About the new LiveJournal Terms of Service

Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media.

It wasn't so much "offered" as "click on agree or be unable to login". As I'm posting this, no prizes for guessing what I did. (I had noticed the recent change that disabled logging-in with https too, which is something else of concern.)

Given the new TOS means having to comply with Russian laws that are rather unfriendly to LGBT, I am unhappy about this forced change. I am for people being to express who they are and being able to love who they love without being discriminated against.

I've been crossposting from my Dreamwidth account for a few years now, and it's become more & more my home account. If you're on DW, feel free to link me.

ETA: If you could also drop a quick comment to identify yourself, it would be appreciated.

At this time, I don't know if this will be my last LJ post, or whether I'll keep crossposting to both DW & LJ. For now, I will continue reading & commenting on my friendslist posts at both locations.


"What song is 10/10 for you, yet hardly anyone has heard of it?"

From elseweb:
"What song is 10/10 for you, yet hardly anyone has heard of it?"

I'll kick it off with World Party's "Is it like today?" Karl Wallinger who wrote it describes it as, "a precis of Bertrand Russell's "A History of Western Philosophy" in four verses. Don't try this at home."

Clever & poppy is a killer combo for me.
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Soon's Improper Okonomiyaki recipe

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish that's like a savoury pancake/omelette. It typically contains finely shredded cabbage, eggs, Japanese yam, flour. And the toppings include Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, dried bonito fish flakes, and other protein of your choice. So just like an omelette or a pancake everyone has their own recipe & you can modify it as you like with different toppings making it a very versatile dish. It's become a regular in my cooking repertoire. Though the version I make is not the proper traditional one, it is quite simple & you can easily modify it to your own tastes e.g. by adding you choice of protein.

I should also add this this recipe comes with rough amounts as I always adjust as I go.

1. Cabbage finely shredded (you want about three to four handfuls (about 4-4 cups). I like it finely shredded so it cooks faster. You might like a thicker shred if you prefer more texture to your okonomiyaki.

2. Eggs (6-8 depending on size)

3. Cornflour (for a gluten-free/low-gluten version), or you can use wheat flour. You want to add enough to turn the mix into a thick batter. The authentic version uses

4. Japanese mayonnaise

5. Okonomiyaki sauce (both the Japanese mayonnaise & the Okonomiyaki sauce is sold in Japanese food shops)

6. Teaspoon of miso paste (optional, but I like it as it adds some umami)

7. Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)

1. Add the shredded cabbage, miso, and eggs together and stir until well mixed.
2. Add cornflour gradually while stirring slowly. You want to consistency to be of a thick batter.
3. Add a bit of oil into a frypan on low to moderate heat.
4. Spoon a ladle of the thick batter into the pan and let it cook until the bottom is brown before flipping it to brown the other side. (You don't want the pan too hot, so the Okonomiyaki is cooked through without the outsides burning)
5. Transfer the cooked Okonomiyaki to a serving dish, and decorate with the mayonnaise & Okonomiyaki sauce.
6. Lastly add the katsuobushi. The dried fish flakes will wave & curl from the heat of the Okonomiyaki.

That's it. Now your Okonomiyaki is ready to eat.

I've crossposted this on Twitter where I have included photos. Please come comment at DW:

Today's mood: Kafkaesque

I am trying to sort out a new work contract.

On a totally unrelated note, does HR stand for Hellish Resources? Please come comment at DW:

Morena! Today I am unemployed*.

I suppose I should make the most of it.
*A state that shouldn't last long if things go to plan.

As a Research Technician, I have had a really good run of sequential contracts since the early 2000s that's allowed me to stay employed. I would have preferred a permanent position but that's not how it's worked out because of how research funding works.

Research grants are given out for fixed terms of work, ranging from a few months to several years of you are lucky. Say you are a Principal Investigator (scientist) who has successfully won a research grant. Now you have to do the research you have proposed. But the thing is, if you are running a successful lab, you (the scientist) don't actually get to do the hands-on research anymore. That is left to either the PhD students or Post-Doctoral Fellows in your lab. Or the grant money allows you to hire a Research Technician. Because your time is better spent leading the lab (managing the lab, writing research proposals to get more funding for your research) rather than actual lab-based hands-on work.

But given Research Grants are given out for fixed terms, you only have money to fund PhD students & Post-Doctoral Fellows for fixed terms. And the same for Research Technicians (someone like me).

My contracts typically have been 1-3 years, not as short as the sort of work you might see described in the gig economy, but not permanent jobs either. Please come comment at DW:

There is a sequel to 17776!!!

Remember 17776? It was a story published at a sports-heavy website that was one of my favourite reads of (checks notes) 2017. The narrative uses multi-media to tell a SFnal story that kept me wanting more.

Guess what? There is a sequel! Please come comment at DW: