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Aug. 25th, 2016 08:46 pm
[personal profile] cimorene
Exciting adventures occurred when the washing machine just made distressed noises instead of doing the spin cycle today. We had to stop it and take the clothes out but they were still soapy. If you've never rinsed a mountain of detergent-infused cotton by hand before hanging it up to dry, allow me to not recommend it! I am under no illusions that all the soap came out, but at least the laundry won't be molding until the new washer is delivered.

Malory Beazley Guest Post

Aug. 25th, 2016 10:20 am
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
Banner by caitie of an OTW-themed guest access lanyard

"I’ve been most inspired by the compassion and generosity of fan creators. I’ve read incredible fics that have shifted my view on what makes great storytelling and inspired me to be a better writer. I’ve seen fan art that has moved me on a profound level and ignited my creative spark. I’ve watched fan films and theatrical productions that remind me that joy is the best motivator, not “shoulds” or “oughts.” "

Malory Beazley discusses FAN/FIC Magazine plans, her fanfic trilogy, and the tag whose growth she’s followed at AO3: http://goo.gl/nMaFff

Daily Happiness

Aug. 25th, 2016 12:20 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. I was at work for like twelve hours, but I have tomorrow off! There was definitely stuff I would have put off till tomorrow if I were coming in tomorrow, but I'd rather stay longer today than come in on my day off, so...

2. I had a delicious salad for dinner. I used to eat a large salad for lunch almost every day, but I can't do that as easily now that I'm not working from home, so that leaves dinner the only option, but we often have other dinner plans, so I got out of the habit of eating salads all the time, but I really like salads, so I want to try to eat them more often. I actually have been eating a salad almost every day for the last couple weeks.

3. While Carla's gone I'm getting caught up on some of my shows. I only have so much time I want to devote to watching TV per day, and it's usually taken up by watching stuff that we both like. I finally finished this last season of Bob's Burgers tonight, though!

4. These sleepy babies are so sweet!

Scanlations: IS [ai-esu] ch. 72

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:11 pm
[personal profile] torachan

Title: IS [ai-esu]
Original Title: IS~男でも女でもない性~ (IS~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~)
Author: Rokuhana Chiyo
Publisher: Kiss Comics
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 17 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Dokukinoko Scans (translation by Megchan)
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: IS is a unique manga that realistically deals with the topic of intersexuality. It starts off with a couple shorts dealing with different intersex characters, but starting with the second volume, it becomes a regular series following one character from birth to adulthood.

Chapter Summary: Ibuki had vowed never to see Haru again, but...

Chapter 72


Aug. 24th, 2016 06:59 pm
[personal profile] astolat
Hey so I just have seen that a thing people seem to be doing on imzy is making self-named comms to post their stuff in? So here is mine:


It doesn't quite make sense to me yet, I haven't actually USED it for anything other than posting one test notification (for a new little Dragon Age story I posted on AO3 which I have been too lazy to post anywhere else yet), but I am there! Also I got a heap of invites as a result of creating a comm, so if you want one, just go here:


and put in your email and I'll approve asap.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 24th, 2016 12:37 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today an employee was back to work who had been off for almost two months due to a broken hand. We had to fill his position in the meantime, but there was a new position open for him that I think will suit him better, and he seemed happy and much more relaxed than he had been, so I'm hoping that works out. And also it was just good to have him back. He's not someone I would call a friend, even a work friend, but he's a good worker and we have so many new people it's good to have someone back who's been with us a few years and knows what's what!

2. I was in meetings most of the day at the Gardena store, which meant I didn't get much done at my store, but things are going smoothly enough at the moment that there wasn't actually anything urgent I had to do, so that's good.

3. I had hoped to see my former co-worker who transferred to the Gardena store, but I didn't get there until a few minutes before the meeting started, and by the time we were done, he'd gone home for the day, but he messaged me on Facebook and we had a long gossipy chat tonight and that was fun. (I miss having him around at the store, but he seems really happy with his new position, so.)

4. Look at this sweetie!

Volunteer social thread #59

Aug. 24th, 2016 01:57 am
[personal profile] pauamma posting in [site community profile] dw_volunteers
I apologize for skipping a month. (Why didn't anyone remind me?)

What have you all been up to?

This Week in Fandom, Volume 22

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:46 am
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news

This Week in Fandom, we want to know who's reading The Fifth Season & when you first saw the word 'shipping' http://goo.gl/LGDqOq

Daily Happiness

Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:17 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Carla arrived safely in Chicago (by plane) and then in Rockford (by bus) and finally in Beloit (by car). She's driving down to her folks' tomorrow with her aunt and uncle.

2. I had so much trouble falling asleep last night despite being tired and then had to get up at five to take Carla to the airport, but thankfully I was able to fall asleep easily when I got back home and slept most of the morning.

3. I got some housework and some translating done today.

4. Not only did I see another preview for Yooka Laylee (upcoming game by the makers of Banjo-Kazooie) today, but I also found out there's going to be a sequel to Oceanhorn!

5. Caught the babies cuddling this afternoon.

Vividcon 2016 playlist

Aug. 22nd, 2016 11:09 am
[personal profile] astolat
Hey all, so Youtube now lets you make collaborative playlists! I have set up a Vividcon 2016 playlist with all the premiering vids from the con that I've spotted posted on Youtube, and now I have made it open to collaborators, so if you have a Youtube link for a vid that's not already on the playlist, please use this link to add it?

Vividcon 2016 vids playlist

Culture Consumed Monday

Aug. 22nd, 2016 11:22 pm
[personal profile] vass

Finished Martha Wells' The Cloud Roads. It took me a while to warm up to this. The last third I found a lot more exciting than the first two thirds. Moon's trust issues and everyone else's complete failure to grasp the extent of his trust issues were good. I'm not sure how much I was meant to take the Raksura and the groundlings' view of the Fell at face value. I kept waiting for the "we were wrong to think of them as pure evil and not try to understand them!" twist that never came. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just me reading with a different trope-detector than the one the author intended.

I really liked that Pearl became more sympathetic while still being just as much of a jerk. I... wait. I am just this moment, while typing this now, remembering that the author is an SGA fan, and if she brought that with her into this series, that would make the Fell the Wraith, and Moon would be Sheppard, in which case... is Pearl McKay? Is Jade either Ronon or Teyla? (I have no idea how close I came, if at all. I read as much SGA fic as anyone else in its heyday as a megafandom, but I only watched the first season, and didn't follow canon much.)

Listened to some of the audiobook of Ancillary Sword with Adjoa Andoh as the narrator. I like her reading voice. I like her acting. Some of her pronunciation and voice choices are breaking my brain, though.

Like giving Anaander Mianaai eight syllables. (I give the Lord of the Radch five and a half or maybe six syllables.) Or Anaander's voice. Which... bear in mind, this is Anaander in a very young body. So it's not a wrong choice. It's just that I had not adequately braced myself for the concept of Lord Chibiusa Mianaai, only more saccharine than Chibiusa.

Also she handles the problem of pronouncing the word "Kalr" differently from how I handle it, and it jars me a little every time. And she pronounces Seivarden's name (which I've always read as SAY-varden) SIGH-varden. Which... actually, yes, that makes perfect sense.

So it took me a while to get on board, even though I do like what she does with the little nuances of how Breq talks about her officers' data, and that's probably actually the most important thing for me. What won me over, all at once, was Kalr Five. Who has a deep, morose, Preserved Killick type voice, and delivered the line "Sir... it's the dishes" in a way that made me laugh out loud. A lot. Poor Five. I will be listening to the rest.

Comics and Manga

Read another chapter of Nimona. I like Balister so far, but I haven't yet warmed to Nimona herself. The total disregard for consequences or other people's lives is a turn-off, and watching her crash through Balister's boundaries and plans gives me secondhand anxiety. But we'll see.


Still playing Pokemon Go. Keep on getting the following counting rhyme stuck in my head: "One Rattata, two Rattata, three Rattata, four. Five Rattata, six Rattata, seven Rattata, more."


There are four more daffodils in the garden bed. The two that came back after last year haven't budded, they just have long green stalks. I have this vague memory of reading somewhere that this might mean I won't get flowers from them this year, but might next year? It's not costing me anything to wait and see, anyway. Tulips are budding. Broccoli is showing additional signs of one day being broccoli. One of the carrots is as thick as my index finger at the top of the root. The others are smaller. The kale is not full size yet, but is looking very promising. The spinach is nearly covered up by kale and broccoli plants, but is still boldly growing.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 22nd, 2016 01:03 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Sales were high this weekend. Hopefully that trend will continue as we get out of our yearly summer slump.

2. I have to take Carla to the airport around 5:30 tomorrow morning, but it's my day off, so at least I can go back to sleep as soon as I get home.

3. Chloe is super cute even when she's grumpy about having her photo taken.

[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
DEAR MISS MANNERS: My girlfriend is very particular about table manners. She makes a point of leaving a scattering of food on her plate at the end of a meal rather than finishing every crumb as I do.

I know it only amounts to one or two forkfuls, but having traveled extensively in very poor countries, I think this is wasteful and absurd. The plates are also harder to wash. What are your thoughts?

GENTLE READER: That she would like to be excused before someone discovers her responsibility in this matter. But that would be cowardly.

The sad truth is that a century ago, it was indeed the case that children in families that could afford it were taught not to finish everything on their plates. The embarrassing part is that the rule was phrased as "Leave something for Miss Manners" (and in England, "Leave something for Lady Manners").

So yes, while some people were starving, others were wasting food. Miss Manners was not starving, because she got all the rich folks' leftovers.

It was Eleanor Roosevelt's grandmother who repealed this rule. As recounted in Mrs. Roosevelt's "Book of Common Sense Etiquette": "My grandmother came to believe that food was needed in the world and we who had an abundance should not waste it."

Miss Manners agrees -- thoroughly and, as you might notice, selflessly.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 21st, 2016 01:18 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Carla got her ticket to go back to her folks. She managed to get a pretty cheap flight on Monday (a direct flight and one that leaves and arrives at decent times, even!).

2. I got a bunch of expired Hi Chew for free from work the other day (Japanese flavors, not the US stuff) and it's still nice and soft and also very tasty. I love Hi Chew so much.

3. I'm up later than I meant to be but at least I can sleep in tomorrow!

4. I've got sweety kitties.

[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
DEAR HARRIETTE: My husband surprised me with a dress to wear out on our anniversary. I was surprised by this gesture and wore the dress proudly. I thought this would be a one-time thing. Now, my husband wants to dress me or gives his not-always-positive input on my outfits. I took his first gesture as a fun way to connect, but now I'm regretting opening this door. How can I ask my husband to step back and to stop buying me the clothing he wants me to wear? -- Fashion Emergency, Shreveport, Louisiana

DEAR FASHION EMERGENCY: Clearly, your husband is trying to send you a message. Before you say anything, do a visual review of what he has bought for you and what you have chosen for yourself. Figure out what the difference is between the two wardrobes and if there is anything that you like about his choices. This does not mean that you should feel OK about him putting down your choices. This may also be a fun way for you to connect with each other that sparks some youthful romance.

Feel free to tell him that while you enjoy dressing up for him, you want to take back the control of your wardrobe. Soften the blow by asking him what excites him in wardrobe choices so that you can sprinkle some of those features into your outfits.
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Posted by Clem

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition.

Linux Mint 18 Sarah KDE Edition

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 18 KDE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 18 KDE

System requirements:

  • 2GB RAM.
  • 10GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will not be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 KDE (this edition uses Plasma 5 and this is considered a different desktop).

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please be as accurate as possible and include any information that might help developers reproduce the issue or understand the cause of the issue:
    • Bugs we can reproduce, or which cause we understand are usually fixed very easily.
    • It is important to mention whether a bug happens “always”, or “sometimes”, and what triggers it.
    • If a bug happens but didn’t happen before, or doesn’t happen in another distribution, or doesn’t happen in a different environment, please mention it and try to pinpoint the differences at play.
    • If we can’t reproduce a particular bug and we don’t understand its cause, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to fix it.
  • Please visit https://github.com/linuxmint/Roadmap to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php.

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

Butternut, Kale & Feta Quiche

Aug. 20th, 2016 09:10 am
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Posted by Green Kitchen Stories


Last weekend we went to a crayfish potluck party in a friend’s garden. Vegetarians at a crayfish party might sound awkward but the crayfish are actually just an excuse to spend an evening with your friends, sitting outside until dark, drinking, eating, singing songs and wearing silly hats. Life in its very essence.

Since we don’t eat crayfish, we made a couple of salads and baked a large, round version of this butternut quiche. We have been talking about making a butternut quiche ever since we first tried it, two years ago at a café in Bondi outside Sydney. Their version had large chunks of salty feta cheese and a slight tartness from vinegar that balanced the sweetness from the pumpkin perfectly, so we made ours the same way. We also used our favourite oat & almond pastry which added a nice nuttiness to the quiche. The addition of kale to the filling makes it a little greener and more substantial and the pieces on top crisps up into chips. I guess it’s not our most unique recipe but a really good one to keep up your sleeve for picnics and late-summer parties.

When we recreated the quiche the other day, we also shot this video below. It all came together in a rather stressful hour between soccer practice and dinner time and we didn’t have much light to work with either, so please excuse the blurry quality here and there.




You can probably veganize this by leaving out the eggs and replacing the feta cheese with tofu, a squeeze of lime and nutritional yeast. The pumpkin makes it very rich and creamy on its own, but since we wanted to recreate the butternut and feta quiche from our travels, we didn’t try a vegan version ourselves this time. Do let us know if you succeed with it!


Butternut, Kale & Feta Quiche

3/4 cup / 100 g oat flour (or 1 cup / 100 g rolled oats mixed into flour in a food processor)
1/3 cup / 50 g rice flour

1/2 cup/ 50 g almond flour
2 tbsp potato starch or arrowroot
1/2 tsp sea salt
100 g / 3 1/2 oz chilled butter or solid coconut oil, cut into dices

3-4 tbsp ice-cold water

Butternut & Kale Filling
1 small butternut squash/pumpkin
a drizzle of olive oil or coconut oil
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
sea salt & black pepper
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 large handfuls (100 g / 3 1/2 oz) tuscan kale / black kale or regular kale, remove stems and chopped (if you can’t get kale use spinach instead)
2 tbsp unfiltered apple cider vinegar (or balsamico)
sea salt & black pepper
1 cup milk of choice (we use oat milk or almond milk)
2 eggs
150 g / 1 block feta cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
Prepare the pastry: Add oat flour, almond flour, rice flour, potato starch and sea salt to a bowl and toss until combined. Add the diced butter to the flour and use your fingers to mix the dough into a rough breadcrumb consistency. (These steps can also be made by pulsing the butter with the flour in a food processor.) Add the water, little by little, and work it together into a dough. Flip it out on a floured workspace and shape it into a thick disk. If it feels crumbly, add 1-2 tbsp extra water. Gather the dough into a disk, wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the filling.

Prepare the filling: Line a baking tray with baking paper. Peel the butternut, discard the seeds and cut into 1 inch / 2,5 cm dices and place on the tray. Drizzle with oil, add the spices and toss to combine. Roast in the oven for approx. 20 minutes or until it starts to brown and soften. Set aside. This step can easily be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a couple of days before baking the quiche. While the pumpkin is in the oven, heat oil in a skillet on medium heat and stir-fry the onion and garlic for 10 minutes until transparent and soft. Add the chopped kale, stir around and stir-fry for a few more minutes, add the apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper and leave for two more minutes. Set aside.

Assembling the quiche: Place the chilled dough between two baking papers and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until you got a rough circle, about 1/8 inch / 5 mm thick. Carefully transfer it to a 10 inch / 27 cm tart pan (or rectangular as in the video). You can also press out the pastry dough directly into the pan. Trim off any excess dough then use a fork to prick it a few times. Blind-bake for 10 minutes to prevent the crust from getting soggy.
In a large bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Add onion and kale, crumbled feta cheese and half of the baked butternut to the egg mixture and gently combine. Pour into the blind-baked quiche crust. Press extra roasted butternut into the quiche if there is still space (any leftovers can easily be used in a delicious salad or inside a sandwich). Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden. Serve the quiche warm with a light salad on the side.


PS. We have also been celebrating this little 2-year old smoothie maniac and kitchen helper throughout the week. Happy birthday Isac!

Daily Happiness

Aug. 20th, 2016 12:57 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got off work pretty much on time today.

2. Carla got a text today from her sister that her mom is in the hospital. It looks like she had a stroke, though thankfully a fairly mild one. Hopefully she can be released in a couple days. They're keeping her right now for observation and to get her some fluids since she was very dehydrated. So it could definitely have been a lot worse, but please think good thoughts for her. Carla will probably be flying out there in a couple days, too.

3. Molly was super cute all curled up in this box all afternoon.

[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years. He is in grad school. I failed out of community college. My lack of education stresses me out emotionally. I love him very much, and I see a future with him. But the idea of an architect and a community college dropout makes my heart ache. He deserves someone more on his intellectual level. He is originally from another state and this is one of the reasons why I haven't met his family.

I have thought about trying to get a degree to become a certified nursing assistant, but again there would be a gap in our professional levels. I'm afraid that when he does introduce me to his family they will convince him he's better off without me. Part of me believes it's true.

Please give me advice about what to do. I don't want to lose him, but at the same time, I want him to be happy. -- UNEQUAL IN WISCONSIN

DEAR UNEQUAL: I can't help but wonder if you have ever spoken with someone who does career counseling. Some universities and community colleges have extension divisions that offer it. Part of the counseling involves aptitude testing, which could help you determine what you would be good at.

Being a nursing assistant is a respectable career that involves responsibility and people skills. If you feel drawn to it, then that's what you should pursue, and you should not feel embarrassed or have a need to apologize for it.

OTW Elections 2016: Are You Ready?

Aug. 19th, 2016 08:42 am
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
OTW Elections 2016: are you ready? Monthly calendar for 2016 with the 23rd day marked.

Become an OTW member by August 23 to vote in the upcoming Board of Directors election! http://goo.gl/uVhWQP

Daily Happiness

Aug. 19th, 2016 12:29 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. It's been such nice weather lately. It looks like it's going to continue till at least the end of the month, but that just makes me scared that we're going to have a super hot September and October like we did last year. -_- I'm enjoying it while it lasts, though!

2. Our porch light went out last year or earlier this year and it's not the bulb but something in the wiring, so we haven't had the money to get it fixed even though I really hate having the porch be so dark (especially like when we have food delivered or something). Then recently Carla happened to see a little solar powered light on some Amazon deal and we bought one and today I finally got around to installing it and it works great! It's not super bright, but it's better than nothing and will do until we can get the wiring repaired. It's motion triggered, which I was kind of worried about because that can be annoying, but it doesn't seem to be overly sensitive. It's pretty exciting to have light again! Almost makes me want to order pizza or something. :p

3. I'm lagging a little behind on some of my manga this month, but I got another chapter finished today and off to the typesetter.

4. I got so many cute pics of the kitties today! They were just chilling on the bed while I was reading this afternoon.

Weekly Reading

Aug. 18th, 2016 05:26 pm
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Amaama to Inazuma vol. 5 and still enjoying it. Carla wants to try out the anime, so I'll probably be watching that soon as well, though we haven't started yet.

Bookwise, I'm reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, though that's more a "started but then got distracted" sort of thing than actively reading. I had just started another book when this came out, so although I read the first chapter or so, I set it aside to finish my other book. Now that I've finished the book I was reading, I'll probably get back into this again. All the spoilers I heard about it sound awesome, so I've been looking forward to it.

I'm also reading The Sweeter the Juice by Shirlee Haizlip, a memoir of a black woman whose mother's side of the family began passing for white and cut them off. I started this months and months ago, but since it's a physical book rather than ebook, it kind of got lost in the shuffle. I started it up again yesterday and am enjoying it a lot.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished a reread of The Westing Game. I loved this book as a kid and read it several times, but unfortunately it just does not live up to my memory. It was okay, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

I also read vol. 4 of Amaama to Inazuma.

What do you think you'll read next?
Mangawise, I just got the new volume of Koiiji the other day, so as soon as I finish Amaama to Inazuma 5, I'll probably read that. Vol. 5 is the last of Amaama to Inazuma that I have on my ipad, so I'll be taking a break from that for a while anyway as I'm really trying to clear stuff off instead of just adding more new stuff.
[personal profile] norah
Okay, so I was trying to remember what these flowers are called so I could tell [personal profile] thefourthvine; there were a bunch of them planted outside the Springhill Suites. IMPATIENS. )

You can find them everywhere across the United States - they make low, brightly-colored massed plantings in a lot of commercial landscaping.

The best thing about impatiens comes in fall, though, when the seed pods swell up. Pinch the pod lightly (or even poke it, if it's super-ready), and...

Kids can do this forever. Like, until there are no more seed pods in the bed.


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