On a much tastier note...

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:46 pm[personal profile] sulien
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
My brain is dangerous.  Well, at least for my weight.  :-p  I was enjoying a bit of feta cheese with some crackers earlier and the thought occurred to me that a red onion, egg and feta cheese tart would be very tasty.  Especially if I added just a smidge of nutmeg to the red onions while I was caramelizing them before putting them into the tart shell and pouring the eggs over them.  The crumbled feta cheese with chopped walnuts would go on top before baking, and then a balsamic vinegar and honey glazed would be dribbled over the top before serving with a nice glass of Malbec or Beuajolais and a side salad of field greens and arugula with a light oil and red wine vinegar dressing.  

Yeah, like I said, my brain is a dangerous thing.

Edited to add: or maybe I should make the crust with whole wheat flour and walnut meal?  That actually sounds better.


*adds ingredients to grocery list*
sulien: My silly catkin, Rocky. (WTF Rocky)
Like most folks these days, I periodically go through and delete all of the cookies, browser history and cached temporary internet crap on my computer.  I have done so for decades, just to keep all of the crap from bogging down my processor.  Now, imagine my surprise when the cookies and tracking databases kept cropping back up after deleting them using the commands in the browser's preferences, even when I haven't visited the sites they're from in days.  Okay, not a problem, I quit the browser, went to the specific location folders on my hard drive and deleted all of the crap manually, then restarted my computer.

Nope, that didn't work either, the cookies and database trackers kept showing up in the browser, no matter how many times I deleted them using the commands in the browser preferences, but they're not showing up in the computer's system folders.  What the ever loving...?!?!  So, I did a search and found out that this is now a common problem and it doesn't matter if you're using a Microsoft OS or an Apple OS.  I don't know if the problem extends back to older web browsers, or if it's just the newly updated ones, but I'd really like to know.  

So, I did another web search and researched specifically how to get rid of cookies and trackers on an Apple running the most recent updates, just in case.  Okay, I had already done most of that, but figured I'd do it again with the thing I didn't think of.  I did everything as directed then shut down my computer (again) and even completely unplugged my modem/router for a half hour to make sure that the IP address would reset (my ISP uses dynamic IPs).  I reconnected the modem and let it do its thing, fired up the computer, brought up the browser...and the cookies/database trackers are still there.  They're not showing up in the system folders from which I deleted them, but they're still in the browser.  Seriously, what the ever loving, bloody blue blazing FUCK is going on?!

Lastly, I put a call in to Apple's tech support and the supervisor I spoke with doesn't have a clue either (the regular tech sure as hells didn't), so he's sending a ticket to the software engineers to see what they can do to fix the problem.  He's supposed to call me back Wednesday and I'll make a post then to update.

*is a seriously unhappy camper* 

UPDATE: I wound up uninstalling and deleting Adobe Flash Player and going through and manually deleting every file associated with it in Library/Preferences/Macromedia, including the Flash folder.  I also went into Library and deleted everything in the Cookies folder, then went into Library/Safari and deleted everything in the Database and Local Storage folders.  I left all of the main folders, except for the above stated Flash folder.  That seems to have worked and my laptop hasn't blown up yet, so I'll see if this works.  

The browser is supposed to be able to clear all of that crap, but it fails miserably and the add blocking and virus software seem to ignore database tracking and cookies.  I guess going in and doing all of this manually is going to have to be a regular thing if I want to keep that crap off of my computer.  >:-(  I also will definitely be letting the tech support supervisor know what I think of their software browser not clearing that crap like it is supposed to do.

aralias: (romana has two hearts)
For a while I thought the Photobucket purge wouldn't apply to us... somehow... magically. But I'm afraid it did.

Prompted by a message from [personal profile] tidal_race this morning I've downloaded and re-uploaded all of the original comm banners. I used Imgur. No idea whether this is going to stay long-term, but it's worth a shot.

I've also re-uploaded the bases, if you want to do something new - like this!



Unconventional Courtship opens on the 18th August (less than a month!)
sulien: (Reading)
 I was reading an AU fanfic of the Harry Potter 'verse that diverged in year 5 and took Hermione to a place I'm not sure the character would go and it made me wonder about choices I've made in my own life over the years at various turning points.  To get myself out of the introspective and slightly dark mood that put me in, I decided to go through the process of generating an account on Pottermore by answering as I would have answered when I was a teenager, at least to the best of my ability.  This time, I was sorted into Hufflepuff instead of Gryffindor, my wand would have been English Oak and phoenix feather instead of Cedar wood and dragon heartstring and my patronus would have been a ginger cat instead of a thestral.  My Ilvermorny house remained the same: Thunderbird.  Anyway, I just think it's interesting how the cynicism and hardness that developed from my initial idealism through life experience were reflected in these little quizzes.  Has anyone else done this?  What were the differences in your results, if any?

Crocheted Sweater Update

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:32 am[personal profile] sulien
sulien: Made from my favorite photo of Big Lagoon, Humboldt, CA (Default)
 Well, I am now about 3/4 of the way through the right sleeve of a project that is worked from left to right, which means I'm very nearly finished crocheting my first sweater.  Yay!  Go me!  Yeah, I'm quite pleased with this project, even though it's nothing special, since it's the first time I've dared try crocheting an actual garment.  Now all I have to do once I finish the last 8 rows of that sleeve is to block it, sew the sweater together and crochet the edging.  

I have the feeling that sewing this thing together is going to be the hardest part of the project, since I've never actually had to sew a crochet project.  I'm going to use the nearly invisible (at least, theoretically) locking mattress stitch as detailed in the book Designer Crochet, by Mr. Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.  We'll see how it goes.

Edited to add: Forgot to mention that I finished the Tea House Wrap pattern.  The project itself turned out beautifully, but I don't care as much for using self-striping yarn in this pattern as I thought I would.  Next time, I'll just buy the palette of colors that I want and change out the colors manually.  The yarn itself, Premier Yarn's Sweet Roll in the color way Punch Pop, is lovely and wonderfully soft, but just not exactly what I wanted here.  If you enjoy wrapping up in triangular shawls, I very highly recommend this pattern, it works up very quickly and is surprisingly warm, despite the gaps between the yarn.  


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