podcast update, volume five

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:51 pm
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Most Notorious is a true crime podcast hosted by Erik Rivenes, who has a different guest for each show. Rivenes interviews them and occasionally adds some background information, but the guests do most of the talking so the success of each episode really depends on the personality of the guest. Plus they're interviewed remotely, so you often have audio noise to content with. I listened to parts of three episodes, but found it unengaging.

Next I tried Unsolved Podcast, which is independently produced and hosted by Heidi Galore, who has a background in law enforcement. The episodes are short—less than twenty minutes—lo-fi, and pretty bare bones. Like the title suggests, these are unsolved crimes. I listened to one, and Galore's voice has a muffled character to it, like trying to talk through a retainer. Thankfully, there was a transcript of that episode—with linked sources—on the website, but there are only seven episodes up, and some are just audio with no transcript or sources. Galore offers basic facts and some speculation about the crime, but I've realized I like the mystery part of true crime as well as the storytelling aspect, and I just need more drama in my storytelling.

And then, in an abrupt left turn into no murder—but maybe some ghost stories—is Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia, that's Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder and her friend Alie Ward. This is a casual, funny podcast. I already loved Georgia from MFM, and Alie Ward is also cool and likes science and bug facts. Georgia and Alie usually have a guest and they play slumber party games where they ask the guest their favorite embarrassing snack, what they're reading, or if they've ever seen a ghost. It's light and fun, and Georgia and Alie are comfortable with each other and easy to listen to. The show is currently on hiatus, but has a back catalogue of nearly a hundred one-hour episodes, so there's plenty to listen to. I don't even recognize most of the guests, probably because they're from podcasts I don't listen to, but there are a few guests I do know, like Tony Hale, James Urbaniak, and of course Karen Kilgariff, who tells a ghost story so quietly upsetting it nearly made me cry.
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In the little bit over a year since I last did this the news got of course even worse, and yet I still seem unable to just limit myself to looking at fluffy animal pictures.

Still with ticky boxes for everybody who can't decide what to be most anxious about:
Poll #18679 why ratcreature should only look at pictures of fluffy baby animals, 2017 ed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?

View Answers

nuclear armageddon! started intentionally by horrible politicians
6 (28.6%)

nuclear armageddon! but brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
5 (23.8%)

the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes
3 (14.3%)

no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
5 (23.8%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by an ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
4 (19.0%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following Brexit in particular
1 (4.8%)

I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by some rampaging "alt-right" mob that felt slighted on the internet
4 (19.0%)

the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
4 (19.0%)

climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
8 (38.1%)

climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
6 (28.6%)

I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
3 (14.3%)

I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by the above (or other) ecological disasters
3 (14.3%)

I won't die from any of the above disasters directly, but while fleeing from it
2 (9.5%)

terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
1 (4.8%)

terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
0 (0.0%)

my government's malicious policies will kill me without them bothering to label me as "terrorist"
6 (28.6%)

crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
0 (0.0%)

crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
0 (0.0%)

a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
1 (4.8%)

killer robots will get me
1 (4.8%)

killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
4 (19.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
0 (0.0%)

I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
1 (4.8%)

and so on and so forth... (civilian nuclear disaster! genetically modified crops! (lack of) bees!...)
7 (33.3%)

bitchin' party 2018

Aug. 10th, 2017 12:56 pm
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Hey, folks, Bitchin' Party is in the works for 2018. It's a small fan-run con held in Issaquah, Washington, and it'll be running April 13-15 this time. Traditionally it's been a con dedicated to due South and its extended Canadian enterprises, but interests shift over time, and the con tends to go where fandom goes—panels are proposed by participants and then voted on—so you tend to get whatever's hot that year, like MCU or Hamilton, and then there are also technical panels on things like writing or podcasting. There's a con suite to hang out in, a vid show followed by a dance party, and often private room parties, too. As far as the attendants go, there's usually a strong podcasting presence, as well as writers, knitters, vidders, and what I can only describe as nail polish fandom.

The con's pretty low-key, and I know in years past local folks have been surprised to hear it was even happening, so here's a heads up. Check out [community profile] bitchinparty if you want more info.

Or, come talk to me if you have questions. I've been to the last (*counts on fingers*)...four? (*checks email for receipts*) four. There's a new group of con organizers this year, so things won't be exactly the same, but it's in the same place, with a lot of the same people, so I imagine the core of the thing will have the same attitude behind it.

ah failure, tastes like pound cake

Aug. 8th, 2017 05:45 pm
runpunkrun: lex luthor biting into an apple, text: A is for appetite (a is for appetite)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
So, I finally made pound cake, and while it wasn't an unmitigated disaster, it was close.

The good news is:
  • tastes delicious
The bad news is as follows:
  • overflowed the pan
    • even though I used a one-pound loaf pan
    • as specified, ridiculously, by the recipe
  • the edges burnt
  • the middle sank
  • and started to foam
  • I repeat: it started foaming when I poked it with a toothpick
It can no longer charitably be called a "loaf." Even "cake" is pushing it at this point. But it does taste good, and it'll be great under some nectarines where you can't see it how hideous it is.

It's a good thing I'm not feeling fragile right now. I was momentarily bummed out, but whatever. It's so messed up that it looks like it was staged. Like someone needed an example of a horrible kitchen disaster and this is what they came up with. It's kind of hard to do anything but laugh. Plus I smartly put a sheet pan under it to catch all the drips while it baked; the overflow is totally edible, and I didn't set the kitchen on fire. So really, I'm ahead. I have cake(ish), and no fire.

And next time I'll use a bigger pan, Kyra.
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Recently I often fail to add fanfic I've read to my Pinboard bookmarks, but still manage to click the bookmark button on AO3.

I feel like there ought to be some (semi-)automated way to get my AO3 bookmarks into a format that Pinboard could import. Ideal would be if canonical tags became Pinboard tags but not the Tumblr-style tags and it could recognize duplicate bookmarks already in my Pinboard.

Does anyone know of an AO3 add-on script or such that would harvest and reformat your bookmarks there into a bookmark file that then could be used by Pinboard? I can't be the only fan who'd find that useful.

a twelve volume series

Aug. 6th, 2017 02:20 pm
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me: I feel like a failure
mom: is it because you didn't make pound cake?
me: ...no, but I'll add that to the list.

She was so quick with that, you guys. Like she didn't even have to think about it. Just bam—Reasons You're A Failure, Chapter One: You've Been Talking About Making Pound Cake For Three Days But Haven't Actually Done It

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