eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-09-08 01:49

drinks for rainy days

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: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20


Hot alcoholic drinks I/my family drink include:

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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: Grant Imahara from Mythbusters wearing a Star Trek TOS science uniform and Vulcan ear extensions (Mythbusters - grant in a star trek unifo)
2011-09-01 11:27

Top one hundred speculative fiction works: long list poll

Nominations resulted in about a thousand different works, which should all be listed in this long list poll. The top 250(ish) works from this list will turn into another short list poll in just over a week.

The poll is split into ten questions, each with 99 or 100 works; you can choose up to ten works in each poll question. (Splitting the list into separate questions is not entirely fair - what if all your favorite things end up in the same one? - but there are too many things for a single question, and this isn't exactly a scientific polling system already, so.)

This isn't intended to make an objective list of the "best" works - your top works could mean your favorites, the things that influenced you the most, the things you think are the most interesting, the things you think have the coolest speculative fiction elements, the works you think are best, or however else you'd like to define your top works.

If you'd like to comment explaining why you love a work, or why people might want to check it out, or why you like parts of a work but don't like other parts or find them problematic, or link to people talking about a work, please do! Just don't comment solely to talk about why a work (or its fans) suck.

Some notes on the poll: Sometimes both a book series and a single book from that series are nominated, or both a manga and the anime based on it, or a book and the film based on it, or other sorts of part-whole problems. You can vote for any or all of the formats, depending on which parts you like best - so you could vote for both The Left Hand of Darkness and The Hainish Cycle if they're both in your top ten, or for just The Left Hand of Darkness if the book is in your top ten but the series as a whole doesn't make it (or vice versa). If multiple parts of the same thing make it to the short list, I will probably combine them there - so here it's Akira (movie) and Akira (manga), and it would be Akira (movie, manga) if it made it to the short list.

Works are (generally) alphabetized by their original title, though I'm certain to have mixed this up sometimes. If you see typos or works attributed to the wrong author or anything like that, please comment so I can fix it in the spreadsheet.

You can change your vote as many times as you want for any reason. DW accounts and OpenID accounts from other sites (google, lj, ij, yahoo, etc) can vote in the poll.

The poll will stay open for one week - it'll close next Thursday at noon(ish) EST.

The list is also available as a googledoc of the long list, if you'd prefer to look it over in that format before voting.

seriously epic poll under the cut )

ETA: There are a couple of things that are on the list twice because of typos (they weren't caught by the formula that removed duplicates or by me on my first pass) - so far I see The Left Hand of Darkness and the Legend of the Galactic Heroes tv/ova. I'll add the votes for both lines up manually. *facepalm*

The URL for We Are All Connected by kiki_miserychic is broken but can be fixed by adding .html.

The URL for Data's Dream goes to the fanlore page; here's a streaming link for Data's Dream.

Villains by Necessity is by Eve Forward, not Diana Wynne Jones.

Unfortunately, you can't edit polls, so the errors will stick around through this iteration. Sorry!
eruthros: kink: behind the back wrists-to-collar bondage (kink: neck to wrist)
2011-04-27 19:33
Entry tags:

today in random polling...

Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


I call the endorphin rush or euphoria that some peope sometimes get from kink:

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subspace
11 (50.0%)

headspace
13 (59.1%)

domspace
3 (13.6%)

flying
9 (40.9%)

floating
8 (36.4%)

diving
1 (4.5%)

My favorite term is:

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subspace
5 (27.8%)

headspace
8 (44.4%)

domspace
1 (5.6%)

flying
3 (16.7%)

floating
1 (5.6%)

diving
0 (0.0%)

No, wait, I call it something else!



Yeah, we're doing [community profile] kink_bingo stuff, and it's time for dealing with terminology again.
eruthros: ST: TOS, Spock holding a kitten (ST: TOS - Spock and kitten)
2011-02-17 13:39
Entry tags:

Voyager

I am rewatching the Voyager pilot, and I have an important question for you all.

Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


Tom Paris:

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Bratty sub
5 (20.8%)

Brattiest sub
21 (87.5%)



Seriously, he is practically shouting "top me! top me! somebody top me! look at how bratty I am!" Harry Kim: "... you know, it's not polite to just dive right into bratty sub without negotiating first." Janeway: "okay, I will give you an order, no problem." Chakotay: "how about some dirty talk? Also, I both owe you and own you." The Doctor: "I am also an authority figure, btw."

Also: I missed a lot of these guys. Janeway is awesome (and has not yet learned to put up her bun with 100 pins), Tuvok is marvelously deadpan-snarky, B'Elanna is so much fun, Tuvok and Neelix are a perfect comedy duo, Harry Kim is always getting kidnapped unless it's Paris's turn, Chakotay is great (and listen, his responses to Paris's hipster racism are brilliant), and Chakotay and Janeway respect each other.
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2011-01-10 23:33

Pudding!

This post is brought to you by the fact that it is too late to make pudding tonight, thus giving me lots of time to ponder ideal recipes for tomorrow. And there are too many! I like the milk-custard style tapioca/rice pudding, but I also like the coconut milk style, and basically there are too many options. Well, except pandan leaves. You can't get pandan here anywhere, and it makes me sad, because it's so great in black rice pudding.

Poll #5593 Pudding is serious business
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


The perfect rice pudding includes:

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white rice
10 (71.4%)

brown rice
2 (14.3%)

black/purple rice
6 (42.9%)

milk
7 (50.0%)

soy/almond/hemp milk
4 (28.6%)

coconut milk
3 (21.4%)

coconut cream, geez
4 (28.6%)

eggs
6 (42.9%)

pandan leaves
4 (28.6%)

white sugar
5 (35.7%)

palm sugar
4 (28.6%)

brown sugar
7 (50.0%)

other sugary thing
1 (7.1%)

mango
8 (57.1%)

fruit other than mango
4 (28.6%)

cinnamon
3 (21.4%)

vanilla
9 (64.3%)

nutmeg
6 (42.9%)

something else I can't believe you forgot!
1 (7.1%)

The perfect tapioca pudding includes:

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flake tapioca
1 (10.0%)

small pearl tapioca
9 (90.0%)

large pearl tapioca
4 (40.0%)

milk
6 (60.0%)

soy/almond/hemp milk
4 (40.0%)

coconut milk
3 (30.0%)

coconut cream, geez
1 (10.0%)

white sugar
5 (50.0%)

palm sugar
3 (30.0%)

brown sugar
3 (30.0%)

other sugary thing
1 (10.0%)

mango
3 (30.0%)

fruit other than mango
3 (30.0%)

cinnamon
4 (40.0%)

vanilla
7 (70.0%)

nutmeg
3 (30.0%)

something else I can't believe you forgot
0 (0.0%)



... no, seriously, now I'm thinking about black rice pudding. Maybe with mango and coconut cream. Just for fun, here is a recipe that I cannot make unless I replace the pandan with vanilla: black rice pudding recipe )
eruthros: Toph from Avatar: TLA preparing for battle (Avatar - toph getting ready)
2010-11-16 20:22

Today in...

1. misdirected email:
Good Afternoon [name], Thank you for registering for Friday’s Anonymous Sexual Addictions workshop.
Hey, facilitator dude, how about checking the email addresses before you send them? OR here's a thought: don't put anyone's name in your email! Then if it gets misdirected, nobody will know who was supposed to get it! And nobody will have been inadvertently outed! Just a thought.

Anyway, I can't decide if that was the worst (in the sense of most embarrassing or potentially harmful) misdirected email I've ever received, so I have made a poll:

Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 30


Worst misdirected email story:

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The thirty emails in a day from Wells Fargo about someone's account overdrafting
5 (16.7%)

The email from a pastor with a ton of details of a couple's marriage counseling
23 (76.7%)

The email from google informing me that my email address had just been set as the account-recovery address for someone's professional hotel reservations account
5 (16.7%)

The, like, 200 messages from eHarmony users about someone's online dating profile
3 (10.0%)

The abovementioned email about the anonymous sexual addiction workshop
16 (53.3%)

Listen, my story is much worse than that! Let me tell you all about it in the comments.
2 (6.7%)



2. joy: someone linked to this photo on tumblr, and it made me go all happy and awww. Because it is adorable!

Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler grinning with their arms around each other. Also, Shemar Moore is wearing a really kick-ass hat.

That's Criminal Minds' Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer Reid) on the left, and Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) on the right. I have no idea where or when it was taken -- because, you know, tumblr -- so I sadly can't go and look for other pictures that might also include Kirsten Vangsness grinning. Criminal Minds turned into a different (worse) show in its last few seasons, but listen, Morgan still has my HEART. Okay, he and Garcia are sharing it. Anyway: just look at those grins, awwwwww.

3. photo-spread misogyny: Apparently Vogue did a fashion editorial spread on a Spider-Man theme. It is like, here are the films (and a lot of the comics) in a nutshell: Mary Jane is menaced by various villains with phallic bits to their costumes while wearing designer dresses and looking beautiful and unconscious/threatened/withdrawn. It's all right, guys, Peter Parker will save her!

4. tv: Lately I have been watching The Sarah Jane Adventures? I started at the beginning after I watched the one with casting spoilers! ), which was awesome and made me go \o/. And mostly it is a great mood-improver and full of happiness. They save the world with hugs and talking about their feelings and hand-holding! Rani and Maria and Luke and Clyde are adorable! Sarah Jane is awesome and has issues and backstory! They are a FAMILY. That saves the world and talks about aliens and emotions and love. If only most of the villains weren't evil lady-types, and if only the good guys didn't do that awful Smallville-esque targeted amnesia shit, I would have basically my ideal show.

5. Avatar: The Last Airbender: You might've seen this already, but just in case, did you guys see [personal profile] such_heights's post in [community profile] white_lotus about an Avatar: The Last Airbender gift exchange? [personal profile] inkstone suggested the exchange + the lunar new year posting dates, and a bunch of people said they were interested, so it looks like it will happen! Fanfic, fanart, fanvids, etc all accepted. So if you have preferences for style/rules/etc, plz comment at that post; we're going to try to get rules up in a couple of days so that we can do signups before the end of November. \o/ ATLA exchange!
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2008-05-27 14:31
Entry tags:

Tired. Of. Packing.

On the other hand, I now have three fingernail clippers on the coffee table in front of me, one in my messenger bag, one in my toiletries going into storage, and one in my backpack. And one I threw out, because it didn't cut anything.

Total pairs of fingernail clippers I could find last week: one.

And this happens to me every time I move: fingernail clippers, scissors, Sharpies, and other miscellany come pouring out of drawers. And I wondered what y'all find when you pack up your stuff on this scale. Is it fingernail clippers for everyone? Or does somebody suddenly find, I don't know, flip-flops?

[Poll #1194626]
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-05-20 21:10

Fusion!

Best John/Rodney fusion EVER (today): PC/MAC. With John as Mac and Rodney as PC. NO REALLY. THINK ABOUT IT.

[Poll #1191230]
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2008-04-19 23:23

THESE ARE THE THINGS I THINK ABOUT

[Poll #1174004]

Imagine if, instead of having to fight himself at the end of Doppelganger, John had had to talk about his FEEEEEEELINGS with himself.
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awesome
0 (0.0%)

superawesome
7 (53.8%)

da da da da daaaaaaaa, da da da da daaaaaaaaaa, WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
6 (46.2%)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-11-18 14:36

Interventions

So I was having one of those conversations you have with fannish friends. You know. [livejournal.com profile] thingswithwings was telling me a story idea, and she said, god, what am I even doing, somebody's gonna stage an intervention any day now. And I, of course, pointed out that this was Stargate: Atlantis, and that you probably couldn't get an intervention for anything less than "the story in which Rodney and John sit in the office all day without talking to each other and just do paperwork," and perhaps not even then.

So, guys, what does it take to get an intervention in SGA? How far do you have to go?

Like, imagine your fannish friend who's been with you for the last three fandoms. You even bailed out of the X-Files at the same time! It has been so wonderful and lovely. But now she's gone a little bit off the rails in this wild and crazy SGA fandom.

[Poll #1090767]
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-06-16 17:22

B5's first season

So here is the thing about Babylon 5: because of the kind of show it is, almost every episode contains at least five-ten minutes relevant to the arc, or crucial to characters. (Take, for example, Infection: mostly crap, with ten excellent minutes at the end. Or TKO: Soooo awful! Except the Ivanova scenes, which are great.)

So if you've got a friend who is going to watch B5, and who wants the arc, but is morally opposed to fast forwarding through the shitty parts (me: "no! honest! really! skip EVERY SCENE of Infection until the basic plot seems to be over! you can!"), what you have to do instead is instruct said friend to, you know, do some reading during the episode. Therefore:

a poll! in the tradition of the Great SG1 Poll! which episodes should you watch carefully, and which should you have some reading prepped for? )
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2007-06-06 18:47

Random but fannish

Embarrassing admission: So I was showing [livejournal.com profile] graycastle "The Gathering," the B5 pilot, the other day. (And wincing at Takashima constantly -- man, I always forget how stilted her delivery is.) And so then I sent her a link to the Lurker's Guide, because the Lurker's Guide is awesome.

... and then I ended up happily reading the episode analyses for all of season one. For, I don't know, maybe the tenth time. And these are episode notes that don't contain any plot summary. Just notes. (Bear in mind that I haven't watched season one for at least five-six years.) So there I am, reading about character backstory and analysis of why people do the jobs they do and going all "Oh, man, Londo's song!" and "oh, oh, the conversation at the end of Infection that is the only reason to watch the episode!" and whatever. It's kinda sad.

Also, we were talking, as one does, of those "when I totally hypothetically learn to vid..." ideas. (You know, when I'm going to vid Harry Potter fandom -- fandom, not canon -- to Ani's "As Is" with every verse from a different POV and Snape as the "as is." This would require all of the most sneering, hideous moments from the movies. Whee! Or, you know, when I'm totally going to vid Girlyman's "On the Air" for Lex. Or the Headstones doing "Cemetary for Buffy/Spike seasons six and seven. With an Angel flashback on the line "these kinda things deteriorate.")

I mentioned this Stephen Sondheim song, written for a movie instead of as part of a musical. A song that I still can't believe made it into a movie; I figure the MPAA was only listening to the chorus. I Never Do Anything Twice.

And I think it should totally be viddable, but I can't quite decide what. I mean: Harry Potter fandom? Because that would permit some AWESOME shot selection, especially *coughs* from PoA for the first verse. Except Harry Potter fandom does every vice at least twice. Probably ten, twelve, times. The archives probably even have a genre for it, too!

Or [livejournal.com profile] graycastle suggested using Farscape source, but a kinda meta take on it, because they really would do absolutely anything once. (Also, as she pointed out, the "baron who came at my command / and proffered me a riding crop and chains" totally = Harvey.)

And, I mean, there's always SGA fandom: I could clip from the discovery channel for the first paragraph, and there would be dolphins! And penguins passing each other stones! But it's not really cracktastic enough.

[Poll #998430]
eruthros: closeup on apples, text "fruit porn" (fruit porn - apples)
2007-04-17 18:27

(no subject)

I have a huge sweet potato, and when I was deciding what to do with it I was speculating wildly about my ability to make things like sweet-potato home fries. And I'd been thinking about scalloped potatoes already (except I only have two potatoes) when suddenly I thought: omg brilliant! Savory scalloped sweet potato! (None of that weird scalloped-sweet-potato as dessert thing, with sugar and cinnamon and apples.) With cheddar cheese and bechamel! How perfect for the day after sixteen inches of snow (beating the typical April-to-date record by fourteen inches)!

However, this seemed rather like the sort of dinner revelation that should be pondered further. (After all, I am the person who suddenly and on a whim decided that crushed tomatoes, canned tuna, and white beans would make a brilliant pasta sauce. Especially when topped with cheddar. Um. It was actually kinda good. Probably a clear sign that I was really short on some essential nutrient, though.)

Hence: a poll.

[Poll #968432]
eruthros: SG1: Daniel Jackson, text: "I never wanted to be an archaeologist... I wanted to be a lumberjack!"  (SG1 - A Lumberjack!)
2007-02-23 11:14

Poll, again

SO. Comments indicated that that was, in fact, the kind of poll that pressured people into too few options -- after all, we agreed, Emancipation was awful and had no redeeming features, but other episodes were just... kinda bad. Or mediocre. So! Take two behind this here cut )

This is way more interesting than my reading. Which either says something about my attitude towards fandom (loosely summarized as "yes! let's talk about it more! in greater detail!") or about my current reading or both.

Anyway, do feel free to point folks thisaway -- gateworld and all them sorts have ranking systems, but their results are all messed up by Non-Media-Fans getting involved. People who don't know what I'm talking about when I joke about Rodney and dolphins! Or how Daniel should be singing "I've Got a Theory" from the Buffy musical, especially the end. How can they understand important character development?
eruthros: SG1: Daniel Jackson, text: "I never wanted to be an archaeologist... I wanted to be a lumberjack!"  (SG1 - A Lumberjack!)
2007-02-22 22:55

(no subject)

So I have convinced [livejournal.com profile] graycastle that even if Emancipation and Broca Divide made her want to claw her eyes out, some of Stargate SG-1's first season is cool. And I was going to tell her what episodes to not watch, and which to definitely watch, and which to sort of go "whatever" about, but then I thought: hey! we're fandom! Let's do a poll instead. Let's have discussion! And consensus! And things!

So! A poll behind the cut. It's got a list of episodes, and I want y'all to tell me if they suck, or if they're awesome. Why do polls have a maximum of fifteen items per question? )
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
2006-09-30 00:34

Random! at the Disco!

Things that continue to astonish me: MacGyver and Seinfeld were on TV at the same time. Overlapped for years, even. And the last MacGyver movie was after the X-Files' first season. I'm surprised by this every time I see the dates, because I think of MacGyver as such an 80s show. (I mean, the mullet! And people saying "man" all the time! And the synthesizer theme song! And the commies! And the outfits! What do you mean it was in its seventh season in 1992?)

This observation brought to you by an episode from the sixth season of MacGyver, featuring phrases like "crack doesn't care about the law!" and "so I called a few street sources and put out a big carrot" and "hey man, that's an uzi!" "now it's a wrench."

([livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis and I discovered today that we both wanted to be MacGyver when we grew up. Unfortunately, neither of us can turn an uzi into a wrench. But we think we probably turned out okay even though we never learned how to make bombs from bamboo.)

***

Also, I continue to get pissier and pissier about lj. "Hey, paid users, you won't have to see ads, just sponsorship information!" I call bullshit.

Also, my reaction to "sponsored features" is exactly the opposite of what they want; my immediate response to the first sponsored community, for a movie, that I saw on the lj homepage ("but it's not an ad honest!") was to say "well, crap, and I'd kinda wanted to see that, and now I'm not gonna." Yep, I'm that kind of San Francisco Bay Arean: I do practically need a list of companies to avoid (when Philip Morris buys organic food labels, it gets really confusing) and I have no problem adding to it. This isn't that kind of reasoned choice, though -- not on the "avoiding tobacco companies" scale -- it's just a knee-jerk reaction to an ad in a space where I shouldn't be seeing ads.

***

Poll! Also at the Disco! Okay, maybe not. See, I continue to hear hilarious things on campus. (Including not one but two additional, separate occasions on which Latte Boy tried to flirt with the two girls from the last post and stuck his foot in his mouth.) And I think they're funny. But if I post them every couple days, y'all might get sick of them. So! Poll.

[Poll #833611]
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
2006-01-29 01:57

Stargate poll!

So this springs out of a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] sineala -- how many times has Daniel died, really?

The poll is behind a cut for the uber-spoiler-sensitive, but it only covers episodes through the end of season eight. Feel free to vote even if you haven't seen the show or all of the show or that particular episode; I tried to describe the death scene as best I could.

ETA: Mostly, I'm wondering because I was trying to count up Dead Daniels to see what the final tally would be if the SG-1 team were to sing the Buffy musical -- you know, "it's do or die / hey, I've died twice at least five times!"

Daniel's dead. Again. )