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There is nothing I want to say right now other than the following:

AAAAARGH IT ITCHES! NO IT REALLY ITCHES! YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND QUITE HOW MUCH IT ITCHES AND I CAN'T SCRATCH IT BECAUSE IF I DO THE INK MIGHT BLEED OUT BUT OH MY SWEET CTHULHU IT ITCHES. I CAN'T EVEN SOAK IT IN THE BATH FOR ANOTHER NINE DAYS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SOAK A NEW TATTOO! ARGH ARGH ARGH!

Thank you for you concern in this matter.

TMI under the cut )

So yeah. ARRRRRGH IT ITCHES.
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Penne all'Arrabbiata

23 Apr 2016 02:06 pm
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

Today I'm going to share with you the secret to making any pasta sauce taste better, along with a recipe for a delicious Sugo all'Arrabbiata. It's a pasta that takes less than 20 minutes to make, and contains only a handful of ingredients, and yet it can be intensely fragrant and flavorful. I think the term "intense" is especially poignant since the name Sugo all'Arrabbiata literally means "angry sauce". While most people assume this refers to its heat, I think it also has a lot to do with its color as well. In the US, Arrabbiata sauce is often made...

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The film of this came out in December 1995. I left school in September 95 and got my GCSEs in 93. The thing is I am dead set certain that Dr Liddle showed us this on video when we were doing GCSE English. Now, I know that the film is based on a stage production, and that sometimes films of stage productions are made available for use in schools - does anyone know if that happened with this? Because there are two other explanations:

1, I've gone nuts
2, Dr Liddle is/was/will be a time traveller

ETA: googling for my old English teacher's name turns up no English teacher, but a professor of theoretical astrophysics who looks sort of a bit like Doctor Liddle but many years younger. God DAMN him, he IS a time traveller!
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Fennel Chicken

27 Apr 2016 12:59 pm
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By braising fennel together with chicken and wine, the fennel not only acts as a vegetable but as an herb and garnish, imparting a sweet anise flavor that transforms the chicken into a fabulously flavorful main. Read my full post and get the easy recipe over at PBS Food this week.

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Hash Browned Chicken

23 Apr 2016 11:17 am
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I'm pretty sure I may have mentioned once or twice that fried chicken is one of my favorite foods of all time. There's something fundamentally satisfying about the textural contrast of biting through a crisp savory shell into a juicy piece of chicken. Perhaps that's why I also love hash browns... Do you see where I'm going with this... It's not like fried chicken needed to be reinvented, but I'm all about trying new things to see if there's something novel and delicious to be discovered. Afterall, if our predecessors only stuck to the foods they were familiar with, we'd...

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Yet again the puppies have shat on everybody else's carpet. It'll be interesting to see if people take the Scalzi line and vote for people on the slate who are deserving anyway, or if they put the mighty Gneil (for example) below no award - which is what I'll be doing for rabid puppy nominees - for sad, they had open noms, so I have a more open mind. Happily the ones I nominated that made the ballot were not on any puppy slates so I can vote for them with a clear conscience. NK Jemisin FTW! But I think no award is going to be my most prominent view in most categories... :/

Let's hope the rule change passes, eh?
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A poll

25 Apr 2016 10:56 am
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Asda are reportedly trialing "quiet hour for autistic people" in one of their Manchester stores. I think this is a great idea, although I'm not sure the hour they've chosen (8am Saturday, which is a very busy time) is the best possible one (and yes I know there are probably practical reasons for the choice but aspie folks are so often nocturnal). What would you think if this was to happen in your local supermarket?

Poll #17452 Quiet hours in supermarkets
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

What do you think about quiet hours in supermarkets?

I'm ASD & YAY!
6 (31.6%)

I'm ASD & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)

I'm neurotypical & YAY!
13 (68.4%)

I'm neurotypical & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)


(This poll is also available on twitter for those who don't have DW logins)

((Also I know that ASD and neurotypical aren't the only brain options but twitter polls only allow 4 options and I wanted the poll to be the same cross-platform. Please pick the nearest option to fitting you?))
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ETA: Hah! This is what happens when I don't get around to deleting all the spammy twitter retweets. Must do better, Rigg.
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State of the SB Update

18 Apr 2016 03:10 pm
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I just noticed I haven't posted an actual post for ages and it's all been linkspammy, probably because I've been spending most of my Expressing Myself spoons on drawing things and putting them on instagram, so I thought you'd all appreciate a little update
  • Item: I am standing in the council elections. Again. The last 2 years I got exactly 103 votes. I am hoping for a modest increase to 104 this year, because Alisdair will be able to vote for me, living in my ward as he does now.

  • Item: Mental and physical health things are more-or-less under control at the moment (she says, hoping not to jinx things).
    Mentally, I've had less than the usual hiding-under-the-duvet days since surviving The Februaries, and I'm managing to mostly stick to my exercise-away-the-mentals schedule. These things may or may not be related. I am now at the level of fitness where it is almost impossible for me to consume the number of calories I am burning, so the weight has started dropping off again. I may be able to fit into nice clothes by autumn conference, which will help with self esteem and things. We shall see.
    Physically I'm still having some debilitating pain days, but not so many, and managing to at least swim, even when I can't manage the weights because of a pain day. I am lucky that if necessary I can work from home, so it doesn't actually impact work. Speaking of which...

  • Item: Job continues to be good, and interesting. Every day is a different thing. I approve of this. A lot of what I get to do is research things so that the boss can spend 5 minutes reading my summary email, rather than three hours googling. I now know lots about various things I never even considered knowing about before. Yay learnings!

  • Item: Daughter appears to have developed some bits of executive function; she's by no means perfect, but is getting into the routine of wake - shower - breakfast -brush hair and teeth - get dressed - go to school in a morning, and come to mummy's office - do homework - go home - get changed - eat tea in an afternoon. It's only taken nearly two years...
    (Seriously, given how awful I can be with executive function, I am incredibly proud of her. At this point in my career at the same school I already had the school detention record under my belt; she's doing WAY better, and it's not entirely due to having a diagnosis).

  • Item: Doggies continue adorable. As do boys. Mum and Dad are both good...
I think that's about it, really... Hope you lot are all good. I do try to remember birthdays and stuff but I'm pretty rubbish at that.

*big hugs for everybody*

(especially you, Duffett, I know you're out there)

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