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FRIENDS ONLY. You know the drill.

Friends Only - you know the drill.

[reposted post] Румяная ароматная курочка

Ни для кого не секрет, что особо румяная курочка получается, если в обмазку добавить мед. Или секрет? Тогда давайте готовить.

Правда, перед этим пару слов. Даже курицу я с некоторых пор предпочитаю не быстро зажаривать, а томить в духовке на слабом огне ну градусов 130, а то и меньше. Чтоб сверху не пригорала (есть такая беда в моей духовке) накрываю фольгой. Курица получается очень нежная и сочная, когда режешь из нее буквально вытекает сок. Чуть ли не бульон.

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A rare public post.

Politics certainly brings out the worst in people.

If you this that this is personally about you, it's not. It's not about anybody that I'm friends with, or close to. More of a commentary on the general state of the world nowadays.

Comments closed because I don't want to hear it.

Oct. 16th, 2012

And you guys have been so amazing and supportive and awesome and helpful that I give you...a cat with toast on his head.

Starring Mall Cop.

Yes, it's filmed on my iPad, which is propped up by a Sounders lunchbox. 


Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas, from Community. Hell, I just may make it an occasion to rent and watch all three Community Holiday Specials on the same day.

Writer's Block: Time for change

If you could ask the leader of your country anything, what would it be?
Boxers or briefs?

Because really - we're talking about Obama here. He may not make policies that we all agree with, but physically? He's fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine...

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

So, here's at least part of the writeup. The way down, at least.

Thursday night. Pack, and go to bed way too late for these adventurers, e.g. 11 pm. Which feels early to me, because I've been trying not to go to bed before midnight because of my new work shift. Sleep the sleep of the dead.

Friday, at 4:45 am. Wake the hell up, bolt out of bed, dress, brush teeth, wash face, and head out the door. Trip time!

5:23 am. I catch the Light Rail north to SODO, and the train is already nearly full with both commuters and travellers. Yeah, that Light Rail was sure a failure! Nothing of import happens, and I get to SODO without issue.

5:48 am. Catch Sound Transit 590 to the Tacoma dome. Ride goes smoothly, and I don't remember most of it because I was asleep. The bus actually gets there 15 minutes ahead of schedule somehow, and I have half an hour to kill until my next bus comes. I found a little strip mall behind the transit stop, and got coffee at Mocha Stop Espresso. Others must think the same thing, because they have a BIG sign warning about ordering complex drinks while in a hurry. Fortunately, an Americano doesn't count as 'complex'. I hope.

7:00 am. Get on the Intercity Transit 603, which was a little late. The vast majority of the commuters are State workers, and they all know each other. Consequently, the gossip sessions started really early on. Major point of discussion? The Sounder. No, I didn't leave off a letter - they spent a serious chunk of time talking about the train. Most of them were Sounder Supporters, and wish it ran more often. That coffee of mine was sorely needed.

7:50 am. Get dropped off in front of the State Capitol, and take one of the local buses (12 I think) to Tumwater Square. The transit is so ahead of schedule that I start to wonder how I'm going to kill more than an hour in Godforsaken Tumwater. I needn't have worried; they had a Safeway there.

However, in between getting a decaf soy latte at the Starbucks at Safeway, getting hand sanitizer that I wasn't allergic to (the one I brought was perfumed, and made me wheeze), and charging my phone at an outlet by the toy machines, I worried. The 13 bus driver indicated that this current Friday was the last day that the Tumwater to Longview route was going to exist, and I needed to make other plans if I wanted to head back up to Seattle on Monday. He also showed me where the bus stop was, which was an unmarked bench. I would have had no idea otherwise.

8:55 am. The bus to Longview comes. Now, every bus company before and since had large, well maintained buses, driven by vaguely professional drivers. The Lower Columbia Community Action Program buses and drivers? Had a distinctly different feel to them. Driver was a very laid back guy who loved his classic rock and monster trucks. And the bus? A short school bus with the Tumwater to Longview sign printed on paper and slid under the cover on the outside. The seats were old, the shocks were even older, and the driver himself collected the fare. In theory there was air conditioning, but I didn't feel it. There were also stern signs warning that people would be put off the bus IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY if caught eating or drinking. OK. The two hour ride went by without complaint; I just put on my iPod and fell asleep against the window, only waking to eat some illicit Mentos when the driver stopped for a smoke break at the Centralia Amtrak. Only a few other people on the bus, but it looked like it was a bus that they depended on. And the route was going away - but not until August 15th. So I could take it back no problem.

10:40ish am: Get dropped off at Longview, where I seriously regretted getting both coffee drinks. Seems also that the area by the bus stop only had head shops, and Island Casino - I stopped in there to use the facilities, and nearly got kicked out for breaking the dress code. Apparently, backpacks aren't allowed. But once I told them that I wasn't there to gamble, only to pee, their tune instantly became friendlier, and pointed me towards the facilities. This must happen to them a lot. Also, by now, it was getting seriously sunny and hot. Definitely no longer under the weather influence of the Sound!

11:10ish am. (Losing track of time here because I can't find them on Twitter, argh. I'll edit them in later.) Bus to Salmon Creek P&R came on time, and I boarded that. That ride was also uneventful. In fact, this whole trip so far had been really smooth and uneventful. And the scenery in the sun was very pretty.

12:05ish pm. Bus gets to Salmon Creek P&R, and according to my schedule, I had some 30 minutes to kill. However, the C-TRAN express bus to Portland had different ideas, because when I turned around, it was pulling up. I just wanted to get to Portland at this point, because Salmon Creek P&R was just looking like a suburban, fast food hell.

12:07 pm. On the bus to Portland! Ah, air conditioning! Plush seats! Looked like it was built in the past 20 years! A great little bus! Had barely any customers due to the time of day, and at 12:45 or so, it rolled into downtown Portland, Oregon.

12:45 pm. I MADE IT! Promptly found myself by some food carts, and lunch was some South American empanada thing with homemade sasparilla soda from the pizza stand next door. Then, I went to Powell's Technical, started recharging my phone, and zoned into space for an hour before heading to the hostel to check in. When I got to the hostel, I promptly took a 2 hour nap.

Next - the trip back!

Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS.

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

Doing a quick FL cleanup.

Yes, this is a public post.

No, there's no drama.

First, I'm adding people who added me back, and I didn't notice - if I know who you are.

I'm only really cutting people who:

1. Never friended me back in the first place for whatever reason.
2. Abandoned the Capitalist Horror of LiveJournal for the Workers Paradise of DreamWidth.
3. Abandoned the Capitalist Horror of LiveJournal for the Even Bigger Capitalist Horror of Facebook.
4. Various sockpuppets, trolls, and SeaGoth injokes through the years.
5. Abandoned the Capitalist Horror of LiveJournal for the Real World.

Why? Because it's my journal and I want to.

If you find that I cut you by mistake, just comment, and I'll add you back. In actuality, it'll be very few people. And chances are, if you're reading this, you're unaffected because you haven't completely abandoned the medium.