Cooking fun

Thursday, 29 September 2011 03:17 pm
elettaria: (Default)
I have bought a jar of fancy-schmancy baby capers to experiment with. Normally I find capers too overwhelming, but I had a great spaghetti with tomato/aubergine/caper sauce last week, and I am assured that the baby non-pareille capers are better than the big ones. Hopefully they'll be nice to use instead of olives while I'm still having to eat low-fat. Tips on how to cook with them, anyone?


Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:51 am
elettaria: (Default)
I have managed to give myself RSI again through over-enthusiastic quilting, so I won't be online much for a bit.
elettaria: (Triffid geranium)
D and I have just played a game of Scrabble. To determine who would start first, we took turns to take letters from the bag. For four turns in a row, we both pulled out the same letters, namely R, A, A, I. As far as we know, there are no letters missing from the bag. [ profile] bouncy_penguin has just attempted to calculate the probability of this. He gave up, but estimated it to be well under 1 in 10,000, otherwise known as "bloody miraculous". I hasten to add that we all remain resolute atheists, because quite apart from anything else, why on earth should any deity try to send messages in this way? (Although there is an excellent short story by Catherine Merriman on precisely this topic, called "The Experiment".)

And also that I'm really called Guildenstern.

P.S. I won, which only happens about 10% of the time, so the miracle continues.
elettaria: (Default)
The BBC has just put up a horrendous article about ME which is factually incorrect and extremely biased, and which is stirring up hatred against ME sufferers. Apparently there's some sort of media storm going on at the moment, it's not just the BBC, but I am finding this too distressing to look into further. There are more details here. If you have the energy, please make a complaint to the BBC, tell other people about this, and/or look into which other press organisations have joined in and complain about them too.

More randomness

Monday, 25 July 2011 03:20 pm
elettaria: (Default)
Someone once said something along the lines of, "Without adultery and [something which I forget], literature and opera would be up shit creek." (Those of you who are beating your heads into a table over my poor referencing are welcome to correct me if you know the quotation.) Anyway, does anyone know of TV or books or what have you where people are successfully polyamorous? Because right now my theory is that they can't be, it would bring the plot to a grinding halt. I'm currently mainlining The L-Word while being a bit relapsy, and Marlee Matlin turns up in Season 4 and is generally fabulous. She comes out as more or less poly, she doesn't actually use the word but she's explicit that monogamy is not the way she works, and I'm busy cheering her on (especially after three and a half seasons of the usual daft infidelities - really, guys, some of you should work out that you're not suited to monogamy, but then of course there would be no show), and then she starts declaring that her lover is making her see the attraction of monogamy for the first time. Now I am all for monogamy when it is what people are suited to, I'm a monogamous beastie myself, but argggh, this is not how personal identity works!

And what about when you end up with an illusion of monogamous pairings but a strongly poly subtext, such as in some Shakespeare comedies?
elettaria: (Default)
I'm a pretty nifty hand-quilter, but I still don't have a clue how to use a sewing machine. I bought one a few years ago, discovered that the manual is absolutely useless (barely shows you how to thread the needle), made a few sporadic attempts to see if I could work it out on my own, and gave up. Because I've got severe ME/CFIDS, I have substantial memory problems and find that if I learn a few things and then go back to the sewing machine months later, I can't remember any of it. I need to be using it regularly, and I need something that's a really good source of information so that I can check up on anything I've forgotten.

Classes, whether group or individual, aren't an option, as I'm both housebound and broke. My neighbour was going to teach me, but she's left the country. (She always used to say that thread tension was more of an art than a science, and seemed to think that I would just pick it up, but I remained completely lost.) This leaves books. I do well with books, I learnt 95% of what I know about hand-quilting from books, although as I have visual problems I do better with the ones with larger print, or at least smaller blocks of print to read at any one time. Since craft books of this type tend to consist of instructions in lots of short paragraphs, often in neat little boxes with bullet points and the like, that's usually fairly manageable where continuous prose isn't. (I don't do terribly well with videos and use them only rarely.)

Anyway, I need recommendations for a book, please! Read more... )
elettaria: (Default)
I recently tried an organic fruit & veg box scheme I've used in the past. After a couple of deliveries we realised that it's not for us right now, and meanwhile I've been left with a bulb of garlic which has huge cloves. Read more... )
elettaria: (Chocolate teapot)
Mine was when I was 18, but that's a while ago now. Friend of a friend has just asked for a translation of this:

"Donec aliquet massa sit amet dui. Etiam adipiscing luctus ipsum. Sed quis enim sed erat placerat tristiue. Vivamus id enim in magna mattis elementum".

elettaria: (Default)
So I've found my seller, nice and reliable, and now I'm just dithering over two similar models of Eken tablet. The only difference is size. One is 7" (diagonal screen measurement as usual), the M009S. It measures 200 x 127 x 17 outside, 153 x 91 screen, and has a resolution of 800 x 480. The other is 8", the M003S, and it measures 207 x 158 x 12mm outside, 158 x 124 screen, resolution 800 x 600. It would probably cost me about £15 more, taking into consideration that keyboard-cases are a bit rarer for this one, but in the grand scheme of things that's not much. The 8" is also heavier, 448g instead of 334g, which is probably too little to notice. What I'm primarily interested in is how comfortable it will be as an ereader, whether the larger one will be too big to hold comfortably (bear in mind that I have small hands and muscular problems). The larger one will certainly hold more text on its screen, probably to the point that it's more comfortable for ebooks, and certainly better for internet browsing. The smaller one would be a bit more portable, I've a feeling the larger one will be just slightly too big for my handbag, but then if anyone's going to take it outside the flat, it'd probably be D, and not often at that.

Therefore I've fiddled with images and e-texts to do a proper comparison. Photos! )

[Poll #1741897]

Please do comment as well as voting in the poll!


Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:49 pm
elettaria: (Default)
Is anyone familiar with tablets? I was thinking of getting one, primarily as an e-book reader where I'd hopefully be able to customise the colour scheme (one of the main snags of the Kindle, as well as its price), but also for other handy things such as the odd bit of browsing. No doubt D would snaffle it for playing poker, assuming that to be possible. I am looking at the very cheap ones, of course. What do you think of this, people in the know? At 8" it's a little bigger than the cheaper 7", 800 x 600 instead of 800 x 480, but still a good bit cheaper than the 10" ones, which are beyond my budget. Screen's not brilliant, though, it sounds.

P.S. I think I may be better off just grabbing a used netbook, as long as it works reasonably well. Does anyone happen to have one they're not using? And is there anyone using Linux or Windows CE who could check for me that you'd be able to change the background colour when reading text documents?

P.P.S. And now I am back to contemplating tablets, probably this one. Thoughts, anyone?

Random thought

Monday, 9 May 2011 11:04 am
elettaria: (Default)
You know how most versions of the werewolf idea claim that they have to change form during the full moon? Is there anything out there when they actually change at moonrise, rather than sunset?

Note for me

Monday, 28 March 2011 12:07 am
elettaria: (Default)
Incredibly tiny baby lobster. Do a screenshot later and see if I can edit out the creepy human eye.
elettaria: (Default)
I have been relatively chirpy today, but right now I am fuming. I'll get to that in a moment. First point: the UK census has made a vague stab at disability access but not done a very good job of it, and I am currently trying to kick up a fuss about this. I'm accessing the Scotland census, and that is where particular problems are. Dreadful colour contrast on the website (white text on pale pastel backgrounds), and the only way to get an alternative format census is to ring a phone number which puts you through a very long telephone tree. I can't cope with telephone trees due to having Auditory Processing Disorder, and many other people can't handle them either. So I've been talking to the Scotland census people (useless), various disability organisations, and the BBC!

The fuming is because I posted a very careful version of this on a certain nameless quilting board (not on LJ), put up warnings that it discussed female sexuality, didn't show the quilt directly but rather linked to it, and was generally tactful and careful. I got a number of warm responses, including a couple of good artistic ideas. Then the board mod deleted the post, and when I politely asked for an explanation, I got this.

if it requires a warning it doesn't belong here.

you posted it knowing it was going to offend people.

we also do not allow posts of directly or indirectly policitical, socio-political or religious content and/or purpose.

this is a quilting board. your post had no proper place here whatsoever.

Harrumph. The quilt is pretty damn subtle, and even if it weren't, I do not like the implication that the human body is inherently obscene and should not be discussed. I can't think of anything political about the post, let alone religious. And if she thinks that stopping child marriage, FGM and the like is something controversial, then I tremble for humanity.


Sunday, 6 March 2011 11:35 am
elettaria: (Shell quilt)
It occurred to me this morning that as far as I am aware, there are not any anthologies on the subject of needlecraft as it pops up in myth and literature, and it would be great fun to concoct one. I haven't the foggiest how I would actually get it up and published, and I suspect you need to be a published writer and/or academic to do so, but right now I just intend to have fun figuring out what I'd actually put in it. Please do let me know what you can think of, though try not to put in mammoth plot spoilers for those of us who haven't read the text.

Read more... )
NB: I am editing this post as I find stuff, so keep an eye on it. Thank you to everyone who's made suggestions.
elettaria: (Default)
Better Book Titles.

Does anyone have suggestions for more? So far I've come up with an alternative title for du Maurier's Rebecca, which is His Ex Was Way Hotter Than You.
elettaria: (Croton)
If you do, could you be an angel and look at the questions I've put up about it? I'd be looking at the UK version, and the huge one would be out of budget.

(What, no one else is enchanted by the baby bats? WRAPPED UP IN DUSTERS?)

Cutest. Photo. EVER.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 05:17 pm
elettaria: (Phoebe)
My mother just sent me this newspaper clipping, from the Independent a month ago. If anyone is truly troubled by the lack of the last line, I will go and copy it.

elettaria: (BNC)
elettaria: (Default)
ETA: My quilting blog has now moved to Lobster Designs on DW, though I will continue to cross-post to [ profile] elettariaquilts for ease of reading lists and the like. You'll have to comment via DW, though that's easy using OpenID.

As I'm sure you know, I keep a separate LJ, [ profile] elettariaquilts, as a quilting blog. I don't actively use any other blogging sites, although I have a dormant DW account from ages ago and joined blogger purely in order to post on the 2011 Bead Journal Project blog. I stay logged in as [ profile] elettaria on Firefox, and when I occasionally post on [ profile] elettariaquilts, I'm logged in as that on IE so that I don't have to faff around with logging in and out. This has been the case for a long time now. Imagine my surprise when I set up a user account on D's new computer and found that if you're not logged into LJ, a video ad appears on the page and you have to sit through it before you can get to the LJ page. I posted on the BJP blog and linked to [ profile] elettariaquilts, and someone there who isn't an LJ member said that she tried to go to the link but she ended up facing ads and retreated.

I had no idea LJ had got this bad. The thing is, I've been on LJ for years, and my friends and communities are here. [ profile] elettaria is more private than the quilting blog, I'm unlikely to refer outsiders to it, and it's my main interaction with the rest of LJ, so that one is staying here. However, I'd quite like to move the quilting blog. I don't want it to be a hassle for other people to comment on, wherever they're coming from, and I'd like it to be easy to put onto a shared reading page, so I don't want to have to start a whole new tab for that blog host. If I go for DW, can I just add it to the RSS feeds reading page? I'd rather have a different name than "elettaria" for my quilting blog as it will probably just get confusing, and it's handy having the DW account as backup for this one, so can I get a second DW account? I don't want to use blogspot, as being able to put the equivalent of LJ-cuts in is important to me, along with threaded comments. I really don't want to lose all my LJ readers, come to that, I want something easy to follow.


elettaria: (Default)

January 2014

67 89101112


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags