Monthly Archives: March 2013

This week in the Slacktiverse, March 30th/31st, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by various)

The Blogaround

Catherine wrote:

On my food blog, I’ve been to the market and done a lot of baking. I also made mole sauce, and then didn’t know what to do with it. My Easter Egg Inspirations Challenge was basically empty all month until the 30th, when all of a sudden people started doing amazing things, prompting me to guiltily create two recipes – one for quail eggs made of egg-yolk candy and white chocolate and another for a cross between macarons and macaroons, to use up all the egg whites.

I’m also celebrating autumn in a big way, with roast vegetable pasta, slow-cooked quinces and a new vegetarian challenge for April – Sweet Spices, Savoury Suppers.

On my music blog, I wrote about Lizst’s Die Loreley, with bonus portraits of the young and gorgeous Lizst, and I found a silly 6-minute version of Les Miserables. Then I went into Easter mode (I sang in five services this weekend), with Walton’s Litany on Palm Sunday, Ubi Caritas on Maundy Thursday and He Was Despised on Good Friday. And I still haven’t done an Easter post, though it’s after midnight on Easter Monday now…

That’s it for me. I really do need to be more organised about sending these around, don’t I? That’s a bit epic.

(Content note: Pregnancy)
Storiteller thought about food quite a bit this week.  She finally got around to starting her garden by planting tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and broccoli to start indoors, as she describes in The Mysteries of Seed Starting.  As her pregnancy progresses, she’s been thinking a lot about how she wants to raise her child and in particular, what she wants to teach him about the world.  In Lessons for My Unborn Son on Food, she describes what values about food she hopes she and her husband can pass on to him.

chris the cynic wrote:

This week Lonespark and I met Izzy.

In response to Arizona considering making it a criminal act to enter a public restroom (or various other places) where the sign on the door doesn’t match the sex listed on our birth certificate, I said that, if it became a law, following the law exactly might be an effective protest strategy, with my suggested place for doing so being wherever Arizona legislators use public restrooms.

I put forward my standard biblical defense for marriage equality which also serves as a Biblical refutation of homophobia and transphobia (New Testament so it should theoretically be seen by Christians to override the Old Testament stuff on the subject.)

And I pointed out that not everyone has the same religion in response to some people talking about “our lord” on a non-religious presumably diverse area of the internet. Since that seemed kind of sparse I added an excerpt of David Sedaris talking about Easter and faith in French class.

In Case You Missed This

North Dakota, a state that only has one abortion clinic in the first place, passed three new laws to try to crack down on… um… choice I guess. The man who signed them into law admitted that even he doesn’t know if the laws are constitutional.

The position of all, or almost all, the atoms in a nano-particle of platinum have been mapped in 3D ushering a new era of magnification. (And you thought the electron microscope was the best we could do.)

The discovery of genetic transistors is apparently important.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… Tau Neutrino.

Things You Can Do

Sharks are cute, sharks are nice, and one died for a commercial. That part after the “and” doesn’t sound very good. There’s a petition about that.

Someone thinks that we should Tell President Obama: No more toxic sludge because water is important and such.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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Deconstruction Round Up, March 30th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

This is the first post of the new format where things are only shown if there has been an update since last time.  Ones not updated since last time can be found here.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

InsertAuthorHere: Um… InsertAuthorHere

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if we’ve been been offered a means of switching between human form and dragon form at will, or for more or less any reason really.

Deconstruction Round Up, All Deconstructions

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic, with updates from Silver Adept.)
The idea behind this post is to make so we have this as a list of all deconstructions and thus don’t need to include deconstructions that haven’t been updated in the weekly post.

Aletha: Yllom Mormon

AlexSeanchai: A+ Recommends

Multiple Deconstructions:

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal

Multiple Deconstructions:

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Beth: Odd Thoughts

bluecarrot: littledeconstruction on WordPress and Tumblr

Little Women: first post: WordPressTumblr

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

duckbunny: Sensical

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Multiple Deconstructions:

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: Multiple Sites & Deconstructions

Libby Anne: Love, Joy, Feminism

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

InsertAuthorHere: Um… InsertAuthorHere

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Nathaniel: Politics, Prose and Other Things

Caves of Steel (No index page):

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Only Some Stardust: Only Some Stardust

Philip SandiferEruditorium Press (formerly Philip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue))

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging

Vaka Rangi: Eruditorium Press, (previously Vaka Rangi)

Multiple Deconstructions:

YamikuronueOther: Please Specify (previously Raven Wings)

Multiple Deconstructions:

Silver Adept: Here on The Slacktiverse

Katherine DM Clover: Here on the Slacktiverse

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if unicorns are marching down main street, or for more or less any reason really.

These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, March 24th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by various)

As noted elsewhere some stuff went wrong, which is why there was no “this week” last week, but no one submitted twice possibly because the “it’s time to submit” post wasn’t posted.

The Blogaround

Catherine wrote:

Hi all,

I’ve had a fairly rotten week on a personal level, but at least the food has been good! I am particularly proud of the mostly raw, vegan chocolate tart that I randomly invented on Tuesday evening in order to avoid switching the oven on on a hot night, when I had to cater to a meeting including several dairy-and-gluten-allergic colleagues (it only occurred to me later that a normal person would have just bought something appropriate in these circumstances).  I also made a lovely mint cordial, and had another joyous (if hot) trip to the farmers’ market.

On Cate Sings, I’m getting a little obsessed with Shakespeare-based operas, particularly Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and found a magnificent Stephano (because obviously what Romeo and Juliet needed was a girl dressed as a boy – you can’t trust Shakespeare to remember to put these sorts of things into his plays) and a rather glorious Juliet, whose aria I want to steal.  Friday’s bit of silliness was the Alto’s Lament, and I’ve just posted a choral work about cute fluffy animals, because sometimes, that’s just what you need.

(Content note: sexual assault, rape, personal stories about such, lies.)
On a completely different, and much grimmer note, I wrote a post in my personal blog about sexual assault, and the lies we tell ourselves afterwards.  It’s quite personal and it definitely has trigger potential, and so please don’t go there if it’s going to make you miserable.

Coleslaw wrote:

You Can Make Book on It is a review of sorts of the movie Silver Linings Playbook, with reference to yet another of the odd branches on my family tree. I also speculate about taking on a recipe for Opera Cake in Hitting the High Notes.

TRiG wrote:

I wrote a few short snippets, mainly linking to other stuff: I wrote about marriage equality and what marriage means. I mentioned an interesting essay on female gaze. I posted a short but perfectly formed snippet from a letter from HG Wells to James Joyce (along with a link to the full thing). I talked a little about a BBC News report into a home for elderly trans* people in Indonesia. I posted three quotes on how a demand for politeness can actually be a form of victim blaming.

I also have some slightly longer pieces:
(Content Note: Contains an allusion to rape in warfare.)
On my h2g2 journal, I wrote a description of what I did on St Patrick’s weekend.

On my blogs, I wrote an essay on the Bible translation used by Jehovah’s Witnesses. (This was actually written a while ago to answer a question someone asked, but I decided to repost it on my own blog this week.) And I worried about tolerance and understanding, when the thought occurred to me that in some ways I’m quite small-minded. And, finally, I wrote about Google Glass, and the good and bad things that come when everyone can be recording.

(Content note: Pregnancy)
Despite her changing body, Storiteller continues to find joy in biking during pregnancy, as she describes in Six Months and Still Cycling.  She’s working to grow other things as well, namely plants.  To increase the chances of her seedlings actually living this year – rather than being weak and dying when she plants them outside – she decided to get a set of grow lights.  However, they’re quite expensive, leading her and her husband to construct their own, as she covers in Helping Your Garden Grow with DIY Lights.

chris the cynic wrote:

Somewhat eventful time period, if not in a particularly good way. Of the seven posts I’ve started, only four made it to completion. On the good side we have me posting chris the cynic’s Guide to making Bad Movies for the Sci-Fi Channel which is a collection of general pointers and such, for when you’re called on to make one. Also Selma Botman and the good and bad of Wikipedia in which I note that the upside of Wikipedia (anyone can modify it) is also its downside. This after an attempt was made by supporters of the failed ex president of my university to make her record less negative was stopped by users anonymous and otherwise.

On the downside, the class in Greece I was tying my hopes and my motivation to attending was canceled. And I ran out of oil. That’s since been fixed but before it was it reached a point where it was too cold to sleep and I still haven’t quite recovered from that. Which is probably related to my limited output. (None of which is in the post, by the way, as it happened afterward.)

Things You Can Do

No news here this time. Feel free to mention anything in the comments if you think of it!

In Case You Missed This

No news here this time. Feel free to mention anything in the comments if you think of it!

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Round Up, March 23rd, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by storiteller)

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal

50 Shades of Gray (No index page, category, or tag)

Nothing new since last time.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

InsertAuthorHere: Um… InsertAuthorHere

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:

Season 1 (complete)

Season 2 (complete)

Season 3 (ongoing)

Thoughts on Ponies (ongoing)

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

 

Nathaniel: Politics, Prose and Other Things

Caves of Steel: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Eragon: First Post
Since last time: No new posts since last time.

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging

Captain Power: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if we’ve been declared princesses for figuring out a spell ancient wizards couldn’t, or for more or less any reason really.

Compensatory Cute Animals

(Posted by kisekileia.)

So, pretty much everyone who posts stuff here, me included, has been swamped in the past week and a half, and we have all failed at routinely getting things up. There’s at least one post in the pipeline, but people have to get stuff together.

In the meantime, here are some cute animals. These came up when I discovered that the AND operator is important when doing searches for things like “fluffy AND adorable AND baby AND bunnies,” because otherwise there will be stray pictures of things that you do not want to see. Many, but not all, of these pictures are in fact fluffy adorable baby bunnies.

This picture is from Tumblr. I’m not sure of the original source. It’s cute though!Bunnies from tumblr

This sweet little bunny appears to have been originally posted by Fra-Emer on DeviantArt, and has been reposted by We Heart It.

fluffy ball bunny by flart on Tumblr

 

I’m not sure exactly why these came up in a search for bunnies, but they’re adorable. They were posted by 2damnfunny.com.

Twelve-Adorable-Fluffy-Baby-Pandas-Nap-Time

And now for a heartwarming picture from A Cute A Day.

australian-wild-shepherd-with-baby-bunny-rabbits

 

Ok, so clearly something went wrong.

(by chris the cynic)

The blog definitely wasn’t supposed to go dark for a week.  Part of that is definitely my fault, anywhere from 50% to 100% of it in fact.

I can’t do the missing posts today, tomorrow is reserved for cute animals, so maybe Wednesday will be a day for deconstructions and turning the missed weekend post into the midweek post this one time.

It’s not as if we don’t have an article in the pipeline, stuff just went wrong.

Anyway, I was considering having the title be “Appeasement” because I’ll try to whip up something to appease you for the moment in place of our regularly scheduled content.  But don’t expect miracles or anything, I don’t have a lot of time.

The ’53 Chevy pickup made a sound loud as a jet engine that it’s driver still recognized as purring, clearly she’d made the right decision to drive away from her story and the abusive relationship therein and the truck approved.

Without the narrative to guide her she wasn’t sure what to do now, but she was confident that she and the truck could find something worthwhile if they looked.

For almost two hours she was lost in the euphoria of driving with no pressures on her regarding what to do or where to go.  She was simply free.  What finally forced her to become found again was an obstruction in the road and the reflexive slamming on of breaks.  The truck skidded an spun what she estimated to be 93 degree, but through it she was free from fear because she could tell the truck would stop short of the object in the road and, in the absence of following or oncoming traffic it didn’t really matter which way the truck was pointed.

She got out and examined the object.  It looked to her like a phone booth, covered with wood, painted blue, violated with a blow torch, and finally thrown from the sky with enough force to damage the road but, apparently, not enough to break the strange blue box.

Apart from the scorch marks it seemed remarkably well intact, though closer examination revealed on exception.  A single hole, about the size of her fist.  When she looked into it, it appeared that the inside of the box was full of some kind of corral.  The hole also appeared quite deep.  Some optical illusion or other must have made it look deeper than it was because to her it appeared to go on for further than there was blue box for it to cut through.

She cautiously touched the corral with a finger.

“Crap,” she said as a thumb sized fragment broke off and fell to the pavement.

She picked it up and tried to put it back where it had been but the damage had been done and it fell to the pavement again.  She picked it up again and went to discuss with the truck what to do.

“Well?” She asked the truck.

The truck said nothing.

She deposited the piece of coral in the glove compartment.  “What do you think about it?”

The truck remained silent.

“It seems weird, and it doesn’t sparkle, so it might be worth looking into, but I’m not sure what we can do to look into it.”  She paused. “As near as I can tell it fell from the sky, which means there’s no evidence beyond what’s in front of us.”

The truck’s silence continued unabated.

“We could wait.”

The truck did not make noise.

“Yeah, we’ll wait.”

A short time later she said, “I hate waiting.”

The truck was silent.

“You’re right, we’ll give it ten more minutes.”  She checked her watch, so she could be sure she wouldn’t wait an instant longer.