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For some reason I thought it was May 25th, but I just checked the procedures tab of my medical spreadsheet (I outsource my memory to Microsoft) and that says May 24th. SOOOO, surprise happy ten year anniversary to the breast reduction surgery that saved my life in multiple ways! \o/

Breast reduction was much more painful than mastectomy, for I assume the following reasons: mastectomy had a nerve block, I didn't spend the night in the hospital after the breast reduction, and also I had someone else to help change bandages after the mastectomy.

tl;dr breasts are Problems and it is all for the best they are gone. :P

*enjoys flat chest immensely and highly recommends*

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Clearly I need an awesome l-shaped sofa, with a fold-out bed, and blackjack and hookers!

Where is a good place to buy such a thing from?

(Blackjack and hookers optional, fold-out bed bit would be very useful, but I can live without it if necessary. Budget-wise I'm fairly sure that anything that is of decent quality is going to give me a heart attack, so I'm entirely open to suggestion.)
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No, not me (I'd rather go to Shangri-La), but it's been on my mind for sf characters. The problem is, I can't remember what I read recently (not necessarily a recent work) which brought the subject to mind, but here are some stories. Since all of this is spoilers, a list is under a cut:
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Easy no-knead bread

24/5/16 10:27
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This is a recipe in progress. It's the basic recipe I use for bread, but there are things I want to experiment with before I'd consider it fully completed. I started with the recipe in this post by [personal profile] kaz in [community profile] cookability, but have adapted it somewhat, and I haven't tried some of the things [personal profile] kaz talks about. I'll give my basic recipe, followed by discussion.

This is the easiest bread recipe I've ever used. I think it's even easier than making bread in a breadmaker. The one thing that's difficult about it is remembering to start it a day before I want it.

3 cups of flour
1.5 cups of water
1.5 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon dried yeast
butter or oil for greasing a baking tin

Mix flour, salt, yeast, and water together in a large bowl until they form a soft dough. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap (or any loose covering). Let rise about 18-24 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a bread pan. Scrape dough into bread pan. Put in oven and bake for 1 hour.

Flour: The original recipe calls for white flour, and says that you can substitute up to 1 cup with whole wheat. That works nicely, but I've been experimenting with even higher proportions of whole wheat and getting good results but the process needs some refining. When I use all whole wheat flour, the dough seems to come out a bit drier, and I'm still experimenting with whether I need to add a bit more water and if so, how much. The all whole wheat loaves I've made so far have come out very dense and tasty; the recipe makes fairly dense bread in general, but all whole wheat has been coming out really dense. If you don't like dense bread, you might want to avoid high percentages of whole wheat.

I've also used perhaps a half cup of non-wheat flour (specifically, rye flour), but would be wary of using more than about a cup of non-wheat flour because the lower gluten content would change how the dough acts. (I'm also kind of curious, though, about what happens if I experiment with gradually greater proportions of rye flour, and at what point it stops making good bread, so I might do that some day.)

Salt: I just noticed, in looking back over the original recipe, that [personal profile] kaz notes that they've increased the amount of salt from 1 teaspoon in the original recipe to 1.5 teaspoons in the posted recipe. I'd like to experiment with reducing the salt back to 1 teaspoon and seeing how I find that. [personal profile] kaz notes that one advantage to the higher amount is that it makes the recipe easier to scale: "for every cup flour you add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/12 teaspoon yeast (you may need to eyeball that last one.)"

Yeast: I've always used instant dry yeast. It just occurred to me that the original recipe may call for the slower-acting dried yeast instead. I haven't experimented with that.

Rising: [personal profile] kaz mentions that the original recipe only called for a 12-18 hours rising time in the bowl, but that their cool climate needed a longer time. I've always used the longer time. Like [personal profile] kaz, I don't normally let it rise a second time in the pan, but letting it rise in the pan might make whole wheat loaves a bit lighter (and non-whole-wheat loaves too, for that matter).

Also, when I use a large proportion of white flour and the bread is lighter, it tends to come out with fairly large bubbles. I wonder if stirring the dough before putting it into the pan (to get rid of the existing bubbles) and letting it rise again in the pan would make a dough with smaller bubbles. (I think it's fine with the large bubbles; I just wonder how changing the process would affect the result.)

Baking: I've adapted the baking process from [personal profile] kaz's recipe to bake for a longer time at a lower temperature. This gets rid of the need to cover the bread with foil and remove it part way through. I think this makes the crust come out less crunchy, but for me that's a good thing - I don't want too crunchy of a crust if I'm going to be using bread to make sandwiches. ([personal profile] kaz's recipe is written with the assumption that a crunchy crust is desirable.)

Misc. linkspam

24/5/16 15:01
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"In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges".

"How Flowers Help Us Understand Why Bridges Collapse".

Via [ profile] sovay, the Paleontological Research Institution has a Kickstarter for "Ammonoid Plushie - a new Paleozoic Pal".

Via [ profile] yhlee, "The Plan to Avert Our Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse: A new report estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds, unless the world’s governments take drastic steps now". [The Atlantic]

I saw this go by on Tumblr a week or two ago, and then it was mentioned again in a [ profile] ladybusiness linkspam. Science!Tumblr rallies to answer the question of whether a malachite stalactite can be safely used as a dildo. There's no science like Tumblr science, folks.

Sarah Kurchak posted about Justin Trudeau and #elbowgate...for the mixed martial arts blog she writes for. *^^* "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Threw An Elbow In the House of Commons, Should Stick To Boxing". [Fightland]

"Stop Telling Single Women How to Find a Man".

"The Curious Case of the Weapon that Didn’t Exist". [The Public Medievalist]

"What the Heck Is Blue Raspberry?" [Mental Floss]

"Makeup artist Lexie Lazear has been transforming herself into famous paintings, with some truly incredible results". [Buzzfeed]

"Special Agents: The Women of SOE". [The Paris Review, May 2012]

"Everything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People". [Wired]

Via [ profile] oursin, "Cadavers in pearls: meet the Anatomical Venus: They were reclining beauties with ecstatic expressions – and lift-out intestines. Enter the necrophiliac world of 18th-century anatomical models". [The Guardian] "It is a truism of sitcoms that, whenever there’s a conversation about violence towards testicles, men always cross their legs. As a woman, reading Anatomical Venus, you will want to fold yourself protectively over everything, wrap your arms around your kidneys and liver, run some barbed wire round your reproductive area." File this under "sounds really interesting, and I am personally so not reading the book discussed here".

From comments on someone else's locked post: "How Our Brains Stop Us Achieving Our Goals and How to Fight Back". (Content note: dieting talk in some of the discussion, alas.)

"Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans". [Gizmodo]

On RocketNews24:

--"Shockingly huge, exquisite egg sandwiches found in Tokyo".

--"We know it’s hard, Super Mario fans, but please resist the urge to punch this Tokyo Station sign".
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Pattern: I don't complain about things that hurt me right when they're happening, but long enough after that they're no longer so immediately painful I can't think clearly about why they cause me pain

tw:abuse )
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I want to read Preacher one day, I got The Boys from a humble bundle comics bundle, and from what I hear it sounds similar.

It's set in a world with superheroes, where they are partly media celebrities, originally manufactured by Vought corporation and used to support a merchandising empire, and partly a controversial bid to replace conventional military forces. And are invariably, at least the well-known ones, horribly corrupted by power.

The Boys are a small mostly-independent CIA-funded with the remit of policing superhero activity, in theory policing actions when a superhero does something wrong, in aspiration more like the opening shots of a war against the highest-profile superhero group.

It's unsurprisingly really violent, and shocking in other ways. Like, it's unsurprising real-world superheros would be corrupted by power (although, I mean, they need servants and cleaners and construction firms and media relations and so on, if they were unpopular, one superman wouldn't get far unless he executed a coup directly). But they are overwhelmingly loaded down with gratuitous murder and unusual sexual fetishes they act out in unsavoury ways.

And I'm conflicted about that. It's partly parodying the notion of squeaky-clean superheroes. And I do *enjoy* the "artistic violence" motif. But it also feels gratuitously unpleasant even by that standard, like it just piles up a whole bunch of unpleasant stuff. And is mixed at distinguishing "unethical" from "socially disapproved", like there's a lot of transphobic language, and sometimes that's making a point about how societal acceptance can be mixed, and the contrast between Butcher, who offends people all the time, but is generally non-judgemental of anything not unethical, and Wee Hughie, who knows the language he thinks should be acceptable, but has led quite a non-cosmopolitan life. But often it's just... lots of offensive language for no particular reason. And the same for violence and sex etc.

But what I *liked*. I liked the worldbuilding, the different superhero teams and their relationships. I liked the relationships between the characters. Butcher, the hard man from East End London stepping into a leadership position. Wee Hughie, the civilian recruited into the middle of all this. Mother's Milk, the gruff but responsible second in command. The two most violent members of the team, but who gradually grow relationships to Hughie and the rest. The bantering one-upman-ship between the diverse team and the American institutions they're mostly involved with.

(no subject)

24/5/16 11:33
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Also! I almost forgot, I have a new PO Box number because I was tired of getting yelled at every time I checked my post office box. So the 15151 number is now a thing of the past; my shiny new address is:

PO Box A3309
Chicago, IL 60690

ENJOY IT. I plan to!


24/5/16 11:30
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[personal profile] twistedchick
Today is better. it really is. )
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There’s a lot of blog entries I call “load-bearing entries.”  Those are the ones where, if I write one wrong paragraph, I’ll risk the wrath of the Internet falling upon me for something I didn’t mean to say.  I write maybe two of those a month, even though I get ideas for them pretty much daily.  But those sorts of essays require a lot of forethought and the willingness to deal with asshole responses for the rest of the week, so I don’t write ’em all.

There’s a lot of blog entries inspired by questionable things that other people I know are doing, and writing about that now would have those people feeling personally attacked.  And even if I didn’t mind hurting people’s feelings, the problem with personal attacks is that it transforms the experience of the essay from “This is bad behavior that has these negative consequences” to “YOU JUST DON’T LIKE THIS PERSON,” and the message is lost.  So I make a mental note, wait a few months, file off the serial numbers, and write an essay on the exact same behavior when everyone’s forgotten who it is.  Sometimes those people who inspired it by being buttheads thank me for writing such an insightful essay.  It’s weird.

There’s a lot of blog entries on topics that are really dear to my heart, and I want to get the emotions on them right, but I’m just not finding the right entry point.  And rather than knocking out a quick essay on this really emotionally-critical topic that misses the mark, I stash it and hope one day I’ll find the way to write it as well as this not-often-discussed topic deserves.

There’s a lot of blog entries where someone else said it, and I think I have something new to add, but whoops, I don’t.  Deleted.

There’s a lot of blog entries where something important is happening, and while I have Very Severe Feelings, I don’t feel like pretending that reading two essays and a Wikipedia article makes me an expert on the topic.  Deleted.

There’s a lot of blog entries where I can say what I need to on Twitter, and while in the old days maybe I would have coalesced a couple of other thoughts around that single idea to make a blog post, Twitter is now where I get my little thoughts out of the way.

There’s a lot of blog entries where I’ve been talking about the same topic for days in a row, and because I’m responding to people’s responses, the general interpretation is that “Man, Ferrett is really mad about the way people are reacting to him.”  But I’m not.  Ferocious debate interests me, particularly when people are wrong.  But after three days of response essays I find that, much like the “personal attack” essay, the lesson people start taking away is “Wow, is he thin-skinned,” so I stop responding after a bit because my points become increasingly lost.

There’s a lot of blog entries where it’s inspired by a relationship question I’m pondering, but if time has taught me one thing, it’s that opening your relationship to Internet debate hardly ever settles the question even if you’re telling people that you’re probably on the wrong side of this debate.  So I’ll wait a few months on that one, too.   Until it’s no longer a question, but an answer.

There’s a lot of blog entries where I’ve said that before.  So I don’t again.

There’s a lot of blog entries I forget, particular when I’ve laid ’em fallow for a few months.

There’s a lot of blog entries.  But man.  If you could see all the topics I consider, you’d realize how easy blogging is for me, and how hard.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.


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