answer is unfailingly ‘things look good, but not so good that we’re making any promises, so if you could work harder, that’d be great.’)

But *this* week, there are no meeting rooms available in our building for Wednesday. And our scheduled guest speaker is busy. Did we reschedule the meeting to a different day? Did we carefully evaluate whether it was worthwhile to review this information a mere three weeks before we are going to have a company-wide meeting to review it again?

Nope. Instead, our entire team is going to drive to a different building and meet with a different person to review the same information. I mean, okay, but why? In the classic words of ‘Meet The Robinsons,’ “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”

[“I have a big head, and little arms.”]

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marcicat: earth (earth)

Checked out NASA’s Eclipse 2017 site, because NASA.

Things to love:

*The eclipse graphic shows the path of totality through the United States, which makes it look a bit like the country is wearing a sash.

*This quote: “It is hard not to imagine that the way things are now is the way they have always been, but in the case of the sun we can never be too sure.”

*Some good thoughts on smartphone photography during the eclipse.

*NASA’s even got us covered on music that mentions the eclipse, including Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain.’

“Her lyric refers to the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse, and this is the only known recorded song that mentions a specific eclipse. This will make future historians very happy if they try to date when the song was written if no other records exist. This is kind of like what archaeologists do with Babylonian cuneiform eclipse records today. By the way, there was a later ‘Nova Scotia’ eclipse on July 10, 1972, but Simon’s song came out in 1971. Time travel had not been invented yet.”

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marcicat: (art heart)

I was charmed and intrigued by the google doodle for Oskar Fischinger this week.

Oskar Fischinger’s 117th Birthday

Very fun to play with, plus I always enjoy learning more about the backstory behind the doodles.

“I feel incredibly proud of my family and am delighted to be the daughter of Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger. It means so much to me to see this celebration of my father’s art.”
-Angie Fischinger

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marcicat: (starburst)

“It’s lovely, it’s practical, and you can hide a sword in it.”
-Joshua Johnson, The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Wonder Woman’

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marcicat: (badger moon)

I have been off and on searching for a half-remembered tumblr post for a while now, and it turns out it was actually two posts that my brain had combined together!

1. The first was some art by Alister Lockhart and some totally spot-on tumblr comments over at Totally Panda Coffee.

And heck, even if your own death is inevitable getting information out could help save other people, even if it can’t save you. ‘Here are 20 livestreams of the giant tentacle monster including how it moves and attacks, how can we beat it?’ is way more useful than ‘an entire city got wiped off the map and things smell vaguely of calimari idk man’ (from songofsunset)

2. And the second was a poem: Sometimes it hurts when people scorn internet culture, by Shiv (demisexualmerrill)

““Your generation would probably ‘livetweet’ the apocalypse” you say, and you laugh
You mean it as an insult, and I understand,
Or you don’t
because the word lies awkwardly on you tongue, stumbles as it leaves your lips, air quotes visible
You meant it as an insult, so you don’t understand, when I look into your eyes and say “Yes”
Because we would.
It would be our duty, as citizens on this earth
to document it’s end the best way we know
and if that means a second by second update
of the world going up in flames, or down in rain, or crushed under the feet of invading monsters
so be it.
It would mean a second by second update of
“I love you”
“I’m scared”
“Are you all right?”
“Stay close”
“Be brave”
It would mean a second by second update of the humanity’s connection with one another,
Proof of empathy, love, and friendship between people who may have never met in the flesh.
So don’t throw the word ‘Livetweet’ at me like a dagger, meant to tear at my ‘teenage superiority’
Because if the citizens of Pompeii, before they were consumed by fire,
had a chance to tell their friends and family throughout Rome
“I love you”
“I’m scared”
“Don’t forget me”
Don’t you think they’d have taken the chance?”

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marcicat: (cookies)

I didn’t watch any movies this weekend, but I did spend a lot of time thinking about the new Power Rangers movie.

And since I was just saying how I hadn’t seen any fan art for the movie, tumblr has now proved me wrong!

Check out this adorable art by Cahlac!

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Can you imagine trying to explain our calendar months to someone who had never heard of them? ‘Yes, all the months have either 30 days or 31 days. Except for February; it has 28. Or 29, some years.’

‘Why? Probably some Roman thing. We’ve just stuck with it, because it always seems like we have bigger things to worry about, and it works fine, just a little weird.’

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

Instead of fic this week, how about a recipe from the folks over at Penzeys:

Mini Ham and Cheese Quiches

I used a regular muffin pan, because I don’t have one that makes mini muffins, so I used half a slice of bread in each one. And I didn’t take off the crusts, because that seemed time consuming.

Based on ‘stuff I have around,’ I used sliced turkey as the meat and a pizza cheese blend instead of swiss. Also I don’t have any of the spices mentioned so I just used whatever I wanted (some shallots, some garlic, some salt and pepper mix).

It’s an easy recipe, which is always a selling point for me. If I made it again I’d probably use more eggs — I thought the bread:eggs ratio was a little off. (Maybe it was the crusts!)

But overall a thumbs up! Tasted good right out of the oven, and also reheated well throughout the week.

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Love <3

Feb. 14th, 2017 07:01 am
marcicat: (art heart)

Giving thanks for google today, since I re-found this post by searching: TUMBLR AIRPORT GATE LOVE COOKIES LANGUAGE

“Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
found out of course they had ten shared friends.

[…]

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
this is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

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marcicat: (owl forward march)

Me (staring at computer screen): ‘It’s been 40 minutes and I still haven’t thought of anything to write.’

Me (checks calendar): ‘Ah, it’s Thursday. That explains it.’

What is it about Thursdays? Consistently the day I have nothing good to say, and so my brain blanks on saying anything at all.

Luckily it turns out the Bangor Maine PD had the same thought this morning, and shared some words of wisdom for the day.

“If this is the case, then we all know we can push forward and power through.

The warm Betty Crocker bundt cake waiting on the counter is like the Friday we have been waiting for since Monday. It’s chocolate.

You got this.”

-TC, Bangor Maine Police Department

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Because sometimes you dedicate a not-insignificant portion of your week to reading over 250,000 words about velociraptors. And then you look back and think ‘what have I done? how did this happen?’

Raptors in the Rainforest, by DisaLanglois

He had always known that the first bullet the raptors met would be the last firearm they ignored.

Begins directly after ‘Jurassic World’ and follows a long arc. Series of three fics, all complete.

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marcicat: (polar bear)

Every once in a while I start thinking back about things I remember from elementary school, and one of them is the logo turtle. I mean, mostly I remember eating chewy granola bars and that I had a shirt with little ties in the front, but it was definitely associated with learning the logo turtle.

(Apparently we were learning programming? I — don’t actually think that part stuck for me. But the logo turtle was a very spatial thing, and I was never all that good at shapes. I still can only do the most basic of those ‘what shape would this make if you folded up this cutout thing’ questions.)

Anyway, for anyone else with fond memories of drawing squares and changing the line color, you can do that online now!

Online Logo

(Some fun code in the comments, too!)

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marcicat: (duckling)

Rainy Sunday feelings counteracted by adorable baby donkey!

Pretty sure baby miniature donkey cuddles are like sunshine.

The video of the girl hugging Sebastien at Bel’ane farm in France.

I’m just going to watch *one* more time…

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marcicat: (pretty songbird)

Sometimes words are hard, and on those days there’s coloring!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Free Coloring Pages

(Note: They’re advertising a book, but there are 8 free sample pages that can be downloaded to color!)

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thank you!

Jul. 28th, 2016 07:30 am
marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

Some mornings are just made for scrolling through my tumblr likes — I laugh, I cry, I coo over adorable cats and marvel at beautiful art.

So thank you, everyone who posts things online!

Also, I did finally find the post I was looking for!

that time Lex Luthor got body-swapped with the Flash

Not gonna lie, I laugh at that every time.

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marcicat: (upside down cat)

At long last, the story I started last December is finished. Once they pass the point of ‘but I could make it better!’ to ‘I never want to see this again,’ I figure that’s a sign. A sign of what, I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, it’s done.

Title: This Family Just Keeps On Getting Bigger
Author: marcicat

Fandom: Star Wars, Star Wars TFA

Summary: Han shows up as a ghost, and starts to realize he missed a lot more than he thought in those fifteen years he was rattling around the galaxy.

Note: Title is from ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas,’ which shows how long ago I started writing it (Christmas, not 1977). Snoke is still the bad guy, Leia’s still the best at everything, and everyone else is somewhere in the middle. In a much nicer AU, a lot more things turned out to be not quite what they seemed.

Warning: Past Force-based mental manipulation is a key plot point in this story. (more details in the linked versions)

Dreamwidth

AO3

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yes, true

Jun. 2nd, 2016 06:45 am
marcicat: (cleocatra)

Some days? More like all days!

catinlap_lunarbaboon

[credit to lunarbaboon]

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marcicat: (froggy heart)

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth
“You owe me”
Look what happens with a love like that
It lights the whole sky

(I love this poem, commonly attributed to Hafiz, although this article gives a brief and interesting overview of the controversy surrounding that claim and of writer Daniel Ladinsky.)

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