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this one is important

Posted on 2014.02.24 at 15:02
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From The Bicker, formerly STFU Conservatives: an important link about New Orleans' Ninth Ward, food deserts, and a group that's trying to stem the tide and maintain a very physical, hand-built piece of this black community's history.

Here is a separate link to their Indiegogo, though I do very much recommend going to the first link @The Bicker, and reading all that is linked there (or as much as you can.)

The good thing? They'll get all the funds their campaign raises.
The bad thing? They have four days left and they've not even cracked five digits.

Please help them if you can!

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Flying Fist of Dave!
Posted on 2013.07.15 at 13:10
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Given the recent shit from Florida, this may be of interest: link to NAACP's petition urging the DOJ to file a civil rights case against George Zimmerman.

Also recommended: reading up on ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), as they are, in conjunction with the gun lobby, behind all the 'Stand Your Ground'-like horseshit that has become law in 24 states:














New Hampshire

North Carolina



South Carolina

South Dakota





West Virginia

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Posted on 2013.07.14 at 02:06
Did you really think that George Zimmerman would be punished?

If so, the more fool you.

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Posted on 2012.09.09 at 14:30
...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
in Letters to a Young Poet

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transit of venus

Posted on 2012.06.05 at 14:52
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Don't forget to try and see this-- the next one won't come around until 2117!

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For you!Collapse )

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don't believe the hype.

Posted on 2011.10.14 at 14:55
There is something important that needs to be said, among all the foment of so-called "personhood amendments", and the Occupy Wall Street protests, and conservative attempts/successes at mass disenfranchisement of... undesirable voters.

Don't hate the media; become the media.

It sounds trite. It's a direct quote of Jello Biafra, and so many others (whose names I do not know, alas) in various iterations, over the years. But this is the thing: it gets to the heart of the matter regarding social change brought about by an informed citizenry. It's about being proactive.

It's about realizing that the mainstream media, such as they are, does what it says on its box-- caters to the mainstream. The mainstream, in this case, being a very specific segment of the population, who has specific tastes, sensibilities, and desires... and who has the financial clout to ensure these views are reflected and placed above everything else-- even and especially at the expense of truth and the realities of others.

I am not a fan of the whole "quit yer whining/complaining" mindset; I believe one can both mourn and organize. So go ahead, complain about the MSM! Rail against their omission of facts! Carp about their willful blindness to situations that are not convenient, easily digestible, or reducible to atomic components! Spew venomous bile regarding tails wagging dogs, and corporate censorship!


There is a place for citizen-led journalism in this country, has been for a damn long time. It takes work and effort... but it can be and is done, every day. It's a powerful tool that moves mountains. Don't let conventional wisdom take it from you!

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hand-written heartbreak

Posted on 2011.10.01 at 21:50
We Are the 99 Percent

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curried chicken soup!

Posted on 2011.07.26 at 23:29
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This is less a formal recipe, than a set of guidelines.


curry base

olive oil
chopped onion
chopped garlic
chopped ginger (optional)
curry powder/paste (purchased, or homemade; in sufficient quantity for your tastes)
Worcestershire sauce/fish sauce
ground pepper
1 - 2 cans coconut milk (depends on how creamy you want the end result to be)
water, vegetable broth or chicken broth

soup ingredients

protein! (chicken, tofu, pork, beef, seitan, etc., cut into 1-inch pieces for uniform cooking.)

vegetables! (I had frozen ones and let them thaw. Fresh are just fine, too.) For this round I used broccoli, cauliflower, butter beans, green beans, carrots, corn, and peas. I have also, in the past, added potatoes, multi-colored bell peppers, jalapeno, tomato paste, fresh tomato (at the end), and mushrooms. I also like to add extra sliced onions, because I love them.


On medium-low heat, put enough olive oil in your soup pot to saute the onions, garlic, and ginger. When the onions grow translucent, add the curry, paprika, cumin, and cayenne. Cook this mixture until the curry blooms with fragrance, then add a few dashes of Worcestershire or fish sauce, and the first can of coconut milk. Stir until the curry base has smoothed out and thickened, then add chicken/$PROTEIN*.

When the chicken/$PROTEIN is cooked through, add the vegetables, and enough water or broth to cover. Stir this mixture well, and let it simmer until the vegetables are cooked through... say, 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If adding extra onions, put them in about half-way through the vegetable cooking time, along with the second can of coconut milk, if desired.

Check your seasonings, salt/pepper to taste, and serve! I like to have this over brown rice, but any rice will do. Mind you, if potatoes are in the soup then rice is probably overkill. ;)

*If tofu is the protein, make sure it is both very firm and well pressed/drained. It will likely not need as much time to cook, either, but don't short it too much as it won't take on the delicious curry flavors.

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so delicious.

Posted on 2011.07.10 at 22:23
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In the pan...

...and on the plate!

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Posted on 2011.07.02 at 17:47

Driver's side door.


Driver's side front quarter panel.


Driver's side wheel well.


Closer view of driver's side door hinge (front quarter panel, door, wheel well.)

This happened to me today at 12.52pm.

The other driver was on her cell phone.

The only damage was to the vehicles, which are both operable; the situation could have been worse.




Pull over. Park. Take care of business beforehand, or wait until you've reached your destination.

Nothing is that important.

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Posted on 2010.09.17 at 15:12

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plus-sized clothing options, round two

Posted on 2010.09.17 at 03:10
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Like it says on the tin! I am glad that the first round was helpful, hope this one will be too.

Lane Bryant = I find myself wanting to sing "...'cos he's good ol' reliable Nathan-- Nathan, Nathan, Nat'an Detroit"; Lane Bryant is one of the workhorses of women's plus-size, and often the only option for some. Good basic garments, classic lines, pricing from reasonable up to $90 for designer denim, some fashionable flirtiness. Also under its site umbrella:

  • Cacique, for lingerie, hosiery, etc.
  • Catherine's, for more classic/business casual/moderate offerings. To size 34.
  • Fashion Bug, for items that run the gamut; can find clubby stuff to formal(ish) wear in sizes 6 - 30 and from low low prices to moderate.
  • Loop 18, for junior plus-- lighter in tone than Torrid, cute as buttons, and very, very now. Sizes from Junior 13 to Junior 27.

Sadly, no international shipping.

Monif C = Their byline is "contemporary plus sized clothing", and how. Their models looks like they could cut you with glam. *ahem* This is expensive clothing (lowest priced item: $118 swimsuit), mainly dresses, meant for all kinds of luxe shenanigans. Sizes 14 - 24; ships internationally.

Torrid = Sassy, flirty, club-worthy, modern, adventurous. Prices from low to high-moderate, sizes from 12 - 32, though their measurement chart only covers up to a 28 (55" bust.) Ships internationally.

Boden = site for this side of the pond. Clothes for the casual weekend of bruschetta, tapas, being featured in Architectural Digest, etc. Prices on the higher side of moderate, with clearance prices going all over the map. Cute shoes, too. Not as wide a variety of sizes; only up to US 18/UK 22. Ships internationally.

LucieLu = cute, cute, and cute, and fashionable, and cute. Limited offerings, but there is quality in both design and execution. Moderate to high-moderate prices, with sizes from 14/16 through 30-- but not in everything and not all the time. Ships internationally.

There are a few more I can throw out there, but it is past bedtime and I just want to lie down and dream of Chopin nocturnes. I keep forgetting how long it takes to do html things and make sure all the brackets are closed and ended and stuff.

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Oh ye gods the dumb

plus-sized clothing options, round one

Posted on 2010.09.15 at 03:11
Current Mood: groggybleary
In the forgetting, there is forgetting. Sheesh. The list! I forgot the list. Apologies, [profile] annilita.

Anyway. Let's say you, as generic or specific as you wanna be, want some plus-sized clothing. Here are some places to try:

eShakti = fairly moderately priced (high $20s to $90s.) Offers some customization; sizes up to 26. Does not ship internationally.

Zaftique = moderate to high ($99 and up) prices. More classic to mainstream, with a few funky pieces; sizes up to 38, though they have their own chart sizing/names. Ships internationally.

Alight = very wide range of prices (up to $400+); lots of basic wardrobe pieces. Goes up to size 30 for some designs; ships internationally.

BabyPhat = moderate to higher prices. Very, very trendy and funky (ymmv, of course.) Sizes to 26; ships internationally.

Igigi = higher prices, though a few of the sale items are a bit more reasonable. Stuff you'd want to wear to your high-toned job or any place you want to impress. Sizes to 32; ships internationally.

Kiyonna = high-moderate to higher prices; styles from cute to basic to trendy to business-appropriate. Sizes to 32; ships internationally.

*looks at clock* That's it for now. I will post round two later.

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Posted on 2009.06.15 at 14:00
Current Mood: chipper
I have just frogged this.

The sock that now isn't

I have never felt more free.

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Hey look, a DW post

Posted on 2009.05.05 at 03:59
...and lo, things were typed in the box.

Obvs this is a placeholder, more will come later. Yeah, name change. It's my most common nickname IRL, and perhaps maybe it's time to try not being such a foreigner (insert philosophical what-not here.)


eta: just in case the name didn't show up for y'all, I am tantekoo over at DW.

Thanks to punk_knitters for today's gut-buster.

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Posted on 2008.11.27 at 02:24
There is a cheesecake in the oven, which means that at least this one thing is on track. Let us be thankful.

There is internets, a roof overhead, clothes currently on and about to be washed, and items of a consumable nature both in-pantry and anticipated. Let us be thankful.

There are friends near and far, on-line and meatspace, one of which might be meatier than usual this weekend. Let us be thankful.

There is music, without which life would that much less lively. Let us be thankful.

There is beauty without and within. Let us be thankful.

There is the opportunity to give, not just at this time, but every day. Let us be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Quite ghettofabulous indeed

32 years, 7 days, 15 hours, 34 minutes

Posted on 2008.11.05 at 01:49
Around 10.20ish pm I noticed I had voicemail, so decided to check it-- wasn't really expecting any sorts of calls tonight, of all nights-- and there was a loudly, tipsily enthusiastic message from rhiannon76... something about:

-a call
-a concession
-Indiana 50/49 in favor of Sen. Obama

and time kinda stopped. I paused, dry of mouth and shaky of hand, and punched "1" to listen to the message again.


I called her back on my way out to the lobby, because I could not believe it until she said it. And when she had said it, clear as a bell, my legs went out from under me and all I could say was, "I can't believe it oh my fucking Gods you're serious" as I blubbered into the phone.

After getting the skinny, I hung up and tried to compose myself, and she called right back with more news of Indiana, which is when seasquirt06 walked in on her own OMFG PRESIDENT OBAMA phone call, and I lost it again as we jumped up and down.

I don't know if I have words to express how exactly big a fucking deal this is. So much has been said over the entirety of the presidential campaign re: race, and how black folks are this huge monolith who only care about the race of a candidate, as though we're still the ignorant, savage children so many white Americans think we are, overtly or behind closed doors. I thought, and still do think, that that sentiment ignores the institutional race privilege that, to this day, our country refuses to address-- for how many times has anyone bothered to talk about white political candidates, and the votes they garner, in the same way? I'll bet a cheesecake that nowhere near the same levels of intensity and "concern" about white voters having a face that reflects them have been on display.

There are those who will find fault with the jubilation in some segments of Black America; certainly, those who will and have found fault with our President-elect. I can understand, even though I neither sympathise nor agree, even having my own concerns about the man. What I can tell, what I felt, is that something loosened in me tonight at the sounds and images of an event I did not expect to see at this point in my life, something so large I'd ceased to see or acknowledge it.

President Obama, you've quite the pile of shit to shovel, sir. I wish you well.

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Food, glorious food...

Posted on 2008.08.15 at 04:07
Current Mood: *baaaa* also hungry.
I'm tired and feeling sheepish, so... a meme. The internet-famous Omnivore's Hundred, from ev'erbody and especially this guy here, it's his fault.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile - I have eaten alligator. Was yum.
6. Black pudding - I know what's in this and HELLZ NAW.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects - *shudder*
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle costing 60 pounds/$120 or more - OMG WANT SO BAD
46. Fugu - LIKEWISE
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. Mc Donalds Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
- can you say 'Maredsous Triple'? Yeah, baby.
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - NO. OMFG X INFIINITE BILLIONS NO.
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe - WANT WANT WANT
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

There was probably something with actual meaning to post, but it's long gone. Happy Friday, my little muffins. Go eat something tasty today.

p.s. - I don't have an answer as to why I was straining to remember that word. If I could tell you, I would. Alas. It was just... one of those things.

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