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The local motto: “A little science. A little magic. A little chicken soup.”
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…The things you find while going through old image...

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:56


…The things you find while going through old image folders…

I’m re-reading How Lovely Are Thy Branches and it occurs to me- did Tom’s nutmeg-at-the-bottom-of-the-eggnog story actually happen to someone of your acquaintance?

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:44

It happened to Peter while we were staying in a cottage in Scotland and had New Year’s with the people in the local tiny village. :) It’s a good thing I knew what the problem was: otherwise I’d have been freaked. (It would be the rare large-city emergency room in the US that doesn’t have one or two cases of this kind during the holiday period. The normal diagnostic is when a patient presents who’s blitzed out of their mind while all family present swear blind that the person in question has never done drugs in their life. After about three questions you know exactly what happened.)

Always shake the jug.  :) Also: don’t fuck around with nutmeg. It can be incredibly toxic to the liver and kidneys and toxicity varies widely from person to person, so it’s impossible to judge what might be a “safe” dosage.

Go look at the whole thread, it’s delightful. (Devolves into cat...

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:45


Go look at the whole thread, it’s delightful. (Devolves into cat pics, but it’s not like that’s a bad thing.)

Reading all the cat stories now; Arhu's backstory is Rude and Unfair to me, as a person with emotions and a beating heart. Kittens and Puppies are not allowed to die in stories :(

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:15

Well, I wasn’t wild about that bit of his story either, but sometimes these things appear in a character’s life and you can’t not tell them. When you are the only voice they have to speak with, silencing one’s characters is cruel.

regarding your request for a ranch recipe on teh twitter: 1 cup butter milk, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 TBS vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 cup minced parsley, 3 TBS minced onion, 1 clove minced garlic....

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:13

I’m sorry to have been so late getting back to you on this, BTW: thanks for the recipe!

Generally I’ve been trying to achieve something that resembles the Hidden Valley Ranch recipe of about twenty years ago (because the present one has way too much salt in it for my preferences). To go on my daily salad I now throw together something along these lines: ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup buttermilk, ½ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp chopped fresh (or dried) parsley, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, a big pinch of dried herbes de Provence, and (if I feel like it) some fresh chopped chives. Dump everything into my Pyrex Erlenmeyer flask and shake well. Normally this amount of dressing will only last me a few days.

Bizarrely, the hardest part of this to achieve was the onion powder. Ireland can be a strange place when you’re trying to buy herbs and spices at the supermarket. (For example, I’m out of savory right now and I may have to send to the UK for it. Or France.) Though there’s plenty of garlic powder here – Irish people are pretty hot for garlic these days, after about half a century of not being into it – onion powder has until recently been impossible to find. (I was having to order it in from Germany, partly because though it’s all over the place on US Ebay and Amazon, almost no one in the US will ship it to Europe, and if they will, the prices are extortionate.) Now, however, all of a sudden, out of the blue Tesco is carrying it. Which has made me VERY happy, as onion powder (it seems to me) is vital to the basic Ranch Dressing flavor.

Anyway, thanks again for sending the recipe! I’ll give it a shot.

Dave Gemmell's Brownies - Out of Ambit

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:30
Dave Gemmell's Brownies - Out of Ambit:

These are terrific. Just saying.

Galway Bay Subsea Observatory

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:52
Galway Bay Subsea Observatory:

This is fabulous stuff.

PPS status note

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:30

For those of you who’re watching the PPS project from here: there’s no update / new material today (the day’s writing time unfortunately got devoured by other business). Present word count stands at 2536 words.

Please note that starting at the end of next week, I won’t be doing daily progress updates here: only weekly ones. If you want to be notified when new posts linking to chapter material go up, please register for access at the site (make sure you read the TOS!) and use the widget in the right-hand column on any post page to sign up for notifications. 

Thanks, folks!

socks on Christmas

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:52
8 year old me: what the fuck I said I wanted toys
me now: *crying* thank you.. thank you sweet christ my feet are always so cold.. so very very cold

Disney attempts to hide the Millennium Falcon in its present...

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:47


Disney attempts to hide the Millennium Falcon in its present (Kent) digs by surrounding it with shipping containers. Unfortunately there are some resources it’s increasingly difficult to hide from…

(See also the Falcon’s Google Maps location:  https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Longcross+Studios,+Chobham+Ln,+Longcross,+Chertsey+KT16+0EE/@51.3837961,-0.5819077,19z/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x487678495aefe75b:0x21d6d7c791c6a1b7 )

Via @ZestyDoesThings at Twitter, who says: “I’ve never...

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:34


Via @ZestyDoesThings at Twitter, who says: “I’ve never before been so compelled to draw fanart of an actress. I LOVE her.”

lepidopter: had to get this out of my system gffhg See also:...

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:48




lepidopter:

had to get this out of my system

gffhg

See also: one of my favorite hoodies.

currysdurant: Chadwick talking about his accent in Black...

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:23






currysdurant:

Chadwick talking about his accent in Black Panther. CNET interview.

dealanexmachina: sarah-the-ninja: Rejoice, “let’s fake a relationship for Christmas” fanfic season...

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:22

dealanexmachina:

sarah-the-ninja:

Rejoice, “let’s fake a relationship for Christmas” fanfic season is upon us.

Don’t forget “snowed in and have to share a bed” season.

neil-gaiman:About to have my photo taken in a disused heavy...

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:18


neil-gaiman:

About to have my photo taken in a disused heavy explosives bunker. Inside in, currently having his photo taken, is a man with a thundergun.

aviewfrommercury: asgardreid: aviewfrommercury: asgardreid: If you’re awake between 3 AM and 6 AM...

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:17

aviewfrommercury:

asgardreid:

aviewfrommercury:

asgardreid:

If you’re awake between 3 AM and 6 AM you’re appropriating lycanthrope culture and you need to go to sleep and check your privilege

This is blatant vampire erasure.

Go write a sad poem about it

My name is Vlad
and wen its nite
or wen the wolves
art pohsting shite
and all discourse
haf gon to dogs -
i stay up late.
i clik ‘reblog’