tielan: (SGA - conversion)
Thursday, April 18th, 2019 11:24 am
The down side of a lot of American recipes is that they have 'shortcuts' that aren't available in other countries.

Graham cracker crumbs? Nope.

Sugar cookie mix? Nope.

Cherry pie filling? Nope.

And then once you add up all these NOPE items, the calculation begins: can you substitute with something else?

TBH Graham cracker crumbs is the easiest thing for me to substitute. The Arnott's NICE (pronounced like the Italian city) biscuits are our preferred cheesecake crumb crust. But Sugar cookie mix? Those may be available, but not easily and I wouldn't know where to start. Same with cherry pie filling - would blended, pitted cherries do? How liquid would it need to be?

Pumpkin pie filling? Don't make me laugh. You're not even talking about blended up pumpkin flesh, you're talking about pumpkin-flavoured custard which is an entirely different kettle of fish!

A stick of butter? Welp, that's unhelpful in other countries. As it turns out a 'stick of butter' is about 100g. Probably closer to 110g.

tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 08:41 pm
The Other Side Of Infinity is one epilogue shy of complete. I'll post that on Friday or the weekend. eta: I decided I couldn't be arsed waiting to put it up. Just post it, all done.


the other side of infinity (84281 words) by tielan
Chapters: 26/26
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Nick Fury & Maria Hill, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes & Wanda Maximoff, Maria Hill & Jane Foster, Peter Quill & Groot & Mantis & Drax, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers, James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Tony Stark, Nick Fury & T'Challa, Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson
Characters: Maria Hill, Nick Fury, T'Challa, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes, Peter Parker, Stephen Strange, Jane Foster (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Brunnhilde | Valkyrie (Marvel), Hela (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Mantis (Marvel), Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Carol Danvers, Hulk (Marvel), Natasha Romanov (Marvel), Clint Barton, Thor (Marvel), Ayo (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Not Avengers: Endgame (Movie) Compliant, Post-Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (Movie), action-adventure, Canon-Typical Violence, Infinity Gems, Infinity Gauntlet, Sacrifice, Fan theories

On the other side of the moment, those turned to dust may no longer be 'alive', but they're damn well not helpless.

This is the story of how they saved themselves.


And I feel like right now I need a bit of 'flop' space for my brain to recover from writing and rewriting and stressing and ARGH. It won't get much time, for that, though. I bought my ticket for Endgame, next Wednesday 5:20pm. Expect copious ranting around 9pm AEST.

Not going to look at the release. Not going to check out spoilers. On the other hand if the movie is actually about how Maria gets to save the world with all the other Snaptured people...

*crickets chirp*

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Frankly, I just want to make it out of this fandom alive.
tielan: (SGA - Teyla 2)
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 03:24 pm
That was a ridiculously easy cup of tea to make and drink.
tielan: (C&H: &*@#!)
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 09:38 am
A moment to rant about politics and inertia.

we're not a dictatorship just yet )

tl;dr: Politics is fucked but we can unfuck it, however it will be slow. Unfortunately, people are lazy and they'd rather throw tantrums about how there is no Mr Perfect Party for them to take them away and give them Democratic Orgasms all day long, and they simply can't settle for anything less, darling, it's not true to themselves!
tielan: Avengers team (AVG - team)
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 08:11 am
Plastered all over the train station exits.
tielan: (Default)
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 07:24 am
1. shuck corn and store
2. dry blue pea blossom
3. sew mum's laptop case <- IMPORTANT GET DONE BEFORE WEEKEND
4. Put up noticeboard posts against front fence.
5. Put in holiday time for the last week in May. They haven't said they're renewing the contract yet, but still. Holiday time for the last week in May.

To be added to as the day goes on.

I wonder if I could get myself out to the pool/gym tonight instead of hockey. It won't be the same - not even close - but it would be something. Mind you, I'd probably do better with a gym class of some kind, but...

I just realised: having short hair for swimming = WINNING.
tielan: (Angel)
Monday, April 15th, 2019 09:25 am
I am starting to sell my collection (again), slowly destashing myself of the excess, and putting the rares for ebay sale.

Including Voodoo Queen, MB: Underpants, and Skadi.

Part of the reason for this is because I've discovered that I have maxed out my credit cards. Which is mighty awkward given that EVERYTHING seems to be due right now. Let's just say that it's not pretty, and it will continue to be not!pretty for another month or two.

Query: does anyone know how offers on Ebay work now? I haven't used ebay for a few years, and tbh it looks like a lot of bother and advertising.
tielan: Hulk angry (AVG - wtf)
Monday, April 15th, 2019 07:36 am
I was doing mods to the last two chapters of other side of infinity and the USB got corrupted. I have most of it - about 99%, but...the really good mods that I made - that I was satisfied with are gone.

Can't find it on autosave, can't find it in the trash... Hoped it might be on the work computer (it's not). The latest uncorrupted file I have is Friday morning. Which is before I made all the mods, completed the story and was utterly, totally happy with the text.

And, of course, now it's gone.

So this morning will be some rewriting while I'm waiting for them to work out what I'm doing next here. Rush rush rush, then mad waiting.
tielan: (Default)
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 09:09 am
If there is an entire aisle available for you to walk in, at least 1.5m wide, why do you need to walk close enough to my chair that you kick it?


The tea shop downstairs has some truly beautiful Russian Caravan, Lapsang Souchang, and a blend called 'Cream' which has vanilla and caramel scent to it.

But it is $20 for 120g, and $30 for 200g. A little more pricey than I'd like...


Last night, I discovered my credit cards are both maxed out and I've gone over on one of them. I could call and ask for more credit but...

So this morning I'm selling a Rey + BB8 (The Force Awakens) 1/6th Scale figurine from Hot Toys. If you know of anyone who'd be interested, let me know.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, April 12th, 2019 08:30 am
I'm mostly reading a spec today. I'm feeling antsy, and a little emotionally frazzled.

Rather disturbingly, nobody's commented on other side of infinity after I posted Part One. The kudos are still coming in, but I was expecting at least a little reaction from my regular readers and it's been *crickets chirp*.


#auspol Feds2019 )

Anyway, talk to me? About something?
tielan: (BSG - KL home)
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 09:35 am
Listening to someone explain to a non-Australian about how our Easter/Anzac holiday dates work is kind of funny.

So: Easter is a date that traditionally works in concert with the lunar calendar. I thought it was something about a blue moon, only it turns out there's a calculation for it.

Anyway, Anzac Day is a set date public holiday in Australia: 25th April, every year. Lately, it's tended to fall within a week or two of Easter, meaning there's about 3 public holiday days over the space of 10 days - Good Friday, Easter Monday, and ANZAC day. The only situation in which that otherwise happens is Christmas, when there's Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

So people tend to take clumps of holidays during that time, assisted by the fact that it's usually school holidays in that period so the kids are off from school, and the parents can get two weeks off by taking 7 days of leave.

But, yeah, it's a bit of a trip hearing someone explain the dates and days and also the names of the days. I mean I can't think of many people who use 'Maundy Thursday' anymore as the name for the Thursday before Good Friday. (Maybe it's just that I'm not Catholic?)
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 12:56 pm
It may be sad that I can ID the GoT theme when rearranged for acoustic guitar duet, even though I have never watched a single episode, nor live in a household where anyone watches it.

Or it may be really good market penetration...
tielan: (mr president)
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 07:59 am
Sounds like they're doing a good thing.

It worked in Sweden.

At the least, though, you'd need energy, drive, and co-ordination to kick off something like this (and I don't think Sweden has Murdoch media).
tielan: (meh)
Monday, April 8th, 2019 08:16 am
Saturday: a crop swap. Once again, I made out like a bandit.

Saturday afternoon: finishing up the last touches of other side of infinity: Part 3 is now up. I hope there's some screaming involved, but the comments section of the story has been suspiciously quiet to this point.

Sunday morning: 9-11:30 - Permabee )

Sunday lunch was a birthday surprise for a woman at church, organised by one of the other women at church. There were about a dozen of us, and it was excellent. I may have eaten a little too much. But the company was good, the people were good, and I was pretty happy when I left to go home, do a few chores and then head out to watch Team 2 play at 4:30pm...

Turns out their game started at 3pm.

So I turned up for the second half. And it was a good game. hockey )

And then I went to church. I'm glad I did; I needed the boost instead of stewing in my own head all night.

But I still slept badly last night. About 3 hours, maybe?

It’s gonna be a fun Monday.

Actually, it's going to be a damned long month for me on all fronts.

All I have to do is discover I've got cancer of some kind, and that'll be the cherry on top.
tielan: (Default)
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 04:49 am
Okay, my sister stayed up until 5am this morning "preparing a sunday school lesson" for kindergarteners.

She has trouble switching off and going to bed anyway.

1. What's the term for "20% of effort will get you 80% of the way there, but that last 20% will cost you 80% of the effort to reach perfection and it's a moving goal anyway"?

2. Do you have any links for how people who get stuck in OCD perfectionist loops can get out of them? I don't know the term - it's not something I struggle with - so I don't know what to google, and what others on my f-list have personally found helpful might be better than me just spitting out random links to her.

I don't know if she wants the help, but I know that 4 hours of sleep does not a good Sunday School class make, no matter how well-prepared you are...
tielan: (Default)
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 07:11 am
Do I have things to talk about that aren't hockey or That Story (Good Lord Will She Never Shut Up About It?) or the interminability of work or-

Actually I just had a thought.

One thing that I didn't quite get in Captain Marvel: Are cats actually Flerken? Or do Flerken just look like cats?
tielan: (Default)
Friday, April 5th, 2019 04:57 pm
Coach3 wants me to play the first three games with team 3 and "we'll discuss this" after then.

Not promising.
tielan: (Default)
Friday, April 5th, 2019 07:42 am
Okay, so I did some rejigging of the way I'm posting the story which is probably going to play merry hell with my subscribers' inboxes. (Sorry.)

Each chapter is a scene change, and there are several scenes in a single story section. I'll be posting the story in sections at a time, though, so there'll be multiple chapters posted every few days.

The posting scenes as chapters is mostly because an entire segment is 12K easy and not everyone has time to read that all at once, but 2K a day might be doable, perhaps?

Entire Work
Part 2
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 11:29 am
I've started posting the other side of infinity on AO3.

I posted a great whack of a part - some 14K of words - all at once, and am presently debating the wisdom of it. Maybe I should be posting by scene-breaks instead of part breaks.

Mind you there are another 6 parts to get through, all of them are easily over 5K, although I think that Part One is the longest. The other parts are with the betas, and apart from possibly a REWRITE of part 4...I think we're good to go. Maybe.
tielan: (Default)
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 09:21 pm
I'm still parsing how I feel about it.

The things that worry me (every year):

1. It's my personality and the Team 2 coach doesn't want me.

2. I'm not as good a player as I think I am.