Sweet cardamom chicken

Jul. 25th, 2017 03:48 pm
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Cardamom Chicken
1 large boneless uncooked chicken breast sliced and diced.
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
salt and black pepper to taste
½ tsp red chili flake
½ tsp cumin seed or ground cumin
1 large bell pepper, diced and sliced
large handful green beans (frozen is ok)
most any green vegetable that doesn’t cook fast.
1 heaping tablespoon diced garlic in oil, or equivalent raw garlic
combine all in skillet with lid. Cook with middling heat in olive oil, sesame oil or a combination. Using lid to help steam, cooking time under 15 minutes.
Cook last while without lid to reduce liquid.
Stir in 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter (you can skip this if you like: matter of taste)
Stir in 2 tablespoons Ma Ploi (brand) Thai sweet chili sauce.

This dish has very little pepper heat: you can adjust to taste, particularly the red chili flake: remember I’m from the American Southwest. The sweet chili has practically no heat at all. Test a little on your finger and adjust accordingly.

ack. help?

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:30 am
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So I bought three small skeins of yarn for a prayer shawl. Bulky acrylic, variegated blues, fuzzy texture. And then I thought, hm, that doesn't really seem like it's going to be enough yarn; I'll go get some more. And then I got that home and discovered that though it is indeed bulky acrylic, it's variegated blues and blacks, and it's smooth texture, and not the same thing at all. Also, smaller skeins.

So now I have 210yd of the fuzzy blues and 180yd of the smooth blue-blacks, and indeed 210yd is not enough to make a shawl out of. Not even a shawlette, Ravelry assures me. And I'm totally blanking on what I could do that 180yd or 210yd of bulky yarn is enough for.

Help? Thanks.

Tuesday roadkill report

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:32 am
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Probable raccoon corpse across from the golf course. Only probable, being in the weeds on the far side of a US highway.

Nothing particular in the floral department. If you want to gather lupine seeds, the heads are dry now.

Got out on the bike, usual weekday route. No sign of the cemetery heron.

15.26 miles, 1:13:12

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The Machineries of Tarot

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:51 am
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For your amusement, hexarchate Tarot readings (coding and spreads by [personal profile] telophase, card meanings by me):
No art right now, just meanings. The 78-card jeng-zai deck corresponds to the traditional Tarot but is specifically a hexarchate Tarot circa Kel Cheris' era. As such, upright sixes are all positive while upright sevens are negative, and the fours are lucky/unlucky.

This site is for entertainment purposes only: neither guarantees nor apologies are given for the accuracy or inaccuracy of any reading you may receive, and no responsibility is taken for any calendrical rot that may ensue. Hopefully you do not live in the hexarchate.


Jul. 25th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Remember how we all loved the game "Telephone" in kindergarten? Well, add in a cake, and the fun never stops!

This order was for a "black high heel":

(It's a hill, people. Get it?)


Specifying punctuation is always tricky:

Although I suppose if Aunt flashed Mom that would liven up the party, and it's certainly preferable to Aunt slashing Mom.

(Ok, this one is tricky, I know: the order was for Aunt/Mom - a slash, in other words.)


Here we have a beautifully done blue horse. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be a blue house.


If your message is "Philip...Woohoo!", and you actually have to say the words "dot dot dot", be prepared for just about anything.


And of course these never get old:

Although interestingly enough, I think that icing IS light pink. I guess the decorator was covering all her bases.


Thanks to Danielle M., Stefanie D., Rachel S., Michael T., and Chandra.


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Jul. 25th, 2017 07:29 am
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Overcast, air temperature 57 F, wind NNE about 10 mph. Roads still damp. Balancing act between bike ride and visitors.

The Seichi Journals – Epilog

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:30 am
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Posted by Deborah J. Ross

A short while ago, we adopted a shelter dog, a young female German Shepherd Dog, named Sage (Seichi). Although she was a wonderful dog in many respects, her intensity and high prey drive didn’t work out for us. We believed our cats to be at risk, and my own mental health, in a fragile state because of the recent parole hearing of the man who’d raped and murdered my mother, showed worrisome signs. So we returned her to the (no-kill) shelter, along with a detailed report of our experience and progress with her.

Seichi is a lovely, affectionate, highly intelligent dog. She has a very high prey drive and is eager to please, but needs a home without cats or small children, and an owner who is experienced in training GSDs with positive, non-force methods.

Even so, I experienced second thoughts. Had I given up on her too soon? What if no one else adopts her — or the wrong person does, and attempts to overpower her with force? Should we give her another try? And each time, I had to talk myself down from those doubts, reminding myself of my own limitations. My husband kept reminding me, too.

A few days ago, we got an email from Seichi’s special volunteer handler at the shelter. Not only had she been adopted but she will be trained in search and rescue work, focusing on finding victims in collapsed buildings! I am relieved beyond words. Not only will she have the kind of work that will give her focus and joy (since German Shepherd Dogs are working dogs and need a job!) but she will have a better life than we could give her. And she’ll be saving human lives.

Sometimes, what looks like a bad situation turns out to be a blessing.


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Coed Demon Sluts: Pog by Jennifer StevensonCoed Demon Sluts: Pog
Coed Demon Sluts Book 5
by Jennifer Stevenson

Aren’t you tired of doing everything right?

Wouldn’t you like a second chance to go back and do it wrong?

Coed Demon Sluts. Always room on the team.

As a child, Pog (“Person Of Girth”) was her wealthy parents’ little angel until she started gaining weight. They gave her an ultimatum: lose the weight, or be kicked out of the family. Ten years later she was a fat, broke whore–and then Delilah offered her a chance to be a thin, rich whore for hell. Today, Pog is the coed demon sluts’ team leader, taking guff from no one, not even her supervisor Ish Qbybbl.

Ish has happily supervised his field ops via Skype from his private cubicle at the Regional Office. But when they win the Demonic Intramural Basketball Tournament and put him in danger of a promotion, Ish panics and goes into hiding with his coed demon sluts.

Can Pog save Ish from his jealous demonic boss? Or will their secret history crack her open and leave her defenseless in hell’s prison?

The fifth adventure in the Coed Demon Sluts series!

Coed Demon Sluts: Beth
Coed Demon Sluts: Jee
Coed Demon Sluts: Melitta
Coed Demon Sluts: Amanda
Coed Demon Sluts: Pog

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A Hybrid Solar Eclipse over Kenya

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:45 am
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Chasing solar eclipses can cause you to go to the most interesting places and meet the most interesting people. Chasing solar eclipses can cause you to go to the most interesting places and meet the most interesting people.

Walked to the library

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:15 pm
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Saw a squirrel hop into the back of a pickup truck and wait, giving every impression it was waiting impatiently for something. Does it know trucks move? Is that how it got to the library?

Two questions

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:55 pm
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I wonder how long it will take the shadowy figures behind the Dragon Awards to count the votes?

I wonder to what degree the award has been gamed by the puppies?

Sunday 24 July 1664

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by Samuel Pepys

(Lord’s day). Up, in some pain all day from yesterday’s passages, having taken cold, I suppose. So staid within all day reading of two or three good plays. At night to my office a little, and so home, after supper to bed.

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Flickr Heroes of the Week

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:32 pm
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Posted by Leticia Roncero

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Dolomites: Burning Sky‘ by Frederic Huber on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Kirkjufell aurora‘ by Kevin Gorton on Twitter & Tumblr.

Dolomites: Burning Sky
Kirkjufell aurora

Here are some Flickr Hero Honorable Mentions:

Old radar base
Path to the underworld
common blue / icarusblauwtje
Glance back {1}

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature next week, submit your best image(s) to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning! Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 05:41 pm
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Go ahead and hate people who think differently than you. Trump gives you permission.

Seeing Stress from Space

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:43 pm
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The U.S. is predicting droughts sooner with satellites

Unlike us humans, soybeans and wheat can’t turn to acupuncture or aromatherapy when they’re stressed out.

“It is very important for the agricultural sector to monitor vegetation stress, and ESI provides a mechanism to see the onset of stress and allows for potential mitigation steps to be taken.” Christopher Hain, NASA

And, yes, plants can certainly feel stress. Stress that’s caused by too little moisture and exacerbated by high temperatures. “Agricultural stress occurs when crops do not have adequate soil water during their growth cycle,” explained agricultural researcher Christopher Hain. “Even if the stress doesn’t lead to failure of the crop, it can have significant impacts on end-of-season yield.”

Now a new tool is letting the U.S. agriculture community tap into space-based data to see this stress before it takes its toll.

Heads Up

Kyle Schell, a family rancher near Wall, South Dakota, knows how quickly fortunes can change for his business. “When droughts or flash droughts hit, and we as managers do not make adjustments, we start to do detrimental things to the ranch resource,” he said. “Having a good idea when these droughts are coming gives us the opportunity to make adjustments early, in order to not adversely affect the grass and hay acres.”

Providing that critical information sooner was the focus of an Applied Sciences project which used Earth observations to detect drought conditions across North America at a much earlier stage. Working with the Atmosphere-Land Exchange Inverse model, Hain and a team of scientists from NOAA, USDA-ARS, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the University of Maryland integrated land-surface temperature measurements from the GOES satellite with vegetation, albedo, and landcover data from Terra and Aqua. The result was the development of a tool called the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), which in many cases can indicate the beginnings of a drought two-to-four weeks earlier than current drought indicators.

What’s the benefit from adding the space-based data? They allow the ESI to assess moisture conditions on the ground—independent of precipitation. And that means the ESI can show how crops are responding to irrigation. It also means that the ESI is especially helpful for predicting a phenomenon called flash droughts. Unlike typical droughts that can take months or years to develop, flash droughts occur much more suddenly and can damage crops in a matter of weeks— well before the stress causes visible signs of damage.

“When vegetation is already turning brown, it’s too late,” Hain emphasized.

“New tools and products like the ESI will help our nation’s drought early-warning capacity, which can then help communities detect flash droughts as they come on quickly.” Mark Svoboda, U.S. Drought Monitor

Another Source

The ESI became operational in 2016 as a part of NOAA’s online GOES Evapotranspiration and Drought Product System. This decisionsupport system supplements information sources already available to the water resource and agriculture communities, such as the U.S. Drought Monitor.

January 2016 18.4% drought, December 2016 22.4% drought in contiguous US

David Ollila, a sheep field specialist for South Dakota State University Extension, remarked how the ESI saw the first glimpses of a spring flash drought—much sooner than the Drought Monitor did. “This tool appears to provide a much quicker and more representative reflection of what is happening,” he noted. “The lag time in which the Drought Monitor recognized the severity of this year’s drought negatively impacted the ability for USDA Farm Service Agency support and relief… until it was at a point of being too late. Forage production was measured at five-to-fifteen percent of a normal year. That is catastrophic.”

top 3 crops in the US are corn, soybeans and wheat

For Schell, the ESI provides another tool for weighing his options. “I will monitor all of the drought resources available, including ESI, and if certain thresholds are met by certain dates, a destocking practice will begin,” he explained. “For example, if we are belownormal in precipitation on May 1st and the Drought Monitor and ESI are indicating drought, I will sell some or all of our replacement yearling heifers.”

It’s not just cattle and corn that benefit from the ESI, either. A state agency is also turning to it for guidance. As senior hydrologist for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), John Zhu uses ESI data as both an early drought indicator and as a reference for TWDB’s short-term drought forecast. “I’ve found that ESI is particularly useful for our drought monitoring program…We want to know what kind of drought it is and how long it will last.”

Going Global

With the successes already seen from the ESI for North America, Hain and his team also focused on much larger scales. “We developed a new method to use MODIS and VIIRS land surface temperature so that we could produce a global ESI product from just a single sensor,” Hain said. “We’ll be developing an operational global ESI dataset which will serve a large group of engaged stakeholders.”

ESI for the 3-month period ending August 31, 2016. Color indicates evapotranspiration rates. Red shading indicates anomalously low rates, and green shading represents anomalously high rates.


Initially, the stakeholders will include groups like the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, the Global Drought Information System, and the GEOGLAM Early Warning Crop Monitor—and Hain is working on engaging more. “Ultimately our goal is to get global ESI datasets out to as many stakeholders as possible.”

Christopher Hain leads this project. In 2016, Hain moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as a research scientist.

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a little red flag

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux. You can comment here or there.

I know a lot of writers. Really a lot. Really really. And we all have different process, and that’s great, that’s wonderful. In person I have been known to chirp “we are all a beautiful rainbow,” but it’s really hard to get my total lack of sarcasm on that point through on the internet. (We are, though! We are all a beautiful rainbow! Yay!) In this case, I have spotted what looks like a consistent red flag for burnout, and I’m having a hard time phrasing it so that it’s clear that I don’t mean to exclude some kinds of inspiration.

Here’s the red flag. Writers with a few novels or a ton of short stories under their belt who get into a place where they only want to talk about being sick of tropes and wanting to deconstruct them. I know that deconstruction is a major creative inspiration in some writers’ processes (all a beautiful rainbow!). But the larger percentage of conversation about other people’s work gets to be about deconstruction and frustration, the more I watch for other signs of burnout.

Because–squee is not just good publicity. Squee is important for your own work. If you’re not honestly feeling like squeeing about other work you’re encountering, that’s a bad sign. And it’s probably not a bad sign about what’s out there in the world, because there is a lot of stuff out there in the world. If none of it is pressing your buttons, really none? that’s a bad sign about your buttons and where you are in terms of energy levels, taking criticism, getting enough recharge, all those things.

This is not a red flag of you being (or a friend being!) a bad person, or a worthless artist, or someone who will never recover, or anything like that. I’ve seen many people come out of this kind of burnout. But just as it’s easier to talk about how to begin a story than how to deal with the middle and ending that grow out of it, it’s a lot easier to talk about early-career things than all the paths that can grow out of them. And yet it feels to me like there are a lot of mid-career/developing writer paths and pitfalls that it would be really useful to talk about more, so…I’m going to try to do some of that, and I appreciate the other people who are doing that too.

(One of my favorite roads out of this is to cast my net very, very wide and look at things that are way outside my usual so that badly handled tropes and obvious choices are less grating. But other solutions for jolting out of this kind of deconstruction/negativity trap welcome.)

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