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We got home around 1. When I came upstairs this morning before 8, I found that a couple of cookbooks had been knocked off the kitchen bookshelf. No big deal. Then I noticed that the sample pack of cat food we'd gotten in the mail (Rachel Ray's Delish) was in the dining room and torn open. Sigh. I cleaned it up, went about the rest of the morning routine, and then hit the living room, where the bag of soft duck and pumpkin dog treats was lying there, also torn open.


Normally when there's morning chaos, I know which animal to blame (and this generally seems like Charlotte-style mischief), but I'm not sure all the animals didn't work together. Thankfully, it doesn't look like they ate a ton of the food in either case (I'm not sure Nicky even realized his treats had been opened).

Remember, folks: Having pets is good for your emotional health!
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Marshall     HD720p 93MB
Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The movie tells the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder. Dan Stevens and James Cromwell are also part of the cast.
Judging by the trailer, this won't be a staid courtroom drama.

The Only Living Boy in New York     HD720p 97MB
Relationship drama about Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher (Pierce Brosnan) and his artistic wife (Cynthia Nixon), who has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents' Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). Kiersey Clemons is also part of the cast. Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man, Gifted).

Stronger     HD720p 89MB
Drama about Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun.
Doesn't get more Oscar-baity. Watching the trailer, you pretty much have seen the whole movie.

Ferdinand     HD720p 91MB
Another trailer for this animated family movie to be in theatres in December. Set in Spain, it tells the story of a giant bull (John Cena) with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Further voices will be provided by Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant and Anthony Anderson. Co-directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio, Ice Age 2).

American Assassin     HD720p 87MB
Second trailer for this action thriller that follows the rise of a CIA black ops recruit (Dylan O’Brien) under the instruction of a Cold War veteran (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by a CIA Deputy Director (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger).
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June 22, 2017
In Transit NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, News Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu

Albert Maysles’s last documentary observes passengers traveling Amtrak’s route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker III, Benjamin Wu
Running Time 1h 16m
Genres Documentary, News

June 22, 2017
My Journey Through French Cinema
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
In “My Journey Through French Cinema,” Mr. Tavernier’s documentary about movies doubles as an autobiography.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Bertrand Tavernier
Stars Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Frémaux, Jacques Becker, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Carné
Running Time 3h 10m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
Nowhere to Hide
A documentary observes the rising tide of danger and displacement for families living in central Iraq amid the arrival of the Islamic State.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Zaradasht Ahmed
Stars Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif
Running Time 1h 26m
Genre Documentary

June 22, 2017
The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani stars opposite Zoe Kazan in this very funny, moving true story about how he found and almost lost love. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also star.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Michael Showalter
Writers Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher
Rating R
Running Time 1h 59m
Genres Comedy, Romance

-- Of Possible LGBT Interest --

Review: ‘The Ornithologist,’ Cast Adrift on a Surreal Journey

Director João Pedro Rodrigues
Writer João Pedro Rodrigues
Stars Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan
Rating Not Rated
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:02 am

Slightly outdated buttons

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:06 pm
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Before Balticon, I cleared out a lot of button slogans that I didn't think were selling well enough.*

So I've got about a thousand buttons that I have no obvious use for. They're generally in good condition and they're sorted by slogan.

I could just throw them out, but does anyone have any better ideas?

Would anyone like to pick up the buttons? I'm in South Philadelphia. Or I could mail them. I'm estimating the postage at $50 to $100, paid in advance. I'll come up with something more exact if anyone is interested.

*Removing "Free Hugs" was an error. I'll be putting it back in the trays.
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Detroit     HD720p 100MB
Second trailer for this action thriller that tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ‘67. Cast members include John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Strange Days, Zero Dark Thirty), like Bigelow's previous two movies again written by Mark Boal.
Still not sure if Bigelow will do the topic justice, but it sure is another tense trailer.

Tour De Pharmacy     HD720p 17MB
Mockumentary - well, sort of - set in 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport's most venerable, time-honored race was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year's competition was a hornet's nest of moral depravity. Through the perspective of five riders, the film gives an inside look into the grim realities of the darkest event in a sport notoriously tainted by controversy. If the running time permits, there will be appearances by Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, John Cena, Daveed Diggs, Maya Rudolph, Dolph Lundgren, James Marsden, Will Forte, Freddie Highmore, J.J. Abrams, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kevin Bacon, Joe Buck, Nathan Fielder, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Julia Ormond, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Webber, Mike Tyson and ... Lance Armstrong. Directed by Jake Szymanski (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates).
Will premiere on HBO July 8th.

Thank You For Your Service     HD720p 83MB
War drama that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Cast members include Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Directorial debut of Jason Hall who wrote the screenplay adaptation for American Sniper.
Difficult to say at this point if the movie is aiming at awards season.

Home Again     HD720p 97MB
Second trailer for this modern romantic comedy in which a woman (Reese Witherspoon) who recently separated from her husband (Michael Sheen) decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, she meets three aspiring filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Robb Derringer, Pico Alexander) who happen to be in need of a place to live. She agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Her unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand.

Lost in Paris - Paris pieds nus     HD720p 87MB
Trailer for the latest charming movie written, directed and acted by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (The Fairy, Rumba, Iceberg) that again puts the emphasis on physical comedy, style and arranged tableaus and has very little dialogue. This time they are playing a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom, the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. Pierre Richard is also part of the cast.
Now in limited release in the US.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 06:24 pm

Ceci N'est Pas Un Eclipse

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:16 pm
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It's the summer solstice 'round here and that means pony cake and swag! I gave the rice paper another go, this time using food dye dissolved in water to colour in the edible-ink marker line-art. That worked! Next, I'll have to find a way to make the rice paper taste good. It's really chewy and tasteless.

My camera is in a death spiral. Every few pictures it gives me a "lens control error" and stops functioning. Almost all the pictures I took of the cake were blurry on the right half of the image. Fortunately, I take a lot of pictures.

The cake was too sweet. I bought it because it cost less than the strawberry shortcake, it was chocolate and it had a lot of whitespace on which I could drop my drawing. People ate it anyway. My coworkers seemed impressed with the artwork, but no one seemed to realize that it was humorous. I had thirteen items to give away plus several blind bags. Twenty-seven people had their names in the draw for those 13 items which included two "Fan Series" Guardians of Harmony figures and nine plush ponies.

The next cake is for Rarity's Element of Harmony day. What to draw?

Food! Glorious Food!

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:47 am
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Eater Hires a San Francisco Restaurant Critic
Rachel Levin is likely to concentrate on midrange and affordable restaurants in a city awash in money from the technology industry.

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.4 Billion
The deal for a physical grocery retailer reflects Amazon’s ambition to become an even more frequent shopping habit to customers.

Instant Pot, the Latest Prized Kitchen Gadget, Has Staying Power

The Instant Pot is incredibly convenient and practically foolproof, but its housing makes it bulky.
The practically foolproof Instant Pot lets you throw a bunch of stuff in it and have dinner in 30-ish minutes. But it might bump your slow cooker off your countertop.


The Pleasure of a Chilled Soup on a Sweltering Day

Ice-cold schav.
Ice-cold schav — salty, tart made from sorrel — offers heat-wave relief.
Recipe: Ice-Cold Schav

A Kenyan Pursuit: Perfecting the Chicken Dish Kuku Paka

The Kenyan dish kuku paka seems simple enough: chicken on the bone, in a sauce of spiced coconut milk. But you’ll find it cooked a number of ways across the country, and beyond.
This product of a rich immigration past thrives today as cooks across the country, and far beyond, continue tinkering with the recipe.
Recipe: Kuku Paka (Chicken With Coconut)

Fattier Pork Is Better Pork

A brief stint of high-heat searing followed by a jaunt to the oven allows the edges of the pork chops to caramelize and the center to cook a little more slowly.
Bone-in chops are easier to cook when they are marbled with fat — and they taste better too.
Recipe: Pork Chops With Tamarind and Ginger

The Savory Side of Carrot Cake

This savory carrot cake is garnished with cilantro, scallions, black sesame seeds and crushed red pepper.
At first glance, this well-spiced cake looks like dessert, but don’t be fooled: It’s iced with crème fraîche and hasn’t a speck of sugar.
Recipe: Savory Spiced Carrot Cake

A Blackberry Farm Chef Goes for a Broader Audience

Joseph Lenn, at J.C. Holdway in his hometown, Knoxville, Tenn., says his menu embraces international flavors, which were implicitly forbidden at Blackberry Farm.
Joseph Lenn left the celebrated — and pricey — restaurant and resort to open J.C. Holdway in Knoxville, Tenn.
Recipe: Gochujang Barbecue Ribs With Peanuts and Scallions

Stackable Mixing Bowls for the Millennial Set

$70 at
These lightweight bowls are made from bamboo and come in a subdued palette of colors.


Graphic: A Brief History of the Tartufo
A short visual history of this Italian frozen treat dipped in chocolate.

The Ideal Lemon Bar: A Fierce Filling and a Strong Supporting Crust

Quite possibly the only lemon dessert recipe you need, this bar has a crunchy, buttery crust and soft, creamy filling.
Recipe: Best Lemon Bars


A Rosé That Defies the Season
The first pink wine from Grgich Hills in Napa Valley would work well for a summer picnic or an autumn feast.

Bordeaux Estate Makes Fine Wines Naturally

Horses plowing the Château le Puy vineyard. The chateau uses horses on about a third of its vines to maintain the soil’s lightness.
Château le Puy follows its own muse, making wines that epitomize the French ideal of digestibilité.

Touching the Ghost

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:10 am
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This is a breakdown on getting Insubstantial characters to interact with physical things. It's ordered in roughly order of cost of the enhancement(s).

Partial Change, +20% only

You may interact physically with substantial targets, but do so by materializing parts of your body to do so. This renders you vulnerable to Parry/Block, and various kinds of counter-attack (Wait-and-Attack will probably become very popular for your targets). Does not require Affects Substantial, as you are exposing yourself. Your entire hand (or foot, or whatever) becomes substantial as part of any attack.
If you want to attack while insubstantial and be immune to counter-attack by remaining insubstantial, you should take Affects Substantial and add the +40% Affects Substantial enhancement to your ST.
You may only interact by pushing, shoving, hitting, poking, etc. You cannot lift or pull things, nor can you grapple or pin. You may not use extraordinary abilities without taking Affects Substantial - you may only interact crudely; even extraordinary abilities tied to body-parts (the Deathtouch spell, an Innate Attack with the Melee limitation defined as claws, etc) cannot be used without Affects Substantial applied to Insubstantial (and to the extraordinary ability, if appropriate).

Partial Change, +20% + Can Cary Objects, any level

As above, but you may now also lift and carry, pull, grapple, and pin (subject to your Can Cary Objects weight limit). Objects remain substantial, and the body part(s) manipulating the object are also substantial (and targetable in combat by substantial foes).

Can Cary Objects, any level

You may turn objects insubstantial by holding/wearing them when you become insubstantial. When you drop them, they become substantial. You can't throw them or swing them as weapons or use them to manipulate physical objects (unless it's a magic ghost weapon Gadget type thing, which is cheating 😁 ). You may not pick up substantial objects while insubstantial, nor may you turn substantial objects insubstantial without carrying them with you as you yourself turn insubstantial. To acquire more insubstantial objects, become substantial and then pick them up like normal people.
Despite lacking "direct" combat actions, this enhancement still has significant combat applications - pulling the pin on a hand-grenade and dropping it (so it becomes substantial and harmless to you) is only the most flashy. It also allows you to do things like drop caltrops, blow poison powders or smoke/gas issuing devices, and generally deploy environmental hazards.

Partial Change, +100% + Can Cary Objects, any level

You may now also take your equipment that became Insubstantial with you, and turn it Substantial, without dropping it. This allows, eg, a Super-Ninja to walk through the wall with his trademarked poisoned shuriken and throw them or use them to claw at guards, rather than just dropping them - which isn't very ninja-awesome. It's not specified in the quote, but it seems very much that it goes the other way as well - you can steal things and turn them insubstantial.

Affects Substantial, +100%

If you have any ability that notes it can be used while Insubstantial on substantial targets, you must take this enhancement. This includes abilities that work with a penalty when crossing states. This also includes any ability that has the Affects Substantial, +40% modifier applied to it to upgrade it - yes, you have to pay in two places. It's that expensive because it's that awesome.
Failing to take this enhancement locks out all abilities that would normally otherwise cross the substantial/insubstantial border to work only on targets in the same condition as yourself .

Affects Substantial, +40% applied to ST

As per GURPS Power Ups 4: Enhancements pp. 9-10, following the provided procedure to "Enhance" ST with Affects Substantial benefits all unarmed melee attacks, for striking only. Remember Claws, ST-Based Innate Attacks, Strikers, and Teeth will also require the enhancement if you wish to enjoy this enhancement with them.

Untouchable Deadly Assassin (Contains House Rules)

An Insubstantial character who wishes to be able to interact with the physical world as if solid, but be interacted with as if Insubstantial without any of the pesky problems of partial materialization should take the following meta-enhancement on Insubstantial:
Untouchable Deadly Assassin (+350%): Affects Substantial, +100%; Can Cary Objects: Heavy, +100%; Cosmic: Interact Physically While Completely Insubstantial, +50%; Partial Materialization, +100%.

Cosmic: Interact Physically While Completely Insubstantial

This is an application of Cosmic: Removes Restrictions. This house-rule modifier requires every other enhancement in the meta-enhancement; it is not separable. Can Cary Objects allows supporting weight; Partial Materialization gives the ability to manipulate physical objects while otherwise Insubstantial; Cosmic is required to remove the requirement to partially expose yourself to attack, and Affects Substantial is required because you now have an ability that allows you to interact physically with the environment while remaining safely insubstantial.
You will still need to apply the Affects Substantial enhancement to any extraordinary abilities that you wish to also apply to the physical world.
Note that defenders aware of your attacks will still be able to defend. You will need to add separate enhancements to your abilities to bypass this. Being an Untouchable Unstoppable Deadly Assassin is terribly expensive. Go shopping in the Malediction and Cosmic section for the usual heavy-hitters in this respect, but Respiratory, Blood-Based etc may be useful.
Note to GMs: You may wish to also require the player to buy Affects Substantial on ST as the character is now effectively enjoying the complete benefit of this enhancement.

The C-Word

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:50 am
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Greta close upHemangiosarcoma.



I keep repeating the word in my head. It’s especially bad when I walk Greta in the mornings. It’s kinda weird when it happens when I’m doing a power press in weights class. Luckily when my eyes water there it just looks like sweat.

It’s a particularly nasty canine cancer of the blood vessels that shows up in middle aged large breed dogs the most. Most people find out their dog has it because it’s popped like an aneurysm and their dog goes into shock or dies suddenly. I got “lucky” in that I found it while rubbing her belly and noticed the lump.

People who follow me on twitter were treated to a fine rant about how when I called up my vet to make an appointment to get it checked, I was subtly mocked for calling up to say I had found a mass in her abdomen. My husband (who ended up taking her to the first appointments because I had a major work project launching that week) said the vet was actually really impressed I had found it because most owners wouldn’t have.

I’m still debating if discovering it did her any damn good. There’s not really good treatment for this particular cancer. Most of the first page of google results are the 1-3 month survival period after discovery with organ involvement. Of course, most of these cases are from animals that had spleens involved and it’s discovered due to the extreme internal bleeding. We lucky in that there’s wasn’t any organ involvement initially and we caught it before severe bleeding happened. However, chances are very high it will recur in a very short time period. We could do chemo. We haven’t talked to the oncologists yet because we’re both kinda like, why? This isn’t a cancer where they fade away and in a lot of pain. It’s a lot like living with a known weak vein. It’s gonna kill her and soon but we don’t know when.

And of course the killer (ha) is that post surgery, she’s in great shape. We had a crap week where she was in recovery, a frustrating week where she felt a lot better but was still on restriction and then this week where she’s back to her old self. Is she putting weight on because the tumor was removed or because we’re spoiling her? No idea. Is acting slow because it’s hot and humid or is it because she’s got a slow bleed? No idea.

So we’re spoiling her rotten and she gets walks without Zille so she can sniff all the things to her heart’s content. And I keep living on knife’s edge wondering if this is going to be the day I come home and she’s gone or, worse, going poorly.

This fucking sucks.

Streaming Watch 6/12-6/19/17

Jun. 19th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Fleabag s.1.  Phoebe Waller-Bridge's lead veers along from sympathetically tragic to frustratingly self-destructive.  And Waller-Bridge is charming enough to keep things just teetering on the more positive take.

F is For Family. s.2.  Opens with Frank still unemployed and the family dependent on wife Sue's not-Tupperware sales job.  Bill Burr and Laura Dern really sell the anger and love of the married couple and their hopes and crushing disappointments.  The characters and story arcs of the kids are good, but not as great.  As for the supporting cast stand-outs are Sam Rockwell as coked-up radio station manager Vic, T.J Miller's newspaper delivery middleman Randy and David Koechner adding more depth to the previous season's airline middle management Bob Pogo.

Ah fuck that shit

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:10 am
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We have a "vacation law" around here. Which states that after 25 years of working at a company, one is entitled to an extra week of vacation per year. I look at the details.

Oh hey, previous employments of >= 6 months count.

School, after the first 9 years, counts. To a maximum of 4 years.

Military service (or equivalent) counts, too.

And: bingo! That adds up to exactly 25 years for me. Yay, extra vacation time!

Of course, after explaining all that, another couple paragraphs down, there's restrictions: previous employments only count to a maximum of 5 years, and school time (after being counted as a max. of 4 years) is reduced to a maximum of 2 years. So if I stay with this employer, in about 2025 I can get that extra week.

Let's Get This Show on the Road!

Jun. 19th, 2017 10:49 am
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So, last week was a challenge. >.> Messed up sleep, a cat-in-crisis (Lady) dropped in our lap, job hunt frustration, and a general lack of fucks to give led to me basically chucking everything out the window (everything I could chuck, anyhow) and playing video games. (Other than Overwatch, because that particular game is often the opposite of relaxing.)

However, I only let myself do that with the promise that I would be back to work on Monday and get things done that need to be done. So step one is: organize! Thus, the Too Much To Do List for the next two weeks:

  1. Do some kind of workout.

  2. Take a shower and get dressed.

  3. Issue six page nine

  4. Job applications

  5. Blacktigr commission

  6. Overwatch competitive stream/Mastering Mercy vid

  7. Mooncat Timey-Wimey badge

  8. LKCMSL Timey-Wimey badge

  9. Graveyard Greg IBMBA commish (NOTE: send bill for this)

  10. PTBAF panel agenda

  11. Print for AC: button restocks, Best Bodies Contest flyer, Timey-Wimey badges

  12. BtA YouTube banner

  13. BtA Patreon banner

  14. Read books for Rainbow Awards

Right ho. Time to get started.

-The Gneech

Weekly Pull 6/14/17

Jun. 18th, 2017 03:01 pm
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Bug! the Adventures of Forager #2: Lee & Michael Allred Storytellers, Laura Allred Colorist & Nate Piekos of Blambot Letterer.  Bug Forager teams with the Losers, Sandman, Sandy and Blue Beetle to free Nanda Parbat.

the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color Artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Dorreen and Nancy go on vacation to the Negative Zone.  And the city is left in the protection of Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boy and Brain Drain.

Bitch Planet Triple Feature: "Windows" Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Maria Frohlich.  "Without and Within" Andrew Aydin and Joanna Estep.  "The Invisible Woman" Conley Lyons and Craig Yeung, with colors by Marco D'Alfonso.  Three Bitch Planet penitentiary adjacent stories.
Copperhead #14: Writer Jay Faerber, Arist Drew Moss, Colorist Ron Riley & Letterer Thomas Mauer.   Sheriff Bronson vs. the Killer Worm Assassin!

The Damned #2: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill Crabtree & Lettered by Crank!  Big Al provides Eddie with a lesson while other interested parties gather around Pauly Bones and his mystery score.

Jem and the Holograms #26: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Gisele Lagace, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  Final issue (though I guess there are some mini-series and the like planned)

Welcome to the new reyl journal!

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:52 am
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It's been ages but I feel writing again would be good for me. Most social media is currently not a safe place for having the kinds of discussions I like. And I'd like to talk about life in a place that's less public. You might remember my soul-baring journal back in the reyl days and I don't know if it'll get that far into things. But we'll just have to see! If you think I might not recognize your user name, please send me a message with details when you ask to be added. Here's hoping that this will encourage me to write more, and help me re-connect with some of you. Facebook is intimidating and full of family and other folks that I don't necessarily need reading everything. I'm going to pretend it's 2003 Livejournal here, and hope you do the same!
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NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Biography, Drama, Romance Directed by Aisling Walsh
Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling, in this film inspired by the life of a self-taught artist.

The Boom
NYT Critic’s Pick Comedy Directed by Vittorio De Sica
“Il Boom,” starring Alberto Sordi as a building contractor with a lavish lifestyle, is a 1963 comedy that is only now getting an American release.

Score: A Film Music Documentary
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary, Music Directed by Matt Schrader
The likes of Max Steiner, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann are hailed in Matt Schrader’s film, as well as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others.

NYT Critic’s Pick Not Rated Drama Directed by Kôji Fukada
A mysterious man becomes a disruptive presence for a married couple and their daughter in Koji Fukada’s well-acted family drama.

Cars 3
NYT Critic’s Pick G Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport Directed by Brian Fee
Lightning is back and feeling a bit old in this latest breezy feature in the Pixar franchise. It offers life lessons that will resonate with adults as well as with children.

NYT Critic’s Pick Drama Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
Frédéric Mermoud’s slow-burn revenge thriller and character drama is a first-rate showcase for the actresses Emmanuelle Devos and Nathalie Baye.

Megan Leavey
NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Biography, Drama, War Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Based on a true story, this film, starring Kate Mara, is both harrowing and heartstring-tugging.

The Hero
NYT Critic’s Pick R Comedy, Drama Directed by Brett Haley
Brett Haley’s low-key feature, about an older actor seeking redemption after being reduced to a cliché, belongs to its star, Sam Elliott.

Dawson City: Frozen Time
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Bill Morrison
A lot of future moguls got their start in one remote Yukon town. And an amazing amount of film history was left behind.

It Comes at Night
NYT Critic’s Pick R Horror, Mystery Directed by Trey Edward Shults
“It Comes at Night,” the sophomore feature of Trey Edward Shults, is as spookily self-assured and ambitious as “Krisha.”
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Black Panther     HD720p 71MB   HD1080p 130MB
First trailer for another movie set in the Marvel Comic Universe, which, for a change, doesn't star "another white dude". It follows T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, his mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis are also part of the cast. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station).
To be in theatres next February.

The Trip to Spain     HD720p 25MB
After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. Again directed by Michael Winterbottom.
This is a trailer for the movie version, I believe corresponding the six TV episodes were already broadcast in the UK.

Flatliners     HD720p 93MB
Trailer for the remake in which five medical students (Ellen Page, Diego Luna, James Norton, Nina Dobrev, Kiersey Clemons), obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Dead Man Down, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
If I had a list of movies I wanted to see a remake of, this one wouldn't be particularly high on it.

Landline     HD720p 91MB
Comedic drama set in 1990s Manhattan. When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Jay Duplass and Finn Wittrock are also part of the cast. Movie reunites slate with director Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child).
Was mostly well received in Sundance. Which isn't that surprising since it looks like the quintessential Sundance movie.

Jungle     HD720p 19MB
Survival thriller based on a true story. In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) and two friends set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was an Austrian expat (Thomas Kretschmann), who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.
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A ‘Fauxdega’ Where the Real Bodegas Have Been Priced Out

The British artist Lucy Sparrow in her “8 ’Till Late” installation, a mock convenience store.
In a meatpacking district installation, the artist Lucy Sparrow has installed shelves of Doritos, Wonder Bread and candy, all made of colored felt.

Persuading Italians to Hold the Prosciutto and Pass the Pastrami

Gianluca Tonelli in his pastrami truck at a street food fair in Campi Bisenzio, a suburb of Florence.
Gianluca Tonelli’s life changed 20 years ago when he visited Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City. Now he is on a quest to share the delights of pastrami in Tuscany.

The Jamaican Beef Patty Extends Its Reach

Jamaican beef patties are a popular item at Lucia Beer Garden & Grill in Lawrence, Kan.
For many, the island snack is a taste of home. For others, it’s a new favorite.


Sydney’s New Guard: Five Restaurants Leading the Way
Slide Show
This Australian city’s dining scene, already steeped in Asian cuisines, is suddenly showing a more global reach.

Bunya-Bunya? Plum Pine? A Melbourne Chef’s Rich Vocabulary
Ben Shewry, of the acclaimed Australian restaurant Attica, cooks in a culinary language that embraces the rare and the everyday, the new and the old.

Melbourne Haggles Over the Future of Its Most Popular Market

The publicly owned 17-acre Queen Victoria is one of the largest markets in the world, and it sits at the edge of the Central Business District in Melbourne, Australia.
The Australian city’s plan to modernize the Queen Victoria Market has drawn fire from residents who fear the loss of its antique charm.

Australia Makes Riesling Its Own
What makes a grape that flourishes in wine regions around the globe distinctive in this part of the world?


Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth

Red is a symbol of perseverance, making this strawberry slab pie ideal for a Juneteenth gathering.
The holiday, which celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States, is an occasion to gather and eat.
Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie

A Juicy Tenderloin, a Pesto Swirl

Cook the roast over hot coals or, on a rainy day, use a stovetop grill and then finish it in the oven.
For many, a summer gathering means meat on the grill. Here’s an elegant way to do it.
Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Stuffed With Herb Pesto

The Simplest Shortbread You Can Bake
Homemade shortbread is a cinch to master and makes a wonderful counterpart to soft summer fruit.
Recipe: Shortbread, 10 Ways
Not to quibble, but I like to add a small amount of rice flour and a pinch of baking powder...

How Did I Not Know About Pork Gyros?

Pork gyro.
Discovering a classic, and common, Greek favorite in an unexpected place.
Recipe: Pork Gyros

What to Cook Tonight
Pork gyro.
Pork gyros seem like a project — but they’re not. Cheat a little, and get them on the table soon.

Summer Cocktail Fun in a Pineapple Shaker

A shaker for festive occasions.
A symbol of hospitality has been repurposed as a gleaming vessel for summer drinks.

Lemon White Pizza, Smothered Pork Chops, Pea Guacamole: 10 Takes on What to Cook This Summer
The best of this spring’s cookbooks remind us of the meaning and value of home-cooked meals.

Streaming Watch 6/5-6/12/17

Jun. 12th, 2017 11:23 pm
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Dr. Strange: Rewatch
He Never Died: Sort-of vampire story with Henry Rollins.  Rollins does disconnected ancient immortal very well.

Wynonna Earp s.1: I'm all about the snarky lady demon-killers with sidekicks and bad boy love interests.

Weekly Pull 6/7/17

Jun. 11th, 2017 04:32 pm
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Giant Days #27: Writen by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Campbell.  Esther gets politically educated and protests a grocery chain.  A cute boy may be involved as well.

The Flintstones #12: Writer Mark Russell, Artist Steve Pugh, Colorist Chris Chuckry & Letterer Dave Sharpe.  Ah, last issue?  Going out with bowling and musing on the purpose of religion and the basis of scientific discovery.

Jem: the Misfits #5Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Jen St-Onge, Colrs by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  Ending the mini-series with the secret origin for Jetta.

Paper Girls #15: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters + Design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  Pre-history and rescuing a baby and fighting jerk-ass cave men and then back to time jumping.  Next stop, 2000 AD?

Smug? Me? Noooooo

Jun. 11th, 2017 10:02 pm
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Todays tour. (Visited my grandmother, and hitched a ride home via SO&car.)

87.6km, 4h18mn driving time, ~5h wallclock. Just beat 20kph average. Video (starts on Laaer Berg).

And now I have severe sunburn. On my kneecaps.

Other than that, and apart from a 10km detour because signage for EuroVelo 9 sucks, it was uneventful. Mindnumbingly boring for long stretches, even.


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