Easy Timberline

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:57 pm
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Timberline Font Test
Timberline Font Test

I wanted to play with the Timberline font again, and I fired up Affinity Photo. Something I saw last time but did not explore was the Glyph Browser. This time I paid more attention. I was able to open Glyph Browser as a large, separate palette and increase the font size so that I could see glyph detail. Double-clicking on the glyphs I wanted to insert into the text box was way easier than using Apple Font Book. As I’ve noted before, Affinity Photo is pretty cool.

Mermaid cake

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:05 pm
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There's a longer story to this, which deserves a locked post, but the short version is that we're having a school event and one of my kids is really into mermaids and asked me if I could make a mermaid cake.

Like you can't just say, "[Sabs] can you make a mermaid cake?" and not have me auto-respond, "I HAVE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE EXISTENCE TO DO SO OMG" before I realize the logistics involved.

So I made a mermaid cake.





I think it actually looks better IRL and I'm pretty sure it's going to actually taste good, as the individual components all taste good. Maybe not Pinterest worthy but pretty respectable!
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Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein (Author)

four of four stars

print, ebook

Appreciated this book, aimed at cis folks like me. review and long quote )

Postal Woes

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:29 am
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 Yesterday, my postal carrier delivered two piece of mail to our house, neither of them actually addressed to us. One was to "current resident" at our address and the other "valued customer." 

We get a lot of spam mail, it's true. But, I have DOZENS of pen pals across the globe and so I'm used to seeing at least _one_ piece of personalized mail in the box, a utility bill at the very least.  

When I complained to Shawn about it this morning, she said, "Oh, yeah, wasn't there an article about this recently?" Apparently, there was! The Pioneer Press ran an article about mail delivery issues in St. Paul's east side. Shawn, who has subscribed to all of the neighborhood groups, said that she'd seen people complaining about slow mail delivery in other neighborhoods as well. 

I love getting mail.

I don't know what I'm going to do if we stop reliably getting mail.

I mean, I don't care if we get our bills--though I'm sure, given that we do NOT pay electronically, our services will care quite a bit more than I do, but what if I'm not getting the latest news from Austraila or Canada!??? !!! It's unbearable to think about! 

I understand that "snail mail" has become a thing of the past for a lot of people, but it's my hobby.  I enjoy getting paper letters and sending them. I guess I'm not worried about my mail going OUT. Shawn has long taken my letters to work, since she's downtown and the Minnesota Historical Society has a huge volume of mail that goes in and out. I still, however, occasionally leave letters out for my postal carrier to pick up, and now I'm wondering if that's wise?  


The least bad is best.

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:41 am
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I'm seeing more and more posts about this or that Democratic candidate. Some are supporting someone. Most are pointing out someone's flaws.

No one's hands are clean. None of them.

We will need to elect and wholeheartedly support one of them. Vote in the primary for whomever you think has the dirt on their hands you feel is least objectionable. But please don't get super vitriolic about the others. Because one of these is going to be your Democratic candidate. And the more you have hated on that person, the harder it's going to be to convince anyone you're 100% behind them later. Including yourself.

(no subject)

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:36 am
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Yesterday's work had me in tears at one point. Therapy this afternoon and i'm taking Friday off because burn out.

My sister is planning on taking a day off a week to relieve Dad. She tried working from their home and is clear that's not happening (and i'm not surprised).

There's this tension being with Mom: yes, let her independently roll down the hall, but show up when she gets to the door to the bedroom to help her make the turn by pivoting the wheelchair with a little lift. Dad is too tired to really let her do the independent thing. If she's carrying a glass and drops it, it's more work for him -- particularly knee bending arthritic work.

And i'm pretty sure that she's decided Dad and i are in it together, telling her doctors what to do and what not. Apparently, if Dad is home, Mom won't let the hired caregiver give care. And she's berating him for slacking off etc.

I just don't even know.

Yesterday's Procrastination

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:33 am
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This morning [Tuesday!] i learned about glycerites and glycerine in cooking. Apparently glycerine can act as a preservative, is used in icings like fondants and in granola and protein bars.
Glycerine doesn't cause insulin spikes [here] and used as a sugar free sweetener [here] It also is the solvent for alcohol-free extracts.

I'm pondering using glycerine to extract the flavor from lemon balm. Sounds like it would be straightforward to then mix into teas and seltzer. The use in protein/granola bars sounds intriguing; i'm finding references but since it's not a common home ingredient, not many recipes.

I'm pondering my very productive sage plants. It has occurred to me that dehydrating sage with onion and celery could be useful. I can't quite decide on cooking the sage and onion in advance. Sauté with
butter or oil? Blanch? Dehydrating celery generally would call for blanching. Then there will be shallots, sooner or later: a shallot sage powder could be a delightful seasoning.

There are some herbs i've been successful with but i don't really use that often. Rosemary and sage are challenging texture-wise and having them pre-processed would make me more likely to use them. All the mints.... by the end of last summer i was picking a little to make my own fresh tisanes. Anyhow....

I planted lots of sunflower seeds [Monday] evening. I have no idea if they will grow. I have blamed all the previous failures on deer. I suppose even smaller critters could be eating the seeds, too. I thought sunflowers fell in the "easy" list. Well, i'm trying again.

All this is procrastination. I am feeling better than i did [Monday] thanks to the miracle of antihistamines.


Apr. 24th, 2019 05:24 am
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"Democracy dies in different ways at different times." -- historian of fascism Richard Evans, quoted in Isaac Chotiner, "Too Close for Comfort," Slate [thanks to [info] realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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It's spring, it's spring! I think New York City has a reputation of being unrelieved concrete and steel, but there are trees and plants everywhere, and when spring gets here, you know. The Callery pear and Kanzan cherry trees have exploded into showy bloom; the magnolias and weeping cherries were at their peak when yesterday's rain swept through, and now the ground is littered with their petals. Today I saw an oak tree with one dead branch on which last fall's orange leaves heralded the future of the living branches' little green leaf-fluffs, and the little green leaf-fluffs cared not a whit because the sun is bathing them and the air is fluttering them and life is good. The tulips by our front steps were yawning at the sun like ramscoops and I thought, "Same, tulips, same."

I opened all the windows today; later I turned on the a/c in the living room, which gets quite warm quite fast in the bright sun, but my bedroom window stayed open and the room is perfectly airy and cool. J and I walked three or four miles on our date, getting sprinkled on by lackadaisical rain, because that's our idea of fun. My feet are tired from the walk, but I'm still at my standing desk because I'm not going to sit in the stuffy living room when I could stand in front of my window and feel the breeze brushing gently up against me.

Alex is crouched on the sill, where I suspect he has spent most of the day, ogling the birds and drinking the fresh air. He ought to be an outdoor cat, poor guy, and this is the best he can get. On the other hand, if he were an outdoor cat, he wouldn't get to nap curled up in the crook of my C-shaped body pillow, which I have learned to leave arranged just how he likes it when I get up for the day. As I wrote this, he came over and chirped at me for pattins, so I hope he does feel he gets enough perks for being our cat and not his own.

I should be working, here at my lovely new desk, but I needed to share this moment, this sweet foot-ache, this purring cat, this generous breeze with all of you.
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So recently [personal profile] skygiants recommended to me a podcast called Friends at the Table. (There are very vague spoilers at that first link.) The podcast describes itself thusly:

Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast about critical worldbuilding, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.

(Actual play = recording themselves playing a tabletop roleplaying game.)

I often like to just binge back catalogs, as in, not so long ago I listened to all 250+ episodes of No Such Thing as a Fish. I'd just finished the back seasons of the much shorter Iditapod, and was not really feeling anything I had queued up, so I figured I'd give this a shot. I went with the Marielda arc, because [personal profile] skygiants had said it was the shortest and was easy to jump into, though it had "maybe the weakest thematic ending in that it goes sideways in a way nobody really expects." For a bunch of this time I was the only adult in the house, which means doing all the dog walking and therefore having more time than usual to listen, so I finished up the arc this morning. I am extremely tired but if I don't write something tonight it won't get written, so let me throw some stuff at the wall.

First, some thoughts on listening to an actual play podcast generally, and this one specifically; no spoilers.

cut for length )

Second, SPOILERS )

Outside the cut question: this, Uprooted, Welcome to Night Vale, and Lord of the Rings all have creepy forests. Do places with jungles or rain forests also have creepy-forest stories, I wonder, or is it more a temperate-climate thing?

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I learned a lot from the presenters at the conference—I hope to post about that real soon now.

In the meantime, here’s what the experience was like.

The high point was volunteering.

I like registration )

Access: physical and intellectual success & failure

the good )

the frustrating )

I guess I belong here )

cheesecake for a sonnet

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:02 pm
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On my way home from the library today, I stopped for soup dumplings and to see if I could win a free mini-cheesecake:

To celebrate Shakespeare Day, 7Ate9 bakery is giving away mini-cheesecakes if you can recite "your favorite sonnet"; the sign outside the bakery on Saturday warned "a soliloquy is not a sonnet." They also have cheesecakes decorated with a drawing of Shakespeare; for Pi Day last month, the decoration was π to as many decimal digits as would fit on a four-inch cheesecake.

I went to the bakery on Saturday to buy a chocolate cheesecake, saw the sign about a free cheesecake, and decided to try reciting a sonnet from memory. I got about four lines into the one that begins "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun," with a bit of friendly prompting, before giving up. The chef encouraged me to come back and try again later; when I walked into the store today, she asked if I was there to try again. I said yes, but a different sonnet, which once again I knew by first line rather than number. I recited Sonnet 116, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds," and the chef invited me to choose a mini-cheesecake.

The offer is good through today, in case anyone reading this is going to be in that part of Somerville (Highland Avenue, near the Armory) this afternoon.


Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:45 am
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The kitchen drain is more clogged than I can deal with this morning. Not as easy as last time. Will have to think harder and come up with a different approach.

Hand's all scraped up. Water all over the basement floor. Giant blister on my index finger; no idea how that happened while feeding a smooth plastic tube around a corner.
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 Me, apparently.

And, then I promptly forgot I was supposed to be at White Bear Lake library until I got a call from my boss about twenty minutes after I was supposed to have started, who said, "So... are you planning on going to White Bear?" There was some work inappropriate swearing, fumbling, and rushing out the door. I made it in an hour late.  White Bear was surprisingly gracious, even though I kind of looked a bit like I'd rolled out of bed. 

The other funny part of this story was that I was doing the dishes before my boss called, and I was watching a very SPECIAL episode of "Morose Mononokean." It was a story about saying goodbye to a friend and I was sobbing like a fool. So, when I answered the call from my boss I was clearly coming off a crying jag, which may be why I got a question instead of a stern talking to?  

I'm going to go with yes.

Surprise!Work, of course, derailed all the things I was going to get done yesterday, but I mean, it was a rainy, dreary day anyway, so I might as well have spent it making a few dollars.

I have double-checked the calendar. I do NOT work today. So, hopefully, between that and the sunshine, I will get some stuff done today.


Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:24 am
eftychia: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
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Howard Tayler (@howardtayler), 2019-01-31:

Ima go out on a limb and say that the ability create business empire where you become a billionaire does not qualify you for work as a public servant.

"But you have to be smart to do that!"
"Not just smart. You also need to be ruthless. It helps to be an actual sociopath."
"That's okay if the sociopath is on our side."
"You may be misunderstanding the implications of the word 'sociopath.'"

Muddled Monday

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:39 pm
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Japanese Maple Leaf
Japanese Maple Leaf

I take one Monday off from work each month, and today was the day off for April. I’m afraid it was something of a failure, though. Normally I use the day to either work on a personal project or to get caught up on household tasks. I wasn’t feeling well for most of the day, so I didn’t get a lot done. I slept extra and got a sluggish start to the day. I felt better after eating lunch – and thought maybe a walk would give me added energy. The day was perfect – sunny and 62°F.

I walked down to the forest that is not far from my house. I hadn’t been into the woods for quite a while, and I was surprised to discover a new set of steps on one of the paths into the woods. I was a little wary and did not go into the forest from that direction. Instead I took an alternate entrance. I had the trails to myself – I’m assuming this was because it was the middle of a weekday. I walked one of my favorite routes – a short one – and ended up taking the path with the new stairs back into the subdivision.

While the walk was pleasant, I actually felt worse after the outing. When I got home, I had a headache and was more groggy than before. I couldn’t get much done. Eventually, a dose of Advil, some chocolate, and a Coca Cola cleared my head. By then half the afternoon was gone.

So... not a very productive day. I’m feeling better now, and after a hard week and a busy weekend I suppose I needed a day of doing Not Much. Hopefully I’ll be running at normal speed upon my return to work tomorrow.

On my walk I took a D810 with the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR lens. The Japanese Maple was in a yard in my neighborhood.

Side Note: The Health app on my iPhone reported that the walk from the forest back to my house was the equivalent of climbing 10 flights of stairs.


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