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01 January 2020 @ 01:10 pm
I've had to set my LJ email preferences to only permit emails from members of my Flist, due to the bad boundaries and inappropriate behavior of one particular person, so if you need to contact me and you're not on my Flist please comment here.
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16 May 2014 @ 01:00 am
Dear LJ,

KNOCK IT THE FUCK OFF WITH THIS SITE REDESIGN SHIT AND GIVE ME BACK THE OLD LJ. At least it kind of sort of maybe sometimes worked, which the new version DOES NOT.

Absolutely no love whatsoever,

One extremely pissed off user who hates the new design (if design it could be called, which in my opinion is stretching the term considerably) with a purple passion, and who really didn't appreciate having it sprung on me with no warning either

(And yes, I've clicked on the option to go back to the old site; I just want to make sure they don't decide to force me back to the new one again. Ever.)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: the sound of my teeth grinding
26 September 2013 @ 03:26 pm
You guys, this recipe. THIS RECIPE.

First of all, she's right; it really is plate-lickin' good. Second of all, it's consistent; it always comes out, even when we're tired or in a hurry and make small mistakes, and even when we sub breast meat for the thigh meat or sub honey and/or molasses for the brown sugar. (We're not eating sugar these days; we both feel a lot better when we cook with honey and molasses instead.) And it was so easy to make it gluten free: just use GF soy sauce, corn starch, and rice vinegar, and Bob's your uncle.

Third of all, it's soooooooooo flexible. We've used just the sauce recipe to make ginger beef with the kind of thin-sliced flank steak that our local grocery store calls "chipped beef", some scallions out of the garden, and some extra ginger, and it was fabulous. (You don't need the cornstarch and egg dip for beef.) We also used the whole recipe with alterations in the sauce to make "teriyaki" chicken, which was as much of a keeper as the original recipe and the ginger beef. (I put teriyaki in quotation marks because true teriyaki is broiled or grilled, not pan-fried.)

We're going to try ringing other changes on the sauce too, and play with making it by itself as a side item for pork chops or for veggie stir-fry.

Best of all? This isn't the only kick-butt recipe at the source blog. Dayum, that woman can cook!
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26 February 2013 @ 12:16 am
I got another blanket email from Vermont Country Store --- two identical emails from the same person, about a minute apart --- apologizing for the blanket response to my previous email.

They just keep on piling up the fail, and at this point I'm laughing about it. The catalogs still went out with the garbage, though; it's not funny enough for me to give them a pass.
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25 February 2013 @ 11:29 pm
I wasn't expecting miracles, but Vermont Country Store nonetheless managed to undercut my expectations of how they would respond. I got two identical copies (varying only in punctuation) of the following email from two different customer service reps:

Dear Ms. name,
Thank you for your email regarding our most recent email. Take Back the Night! In response, we offer you our sincere apologies to each and every one of you. The email was not intended to reference the "Take Back the Night Foundation", or it's cause in any way.
If we can be of any further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
(employee name)

I responded with this:

Dear employee name,

I received two identical emails from two different people about this issue. A cookie-cutter blanket response is not an apology, it's corporate damage control. Vermont Country Store has punted this issue, and definitely lost both and my husband's business.

I'm blogging about this lack of response, have unsubscribed from your emails, and have taken my Vermont Country Store catalogs out with tonight's garbage.

Still in utter disgust,

Now I'm going to find a new source for the items we bought from VCS.
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I don't get angry easily. Sure, I can get bent out of shape over things for a short time, and some people have never seen more anger from me than that, but that's not my real anger. My real anger is bitter, rare and lasting. It's the kind of anger that starts as incandescent rage and then morphs into a slow cold burn that makes outer space look warm and friendly.

Vermont Country Store just inspired that kind of anger.Trigger warning: rape and violence against womenCollapse )
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19 December 2012 @ 11:12 pm
I ended up deciding to divide my music-spam post up into two or three posts, because in rummaging around Youtube for good videos I ended up going in several direction at once. This is going to be a fangirl post about my current fiddle crush, John Sheahan of the Dubliners. It's also going to be linkspam, because I'm having problems with the embed function not working properly. *shakes fist at LJ*

First, a young John Sheahan with some of the Dubliners in one of those staged music sessions that were (and are) common and popular on British television. This one dates from 1974. The redhead in the green shirt on one side of John is Luke Kelly; the black-haired guy in the purple shirt on his other side is Barney McKenna.

Next, John tearing up the stage in Germany in 1996 with a traditional American fiddle tune, Drag That Bow (misnamed Drag That Fiddle on the video).

Finally, John and Eamonn Campbell of the latter day Dubliners, playing first a tune of John's composition and then a cracking set of Irish tunes. This dates from 2002.

I could rhapsodize at length about John's immense talents as a player and composer, but instead I'll just say that, in his 70s now, he exemplifies the old Scottish saying "The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune." (Yes, currently he's even better than he was in the third video.) Then I'll go back to watching videos of him so I can keep absorbing some of the details of his technique.
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Current Music: John Sheahan, Among Friends
03 January 2012 @ 04:59 pm
What is your favorite quote?

"I don't believe in the gods, I know. The gods are as real as rocks." Gordon Cooper
Current Mood: amusedamused
25 November 2011 @ 09:06 pm
Happy Buy Nothing Day!

We celebrated by depositing paychecks in the bank and not spending a cent all day on anything. Tomorrow we'll be spending a little bit at the hardware store on going-into-winter garden necessities, but we're not partaking in the retail orgy of the season. We never do; what gift shopping we do happens at local mom-and-pop stores, or online at clicks-and-bricks mom-and-pop stores. Wholly apart from the other hellishness of shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the malls are always full of the Evil Red Blight*; it begins to break out about the middle of November, and lasts until right after Christmas. It's nice to have a convenient excuse to use for friends who just don't understand why we view shopping as a necessity, not as a form of therapy or recreation --- but that's the only good thing about having this particular allergy.

It's been going very well here on most fronts. There are Things Brewing, which I can't talk about yet because they're in the stage where talking about them bleeds off energy from actually doing them, but I'll say that they're good things indeed.

We're still on the loaner computer while our own gets fixed, so I'm terminally behind on email.

More later; JM is requesting Welsh cakes. To encourage me to make them, he's offered to cream the sugar and shortening and mix the dough. I'll take that. *g*

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Current Music: Anna Russell's Wagner routine
23 June 2011 @ 11:01 am
Signal boost.

Steampunk jewelry maker robbed at Faerie Worlds in Eugene OR. These items were stolen. If you see them please report it to the maker, whose contact info is in the link.
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