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    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
    [ dji ]
    9:41p :: (Show #463) Spring Impressions
    This week we finished our journey to the end of the new shows for this season. Join us, for another week, another show, with more otaku-tainment!

    Also #DFMPIA (Don't Forget Matt Pyson is Awesome!)

    NOTE: the show releases at midnight eastern time; Wednesday morning.
    Mostly food and an update (Jelly donut recipe)
    Wow! Salami, black olive and caper pizza is amazing! I'm definitely making this again!

    I'm going to give a presentation on how to cook blini for my Russian conversation class, since cooking is one of my hobbies (and that was a topic we covered in class). So, I'm going to try to make blini a few times between now and then so that I can have a better idea of what I'm doing. In the last week, I've had blini from two different people, and they were both quite different. My friend Anya's blini are big, about an 1/8th of an inch thick and really substantial. My grammar teacher also made us blini, and hers were paper thin. So, there clearly isn't only one kind of blini.

    Other than that, all is going well. Napping is helping a lot, so I'm less crazy than I was. Still no word from the Department of Labor, but the rental agency is going to go and hand deliver the check to the bank since automatic deposit wasn't working. It is warm here right now, and between the warm weather, our wonderful friends, all the great things to do, and not being horribly depressed because of strange exhaustion problems, I'm really really happy. A Russian download site is running an annual music contest with tons of music by mostly (I think) indie musicians. There are a ton of categories, and the whole thing seems really interesting. Voting isn't just done by ticking a box. I mean, you can, but your vote counts more if you justify it with your reasoning. And it counts more if you review all of the songs in that genre's section of the contest. I love this. So, I've told a musician that I like that I will listen to the songs for his genre and vote, and I'm really going to try to go through other genres and vote too. If I can pull myself together in time, I'll make a podcast or two about the contest, since there will be tons of good music that I'll be listening to.

    I really want to try out this recipe! The last one I tried by this person was fantastic, so I'm excited, as I've never really successfully made filled donuts.

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    Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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    Saturday, April 19th, 2014
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    Friday, April 18th, 2014
    [ theljstaff ]
    LiveJournal not affected by Heartbleed

    Dear users,

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    Thursday, April 17th, 2014
    Food Mostly
    Not too much new. I finally contacted our rental agency (the one that manages our house in Eugene), as we haven't gotten paid yet. The woman got back to us right away and said that they had inexplicably set our account to just accumulate money forever and not pay us. They were supposed to save up some money to pay for maintenance and property taxes, but they had way more than they needed. She said, "Oh, we'll pay you now." And when I asked if it would be direct deposit, 'cause that was what I told them I wanted originally, she said, "Oh, I need to get that info from you." They seem nice and seem to be managing the house okay, but they are so flaky when they are dealing with us. Supposedly, the money was going to be deposited yesterday, but I haven't seen it yet. I'll give them a couple more days.

    I've decided that since it is 10° C/50° F outside, I can wear summer dresses. It only kind of works, but I don't care.

    I find that I'm more moody again, so it is time for a nap before food shopping.

    I'm going to make пасха, the traditional Easter cheesecake-thing, for Пасха/Easter. I'm going to make the easy one on Sunday, but I'm tempted to try making this one next week. It has some kind of milk product that I don't know how to translate, but I'm interested in cooking with it. I am also reminding myself that I want to make brownies sometime soon, but I don't know exactly when. Most of the reason to make them is to feed them to one of my friends, so I'll have to see when he is free.

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    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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    Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
    [ dji ]
    7:52p :: (Show #462) Spring Impressions
    This week we continued our long journey to the center of the new shows for this season. Join us, for another week, another show, with more otaku-tainment!

    Also #DFMPIA (Don't Forget Matt Pyson is Awesome!)

    NOTE: the show releases at midnight eastern time; Wednesday morning.
    Recipe: Chili
    I really thought I had posted my chili recipe previously, but it seems that I haven't. Since a friend asked for it, here we go. I'll start out by saying that I hate overcooked tomatoes, so this is my plan to get that tasty "well blended" chili flavor without cooking the tomatoes for very long. Also, please note that tastes for quantities of ingredients vary, as do ingredients.

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    travel addendum
    I just realized that my feet are cold and that it's raining outside here. The weather in Chicago is in the upper 20s. However, it's going to be 87 today in Ontario. I packed my sweatshirt a couple days ago in case of a freakily cold evening in the mountains. However, now I need to unpack it for travel. Which means I'll have a big hole in my suitcase tetris. Poop.

    FML, right? *grins*

    *hugs for all*
    posting before my weekend starts
    Leaving for California in a few hours (yes, I know that people are going to kill me for finding an afternoon flight NOW and not in years previous... *grins*) so I thought I'd post some fun stuff. On a side note, one of the videos posted today on the lolcats site was of a Southwest flight attendant giving a funny presentation. The ones on my planes today are going to have a lot of pressure! *grins* Oo! And I got an email from Southwest today saying that they have a free app to watch movies and such while flying! I actually plan on doing a bunch of reading while aloft, but I did download the app just so I could check it out. Supposedly I can watch stuff for free, but we'll see if there are charges once aboard.

    First, a couple movies that looked good:

    Oculus which came out this past weekend

    and the new Zack Braff movie Wish I Was Here which comes out this summer. The trailer looks fun, but it doesn't give a sense of the storyline so I had to read the synopsis. I think this is the movie he did the fundraiser for to be able to make.

    Art Wolfe's can you find the animal photos:

    Once in a lifetime hockey shot from a pro:
    and from a lucky woman: (PS: I'm sure that the dealership put that truck up for grabs with the belief that they would get to take it home at the end of the night. Oops!)

    My cups spilleth over:

    Bravo, Haagen Dazs!

    Weiner vs Brain - Rubbers

    And then a bit of happiness from two older women who go on their first airplane flight:

    Happy Easter!
    Monday, April 14th, 2014
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    Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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    Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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    Thursday, April 10th, 2014
    A Brief Update, A Clever Plan, and Food
    All is going well here. My plan to nap more often is helping a lot with my moodiness. Yeah, just like if I was 5. I didn't think of it at first, as I could never nap in the US. I've been busy with lots of fun things, too. We went to overnight gaming not long ago. As we were leaving, some guy gave us a bit of grumpiness for speaking English (he grumbled, "This is Russia....", as we left), but other than that, we had a great night. Honestly, with all the crap the US spews about Russia, it is easy to be grouchy. Also, it was 5:30am. It is the only trouble we've had, and if it is the worst we get, that will be fantastic. At the end of last week, I think, Joel and I went to see Don Quixote (in play form). It was really fun! The whole set was covered in white fur. The actors were fantastic! Also, we got to see both my friend Sasha and a new friend of ours (who we met through Sasha). She is such a wonderful, sweet person. She speaks some English, and the three of us had a great time together. I went out two days ago to see La Traviata, which was wonderful. It was interesting to listen to it in Italian and read the "subtitles" in Russian. I know the plot and all of the music from the first act (although, I was able to keep from singing along). I had tried to watch a movie of the opera previously, and it just seemed to go on forever. Having actually seen the opera, I don't know how this happened, as the main character pretty much goes from not being able to have the guy she loves, to being married to someone else, to being dead in under an hour. The only weird part is the part that is always weird. The main character's lover is supposed to be a brash young man. He is always played by a kind of fat 40-year-old guy, though. It makes it so hard to believe his actions. Today, our St. Petersburg history class visited the main branch of the public library. It was amazing. Like heaven. So many old books! I did feel like I was at the beginning of Ghostbusters, though. Tomorrow, we're going to go here a fantastic band called Opa!, which I played on the podcast a while back. They play super fun, energetic klezmer (Jewish party music). That should be a great show. First, though, I need to do laundry and go to bed.

    I've come up with my plan for my next Soviet History paper. I'm going to watch movies from all of the decades of the Soviet Union about WWII and compare them to movies with the same theme made more recently. It should be _really_ educational. Also, it will take a lot of time, but I think it will be fun and interesting. For our discussion class, we are supposed to give a short presentation on the last day. I'm going to teach the class how to make blini (in Russian), since everyone says that they like them but don't know how to make them. It is super easy, and I can provide lots of visual aides, so it shouldn't be too hard for people to follow along.

    Now, it is time to sleep.

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    Monday, April 7th, 2014
    Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
    Wil Wheaton's nerd speech transcript and some other cool things
    Here is the text from Wil Wheaton's incredibly thoughtful and insightful speech at Denver Comic Con to a young girl who was being bullied at school:

    When I was a boy I was called a nerd all the time—because I didn’t like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, I thought school was really cool—and it hurt a lot. Because it’s never ok when a person makes fun of you for something you didn’t choose. You know, we don’t choose to be nerds. We can’t help it that we like these things—and we shouldn’t apologize for liking these things.

    I wish that I could tell you that there is really easy way to just not care, but the truth is it hurts. But here’s the thing that you might be able to understand—as a matter of fact I’m confident you will be able to understand this because you asked this question…

    When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you. It’s not about what you said. It’s not about what you did. It’s not about what you love. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad.

    They don’t get positive attention from their parents. They don’t feel as smart as you. They don’t understand the things that you understand. Maybe one of their parents is pushing them to be a cheerleader or a baseball player or an engineer or something they just don’t want to do. So they take that out on you because they can’t go and be mean to the person who’s actually hurting them.

    So, when a person is cruel to you like that, I know that this is hard, but honestly the kind and best reaction is to pity them. And don’t let them make you feel bad because you love a thing.

    Maybe find out what they love and talk about how they love it. I bet you find out that a person who loves tetherball, loves tetherball in exactly the same way that you love Dr. Who, but you just love different things.

    And I will tell you this — it absolutely gets better as you get older.

    I know it’s really hard in school when you’re surrounded by the same 400 people a day that pick on you and make you feel bad about yourself. But there’s 50,000 people here this weekend who went through the exact same thing—and we’re all doing really well.

    So don’t you ever let a person make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerds. You’re loving a thing that’s for you.

    link to the video:
    and to Wil Wheaton's webpost about it:

    A beautiful prank:

    Great concept for a zoo!

    Why I don't like to go out into crowds:

    Never lose your sense of wonder and desire to learn more:

    Stunt flier Peter Besenyei flies through the Corinth Canal:

    Best funny April Fools prank:

    Best prank:

    Weird Al's hotel experience:

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