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April 5th, 2017

02:25 pm: [sticky post] 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.



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October 9th, 2018

06:47 pm: "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"
Love this Anika Moa cover of the Mint Chicks' "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"
https://youtu.be/7JsYEhNF85w


And for comparison purposes, here is the original.

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October 6th, 2018

09:22 am: Sweet Non-Ratite
Don't get strung out by my white plumage
Don't judge a bird by its feathers
I'm not much of a dad by the light of day
But by night I'm one hell of a nester
I'm just a sweet non-ratite
From the coasts of, Australasia
#DammitGannet #BirdoftheYear #doadivebombbro
Vote Gannet

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October 4th, 2018

07:05 pm: Dive Bomb
It's just a plunge in the sea
And then a grab to the right
With a fish in your beak
You bring it back top side
But it's the adrenaline rush
That drives you insane
Let's do the Dive Bomb again!
#DammitGannet #doadivebombbro #BirdoftheYear
Vote Gannet!

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October 3rd, 2018

05:06 pm: Dammit Gannet
It's the time of the New Zealand year when politics heats up. Yes, voting for Bird of the Year has opened.

This year, my vote is for the Gannet. This year, the Vote Gannet campaign is using the hashtags: #DammitGannet and #doadivebombbro which may explain how I came to commit Gannet filk:


"Dammit Gannet"

Hey, Gannet
Yes, mate?
I've got something to say
Uh huh
I really loved the skilful way
You beat the other birds to the anchovies
Oh, mate
The ocean was wide but I flew it (Gannet)
Our future has chicks so let's plan it (Gannet)
So please don't tell me to can it (Gannet)
I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Gannet, I love you

The water was cold but I dived it (Gannet)
There's a sardine for you and I gave it (Gannet)
If there's one bird for you then I am it (Gannet)
I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Gannet, I love you

Here's a nest to prove that I'm no joker
There's three ways that eggs can hatch
That's good, bad or mediocre
G-A-N-N-E-T I love you so

Oh, it's nicer than Korimako had (oh mate)
Now we're mated and I'm so glad (oh mate)
That I've laid an egg and that's so rad (oh mate)
I've one thing to say and that's
Mate I'm mad for you too
Oh, Mate
Oh, Gannet
I'm mad
Oh, Gannet
For you
I love you too

There's one thing left to do, and that's
Go see the site that began it (Gannet)
When Bird of the Year was announced-it (Gannet)
We both joined the campaign and then panic (Gannet)
Now I've one thing to say and that's
Dammit, Gannet, I love you
Dammit, Gannet
Oh Mate, I'm mad
Dammit Gannet
I love you

P.S. Vote Gannet!

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September 2nd, 2018

06:38 pm: Happy Father's Day to those who celebrate it.
Give your Dad a hug.

Also: Spare a thought for those who don't have fathers, or their fathers are no longer around.

(It's less stingy now, another year later, but it still stings. Miss you Dad.)

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August 23rd, 2018

07:37 pm: What is this I don't even.
I read this, now you have to.

Do Men Enter Bathtubs on Hands and Knees So Their Balls Hit the Water Last?

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August 19th, 2018

05:02 pm: Why we're really not DIY people
Before and after replacing toilet cistern. In between might* have been stress, frustration, gritting of teeth, panic.

*Not might.

It looked to be straightforward. But when we took out the old cistern, the wall plug for the screws holding it in place came out, and when we eventually got the cistern installed, we found that the tap to the cistern inlet had sprung a leak (and it's the type of tap with no replacable washer). We ended up making several trips to the hardware store for additional advice & supplies. In the end, we managed it, but it took us both days of the weekend for a job someone with expertise and all the right gear could probably have done in an hour or so...

...and that is why we're really not DIY people.

Replacing toilet cistern

Replacing toilet cistern

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August 12th, 2018

01:32 pm: Aspirational vs Actual
Aspirational: We'll get one of them big sacks that they empty every two months. Surely that's easily long enough that we'll have no trouble filling it with our garden waste.

Actual: They're coming to collect it tomorrow & the sack is still empty. Quick, we need to do some gardening!!!

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August 7th, 2018

08:29 pm: Unexpected surprise driving home from supermarket
While stationary in queue at roundabout, car in front suddenly reverses at speed.

Spoiler: Nobody hurt, but our front bumper sustained slight damage.

There is a first time for everything I suppose. This is the first time I have been front-ended.

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August 1st, 2018

09:07 am: An-knee-versary
A year ago, I was waiting to get surgery on my smashed knee. I'm not sure how to feel about it.

(It's fine now, working at 85-90%, but it's not quite the same anymore. I can pretty much do everything including run if needed, though the mended knee & left leg are not as strong or flexible as the right leg. It doesn't hurt as such, but there is a little twinge that never went away, so I am never not-aware of it.

I miss taking my knee for granted. I do not miss hospital food.)

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July 22nd, 2018

08:40 pm: ...but oddly legible
Dyslexie: "A font designed for dyslexics. It's kinda bumpy and peculiar, but oddly legible."

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08:21 pm: This is mesmerising.
This is mesmerising.



https://twitter.com/end_tt/status/1016937621740589056

Via:
BoingBoing

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06:47 pm: (You're welcome.)
Pachelbel Canon in C (hicken).



https://youtu.be/khOfSVULtsU

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July 14th, 2018

08:10 pm: For the roleplayers: I Laughed. Out Loud.
A Shadowrun story.

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05:33 pm: This is how the world ends.
"Archaeologists prepare to open huge granite sarcophagus in Egypt
Untouched for millennia, tomb was found during construction work in Alexandria"


I mean seriously, have they not watched any movies of the apocalypse? Like ever?

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July 10th, 2018

08:09 pm: Missed headline opportunity
Such self-restraint when the really obvious headline is just right there.


Right.


There.

Man faces New Plymouth court after allegedly biting dog

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July 8th, 2018

11:00 am: Hey now what's that sound?
Out in the car first thing this morning, noticed there was a clopping sound coming from the tyres. Was only after I stopped to check a second time that I found the cause. Luckily, it didn't appear to have caused a puncture.

20180708_105319

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July 6th, 2018

06:08 pm: Fireworks display postponed because of whale in harbour.
A Southern Right Whale has been in Wellington Harbour & has been making news. The city is abuzz with the novelty of the phenomenon. The whale is still hanging around, and looks like the scheduled fireworks display which is part of Matariki (the "Maori New Year") celebrations has been postponed.


The fireworks are unlikely to harm the whale, but there were concerns that they might cause it to behave unpredictably. And given there are likely to be people in the water trying to get a better view of the fireworks (and perhaps also a closer look at the whale), a postponement seems the sensible option.

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June 30th, 2018

12:37 pm: Most overused song on Film & TV?

https://youtu.be/LRP8d7hhpoQ

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June 27th, 2018

08:28 am: Just because.


https://youtu.be/pojL_35QlSI

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June 24th, 2018

02:04 pm: Pokemon Go L40
Q: Now that you've hit Level 40, what pointless things do you do just for the fun of it?

A: I've maxed out a 100iv Magikarp.

Pokemon
https://flic.kr/p/Ln6hPS

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June 19th, 2018

07:22 pm: Foodcrimes
In today's episode of "Foodcrimes", I made pizza for dinner, but I topped it with soy simmered pork, red onion, cheese, and once out of the oven sprinkled salad leaves over it.

And no, I am not ashamed I did it.
https://flic.kr/p/27fMCWo
Pizza

https://flic.kr/p/28gYJZC
Pizza

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June 11th, 2018

08:00 pm: Shakshuka weather
It's cold & raining outside. Winter is here.

Dinner tonight, shakshuka. This version also has wilted spinach & grilled Merguez sausage. We had some leftover stale baguette which I sliced up & toasted in the oven & threw in.

Shakshuka
https://flic.kr/p/286J3nc

The prep:
Shakshuka
https://flic.kr/p/282khYC

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June 10th, 2018

10:28 am: The Story Of The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl: "Fairytale of New York"
New to me:

https://youtu.be/TUSNzqqLFT0

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May 28th, 2018

09:31 am: Gardner Dozois (1947 - 2018)
Reported by Michael Swanwick on Facebook and Twitter.


It is my sad duty to note the passing of Gardner Dozois today, Sunday May 27, at 4:00 p.m. The cause was an overwhelming systemic infection. Gardner had been hospitalized for a minor illness and was expected to be released shortly. The decline was swift. He died surrounded by his family.


I never met him in person, but he was welcoming on the old Asimov message forum. I'd been aware of him, his annual Year's Best SF collections, his editing on Asimov's among others, had a big influence on my SFnal reading. I would have got onto online fandom without Gardner's influence, but it would not happened as soon.

This stings.

"Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane"

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May 21st, 2018

06:39 pm: Recipe: Kon loh mee
Kon Loh Mee
(Fine egg noodles in a thick soy sauce, with shredded chicken breast, choysum, and beansprouts)

Serves 3-4

The typical Malaysian version I grew up eating is also called Wantan Mee because it was served with wontons. This version doesn't have wontons. The typical version is also served with char siew (BBQ pork). This simplified version uses shredded chicken meat instead.

Ingredients:

Main:
One large chicken breast poached & shredded. (Hang on to poaching liquid)
250 g of fresh fine egg noodles
One bunch choysum, chopped into bite-sized pieces
200 g of bean sprouts, rinsed

The Sauce:
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 tablespoon kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Garnish:
1 tablespoon sliced spring onion

Accompaniment:
Two pickled green chillies sliced added to a small dish of light soy sauce

Light soy sauce & white pepper to taste.

Method:
Put to boil two large pots of salted water & the poaching liquid.

While waiting, make the sauce by combining the ingredients & stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

When the pots are boiling:
1. Add the noodles to one pot, stir to separate the strands. Once the pot comes back to boil again, the noodles should be cooked. Drain the noodles and stir in the Sauce.

2. Add the bean sprouts to the second pot of boiling water. Stir for ~10 seconds. That should be enough to blanch the sprouts. Drain them and set to one side.

3. Add the choysum to the boiling poaching liquid. Stir until the choysum is well wilted (should take less than a minute). Drain and set aside.

To assemble, dish out a serving of the egg noodles in soy sauce onto a plate. Add the chicken, sprouts & choysum.
Sprinkle chopped spring onion on top to garnish.
Serve with the side dish of green chillies in soy sauce. Add white pepper to taste.

NB: You can also use the dried egg noodles instead of fresh but you'll need to allow much more time for them to cook (fresh is faster). Follow the instructions on the packet.

After you have made it for the first time, you might want to adjust the proportions of the different soy sauces in "the sauce" to your own preferences as different brands can have different saltiness levels.

This time I've also sprinkled crispy onion as a garnish.

The prep.
Kon loh mee
https://flic.kr/p/26guBCC

The finished dish.
https://flic.kr/p/24BzcbU
Kon loh mee

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May 10th, 2018

01:08 pm: Fog
This morning the fog was so heavy a bit of dew condensed onto eyelashes while walking to bus stop.

Flights were delayed, diverted, or cancelled.

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May 4th, 2018

07:50 pm: Well played, New Zealand government.
The New Zealand government website 404 page has a map of the world...

...and New Zealand is missing from it.

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April 29th, 2018

10:58 am: Medical photo?
Now that the metalware has been removed from my knee, should I post a photo of the bits I got to take home?

ETA: So here is the metalware that used to hold my kneecap together. I got to take them home after extraction. They've been cleaned & sterilised (and also photographed).

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April 26th, 2018

05:57 pm: Restaurant noise
Restaurants are getting louder, and not just in America. I've noticed it locally. It's bad enough that there are some places I won't go back to because they're too loud.

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April 16th, 2018

10:06 pm: Also: did you see the one about the aquarium thermometer being used to hack a casino?
Yes, really

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09:36 pm: Biohacking -> computer hacking
Encoding malware in synthesized DNA to hijack computer that does DNA sequencing & analysis? It's not nearly as science fictional as it used to be...

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04:28 pm: Pēpi packs.
I love that the Māori version of the Finnish baby box is woven from New Zealand flax.

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03:28 pm: Cyborg no more
Surgery to get metalware out of knee done.

(It went well.)

Post-op recovery includes a very welcome tea & sandwiches (especially since I've been nil by mouth since last night's dinner).

20180416_114858
https://flic.kr/p/J5jcfs

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April 5th, 2018

06:45 pm: Recipe: Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket & prawns
So the last time I made this, I actually wrote down what I did. (I'd been making it for a while from memory so who knows how far it's diverged from the original recipe? It's a simple enough recipe that it's a regular part of my weeknight dinner repertoire.)

Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket and prawns
https://flic.kr/p/FSGWL8

Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket & prawns recipe below the cut...Collapse )

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March 31st, 2018

08:34 pm: You're a penguin
"You're a penguin"



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March 29th, 2018

04:04 pm: Memo to self
Never try to arrange same-day delivery of grapes from Marlborough to Waiheke on the day before a long weekend.

Again.


Because there is too little wiggle room for comfort. Any hiccups:

- flight delays,

- delays in groundcrew unloading plane,

- congestion due to heavy traffic on the afternoon before the start of a long holiday weekend (who would have thought?),

- ferry service oversubscribed because of crowds heading to the island for the long weekend, and extra freight being sent to feed & water aforementioned crowds meaning there might not be room for your stuff...

Any hiccups and the fruit doesn't make it to the destination and that is NOT GOOD.


(I think we might have managed to squeak it in but I'm holding off any celebrations until I get confirmation that the fruit have safely arrived at their final destination.)

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March 26th, 2018

02:19 pm: That Feeling When...
...the vineyards you were going to get fruit from get picked early, and they forget to tell you...


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(The weather changes, picking dates change. And if the rains are due too close to harvest date, picking grapes early is the better option. Rain increases chance of disease, swells the grape berries diluting flavours, and is generally undesirable close to harvest.

So if rain is forecast to fall close to harvest and picking dates are brought forward. And if rain is imminent, there is a rush to get the grapes picked.

And sometimes, not everyone is told about the change in picking dates.


These things happen.)

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March 21st, 2018

01:14 pm: Nets over grapevines
Nets over grapevines in a Martinborough vineyard.

It's vintage now and grapes are being harvested and turned into wine. The ripe grapes are especially attractive to birds hence the use of netting to keep them out.
https://twitter.com/SoonLeeNZ/status/976249451751751680?s=19

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05:08 am: New cryptocurrency udea
Fitbitcoin: the cryptocurrency that's generated by blockchaining workouts.

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March 20th, 2018

06:56 pm: Escarpment. Martinborough. New Zealand
https://twitter.com/SoonLeeNZ/status/975965488118247424?s=19

(Still haven't worked out posting pictures from phone)

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06:24 pm: Feeling especially socially awkward today...
*sigh*

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March 14th, 2018

06:44 pm: Recipe: Lemony mushroom risotto
Lemony mushroom risotto.
#vegetarian
https://flic.kr/p/243Xvfs
Lemony mushroom risotto

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March 11th, 2018

08:12 pm: It happened again!
Second day of skies clear enough that Mt Taranaki is visible from Mt Ruapehu at sunset.
https://t.co/FxDZVheTl6
https://twitter.com/SoonLeeNZ/status/972729675658149889?s=19

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07:43 am: Volcano sunrise
It's addictive watching the day brighten up with Taranaki visible in the far distance. https://t.co/ZLNlwBxWFQ

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07:39 am: Volcano sunset
That's Mt Taranaki in the distance. And we are looking at it from Ruapehu (another volcano) https://t.co/B5m2btaDmj

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March 9th, 2018

02:18 pm: No plan survives contact with fieldwork.
Woo! It's on!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXzx9AxVQAA2T1L.jpg
(This is Pinot Noir grapes, just about ready for picking)


For now I am in the lab helping to coordinate sampling efforts & holding the fort. But who knows where I'll be next week. We've already had to change plans twice this week as harvest dates for different vineyard blocks shift.

It is at once exciting, stressful and fun (for given values of 'fun').

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March 7th, 2018

09:01 pm: New Zealand's most expensive wine?
It's the White Diamond from Longview Estate which sells for an eyewatering NZ$1206 a bottle.

Last time I bought a bottle (a few years ago), it was for its novelty value and back then I thought NZ$30 was quite pricy for an unregarded grape variety. White Diamond is made from Niagara a North American grape variety that used to be more commonly grown in New Zealand. The wines made from it taste to me like grape bubblegum. It's a novelty wine, not something serious wine drinkers take seriously. So imagine my surprise when I heard that the price had leaped from NZ$30 to NZ$1206.

A search found this article from 2016 which had it selling for NZ$598. Looks like the new owners have identified a market in Chinese consumers willing to pay big money for an unusual New Zealand wine.

Maybe I should have stocked up on a few cases when it was still the relatively affordable NZ$30 a bottle.

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