Friday, April 19th, 2019 12:41 am
Plus I had to take ibuprofen for a headache which I think was mostly eyestrain. I need to get new glasses. Or see if the other glasses in the car help. Or get one of my eyes replaced with a Borg eyepiece. Bet that'd fix the issues...

Kid wants to get up to go to an 8:30 thing so I need to get to bed.

Havva Quote
GM: I had necrotic damage on the brain -- no, wait, that sounds bad.
--Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets.

INwatch+Bookwatch )
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 12:15 am
Today's prompt is: "turning over a new leaf"
Friday, April 19th, 2019 04:09 am
noun: 1. A complete body of the laws of a country, organization, etc. 2. A comprehensive treatise on a subject.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 03:36 am

Posted by Lexica

If you've ever tried a recipe and wondered why it wasn't as easy as the video made it seem, you may appreciate the Behind Tasty series on YouTube.

How many tries does it take to cast a chocolate sphere? How do you cut smoothly through a crepe cake using a fork? Croissants are hard, mirror glaze seems temperamental, and 100 layers of anything is questionable.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 03:03 am

Posted by simonw

Kākāpō (previously on MetaFilter) are having a record breeding season: more than 76 chicks have hatched from 49 out of the 50 breeding females. Since there are only 147 adult Kākāpō on the planet (so few that Wikipedia lists every one of them by name) this is a very big deal. And in breaking Kākāpō news, Solstice just laid another 3 eggs last night - her third nest this year!

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 10:11 pm

I forgot to post this photo of a turkey that brought his flock through the yard a couple of weeks ago. I've been seeing turkeys in the state for a couple of decades, but this is the first time I've ever seen one all puffed up like this.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 02:44 am

Posted by William Hughes on News, shared by William Hughes to The A.V. Club

While the various and assorted Greyjoys of the Iron Islands are the undisputed masters of piracy within the Game Of Thrones universe, they’ve never been able to hold a candle to the swashbuckling digital buccaneers lurking among the show’s scofflaw-heavy fanbase. Engadget reports that the series’ just-debuted final…


Thursday, April 18th, 2019 07:57 pm

Posted by Kate Kulzick on TV Club, shared by Kate Kulzick to The A.V. Club

One of the most endearing charms of RuPaul’s Drag Race is its catalog of entertaining, show-specific challenges. There’s the Reading Is Fundamental mini-challenge, the makeover challenge, and the Rusical, to name just a few. Its most high-profile challenge, though, is Snatch Game. Snatch Game is not only Drag Race’s…


Thursday, April 18th, 2019 10:34 pm
We had a pretty good game session last night. It took us a while to figure out where we'd left off because it had been so long since we last met. Scott kicked off a major plot for us. Well, maybe 'kicked off' is the wrong phrase. He dropped different bits of it on different characters so that we had to put the pieces together.

We discussed character advancement. The other players seemed to have ideas. I just have this blobby sense that the things my character ought to be good at don't fit the available options unless I twist the names of the skills beyond recognition. Part of that is that I built her backstory to explain her being good at the sort of inference about worldbuilding/plot that I do automatically when I'm role playing or reading or what-have-you. I thought I might as well lean into it since it's not a thing I can manage not to. I can play as if my character doesn't know a plot thread is there, but it's less fun.

I think part of my problem is that, as defined by the rules, there are three skills that my character should be really good at. I want her to be good enough at them to have multiple specializations without necessarily being that good at the other specializations. Scott and I kind of work around this because he knows what I think she can do and agrees that my ideas of what she can and can't do make sense. She has a high sneak skill, but she would actually be terrible at, say, ghosting through the streets or walking silently in the woods. She's good at knowing where the holes are in surveillance systems, and she's good at acting like she belongs wherever she is.

We're still trying to get Scott's sister to tell us what she'd like us to bring to the Easter dinner. Even a general food category would be helpful. She's told us what other people are bringing but not what she'll be making.

Scott bought some new trousers online. One pair fit comfortably, but the other two are going back. I wanted to wash the keepers today, but my hands weren't up to it.

My hands gave up on working properly before Cordelia got home from school. I think a lot of that was me trying to disassemble things that needed to go into the dishwasher. The cold brew coffee making thing wouldn't come apart. I tried several times, with breaks, before just dumping it into the dishwasher still assembled. It kind of got clean, much moreso than I expected, but coffee grounds tend to get wedged in seams and corners when I wash it that way.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 01:45 am

Posted by Zack Handlen on TV Club, shared by Zack Handlen to The A.V. Club

Star Trek: Discovery’s second season has been stronger than its first. The storytelling has been more cohesive; it’s arguably less surprising than the first season’s whiplash transitions between the Klingon War and the Mirror Universe, but it’s easier to go back and trace the through-line that connects all of this.…


Friday, April 19th, 2019 12:59 am

Posted by Johnny Wallflower

When I meet women on dating apps, I always want to know if I can take them to the Olive Garden, my treat. It's a solid opener; a way to know if we're compatible. If they're the right kind of woman for me, they'll respond with an enthusiastic yes.

The right kind of woman for me is someone who won't give me a hard time about the things I like. The kind of woman who will let me pocket all the leftover breadsticks and doesn't care if we only discuss our favorite sexual positions and what kind of appetizers look best off the limited-time-only menu. We're at Olive Garden because it's kitschy and cute. Nothing that happens needs to be a serious thing. It's no big deal.

Part of Bon Appétit's Red Sauce America series (previously). Others include:

The Incredible Costless Abundance of Macaroni Grill's Free Bread

The Aspirational Food World Tried (and Failed) to Shame My Love of Red Sauce

To Understand Pittsburgh, You Have to Understand Greens and Beans
Thursday, April 18th, 2019 06:07 pm
Title: A New Story
Author: Alethia
Pairing: Michael Burnham/Christopher Pike
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1430

Author's Notes: I'm feeling Very Melancholy about the S2 finale, so the other story I'm writing is getting far longer than I expected. So here's a bite-sized post-ep for 2.11 "Perpetual Infinity." Also posted here.

Summary: "I've seen hundreds of permutations. I know all the variables in play. You have to tell him."

Michael's gut dropped out as she realized what her mom was saying. "Mom."


Star Trek: Discovery Fic: A New Story (Burnham/Pike, PG) )

There, I fixed it. As they say, it writes itself.
Friday, April 19th, 2019 12:20 am

Posted by William Hughes on News, shared by William Hughes to The A.V. Club

As pop culture journalists—and not, say, medical school textbook authors, those high-flying hotshots of the written word—we really don’t get enough opportunities to use the word “hemorrhage” in our day-to-day lives. Which is why we’re feeling especially grateful to embattled movie ticket subscription service MoviePass…


Friday, April 19th, 2019 12:00 am

Posted by Noel Murray

The first three episodes of the new Twilight Zone have all seen writers and directors wrestling with the legacy of Rod Serling’s original series, trying to figure out how to make a science-fiction anthology show that’s relevant to today, yet also true to what “the Twilight Zone” really means. This week’s “A Traveler,”…


Thursday, April 18th, 2019 08:41 pm
Today was the research presentations for our students. My student won the presidential award and the student choice award though lost the school of science award for her failure to do a damn control. But still she did hard work (and has done the controls now but too late for inclusion on the poster). I am proud of what she did, control aside, and there is more work to do from this. I do think we can get some sort of paper out of it.

Me and my coworkers went for wine after it. I do like my winery so I ended up buying a bottle of wine I've not tasted (a sweet white) because it always sells out. I'm like yoink, mine.

And now I have to a) finish that goddamn Christmas story (last scene but I am underwhelmed by this thing) and b) look at my own ARC.

Also I've now filled the expansion SD card. WTF? Dear self stop stock piling the damn free ebooks. You couldn't read this many in a life time.