eruthros: Mai from Avatar: TLA mid-fight, with sunlight glinting off her shuriken (Avatar - mai kicks ass)
Imagine that, for a variety of reasons, you are planning to continue to watch a show whose misogyny and isms make you sad and angry.

Now imagine that you can have a palate cleanser after every episode - anything in the world! (Except for Legend of Korra because it still isn't here whyyyyyy.) Old stuff, new stuff, movies, anime, live-action tv, specific episodes of a thing, anything at all. What would you watch to give yourself joy again?

(Sadly women-kicking-ass vids don't work, because when I'm feeling sad and angry at narrative misogyny they often feel like a lie: I watch them thinking not about the characters' moments of awesome, of which there are many, but about the characters' final fates on their shows or their reception in fandom or their creators' dismissal of them or whatever. This is the problem with watching "I'm Your Man" when sad, too.)
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
It's been raining all week here - it's cold and damp and there are flood warnings all over, and we've got two inches of water in the basement (landlord: um, we'll deal with it ... later), and basically it is just the kind of wet blech day that reminds me of my mom making hot toddies on the stove when we worked out in the rain. So I had a spiked hot chocolate and some popcorn and watched MST3K doing a Commando Cody serial.

And that made me think about hot alcoholic drinks that are good when it's pouring rain or snowing or freezing outside. My mom used to make hot toddies for my dad (and later for me) when we were sick or when we had to be out in the rain, usually to a rum recipe but sometimes to a brandy one if we didn't have rum. We had a lemon tree in the backyard, so the hot toddies were always seriously lemony, and the lemon and the alcohol tang would sit above the liquid in the hot cup. Later in life I had things like Irish coffee and wassail (especially nom when it has baked apples in it) and several variations on "put alcohol in hot chocolate," but the hot toddy is the symbol of comforting hot drinks for me.

So I wondered what y'all drank (if anything) and especially if y'all had any good recipes! And I like polls.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20


Hot alcoholic drinks I/my family drink include:

View Answers

hot toddy (whisky/whiskey)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (rum)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (brandy)
3 (15.0%)

buttered rum
3 (15.0%)

wassail
5 (25.0%)

mulled wine
8 (40.0%)

spiked hot chocolate
10 (50.0%)

Irish coffee
6 (30.0%)

other spiked coffee
1 (5.0%)

something else! I've got a great recipe I'll share in the comments!
3 (15.0%)



hot chocolate spiked with rum recipe )

And while I'm here let me just drop in a link for a hot buttered spiked cider recipe (a sort of hot buttered rum and mulled cider mashup),
eruthros: Li Ann from Once a Thief with two guns, text "Li Ann" (OaT - Li Ann  red)
1. OMG, guys, Alliance finally released Once a Thief on DVD (not yet on amazon.com, but it's on amazon.ca). It's a show of my fannish youth (listen, Krycek was on it, okay), and most of it has never been available on DVD at all. I plan to buy it get it from netflix and revel in the evil clowns and the fight scene on trampolines and that time people fenced with chainsaws and the general John Woo-ishness of it. *points up at icon of Li Ann with two guns* Look she jumps sideways out from behind pallets of stuff to fire two guns at evil clowns. How can I not like that!

Also, if any of y'all know of any good Li Ann/the Director fic, plz send it thisaway. Or the Director/Mac d/s fic would also be welcomed.

2. I really hate having conversations with people who assume that if I don't like something, it must be because I don't get it, and if they just explain then eventually I'll go "oh gosh, you know, my visceral negative reaction and/or my political objections have now totally vanished! I'll go and draw sparkly hearts around it now!"

I mean, obviously people like different things than I do for a variety of reasons, and obviously people can disagree with me about whether something is problematic. But, oh my god, if I could stop talking to people who assume that it's because I just didn't understand the underlying message and if I understood everyone's intent then I would just love it and and and...

3. I have had no success googling this and my physical therapist is an asshole, so I turn to you, the internet! One strange thing that has started happening to me lately is this: I lean over forward to reach the ground, with my knees bent slightly, and I spend some time that way, pulling weeds or picking stuff up off the floor, and within a minute or two my legs go immediately and critically wobbly. And then if I stand up, which is always really difficult, my legs are weak and shaky, and it can last for hours. Hours in which I basically can't stand and have to lever myself up out of chairs and use my cane or hold onto things because I'm dangerously unsupported.

I asked my PT a while ago if this was a particularly weak or stressed muscle somewhere I should be working on or if it was some other kind of problem and she was like "whatever, people's bodies change sometimes, keep doing your core strengthening exercises." But it feels like somewhat more of a problem than that! Especially because it's newish in the last year and because I've been doing those exercises and incidentally my core strength is fine and because my knees are already hypermobile so with the added instability I really do have problems walking and standing. But I know nothing about soft-tissue structures, so: does anybody know what the hell is going wrong there?

4. Man, sometimes I want to make the "take JMS's heavy-handedness out" cut of Babylon 5. Like, every time he does a scene twice, to make sure we get the emotions of it (*cough* finale *cough*)? Take out one of the scenes. Every time there's that extra scene at the end of an episode even though the emotional resolution clearly happened with (usually) G'Kar's or (sometimes) Londo or Delenn's amazing and brilliant scene? Take it out. I don't need to see the captain reflecting on G'Kar or Londo or Delenn or whoever's amazing plot in order to get it, guys, I don't need jms's stand-in to tell me how to feel, because, you know, other people are having amazing scenes and acting brilliantly in them? And I feel things for them?

I mean, we just watched "Passing Through Gethsemane," which - spoiler-free version! - involves the same character explaining the story of Gethsemane twice. To make sure we get the metaphor. It's relevant to his life situation, guys! FYI! And it's already the title, jms, so you seriously don't need one of those two scenes.

I love the show in a lot of ways, but geez.
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
1. For a vid I am vaguely contemplating making, I am looking for a triumphant saving-the-world type song - the sort of song you might vid women kicking ass to, if that makes sense. (The Eurythmics "I Saved the World Today" is topically right, but way too regretful, sadly.)

2. I am currently applying both a mineral sunscreen (mostly suspended in oil) and an oil-based bug deterrent (citronella, lemongrass, etc, in an oil + beeswax base). So my question is, in which order should I apply these things? Should I wait for a bit between them? The internet is full of answers to this question that presume DEET, which, like, ha, as if, I have tried many brands of DEET at work in the past and they all make me cough and cough and cough. So then I stopped using them, but I still had a ridiculous asthma attack at a state fair last year when someone sprayed it over their shoulder directly into my face. THANKS, assholes.

FWIW, if you're looking for bug sprays, I've previously been able to use permethrin-based insect repellant - the kind you soak or spray onto clothes and let dry - without any skin reaction. It's one of those things I only do if there's a really serious bug problem, or I'm going to be outside all the time, because I have to wear gloves and a face mask to apply the spray, but once it's on and dried I launder it once and then it's fine for me.

3. Why is it that, when I rewatch Babylon 5, I always end up rewatching "Infection" even though I know it will hurt me? I mean, okay, I am that kind of completist about fandoms, but I've been happily skipping the A plot of "Believers" (except for Kosh's scene) and "TKO" for years now. I don't know why I'm sitting here right now watching Ilya Kuryakin as a space archaeologist. I could be rewatching River Song right now! Who wins in a space-archaeologist-off by approximately all the points ever.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
Today is Post All The Things I Have Been Composing In Tabs day!

I need new knitting TV. The thing is, a lot of tv I'm watching or re-watching with people, so I can't put on five episodes in a row while I finish up that scarf. (At the moment, this rules out X-Files, Farscape, Xena, and probably Fringe.) I like my knitting TV to be have interesting characters and plots but also be pleasantly trope-y, so that I can just glance up every few seconds to go "right, they're doing the interrogation scene, check." If it's amazing and groundbreaking and I have to have all my attention focused on it, it's not good for knitting.

For a while I was watching Criminal Minds, first because I loved Morgan and Garcia, and later because I loved Morgan and Garcia and was staring in a sort of train-wreck kind of fascination at the sudden fail of the show, but I think that I have now hit the limit of my train-wreck fascination, so now I need something new. Other good knitting TV has included Numb3rs, the Dead Zone, Leverage, SG1, Mythbusters, the Sarah Jane Adventures, V, Starsky and Hutch, various rewatches of things, and other things I've forgotten now. Things that are generally not good tv for me include most sitcoms (I sitcom-embarrassment-squick easily), crime dramas that are really into victim-cam or into only-weirdos-commit-crimes, and fantasy that does our-(heterosexual)-relationship-is-destined.

in which I live-IM and clip to document the end of my train-wreck fascination with Criminal Minds and distract from the main point of this post but seriously you guys this actually happened on the show I cannot even deal )
eruthros: photo of a tree on a misty, grey day with the text "yuletide" (yuletide - grey tree)
Yuletide nominations came up so fast this year that I didn't have time to finish (re)reading/watching/listening to all the things I wanted to finish before nominations, so I have set this whole weekend aside to check things out and decide what to nominate. It's just me and Mark O'Brien's poems and N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Sleep Dealer and Whale Rider and that vid about how Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki broke up because Steve Nash would be able to fly with Amar'e Stoudemire. (Which was totally my mid-aughts basketball love story involving many sexy assists, but maybe I should nominate the 2007 Warriors team instead? That was a pretty great year, and J-Rich and Baron Davis were just awesome.) Decisions are hard guys.

And because I apparently don't have enough to re-read/watch/listen to (hahaha), I thought I would ask for some recs.

The criteria:
If I'm going to read/watch/listen to it before nominations are over, I need to be able to get it from my local small bookstore or library or netflix, or I need to be able to ahem it. (If it's something awesome that I can't get that way, tell me anyway and I'll see if I can find it before signups. Or I'll put it on next year's list.)

It should be created by chromatic or disabled or queer folks, or include chromatic or disabled or queer characters.

Things I like:
Speculative fiction! I like spaceships and robots and evil computers and good computers and aliens and AUs and space opera and time travel and clones and telepathy.

Stories that think about bodies. I really love it when things like shapeshifting make a difference in how people think about their bodies, or when there's a real sense of bodies moving through space, or double-embodiedness when people are connected to robots by cables, or whatever.

Nifty worldbuilding. And sources get bonus points if there are complicated politics and multiple religions and internal struggles and things.

Apocalypses and post-apocalypses.

Canonically kinky attitudes.

Things I don't like:
Celluloid Closeting. Or the equivalent done to chromatic or disabled characters. Nobody should end up dead or evil.

Vampires. I'm so done with vampires. Also succubi, and most demons, and just generally I'm less interested in supernatural themes.

Srs bzns real-life grittiness. Unless it's on a spaceship.

Heterosexual love and/or babies as the answer to all speculative fiction plot problems. If a book suggests that heterosexual love is going to save the world, or that there's hope for THE FUTURE now, I am likely to throw it across the room. Ditto any book that suggests a return to "natural" gender relations, "natural" states of being human, "natural" politics or whatever.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
Massively dry, sore throat. (Partly the fault of meds, partly the fault of taking a hike today that I took someone's word about in terms of the "oh, stairs at the start, then mostly flat" which btw my knees do not thank that trail reviewer, partly the fault of it being fucking hot here.)

I have: drunk a lot of water (see above re: hot), eaten like five chocolate chips (all the chocolate in the house except for some pocky), had some fruit juice and vegetables and dinner and things, had some ice cream (listen, it could have worked), made myself some tea with honey, and it still feels like someone could light a match on the back of my throat. Given that I have the pantry of a moderately-foodie USAmerican vegetarian, the tea stock of a person who really likes tea, the medicine cabinet of a person who basically can't take otc medication, and the knees of a person who is not walking another step outside the house today, do you have any suggestions? It's ridiculously distracting. And also, owww.
eruthros: Star Trek: TOS, Kirk and Spock gazing soulfully into each other's eyes (ST:TOS - Spock and Kirk LOVE each other)
1. Okay you guys, I need HELP. Where is the Avatar: tLA fanfic? I have checked out the AO3, and the old yuletide archive, and some of the multifandom reccers I know, but I have found very little. There must be some post-series worldbuilding fic, right? Surely?

Unfortunately, all my routes to fanfic have taken me to cut for spoilers for the series )

2. I watched the Man from UNCLE episode that guest stars Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner the other day, and let me just say: n'awwww. It's a first season episode (The Project Strigas Affair), so it predates Star Trek and is in black and white and is totally about pulling a giant con and they barely encounter each other in the course of the episode but it still made me go "awww." (Especially because I am pro giant cons and Ilya undercover in awesome moustaches.) Anyway, if you're in a nostalgic mood (and are willing to put up with some really heavy-handed eastern European stereotypes) it's pretty amusing. William Shatner plays the innocent young chemical engineer turned exterminator! Leonard Nimoy smokes cigarettes with a holder and does expansive arm gestures!

3. I'm kind of weirded out by the fact that basically all the tv I'm looking forward to is on a summer-airing schedule --Mad Men, White Collar, Leverage, Psych as long as someone prescreens the episodes for embarrassment squick -- and that none of it includes spaceships. I mean, there are three whole cop/con comedy-dramas on that list, geez. Could I get just a little spaceship?

Anyway, if you've been watching a neat speculative fiction tv show, or are looking forward to a new one, I'd love a rec. Especially if it includes women and characters of color and queer people who also have cool powers/are on the spaceship/do neat things/aren't the backup, the love interest, or the funny neighbor. I'm told that I have to start watching Fringe, among other things.
eruthros: Grant Imahara from Mythbusters wearing a Star Trek TOS science uniform and Vulcan ear extensions (Mythbusters - grant in a star trek unifo)
1. Here is a thing I wish blogs would agree on: what "previous" and "next" mean. On some blogs, previous entries points to older posts; on some, it points to more recent posts. Having to hover over links to figure out where they go makes me cranky.

2. Dear the internet, I am looking for a film called A Private Function. (1985, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Palin, in case there are several by that name.) It is not available on Netflix, or from my library, or from any of the usual places, and costs like $60 used on amazon or ebay. Does anybody have access to a copy? Your own or a library's or a better video store? ETA: I think I've tracked it down at a library, thanks!

3. I have this problem where I have physical therapists, but they're all about "getting better," not about what would make daily routines easier. So I have some things that I need, but I don't know where to shop for them -- are there good assistive devices shops that you like? Where should I buy a folding cane? If I want to get those foam things that go over the handles of knives so I don't have to grip so tightly, what are they even called and where can I buy them? That sort of thing. And instead my PTs say things like "oh, well, but maybe you won't need it for long..." and "why don't we wait and see if you get better first..." and "well, but you can work around it for now, right?" I find this very frustrating. Especially since "getting better" is so far the work of years. And thus I ask you, the internet, instead.

4. I am not going to talk a lot about episode 8x03 of Mythbusters, except to say: JAAAAAAAAMIE!!!! Omg he was adorable. And arrogant, which somehow makes him even more adorable, I don't even know. And Adam loves it. Also, I <3 Grant, because he is awesome. And Kari -- I'm so glad she's back.
eruthros: Mythbusters screenshot of Jamie blushing red and laughing (Mythbusters - Jamie having an emotion)
1. Is there anything that I could do in a dw entry to show/hide some text once the cut has already been clicked?

I'm thinking about transcripts in particular, here; sometimes I have entries with several (long!) videos embedded, and the transcripts would make a looooooong scroll bar blockquote. If I could hide the transcripts with a click-here-to-view, that would be pretty cool.

2. New Mythbusters! Because we seem to be doing spoiler cuts now, there's some stuff about 8x02 Dive to Survive under this cut )

3. So, this isn't exactly related to the most recent episode of the Mythbusters, but [personal profile] thingswithwings and I were talking about how Adam and Jamie just have this drive to educate people about hands-on science. And I was like "oh man, now I'm thinking about an AU where they're high school teachers." And [personal profile] thingswithwings was all, "wow, Jamie would be the worst high school teacher ever, except for Adam."

I still kind of want it anyway. Jamie and Adam teach physics! Adam nearly blows up the labs! Jamie teaches kids about acceleration using bows and arrows! They meet grouchily in the teacher's lounge and snipe at each other about teaching methods! Jamie eats nutritious homemade food paste! Adam eats slurpees! That part is perhaps not an AU!

4. I get to go to vividcon this year! I am so excited about this you guys.

See, I usually have to go be in the Middle of Nowhere for most of the summer, but there was a chance that this year I would only have to go for a couple weeks, so I registered for Vividcon in the spirit of HOPE. A few weeks ago it was still "well, we'll maybe want you for two weeks at the beginning of August?" and I was distraught. But then! "We don't need you this year, only come if you really want to!" \o/ \o/ \o/

PLUS I got really sick of going every year -- Middle of Nowhere, no internet, and I came back sicker every time I went. So I'm very grateful to have the break for that reason, too; maybe it'll seem more fun next year, after this time off. And maybe by then I'll have a diagnosis, and will be able to figure out why I always seem to come back sick, so that I can do something about it. (Stress? Diet? Chemical exposure? Sleeping problems? Who knows.)

So: Vividcon road trip! I get to go to vividcon! And meet fangirls! For maybe the only time in the next ten years, because this is likely to be my only summer off! *does dance of vividcon*

ETA: edited to strike the girls out of fangirls, because someone drew my attention to it as a casually and thoughtlessly gendered noun. I'm really sorry, guys! I look forward to meeting a bunch of new fans I've never met before, regardless of their gender identity.

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