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  • catlike typing
  • tearing the masking tape off the webcam
  • standing on the laptop's power button to reach the masking tape
  • during a system upgrade
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(Ik heb geen/zo min mogelijk spoilers in mijn recensie geschreven)

Titel: Spookweerwolven (op Hebban.nl, op Goodreads)
Auteur: Paul van Loon
Illustrator: Hugo van Look
Taal: Nederlands
Serie: Dolfje Weerwolfje #20
Recensies van andere boeken in deze serie (tot nu toe):
- Dolfje Weerwolfje #5 - Boze drieling (Dutch book, Dutch review)
Recensies van andere boeken van deze auteur (tot nu toe):
- Wolven in de stad (Dutch book, Dutch review)
- Leeuwenkuil #1 - Paniek in de Leeuwenkuil (Dutch book, Dutch review)
- Foeksia de miniheks #4 - Avonturen in het heksenbos (Dutch book, Dutch review)
Soort uitgave: hardcover
Aantal pagina's: 103
Uitgever: Leopold
Jaar van publicatie: origineel 2019, mijn editie 2019 (1e editie)
ISBN-nummer: 9789025876814
Trefwoorden: weerwolven, luchtballon, griezelkasteel, spookweerwolven
Waarom ging ik het lezen: De andere Dolfje-boeken vind ik leuk, dus ik was benieuwd naar het twintigste deel!
Aanrader: Ja, als je de andere boeken van Dolfje Weerwolfje ook leuk vindt. Vooral een aanrader als je Leo een leuk personage
Kopen / Lenen / Laat maar zitten: Kopen als je alle Dolfje-boeken koopt, anders lenen.

Korte samenvatting:
Dolfjes weerwolfneef Leo wil naar de volle maan vliegen en daarvoor heeft hij een luchtballon in elkaar gezet. Dat gaat alleen niet zonder schrammen of builen... Uiteindelijk lukt het en vliegt hij omhoog, samen met Dolfje. Onderweg komen ze Dolfjes weerwolfvriendinnetje Noura tegen, die erbij springt in de luchtballon.
Alleen blijkt het nogal moeilijk te zijn om naar de maan te vliegen... Ze komen terecht op de binnenplaats van een eng kasteel.

Achterkanttekst:
In een luchtballon naar de (volle) maan!
Dolfje Weerwolfje en Noura mogen mee in de luchtballon van neef Leo.
Ze komen terecht op de binnenplaats van een duister kasteel. Daarbinnen klinken vreemde geluiden...

Eerste pagina van hoofdstuk 1, "Geheime grot":
Dolfje Weerwolfje rende door het Weerwolvenbos.
Zijn grote weerwolfneef Leo liep met grote passen naast hem.
Hoog boven de bomen stond de volle maan.
Sterren straalden in de donkere lucht.
Dolfje bleef opeens staan.
Leo botste tegen hem aan en struikelde.
Met een smak viel hij op een boomwortel.
'AUWS!
Leo's oor ist geknaktst.'

Over de eerste pagina:
De zinnen die Leo uitspreekt, zijn in een donkerblauw, speelser lettertype geschreven.

Recensie:
Verhaal:
Dit is het twintigste deel uit de "Dolfje Weerwolfje"-serie, al zijn er in totaal al wel meer boeken over Dolfje verschenen, bijvoorbeeld Dolfje-verhalen die specifiek geschreven zijn voor de lagere AVI-niveaus.
Natuurlijk is een twintigste deel speciaal en dat is dit boek ook!

De hoofdrol is hier eigenlijk weggelegd voor Leo, Dolfjes grote weerwolfneef. Het maakt niet zoveel uit in welke volgorde je de boeken over Dolfje leest, maar het is wel handig om deel 1 en 2 als eerste te lezen, zodat je weet hoe het allemaal begint. Leo komt als eerste voor in deel 2, "Volle maan".

Elke keer doet Leo weer iets waarvan je denkt dat het niet gaat lukken of dat het misgaat. Dat begint al met de luchtballon die hij zelf opblaast om naar de maan mee te vliegen. Ook bij het enge kasteel, waar ze belanden met de luchtballon, rent Leo zomaar naar binnen.
Omdat de titel van dit boek "Spookweerwolven" is, zit je als lezer natuurlijk te wachten totdat Dolfje en zijn vrienden de spookweerwolven tegenkomen... Dat gebeurt ook, maar helaas worden een aantal mysteries over de spookweerwolven niet opgelost in dit verhaal! Dolfje en zijn vrienden vinden het namelijk belangrijker dat ze zelf samen blijven dan om het raadsel van de spookweerwolven op te lossen en dat is natuurlijk heel begrijpelijk.

Schrijfstijl:
Het boek begint met een waarschuwing voor "Leo-taal". Leo praat anders dan iedereen, wat ook duidelijk te zien is: de dingen die Leo zegt, zijn gedrukt in een ander lettertype en met een donkerblauwe kleur.
Ook de spookweerwolven hebben hun eigen lettertype en een lichtblauwe kleur voor de dingen die ze zeggen.

De zinnen zijn kort, meestal maar één regel, af en toe twee, waardoor het makkelijk leesbaar is. Het taalgebruik is niet te moeilijk en daardoor is het boek zowel leuk om zelf te lezen als om voor te lezen, al is Leo's taal natuurlijk wel speciaal.

Afbeeldingen:
De tekeningen in dit boek zijn anders dan in de andere Dolfje-boeken, maar ze zijn wel getekend door Hugo van Look. De meeste tekeningen bestaan alleen uit blauwe lijnen (dezelfde kleur als gebruikt wordt voor de zinnen van Leo) met af en toe wat arceringen. De enige tekeningen in kleur zijn die van Leo, als hij weer eens een nieuwe verwonding heeft. Leo is namelijk niet de meest voorzichtige weerwolf...

Conclusie:
Het is een echt "Leo-boek" geworden, ook omdat Leo degene is die ervoor zorgt dat hijzelf, Dolfje en Noura in dit spookweerwolven-avontuur belanden.

Herleesbaarheid:
Bij het herlezen van de hele serie.

Links:
- Deze recensie op Hebban.nl (artikel).
- Pagina met alle Dolfje Weerwolfje-boeken.
- Pagina van dit boek op de site van de uitgever.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 06:44 pm
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Today is the April Feathering the Nest prompt call over on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s blog! Drop by, offer a prompt, and get a short story focused on nonsexual intimacy. Fluff and joy for EVERYONE!
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When I feel like "why in the world am I trying to put on an arts festival" I need to reread this piece.

LIVE Earthquake Watch 22.4.19 (c

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:40 am
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SOURCE: US Geological Survey

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake
1 miles from Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines · 2:11 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

April 17 2019 9:06 PM Pacific Standard Time
Magnitude 5.6
42 miles from La Sirena, Chile

April 17 2019
Magnitude 6.1
5 miles Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan

April 18 2019 7:46 AM Pacific Standard TTime
Magnitude 6.5
674 miles from Hobart, Australia

April 21 2019 2:24 PM Pacific Standard TTime
Magnitude 5.4
224 miles Suva, Fiji

April 22 2019 Pacific Standard Time
Magnitude 6.0
1294 miles from Salvador, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

LIVE Earthquake Watch 22.4.19 (b

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:37 am
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SOURCE: Earthquake Track https://earthquaketrack.com

Largest Earthquake Today:
"Today: 6.1 magnitude earthquake near Gutad, Central Luzon, Philippines


The biggest earthquakes:

today: 6.1 in Gutad, Central Luzon, Philippines
this week: 6.5 in Western Indian Antarctic Ridge
this month: 6.8 in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
this year: 8.2 in Levuka, Eastern, Fiji

about 2 hours ago 4.7 magnitude, 48 km depth
Izu Islands, Japan
about 3 hours ago 6.0 magnitude, 93 km depth
South Sandwich Islands
about 3 hours ago 4.5 magnitude, 152 km depth
Waiouru, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
about 4 hours ago 4.6 magnitude, 10 km depth
Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
about 4 hours ago 4.9 magnitude, 10 km depth
Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga
about 4 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 18 km depth
Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
about 5 hours ago 4.9 magnitude, 534 km depth
Fiji
about 5 hours ago 3.6 magnitude, 44 km depth
Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Island
about 6 hours ago 4.5 magnitude, 555 km depth
Fiji
about 7 hours ago 3.6 magnitude, 40 km depth
Homer, Alaska, United States


about 7 hours ago 4.3 magnitude, 57 km depth
Santa María Zapotitlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
about 8 hours ago 6.1 magnitude, 20 km depth
Gutad, Central Luzon, Philippines
about 9 hours ago 3.3 magnitude, 3 km depth
Bodfish, California, United States
about 10 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 10 km depth
Gulf Of Alaska
about 10 hours ago 3.1 magnitude, 94 km depth
Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic
about 11 hours ago 4.7 magnitude, 100 km depth
Sumbawa Besar, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
about 12 hours ago 3.5 magnitude, 8 km depth
Soledad, California, United States
about 13 hours ago 3.0 magnitude, 88 km depth
Anchor Point, Alaska, United States
about 13 hours ago 4.5 magnitude, 10 km depth
Pamandzi, Pamandzi, Mayotte
about 14 hours ago 4.7 magnitude, 25 km depth
Union, Caraga, Philippines"

LIVE Earthquake Watch 22.4.19 (a

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:30 am
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SOURCE: VOLCANO DISCOVERY https://volcanodiscovery.com

Monday, 22 April 2019
Mon, 22 Apr 16:29:45 UTC Magnitude 4.1 / 9.0km - [info] Offshore Guerrero, Mexico 15.86 / -98.8 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 16:07:30 UTC Magnitude 4.9 / 346.9km - [info] New Zealand -31.63857 / -179.57791 GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 22 Apr 16:00:37 UTC Magnitude 4.4 / 60.0km - [info] Izu Islands, Japan Region 31.24 / 140.8 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 14:49:08 UTC Magnitude 5.7 / 106.0km - [info] South Sandwich Islands Region (South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands) -56.29 / -27.49 GFZ
Mon, 22 Apr 14:20:12 UTC Magnitude 4.1 / 143.3km - [info] New Zealand -39.09158 / 175.06465 GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 22 Apr 13:52:17 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 10.0km - [info] Sulawesi, Indonesia -1.83 / 122.55 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 13:18:08 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 176.6km - [info] New Zealand -29.94296 / -178.39223 GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 22 Apr 13:11:40 UTC Magnitude 4.9 / 10.0km - [info] 100km NE of Hihifo, Tonga (Samoa) -15.2847 / -173.1061 USGS
Mon, 22 Apr 12:55:39 UTC Magnitude 4.0 / 208.0km - [info] Salta, Argentina -24.19 / -67.54 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 12:30:55 UTC Magnitude 4.6 / 696.0km - [info] Fiji Islands -18.03 / 179.36 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 12:30:31 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 552.0km - [info] Fiji Islands Region -17.36 / -178.61 GFZ
Mon, 22 Apr 11:13:09 UTC Magnitude 4.7 / 541.0km - [info] Fiji Islands Region -19.41 / -177.66 GFZ
Mon, 22 Apr 11:04:53 UTC Magnitude 4.2 / 7.0km - [info] Offshore Guatemala 13.92 / -92.06 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 10:19:55 UTC Magnitude 4.3 / 58.0km - [info] Oaxaca, Mexico 16.41 / -95.99 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 10:01:14 UTC Magnitude 4.0 / 10.0km - [info] Sulawesi, Indonesia -2.08 / 122.51 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 09:17:06 UTC Magnitude 4.2 / 10.0km - [info] Off Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico 14.38 / -93.76 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 09:11:11 UTC Magnitude 6.0 / 10.0km - [info] Luzon, Philippines - 14.94 / 120.5 GFZ
Mon, 22 Apr 09:06:28 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 10.0km - [info] Sulawesi, Indonesia -1.8 / 122.33 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 07:24:41 UTC Magnitude 4.2 / 56.0km - [info] Guerrero, Mexico 17.84 / -100.99 EMSC
Mon, 22 Apr 07:05:08 UTC Magnitude 4.3 / 27.0km - [info] Southern Sumatra, Indonesia -4.95 / 103.01 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 06:49:51 UTC Magnitude 5.0 / 85.0km - [info] Sumbawa Region, Indonesia -9.18 / 117.52 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 04:27:45 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 10.0km - [info] 24km SE of Pamandzi, Mayotte -12.9287 / 45.46 USGS
Mon, 22 Apr 04:00:40 UTC Magnitude 4.6 / 261.0km - [info] Philippine Islands Region (Philippines) 7.27 / 127.17 BMKG
Mon, 22 Apr 03:59:57 UTC Magnitude 4.7 / 25.7km - [info] 25km ESE of General Luna, Philippines 9.7288 / 126.3809 USGS
Mon, 22 Apr 02:06:37 UTC Magnitude 5.0 / 213.9km - [info] Tonga Islands -18.053 / -174.666 GeoAu
Mon, 22 Apr 01:04:54 UTC Magnitude 4.8 / 56.6km - [info] 26km NNW of Aguas Verdes, Peru (Ecuador) - -3.2515 / -80.3184 USGS
Mon, 22 Apr 00:47:43 UTC Magnitude 4.3 / 458.0km - [info] Primor'ye, Russia 43.03 / 133.64 GFZ
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Sun, 21 Apr 23:17:48 UTC Magnitude 4.2 / 10.0km - [info] Simeulue, Indonesia 2.34 / 95.21 EMSC
Sun, 21 Apr 22:58:30 UTC Magnitude 4.7 / 10.0km - [info] 143km SE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea -6.978 / 150.6057 USGS
Sun, 21 Apr 22:10:40 UTC Magnitude 4.5 / 187.0km - [info] Guam Region 13.95 / 144.63 EMSC
Sun, 21 Apr 21:42:39 UTC Magnitude 4.1 / 52.0km - [info] Offshore El Salvador 12.66 / -88.24 EMSC
Sun, 21 Apr 21:09:51 UTC Magnitude 4.8 / 56.2km - [info] 16km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea -4.6191 / 153.0385 USGS
Sun, 21 Apr 20:47:59 UTC Magnitude 4.0 / 161.0km - [info] Chiapas, Mexico 16.02 / -93.03 EMSC
Sun, 21 Apr 19:37:22 UTC Magnitude 4.1 / 123.0km - [info] Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi (Indonesia) -0.1 / 123.38 BMKG

week in review / week on horizon

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:59 am
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We went to my mom's house on Easter, per tradition. Instead of hiding eggs in her yard, this year she decided to do an indoor hunt with eggs containing a sequence of clues, which the kids tore through in less than five minutes. It was pretty funny to watch. We also played the kids' favorite Looney Labs game, Just Desserts, followed by a version of Monopoly my mom had that was based on the Muppet Show. The cheapest property on the board was the Swinetrek, so I chanted "PIGS! IN! SPAAAACE!" every time someone landed on it. Unfortunately Connor got upset when he couldn't get the properties he wanted and started running low on funds, so we probably won't play it again any time soon. He's very happy with Yoshi's Crafted World, though, and I told him I'd play along with him on that sometime. Meanwhile Will spent the day replaying the original Picross game on the DS.

I saw Shazam on Friday with the usual suspects. It was goofy and heartwarming, apart from the scenes between the villain and his father, which were gratuitously dark. Not sure where it fits in with the rest of the DC Universe, though, since it takes place in Philadelphia and not a fictional place like Gotham or Metropolis or Atlantis. Not that I really care all that much, since I'm not emotionally invested like I am with the MCU. Speaking of which, I have my Endgame ticket for Friday night, since I couldn't go Thursday. Hopefully I will find time to rewatch Infinity War before then.

Tonight is the final rehearsal for the spring handbell program, with concerts on Thursday, Sunday, and the following Monday. I really like the songs we're doing and I'm looking forward to getting them in front of an audience. After that, I will spend Mondays in May rehearsing for Beethoven's Ninth, and some other night of the week rehearsing the handbell pieces for the regional festival in New Orleans in mid-June.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:56 am
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Post-Chullin Jewish study plans:

1. I'm going to study Masechet Shabbos and make similar posts to the ones I made for Chullin. I will be trying to do it at Daf Yomi-ish speed and depth but not necessarily trying as hard to be on schedule.

2. I'm going to recommit to writing my commentary on the VanderMeers' Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals and set a goal to write up one animal a week.

Here's Rowan

Apr. 22nd, 2019 01:02 pm
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Google's AI very helpfully auto-generated these gifs from the pictures I took of him playing the other day. The ones from videos are cute but unremarkable, but my favorite is the one that captures like one tenth of a second of jumping so it looks like he's angrily and repeatedly kicking some imaginary enemy right behind him.

Unsorted linkspam

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:19 am
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I've surely shared this classic Easter story before, but if you haven't read it, please do: "The 1969 Easter Mass Incident". The hilarity, it burns. "Content Warnings: Religion, food, symbolic cannibalism, symbolic gore, penis mention, Blasphemy, SO MUCH BLASPHEMY, weapons, war mention. Mind the warnings and your health always comes first. Its a HILARIOUS story, I promise."

Unsorted linkspam:

"‘Ugly Delicious’ Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice’: On his Netflix show, David Chang looks at the state of Chinese food in America".

"Layers of Deceit: Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?" [2012]

"Autism Self-Diagnosis is not Special Snowflake Syndrome". [2015]

"The Myspace Dragon Hoard (2008-2010)". "A wide-ranging collection of 490,000 mp3 files from MySpace.com, accomplished using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010."

"Do People in an Arby’s Know About “Sir, This Is an Arby’s”? Investigating the internet’s favorite joke on the front lines".

And a small heap via [personal profile] conuly:

--"Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie".

--"Why there’s so little left of the early internet". [BBC]

--"The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines".

--"How A Seed Bank Helps Preserve Cherokee Culture Through Traditional Foods".

--"Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad".

--"These ballroom dancers teach a gender neutral way where both people lead". [CBC]

--"How Social-Media Surveillance of Teenagers Led to a New Kind of Policing".

--"The world’s happiest people [note: the Danish] have a beautifully simple way to tackle loneliness".

--"The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze".

--"Webcomics: an oral history: Featuring the artists behind XKCD, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics, and more".

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Apr. 21st, 2019 07:23 pm
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you and me could write a (bad) romance (7227 words) by AlexSeanchai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth, guest starring - Relationship, Marc Anciel/Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire/Nino Lahiffe, Juleka Couffaine/Rose Lavillant, past minor relationships
Characters: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, guest starring, Marc Anciel, Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire, Nino Lahiffe, Nadja Chamack, Lila Rossi, Nathalie Sancoeur, Penny Rolling, Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth
Additional Tags: Romance, Modeling, Designer Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Homelessness, Queer Het, Temporary Character Death, Marriage Proposal, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Adrinette April 2019
Summary:

Adrien rubbed the back of his neck and didn't meet her eyes. "Sooo I kind of had a fight with my father. The part where the art room social scene comes in is, I told him I'm done modeling for anything but romance novel covers. And he doesn't believe me."

"...Romance novel covers," Marinette repeated slowly, imagination filling with Adrien in a charcoal suit waltzing with a woman in a crimson silk gown. Adrien in a pirate ship's crow's nest, poet shirt open to show his defined pecs and abs, with the black-and-red-garbed pirate queen. Adrien, blue-jeaned and shirtless and wielding a broadsword, with—

"The thing is—and this," Marc added, "is the part where Loverboy is getting all flustered—the thing is, romance novels, as a general rule, have two protagonists."

"Both of whom," continued Nathaniel while eyeing Marinette, "ought to be on the cover. Otherwise readers will get confused about the genre.

"Subtle," said Marinette. "Adjective. Antonyms include Marc and Nathaniel."
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Because I don't live under a rock, I have not been able to avoid mentions of "Game of Thrones" even though I have never watched it and never wanted to watch it. But what with memes and 5-second clips and suchlike, I have picked up various things about it. Y'all can tell me how wrong I am, I consider this an interesting exercise.

  1. It is a fantasy TV series.
  2. Based on a book-series by, um, George R.R. Martin?
  3. Who said he wanted to write a book series that was too violent for television.
  4. It is too violent for television, but they made it anyway. It is really really violent.
  5. There is a throne whose back is made of swords.
  6. There is a character called Tirion Lannister who is a fan favourite.
  7. He is really short, like hobbit-height.
  8. He has a bit of integrity, unlike everyone else.
  9. There are no good guys, it is every man, woman and child for themselves.
  10. There is trial by combat (see point 4).
  11. There was a "red wedding" which was a massacre (see point 4).
  12. There is a blonde girl who had an incestuous relationship with her brother.
  13. One of the taglines for an upcoming season was "Winter is coming."
  14. Season 8 has just started.
  15. It is the last season (thank goodness!).
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A teeny-tiny hunk of spiral ham left over from...possibly New Year's, though I can't remember if that's when we last ate it or not. I'd cut it in half after I bought it, then froze the other half. It was a small ham to begin with, so this stretched it to the max.

No one's a huge jumping-up-and-down HAM! YAY! enthusiast here, anyhow.

My only near-regret was after OP almost managed to invite a third person for Easter dinner (a friend of mine from the neighborhood whom he'd just met who has church activities all day tomorrow so declined), in which case there wouldn't have been enough to go around so I would've had to hit the store for more ham and/or some other traditional thing, entirely. Close call.

He bought a head of cabbage so someone will cook that up into something, I guess, and I don't know if grocery stores are open tomorrow but we're out of potatoes, but have enough rice (and enough varieties thereof) to feed the neighborhood (don't tell the neighborhood, as there's not enough ham and cabbage to go around) so it'll work out - in fact, I made baked beans to go with my liver and onions tonight, and really liked them, so maybe I'll just reheat those for the starch.

ETA: This meal was unusual considering the food started off so plain, yet came out so pow!.

So I brined the ham in a mixture I thought up on the spot: starting with a real maple syrup base I added ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, brown sugar, fresh-ground black pepper and a few splashes of lightly pulped orange juice, stirred the uh, bedevil out of it and used a pastry brush to coat each side of every slice in the spiral, then dumped the leftover brine over to cold-marinate for a few hours, with the brine rising halfway up the ham in the tin foil contraption I made to hold it all in while it heated up.

This came out better than candied ham, as it had a sort of candied/brandied taste sans alcohol. Loved it - my rating: 8 out of 10 (it could've been more tender and I would've preferred the same flavor in something more akin to a glaze*).

I cooked the cabbage using the first recipe that came up on a Google search for "sweet and sour cabbage" leaving off bacon and adding some bacon grease to impart the same flavor. That was yummy, though I miss the sweet and sour cabbage of my childhood, which was plainer, more sweet and more sour, if that makes sense (and it does, I can assure you).

And I caved before doing any of this and bought potatoes. The organic market was the only store open so ran there for some (I wish that was all I ran there for...my God how I hate what that place does to me).

OP made homemade ricotta while I cooked dinner so I baked the potatoes, then we ate them with his ricotta - pretty damn good, though I still missed the more acidic hit and smoothness of sour cream.

*In retrospect I could've done a few things differently: had I turned the ham halfway through cooking to get the top half back in the brine the whole thing might've been more tender, and if I'd used more maple syrup or added honey it might've made for a stickier glaze. The flavor, though...*floats off on a cloud*

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I eventually finished the annoyingly terribly badly-written pattern project from the 8th time I cast on (I think). There were several times when I had to unknit up to 6 rows to fix a mistake because I couldn't figure out how to do this using a crochet hook for individual columns of stitches, and I had to do that one stitch at a time with both ends of the needle rather than taking the needle out, ripping stitches, and then threading it back in, because picking the stitches back up correctly like that was too hard.

That's why I let a number of minor errors stand: img x3 )

But I love this and it seems to be an appropriate replacement for my previous large (enough to go around the head and neck three times) cowl and the merino is significantly softer, and the brioche significantly squishier, than the old one's chunky alpaca seed stitch. I did manage to wear it today, but it wasn't really necessary to have a scarf that heavy, so I probably won't get to thoroughly test it out until next fall, though. I also did get a new Ravelry usericon out of the day.

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With the Australian Federal Election called some ten days ago I've been putting together a couple of paragraphs per day on the most news-worthy items. The governing LNP has had a very rocky start with various signs of political nepotism, corruption, and dumping four candidates; it's somewhat amazing that they can still scrape together c47.5%TPP under the circumstances. Meanwhile, drawing heavily upon my studies in public economics, I've published a piece on the Isocracy Network on The Idea Size of Governments, which will be followed up with a piece of voting methods and social choice theory (a recent discussion with the Proportional Representation Society suggests that they are currently insufficiently bold to get out of their demographic decline).

Livejournal has turned twenty! I first started making use of it a few years later, in 2003, as a means to stay in touch with people whilst I was in Timor-Leste. Apparently, I've made over a thousand posts in that time. Of course, like many people, various reasons (e.g., changes in policy) these days I typically cross-post to Livejournal via Dreamwidth. It's pretty much the same technology but I do wonder whether the forking will lead to the technological decline of the former over the latter (consider what has happened to OpenOffice vs LibreOffice, or even older, Mambo vs Joomla). Still, whatever the fate of LJ there can be no doubt of its extremely important role in social media technology, many features are still not replicated by Facebook, for example. Also, on-point, LJ continues to survive whilst others like Google Plus did not.

Apart from this, I've had my nose heavily in the books (virtual and literal) as I revise for my economics exams. Not just economics of course; some higher education study and my test to be a Software Carpentry instructor was held this week as well (I passed, natch). I've had a couple of social events, including a Megatraveller game on Thursday night, and Brendan E. and Dan T., visiting today (we were also supposed to have Asher Wolf as well - next time!). Work and social events mixed well this week with Dan and I having both breakfast and lunch on Lygon St with Ann B from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, discussing the possibility of an HPC Educator's conference. Breakfast was French, lunch was Italian, and it does remind me of a gorgonzola-stuffed mushroom dish I made earlier this week; it called for breadcrumbs in the stuffing and it just so happened that a couple of days prior I had made a bread loaf with tomato and basil; You know what that would be like two days later as the flavours seep through. One day I'll do my "pauvre mais élégant" cookbook.

Fuck past me, honestly

Apr. 20th, 2019 02:02 pm
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My wife said, "You can come to ours and we can do it for you,"

and I said, "We can make food,"

but then MIL said, "I have food too...",

and on autopilot, like an idiot, I said, "Or we can eat at yours and do it on your computer," completely forgetting she lives in the boonies & wants us to take an hour long bus trip home.

Then it turns out she doesn't have food and wants to spend an hour in the supermarket first.

One of us needs to learn some assertiveness. Or I could think before I speak...

Fannish nomenclature

Apr. 20th, 2019 01:52 pm
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They should call "reverse bangs" gnabs.

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