Apr. 26th, 2018 03:54 pm
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That was some tough tofu. Mental note: do not fry tofu for as long as you fry seitan. However, replacing beer with wine in my carbonnade gave excellent results. I guess I should call it a vinonade?
frandroid: "There's always room for tentacle porn!" Some sort of squid is grabbing the leg of a lightly clad girl with a tentacle (always room)
So I'm at a Ruby on Rails meetup, and this French (France) guy has such a fun accent, he could be living on Ceres!!

Also: The inadvertent lame animation with the protomolecule creature actually added to the plot.


Apr. 4th, 2018 03:01 am
frandroid: Pirate ghostship, moored in a lava creek, underground. (ghostship)

Damn. They're all hot too.
frandroid: (elementary)
So huh, Sherlock has a back tattoo which reads:


So I'm guessing there's one family member yet to be seen?

(I'm at S05E19 so don't spoil if she's coming soon.)

Other tattoos:
"MT [?] Gangster" with a sunglasses-wearing skull

Anyone know/remember what these would be about?


Mar. 27th, 2018 09:08 am
frandroid: camilo cienfuegos in a broad-rimmed hat (camilo)
I woke up without crippling anxiety this morning. What's up with that??

ETA, 2.5 hours later: Okay it's back... Phew.


Feb. 20th, 2018 05:29 pm
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[personal profile] zoefruitcake is doing a "365 questions" meme, which I can't be bothered to follow, but I just swiped the questions she's answering this week, because boredom.

  • February 21 - if you could have the perfect meal, what would it be?

    That's kind of difficult, but I'd be partial to a vegan Parsi wedding meal, including dhansak dal and dar ni poori. Maybe if Vij's in Vancouver knew how to make those recipes (they're Punjabi, not Parsi, but who cares?), that could be good.

  • February 22 - if you had to permanently leave your home country, where would you go?

    Right now, I would join the People's Defense Units of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, duh. I really wouldn't dislike living in Scotland, either.

  • February 23 - What is your first political memory?

    Rooting for Brian Mulroney in the 1994 federal election, because he was from Québec. (!!!)

  • February 24 - When is the last time you were completely wrong about something?

    Fuck me, I don't know when the last time was, I'm sure it was pretty recently. But the one that sticks in my craw is that I supported the U.S. efforts to depose Ghaddafi. Ohhh boy.

  • February 25 - What do you prefer to be called? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

    My first name is François, which was my maternal grandmother's name (Françoise). I _REALLY_ disliked being called Frank, because that's how some of my school bullies used to call me. There are a select few people who aren't subject to this objection, and they delight getting under my skin.

  • February 27 - Five topics you’d like to download to your brain, and why?

    1. Das Kapital, because I'm a poorly read marxist.

    2. Ocalan's writings, because I'm just starting

    3. The Ancient Roman Greek and Roman canon, because that would be cool.

    4. I could let fate pick a language between Turkish, Kurmanji and Sorani

  • February 28 - Best moment of the month

    I don't have restrictions, constraints or features which work on a monthly cycle, so the question is kind of irrelevant to me...

frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
  1. After your first language, what language would you most like to learn? (Say first language too)

    French is my first language. My current language interest is split between Turkish and Kurmanji, but if I'm honest, in the long term, Spanish is the language I'm most likely to really learn well, because it's so close to French.

  2. Does your country have a second language? What is it?

    French. Furthermore, a few hundred other languages are spoken by immigrants from all over the world, in particular in my city, Toronto. This country also has a number of indigenous languages: Some of which are still spoken widely, some have died, and some others have less than a dozen speakers left. A white friend of mine is learning some form of Ojibway language I think, I'm jealous of his dedication. It's a really political commitment. I hope he gets to use it.

  3. How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them.

    French, English, Spanish, Gujarati, Japanese (I used to practice aikido, numbers are basically the only thing I can say/understand). I could count to 5 in Turkish a couple months ago but that's gone to the wayside.

  4. What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ Timbuktu to Mars)

    When I was 8 or so, my family travelled by car from Québec City to Old Orchard Beach, in Maine. It was a popular summer destination for working class Québécois people at the time. People don't talk about it much anymore. Flights are cheap now, I suspect people just fly further south. For Montréalers, Sandbanks, a provincial park which features a beach on Lake Ontario, about 4 hours' drive away, is also becoming more popular.

  5. What country do you most want to visit? And why?

    I went to Turkey in 2015, but I visited what I should call the Greco-Roman west coast, i.e. msotly the old ruins. (Plus 'Stamboul, of course). I was just learning about the struggle in Rojava (Syria) at the time, and hadn't fully grasped what Kurdistan was. If I was going to Turkey know, I would surely visit the Southeast. I also wanted to visit Aleppo and Damascus but the civil war in Syria scuttled that. (That's actually what drove me to visit Turkey). Ironically, if I really was going to the region today, it would probably be as safe for me to go to Rojava than Bakur/Turkey... I'm interested due to nature of the political struggle there, obviously.
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (ypg)
Or as I like to call it, crypto-vegan.
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (ypg)
Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur, Southern Kurdistan) has seen serious unrest in the recent week. First, a bit of background. The independence referendum, which everyone could see would lead nowhere, did worse than that. It gave the Iraqi government and its Iran-controlled Shia militia, the People's Mobilization Units (PMU, Hashd al-Shabi), a pretext for moving in and taking back Kirkuk from the Kurds. Kirkuk has historically been a multi-ethnic but important Kurdish city, and as importantly, has serious oil fields in its vicinity. This oil was going to be an essential source of income for an independent Kurdistan. Qasem Suleimani, the leader of Iran's Quds Force, which runs the PMU, basically went to the Kurds and promised them total war if they didn't pull back from Kirkuk. The PMU was the most important military force in driving ISIS out of Iraq, way more than the Kurdish peshmerga, so the KDP and the PUK pulled out, and the PMU let Iraqi anti-terrorism forces move in and take back the city. This was a huge victory for Haider al-Abadi which was widely celebrated in the rest of Iraq.

The defeat was so complete that the Iraqi government was able to get the KRG to annul the results of the referendum. Massoud Barzani, who was the head of the KRG and the KDP, and controlled Erbil, stepped down, leaving his son Nechirvan to take his place. On the PUK side, long-time leader Jalal Talabani recently died so his wife Hero and some important PUK peshmerga general are fighting a succession battle for control of Suleimania, which is the center of the PUK sphere of influence.

Amidst all this, ordinary Kurds spontaneously (some say fuelled by local PKK media) decided to revolt last week, protesting and setting fire to various party offices all over, even that of Gorran (the Movement for Change), the PUK offshoot which has been way less corrupt than the other two parties and is seeking important democratic reforms. Using this unrest, the PKK, which has an important presence in the Qandil mountains, has declared a new self-rule region in Northern Iraq, which is an interesting development, copying its model of local governance establish which it has established in Rojava (Northern Syria).

The Turkish Air Force has been stepping up its bombardments of PKK camps in Iraq (it claims to have killed 11 PKK fighters yesterday) so that's kind of the downside of what's going on there. It's rumoured that the U.S. might sell bunker-buster bombs to Turkey to placate it for the support the U.S. has provided to the SDF/YPG. This would be disastrous to the PKK as it relies on its mountainous locations to survive Turkish onslaughts.
frandroid: We are the Canadian Borg. Resistance would be impolite. Please wait to be assimilated. Pour l'assimilation en français.. (borg)
Holy cow, so much hormones going around. There was a lot of weak writing but I still ended up loving the episode and laughing in tons of places. Very different pace and type of dialogue, too. First episode directed by Andrew Robinson!
frandroid: Bottle pouring scotch in a glass (scotch)
Chasing Brillat-Savarin cheese on olive toast with a gin and tonic will make your mouth taste like puke, even if you're nowhere near puking up.
frandroid: A faroher, emblem of the Zoroastrian religion (faroher)
(Synopsis: Sisko gets trapped in a temporal subspace field and Jake has to spend the rest of his life without his father)

Holy cow that was sad. I'm crying like a baby.


Jul. 28th, 2017 02:58 am
frandroid: Picture of a pro-LTTE protest blocking the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto (tamils)
I've just resumed DS9 but dropped Elementary a long time ago. DS9 feels like LJ/DW, even though they're not contemporaneous...
frandroid: Pirate ghostship, moored in a lava creek, underground. (ghostship)
My aesthetic is the leftover gum and paper left on a surface after you've ripped off the sticker.

Book meme!

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:46 pm
frandroid: A large sandworm in front of the fremen invoking him (Dune)
Because I'm procrastinating. A bit on the cutesey side but whatever.

Wait, DW doesn't have a rich text editor?? I mean I usually prefer to enter my HTML manually, but here I could really use it. Motherfucker...


bold the ones that apply.

1. You currently own more than 20 books.
2. You currently own more than 50 books.
3. You currently own more than 100 books.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.
5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.
6. You have a book-organization system no one else understands.
7. You’re currently reading more than one book.
8. You read every single day.
9. You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
15. You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
16. You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.
17. You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.
18. You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.
19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.
20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).

21. You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
22. You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.
23. Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.
24. If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.
25. And you judge them. A little bit.
26. In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.
27. You’ve vowed to convert a nonreader into a reader.
28. And you’ve succeeded.
29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
30. You own several signed books.
31. You would recognize your favorite authors on the street.
32. In fact, you have.

33. If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.
34. You own a first-edition book.*
35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.
36. You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.
37. You have a “favorite” literary prize.
38. And you read the winners of that prize every year.
39. You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.
40. You have a designated reading nook in your home.
41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
42. You gave your pet a literary name.
43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.
44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
47. You love the smell of books.
48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.
49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.

*: Most books are "first (and only) edition", so by that measure I own several; but for the sake of this question I'll assume that's a first edition of a book with multiple editions, where this edition has a higher market value.

no default

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
frandroid: Hammer and sickle logo, with the hammer replaced with a LiveJournal pencil (lj)
I wish DW/LJ had a thing where there is no default icon and you're forced to choose one to make your post. I keep forgetting to pick one and then I don't want to trigger a useless edit notification for whoever is on the thread post-facto.

I went to take a look at the DW source. It's perl. No wonder no one wants to work on it. They should just restart from scratch. :P

ETA: So you can choose "no default" but instead of forcing you to choose, it picks none, and puts a DW logo watermark in the logo spot. *faceplam*


Jul. 18th, 2017 11:02 pm
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (ypg)
I gave a breathless 5 minute introduction to the Kurdish side of the Syrian Civil War after a prompt on my t-shirt at an NDP event tonight... Wheee. And I'm thinking of making a 10-minute presentation to my co-workers, because why the fuck not. Let's see where this predicator business goes... :P


Apr. 24th, 2017 02:35 pm
frandroid: A faroher, emblem of the Zoroastrian religion (faroher)
So huh, I just translated some text for crimethinc.
frandroid: A large sandworm in front of the fremen invoking him (Dune)
The rest of the new album isn't as good as the preview track. :(


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