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Thank God for electric kettles and English tea. I forgot to brew coffee this morning, and remembered with ten minutes to spare. Electric kettle boils water in under five minutes. Chuck obscene quantity of tea bags in thermos, allow to brew while heading to the subway. Am proper caffeinated for Black Friday retail work.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Moving 1250 miles away seems to have been a good first step towards that.
Chopsticks are so much easier to use once you grasp the concept that the inner chopstick should never move, only the outer chopstick. You are using the moving one to pin food to the nomoving one. I've been trying to teach my supervisor this, and she just don't understand. Meanwhile, I have a set of white and blue ceramic chopsticks, because these are basic silverware for things I cook, not disposable exotic wooden things.
Despite parents who never let me in the kitchen because they didn't trust me, I apparently can cook. Take chicken drumsticks. Can get two pounds for three dollars at Trader Joe's. Let sit in soy sauce for about 30 minutes. Rub with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Cook in teflon pan over medium heat with no oil, covered with a lid. Turn halfway through. Comes out amazing.
I think the smoked paprika is the important part.
Oh, shiznitz. The ex-roommate I like says the ex-roommate I don't like got arrested on something involving weed. Here't the thing: we don't do simple possession arrests for weed where I live. You get written a ticket for that. If cuffs are being slapped on, you either had saleable quantities, or it's something beyond just having weed. He done borked up. And I don't know my new roommate. He only comes here to sleep, it seems, and he doesn't like to talk. Which works, since we never get on each other's nerves.
I made my own sauce to dip katsu in. It's not katsu sauce, but it's good. Start out mixing, like, one part honey and two and a half parts soy sauce, add a couple splashes of orange juice, some orange peel, and a good sized dose of smoked paprika. The sweet balances out some of the salty and the paprika handles the rest, and the smokiness adds a great complexity. Next time, I want to see how leaning on the orange juice instead of the honey works. Then again, I'm not sure if going heavy on the citrus in a smokier sauce is a good idea.
I don't have a yard. Or anything else involving gardening.
The more I think about Chicago Fire, the more I realize that the deputy chief (portrayed by the show as prime a$#~%@* #1) is correct to be critical of Bowden, Severide is not fit for command, Dawson is absolutely not fit for firefighting duty, and Bowden made a serious mistake in allowing the new kid a second chance.
Professor: In Southeast Asia, you see a large mix of religions. There was Hindu influence from India, as well as heavy Buddhist influence which came a bit later on. The Europeans brought Christianity later on. Oh, and between that there was Muslim influence. Speaking of that, here's a quiz question. What-
Professor: Yes, that is correct.
Clark Gable wrote:
That's some straight up comic book supervillian stuff right there.
That was a mood whiplash. Public transit was totally backed up for police activity at Union Square, so I did some shopping at work for a bit until it cleared and had a nice cable car ride. They recently designated most of Powell a public transit only street, and the cable cars are running like a dream. Quieter, too. Good mood. Then I find out the police activity at Union Square is because the police were on alert as a result of 130+ people getting killed by terrorists in Paris.
Freehold DM wrote:
Because I drank it all. And then a bottle of sake. And I'm not hungover, or at least only minorly hungover. I can't actually differentiate a hangover and a caffeine headache.
I drank all the wine. The whole bottle. And I'm still coherent. And can still play Guitar Hero. Not Rock Band, though. Rock Band is b+!#*!+% hard compared to Guitar Hero. Or I'm drunk. I dunno. How come I can spell and talk straight? Do I need to break into my beer and sake stocks? But they maybe I can't play Guitar Hero.
All I really want to know
I swear that I all really want to know
What I really want to say, ah baby
What I really want know, ah baby
I love this song, but when you pay attention to the lyrics, the message is kinda screwed up.
In fact, scratch kind of. It's basically "My girlfiend cheated on me, so I'm gonna get a gun and murder the dude she slept with, then I'm gonna beat her.". Not exactly a positive message. Still love the song, though.
I finished the listed songs in my gig, and the encore popped up. I was like "I wonder what song I'll get" and it was Hotel California. That's, like, my favoritest song, and I didn't even know it was in Guitar Hero!
And if I knock out two songs in this next gig, I get to play Santeria! Aw yesh!
Buying all these Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles was an awesome idea. Used ones are marked down so much, I paid, like, 20 bucks for 7 titles, and Gamestop threw in a free guitar controller because it was layig around the back room and they don't actually sell those anymore. I have so many songs available across all the games I own. I got Rock Band 1, 2, and Beatles (I freakin love that band, despite only being 24), Guitar Hero III, World Tour, and 5, and Band Hero. Eventually I'll buy Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero Metallica. I probably won't ever buy Aerosmith or Van Halen. Maybe Rock Band Green Day.
I'm not getting anythin done right now. I'm certainly not getting much done tomorrow, since I'm moving to the next apartment building over and have a ton of stuff. I should work on research papers, but the library is closed today, and I never get stuff done at home. Like now. I'm drowsy from a hearty meal of homemade pork katsu with honey soy sauce and hash potatoes, and I'm playing smooth songs on Guitar Hero. Last song was The Joker (Some people call me Space Cowboy, some people call me the Gangster of Love...). Taking a coffee break from playing right now. When I finish digesting the food and have more energy, I kinda want to get the sake out and play something more energetic.
I really should be doing schoolwork.
Quite often, people forget that inhabited North America is generally lower latitude than Northern Europe. Montreal is the same latitude as Venice and Milan, and Toronto is the same latitude as Florence. Chicago? Rome and Barcelona. New York City? Madrid and Naples. San Francisco? Athens (incidentally, also Seoul). London is north of any major Canadian or American city except Edmonton, as are pretty much all of Ireland and Scotland, Berlin, Amsterdam, Prague, and Warsaw. Paris and Zurich are further north than any major American city (though below Vancouver). The reason for this is the warm ocean waters of the gulf stream make Europe quite warm for its latitude by influencing weather patterns and surface temperatures.
This concludes our lesson.
I did some writing for Pathfinder today. Still haven't done any studying :P
What I wrote was in response to a question over at the Playground about how to handle fantasy counterpart cultures, which I use, and it let me hash out some basic stuff about my main country in my setting:
Spoiler:I bolded my favorite part. I like the idea of big city family apartment buildings, where the assumption is that each tenant group has two or three adjacent units, and you remove the interior doors between them when they are rented out, turning a few smaller apartments into a bigger home fit for an extended family.
DO: Try to strike a balance between familiarity and change with your cultures. A fantasy counterpart culture should recognizeably resemble it's real world equivalent, but should also be different in some respects.
I'm trying to hit this with my nation of Vendalia. On the basis of things, it is supposed to be a counterpart of America west of the Rockies, including Hawaii. However, it has it's differences. It is an independent country, yet is also a former colony. I went with Spanish and then British. It has four major population corridors, roughly comparable to Los Angeles-San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Portland, and Denver (this region is much more heavily populated than the real Denver is). There are major cities outside these areas, but a good three quarters of Vendalia lives in one of these four corridors (note that there are somewhat rural areas within these corridors). That's pretty similar to the real American West. Yet Vendalia's land use patterns are different. Specifically, Vendalians build in a much denser fashion. The classic city looks almost Parisian. I have two alternate universes for Vendalia so that I can have one be Eberrontech and one 20th century tech with magic, and the second gives Vendalia the automobile. Vendalians don't build their cities around the automobile like the vast majority of the United States, however. Suburbs are built around streetcar, bus, and rail lines, and the number of Vendalians who own a car but rarely use it or don't own a car at all is very high. Explaining why would get into politics not allowed on this forum, however (Though I can say that Vendalia, unlike America, is not a federation of largely autonomous states, it is one centralized state, and this is evident through the whole structure of government, and therefore urban planning and infrastructure.). That said, outside major population corridors you very well may need a car to have any sort of mobility. There isn't a whole lot of infrastructure out in the boonies, but there are rural towns out there. The point is that the climate, terrain, and in many ways history and culture is as the real American West, but the urban land scape looks different, and there are reasons within Vendalia's history and culture that explain why it looks different. This is good.
Another thing one could do with a heavily immigrant and multicultural fantasy counterpart culture like Vendalia is play around with those cultures a bit. For example, much of Vendalia was a Spanish colony at one point, just like California and the Southwest. However, Italians discovered and settled the SF Bay Area, with the Spanish just ruling the roost (Conditions in Southern Italy favored emigration much more than conditions in Spain.). Southern Vendalia was, as a Spanish colony, more Italian than it was Spanish. Yet outside the Bay Area and the slave plantations where the natives were trapped, there weren't many Europeans at all. This doesn't really change until after the British nick the land and combine it with their northwestern holdings to create Vendalia. Lots of tension arises between the mostly Italian Mediterranean peoples and the Gaelic-Scandiavian colonizers. This persists to this day in the Bay Area. Not to mention that Gaels and Scandinavians don't necessarily get along all the time. Then immigration opens up, and we get lots of Mexicans, Spaniards, Italians, Greeks, Turks, Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese. Especially East Asians. The Asian and White populations are almost at parity with each other (incidentally, that's about the current situation here in San Francisco). From a social perspective, the "primary" ethnic groups are Northern European, Mexican, Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, and East Asian. That Natives aren't on that list is a major point of contention and dissatisfaction. Unlike America, Vendalia as a whole lacks a clear racial majority. In the modern day, however, these traditional immigrant groups have tapered off, to be replaced by South Asians, Southeast Asians, and West Africans. So, ethnically it still looks like California in many ways, but also isn't the same. Rather than being part of a superpower, Vendalia is a regional power closely allied (both politically and culturally) with two world powers, Britain and Japan, which causes tension, because Britain and Japan are reluctant allies with each other and have quite the rivalry. That Vendalia considers both close (and not in the least reluctant) allies can sometimes be a point of contention, and when the two quarrel Vendalia can end up caught in between.
Culturally, Vendalians still do American West (or at least Californian and Cascadian) things, like lionizing cowboys, considering surfing a major activity, making lots of movies and TV shows and exporting them, obsessing about high quality food (seriously, us Californians are weird about it, and I don't think Portland and Seattle are much better), loving outdoor activities, and lot of other superficial things. However, there are differences. Vendalia is historically British, and talks like it. You go to hospital (and you don't pay them), go on holiday, call them crisps and chips instead of chips and fries, ride to work on a tram or an underground (and always remember to mind the gap), and such. You do have your own slang, though. You probably say dude a lot, call a locomotive a horse, you usually call cowboys vaqueros, you call American style biscuits sticker scones and eat them with coffee (if you had tea, you would eat sweet scones), an American style soft cookie is a chewy biscuit and is primarily a northern thing, you use the word crisped to refer to either fried food or something that's been burned, ho or ho there is how you get someone's attention (as opposed to hey or oi), a coyote is an unethical business person or politician, you know and use quite a few Japanese words and a few Chinese, Greek, and Turkish ones, you probably use surfer slang if you live near the coast, and if you are from the south you say ciao instead of hello and goodbye and use Italian and Mexican slang commonly even if you aren't actually of Italian or Mexican ancestry. The British would find Vendalian accents rather casual and their word choice informal, and note that southerners speak a good bit faster than northerners. To a Vendalian, dressing up really nice is slacks, a monochrome botton up shirt, and maybe a tie, and a normal office environment would show a lot of jeans, henleys (very common shirt style in Vendalia), and polos. Some places are looser, but, while wearing shorts and flip flops to the office is a common stereotype of southerners, it is a minority of office jobs that actually allow that. Being asked to wear slacks to an office job every day would be quite weird and either British or northern sounding to a southerner and uncommon but not rare to a northerner. Northerners call southern work ethics lazy and southerners call northern work ethics hardass, while the British think they're all lazy, but those are just stereotypes. Denverites are southerners, but often resent that lable. Other southerners call them a bunch of vaquero obsessed loons who live in cities or suburbs while acting like ranchers, despite having no idea what to do with a horse. Denverites often think everybody else is soft and lazy, and resent everybody else assuming they are all reactionary and poorly educated. Compared to the British, Vendalians put more emphasis on extended family, with adult children often living at home for a while, even after getting full time employment. This is especially noticeable in the south, where you often don't move out of your parent's home until marriage (if you never marry, you might switch from your parents supporting you to you supporting your parents as they get older while staying in the same home, or you might move out as you approach middle age). In the south, it is expected that the elderly move in with their children after retirement or when they become widowed, and live in grandparents weild a lot of influence in childrearing. That said, Vendalia is also a dense country with a high rate of apartment and condo living, and the phrase "living with my parents" or "living with my children" very often means that you live in the apartment or condo next door or at least on the same floor, not that you actually live in the same housing unit. As a result of this system, it is common to see apartments and condoes that have interior doors to the units next to them so that families with adjacent units can treat multiple smaller units like one big family unit. In the north, this is less common, though certainly not unheard of. Round the Denver area, people are expected to be more independent, and children tend to move out sooner. The elderly do still commonly live with their children, though.
So, basically, it's good if a counterpart culture has something to contrast it with whatever culture it came from, but the similarities should still far outnumber the differences.
>Is signed up to get texts from Muni (public transit agency) about any transit delays
Despite the name, cheesecake is not a cake. It is a pie. This is because it is a crust with filling. Were it a cake, it would have no crust.
It gets better. Apparently, the university wouldn't give the lawyer any information, and the lawyer didn't even mention the possibility of legal action. Just asked a few background questions they wouldn't answer. Judging by how fast they emailed me promising a new room, it seems they went directly from there into full blown ass covering mode. Which works. I can't actually afford to pay a lawyer to come up here. Or file a lawsuit. I don't even think I have grounds to sue. It is kinda funny that he didn't even have to threaten to sue them or anything to get them cooperating, though.
I have a couple emails, but I prefer to do my complaining to staff face to face so I can't be ignored.
That's a UC. Some of my classes aren't UC transferable, only CSU. I don't have enough units to apply to a UC.
In other news, I'm reading the description of disturbing the peace, and it sounds like you can't typically write a noise violation up under that if you haven't already requested that the noise stop. Especially when you aren't in a public space. Good to know when I go to court.
I'm going to them again with this, but I've honestly been getting the impression that there isn't even anywhere to move us to. Housing is in a massive space crisis. Then again, now the cops are involved, so they may well feel like they need to act. Honestly, I'm seriously considering dropping out at this point. I hate this university. Housing is a crap show, my professor is a condescending, patronizing ass who demands we drop everything and cater to his class and his class only, I don't really know anybody here, and most students seem like they are only here because they got rejected from where they actually wanted to go. I'm debating whether this place is even worth the effort.
I got a citation. My roommate was being angry again, this time with "I'm going to play music really loud at 11:30 at night, and turn it up louder every time I'm asked to turn it down". After a while of this, I got up and unplugged his speaker, he got all pissed and started screaming at me for touching his stuff, and I told him to shut up and quit keeping everybody awake and went to the other room to avoid him. He starts cranking the music again, right as university police show up on a bajillion noise complaints. I told them he won't turn his music off and is keeping me awake, and he says that's a lie and I'm the one trying to keep everybody awake because I'm being a child. The cop seems not to believe either of us and writes us both citations for disturbing the peace. I'm so happy right now. I get to go to court and probably pay a fine I can't really afford and all that stuff, and I didn't even do anything. And my roommate's in an even worse mood now.
I need to drop some information from my Sixties meets Eberrontech setting, because I need to post it somewhere and I'm not ready to incorporate it into a thread yet. We've established that, this being Sixtiesesque, there are many social justice movements. Including those involving the Dwarves, which requires some background on what exactly is going on with Dwarves.
Dwarves have historically been slaves, by design of the Celestial Bureaucracy. Unlike Orcs or Goblins, they were rather high ranking and valuable slaves who were well taken care of and often wielded considerable personal and political power, but they never had much choice in what they wanted to be in life. A Dwarf was an engineer, an architect, an alchemist, a wizard, a smith, a mechanic, a bookkeeper, or some other technically focused person, and in times of war a Dwarf was either specialized support or elite heavy infantry with similar prestige to a knight. A Dwarf certainly wouldn't be allowed to not pursue some sort of technical or mathematic vocation, and, while typically well provided for, they didn't have wages or the ability to choose employers. A Dwarf who just isn't a good technician was of little value, and was likely in for a life of menial labor with the Goblins (Where Dwarves and Goblins both look down on you as s$~&) unless they could at least fight, in which case they could look forward to being owned by the Celestial Army.
With the fall of the Celestial Bureaucracy, racial slavery is no longer allowed, but the expectation persists among both Dwarves and members of the other races that a Dwarf should be of few words, dedicated primarily to work, hesitant about change, some sort of technical specialist, and content to do what their parents and their parents before them did in life. Esentially, Dwarves are expected to be highly trained and specialized builders, with little discernable personality or interests outside of their work. Sometimes it feels like Dwarves are expected to be tools as much as people. Problem is, a lot of Dwarves don't want to accept that. They aren't slaves anymore, and they should be free to do what they want without society trying to shoehorn them, and they should be able to show emotion and honor their parents without copying their parents. Some Dwarves take this farther, however, and won't take any direction from anybody, doing what they want, when they want, and screw anyone who doesn't like it. Other Dwarves take the opposite position, that Dwarves are technicians content with their family's lot in life and there is no need to go about trying to change everything. In fact, those who do what change are the greatest threat to Dwarven culture and livelihood that exists today. Throw in Goblin culture being torn about whether to hate Dwarves or not, considering that Dwarves were traditionally the field overseers of Goblin slaves, and Dwarven culture being torn about whether Goblins are dumb, self destructive brutes or not, and you have the mix for a pretty heated culture war.
Except when they are being infuriating. Like that server who asked a question and got fired on the spot. Or Samy stealing tips illegally and brazenly admitting as much on camera, yet not getting investigated by the Board of Labor despite the complaints flowing in like water. Or a server accepting a tip instead of giving it to Samy, and not only getting fired, but having Amy smugly saying she's gonna call the cops on her for "theft" even though that tip was legally the server's. And the Board of Labor knows damn well that happened and has video evidence, and still does f$** all.