glass_icarus | Recent Entries

Web Name: glass_icarus | Recent Entries






Woke up this morning to news that Agent Orange had, of course, tweeted about the "Chinese Virus." As if the amount of anti-Asian violence I've been hearing about through the few feeds I actually skim wasn't worrying enough. If I had a rocket launcher right now... *sigh*Some of my DJ friends are doing their thing on livestream in my dance community (ETA1: I heart zouk radio; ETA2: Going Back to Africa 1.0), but I'm curious as to what other stuff everyone's listening to right now. What's on your avoiding-the-plague-lists? :P I already mentioned I Use Tabo (a Swalla parody) elsewhere, because I can't do anything about the toilet paper panic-buying except laugh... and side-eye.I just got my mom's recipe for beef stew! Writing this down for future reference :)Ingredients:- ginger- stew beef- tomatoes (a lot)- a drip of honey** Optional:- soy sauce- vinegar (or wine)- five-spice or star anise- onions- black and/or chili pepperBoil a pot of water and blanch the stew beef. Discard the water. Saute ginger (and five-spice if using) in a frying pan, then add blanched beef to cook. Add tomatoes (and onions if using), cook down, then add just enough water to cover everything. (Vinegar, soy sauce, and star anise can be added here if using.) Add honey, then simmer on the stovetop for about an hour to finish cooking.Like all of my mom's non-baking recipes, the proportions here can be adjusted to your liking and seasonings can be added to taste. You can also experiment with other things you like - the optional ingredients are ones I specifically asked about because I currently have them or usually add them (I add pepper to nearly everything, I like spice). Using just the base ingredients is totally fine too though; my mom usually makes the base version of this stew and it's delicious. The trick is apparently to use REALLY A LOT of tomatoes, lol.Rather than look up a recipe (because lazy), I decided to just eyeball everything. According to my sister's research, the key ingredients are soy sauce, star anise (or five-spice, which includes it), and tea. I estimate that I used about half a cup of soy sauce and maybe 2 tsp of five-spice? for six hardboiled eggs, and enough water to completely cover them. I was loath to waste the good looseleaf my parents got from Taiwan, so I put in used black tea after I made several brews this morning.I cracked and only partially peeled the eggs, getting rid of the membrane under the peeled bits for better absorption. Leaving them in my rice pot (not cooking, but warming) for the day; I'm curious to see the results!The other day, I bought a 10lb bag of potatoes because it was cheaper ($4!) and more portable than the rice available in the nearby grocery. Friends, I've never tried to cook this much potato in my life! Does anyone have any go-to (and low-energy-friendly) recipes? I can only come up with so many variants of "bake" and "soup" on my own... /o\I finally managed to buy rice! and cooked a pot of it yesterday! Usually we laugh at my dad for NEEDING RICE in his diet at all times, but today I had a moment of sympathy. It's been literally months since I replaced my last bag of rice. Bringing some to work today was a huge mood-booster, despite my two abortive attempts at talking to our lab analyst and three useless phone calls trying to find someone who could answer my questions. Usually this stuff would put me in a pit of crankiness, but not today! I had my lunch and instantly found More Cope for everything.I'm used to listening to my physical cravings regarding what to eat; maybe I should start paying more attention to my mental energy levels as well.Palace/court life in NiF is one of the things I find endlessly fascinating about it. I continue to want More Ladies and More Jingyan at basically all times, but on this rewatch I also found myself getting stuck on Prince Ji, who is pretty intriguing in his own right! (spoilers &/or spoilery)A poetry month post at last! I haven't read much poetry in recent years, but this one feels very apropos to me right now.The Journey, by Mary OliverOne day you finally knewwhat you had to do, and began,though the voices around youkept shoutingtheir bad advice--though the whole housebegan to trembleand you felt the old tugat your ankles."Mend my life!"each voice cried.But you didn't stop.You knew what you had to do,though the wind priedwith its stiff fingersat the very foundations,though their melancholywas terrible.It was already lateenough, and a wild night,and the road full of fallenbranches and stones.But little by little,as you left their voices behind,the stars began to burnthrough the sheets of clouds,and there was a new voicewhich you slowlyrecognized as your own,that kept you companyas you strode deeper and deeperinto the world,determined to dothe only thing you could do--determined to savethe only life you could save.Happy Gregorian New Year!2018 was a rough year, both generally and personally speaking, but it wasn't without its bright spots. I'm not sure I have the energy to go through it all, but let's just say that grad school, zouk, and the random scraps of everything else in the rest of my life have all been exhausting and rewarding. My one-word intention (open) definitely helped me through it all. 2018 also brought lots of new experiences, especially relationship-wise. This thing with D hasn't been without its (many) challenges, and I'm still smarting from a snag we hit before the holidays. Even so, this is the first time my instinctive response was to hold on rather than to let go. I trust my gut, so I'm keeping my eyes forward and looking toward our next steps.I thought over a few words for 2019, but I think the one I'm going with is clarity. Clarity of mind and thought, certainly- yes, hello, proposal-writing that I must conquer- but also clarity of purpose, in my actions and decisions. Clarity of communication, in all my relationships. Clarity of emotion, because not running away from feelings is a constant struggle given my ingrained rationalist leanings, and my flight responses aren't effective anymore (if they ever really were).I think that's a big part of my wish for everyone this year as well: to maintain or find clarity in the messy uncertainty of things to come, along with the health, happiness, and better circumstances that I hope for.Super cold weather this week makes me want to bake, so I decided to play around with this chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe! Modified as follows:1.5 c all-purpose flour1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder3/4 c sugar (approximately)1 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt1/2 c lukewarm coffee (mine was instant and on the warmer side, oops?)1/2 c milk (I used my roommate's extra 1%)1/2 c creamy peanut butter2 eggssplash vanilla extract (I didn't measure this; 1-2 tsp?)I mixed the dry ingredients and then added in the wet until everything was combined, no separate-bowl-mixing because I'm too lazy for that (same reason I used my cake pan instead of my cupcake tin, lol). I embedded 4 chunks of Trader Joe's 70% dark chocolate into the batter before I put it in to bake. My devil oven means that I play temperature/bake time roulette every time, but my best guess for people with temperature dials that actually correspond to their oven temperatures would be somewhere around 40 minutes at 350F? Once the toothpick came out clean I crushed a couple of dried Thai chili peppers on top.Verdict: halving the sugar was appropriate for my fairly un-sweet tooth; however, next time I'll add the chili straight into the batter for a more infused (hopefully) spice kick. It could also use some flavor boosting on both the chocolate and peanut butter fronts- I like the lightness of the cake I ended up with, so I'll probably just embed more chocolate chunks next time. Straight replacement of butter with peanut butter apparently doesn't give the most peanutty flavor, so I could swirl in some extra peanut butter or try using chunky peanut butter? (You could also do a peanut butter frosting or just straight up spread it on top after the cake is done, but I'm not a big fan of frostings/icings/etc.) Hmm. Worth additional experiments!eglantiere asked me about my original writing! The short answer* is, I haven't pursued original writing in years and have never been very serious about it. Mostly it's been limited to poetry (based on rl inspiration) and fail-provoked personal essay-type posts. Nothing gets me ranting faster than immigration/race stuff, I'm just saying. :P My one (long-ago) attempt at original fiction I abandoned very quickly because it required more research, time, and energy than I could afford at the time.Now, 100% of my writing efforts are academic. I'm sure somewhere, some PhD students exist who retain their capacity for original non-academic writing during their degree, but I am not one of them. Speaking of which, it's back to work for me!*The long answer is more theoretical than real, since I'm not really sure what to expand on, so I guess if you have further questions just ask? xD Also, feel free to drop me a prompt if there's something else you'd like me to talk about!musesfool asked about my Katara feels! I spouted off about Katara (and my feelings about her feelings) once before, so I will try not to repeat myself, heh.Katara is the most mature person in the Gaang from the beginning to the end of the series, and that and her strong moral compass- she has enough empathy that she could manipulate anyone into anything, and enough compassion that she never will- mean that her growth curve is a lot less steep than everyone else's. Unlike the rest of the Gaang, she already knows and is confident in herself- emotions, values, beliefs, capabilities, potential, and all- and is unafraid to show it. The one major area of self-development she wrestles with is her anger, not because she doesn't understand it, but because she's afraid of how far she might go if she can't control it. Even then, her struggle isn't so much about anger management as it is the line between justice and vengeance. Katara doesn't want to cross that line because she recognizes what she'd become, and the parts of herself she would lose, if she does.The bulk of Katara's growth arc is figuring out her friendships with the Gaang. I don't mean to gloss over the more romantic moments she has, but they're not the main part of her storyline, and I for one really appreciate that. Katara is super grounded in her family and her place in the Water Tribe; between taking over for her mom and having goofball Sokka as an older brother, she's relinquished any little sister vibe she ever had (I say this as the older of two sisters, lol). She's spent so long doing How to Adult that she doesn't really remember how to cut loose and be a kid again, so it's an interesting contrast to Aang and especially Toph. Katara's meeting with Aang is the first time she gets to be playful again, but it's not the cornerstone of their relationship progression; she and Aang get along because they're both fundamentally people people. With Toph, who's had to hide her mischievous nature for so long and has Huge Parental Issues besides, Katara finding her way back to her inner child is literally half of their conflict resolution, not to mention what seals their friendship. For obvious reasons, her issues with Zuko primarily revolve around regaining/rebuilding trust, but Katara joining in on the collective teasing is what really lets him know that friendship status has been achieved. It's the cutest and most relatable thing. :Dtl;dr Every A:TLA character is my favorite character, but I have SO MANY FEELINGS about Katara and how she's the best! (Also, if there's anything else you'd like me to babble about, feel free to leave a prompt.)ALSO not a daily December meme post but !!!!!!! The DA4 teaser trailer is... really so small to provoke this amount of excitement, ahaha. Seriously though, the Dread Wolf story arc is DO WANT. Part of what I love about Dragon Age is its lore/codex; trying to puzzle out history and timelines and turning over the worldbuilding is one of my favorite things. Looking forward to new canon!For the daily December meme, sheafrotherdon asked me what my most and least favorite things about academia are. End of semester is a great time to get this one out of the way, I think!Least favorite first: I really hate how grad school/academia eats away at my emotional and mental health. I never felt this way during my masters program, so it's possible this is more PhD-specific? But oh man, in the immortal words of Aang, not fun. (details you may want to skip)I'm cynical about academia a lot, but my favorite thing- what brought me here and keeps me stubbornly fighting my way through- is the process of problem-solving and puzzling things out. I love brainstorming, sharing info, and unapologetically nerding with people who are in the same boat, whether or not we have the same areas of interest. It's often as (or more) frustrating as it is satisfying, but I find it inspiring to be around people with so much curiosity about the world and how things work.PS: if you'd like to suggest a topic for me to babble about, I'm still taking prompts!Since I'm having trouble updating/talking about things that aren't dance or school related, I figured I'd redo the daily December meme! Leave me a random topic and a date (optional), and I'll post about it sometime during the month. :)Inspired by a recent exchange with rydra_wong, I thought it would be nice to make a list of life-giving media content that's been helping me get by! I noticed upon my latest rewatch of Nirvana in Fire that the comfort reading/media consumption I do to cope with politics these days is distinctly different from the comfort reading/media consumption I do in response to general life stress. There's a specific flavor of schadenfreude involved in the former which leads me to look for plots involving political takedowns and reforms for great justice, for one thing, though I will also settle for characters resisting and/or getting justice in a less socially comprehensive sense. *g*My political coping list is much less extensive than my general comfort list, but here are a few things I've been leaning on: Nirvana in Fire/Lang Ya Bang - I would rewatch this show anytime for any reason because of the amazing characters, but it is especially satisfying as political coping because of Mei Changsu's beautiful takedown schemes (also, there is an explicit hierarchy of court corruptness being dealt with)! Captive Prince - similarly satisfying, but to a lesser extent. I love Laurent's plotting, but Mei Changsu eclipses him in terms of layers, let's be real. Black Panther - the most comforting parts of this movie for me are Shuri, Okoye, and Nakia, tbh. I love soft-hearted T'Challa, but those three are what I watch for these days. A:TLA - this is also a general comfort thing, but for political coping I like turning to the latter half of Zuko's character arc and, uh, pretty much every episode where Katara gets angry, because she's glorious when pissed off and never gets punished for it. I also like all the fights with Azula; they're quite cathartic for me! Kristin Cashore's Graceling series (er, I forget if that's the actual series name? but all three books!) - I like these because in addition to the various trash fires and takedowns, they don't shy away from the parts where everyone is also coping with the traumas involved during and afterward. There's a raw generosity and kindness in Bitterblue, especially, that I really appreciated post-November 2016. V for Vendetta - clearly explosions are not a solution to shitty government, but some days there's only so much bullshit I can take before I just want to watch it (fictionally) burn. The Matrix - same as above? xD The Handmaid's Tale - I started rereading a couple of weeks post-Kavanaugh, but it was a bit much then (also, I was away that weekend and got distracted by people). I think it would be good to revisit another day, though. Janelle Monae's entire discography - not only is she an incredible musician, her music videos (Many Moons, Tightrope, and Dirty Computer especially) are such amazing portraits of everyday #resistance. In the Heights soundtrack - maybe Hamilton would be more satisfying (I still haven't seen it), but literally all of this is immigrants surviving, thriving, and going about their everyday lives, and I desperately need more immigrant stories. (I would cite Allegiance too, if I owned the soundtrack!) By The Still Waters - I love and have been rereading this fic so much, because it is all about choosing and dealing with the consequences of your choices. Also OMG, what an incredible character piece! (Spoilers for Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition.) LOTR - for all those comforting Dire Moments with Frodo, Sam, Eowyn, etc., haha.What are the things you've been turning to? Any recs?Blue wave vs. gerrymandering battle: not as crushing as I feared! So, so happy to know that some real momentum has been achieved, including the passage of some great criminal justice measures- FUCK YES TO ENDING FELONY DISFRANCHISEMENT IN FLORIDA! Only allowing myself this short break to skim results before it's back to work for me, but consider this a cordial invitation to comment-party about the things you're celebrating! Candidates, ballot measures, close races, voting experiences, or anything else. (I for one am hoping for news or better yet, some proper stats, on the Great Slate races at some point.)I feel like prefacing this with a content note for US news/politics is... sad and unspecific, but it covers all my bases, really. /o\Today I have been USELESS thanks to the brain-explosion that was 45 announcing he'd like to dismantle US birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Neither his white nationalist leanings nor his complete disregard for the Constitution are a surprise, and legal scholars have been pretty clear on the utter ridiculousness that is the "argument" posed by the "subject to the jurisdiction of" phrasing; the SCOTUS ruling (United States vs. Wong Kim Ark)1 that upholds today's interpretation of birthright citizenship was made over a century ago. It's also a blatant pre-midterm attempt to drive far-right-leaning and other conservative voters to the polls. Coming on the heels of Pittsburgh2, which I have yet to find the words for? For me, at least, it's a notable grossness in a two-year string of trash fires.It's definitely a sign of our times that the low likelihood of support is no comfort to me. A president with no respect for the law- or anything or anyone else- clearly doesn't care if the means to his ends are legitimate; his public record of No Fucks to Give is, what, 20 years old now?So I can end on a laugh of sorts, have a link from the New Yorker (via a fb friend): Trump strips citizenship from children of immigrants, thus disqualifying himself from presidency1. WaPo: Birthright citizenship: A Trump-inspired history lesson on the 14th Amendment2. WaPo (guest post): Why the Pittsburgh shooter raged about immigration before attacking a synagogueReally appreciating the work Data for Progress is doing right now, though the critiques are also on point- why wasn't anyone doing this before?? I got excited upon seeing their new list of 8 women candidates and tossed another tiny donation in the ring in support of post-Kavanaugh rage.My impulse donating these days is pretty similar to my impulse buying (i.e., occasional emotionally-driven snap-decision-making). Hopefully it will have better and longer-lasting consequences!Making a note of my tiny political behaviors as rydra_wong suggested! Being registered in a blue county in a blue state, and having already submitted my absentee midterm ballot, I tossed a small donation to ActBlue's #GrabYourBallot list a few days back. This one includes Heidi Heitkamp and Beto O'Rourke. Other candidates whose blurbs caught my eye are Kyrsten Sinema (senate race) and Paulette Jordan (governor).Any particular candidates/races on your radar? I'd appreciate hearing about them if there are; it makes a nice change from my sporadic Twitter- and headline-skimming.123 456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930

TAGS:glass_icarus Recent Entries 

<<< Thank you for your visit >>>

Websites to related :
Discretion Advised

  You're about to view content that bestliar has advised should be viewed with discretion. To continue, you must confirm you want to view this content.

Aviation Safety Network >

  19-SEP-2020 - Silverstone Air Services Fokker 50 accident: A Fokker 50 suffered a runway excursion at Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport in Som

The largest free blueprint and v All our vector drawings are made in-house by our team of artists: they are unique, (almost always) based on official manufacturer d

Boats and yachts for sale. Boa

  Bavaria Cruiser 37 New 2020 Bavaria Cruiser 37 Style (3 Cabin Version) fitted with a Volvo Penta D1-30 (28hp) with folding propeller. Available for vi - Registered

  This domain is registered at Namecheap This domain was recently registered at Namecheap. Please check back later! This domain is reg

Swing and Lindy Hop in DC

  Welcome to!!Click Picture to Enter

About Parkhead History - Parkhea

  About Parkhead History This site is about the history of the Parkhead area of Glasgow. If you have photos of Parkhead old or new and would like to hav

BRS Golf Online Golf Tee Time

  BRS Golf, a division of GolfNow, Golf Channel and NBC Sports, is the leading provider of online tee time booking systems to golf clubs throughout UK,

Golfshake - Play More, Play Bett

  Play More, Play Better Golfshake is committed to helping you play more by providing great content to inspire you to get out playing and play better wi

Your guide to Scottish golf | Sc

  Subscribe to UK Club Golfer Latest Email Newsletter - Click Here to Register Featured Course Kirkintilloch Golf Club The opening couple of holes are


Hot Websites