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Feb. 14th, 2019 09:57 am
camwyn: (you damn kids)
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God dammit there's another bot account following me.

I'll give it credit, the profile entry about 'was quite successful at working with human hair' is nicely disturbing.

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Feb. 14th, 2019 08:12 am
camwyn: A white KitchenAid stand mixer with flame decals on it. FOR GREAT AWESOME. (kitchenaid)
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My sister's kids have food allergies. One of them in particular, to be sure. Another has a few other issues. We're mostly talking intolerances here, no anaphylaxis, but in practical terms what it means is that there is an array of food products that they are advised not to eat, or to only eat if prepared in specific ways.

Fortunately, wanting to be able to prepare food that was safe and acceptable for people I knew who had restrictive diets was about nine tenths of the reason I set about learning to cook in earnest in the first place. (The remaining tenth- if we define 'in earnest' as 'not only learned to cook well enough to feed myself and not develop nutritional issues, but took actual academic food preparation courses'- is divided between 'I want a set of skills that will allow me to still have a job if all the computers explode due to the Y2k bug' and 'what do you mean normal people don't just make cracked black pepper pasta with garlic cream sauce starting from flour and eggs and peppercorns when they can't find a supermarket that sells cracked black pepper pasta'.)

Currently the accommodation food I learned to make that's gone over best with my sister's kids is the chocolate aquafaba ice cream. No dairy, no nuts, no coconut, and no ice cream machine; this one gets made with a Kitchenaid stand mixer, and admittedly a small amount of xanthan gum (when I run out of xanthan I'm going to try to get tara gum as I am led to understand that tara gum works better in cold recipes). I have two cans of chickpeas in my pantry at the moment because fairly soon I will be attempting to make at least the meringue part of Prue Leith's vegan tropical pavlova for them. The kids like fruit, but I don't know if any of them have issues with pineapple or kiwi and I don't think they've ever had passionfruit, so the only part of Prue's recipe I'll be making will be the meringues and the vegan pastry cream. Probably using organic fair-trade palm oil grown in Colombia as a coconut oil substitute in the pastry cream, as palm oil doesn't set any of the kids off. I need some extended time for that, though. Aquafaba whips up pretty nicely given time and Kitchenaid, but the baking process takes like an hour and a half. Also part of the recipe involves melted white chocolate and I have to make sure the Ghirardelli white chocolate I have is safe for the kids, because you can't extrapolate from one brand to another when it comes to melting performance.

One of them is... some form of lactose intolerant. I'm not sure exactly how severe it is. It may be an issue with one of the dairy proteins rather than a lactose issue, now that I think about it. The result is that my parents and my sister have to have non-dairy milk available. My sister is trying to keep the amount of soy the kids get to a minimum, so right now that means Oatly is a very popular beverage for them. I will probably be using Oatly or Hood's Planet Oat Extra Creamy as part of the vegan pastry cream depending on which I can get hold of, but last night I made my first stab at making my own oat milk. (At my doctor's recommendation I've been having refrigerator oatmeal for breakfast for quite some time now, so I have a container of oats in my pantry about the size of a Maine Coon.) Things I have learned so far:

- The oats did not need to be soaked overnight
- The recipes on the net call for a high speed blender, but if you don't mind standing there holding down the button for a minute and a half, a Ninja works just fine (for half the standard amount made by online recipes, anyway, I wasn't about to do a four-cup recipe as my first experiment)
- A double layer of cheesecloth will work well enough for straining, although I think I may use butter muslin if I do this again, since I have that on hand for cheesemaking
- No-gums-no-emulsifiers-no-thickeners oat milk does not stay homogenous. If you put it in the fridge overnight you have to shake the living hell out of it the next morning to get it back to the right consistency.
- It works pretty well in moka pot coffee, although I have not yet attempted to heat it and do not intend to attempt to foam it because I do not own a foaming wand, so I cannot vouch for the level of heating at which it goes from 'warm beverage' to 'slimy and clotted'
- I had about 3/4 of a cup of the stuff in my coffee before I left the house. I still had what I was pretty sure was a faintly oaty taste in my mouth by the time I got off the train to work in Boston.

We will see how the rest of the stuff is tomorrow.

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Feb. 13th, 2019 09:29 am
camwyn: (bitch please)
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Apparently the only way to disable the stupid-ass Bixby assistant software on my phone completely- without rooting it or buying an app and giving it admin privileges- is to sign into my Samsung account, which I never wanted to create in the first place, and log into Bixby and change settings to 'no, don't do that', 'don't do that either', 'don't use this for that', and 'that physical button you put on the side, the button does NOTHING, ever, for anything'.

I didn't have a Samsung account to begin with, because why would I, so I had to put one together. Turns out Samsung refuses to let me sign up for an account with an email provided by any of the major disposable address services out there. Kind of a pity. sharklasers.com is an awesome domain name.

Gmail, as it happens, lets you adjust your email address somewhat. If your email is, say, camwyn at gmail, then you can tell an organization that your address is camwyn+, and put whatever you like that doesn't break the email system after the plus. And then you can tell your gmail account, "hey, any email that comes through addressed to camwyn+whatever? Yeah, automatically delete that."

I liked the words I pulled out of thin air and tacked onto my gmail address; they look enough like an Italian last name that I may just go ahead and use them as such on future email accounts created on other services. So that would make my Internet name Camwyn Sodone, because I am so freaking done with mailing lists and marketing services, and also because Samsung refused to let me use 'camwyn+dammit' as part of my email address.

Mind you, Samsung also demanded a firstname and lastname separate from my email address. As far as they know, Camwyn Sodone's real name is Like Heckiwill. And Like Heckiwill lives in rural Arizona, because I wasn't about to give them my actual zipcode either, or any zipcode I have ever lived in, visited, or written to.

Random funny technology things.

Feb. 10th, 2019 07:18 pm
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I just calibrated my computer monitor with one of those fancy light-sensor dealies. I had hopes that it would improve things, as I've known that everything brighter than a light gray was getting pushed to white -- and, for some reason, this was happening on two separate monitors I had, on two independent computers.

I was surprised how much difference this made, though. It's striking -- the grays that were getting shoved up into "white" are a significant range. I can now see the tabs on my Chrome window! Google maps actually shows the roads clearly! There are so many more gradiations! I had no idea!

This probably means that all the highlights in the photo editing I've done in the past several years has been way off, though.

(Also, this did confirm my impression that the default brightness on my new monitor is absurd, though. After taking a room-brightness measurement, the software said basically, "That's bright! Maybe turn down the room lights a bit?" And then it turned out that the monitor should have the brightness dialed down to about 33% to match anyway.)

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Feb. 8th, 2019 11:20 am
camwyn: A pale greenish piece of triangular sea glass wrapped in a little silver wire to make a pendant (jewelry)
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So I got a copy of Wire Kumihimo Made Easy for Christmas. I've been doing some wire braiding work the past couple of nights. Let me tell you, wire chews up a foam kumihimo plate like you wouldn't believe.

Bracelet behind cut. )

Gaming: Epic Battle is Epic

Feb. 6th, 2019 11:01 pm
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Today was a day that, by the end of it, I rather needed to be smashing some fictional undead hordes. Conveniently, today was a day in which our gaming campaign delivered.

Today was a day in which our gaming battle had a Metallica soundtrack. Literally.

Today is a day in which this is long, so I'll put the writeup behind a cut tag. )

...and that was the end of the evening.

The warrior-druid's player mentioned to me, on the ride home, that I should come up with a playlist of my own for next week. Especially since I'm planning to go down the list of thematically-appropriate spells, and the next one up is "Song of Thunder".

So, thoughts? I'm pretty sure Red Rider's "Lunatic Fringe" is the opener, but then what?

Given the start of the battle, obviously I need some Queen in there, but "We Will Rock You" is a bit too obvious.

Also, I'm thinking this lovely bit of style mashup is going to have to go in there just for completely throwing the Thünder off their game.

Dear would-be email scammers:

Feb. 5th, 2019 08:29 am
camwyn: (bitch please)
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1. I have no reason to receive email from Steve Mnuchin no matter how people in your country think the American government works

2. If I did have reason to receive email from Steve Mnuchin, he wouldn't be sending it from a Yahoo account

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Feb. 4th, 2019 08:33 am
camwyn: (cranky Cthulhu)
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*eyes two newest follower accounts*

Boy howdy those're some kinda profiles you got there.

I'd be kind of impressed if I thought either of you were actual people.

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