keladry_lupin: (I'm Okay (Cox))
Here's my List of Happiness on Tuesday, thanks to a Monday holiday:

1. The holiday allowed Mom to come home Sunday night, even though it was an Aunt Millie weekend. Mom surprised me with takeaway from my favorite Chinese restaurant, which is an hour's drive from Long Beach, so I don't get it often. On Monday, we saw The Avengers, and I fixed tacos for dinner, which is Mom's favorite.

2. We saw the last three of Donna's episodes of Doctor Who Sunday night. There are things about Donna I'm not particularly fond of, but she is a brilliant character and an excellent foil for the Doctor.

3. Yay, Andrew Scott won a BAFTA! (I was rooting a teensy bit more for Martin Freeman, but I'm delighted Andrew got it.)

4. I had artist's block Saturday and Sunday, but I forced myself to work through, which is so unlike me. I'm working frantically on the final draft now.

5. I'd never heard of I've Never Seen Star Wars before I saw the episode Jo Brand hosted, and Stephen Fry was the guest. I was in agony when Stephen labored and sweated over the IKEA desk, but everything else was cool. His relief that the ear piercing wasn't as awful as he'd feared was downright adorable, and I wish he'd been able to keep it.

I also saw Rory McGrath's and Clive Anderson's episodes via YouTube, which were fun, too.

6. I'm enjoying reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, though it's slow going because of deadlines (see #4). There's another overdue library book to add to my tally, and shame on me.

And that's about it at the moment. Happy Tuesday!
keladry_lupin: (Giraffe Tongue)
Any happy list I came up with today would be pathetic and banal, so here's something to make you smile --

-- and the words of John Cage: "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it."

* I don't know who made the Marvin graffito or who took the photo, so I can't give image credit. Bad me.


May. 8th, 2012 09:30 am
keladry_lupin: (Aaah (Stephen))
Bought a camera yesterday during lunch. I've been meaning to buy one for a few years and occasionally did research, but I didn't wake up Monday morning and think, Okay, today's the day, so you could consider this to be one hell of an impulse purchase. A local camera shop was having a Mother's Day sale, so I looked at what was in my price range, looked at user reviews for the same model at Amazon, and went with the best-reviewed one I could afford.

It's very cute. Minuscule, though! It's smaller than a deck of cards, and the memory card has more space on it than my antiquated computer at home. It's bright red -- they were out of black and silver, so it was down to red or blue -- and the instruction manual is huge. I'll take some time before the weekend to read through everything and figure out how it works so I can take a few photos of the family during our Mother's Day/Jimbo's birthday party.

Jimbo turned 42 yesterday. I didn't get to talk to him, but I wished him a happy day on a voicemail. He didn't get the reference, of course (he's appallingly normal), but I said I wished he gets all the answers -- and all the questions -- he wants this year.

Actually, I'm not sure if he's appallingly normal, or if I'm pathetically geeky.

I shall take two days off work in the next week to embroider my craft swap present until my fingers are sore. I have eight days until I have to send it, and I am not even halfway done. I plan to see The Avengers, do some laundry, and clean the hobbit hole as well -- I can't sit on my butt and stitch the whole time!

The powers that be held a graduation meeting this morning: I'm an usher and row monitor. We don't have to handle the hairy situations, because we hire security guards for the worst of it, but my happy customer service face will be firmly in place the whole time. And I will have loads of sunblock covering it, since we'll be out in the sun and humidity for four hours.

The person conducting the meeting said, "You ushers are the faces we present to the public during the ceremony." My first thought was, "Why the hell did you want THIS face, then?"
keladry_lupin: (Needle and Thread)
To keep me motivated, I shall take photos of the Sherlock Craft Swap project to show my progress. Cut for space and swearing. )
keladry_lupin: (Needle and Thread)
Being productive. )

The state of the Trina. )
keladry_lupin: (Music Is My Boyfriend)
Just got back from the History and Future of Film Composing broadcast. I had a good time, and I'm glad I went. Read more... )

And because I've been threatening to do it, here's a close-up of my kitchen wall. Read more... )
keladry_lupin: (Music (Dancing))
So Amanda Abbington occasionally pimps her (and Martin Freeman's) favorite music on her Twitter account. I listened to this video --

-- and I was mightily impressed. Alabama Shakes is coming to California in August.

Anyone want to come with? I can do Los Angeles or San Diego.
keladry_lupin: (Hermits United)
Watched the pilot and second episodes of Firefly last night. Everyone who's seen it has said I would like it, and they were right! I'd normally blaze a trail through it, but with only fourteen-ish episodes and a movie, I'll draw it out a bit.

Spent a few hours in the garden today. Pulled weeds, fertilized the three front-porch plants, transplanted and pruned Mom's gardenia and orchid into bigger containers, started some spinach seeds, turned over the compost in the bin, and took some stuff to the dumpster. I'm now grotty, slightly sunburnt, and quite content, though the garden still looks a bit of a mess.

Basil is wilting despite my efforts to keep it alive, so I pinched most of the big leaves off and made bruschetta topping. Will nom it with garlic bread later.

Nice afternoon with Dad yesterday. Lunch out with each of us getting a dish to go as well as something to eat there, and then we went to the supermarket for enough stuff to get us through the week.

Fighter jets and stealth bombers flying overhead and three days of persistent, far-off engine noise means it's Grand Prix weekend! I missed seeing the planes this year, because they're overhead by the time you hear them and already gone before you run outside.

BBC Sherlock and John fanart is framed and hanging on my kitchen wall with my French art posters. The last Severus and Hermione Exchange piece will go under it as soon as the 6x8 frame arrives.

Made French toast with French bread today -- I normally just use sandwich bread. I always put so much cinnamon on it that I didn't think the kind of bread would make a difference, but it was a bit tastier than usual.

For once, the prevailing neighbor music is not the same Andrea Bocelli CDs over and over again. I'd thought to put an Eagles DVD on to shake mah bootay while I cleaned, but I'll just go with the neighbor's jazz instead of fighting it. (Right now it's Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass.")

Finally got around to watching episode one of Alec Guinness's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Friday night. I really liked it and will get through more this week.

Waiting for two fest assignments. I should be getting the craft one today or tomorrow, which is why I'm trying to get as much RL stuff done as I can now.

Back and knee aches are starting to manifest after the weed pulling and lugging of heavy pots. Brownies, Martinelli's, a Baker Street Babes podcast, and a bubble bath shall be my reward for a good day's work. *toddles off to beat the cat hair out of the rugs and REALLY earn some aches and pains*

So there's a weekend in a blog post from the most boring person on the planet. (That isn't self-pity; I like my little life.) I hope your weekends were even more enjoyable than mine has been. *blows kisses*
keladry_lupin: (Ew Not Enough Vomit in the World)
Originally posted by [ profile] why_me_why_not at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
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Originally posted by [ profile] calliopes_penat CISPA is the new SOPA
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Originally posted by [personal profile] velvetwhip at CISPA is the new SOPA

Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

keladry_lupin: (Fist Pump (Dara))
I have almost finished a major project that's so far overdue I don't even want to say it for fear you'll all take me off your friends lists on principle because I'm such a flake. I need to proofread it, which will take an hour or two some time this weekend, and then I can send it off.

Thanks, S, for not firing me. Especially since you have your work cut out for you in the proofreading -- I've thrown my hands up and typed "INDECIPHERABLE" or "SHIT, I DON'T KNOW" at least a dozen times.

Yes, it's backed up online. If I lost it now, I'd do myself in. (Not really.)
keladry_lupin: (Sustenance Chopping Vegetables)
How I did it the first time:

15 oz low fat ricotta cheese
20 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 lb frozen spinach, defrosted and rinsed and squeezed dry-ish
15 medium basil leaves
1 jar plain spaghetti sauce
20 white button mushrooms, sauteed ... or just a large-ish can if you want to cheat save time
5 sprigs fresh parsley (1 sprig = what you get on your plate in a restaurant)
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed *pets garlic press*
1/2 - 2/3 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded

Notes to self for next time: add the meat from one Italian sausage or a cooked veggie burger patty. Double the mushrooms, garlic, and basil.

Boil, drain, and cool the pasta shells. Throw everything except the mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, and half the parmesan together in a big bowl and mix. Spread a little spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 dish. Scoop the ricotta-egg-spinach mixture into the shells and set them face down in the dish. Spoon the rest of the sauce over the shells. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes covered, then top with the remainder of the parmesan and the mozzarella and bake an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered. Let stand out of the oven for a few minutes before serving.

Serve with garlic bread and salad.

Edit: I found this and am grafting it in for future reference:
keladry_lupin: (Baked Potato (Martin))
From [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. Are you a loser?
2. What "geeky" activities do you take part in (games, trivial pursuits, etc)?
3. Are you out of the closet about your geekiness?
4. Does your significant other join in on these activities? (Or, if single, would a potential SO have to?)
5. Geekiest public moment?

1. Yeah. I make Charlie Brown and Martin Crieff look good.

2. Fanfic and fanart (both creating and appreciating), meetups and a few conventions/symposiums. I've cosplayed once or twice. I read a lot of books, though not as many as I did before I started reading fanfiction. I stand out in the freezing cold and miss sleep for hours to stare at the night sky in the hopes of seeing a meteor. I'm on Tumblr, though I reblog more than I create, and I stalk my favorite actors on Twitter.

3. I'm too lazy to be in the closet, though I don't broadcast the extent of my geekiness unless I'm with close friends.

4. Single. He wouldn't need to, but it would help.

5. Fangirling Mark Hamill at a convention.


Mar. 28th, 2012 07:26 pm
keladry_lupin: (Depression To Do List)
*relieved sigh* There's at least one SoCA location showing the encore of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein: the Downtown Independent in LA. Two of my June weekends have stuff in them already, but I will make time for this. Totally worth the drive, though I'm hoping Fathom Events picks it up somewhere closer.

Got compliments from three coworkers on today's outfit, which is always nice. Blue floral print dress, denim jacket, my white-to-blue scarf, brown wedges, and pink toes!

And ugly office carpet.

The black dog or some lurking beast from my anxiety closet has come for a visit -- he's been here for over a week, but I only realized it last night. I feel a bit lighter today, though. Maybe it's the clothes? XD I actually feel like I can accomplish something tonight once I get home.
keladry_lupin: (F*#@)
Plagiarism! [ profile] severely_lupine explains what's happening at her blog:

FF.n's Capcha isn't letting me report the abuse via the website, even though I'm entering the correct characters, so I sent an e-mail to Read more... )

Let's go get 'em.

EDIT: Mission accomplished. The plagiarist claims someone else hacked into her account and posted the fic. Whether this story is true or not, she's apologized and taken "Bride" down. Thanks for the support!

*huge grin*
keladry_lupin: (Small Pleasures (Amelie))
1. All I have to say is "I'm gonna getcha" to Bubba, and he stops whatever he's doing, chirps, and presents his belly for rubbing. It's the cutest thing he's done since he was an adolescent kitten and suddenly got too cool to attack my ankles any more.

2. I like being able to track my progress on Chore Wars. I'm still figuring out how it works, since I've never played D&D type games before (I had to use Google to find out what XPs are), but it's fun.

3. Finally transplanted the rosemary topiary in a larger container yesterday along with some of the compost and compost tea. (The worms seem to be thriving in their bin!) The amaryllis is starting to bloom, too. Now, if I can just find a way to coax something more than a few feeble leaves from the gardenia, I shall be very happy, indeed.

4. A belated birthday present from Mermaid (best friend since preschool) arrived Thursday. It's a beautiful burgundy hat! Her mad sewing skills get better all the time.

5. I gave myself a good lecture last night and donned the writing hat. I ended up editing more than writing, and I still have stuff to slide in and a whole day to conjure, but as motivation is my Achilles heel, I'll take what squee I can get. (And I found a title. Not a very good one, but I spent four hours over the weekend looking through YouTube videos and a Beatles songbook, so when I finally listened to Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," I gave up and grabbed a few words from it.)
keladry_lupin: (Daisies)
From [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. What is your favorite season?
2. Do you do anything special to acknowledge the change of seasons?
3. Planning to do any spring cleaning this year?
4. What is your favorite plant and why?
5. Hows about a poem? C'mon, it can be about anything you like.

1. Autumn! The heat of summer is over for a while, we get weather that's something other than sunny, and the holidays are coming.

2. Not usually, though Christmas (obviously) is only a few days after the winter solstice, so in a way, I celebrate that.

3. I never used to, but I have for the last few years. I'm just getting the flat up to the usual level of company-cleanliness right now (I've been spectacularly lazy this winter), and then I'll bring out the big guns and start doing the extra stuff that only happens once a year.

4. I like herbs I can cook with, but my favorite flower is a white daisy. Big or small, I don't really care; I just like daisies.

5. I can't remember the author, and I'm probably getting the words wrong, but the gist of my favorite haiku is:

In spite of my efforts to conceal my love,
It shows on my face and makes people ask,
"Is something bothering you?"

What? You didn't say I had to write it. Originally written in Japanese, obviously, since the syllables don't match up.


Mar. 21st, 2012 05:51 pm
keladry_lupin: (Clean All the Things)
Does anyone do Chore Wars? I've never played any kind of RP or D&D type game, so I don't know how it works, though the website's FAQ is helping. I'm trying to decide if it'd be more of a help or a hindrance (it could be a hindrance if I spend cleaning time online instead of cleaning). I need something to get me through spring cleaning this yea; I only did about 2/3 of the tasks I'd set for myself last year. (I do have to admit that 2/3 is more than I'd ever done before, because spring cleaning was never something we did when I was growing up.)
keladry_lupin: (Duck Butt)
Originally posted by [ profile] bonsaibetz at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
It's still Black March.  Do not go to the movies, buy DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, newspapers or download any purchased songs in the month of March.  Want to see Hunger Games?  Me too.  Wait one more week and see it Sunday April 1st if you're serious about taking a stand against this.  Watch my previous post of Part 4 of Everything is a Remix.  This copy write fuckery is covered in that video.

Originally posted by [ profile] sabrebabe at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] voxangelus at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] paean_sf at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] marguerite_26 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

(this is an edited version of [ profile] lk737's post here)

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:


Mar. 19th, 2012 10:24 am
keladry_lupin: (Cheering (Quinn and Rachel))
Now that I'm a little bit awake, here's this week's happy list in an attempt to brighten my Monday. (Hopefully something here will brighten yours, too.)

1. Orange chicken leftovers heated up for breakfast = yum.

2. Stylish: Advanced Style is getting attention at Tumblr.

3. Silly: Otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch is getting attention at Tumblr and trending at Twitter.

4. I got some good quality sleep last night instead of fitful dozing.

5. Finished one of my geek shirts and am about halfway through the other. (I'm not sure how many people will get either of them, to be honest, but I like them, and that's good enough for me.)

6. Did my first beta reading job in three years. It feels good to get back in the saddle.

Go forth and shake your booties, friends:


Mar. 16th, 2012 01:31 pm
keladry_lupin: (One of Those Days (Kirk))
The law school computer network has been down since Computer Guru R came in at five in the morning to update the servers. The Internet's up (obviously), but the internal network is still out, which means I can't get to my e-mail or spreadsheets. 80% of my job is on the server, so I am SOL until it's updated. I thought yesterday about taking today off, but I used up almost half of the vacation time I had banked last week with my super-busy (but mostly fun) week. And I was coming out to Orange County anyway to have lunch with Mom, so I was gonna use the petrol anyway.

Could be worse. I could have absolutely nothing at all to do. I'm off to get some looseleaf books to update, and I have two hours of Cabin Pressure that I haven't heard yet to help me through the mindless tedium of filing.


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