Following my success with doing the zaru soba and the tempura, I went about attempting another favorite Japanese dish: karaage (Japanese fried chicken). I went to Youtube again for this, and I learned that the best meat for this recipe are boneless chicken thighs. Trust me, just the change of cut of meat made the dish I cooked closer to what we'd get at restaurants.
Here is the video I followed:
To go with the karaage, I made gohan (Japanese fried rice). I'm not sure how Japanese this really is, as it's basically the Nasi Goreng recipe i've been using for a while now. The difference is that instead of peas, we used a whole lot of edamame, which we found for the cheap at the nearby grocery.
More and more, I feel like I am trying to do something with this new dishes that I am trying my hand at. The girlfriend is of the opinion that I should probably write something about this. But this isn't something new in my life, not really. I've always been curious about how food is made.
Link to episode on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
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...so. That happened.
Crichton - Chaotic Good Bard
Crichton breathes chaos - so the alignment was pretty obvious. As for the character class: he's very into persuasion, negotiation, and trickery. He'll fight if he has to, but he'd rather look for a clever way around a problem.
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2. When Dark Matter and Killjoys started, I preferred Dark Matter of the two, but it's pretty firmly the opposite by the end of the season. Dark Matter just has too many microaggressions against Two-as-leader, and while it isn't exactly fond of rape threats, it came up enough for the show to lose points for it with me. Also, much as I like MOST of Dark Matter's crew, I liked One less every single episode, whereas D'Avin in Killjoys, who I initially also disliked, grew on me a fair bit. I mean, I like him less than pretty much every other named and main or recurring character, but I'll take him over One easily.
Both shows broke out the big guns for the finales (though I think the rebellion in Killjoys was a bit too background for the whole season to work the way they wanted it to in the finale). Killjoys is absolutely forbidden to open season 2 with sad music playing as the camera does a slowmo pan over the bodies of dead recurring characters (the show had it's chance with the "what's behind the door?" tension. It isn't allowed to pull anything like that.), and while I'm not pleased with the reveal of the traitor in Dark Matter, there aren't many ways that could have gone without my objecting.
Fingers crossed that both will get renewed.
3. Continuum is back, though, for it's fourth and final season. I wasn't big on the new future introduced towards the end of season 3, but we'll see how things go. If nothing else, I do at least trust the show to have a good ending. (Though I hope Kiera/Brad isn't end game.)
4.Years after Moon Embracing the Sun was the big Kdrama of the Moment, I'm getting around to watching it. I remember being moderately interested in it when it aired but not enough to watch it at the time, and that it seemed everyone either loved it, or hated it because everyone else loved it. It also came out in what seems to have been a bit of a Flower Boy craze in fusion sageuks after Sungkyukwan Scandal (another that i need to see, though most of my interest is Park Min Young) and it really shows.
I'm 8 episodes in and enjoying it, though in a somewhat passive way, largely because of my disinterest in the adult version of the main character. Kim Yoo Jung as Yeon Woo in the childhood (really early teens) part was really great, and I loved the character then, but Han Ga In as the adult Yeon Woo is rather...blank. I mean, part of it is because the character has amnesia, I think, but the acting is (IMO) rather bland. There have been a couple scenes where the character grabbed me, but they were exceptions, not the rule. There are a lot of other characters that I like, but it's hard for me to get invested when I don't feel anything for the female lead. I don't dislike her or anything, she just doesn't grab me.
Sseeing Kim Min Seo as Bo Kyung is a little odd, as she's also in Hwajung, where she also plays an evil scheming lady who wants to be queen. Though i'd say that, despite the type, the characters are completely different. I actually wouldn't have even realized it was the same actress because she looks and acts so different in the two series, but she has a rather distinctive face.
Speaking of faces, I don't know what casting was doing with the child actors, to a certain degree. It's like they actively sought to find young actors who bore a strong resemblance to the adult actors, then randomly assigned the roles without paying attention to which adults the younger actors actually resembled.
5. Fall shows start up again soon, though I'm not sure there are any new ones that I'll be checking out. Nothing grabbed me when I glanced through new shows a while back, but I might have missing something.
6. I rewatched the K Project anime as a refresher before season 2 airs, and also watched the Missing Kings sequel movie, which was pretty good, despite someohw managing to make Seri's skirt even shorter. I'm never forgiving the series for the reveal about Shiro's true identity, but I do still like it, mostly for the characters. I went ahead and watched the series dubbed and...most of the dubbing was ok, but Reisi and Fushimi's dubbed voices would have made me dislike the characters even if I didn't already have issues with them. (Reisi I would like if he wren't prone to manhandling prisoners and din't seem to enjoying showing off his powers to those weaker than him so much. Fushimi just annoys me. A lot.) I'll probably rewatch Noragami before the second season of that airs, too, though I watched the first season much more recently than my first watch of K Project.
In June of this year mentioned that Tama had died at the ripe old age of 16. Happily, as reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tama has been officially replaced by deputy Nitama.
A Japanese railway station famous for its stationmaster cat has appointed another feline as its replacement.
The station's previous cat, Tama, was mourned at a lavish funeral after she died from heart failure in June having patrolled Kishi station, south-west of Osaka, for eight years.
Tama quietly patrolled the station dressed in a custom-made cap and uniform and became a popular mascot who attracted tourists from across Japan.
The new cat — reportedly named Nitama — will take over where its much-loved predecessor left off.
The station hopes the new cat will continue to bring more visitors to the struggling local railway.
Likes: darker themes, angst (resolved or not), pining, unhealthy relationships, obsessive or codependent relationships, gallows humor, strong friendships, found families, canon-divergent AUs, use of canon elements (magic/Cabeswater/dream objects etc.)
Dislikes: fluff, curtainfic, futurefic where all the canon events are nicely resolved, total AUs (coffeeshop AUs etc).
I'm cool with sex of any level of explicitness for any of these pairings. I don't have any specific Do Not Wants or triggers.
I have a lot of feelings about these two. I love their codependence and the way Gansey looks out for Ronan to what can't possibly be a healthy degree. I'd love to see a fic where that catches up with him--where is Gansey's breaking point when it comes to Ronan? What if Ronan tried to push him there?
Some other thoughts:
D/s overtones (what if they just stumbled into this without really knowing it was a thing, or if it started platonically and then they realized they were into it a sexual way?)
How did Ronan react when Gansey and Adam became friends?
Pre-canon, prior to Niall's death, the calm before the storm.
These two...gah, they're right up there with Gansey/Ronan for me. I love the complexities of their relationship, the way Adam seems to vacillate between hating Gansey and loving him, wanting to be him and wanting to destroy everything he stands for. I'd love to see something dealing with the way his growing powers get tangled up with that. What about what he saw in the tree? And the party in The Dream Thieves--a missing scene from that would be cool, or an alternate take that sees the two of them fighting for slightly different reasons.
These three are just a big codependent mess, imo. You could write about them finding their footing as a trio, about the rockiness and feelings that crop up around it. I imagine there was a lot of tension around Adam's home life before that was resolved--what kind of conversations/arguments came out of that? How does Adam deal with his issues surrounding the socioeconomic differences between them?
How do they sort things out and come together? How does Blue upset the applecart, if at all? I'd love a story that gets into the messy parts of being a threesome, the jealousies, the hurt feelings. They're basically kids, they're not going to do any of this perfectly.
Okay, forbidden love is one of my ultimate jams, and Blue and Gansey's illicit drives and phone calls are like catnip to me. I can totally see them enlisting Noah as a middle man of sorts, like a proxy for the physical aspect of their relationship. Maybe the three of them do it once and fall into the habit, maybe they all fall for each other. Maybe Noah is interested in Blue and thinks this is his best shot at any kind of relationship, and Blue and Gansey can't bring themselves to put a stop to things.
Trash ship time!
Magical compulsions! Mind control! Necrophilia! I don't know! I just know that there is a high likelihood that Gansey is not going to be 100% in his right mind when he finally finds Glendower and that the chances of that going wrong somehow are also reasonably high. Feel free to go as dark with this as you want. I could also see some kind of Chamber of Secrets/Tom Riddle type situation happening, with Glendower compelling Gansey to find him For Nefarious Reasons.
I wrote the last of this story less than 24 hours before it went live, and I honestly have no idea whether it's any good. But hey, I finished it. And yay, Faith/Giles.
The Clockwork Circuit of the Stars (2099 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rupert Giles/Faith Lehane
Characters: Rupert Giles, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ritual Sex, Fuck Or Die, Slayer-Watcher Relationship
“So, Cliffnotes,” Buffy said. The table might’ve been round, but there was still no question which one of them was queen. “Slayer and watcher do the hokey-pokey, and the world keeps turning itself around.”
A long, thick, syrupy silence followed. Faith broke it by laughing, and everyone turned to glare. “What, like it’s going to be anyone except me and G?”
Rowlands also linked to another version of the video, this one featuring only pre-1969 clips.
I have already collected 90 recs there from fandom as different as Merlin (BBC), Sherlock (BBC), Stargate Atlantis, Hobbit, Star Trek, X-Men, Smallville and DCU. Sometimes I have added my own tags, especially when the author used them sparingly so people could get a better idea of the fic.