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Nov. 24th, 2014

12:30 pm - Pain is very distracting

I don't know people with chronic pain manage to go about daily life as well as most of them seem to.

I'm used to feeling pretty good most of the time. Right now I have an extremely painful shoulder, I think self-inflicted from too much archery practice and ironically, exercises designed to strengthen my (pathetically weak) shoulders for archery. In the two-and-a-half days that it's really been bothering me, I've:


It seems like about 85% of my brainpower is diverted to noticing how sore my shoulder is. I don't think I'm really safe to drive and I'm clearly not fit to be out in public anyway. I suppose if this was my everyday reality I'd learn to manage it?? Those of you who do live with this daily reality have my sympathy!

Counting the minutes until my physio appointment (4,020!).

Nov. 13th, 2014

03:07 pm - SPN 200th episode

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Oct. 30th, 2014

07:47 pm - SPN 10x4

That was my favourite Supernatural episode for ages!Collapse )

11:15 am - Natural feet

The Weekend Australian ran a feature about the Pintupi Nine, believed to be the last major group of Aboriginal Australians to abandon a nomadic desert lifestyle 30 years ago.

You probably need a subscription to read the article, but what really jumped out at me was their incredibly healthy-looking feet in this picture taken the day they came into contact with modern Australia (and were given these clothes):

Pintupi Nine

Look at the width of their toes, especially of the women on the right. How many women do you know whose toes are wider than the balls of their feet? Not too many, I'm guessing.

They're just like the "before" case in the diagram from my favourite "natural" podiatrist's website:

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My nerve pain that was such a problem for me 18 months ago is completely gone, after switching my footwear to almost 100% Vibram FiveFingers, open flat sandals and other shoes that let the toes be as wide as possible.

Oct. 12th, 2014

11:23 pm - Bernard Cornwell: archery and Sharpe

I read Bernard Cornwell's Harlequin because of the archery theme, but didn't like it much thanks to all the rape and plunder. The lead character really enjoyed those aspects of his work. I can't help but wonder whether the author and modern male readers secretly think, "That sounds fun! Those were the days!"

Even though I didn't care for the characters, the book did its job as historical fiction in bringing to life a time period – the 1340s – I knew little about, and I found the author's note at the back mind-blowing for this information:

Benjamin Franklin, no fool, reckoned the American rebels would have won their war much more swiftly had they been practised longbowmen and it is quite certain that a battalion of archers could have outshot and beaten, easily, a battalion of Wellington's veterans armed with smoothbore muskets.

I found it hard to wrap my mind around the assertion that bows and arrows could have beaten soldiers with guns more than 400 years later. I guess the pace of technological advance has sped up immeasurably in recent times!

More information from the author's notes:

One or two longbows might do damage, but thousands would destroy an army, and the English, alone in Europe, were capable of assembling those numbers. Why? The technology could not be simpler, yet still other countries did not produce archers. Part of the answer is surely the great difficulty it took to become an expert archer. It needed hours and years of practice, and the habit of such practice took hold in only some English and Welsh regions. ... For some reason or another the Middle Ages saw a popular enthusiasm for the pursuit in parts of England and Wales that led to the rise of the longbow as a mass weapon of war.

Having not enjoyed Harlequin but not wanting to be left with a bad impression of Cornwell, the creator of Sharpe, I've been revisiting Sharpe (and Harper!) in both print and film. Somehow I'd never seen the final film, Sharpe's Peril, released in 2008. I'm sure Cornwell didn't write this part, but I wish they hadn't made Sharpe beat up and very nearly kill Hakeswill's son in a rage, based only upon who his father was. "Bad blood" is a very poor argument, especially coming from someone with Sharpe's background! I'm not going to count that one as "real" Sharpe, since it wasn't directly based on Cornwell's books.

The 15 years from the first film to the last one take quite a toll on a person, even if you're Sean Bean.

Cornwell has given us so many wonderful Sharpe-Harper scenes. Here's one of my favourites, from Sharpe's Siege (book version) when Sharpe tells Killick and Docherty that he'll let them go if they give him their word they won't fight against Britain for the duration of the war.

Docherty stared in puzzlement at Sharpe. "You'll let all of us go? All the crew?"

"I said so."

"And how do we know...?"

Harper spoke in sudden Gaelic. His words were brief, harshly spoken, and a mystery to every man in the room except to himself and Docherty. The American lieutenant listened to the huge Irishman, then looked back to Sharpe with sudden, unnatural humility. "You have my word."


I can't come up with what Harper could have said that would cause Docherty to look at Sharpe not just with respect but with sudden, unnatural humility, but it must have been incredibly complimentary.

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Sep. 4th, 2014

09:51 pm - Highlander

Highlander is the fantasy world that's currently sustaining me through my busy work period, thanks to a rewatch killabeez is running.

I've never actually watched the whole show in order before and there seem to be a few episodes I've never seen at all, which I'm a bit embarrassed to publicly admit. I'm enjoying it so much. There are certainly some not-very-good episodes – so many that when I tried to do a complete in-order rewatch a few summers ago, I gave up – but the gems are fantastic and Duncan is wonderful to look at and listen to almost all the time.

Watching the show the way it was intended has totally changed my view of Richie. I was introduced to the show with season 3-5 episodes as a potential Duncan/Methos fan, and at the time Richie struck me mostly as a character who unfortunately took screen time away from Methos (particularly in "Methos", which is one of the most jarring episodes you could hope to find, with the juxtaposition of the riveting Methos scenes and the lengthy, boring Richie motorcycle racing scenes).

Now I really like him and I'm dreading what's to come. It's going to be a lot worse this time around. He's so game, even when he's completely out of his depth, and genuinely kind (OK, maybe not in "The End of Innocence" when he's so hurt by Duncan almost killing him that he throws himself into playing The Game and ends a 900-year friendship/relationship between a very intriguing odd couple). His dialogue is often fun, starting with the pilot: "Cut off my head? You don't think that's a little extreme for petty theft?" His most annoying habit is his reluctance to believe the truth when he's being conned, but that's not such a bad flaw.

I keep wondering how the Watchers are financed. Who pays all those salaries and bought those big fancy headquarters? Was there an extremely wealthy benefactor centuries ago who set up a trust fund?

Early-show Duncan strikes me as someone with very strong mental health. He says things like "We are what we are" and "Whatever happens, happens" and says he's calm about a certain situation "Because there's nothing I can do about it." He focuses on the positives like the many things he gets to see and do over a long life, not the negatives like losing mortal loved ones, never being able to have children, frequently fighting for his life, and even having to kill people who were his friends in the past. Richie seems to both naturally share Duncan's positive attitude and absorb his teachings.

Tessa had so many traumatic experiences at the hand of various Immortals that it almost struck me as a net positive thing that she was killed. How long could she have gone on like that? I think a person should probably walk away after the second abduction.

Did Tessa have no long-term friends or family who would have noticed that Duncan wasn't aging?

I'm loving being reacquainted with minor characters who haven't crossed my mind in years. My favourite of all is perhaps Damon Case in "The Immortal Cimoli", a strange choice perhaps since he's pretty much a religious fanatic who does nothing but pray and kill other Immortals, but I love his solemnity and his singularity of purpose, sustained through ten centuries!

Joe is another one whose story has much more impact when you watch in order (though his and Duncan's first meeting is great to watch knowing how important they come to be to each other later on). Joe comes close to begging Duncan on several occasions not to cut off their friendship, and he cares so much about it that he left the Watchers and had his tattoo removed on the faint hope that Duncan might speak to him again!

I'm not quite as forgiving of Amanda's foibles as Duncan is, but I've noticed that my "What fresh hell is this?" attitude whenever I get an email from a particularly uninformed and demanding client with that name has been reprogrammed. Now when those emails appear I instead think fondly, "Oh, Amanda!"

Aug. 13th, 2014

02:30 pm - Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

Thoughts with spoilersCollapse )

Aug. 9th, 2014

07:59 pm - Fool's Assassin

The first 50 pages of Fool's Assassin are available online here!

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I wonder exactly what time of day on 12 August it goes on sale. I suppose that means 13 August Australian time, and I shouldn't spend the 12th endlessly refreshing bookseller links.

Aug. 7th, 2014

11:48 am - Update, with archery

I'm now into both my work and property busy season and am trying to juggle things so I can somehow free up time to read Fool's Assassin in the middle of next week! I know what I'll end up doing is searching for "Fool" and reading those sections first, which is clearly not an ideal plan.

I would be having a rather tedious time, except I accidentally took up a new hobby. Two weekends ago I was driving past the archery park I went to back in 2009 as part of my "new things" project, and decided to drop in and shoot a round to postpone going home to annual reports. I don't know why I let five years go by before going back, since I had fun then and even more fun this time. So much fun in fact that I looked at beginner bows in their store afterwards and decided to buy one, rationalising that holding the bow and pulling the string back would be excellent exercise for my arms and shoulders and would help counteract time at the computer.

Most modern bows aren't made of wood, but I paid a little more to get one with a wooden handle, rationalising again that since it would be living in my house I wanted it to look nice. Which it does, at least to my uneducated eyes. If I ever join a club maybe I'll feel the need to get something more up-to-date!

Bow

I initially just bought four arrows, but upgraded to a quiver and more arrows this week. Back quivers apparently aren't the thing any more, but I want to impersonate Legolas and also stretch my right shoulder as much as possible, so that's what I went with. It is seriously fun to reach behind you take out an arrow! I'm sure it has to be more fun than having the arrows hanging at your side.

There are some logistics issues with archery:

1. You need a target that will stop your arrows and is big enough that you can hit it most of the time. For now I'm using hay bales, but apparently wool bales stuffed with tightly-packed plastic are also good.

2. You need room to miss safely. Fortunately I have that, and this new use for my space is making me better disposed to all the work of weed spraying and mowing and whippersnippering at this time of year.

3. You need to find your arrow when you miss, which is more difficult than it sounds. The arrow embeds itself in soft ground leaving only a tiny bit visible. This is becoming less of a problem as I miss the bales entirely less often.

Target

(I took the bulls-eye target off after the first day, since it clearly wasn't going to last very long. Now I just aim at the middle of one of the bottom two bales.)

If any locals are interested in giving it a try, come to the archery park with me! huckle and her family came up last weekend and we did the beginner's course. I tried the intermediate course this week and would happily do it every day if I could. Maybe one day I'll get good enough to hit the zombie.

Also, if you can recommend books with a strong archery element, please let me know. There's Legolas in Lord of the Rings of course, and Alec in the Nightrunner series – which I recently reread and which probably had me subconsciously primed to acquire a bow.

Jul. 12th, 2014

07:06 pm - Catching up on Temeraire

It's year-end for accountants in Australia, so I'm busy crunching numbers (crunch, crunch, crunch). I find that fantasy goes excellently with accounting. It pulls the mind away from spreadsheets and sends it off with dragons, so I've been making time to read at least a little bit every day.

Belatedly hearing spoilerCollapse ) made me want to catch up on Temeraire, something I'd postponed indefinitely after not enjoying Tongues of Serpents very much. I'm now back on board and anticipating the final book next year. I've even reread Tongues of Serpents and enjoyed it more on my second attempt. Now I feel bad for ever distrusting Naomi Novik and not hurrying to read her new books immediately.

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Blood of TyrantsCollapse )

Every time I pick up a Temeraire book, I want to go back and reread the first one, which is still my clear favourite. The wonderful scenes of Temeraire's hatching! Temeraire's rescue of the sailor overboard and Laurence's realisation that until then he'd never said a word of approval to him! Granby getting off to such a bad start with Laurence and having to apologise! Jane Roland shocking Laurence with her aviator's ways but quickly becoming close to him! Laurence furiously telling his former shipmate not to speak negatively of Temeraire or of aviators, when Laurence is looking out at Temeraire with pride and Captain Bedford pities him: "You will not speak to me in such terms... I wonder that you could imagine such an address acceptable." Levitas! Hollin being overcome at the thought of his own dragon!

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Jul. 4th, 2014

10:08 pm - The Great Courses

I'm supposed to do 40 hours of accounting-related professional development training a year, and now that all of my work is self-employed and no one is willing to subsidise any of that training, I'm always on the lookout for cost-effective ways to comply. A newspaper brochure for The Great Courses on sale prompted me to give one a try.

I picked "Building Great Sentences" on the basis that I could claim any writing course was relevant to business writing, which just goes to show how much I don't know about writing. I know slightly more now, having listened to all 24 lectures!

The lecturer loves long, descriptive sentences and deplores the frequently-heard advice to be direct and to the point. I'm fairly sure my eye would skip right over many of his favourite sentences, but it was interesting to hear him speak passionately about all the ways to make a sentence longer, the effect of the order of clauses and issues like rhythm.

Some examples he returned to several times were:

He drove the car carefully, his shaggy hair whipped by the wind, his eyes hidden behind wrap-around mirror shades, his mouth set in a grim smile, a .38 Police Special on the seat beside him, the corpse stuffed in the trunk.

and

(from Joan Didion) They set out to find it in accountants' ledgers and double-idemnity clauses and motel registers, set out to determine what might move a woman who believed in all the promises of the middle class – a woman who had been chairman of the Heart Fund and who always knew a reasonable little dressmaker, and who had come out of the bleak wild of prairie fundamentalism to find what she imagined to be the good life – what should drive such a woman to sit on a street called Bella Vista and look out her new picture window into the empty California sun and calculate how to burn her husband alive in a Volkswagon. (I do like that one!)

I'm a visual learner rather than an auditory one and would have taken in more had I seen it all written down rather than hearing it, but since I listened to it in the car, it was by no means wasted time.

When the next brochure came out I thought it might be nice to listen to a woman's voice instead, so I browsed through the offerings with that in mind and was startled at just how few options there were: about 10% are taught by women compared to 90% men.

I emailed the company to point out the shortage and received the following response:

"As you might imagine, you are not the first person to make this observation. For some time, increasing the number of courses made by women has been a top priority at The Great Courses. We currently have 32 female professors that teach several courses with us. Fortunately, every year we add more women and people of color to our roster.

However, making progress in this area has been more difficult than we initially thought. MoreCollapse )

Their highest-rated course by customer reviews is Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity by a US Military Academy engineering professor. It's received almost entirely 5-star reviews: 188 5-star, two 4-star, and nothing lower! In comparison, the sentences course ran the full gamut from one to five stars.

Jun. 21st, 2014

06:51 pm - Robin Hobb at Supanova

I have a ticket for Supanova tomorrow, but ended up going today also. I stayed in Perth last night after mr_booboo and I went to see the West Australian Symphony Orchestra play the soundtrack to The Two Towers while the movie played behind them (my verdict: adding an orchestra does nothing to improve the already-excellent film!). I woke up this morning feeling like I was coming down with a cold, so I decided to go see Robin Hobb today in case I feel worse tomorrow and am not up to driving back into town.

Supanova is really, really crowded. It only took about 15 minutes to get a ticket, but moving around inside the venue makes you feel like a sardine, an undersized sardine in my case. There's a little breathing space on the edges in places!

Robin Hobb gave a 50-minute panel in which she read the first chapter of her upcoming novel Fool's Assassin, which is online here. Then she took questions from the audience for the rest of the time. She was unfortunately scheduled opposite a very loud wrestling session of some sort running nearby, which made it hard to hear even from my spot in the third row. Organisers, that's no way to treat your lead guest author! PhotoCollapse )

No one was dressed as any of her characters except for one woman with some black and white face paint. The person introducing her said that in Sydney there were several Fools in the audience.

She wouldn't answer any of the questions I really wanted to know the answer to, such as one about whether we'd learn more of the Fool's background in the new trilogy, but the ones she did answer wereCollapse )

I decided against going to see her at the book signing afterwards, since my feelings for her are really quite mixed – on one hand I love the characters she's created, and on the other I hate the way she left things at the end of Fool's Fate, with spoilerCollapse ), and even more, some of the interviews she gave saying she was so annoyed by fans not liking the ending that it left her not wanting to write any more about them. (I guess those things are now in the past given that she is writing them again, but I don't have much confidence that I'll be satisfied with where she leaves them this time, either!) Then of course there's her anti-fanfic stance. I was afraid I might not be able to be entirely positive and didn't want to be the one fan that pushes her over the edge into deciding to punish us all by making whatever happens in the new trilogy even more painful than it might otherwise be!

After getting lunch in the city and wandering around for a while in the rain, though, I felt fortified and decided to go back. I bought a new copy of The Golden Fool, my favourite book of hers, for her to sign, and told her how much I liked the argument and reconciliation scenes. She said she almost cut the argument out, but her editor insisted that it stay. I said I found the way the Fool left so soon at the end of Fool's Fate very concerning, and she tapped a flyer for Fool's Assassin, which hopefully means that it will be further explained! (So excited. So excited!) The card said the release date is August 25, which presumably means in Australia.

I then got out of the way since I figured that was my turn, but went back a little later when no one was waiting to say more fully how much I had enjoyed both reading her books and being able to discuss them with friends. She was very pleasant and gracious.

I enjoyed all the costumes and was surprised what a high percentage of people were dressed up – it seemed like at least a quarter, maybe more. There was a funny moment when a very large woman in purposely dishevelled clothes with half her face expertly painted in 3D zombie makeup looked at my toe shoes with a "You look really weird" expression. That was out in the foyer where there was room to see people's feet at all!

May. 29th, 2014

04:57 pm - Fun with food dehydrator

I've been letting work take over most of my waking moments and have decided I must make a conscious effort to reclaim my equilibrium. Can I really not find half an hour to make the odd LJ post? I'm working closely with a very early riser in Melbourne (two hours ahead of me), so start almost every morning at 6:30 or 7 to find a clogged inbox, and then the US staff come online in the evening and keep me busy until I go to bed. This morning started at 4:45 am due to a conference call with the whole team. It seems like work takes up all my time and yet when I come to bill for it, I can usually only find four or five billable hours in the day, if that – often only two or three. It's amazing how much time it takes to read emails you were needlessly copied in on, and to chase information for things you should have been copied in on but weren't! The main problem is probably that I keep thinking about work in all the hours I'm not actually producing, so I rarely feel relaxed or like I'm enjoying my down-time. This is supposed to be one of my quietest months of the year and I'm not sure how I'm going to cope with audit season at this rate.

However, at least I'll be nourished. I bought a food dehydrator last month and have been having all sorts of fun with it!

Photos and a three-ingredient recipe of my own creation!Collapse )

May. 23rd, 2014

07:50 pm - Recent reading

The Inheritance by Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm (same person)

Three short stories set in the Six Duchies / Rain Wilds universe, plus seven Lindholm stories I haven't read.

The three Hobb stories all have female protagonists, but read like cautionary moral tales ("I made a bad mistake when I let that man into my bed"). I got enough of that in Dragon Haven when Bellin told the teenage female dragon keepers to keep their legs together. The most interesting of the three was about the early colonisation of the Rain Wilds.

One for Hobb completists.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

An assistant professor at Melbourne University with unacknowledged Asperger's syndrome decides he should get married. One of my mother's friends recommended it to her, my sister picked it up at my mother's house, and her husband recommended it to me when I picked it up at their house. It's quite an eye-opener for what it might be like for someone with Asperger's to navigate the world (though I don't know how accurate it is).

An early date:

Now we had a simple objective disagreement that could readily be resolved experimentally.

The disageement was about ice cream and as you might imagine it did not end well.

A few parts might be acutely painful for someone with an embarrassment squick, but the whole book kind of makes the point that for many people, embarrassment is a luxury they can't afford. You have to admire the main character in most ways!

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I read this autobiography for a Humanist Society book club meeting and felt bad that I hadn't previously read it unprompted. I've heard her speak twice, once in Perth and once at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne.

What a life: born in Somalia, circumcised as a five-year-old, lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, went through a devout Muslim stage as a teenager, sought refuge in Denmark to escape an arranged marriage, became a Danish politician, and now lives in the US as a prominent atheist and women's rights activist (and anti-cultural-relativist).

At school at five years old: I began learning the Quran, line by line, by heart. It was uplifting to be engaged in such an adult task. One girl, who was about eight years old, they called kintirleey, "she with the clitoris". I had no idea what a clitoris was, but the kids didn't even want to be seen with this girl. ...

As we walked away, the other girl shouted after me, "Kintirleey!" Sanyar winced. I looked at her, horror dawning on me. I was like that other girl? I, too, had that filthy thing, a kintir?

The most memorable part for me, from a long list of memorable moments, was this point on our expectation of life in the West:

People are always asking me what it's like to live with death threats. The people who ask me this usually have grown up in rich countries, Western Europe and America, after the Second World War. They take life for granted. Where I grew up, death is a constant visitor. A virus, bacteria, a parasite; drought and famine; soldiers and torturers, could bring it to anyone, any time. For many women, because of the perception of lost honour, death comes at the hand of a father, brother, or husband.

Highly recommended.

The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

I can't believe I hadn't read this before. What have I been doing with my life? It's a fast-moving, epic though not particularly long story from the point of view of Alexander the Great's possible lover, the eunuch Bagoas. Surprisingly explicit in places!

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To the Ends of the Earth trilogy by William Golding

A sea voyage from England to Australia on an aging ship of the line, set in the early 1800s. sarren gave this to me after we watched the BBC mini-series as part of a Cumberbatch viewing. As usual, the novels give far more depth to the characters than the TV version, but I think having seen the mini-series first makes the books more accessible. I came away from the mini-series uncertain whether or not we were supposed to like and sympathise with Cumberbatch's privileged young upper-class gentleman, and am hoping the books will answer that question! The class issues are really striking.

May. 5th, 2014

07:39 pm - May the 4th (and 3rd)

I was mildly interested in seeing at least part of the Star Wars marathon that was shown at many Australian cinemas over the weekend, so when bardiegrub and shortblack said they were going to Episodes I-III, I decided to join them. I thought I might get bored, not be able to consume enough decent food in the 15 minute breaks between films to stay alive, be too restless to sit still for that long or be driven out of my mind by other cinema patrons.

None of that turned out to be the case. bardiegrub and I returned on Sunday for Episodes IV-VI, and the whole weekend was fantastic (at least up to the appearance of the Ewoks, which are pretty much irredeemable if you ask me). I'd never seen all the films in order and in close succession before. Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi's confrontation in Episode IV has much more impact when you've just watched them as master and apprentice on screen, instead of only learning about their relationship through a line or two of dialogue as we did originally. Qui-Gon and young Obi-Wan are so well cast and make such a great team! That kind of went over my head in 1999, when I wasn't very multi-fannish.

I wish they'd killed Padme in a better way than having her die of a broken heart, especially with young children to look after, but was glad she completely and utterly rejected Anakin once she learned what he'd done. Not for one moment did she consider making excuses for him and continuing their life together. Just about everything else about her is odd, from being elected Queen so young, to being so handy with weapons when her people don't even have an army, to falling for whiny, years-her-junior Anakin. She and the Gungans are the main reasons I thought I didn't care much for the prequels, but this time around I appreciated everything else about them much more.

Except for the slowness of the fight scenes – which I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't just seen the much more acrobatic fighting in the prequels – and a few very basic-looking computer screens, the early films hold up extremely well. (Admittedly we saw the remastered versions.) Even the clothing doesn't strike me as dated. 1977 Han Solo still looks like the quintessential intergalactic smuggler to me!

I'd completely forgotten that The Phantom Menace starts with a tax dispute. That seems something an accountant should know.

I used my new food dehydrator to make healthy snacks to sustain me and was really pleased with the results. PhotoCollapse )

The brown stuff is banana-walnut-cacao powder fruit leather and the crackers flax seed and chia seed with various vegetables.

Looking forward to Episode VII in December 2015!

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Apr. 30th, 2014

09:01 pm - "Yonanas"

Last week I went to a hardware store to buy a $2 washer to fix a leaking sink. Next door an electrical goods store was having a closing-down sale. I unwisely went in and ended up spending considerably more than $2 to buy this frozen dessert maker, which turns bananas or other frozen fruit into something resembling ice cream. I figured it might be an interesting way to replace some of my raw-food smoothies with another format.

I've used it every single day since, initially just for dessert but lately for breakfast as well. On several mornings my first thought upon waking has been, somewhat embarrassingly, "Hooray! I'll be eating another one soon!"

This is one banana, half a kiwi fruit and a few handsful of lettuce/spinach mix, topped with chopped almonds:Collapse )

It's amazing how much vegetable you can add to banana while still maintaining a sweet overall flavour. Plain banana is almost too sweet for my taste now. What better way of eating spinach could there be than this?

As is my usual practice, I read online reviews after buying and some of them made me laugh. "It's so much trouble having to put bananas in the freezer!" Some reviews say the motor doesn't last long, but if anything happens to mine I expect I'll be coming up with even more money for the high-powered deluxe version. I don't think I could be parted from this thing at this point!

Apr. 26th, 2014

01:17 pm - The Wire - Seasons 4 & 5

I said to a few people that I didn't find seasons 1-3 quite as relentlessly grim as I expected.

Seasons 4 and 5 are grim, grim, grim. Especially 4!Collapse )

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Apr. 4th, 2014

07:16 pm - The Wire - Season 3

Wow, that was good!Collapse )

With so many characters and short (10-13 episode) seasons, my only complaint is that we don't get enough on most of the characters. There's hardly anyone I wouldn't like to know more about.

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Mar. 30th, 2014

07:24 pm - The Wire - Season 2

I'm still loving the show, but by the end of this season I was down to one major character I really liked – Lieutenant Daniels. I'm hoping some of the others will redeem themselves as we go on!

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Mar. 26th, 2014

11:13 am - The Wire - Season 1

Highlights from the last 5 episodesCollapse )

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