- For every five dishes served, at least one must be completely vegan, one must be vegetarian (but can include eggs or dairy), and one must be dairy-and-egg-free (but can include meat). One of these three dishes also needs to be low-carb.
- No more than three of the five dishes may repeat ANY ingredient.
- No more than two of the five dishes may contain the same Big Deal Allergen (the list of Big Deal Allergens varies from group to group – most recently it was dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish/shellfish, citrus fruits, berries, and alcohol).
- Ingredient lists are ALWAYS available without any questions asked.
It's a good standard to aspire to, though most of the things I cook for don't have five dishes in the first place.
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series finale "Chosen" on UPN. (Also it’s been more than 10 years since the show made the bizarre jump from The WB to UPN.) To mark the occasion, we thought it might be fun to look back at how the network previewed the end of the series in promos. They detail the Scooby Gang’s prodigious statistics—“526 demons slayed, 1,342 vampires dusted”—and all the returning players in the final season—Angel, Faith, Giles—in such quaint fashion that it undersells just how incredibly influential and still perennially underrated Joss Whedon’s first calling card is today. But considering the entire series is available on Netflix, now is the perfect time to go back and revisit some old favorites—and maybe check back in on Noel Murray’s excellent TV Club Classic coverage.
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Pride of Ownership , Spike/Angel by hello_spikey.
Summers Blood , Joyce/Giles by tiny_white_hats.
Interlude I : Cocoa , Willow/Buffy by aisalynn.
Falling , Angelus by dragonyphoenix.
The Better to Love You . Buffy/Xander and A Thing Going On , NC-17 Xander/Joyce by angelus2hot.
Meta on Angel by angearia.
soundingsea lists everything she knows from watching "BtVS" .
avrelia celebrates 10 years of "BtVS" .
Spike/Buffy icons and banners by coalitiongirl.
perpetual reviews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Twenty One .
EW gives us ten reasons why BtVS still kicks ass.
[4-9] The Good Wife
 Easy A
 The Mindy Project
Extras/alternates from Pixar for free20in20:
[15-18] Finding Nemo
[19-20] The Incredibles
[21-23] Monsters Inc.
[24-34] Toy Story
[35-37] Toy Story 2
[38-74] Orphan Black
[75-99] Thor 2 trailer
 The Vampire Diaries
[101-105] Hyperbole and a Half
[106-108] Catching Fire poster
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Last night, we finished addressing the invitations. And we collapsed on the couch and said, "That took so much longer than we thought it would."
*exhausted, but with completed invites*
...and it's there where a gripe of mine rears its head. It doesn't affect my enjoyment of this book much, it's more of a thing where this is part of a recurring pattern. Namely:
Why is it that authors who write third-gender characters keep jumping straight to the pronoun "it"?
I mean. When you do this, you've basically got six options as far as pronouns go.
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In short: "it" is one of the (if not *the*) least popular, most controversial, and most potentially offensive pronouns out there. If anything, I'd recommend using singular they as your default. I really really fail to see why it seems like every book I've seen involving third-gender characters opts to use "it".
by Denise Warner
It’s been 10 years since Buffy and the Scooby Gang defeated The First, leaving Sunnydale nothing but an imploded crater. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s cult series about the slayer and her ragtag team of friends — aired its final episode on May 20, 2003. In honor of this anniversary, here are 10 reasons why Buffy kicks ass.
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*OK, so there's other stuff as well, but this is the best/least stressful for the moment...
* The folks behind Game of Thrones are talking about setting an end date for the TV series, even though the final books haven't been published yet.
* The woman behind one of The Office's fansites got to appear in the series finale.
* An interview with Joshua Malina, where he talks about Scandal, Aaron Sorkin, and being a douche on the internet.
* Joss Whedon confirms that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are set to appear in Avengers 2. Meanwhile, the Black Panther rumors have reignited due to Marvel's interest in filming in South Africa. Plus, a look at what's coming up in Phase 3.
* I apparently missed the rumor that either Hawkeye wouldn't be in Avengers 2 or Jeremy Renner was being recast, but apparently the rumor is now that all of that was false and he IS in it? Battle of the anonymous sources!
* Vincent Kartheiser as Mr. Darcy is actually really inspired casting.
* Here's a trailer for Dexter season 8.
* A new Broadway musical starring my TV boyfriend Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez? I am so there.
* In case you weren't following the many fall schedule updates, here's the whole thing in a handy grid.
* SMG and Robin Williams talking about their new show again.
* Matt Smith and David Tennant talking about Doctor Who and the 50th anniversary.
have 115 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 115 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
Or, you know, three other things, if there's some other aspect of the story in question that you'd like to know about.
[Image of Humuhumu looking over her shoulder in a white sun hat and green top, a curled-up Telstar and the bloke, all lounging on a red blanket in our back garden.]
This photo gives an entirely false impression of what the last week has largely been like. I've been chronically short on sleep and generally quite stressed. I have to force myself to pick up my camera, but it's worth it to capture these rare relaxed moments so that I can revisit them instead of the others.
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I have 151 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 151 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
(PS, cuts do not have to be deep. Lower numbers = more likelihood I actually remember anything about the story.)
Our poor cats are finally starting to get used to being in the car... we bundle them up in their carriers and set their litterbox up in the back (mostly because we want to get it out of the house, too). If we're going to be in one place for any length of time, we'll put the seats down in the back and let them have the run of the car. It's thankfully been cool and overcast most of the time, so heat hasn't been a problem. Poor Numfar seems to be mostly coping okay, but hasn't been eating much and is shedding like crazy, so I know the stress is getting to her. Zoë has stopped complaining when we put her in the car now, so I'm guessing she's getting used to it as well. On the plus side, when we eventually drive them over to the new house, at least they won't be super-stressed in the car on the way there.
As of today, we've had over 80 "buying units" (as our realtor called them... basically, groups of people or families or individuals who count as a "unit" when it comes to purchasing the house) go through our house since Thursday evening. We haven't heard whether we've got any offers yet and are supposed to be meeting with our agent tomorrow to go over what there is... really, really hoping for multiple offers. It's recently swung over to being a seller's market again here, simply because the inventory is fairly low. Keeping our fingers crossed that we've got some good ones on the table so we can end this part of the process tomorrow. It's unbelievably tiring!
Crossposted from my Livejournal.
Last Saturday, a bunch of family was down for my cousin Garth's[I have to remember to call him 'Garth' rather than 'Buster,' his childhood nickname, which he's been less fond of either since reaching adulthood or seeing Arrested Development, I'm not sure which came first).] college graduation party, so I got to see most of them and it was a bit hectic but nice.
Then in the evening, I went with jrho, who happened to be in town for a family event of her own, to see The Joy Formidable play at the National. I wasn't really familiar with them but the venue was basically giving away tickets (there was a 'drawing' but everyone who entered seemed to have won), and J recommended them. So we went and it was a great time (J posted pictures here, starting halfway down the page.) They're a Welsh trio with a big sound -- sort of a guitar synth-pop fusion, I guess? Live, they reminded me a bit of St. Vincent -- and they're led by Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryant, a tiny blonde who loves shredding and sparkly necklaces. Excellent entertainment, I endorse seeing them live.
Then, yesterday, inlovewithnight came to visit and we went to see Star Trek Into Darkness, a title I was willing to make fun of until somebody invented the #StarTrekIntoDarknessOnTheEdgeofTown hashtag on Twitter, leading me to realize that this was why the Internet was invented.
As for the movie, ( spoilers, including who plays whom in case you somehow both have missed it and care )
Anyway, after the movie, we came back here and 'Night showed me The Bletchley Circle, which is a short British TV series set in the 1950s, where women who worked as code breakers during WWII reunite to solve a mystery. Plot/procedural wise, it's pretty standard, but the cast is great and, "Historical ladies solving crime!" is pretty much always going to get my stamp of approval. I recommend watching it if that sounds like your kind of thing.
And now it's 3 o'clock on Sunday, I need to send a final followup email to my WisCon panelists and then buckle down on my X-Men remix story and then FOUR DAYS OF WORK AND THEN FLYING TO WISCONSIN omgflail.
Summary: The NCIS Major Case Response Team investigate the brutal murder of a Marine and the trail leads them to a Congolese immigrant named Cierre LuaLua. She’s exotic, mysterious, and dangerous – and she has exceedingly unusual ears. Chapter 3 is 7,000 words, rating 15.
( The King of Elfland’s Daughter 3 )
Pretty please with sugar on top, I could really use a second pair of eyes for this.
And while we're on the subject of betas, I could also use one for the final chapter of my The Mentalist WIP "Fathers' Day".
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Words / Rating: 900 words / G
Summary: Misha and Misha's werehedgehog boyfriend Jensen each have their own way of coping when life gets to be too much.
A/N: This is for a prompt in my ficathon (which is still there, if anyone wants to fill a prompt, although the LJpocalypse has left the comments a mess). It's really short and quietly angsty and also ends a little abruptly? But werehedgehogs!
(Speaking of, no discussion of werehedgehogs is complete without this, which I suspect is what inspired the prompt.)
Also On AO3.
( 'I need my tube,' Jensen says. )
For the record, I have been humming "Marry Me" all day.
I like how the Finnish commentators made a point about how you can't vote for the Finnish song from Finland, because if you were to drive, say, from Tornio to Haparanda, you could vote for it, say, twenty times.
(oh noes, I just had the electricity go out for a few seconds - I hope it's not the thunderstorm they've been forecasting for this weekend)
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(BTW, it feels like it might be a spammy day. You have been forewarned.)
So far, this involves one day per app of utter, screaming frustration while mashing buttons and googling documentation and cursing wildly, and a second day where everything starts to make sense and work nicely and I stop wanting to kill the developers with the power of my mind. That's actually a pretty good ratio.
Dreamweaver -> Aptana Studio 3: Aptana is even more powerful than Dreamweaver, in a lot of ways, and incorporates a lot more OS and collaborative development tools like git. Of course, this means it's even more confusing to look at. Once I'd spent the one frustrated and screaming day, though, I found the bits I needed, went and started up my native installation of Apache AGAIN (fuck you so very much, Apple, for turning that off with every OS upgrade and not even giving me a freaking preference pane to turn it on with any more, and did I mention the part about changing the default root folder, seriously, fuck you) and everything worked nicely. Sites, or now Projects, are defined, with ftp upload/download settings in place, I found a black-on-white code color theme (handily named "Dreamweaver" for code immigrants) and the design view, or now Preview, is working smoothly. I like the real-time feedback of the Console pane, too, which gives me command-line reflections of whatever I'm doing when connected to the remote sites. Having the remote site view be its own tab is also really handy.
Photoshop -> Gimp: Now, I actually started out with Gimp many years ago, so I thought this acclimation would go faster. Ahahaha, it is to be laughing. Nope, still one day of utter, screaming frustration and banging on the desk and asking thin air why anyone would ever think that defaulting the Move tool to grab whatever it hovers on instead of the active layer was a good idea. Once I got to day two, though, I found my tools again, remembered where the settings are and to check them the first time, and have decided that I may actually like Gimp's workspace layout better than Photoshop's. Photoshop has resorted to stacking tools on top of each other, and I found that more than a bit annoying. Gimp spreads them out over a lot of different panes, which can be very frustrating at first, but I still like being able to see all my stuff better than having it hidden in a button stack. At any rate, I successfully designed an ebook cover, which involved a lot of layers and text and messing around with growing and shrinking things and tinkering with colors and fonts; it all worked, and I have a cover I'm satisfied with, which seems like a good indicator.
General conclusion: This will work, but you need to be the kind of person who's willing to bang on it and google the forums and, in the final analysis, just click on things until you start getting the hang of it. I strongly recommend starting with a non-vital scratch project, each time, so you don't worry about destroying important work and can try, and erase, and swear at gods and devs as much as necessary.
The only thing I can say about Inkscape is that clicking blindly on stuff until the right thing happens works just as well as it does in Illustrator. I never used Indesign, so someone else will have to review Scribus, but I have a copy on hand at least, should I ever need it. I raise a toast to Adobe putting themselves out of most of their business. *clinks glasses all around*
Scion , BtVS/Firefly crossover by kerkevik.
Chapter Twenty : Parts One & Two of Vanishing by valyssia.
Chapter Eleven of The Valinor Trail by curiouswombat.
Classic recommendation : Date Night , Spike/Angel by lynnenne.
AtSverse icons by starry_night.
Another year’s gone, ‘poofy,’ bye-bye. I’m older…and feeling pretty ambivalent about it.
The actual good part is all the reminders that I have some pretty nifty people in my life. That Merlin Lady and Miss Sparrow were kind enough to litter my Eljay profile with pretty pixel crack and Kerkevik even wrote a story for me. Plus, there were all the well wishes via PM, post and comment. It was very sweet. Nice to be remembered. Thank you.
This was my single favorite fannish event last year. It's described as "a rapid-fire double-blind anonymous exchange challenge, in which you have a brief set of prompts, a week to work, and a lower AND upper limit on the size of your work." It's great fun, open to both fic and art, and produces all sorts of yummy things. GO PLAY.
(Bearing in mind that the reviews are silly and I thought I didn't like my blue parka because it was unlined and a bit basic, but now spend most of my time walking around in it looking in shop window reflections and thinking how well it goes with skinny jeans and DMs.)
(Really, I think I want it. I just feel poor because I finally got around to dumping most of my savings in an ISA rather than having them floating around my current account. You like it too, right?)
ETA: Wellll... I hope I don't regret that in the morning. To be fair, I haven't been drinking recently. So that makes it OK.
I understand it a little better now.
I’m not saying it’s logical. New!canon can’t change original!canon. I’ll always have original!canon. I’ll always be able to go back to it. Different people like different things. Not everyone has to like the thing I like; I don’t have to like the thing they like. These are just two different canons. I can play in my original!canon sandbox. No one’s telling me to get out.
So, it’s not rational to feel personally hurt right now; I just feel that way. I feel affronted and betrayed and resentful and bitter and angry and most of all just really sad. No one did that to me but me. But I’m still sad.
So, if you want to talk about Star Trek: Into Darkness like a rational person, I highly recommend going elsewhere. If you wanna get your rage on, welcome!
( Contains spoilers for Star Trek: Into Darkness, and everything that is the opposite of squee. )