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Here is a dog feeder puzzle toy that I made that has been really successful, and will last approximately forever, unless you have a really chompy dog w/ phenomenal jaw strength? I won't say indestructible, because I know That Dog is out there, but pretty indestructible.

Two examples of toys using this method

Cost: ~ $3 - $5 per toy

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Good Veg
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[personal profile] thefourthvine  mentioned  on twitter that she's mad at recipe bloggers that treat vegetable recipes as penance for their sins, rather than food they actually enjoy, so here is my best vegetable recipe:

Saute:
- Onions
- garlic

when soft and good smelling add:
- red pepper flakes, a pinch, or more to taste
then:
- chopped tomatoes, a whackload

Simmer until slightly reduced.  While waiting, clean and chop:

- amount of chard roughly equal to tomatoes.  

Separate leaves and stems, chopping stems into pieces not bigger than you want to find on your fork, chop leaves however you want.

Throw in chard stems whenever they're chopped.  Simmer some more, until tender, and the tomatoes juices have thickened, a little.  (This takes a bit longer than you might hope, so you can wash the dishes, or whatever.)

Once tender, throw in chard leaves, and cover to steam until they're wilty and bright green.
ETA: I made a batch last night, and I just stirred them in, and that worked fine.

Stir, add:
- salt to taste.

I like to make an enormous batch (about eight cups of tomatoes?) in fall, and freeze it in meal portions, because I have almost all the ingredients in my garden so it is dirt cheap, and I can easily eat it once a week all winter. This post also on dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments)
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Reviews: Sherwood Smith, James K. Decker, Ada Palmer, Cecilia Tan, M.R. Carey
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Crown Duel: ★★☆☆☆Collapse )

Fantastic Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012: ★★★☆☆Collapse )

The Burn Zone (Haan, #1): ★★★☆☆Collapse )

Too Like the Lightning: ★★★☆☆Collapse )

The Girl with All the Gifts: ★★★★★Collapse )

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I came up with a great idea for a nerd party game while biking, and I think it would work, with a little balancing.

Each person tries to generate the longest list of 90s comics titles in three minutes. Then you pass them around and get to cross off any items from anyone else's list. All remaining titles are ten points each.

Then you look up remaining titles on the Comics Database. Any title actually published in the 90s for a run of > 12 titles is -20 points, or if it's the title of a storyline, -5 points.

Most remaining points wins.

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Does anyone else get a DO NOT WANT that comes from a spinal reflex when they encounter fic with the premise of a feelings-dump?

Like "So and So discovers Fulana de Tal's letters they never sent" or "Anne confesses her feelings to Carol because she think Carol's about to die," or "Alien Telepathy makes Barb and Dave aware of their feelings for each other?"

Like, I think I'm outlier, in the "AUGH FEELINGS" department, and I don't *hate* fic with feels, but I'm like the frog in the boiler water; you have to ease me into it.

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Has anyone seen vividcon rec posts? Do we not do that anymore, or am I just too soon?

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Reading Rose Lerner, the romance novelist, has me thinking about heterosexuality, and I've hit a gap in my vocabulary. Do we have a way of talking about heterosexuality, not the m/f sexual attraction, but rather the social stuff, like:

When a man loves a woman, she becomes his weakness. When a woman loves a man, he becomes her strength. This is called an ‘exchange of power.’

and

romance novel cover, half-naked dude, holding lady whose knees appear to have given out.  Title: Tender is the Storm Author: Johanna Lindsey

and other, probably less blinding visible stuff.

Is there a way of talking about that?

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Story ends happily! Found an agency! Handed dog off! But.

Just spent three hours on various phones trying to find a place that would take a pitbull ( illegal in the city ) that I suspect has been involved in a dog fight, while sitting in the yard with said pitbull to keep him from getting anxious enough to jump the fence, being eaten by mosquitos, while my own, frankly less friendly dogs, had hysterics inside the house.

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What's your fave 'it's too hot to cook, so here's a salad' recipe?

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I've spoken before, I think, about my weakness for dog-tv of the veterinary sort, and last night I discovered* that John Barrowman is hosting one**, and apparently he is the sort of person who contracts accents from proximity.

So if you have ever wanted to see John Barrowman fall in and out of a Scottish accent, and/or nearly pee himself laughing while rolling around on a couch with a working class scottish couple, I recommend Emergency Animal Hospital.

* By discovered I mean, eventually realized, which is to say, "That vet looks a lot like John Barrowman! Wow! I wonder if he got a reality tv show because of the likeness? Wait, where did his accent go? Now he sounds American!"
** If you are sensitive to animal harm, obviously, not for you, although I can guarantee no animals die in the episode linked: most recover, but one is dealing (very well) with a terminal illness.

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