some recs

May. 26th, 2011 01:30 pm
eruthros: Toph, Aang, and Momo from Avatar: TLA hugging Sokka (Avatar - group hug!)
[personal profile] eruthros
1. If you like silly flash games, I recommend Elephant Quest, in which you are a small blue elephant whose hat has been stolen by a wooly mammoth. Pros: charmingly ludicrous premise; similarly great leveling (find helium balloons and tie them to yourself to jump further); flash-styles platformer in which you can't die for reals; nice artwork. Cons: sometimes you have to do a bit of level-grinding; a couple of moments in the dialogue include really wince-worthy ableism. Basically I really enjoyed it except for the OCD elephant.

2. I just found a new awesome ginger beer! We just did a Reed's versus Maine Root brand taste-off, and omg the Maine Root ginger brew is kind of amazing. It's like the full flavor profile of ginger: it starts smooth and round, it ends up sharp, the flavor lasts a long time. A++ am drinking again right now.

3. Mineral sunscreen! I sunburn really easily, but I often react badly to the chemicals in most sunscreen (they burn my face off, which sort of ... renders the sunscreen part moot) and also there's been a lot of talk in the last few years about how the chemicals are bad for you, so I have been trying to transition to mineral sunscreen for maybe two-three years now. This is a mixed bag, mostly, but putting some on just now reminded me that I'd finally found a great one at the end of last summer. Here is my roundup from worst to best:

Burt's Bees Hemp Oil Sunscreen: This stuff is awful. The hemp oil smells really strong, the sunscreen itself is very tacky to the touch, the zinc in it doesn't blend in well so it really does lighten your skin, and also, worst of all, it doesn't work very well. Really really not recommended.

Kiss My Face Kid's Mineral Sunscreen: I bought this one when I accidentally ended up in California without sunscreen; it was the only mineral sunscreen they had at the Walgreens. Goes on clear is a complete and total lie, and it's pretty tacky. It worked okay and has a blue crocodile on the bottle, though, so. I think it would be my sunscreen of last resort - there's just no way I'm using the Burt's Bees anymore, but I might use this if I had to. All of the Kiss My Face adult sunscreens are chemical-styles, though, which is a pain.

Badger Sunscreen: This is okay. The texture is pretty tacky, but that's the only downside - it smell fine and isn't visible on skin and it works. It's a decent sunscreen for swimming, because it sticks really really well and keeps working underwater, but it's a shitty sunscreen for hiking on a humid day, because it never feels like it's sunk in. (Badger makes an unscented sunscreen, too, but they don't sell it anywhere around here, so I've never tried it.)

Alba Botanica mineral sunscreen: This is my favorite so far! It's barely tacky at all - it's a little sticky right after I put it on, but the feeling is gone inside of five minutes. It's similarly white when I put it on, but it spreads out well and is fine with just a bit of rubbing. And it works! I have the vanilla one right now, which smells quite strongly of vanilla, and I think I'm going to go for the unscented one next.

Brands I haven't tried: UV Natural (waaaaay too expensive), Desert Essence (not available at my local store), and Jason.

4. Someday I am going to start doing a diverse-bodies diverse-kinks kink tumblr. I can see it coming every time I scroll through a kink tumblr and see nothing but (apparently) young skinny cis white TAB women in bondage. Many of those pictures are very nice and all, but they just build up on each other to oh my god there are other kinds of people in the world.

But that day is not today, because I've got shit to do, so here are some recs instead: Ireen's Gaze is lovely - it's one of the "I post what I like best" tumblrs, so it's sort of like "diverse bodies doing diverse kinks! cool pictures of cool people! commentary about sex and gender and race and class! Jensen Ackles!" So if you're looking for a unified thing, this is not it, but I like it anyway. Pretty Kinky Things does okay, sometimes. Orlando of 333 images does diverse kinks, but not a lot of diverse bodies; he's sometimes interesting when he talks about kink and what images mean to him, but he's also sometimes a bit *facepalm* about cultural variations in kink. Also there are some tumblrs that do sex generally and have a bit of kink in there.

And if you know good tumblrs I'm not following let me know! I'm not really interested in sex, just in kink (though the kink can have sex in it).

Date: 2011-05-27 04:15 am (UTC)
meloukhia: Branches of a tree, wound with lights shaped like stars (Starry branches)
From: [personal profile] meloukhia
My ongoing quest for the best ginger brew ever obliges me to harass the grocery until they get some Maine Root!

Date: 2011-05-27 01:24 pm (UTC)
meloukhia: 'Plot. It builds character.' (Plot)
From: [personal profile] meloukhia
They often do, but it's a mixed bag; their relationship with the distributor seems kind of weird so they will get something once or twice and then never again. And they pretend they never had it even when you bring in packaging and a receipt and go 'no, see, I bought it here!'

Date: 2011-05-27 04:33 am (UTC)
livrelibre: DW barcode (Default)
From: [personal profile] livrelibre
Thanks for the tumblr recs! I esp. like Irene's Gaze. And I am still ignorant about tumblr but anatsuno asked for some recs a bit ago and got some links in comments which I've been too lazy too look at properly.

Date: 2011-05-27 08:01 am (UTC)
theleaveswant: gif: superman saves man from bullets, is thanked, says he didn't shave his wife, fishes bullet out of ear, laughter (shave your wife)
From: [personal profile] theleaveswant
I shake my fist at you for introducing me to this charming elephant game!

Date: 2011-05-27 08:46 am (UTC)
torachan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] torachan
Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis

(Also ow, that game is not doing anything for my RSI but I cannot stop. Mainly because I can't figure out how to save.)

Date: 2011-05-27 08:22 pm (UTC)
torachan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] torachan
Well, I finally quit playing anyway. I had completed all quests and just needed to level up some more before the big boss when I jumped and it glitched and stuck me in a ceiling! D:

Date: 2011-05-28 12:54 am (UTC)
torachan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] torachan
Yeah, I found that if I stop the game and start again I'm no longer stuck.

Date: 2011-05-27 06:29 pm (UTC)
theleaveswant: text "make something beautiful" on battered cardboard sign in red, black, and white (Default)
From: [personal profile] theleaveswant
It is, and I really appreciate that there's no penalty for dying (I get anxious when games have negative consequences), though I have to keep exiting and resuming because my elephant gets stuck to the ceiling?

Date: 2011-05-27 12:09 pm (UTC)
isagel: Lex and Clark of Smalllville, a black and white manip of them naked and embracing, with the text 'Isagel'. (Default)
From: [personal profile] isagel
I have a friend who swears by Sex Is Not The Enemy, which I think has a good mix of diverse bodies, but is more "sex with kink in it" than "kink with sex in it". I am so not a tumblr person, tbh.

Date: 2011-05-27 12:20 pm (UTC)
gloss: (Donna Troy)
From: [personal profile] gloss
(apparently) young skinny cis white TAB women in bondage
...substitute "languidly embracing" for "in bondage" and that also applies to 98% of the lesbian tumblrs, too. >:(

Thanks for the mineral sunscreen reviews; regular sunscreen makes my skin feel horrible, but I'm also ridiculously fair and need a lot of it.

Date: 2011-05-27 03:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
A couple of weeks ago, the Daily Grommet (a cute site that promotes one product a day, usually with a discount) featured eco skin care, "chemical-free, all-natural sunscreen" that has "no chemical UV-absorbers, synthetic preservatives, or titanium dioxide in any of the three eco formulas."

Probably only available via shipping, but it looked interesting.

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